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Come See Why Commercial Cleaning is our Specialty!

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

This northwest Iowa restaurant was in desperate need of carpets cleaned, here is a before and after photo. This northwest Iowa restaurant was in desperate need of carpets cleaned, here is a before and after photo.

As a business owner, you understand the importance of maintaining a clean and odor free office space, and how the appearance of your business reflects on your reputation. As everyday wear and tear gradually soils your office space, it can often be a challenge for your regular cleaner or janitorial staff to tackle the grime. Whether you have an odor problem, soiled carpet, or simply need general cleaning services, SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes is the leading restoration company in northwest Iowa.  

SERVPRO offers full service capabilities that deliver a deeper clean than your average cleaning company. With 24/7 service, we will respond quickly to assess the amount of soil and determine the best cleaning options.  In 2019 alone, our team helped well over 50 area businesses in northwest Iowa with situations ranging from mold remediation, fire restoration, carpet cleaning, deodorization, and biohazard cleanup.  

Here are the various commercial cleaning services we offer:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard and Sewage
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

If your local business is in need of cleaning services, call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes today at 712-262-4379. We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Commercial water damage in Northwest Iowa

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Drying equipment ducted to help dry this commercial ceiling. This commercial property suffered a major water loss and our team set up temporary ducts to help promote the drying process and prevent more damage.

All commercial buildings are unique in structure, design, and even materials used when constructing the building. One thing remains constant however, the potential for experiencing a water loss at some point.  Even small problems such as minor roof or pipe leaks can lead to major issues including mold growth. With prolonged damage like that the value of your commercial property can quick diminish.  Keep these things in mind when it comes to your commercial property...

  • Mold can grow quickly after water damage

After water has affected a particular area, mold can grow in as little as 24 – 48 hours. All excess water and humid conditions should be dried out right away to prevent the risk of mold growth.

  • Problems are not fixed if the water has dried out

Some property owners believe that once the water appears to have dried up that they are in the clear, that couldn't be farther from the truth.  While water evaporates in the area, moisture will accumulate in the walls, ceiling, and even the floor below, promoting mold growth. If this happens, it’s important to call in a mold prevention specialist to conduct a deep inspection to make sure that mold hasn’t already infected your property or spread to other areas.

  • Different building materials require different cleaning methods

The same restoration process cannot be used for all building materials. Hard surfaces like concrete can be salvaged but porous materials like cellulose insulation and flooring materials will need to be removed and replaced. 

  • Water extraction is the best step to restoring water damage

Excess water can lead to costly repairs in damaged material if not extracted immediately. Experienced water damage restoration professionals know exactly how to remove excess water in emergency situations like flooding or burst pipes. Hiring these specialists will also ensure that all hidden water damage and moisture from behind the walls and underneath the floors is also removed properly to prevent the risk of mold growth.

  • Time is everything

As soon as you find water damage on your property, taking the necessary steps right away can make a big difference in financial costs. Simply knowing the basic first steps during an emergency can prevent the damage from spreading further.

  • Contact your insurance company right away if you find water damage

It’s imperative to call your insurance company immediately after finding water damage. The insurance company can also guide you through the first steps to prevent the damage from spreading.

  • A separate flood insurance policy may also be necessary

Insurance companies may offer flood insurance in addition to your policy. This may be necessary especially if you live in a flood zone. In any case, contact your insurance provider to see if this is necessary for you and whether you need additional coverage.

  • Insurance policies may not cover all types of water damage

While some situations are covered by insurance policies, others are excluded for various reasons. For example, flood damage and mold growth are usually not a covered loss unless you have flood insurance on your policy, even then there may be some exclusions.  It is best to speak with your agent in advance to understand what your policy can and cannot do in the event of a loss.  

  • There are different types of water contamination

Most insurance professionals see water damage as different types of contamination: white water, grey water, and black water. The processes associated with cleaning up each type of damage will be different. Most business owners hope to see white water as the restoration process becomes much more cut and dry while black water means there will be a number of materials that must be disposed of due to contact with water that may contain contaminants such as pesticides, pathogens, and other toxigenics. 

  • Even small leaks can lead to big problems

If not checked frequently, minor plumbing leaks or appliance malfunctions can lead to big water damage problems. If the plumbing is not frequently maintained, your insurance company may not cover the cost of everyday wear and tear.

  • Roof leaks are a common source of water damage in commercial buildings

Even small leaks in a commercial roof can lead to major problems for the business. Even if it was just installed, a bad storm can still penetrate through the materials and spread damage. This is especially common with areas experiencing strong winds, freezing temperatures, and hail damage.

  • Building maintenance can prevent water damage disasters

It’s important to check or have the building checked on a frequent basis. These water damage preventative tasks should include gutter, roof, and plumbing inspections. You may also want to have a professional inspect the building once or twice each year to ensure everything is in proper condition.

Call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes for your Commercial Restoration Needs! 

712-262-4379

Commercial Water Loss: Another Step in Minimizing Your Risk of Loss

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Paint separating and running down a wall after a significant water loss. This commercial facility had a significant water loss in early 2019. Here you see paint running due to water saturating the wall so significantly.

This year commercial water losses have been a huge issue.  SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes assisted numerous businesses with a variety of water related losses summed up in the following categories...

5 Common Causes of Commercial Water Damage

  • Broken or damaged pipes.
  • Window or roof leaks.
  • Sewage backup.
  • Sprinkler malfunctions.
  • Storms and flooding.

Understanding your property layout can help reduce the potential for loss as well as minimize the loss itself when/if it occurs. Here are a few tips to help a business owner prevent water.

How to Prevent Commercial Water Damage

  • Know your property. Be aware of potential problems in your building. Has it experienced water damage before? What caused it?
  • Regularly inspect plumbing. Consider having a professional conduct regular maintenance on the plumbing system in your property.
  • Have an emergency plan. Have a plan laid out for each possibly disaster scenario that includes the location of water shut-offs.
  • Stay on top of repairs and upgrades. When things are outdated or break that could potentially cause a water problem, fix or replace them right away.
  • Keep your gutters clean. Make sure there are no blockages preventing water from properly draining away from the building.

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes is also here to help.  Take advantage of our free Emergency Ready Profile and we will help compile the necessary information in the event of any disaster.  

If disaster strikes, call the team that's faster to any disaster! 

712-262-4379

Sprinkler Systems - Common Culprit of Water Damage

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

How Sprinkler Heads Work Call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes if you have issues with your sprinkler systems. 712-262-4379

Sprinkler systems are commonly installed in commercial and industrial buildings. They save employees lives and the building structure when a fire occurs. However, they do cause water damage when putting out the fire or with system malfunction. 

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes is here to help.  Fire sprinklers are activated when the mercury liquid filled bulb bursts between 135 and 165 degrees. It is thought by many that they are triggered by smoke.  They are actually activated by heat. Common failures occur with sprinkler heads when the line freezes from cold or the head gets hit or pulled on. 

Our team is here to help when you need it most. Whether you take advantage of our Emergency Ready Profile program or not, take the time to locate your sprinkler system shut off valves and have the appropriate contact information for the service provider. 

If you find yourself with water damage due to a malfunctioning sprinkler head or fire cleanup call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes at 712-262-4379.

Save the life of your carpet, have them professionally cleaned!

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Look at the difference a good carpet cleaning can make! Call today to schedule your appointment...712-262-4379

Through my travels I get the opportunity to speak with hotel and restaurant owners on a regular basis.  The response when I bring up the potential for us coming in to clean carpets is usually the same, we have our own equipment.  

While I think it is absolutely fantastic to keep up on general carpet cleaning I have found that a majority of those that own their own equipment have something similar to what any one of us can rent from your local carpet or hardware store.  Those machines will work, however, they have their downfalls.  Most of those machines will leave chemical residue behind in addition to not removing all of the dirt and grime.  

As I speak with these business managers and owners I remind them that they should have a good professional cleaning at least once per year to prolong the life of the carpets.  As it may seem like an additional expense, it helps with customer experience and satisfaction resulting in more potential revenue in the long run. 

Call today to schedule your carpet cleaning in either your home or business.  712-262-4379

It's not really clean unless it's SERVPRO clean!  

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Why are we faster to any disaster?

2/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

What are your ducts hiding?

1/2/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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

Is Your Business Ready for the Holiday Rush?

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Local restaurant has carpets cleaned just in time for the busy season.

The holidays are right around the corner and with that means the influx of holiday shoppers and people in town, is your business looking as good as it could be?

Our team of specialists can make sure you are looking your best during the holiday season from a deep clean to simply cleaning your carpets, every little bit makes a difference when attracting and retaining customers.  

As you can see from the photo above, our team takes pride in their work and strives to ensure your business looks its best when it counts.  The holiday season is the perfect time to make a lasting impression on your customers and to create that relationship from a one time shopper to a long term customer and brand ambassador.  

When it comes to capturing that repeat customer and attracting more shoppers through your door, leave the look of your business in the hands of the professionals.  Call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes to make your business shine.  

712-262-4379

Closing Up Your Cabin Couldn't Be Any Easier!

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

No job too close to too far away for our team. Our equipment can handle any job big or small, far or near. Call us today for your cleaning needs.

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes has had a busy summer up at the Iowa Great Lakes.  Many homes suffered water damage due to the unseasonably high amounts of precipitation that swept the area leaving the lakes and waterways finding ways into residents homes.  

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes would like to remind everyone that we are here for your needs whether that be to clean up after a disaster or simply button up your home or cottage for the winter.  Our team is ready to go and will treat your home with as much care and regard as you do.  

Contact us for a quote on buttoning up your cottage, or plan ahead for cleaning prior to your arrival next spring.  Our team of highly trained professional cleaners can help clean your home or cottage from top to bottom making it feel like the messes from the summer never even happened.  

Call today...712.262.4379!

Our goal is to make you cherish the memories but forget the mess "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes has had a busy summer up at the Iowa Great Lakes.  Many homes suffered water damage due to the unseasonably high amounts of precipitation that swept the area leaving the lakes and waterways finding ways into residents homes.  

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes would like to remind everyone that we are here for your needs whether that be to clean up after a disaster or simply button up your home or cottage for the winter.  Our team is ready to go and will treat your home with as much care and regard as you do.  

Contact us for a quote on buttoning up your cottage, or plan ahead for cleaning prior to your arrival next spring.  Our team of highly trained professional cleaners can help clean your home or cottage from top to bottom making it feel like the messes from the summer never even happened.  

Call today...712.262.4379!

Our goal is to make you cherish the memories but forget the mess "Like it never even happened."

Moisture Management in the Ice Rink

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Dehumidifiers with desiccant technology clearly win against the humidity in ice-skating rinks. No job is too big!

As the local hockey season winds down, it is time for ice skating facilities to being thinking about defrosting the rink. High temperatures and humidity during this process can wreak havoc with condensation and mildew. Condensation can drip from the ceiling. Misting can lead to mold on parts of the building as well as creating rust on pipes or metal girders. This process can be seen when the paint chips begin to fall off, then the decay and corrosion set in. The subsequent costs for the operator can quickly go sky high.

The only way to combat these issues is to provide the proper amount of dehumidification and make-up air. The trick is trying to introduce the proper quantity of outdoor air and still maintain humidity control and the rink thaws.

Taking Control

To tackle these problems, we recommend the rink operator call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes. We have a large-capacity mobile dehumidifier by ARID-DRY™. This system is a way to introduce make-up air and dehumidify the arena while simultaneously reducing the facility’s energy consumption. This unit can remove up to 392 gallons of water per day as the cycle repeats on a continuous basis, providing a constant drying process. Moisture collecting on Silica gel material embeds in a rotor and releases the moisture outside to the atmosphere.

Small or large ice-skating rink? Contact us for consultation!

Dehumidifiers with desiccant technology clearly win against the humidity in ice-skating rinks. No job is too big!

Large Loss Electric Desiccant Dries 50,000 SQFT

2/10/2018 (Permalink)

Our large-loss desiccant can remove up to 392 gallons of water per day.

Now meeting the demands of larger residential and commercial water restoration jobs with a large-capacity mobile dehumidifier from ARID-Dry™5000 Large Loss Electric Desiccant, SERVPRO® of Spencer and Iowa Great Lakes professionals can work more efficiently and with faster time-response.

No Job is too big! Dries up to 50,000 square feet!

How it works:

  • Moisture collecting on Silica gel material embedded in rotor.
  • Dry processed air is released 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 outside to atmosphere.
  • Cycle repeats on a continuous basis, providing a constant drying process.
  • It can remove up to 392 gallons of water per day.

The Advantages
The advantages of using large capacity mobile dehumidifiers with your projects are many. You can get more consistent drying cycles, faster and more consistent drying times. It’s also the most effective system on the market, outperforming refrigeration and convection-style heat-drying methods.

ARID-Dry skid and trailer mounted units are the leading solutions available for quickly and efficiently removing ambient water vapor from air. Useful in surface preparation, painting and coating and industrial condensation prevention, ARID-Dry is the best-in-class dryer available.

Water Damage and Restoration

When building materials come in contact with water due to piping failures, flooding or storms, losses can be contained by quickly drying out the structure. Desiccant dehumidifiers are used to quickly provide a low-dewpoint air stream to facilitate restoration of the structure. The low dew point acts as a sponge to pull moisture from building materials.

Mold and Fungus Prevention

Mold and fungus are normally dormant. When a building or structure is exposed to high humidity levels or liquid water due to flooding or leaks, the mold will proliferate rapidly. Drying out a structure completely and quickly is important to reduce the possibility of mold contamination. Desiccant dehumidifiers are the most cost- effective way to provide the deep drying needed to extract water from the building and interior components.

New Construction Dehumidification

Many materials used in new construction contain large quantities of water. Concrete and other construction materials evaporate water as they cure. If the material is covered before all the water has evaporated, hidden mold can form, causing odors and potential mold contamination. Modern construction technicians are now using desiccant dehumidification to reduce the possibility of mold contamination, and, in many cases, speed the drying process. This can result in faster construction schedules.

“Resolve to be Ready” in 2018

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

“Resolve to be Ready” in 2018

Local cleanup and restoration specialist shares no-cost emergency planning tools that enable fast and effective disaster response and recovery

With the New Year upon us, now is the perfect time to think about making some resolutions, according to Vanessa Moore, Marketing Manager of SERVPRO® of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes. While resolutions typically involve committing to personal changes and reaching goals, Moore says the single most important resolution both business and homeowners can make for 2018 is to “Resolve to be Ready.”

“Preparing in advance to deal with the unexpected can make a world of difference in how quickly and completely property owners can put the pieces of their lives back together,” says Moore. “Emergency readiness plans are the foundation for effective and timely emergency response.”

Moore encourages all property owners to take advantage of the no-cost emergency planning tools available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (www.ready.gov/publications), as well as SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile and READY Plan Mobile App (http://ready.SERVPRO.com).

For homeowners:

FEMA resources include guidelines for a creating a Family Emergency Plan and Emergency Supply List, with additional tips for pet owners, seniors, people with disabilities, and even commuters.

SERVPRO offers their free SERVPRO READY Plan app, which stores critical contact and property information electronically in advance, where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes.

For business owners:

FEMA offers materials on topics ranging from creating a Business Continuity Plan to an Insurance Discussion Coverage Form in addition to guidelines for creating an Emergency Response Plan.

For businesses, SERVPRO offers a no-cost facility assessment and assistance in creating a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP). The ERP includes information about emergency contact numbers, priority and high/risk areas, shut-off valve locations and more that can then be stored in the READY app.

“The time to gather and store information like emergency contact numbers; insurance contacts; and the location of fuse boxes, fire suppression system controls, and such is before an emergency strikes, not during an emergency,” says Moore. “Having this information at your fingertips can help emergency responders react as quickly and effectively as possible, helping to limit loss of property and even lives.”

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes, please contact Vanessa Moore at (712) 262-4379 or vmoore@SERVPROspencer.com. For more information on the SERVPRO mobile app and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.