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Emergency Ready Program

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Is is estimated that up to 50% of the businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen!  Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether is is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company.

By working with SERVPRO to help develop your personalized Emergency Ready Profile your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.  

Post Construction Cleaning

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Helps ensure your finished projects always look their best.  

Post construction cleaning- Once the floors are down and the drywall is up, it's time to remove the debris and dirt in order to lay carpet, paint and decorate.  We can provide the debris removal service to prepare the building for interior design.  

Dehumidification and Drying - During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture.  Excessive moisture could result in mold growth.  If you think one of your projects may have moisture, rely on our professionals to provide the help you need eliminating moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth.

Final Cleaning- You want the facility to look its best when the doors open.  We can provide cleaning services to give the building that extra shine.  

Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines- the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility.  The bottom line, however, is you are responsible for getting the doors open on time.  You can rely on your local SERVPRO professionals to help ensure your post-construction cleanup gets done as quickly as possible.  

Faster to any Disaster

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

From a burst pipe in a office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur.  SERVPRO professionals know there's no such think as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenants and revenue of the property owner.  SERVPRO has a 1-4-8 Service Response guideline.  Within one hour from the notice of loss a SERVPRO professional will contact you to arrange for service.  With in four hours of loss notification SERVPRO will be on site to start mitigation and with in eight business hours of on site arrival a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person.   

Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Professionals will work hard to restore the property and its contents to pre loss condition helping you become the hero in a disaster situation. 

Mold Prevention Tips

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

In order for mold to grow and thrive, there must be excess moisture, food, the right temperature and lack of ventilation.  The most important step that any property owner can take is to identify any humidity, moisture or water problems before they create bigger more costly issues. Look for any water or moisture.  Pay special attention around pipes, in basements and crawl spaces.  Recognize musty or moldy odors, which indicate mold growth.  Your sense of smell may alert you to potential problems you cannot see.   Control humidity in bathrooms and wherever water is repeatedly used.  Exhaust fans, proper caulking and effective cleaning with a bleach based product will help keep problems away.  Inspect your HVAC systems and air conditioners.  Regular inspection and maintenance can identify moisture problems or drain clogs before they get worse.  

If moisture or mold  is spotted contact a SERVPRO professional to come out and take a look. 

How does water damage carpet?

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

A goal of water damage restoration is to preserve and protect the structure, and one concern is water saturated carpets.  Delamination is the most frequent type of damage to carpets when exposed to water.  Delamination is caused when the latex adhesive holding the primary backing to the secondary backing is damaged.  Good carpets have higher quality of latex and may suffer little damage even after hours of exposure.  Cheaper carpets may suffer delamination after only a few hours.  

Water damage glue down carpeting often causes bubbling due to loss of adhesive.  If just a small area is bubbles, the carpet might be restored.  Otherwise, the carpet may need to be replaced.  

Mildew usually refers to molds that grow in wet buildings.  Natural fiber carpets are especially prone to mildew odor damage.  Saturated carpets should be dried properly and treated with a mildew deodorizer.

By responding quickly and drying  the carpet thoroughly, SERVPRO professionals can help mitigate these secondary damages following a water loss.

What SERVPRO Professionals can do for you

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration-  Take inventory of damaged contents.  Clean and restore to original state. 

Water Damage Mitigation- Identify the source and type of water, which determines the proper course of action.  Drying equipment controls temperature and humidity, minimizing secondary damage.  

Crime Scene, Bio hazard and Vandalism Cleanup- Trained to safely and effectively clean bio hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA and state and local health regulations. 

Mold Mitigation and Remediation-  work to control and remove mold contaminates while protecting the health and safety of building occupants. 

Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning-  Use the latest IICRC training as well as state-of-the-art equipment to remove entrapped soils from deep within your carpets pile and backings.

Stain Removal- Show you what cleaning option would be best for your carpets level of soiling.

Odor Identification and Deodorization-  Find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate the odor from your home.  

Frozen pipes

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Pipes freeze when the water inside is cold enough to solidify. In extremely cold weather, pipes can freeze in a matter of minutes.  If water is flowing through the pipe it requires a lot more work to make it freeze and is not very common.  In a home a pipe is likely to freeze if it is near outer walls, low to the ground, gaps in insulation or where air flow from the outside is possible.  

Usually  only a small section of the pipe freezes.  Water expands as it freezes; the expansion starts by increasing in length along the pipe.  If the pipe has bends in it, the ice that forms is less likely to expand away from the cold.  A section of water can become trapped and the pressure in that section increases, once the pressure is too high the pipe will burst.  

A few tips to Prevent pipes from freezing:Leave tap open/dripping on pipes that freezing could occur.  Leave the space around the pipes as open as possible.  Ensure your heat is on I all areas of you home.  Insulate all areas of your home well. If the temperatures decrease a additional heater may be needed.    

Christmas Tree Fires

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

The most wonderful time of the year can also be the most common time for house fires.  A simple spark can turn a dry Christmas tree into flames in 12 seconds.  A Christmas tree fire can also engulf an entire room in flames in less than 30 seconds.  

Some tips to keep your wonderful time of the year emergency free: Make sure your tree is at least three feet from any heat source.  Fresh, watered trees are much less likely to catch fire.  Water your tree daily.   If you buy an artificial tree, make sure it’s labeled “fire resistant.”

Make sure that you have Fire/ smoke detectors and the have been properly installed and tested.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday Season from your SERVPRO Team.

When should I change my sump pump?

7/5/2017 (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.

Golf for a Cure a Huge Success!

7/3/2017 (Permalink)

On Friday June 23rd, two hundred and twenty five community leaders and business owners joined SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids for the 3rd Annual Golf for a Cure Golf Tournament to benefit JDRF. It was a beautiful day on the course and everyone had a great time while raising a lot of money for Type 1 Diabetes Research! 

SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids is lucky to be a part of a great community that get's behind each other for great causes like JDRF. SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids is excited for what the future holds with this event. It will be bigger and better again next year!

Thank you to all of the sponsors and volunteers for their generosity and time. SERVPRO of Cedar Rapids cannot say thank you enough for making this event a huge success.