Returning Home after Hurricane Harvey
While residents and business owners are busy trying to recover from the damage left by Hurricane Harvey SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals are also busy, helping to cleanup and restore properties across the Houston area.
Even before landfall, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Teams were in position, ready to respond. The Disaster Recovery Team mobilizes crews from SERVPRO Franchises across the country, as needed, to support large storm events. These teams are equipped and “Ready for whatever happens.”
Activation of the SERVPRO® Disaster Recovery Team, combined with the local SERVPRO® resources, placed approximately 500 additional crews in the affected areas to help residents and business owners recover.
Locally, SERVPRO® of Spencer and Iowa Great Lakes spent three weeks in Houston, helping with the cleanup and recently returned home. The Spencer-based business owns a desiccant humidifier, currently the only SERVPRO owned in the state of Iowa, that they transported to Texas.
“The 5000 CFM Desiccant dehumidifier is our commercial dehumidifying machine that utilizes a solid material to absorb large amounts of moisture from the surrounding air and then displacing this moisture with heat,” shared co-owner Lathe Toft. “With that unit, plus our arsenal of commercial-grade dehumidifiers, we dried several residential homes, multiple banks, an office space and a strip mall with nine retail stores, plus an assisted living home during our time in Houston.”
SERVPRO® of Spencer and Iowa Great Lakes is one of the more than 240 franchises that deployed crews to assist in the cleanup efforts. The Spencer business took a team of 16 mitigation technicians.