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Mold and Your Duct Work

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

HVAC and Mold

Why is HVAC mold so common?Well every time it encounters an area with high humidity levels and warm temperatures it wants to party. These conditions occur during both heating and cooling the system. Improperly sized units can cause a system to work harder producing an excessive amount of condensation resulting in standing water in the lines. This creates an environment for mold to develop which will blow spores throughout your home every time your HVAC is turned on.

How to Prevent?

  1. Changing your air filters monthly.
  2. Inspect for any cracks or leaks regularly.
  3. Routine cleaning of pans making sure to drain any excess water.
  4. Routine duct cleaning.

SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville have highly trained technicians to provide duct cleaning a preventative in HVAC mold.

HVAC and Mold

  1. Why is HVAC mold so common?
  2. Well every time it encounters an area with high humidity levels and warm temperatures it wants to party. These conditions occur during both heating and cooling the system. Improperly sized units can cause a system to work harder producing an excessive amount of condensation resulting in standing water in the lines. This creates an environment for mold to develop which will blow spores throughout your home every time your HVAC is turned on.

How to Prevent?

  1. Changing your air filters monthly.
  2. Inspect for any cracks or leaks regularly.
  3. Routine cleaning of pans making sure to drain any excess water.
  4. Routine duct cleaning.

SERVPRO of  Iowa City / Coralville have highly trained technicians to provide duct cleaning, a preventative in HVAC mold.

Fire Safety Recommendations

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Safety

Take a moment to ask yourself the following questions regarding fire safety in your home to avoid the risk. SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville is here to help even before you need us.

  • Do you have adequate smoke detectors in your home?

Every Home should have at least one working smoke alarm. It’s recommended to have approved smoke alarms on each level of the home, outside sleeping areas and inside bedrooms. Test your alarm monthly and replace batteries once a year even if the battery seems to be okay.

  • How good are your electric connections?

Never overload electrical circuits or extension cords. Never place cords or wires under rugs in high traffic areas. If any electric cables are worn or taped, they should be replaced immediately. Shut off and unplug any appliances that sputter, spark or emit an unusual smell.

  • Is your Stove clear of flammable objects?

Keep wires, cloths and oven gloves away from stove top. Also don’t let grease or other remains build up-they can go up in flames

  • Has your chimney been swept?

              If you have a fireplace, you should have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year. Give yourself enough time in case repairs are needed before the cold weather sets in.

  • Do you have several easy -to -use fire extinguishers in your home?

It’s a good ideal to have several. And make sure that all family members know where they are located and how to properly use them.

  • Do you have an escape plan?

Practice an escape plan with your family. Stay low to the floor when escaping from the fire and never open doors that are hot. Have a set location where everyone can meet after escaping the house.

Choose a Professional When Water Damage Happens

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

This photo shows the water in dark blue on a FLIR camera, that has migrated through the wall from a water leak on the other side.

When water damage occurs it is important to have a mitigation inspect the structure to make sure the structure is in fact dry. It is the water you can't see that can create further damage. Mold. Scary word when you don’t know what it is exactly. To the untrained eye mold or microbial growth as we refer to it can be very intimidating.

Water damage if not properly mitigated can lead to mold. If mold develops choosing the right company for the remediation is key in successfully removing the microbial growth and making sure no spores contaminate the remaining area. Did you know that microbial growth spores are so small that you can’t see them in the air? At SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville we use true HEPA Air Filtration Devices and Containment procedures to ensure you and your family or business remain safe. This catches 99.97% of airborne particles and the containment procedures ensure no cross contamination happens. We receive calls all the time where an untrained person has attempted remediation and cross contaminates the unaffected areas putting everyone at risk. At SERVPRO our technicians are certified and we continuously train to stay up to date with all the current procedures, technology, and practices that keep everyone safe. When you choose SERVPRO you can rest assure that you, your family, and your business are in good hands. Below is a link to the EPA’s “Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home.

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-10/documents/moldguide12.pdf

SERVPRO Faster to Any Size Disaster

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville is faster to any size disaster rather it be a flood, fire or storm related damage we have the experience, tools, and staff to mitigate any size disaster faster. The faster a disaster is mitigated the better. The longer that water or contaminants from a fire are affecting the structure the more damage that can be caused. Its not only better for the contents and structure but faster for the business to resume normal operations and limit interruptions to operations. When business is not operational money is lost. SERVPRO understands this and knows the importance to get you back to normal as quickly as possible. If there is a storm event affecting many locations we have the ability to call in additional resources and staff from a large network of SERVPRO locations.  This allows all of our clients to get help faster! We are - Ready For Whatever Happens.         

SERVPRO Provides Content Cleaning Services

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville provides content cleaning services when fire, water, sewage, or mold remediation occurs. When one of these events occur in your home or business, not only does it leave the structure a mess but your contents as well.  We provide the most content cleaning services during fire clean up projects. When fire affects lives they think the fire has stolen their contents.  At SERVPRO we have specifically trained content cleaning personnel that will help to restore your personal belongings back to pre-fire condition. Returning these precious items to their owner.

 We start by taking a detailed inventory of your belongings and carefully packing them into boxes. In the industry this process is called a pack out. This would include any item that SERVPRO cleaning staff and you deem salvageable including:  clothing, shoes, rugs, drapes, linens, décor items, electronics, dishes, books, and other miscellaneous items around the home.  The items are then taken back to our facilities where SERVPRO uses different methods of restoration to carefully bring life back to your belongings as quickly as possible.

After the cleaning process has taken place, your personal contents are stored in an environmentally controlled space for safe keeping until your home/ business is ready to be moved back into.  

SERVPRO's favorite day is when we get to help our clients move back into their home or business after an event with clean items.  

"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Helps With a Plan of Action

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Iowa City/ Coralville offers a no cost Emergency Ready Profile for your business. This will help minimize business interruption by having a plan of action. Being prepared is key for getting through any type of disaster, big or small. Having a plan in effect prior to a disaster saves time and money. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is designed to provide quick reference of important building and contact information. This plan is available to you any where any time with a easy to operate mobile application. Identifying  the line of command for authorizing work allows the mitigation process to begin helping  you to get your business operating as quickly as possible.  With many years of experience SERVPRO Iowa City/Coralville is the only  Large Loss Franchise in the State, with highly trained techs which prepares us to handle any size loss.

SERVPRO is Always Ready and Can Handle The Calls

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

When disaster happens you can depend on SERVPRO to have the resources you need.  We don't tell our customers that call in that we are too busy. We are Ready For What Ever Happens!

Most people will luckily never have to experience a catastrophic storm. Be it a hurricane, tornado, flooding, wild fire, or a combination it can be really scary and knowing what to do next can be critical to saving your property. In 2018 there was the California wild fires that cost an estimated $24.5 Billion and hurricanes Florence and Michel that combined estimated over $40 Billion in damage[1]. Here in Iowa we had the June 30th Event where our franchises took over 500 calls in central Iowa alone. The team at SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville was able to mobilize people, equipment, and all various resources efficiently to help homeowners and businesses get back to normal life. At SERVPRO we can activate our STORM teams all over the continuous United States. When they are not having storms in their area they are able to mobilize and help others. Pulling from over 1700 franchises we can handle anything that comes  our way. At SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville we are here to help when you need it most.  Give our office a call and we will dispatch the help needed. SERVPRO's around the country operate with the same professionalism, equipment, and trained staff.  This army of many, The Green Team, rushes to disaster to help those who need it most. 

[1] https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/billions/events/US/2018

SERVPRO Dries Water Damaged Vehicles Too

6/19/2019 (Permalink)

What happens if you leave your car windows down and now you have water damage in your vehicle. Call SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville. Your home, possibly your business and your vehicle are the biggest investments you will make in a lifetime. Due to the risk factor of mold, it is very important to leave the drying process up to SERVPRO if you experience water inside your car. When it comes to your vehicles, SERVPRO uses the same drying process as they would your home or business.

  • Identify all affected materials
    1. Decide what materials should be dried and what should be replaced.
  • Measure the restorable materials for moisture content. (How wet is it?)
  • Set appropriate drying equipment
  • Monitor for progress
  • Pulling Equipment when finished.

SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville has the equipment necessary to find the hidden water throughout the vehicle  that may be trapped between the metal framing of the car and the interior components. We have the knowledge, training, tools, and equipment to get it dried out and get you back on the road in a safe and comfortable vehicle.

Check Your Sump Pump to Prevent Storm Damage

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

When the rain pours do you check your sump pump?

If you answered no to this question here are some things to consider checking,

  • Is there power to the sump pump? Check that it is plugged in and the breaker is not tripped.
  • Is the float free of any debris and away from the side wall where it won’t work properly?
  • Is the inlet free of any debris that could prevent it from pumping the water out?
  • Does the pump work? An easy way to test this is by filling the pit with enough water to reach the float of the sump pump to trigger the pump.
  • Another thing that you should check is where the sump pump drains. Ensure that it drains far enough from the foundation that the water doesn't leak right back in.

A proper working sump pump can save you considerable amounts of money after a significant rainfall event.

If damage does occur though SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville is here to help.

Clean Up Of Your Business Is Our Top Priority

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville knows the importance of getting your business up and running as soon as possible after damage caused by fire, water, vandalism or any natural disaster that may occur. Our team of trained IICRC staff specializes in getting things cleaned up and restored allowing a business to open as soon as possible. We know that every hour a business is down revenue is being lost. Our 24/7 response provides immediate mitigation to prevent further damage.  We have an on call staff 24 hours a day to be there when you need us most. Fast mitigation and removal of standing water as quickly as possible prevents further damage from occurring to structural materials.  We understand that when your business is not fully operation you are not making as much revenue as you could. We are here to help make it "Like it never even happened."