Do you know how hail happens? When rain drops get carried high into the atmosphere where it is very cold they freeze and then come hurling down as hail. According to NOAA (National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration) hail causes around one billion dollars a year in damage whether it is crops, buildings, or cars. NOAA also has state by state information on damages due to hazardous weather. In Iowa in 2017 there was 14.31 million dollars’ worth of property damage and a whopping 37.20 dollars’ worth of crop damage (facts from NOAA.) If you get caught in a hail storm seek shelter immediately. If you are in a car pull over to the side of the road, try to find a safe place under a bridge to protect yourself and your car. If you are inside stay away from windows.
We Get it. Compassion is a Priority.
SERVPRO employees are more than just technicians, we are compassionate and sympathetic. We get that it’s hard to deal with water and fire damage and that mold can be scary. Regardless of if you’re talking to the office staff on the phone or the technicians in person, we strive to make this unfortunate situation a little less unfortunate. Whether it is your home or your company, these are places that mean a lot to you and we want to help you get your home or company back, “Like it never even happened” as fast as we can while still giving you the quality finished product that you deserve. When you come in contact with us, you will know that we care. Just check out our testimonials page!
If you plan on going camping this summer, you should be aware of some basic campfire rules. When you find the perfect dirt spot for your campfire, clear the twigs, leaves, firewood, and grass away from around it. Then you will dig a foot deep hole and surround the hole with rocks. As you build your fire, make sure it doesn’t get too large or out of control. It is important to keep a bucket of water nearby incase the fire spreads outside of the pit. Keep your firewood, kindling, and tinder pile upwind from the fire so floating embers can’t reach it. Always keep an eye on little ones and pets around campfires; no one wants to take a trip to the ER. Try to burn all of the wood down to ashes. Once you’re finished, pour a lot of water on to the fire until there is no longer embers burning and there is no hissing noise. If you don’t have access to water, throw dirt on the fire and stir it with a shovel, continue doing this until all of the embers have cooled. As Smokey the Bear would say, “Only you can prevent wildfires.”
Our Process with Mold
When you find mold in your home and you call SERVPRO, this is what happens. We answer the phone and figure out what the issue is and ask where the mold is located in the house. We also assure you that everything will be okay; we understand that mold can be scary. Once we have communicated with you, we come to inspect and assess the area with mold in it. Then we contain the mold and filter the air. When the air filtration and mold containment is finished we start the process of removing the mold itself and mold infested materials. After that we take care to clean your belongings and contents that were in the areas impacted by the mold. Once all of this is done, the restoration process is begun so we can make it, “Like it never even happened.”
We're Green! And Not Just the Color.
Is being environmentally friendly important to you? Us too! SERVPRO is a restoration company, which means that we try to salvage and restore everything we can. This creates less waste compared to companies that replace everything, and it saves you some of your own green that you can put back in your pocket. How can we tell if your things are able to be restored? We have a process called pretesting, so we don’t waste anyone’s time or money. When we are unsure if an item is salvageable we pretest it. This omits charges for cleaning salvageable items. Pretesting also helps us understand more about the damages on the object, which in turn helps us choose the best way to clean and restore it. When you choose restore over replace, you are choosing to help save the environment (and your finances.)
We Will Get to You in No Time!
If your company property has an accident and needs us, we will be there. SERVPRO has a national call center that is open 24/7 so that you can always get a hold of us. The national call center will call our local franchise so that we can take care of your property as soon as possible. We also have the Priority Response Program. This is SERVPRO local staff that is willing to come at any time to help mitigate and stabilize commercial losses. We can call on other franchises around the area to help if the commercial loss is big enough so that we can get more done in a shorter amount of time. This helps to mitigate the overall loss and you will see the real-time loss visibility.
Sparklers, Children, and Injuries
Your friends at SERVPRO want you and your children to be careful this Independence Day. According to the NFPA, in 2014, children ages 5-9 were 2.4 times as likely as the general population to be injured by fireworks. Youth ages 10-19 had a risk 1.8 times the overall risk. That is a scary statistic considering the hospital saw a whopping 10,500 people for firework related injuries. 54% of these injuries were burns and 31% of the injuries were from sparklers. Sparklers are actually considered about equal to a blowtorch in terms of heat and danger. Make sure you’re safe when using sparklers, and instead of using consumer firecrackers just go to the public displays that your city puts on for you to safely enjoy. Happy holiday!
Mold Myths, Busted
Mold is a normal thing. People seem to have a lot of misinformation about mold so we are here to set a few things straight. Mold is a natural allergen that has been around for a long time. It is everywhere. It will grow if it has moisture and a proper food source. Bleach does not kill mold and killing mold is not just enough to get rid of the allergens that affect you if you are sensitive to mold. While you may be able to remove some types of mold in small quantities yourself, you should contact a professional. Mold remediation should be done by professionals like SERVPRO to ensure that the entire mold is properly removed. If you notice any mold in your home or commercial building contact SERVPRO immediately.
What to Know About Lightning
Lightning is a very cool thing to see and watch. When you watch it, it should be indoors though. National Geographic says that the average American has a 1 in 5,000 chance of being hit by lightning, but 9/10 people survive a lightning strike. Cars and homes/buildings are the safest spots to be when lightning storms are in the area. They have conductors (tires, metal rods) that can safely transfer the lightning to the ground. The most common type of lightning is cloud-to-ground lightning. Around 100 times a second this lightning strikes the Earth. Each bolt contains up to one billion bolts of electricity. Remember, when lightning is in the area you need to stay inside a building or a car to stay safe. If lightning starts a fire and it reaches your home, call SERVPRO to come restore your damages!
Post Flood Safety
When flood waters recede, you might be anxious to see how hard your home was hit. Do not put yourself in danger just to go check on your home. Be patient. If you choose to head home and look at the damages, wait for authorities to give you the all clear. Be careful to avoid standing water, you never know what is hiding in it. Whether it is chemicals, sewage, or sharp objects, you don’t want to worry about that. If you are driving to your home, be sure to listen to the road signs and do not drive through standing water. The last thing you want is to have to deal with car issues in addition to your home. For more information on floods click here