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Types of Mold in Households

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Different types of mold that you might find in your home:

1. Acremonium: toxigenic mold.

What does it look like?

Starts as moist, then turns into a powdery substance that is pink, orange, gray, or white.

Where does it commonly grow?

Window sealants, humidifiers, drain pans, and cooling coils.

2. Alternaria: allergenic mold.

What does it look like?

Dark green and/or brown hairs, soft and textured.

Where does it commonly grow?

Showers, bathtubs, below leaking sinks, anywhere with dampness

3. Aspergillus: allergenic mold.

What does it look like?

Comes in many colors, when given the chance to grow it is thick.

Where does it commonly grow?

Anywhere with dampness and something for it to feed on.

4. Aureobasidium: allergenic mold.

What does it look like?

Ranges in colors from pink, brown, and black.

Where does it commonly grow?

Typically found behind wallpaper, painted surfaces, and wooden surfaces.

Types of Mold in Households Pt. 2

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

5. Chaetomium: allergenic, pathogenic, and toxigenic.

What does it look like?

Similar texture to cotton, white, gray, brown, and black in coloring. The color changes over time.

Where is it commonly found?

Leaky roofs, pipes, and basements. 

6. Cladosporium: allergenic.

What does it look like?

Brown or olive green in color with a suede like texture.

Where is it commonly found?

Under floor boards, and on carpets, and upholstery.

7. Fusarium: allergenic and toxigenic.

What does it look like?

Red, pink, or white in color.

Where is it commonly found?

Carpet, wallpaper, and food products.

8. Mucor: allergenic.

What does it look like?

Thick and white or gray in color.

Where is it commonly found?

Air conditioning and HVAC units. Also in ducting systems. At times it can grow in old, damp carpets as well.

SERVPRO's Approach to Water Damage

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

When a business or home owner calls SERVPRO about a water damage on their property, they can expect to have someone on the other end of the line that is patient and ready to help. The office will take your information and find a time to schedule you in as soon as we possibly can. We will also give you suggestions on what to do while you are waiting for us to come whether it be setting your own house fans up or using towels to dry up what you can. We then get an estimator to your property and they will assess the damage and see what we can restore and what we will have to replace. Then we send out a crew to mitigate your loss and save everything we can. Once that is done, depending on how bad the damage is we either let the equipment sit longer to dry more or we start the repair and replace process.

When There is a Fire Damage at Home

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. When you have something as important as your home experience a fire loss it can be overwhelming. When you call SERVPRO we will be as helpful as we can in explaining everything to you and being patient with the process. This is something we deal with often so you can expect us to make it, "Like it never even happened."

When a Tree Falls on Your House

7/24/2018 (Permalink)

If there is a high wind storm and a tree gets blown over on to your home, what do you do?

First, and most importantly, make sure  that you and your family are safe. Do not try and get on the roof to assess the damage, just give SERVPRO a call to come and check everything out. Leave it for the professionals. 

Next, call your insurance company. For yourself, it is important to know what kind of coverage you will receive from your insurance company. But it is also important for SERVPRO to know because otherwise we cannot give you a proper estimate and let you know how much you will have to pay. 

The most important thing about this situation is knowing this information before something like this happens to your home! 

Emergency Ready Plan

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster! Of the businesses that do recover, the overwhelming majority of them had a disaster plan in place. By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. 

If you are interested in a cost free assesment of your commercial building, contact us today. ERP's are a great way to help mitigate the damage to your business, and gives us more potential to restore things that were impacted by the loss. Help us help you!

Please call 319-393-8430 and speak to one of our office staff about how he can help your business be prepared with a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile.

When Should I Change My Sump Pump?

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Many people are not aware of the problems that will arise if their sump pump is not working properly. There are also many people that do not know how to test their sump pump. Here is some information regarding sump pump maintenance.

Sump pumps are more active during heavy rains or storms. Depending on where you live, your sump pump will run more or less. Sump pumps should be checked at least once a year and probably more if you live in Eastern Iowa because of the chance for many periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Here are some steps to check your sump pump:

1. Slowly fill the pit where the sump pump is with water. Watch for the float to rise, which would cause the pump to activate. Once the pump activates, make sure the water is drained from the pit.

2. If you have a backup pump, you can test it the same way. Make sure the first pump is unplugged first. 

A normal pump will cost you between $150 and $300 to replace if need be. It is better to spend this money than to deal with the mess left behind if the pump fails. 

Most people do not know if they have sump pump coverage on their homeowners policy. This is another question to ask. If the pump fails and there is no coverage, you will be in a tough situation. 

The average cost of a water damage due to sump pump failure will be between $2,500 and $15,000. This usually involves removing wet carpet and pad, damaged drywall, damaged baseboard, and wet insulation. 

Test your sump pump regularly. It is similar to changing the filters on your furnace or changing the batteries in your smoke detectors

Fire Damage at Riley's of 1st Ave

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

The Cedar Rapids Fire Department was called to Riley's Restaurant on 1st Avenue in Cedar Rapids on a Tuesday afternoon. A fire, which started in the area above the kitchen, caused extensive damage to the building. Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire, but not before extensive damage was done to the roof. 

SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids was called to the scene shortly after the fire to begin emergency services. Crews were on site into the night getting a tarp on the roof and securing windows and doors. SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids was also hired to assist with cleanup of Moose McDuffy's and Citywide Cleaners. The relationship with the owners of these businesses was started long before the fire happened, and that is why SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids was the first on scene and able to respond quickly to try to get these businesses up and running very quickly.

Within weeks, SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids will be able to make it "Like it never even happened."

Tornadoes Terrorize Marshalltown, Pella, and Bondurant

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Last night (July 19, 2018) three towns in particular had a bad run in with a few tornadoes. There have been images online of homes and commercial buildings torn apart because of them. This is such a devastating time and the pictures and videos are very saddening. A historical clock tower in Marshalltown that stood for around 100 years was torn down as well, there is a video floating around online of it being ripped off of the main structure. Although this is a terrible event, we have heard of all of the communities coming together to help rebuild their city. We send our thoughts and prayers to the people in these towns, tornadoes can truly break down a city but we know that the people of these towns will come back better than ever.

Sump Pump

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Many people are not aware of the problems that will arise if their sump pump is not working properly. There are also many people that do not know how to test their sump pump. Here is some information regarding sump pump maintenance.

Sump pumps are more active during heavy rains or storms. Depending on where you live, your sump pump will run more or less. Sump pumps should be checked at least once a year and probably more if you live in Eastern Iowa because of the chance for many periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Here are some steps to check your sump pump:

1. Slowly fill the pit where the sump pump is with water. Watch for the float to rise, which would cause the pump to activate. Once the pump activates, make sure the water is drained from the pit.

2. If you have a backup pump, you can test it the same way. Make sure the first pump is unplugged first. 

A normal pump will cost you between $150 and $300 to replace if need be. It is better to spend this money than to deal with the mess left behind if the pump fails. 

Most people do not know if they have sump pump coverage on their homeowners policy. This is another question to ask. If the pump fails and there is no coverage, you will be in a tough situation. 

The average cost of a water damage due to sump pump failure will be between $2,500 and $15,000. This usually involves removing wet carpet and pad, damaged drywall, damaged baseboard, and wet insulation. 

Test your sump pump regularly. It is similar to changing the filters on your furnace or changing the batteries in your smoke detectors.