Recent Posts

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."

When Storm Damage Happens - How We Help

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

When storms roll through. SEVRPRO of Iowa City/ Coralville is ready to assist no matter how big or small the job we can handle the issue.  Our trucks are always stocked and ready to go, allowing the ability to quickly dispatch one of our highly trained crews to arrive prepared to begin accessing the issue to provide the most efficient remedy.

When a large amount of businesses and homes have trouble we you know we can help and come through. With having access to call in a Storm Team if needed in order to expedite alleviation of storm damage.  Storm Team is the network of partner SERVPRO franchises around the country.  When we put the all call out for help those that are free bring additional resources and staff here to help.  All SERVPRO's are trained to do the work the same way.

SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville understands the urgency of getting a property back into its pre-storm condition, with daily monitoring to make sure the process is working to its fullest capacity and we can get the lives of those affected back to normal as quickly as possible.

What To Do If You See Water

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage occurs it can put you in a sense of panic. Being calm is key. Knowing where your main turn off switches are is very important in a water damage situation. When you see water turn off the main valve first. Then go back and try and isolate where the problem is coming from and you can isolate the leak to the nearest shut off. Water damage can range from burst pipes, natural disasters, flooding, ground infiltration, or even sewer lines.  Regardless of the cause another key important thing is to know when you need help. Often times a restoration professional is called to help with the restoration. We at SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville follow highly regulated processes to ensure that the water damage restoration not only is effective, but also provides a safe place for occupants during as well as after the restoration process.  You can depend on our team to have the equipment needed for any situation.

Testing For Lead After A Fire Damage

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Lead paint is very uncommon in new construction these days, but before 1978 lead was very common. When necessary testing may need to be done before any removal of affected materials occurs. At SERVPRO of Iowa City / Coralville we typically find lead based paint after a fire and/or water loss has occurred. Used in more than 38 million homes lead is something we must be very careful about to keep you and your family safe. Lead dust is the most common way lead exposure occurs. In small children they have been found chewing on window sills that contain lead based paint. This is a major hazard that will affect a child’s development. At SERVPRO we invest in our technicians with the training and certifications to provide you with the safest mitigation project we can. We always work “lead-safe” and follow all laws and regulations. For more information on lead please visit https://www.epa.gov/lead