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Commercial Fire Damage

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians unloading equipment. SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes can help you with all your commercial fire damage needs.

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes should be your first call if your business experiences fire damage. As an emergency fire restoration company, we understand the necessity of keeping your business open so you can continue to keep operating. With our 24 hour emergency services, we can respond quickly and begin the process of restoring your business "Like it never even happened." Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you give us a call. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us arrive quickly with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, SERVPRO can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Post-Construction Cleaning Services

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Post-construction cleaning crew To learn more about our post-construction cleaning services call 712-262-4379.

While some construction companies will clean up after a remodel, you will still be left with somewhat of a mess and a potentially dangerous area to deal with. Larger scale projects create a large amount of waste such as metal rods, wires, dust, wood chips, nails, and screws. Thoroughly cleaning a large space after a remodel can take several days. Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes take care of the mess so you can get back to your normal routine and enjoy the renovation. 

Safety

Regular house cleaning crews may not have the right training and specialized equipment to handle the variety and size of debris or waste after a major construction project. Cleaning specialists have the proper protective gear to ensure a site is cleaned and make safety a priority. 

Convenience

Assigning the cleaning task to professionals will save you time, effort, and money. You will avoid liabilities when hiring a company that is insured and bonded. SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes will get the job done right. 

Cleaning Services 

  • Dusting
  • Windows
  • Ceilings, Walls, Floors
  • Upholstery, Carpet, Drapes, & Blinds
  • Air Ducts & HVAC
  • Trim, Baseboards, Door Frames
  • Deodorization
  • Biohazard & Crime Scene
  • Vandalism

Whether it's a new construction or renovation project, SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes is committed to providing our customers with the quality post construction cleaning services they deserve. 

How "Clean" Plays An Important Role When Selling Your Home

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Cleaning technician with cleaning products. You don't have to be a hoarder, for your house to need a little decluttering. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes.

Selling your home quickly and for your target price requires careful planning and knowing how to prepare your space to convince buyers it is the one for them. Only 10% of homeowners keep their home as clean as it needs to be when showing it to potential homebuyers, according to the ARCSI. Frankly, this is the time to be overly critical about how clean your house is and chances are your're missing a lot! 

It's hard to achieve a level of clean that makes your  home look as good as new on your own, but wtih a professional cleaning team and regular sessions, you should be able to create something that looks as though it its just been built. Our technicians know how to deal with the small messes and crevices that homeowners often miss. If you really want to make a spotless impression on your prospective buyers, leave it to the professionals at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes. 

Our experienced professionals are trained in a variety of cleaning methods for carpets, drapery, blinds, upholstery and hardwood floors. We're backed with more than 50 years of experience in the cleaning and restoration industry and have the training and equipment to give your home a higher level of cleanliness. 

Residential Cleaning Services

  • Air Ducts & HVAC
  • Biohazard
  • Carpet & Upholstery
  • Ceiling, Floors & Walls
  • Drapes & Blinds 
  • Odor Removal 
  • Sewage & Toilet Overflow
  • Trauma & Crime Scene 
  • Vandalism & Graffiti

While cleaning is one of the most important things to do before putting a house on the market, it doesn't mean you have to take on the stress of such a big task yourself. Not only is hiring a professional cleaner easy and convenient, but you will also get results that will help your house sell in no time. Call 712-262-4379 to schedule your appointment. 

Dryer Vent Warning Signs

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

Dryer vent warning signs Need help cleaning other areas of your home or business? We offer services to keep carpets, upholstered furniture, tile floors & more looking great!

Keeping your dryer vents clean is important for a number of reasons which include not only energy savings but safety. Lint is an extremely flammable susbtance. While cleaning the dryer trap yourself is a good start, it's no substitute for a deep professional cleaning. 

Safety

Lint buildup presents a serious fire hazard. An estimated 15,000 home fires could be prevented each year with proper dryer vent cleaning. 

Shorter Drying Times

A dryer that's clogged with lint takes more time to dry clothes because the proper amount of hot air is not reaching your dryer. If your dryer is running longer than normal or more that one cycle per load, you're slowly decreasing the life span of your dryer. 

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning 

If your gas dryer is not properly maintained, carbon monoxide becomes a risk. Carbon monoxide is odorless, color-less and toxic. It can cause flu-like symptoms. When lint is clogging your dryer vents it is hard for fumes to exhaust properly. 

Allergens & Mold 

The role of your dryer is to eliminate all traces of moisture from your clothing. When a dryer vent is clogged, the lingering damp lint that is trapped inside the vent creates the perfect home for allergens and mold to grow. 

How Often is Cleaning Necessary?

Professionals recommend cleaning your lint trap vent after every load and dryer vents at least once per year. You may want to clean the dryer vent more often if you have a large family, pets, frequently purchase new clothing, or frequently wash bulky blankets and towels that produce more lint. 

If you are noticing signs that your dryer is not working as it should, or signs of a clogged vent, it's time to call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes. We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. 

Stay Safe & Prepared For Extreme Heat

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

Picture of the sun and lake The best way to overcome heat is to be prepared.

Summer is officially underway, and with it comes extremely hot temperatures. An extreme heat event, also known as a heat wave, generally refers to a period when temperatures are much hotter or more humid than average. Extreme heat is the most dangerous type of severe-weather event in the U.S.. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), over 650 people die wach year from preventable heat-related illnesses. 

Safety Tips During Extreme Heat 

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Have a sports drink or salty snack to replace salt and minerals lost through sweat
  • Stay in air conditioning or use a fan
  • Avoid using your oven or stove
  • Wear loose-fitting and lightweight clothes
  • Take a cool shower or bath
  • Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks
  • Check on elderly and vulnerable neighbors
  • Never leave a person or pet in a hot car
  • If you feel overheated, cool off with wet washcloths or a cooling towel on your wrists and neck

If You Must Be Out In The Heat

  • Limit outdoor activity to the coolest hours of the day
  • Rest frequently in shady or cool areas
  • Use sunscreen 
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat
  • Always bring extra water

Staying cool and hydrating often are the two most important things you can do to avoid feeling sick and discomfort when it's extremely hot. If you think you have experienced overheating, it's important to seek medical attention.   

P.A.S.S.

7/28/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm and fire extinguisher If your home or business is in need of fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes.

Purchasing and properly maintaining smoke alarms is by far the best home-safety investment you can make. Take the next step in fire protection by keeping at least one fire extinguisher on every floor of your home, including the basement and attic, if you have them. Garages, sheds, and workshops are typically full of combustible materials, be sure to keep a fire extinguisher close by. 

Fire extinguishers play a vital role in any fire protection plan and can help prevent catastrophic damage to property and even loss of life. They can mean the difference between a small localised incident that is quickly put out, or a raging inferno. 

Different Classes of Extinguishers

There are different types of extinguishing agents found in fire extinguishers, such as water, carbon dioxide, clean agents and dry chemical. The most common type unit found in most retail stores is the multi purpose dry chemical type. This type is important because it is classified  "ABC," which means it can be used on the main three types of fires:

A - Odidinary Combustibles (wood, paper, cloth and many plastics)

B - Flammable Liquids (gas, oil and grease)

C - Electrical Equipment (computers, fuse boxes, circuit breakers, machinery and appliances) 

D - Combustible metal (sodium, magnesium, titanium, sirconium, lithium or potassium)

K - Combustible cooking media (Vegetable or animal oils and fats) 

Once you have selected the proper type of extinguisher make sure to install it in a visible area. A fire extinguisher does not command a large storage space. Their compact designs make them a good fit near areas where fires typically break out, such as near your stove. 

How  to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Pull the pin while holding the extinguisher away from you to unlock the mechanism.

Aim low toward the base of the fire.

Squeese the lever slowly.

Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the fire. 

Every extinguisher has steps and precautions on it. Review them from time to time before there's an emergency. Inspect your fire extinguisher regularly to ensure the pressure gauge is in the operable range and the unit is not damaged or expired. 

Knowing how to properly use a fire extinguisher could save your life in an emergency. However, before you use a fire extinguisher to put out a fire, it is very important that you determine whether or not it's appropriate for you to be fighting the fire, and whether or not you'll be able to put it out. If you have any doubts, evacuate the building immediately and call 911. If you have any questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes at (712) 262-4379. 

3rd Annual First Responder Appreciation Golf Outing

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

Firefighter golfing. Photo credit: TFC Photography & Film

First responders duties bring them into harms way every day. Police officers, firefighters and paramedics put themselves on the front lines of dangerous and traumatic events, and it's common to wonder how you can thank these individuals. 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?

In partnership with the Spencer Municipal Golf Couse, SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes will be hosting the 3rd Annual First Responder Appreciation Golf Outing on August 26th. This event has been developed for the first responders in NW Iowa to play and enjoy a day honoring them and their sacrifices, while winning prizes and donations back to their departments. 

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 the day of the tournament as a donation or prize for various challenges throughout the day. If you would like more information about the different levels of sponsorship for this event please contact me at kelly@SERVPROspencer.com or call the office at (712) 262-4379. We would not be able to make this event possible without your support. Thank you from everyone at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes.  

What is Biohazard Cleaning & When is it Needed?

6/13/2022 (Permalink)

Photo of a technician in a tyvek suit. SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes offers 24-hour emergency service.

Biohazard cleaning is a service that involves cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing areas where a traumatic event has occurred. Dealing with biohazards often means dealing with blood, human or animal residues, or chemical spills. These types of situations range from people getting sick, to a crime scene, hoarding or unattended death and all require a specialized remediation process handled by trained professionals.

In the event that your property needs biohazard cleanup, SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes can help. These types of situations require experience and respect for all involved. Our team of trained professionals will always treat your property, and everyone involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Because traumatic events often involve biological and chemical contaminants, it’s important to know that the restoration process is being handled in compliance with all government and health regulations. Our technicians are equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products to help transform an unhealthy environment back into clean, safe homes and offices.

SERVPRO provides proper cleaning, application of EPA-registered disinfectants, and lawful biohazard disposal, after a severe trauma event. Count on a fast discreet response when you call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes at (712) 262-4379.

How Heavy Rain Can Cause Sewer Backups

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded basement Even the driest homes experience water damage due to storms, call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes 712-262-4379

When there are heavy rains, an abundance of water and debris end up in municipal sanitary sewers, which can overload the sewer system. When there is more water than the sewer system can handle, excess water can flow backward into your home's sewer line and subsequently overflow into your basement. 

Growing tree roots may pose another danger to your sewer line after storms. Tree roots may grow quickly over the summer months due to the increase in rain. Tree roots can pierce the pipes as they search for nutrients found in sewage. Within the system, roots continue to grow, and may cause broken or blocked pipes. 

Signs of a Clogged Sewer Pipe 

  • Slow drainage in toilets, shower, or sinks
  • Bubbling noise as you flush toilets or shower/sink drains 
  • Another drain backs up when you flush toilets
  • Smell of sewage (rotten eggs or sulfur)
  • Lush, green spots in your yard above septic tank or broken pipes

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that can cause serious illness. SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes has the specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

Picture of air movers and dehumidifiers in a hotel with water damage. Call us for all of your water damage needs 712-262-4379. We are here for you 24/7.

Why is immediate water remediation so important? Even small amounts of water can cause your property long term issues, such as mold, bacteria, allergens, and unpleasant odor if left unaddressed. Standing water can quickly spread through your entire building causing damage to upholstery, carpets, books, and even metal surfaces.

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes can respond quickly to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1960 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters. 

Drying a large commercial space requires special equipment. SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes uses state-of-the-art water removal equipment and advanced drying techniques. We understand that every water damage event requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. 

Water Damage Restoration Process 

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources.

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Getting professional help immediately after the occurrence of water damage means reducing the cost of water cleanup and drying. The longer the damage sits unresolved, the worse the damage will be. SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes team of professionals are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and will respond quickly to any restoration emergency, whether it is water, fire, or mold. Call our office at (712) 262-4379.