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We Have a Product for That

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

three green vehicles We have our product ready to go for you.

For all the messes, stains, spills, and bad weather that life brings, SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville has a product for any and every cleaning situation at any caliber. This includes but not limited to a sewage job, fire disaster, mold, carpet cleaning, a job that includes blood or even a situation with graffiti. SERVPRO comes ready with the products specially formulated by SERVPRO scientists needed for any of those situations, eliminating any stubborn situation. Our specialty products make us one of the leading companies with our attention to customer needs and product details. We train our technicians, so they know how to properly and, most importantly, safely utilize the products. We are prepared for any situation, keeping all our equipment and product stocked, and we make sure that the homeowner or business owner is happy with the results when we leave. You can trust SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville to follow IICRC recommended guidelines when cleaning for a client, keeping the client’s safety as our main priority. We have eco-friendly products available to satisfy all our customers. When coming into the home or commercial space, we work efficiently to get the residents back to day-to-day life.

We Are Ready For All Types of Weather

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

A green van Our vehicles are packed and loaded for any disaster.

SERVPRO works to achieve preloss conditions for every disaster we encounter. It’s our vow to meet customer needs and make the customer feel at ease throughout the process. Our aim is to be quick yet efficient, so the customer can get back to day-to-day life. SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville aims to do this by maintaining professionalism throughout the whole process. With our expertise, we can make the customer feel more at ease during such a stressful and overwhelming time. No matter what the weather brings know that SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville is here to help. You have worked hard to make your house a home. At SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville, we are here to help you restore your home and personal contents. We are diligent and hard working to get the client back into the home. The reason to hire a professional team when you are needing deep cleaning service is because of our precision and attention to detail.  Our trained staff brings with them the best materials, equipment, and chemicals in the business for any situation whether it is a fire, water, sewage, mold, post construction, or general cleaning job. We are prepared for any situation and we make sure that the homeowner or business owner is happy with the results when we leave.

SERVPRO Training

10/30/2019 (Permalink)

Man holding a clipboard and directing other employees holding work fans. Training helps to make sure that you are getting the best possible service.

SERVPRO stands as one of the leaders in fire and water restoration with locations to assist across the country. What makes SERVPRO continue to be a top player is our commitment to our wide variety of services by bolstering them with extensive training and certifications. Training is a vital piece of this industry where people’s personal belongings and homes are being dealt with. The team stays up-to-date on not only requirements but also the newest technology and software programs. The SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville team maintains several certifications under the Institute of Inspection Cleaning Restoration Certification (IICRC). These include Water Removal Technician, Odor Control Technician, Fire and Smoke Technician, Carpet Cleaning Technician, and Health and Safety Technician among many others. This allows the team to be fully prepared for any scenario, highlighting our ability to assess the disaster to make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO has been able to tailor products and cleaners for a multitude of scenarios due to the team keeping ahead with technology and news. SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville is committed to a solutions-based mentality and continuing to grow our knowledge and certifications to help when the time calls.

Top 10 Causes for a House Fire

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

A chair on fire Once a fire starts, it can grow quickly as seen in this image of chair that caught fire only a minute prior.

Every home faces the potential for a numerous assortment of risks with the most dangerous of the array being a house fire. An accidental fire can occur from many household items and can easily decimate a house in minutes if it is not properly and quickly handled. While proper insurance can help mitigate financial loss, it is better to understand and work to prevent the situations that lead to house fires on any kind. Most homes are stocked full with combustible items. This list is meant to help homeowners not only identify potential issues but also lower the risk of a house fire. Whether it’s a candle accidentally burning throughout the night, faulty cooking equipment or any other scenario, homeowners should be aware of the most common causes of house fires and work to minimize and prevent accidents before they occur. With the Holidays right around the corner, be extra cautious when using candles and setting up a tree.

10.Barbeque

During the outdoor cooking season, grills left unattended on a wooden deck or next to a wall of a home can bring about a fire. A heated grill next to a wooden fence can easily cause fire, and grills have been known to ignite the exterior walls of a home or garage if placed too close.

9.Christmas Tree

Christmas trees are a holiday favorite for many as a staple to the holiday season, but they also come with many risks. Especially when the tree becomes dry, a quick spark can set the whole tree on fire. Make sure to keep the water reservoir full and to unplug the tree when you are not at home.

8.Inadequate Wiring

These fires erupt from overheating and to minimize this from occurring, make sure systems are installed properly with their protective features.

7.Children Playing with Fire

Children are very curious and will sometimes get access to flammable objects and put the property at risk. This includes matches, stove tops, candles and more. Make sure to keep lighters, candles, and matches out of reach from kids.

6.Candles

The lighters and matches utilized to light candles are just as dangerous as the candle itself. Fires can start from unsupervised candles and children getting ahold of them.

5.Electrical Equipment

These fires normally erupt from short circuiting which, in turn, causes sparking to ignite materials in the household. These are difficult to location, because they are often in hidden locations and a fire can build before the residents can acknowledge the situation.

4.Careless Smoking

Cigarette butts are a large perpetrator for house fires as cigarettes will sometimes be left unattended or dropped.

3.Flammable liquids

Chemical fires occur from spontaneous combustion: this is a reaction of chemicals combining with oxygen to produce enough heat to ignite. Be sure to store fuels and other chemicals in proper containers that are protected from heat.

2.Heating Equipment

When in the presence of fabrics or other combustibles, personal space heaters and baseboard heaters can create a house fire. It is recommended to never leave the house with a space heater running.

1.Cooking Equipment

Out of all the scenarios, the most common residential fires come from cooking, making up almost half of house fires. This can occur from grease and oil being overheated in the stove or oven, for grease and oil are highly flammable and combusts without needing direct flame contact. Many times, open flames and ovens are left unattended when in use and aren’t mitigated until it is too late. Another source to look out for are portable cooking appliances which includes electric griddles and toasters. These appliances must be cool to the touch before being stored away. You practice safety by making sure to clean pans to eliminate grease build-up along with removing crumbs and scraps from toasters and electric griddles.

Live Burn Event

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

A broken gas line on fire, shooting out a jet of fire This is a broken CSST flexible gas line that ignited gas and released a jet of fire.

Recently, the Ankeny Fire Department along with EFI Global and our SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville office presented a live burn for insurance adjusters and risk managers to have them gain knowledge to make informed decisions when processing claims. Several large boxes were built by our SERVPRO team with drywall to simulate an actual room complete with donated furniture. Before the live burns, adjustors were able to learn about the science behind how certain fires are started, analyzing the speed of separate fires. They also learn how different contents and structural materials are affected. One of the burns was simulated by a broken CSST flexible gas line which runs gas to appliances. A non-grounded line made a pin hole from an electricity arc. The gas then leaks out and catches fire from the arc of electricity, igniting the gas and creating a jet of fire. It’s important for adjustors to know the effects of soot and smoke throughout the environment.

Quality Control

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

two men standing in front of a green truck, both are holding equipment for water damage Our SERVPRO team comes fully stocked and prepared for water damage disasters.

Quality Control

After any water damage, we here at SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville, not only take care of getting the water cleaned up but we also preserve the homeowner’s property as this is one of our biggest concerns. Knowing that the homeowner is putting their trust in us, the SERVPRO team makes preparation one of our goals to ensure the highest quality service possible. Listed below are just a few ways we work to achieve top quality control.

  • Furniture Blocks: Used to protect surfaces from staining or rusting while the drying process is taking place.
  • Safety: Our Technicians are trained to identify and address what could be a possible tripping hazard, just the little extra could prevent an accident.
  • Floor Covering: We take the time to cover flooring if necessary, to prevent damage to the homeowner’s floor.
  • Keeping the homeowner informed is also one of our top goals, knowing the importance of communicating with the homeowner every step of the way to provide ease of mind that resolution is near is key.

Why SERVPRO

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

All of the Iowa City/Corallville team standing in front of the SERVPRO building. The many faces of our Iowa City/ Coralville Team!

SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville professionals undergo extensive training and certification to ensure the team exceeds the industry standards. Whether it’s a small leak or a major disaster, our team is ready to handle the issue. The SERVPRO team genuinely cares about each and every customer and work to get them to preloss conditions in most cases. Every member is proud and passionate about the work they do for every customer. 

SERVPRO has a 24-Hour Emergency Service that provides help for those who need it.

SERVPRO provides detailed estimates that clearly list all services to be performed which helps to eliminate unforeseen surprises. Once the estimates have been approved, trained professionals will arrive in fully stocked vehicles to not only mitigate the problem but also to protect the structure and contents.

S – Service that exceeds the competition

E- Excellent communication throughout the process

R- Restoring property back into its pre loss state.

V- Vow our pledge to meet customers’ needs

P- Professionalism displayed with all team members.

R-Respected and Recognized as the industries leader

O- Outstanding Customer Service

Water Clean Up Services with our Large Loss Semi Trailer

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

Semi trailer in a shop building with a fire and water wrap on the trailer This is our semi trailer added to our large loss response fleet in the fall of 2019.

We have added another large loss piece of equipment to our fleet. This 53' semi trailer is  stocked and ready for whatever happens. It carries air movers, dehumidifiers and flood pumper extraction units. After a project manager decides how much equipment and materials it will take to clean up the fire or water loss, this semi will be dispatched if needed. It is stocked and ready with the equipment and consumables including ppe, rags, cleaning equipment, power equipment, etc. It is ready for what ever happens. We understand the need for fast mitigation services and the need for equipment and supplies to be ready.  With this semi trailer being ready to go, we will get your business back to business faster. This semi trailer will travel to all sections of the state. SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville along with our other two offices strategically placed in the state of Iowa we are the largest SERVPRO in the state of Iowa and are ready to be any where in the state of Iowa within 4 hours.

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.