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The Method to Our Restoration Process

6/22/2022 (Permalink)

Water Being Extracted If you want your disaster to be handled the right way please call SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville at 319-338-8550.

Recently we received a job from a client that dealt with a carpet that had water and pet damage which means we have to be strategic when restoring it to the preloss condition. The damage was deeply embedded into the carpet, especially with the extreme heat the Midwest has faced. 

Do you know how we remove deeply rooted water/odor damage; well, we pour more water on it. You read that correctly; with deeply ingrained damage, we need to take the necessary steps, and our crew will create a structure by using collapsible sides lined with 6-millimeter plastic to create a bath. I know this is getting ironic; the bath is then added with our SERVPRO products, Urine Odor and Stain Remover, which gets soaked into the carpet for an hour, causing the severe stuck-on damage to be lifted and off the rug. 

We don’t stop there; we use our rotary machine to agitate the rug even more, causing the remaining damage to be lifted off the ground. Once this process is completed, we empty the water and use the water claw to extract the rug, with the final step being providing a last cosmetic clean, restoring it to the preloss condition.

Summer Flooding Doesn't Have to be Stressful

6/8/2022 (Permalink)

All of the SERVPRO Vehicles Lined Up in Sedalia If you experience water damage during flash flooding please call SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville at 319-338-8550.

Hello Everyone!

It’s Jacob, Digital Marketing Support Coordinator, and I wanted to take some time to talk about one of the most significant issues of the summer season, flooding. If you're going to read what the farmer’s almanac has predicted, feel free to read more. Recently our SERVPRO of Sedalia franchise area experienced flash flooding that caused widespread damage. Last week the Mayor of Sedalia declared it a disaster following the heavy rainfall. With this being said, I wanted to talk about what to do if you find your property in the path of a flash flood.

Preflooding: Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

The biggest thing you can do to expedite any confusion for a claim is document your belongings. Often a property will have items swept away during flooding, so documenting before can help your insurance claims process. You could take pictures of your high-value Items or do a video as you walk through your home. 

Another problem with flood damage is that often it isn’t included in your insurance policy. We suggest that if there is a chance that your home is on the flood plain, purchase flood insurance. 


Okay, so there is flooding in the area, and you can see water rising in the streets or perhaps the nearby river. Don’t wait but start to move the items you don’t want to get ruined and move them to either a higher surface, countertop, or move items to another floor. Make sure that nonperishables and water is stored preferably in the attic space. 

Water is Here: Last To-Dos

We suggest that you supply your home with expanding foam. When the water rises, use the expanding foam to go over cracks and crevices, then seal it with multiple layers of duct tape. If the water intrudes the space and you have standing water, you MUST turn off the breaker box. If the water gets into the wall sockets, it will act as a conductor causing it to be electrified. 

We hope that none of you fall victim to a flash flood, but it has happened before in the surrounding areas. If you find yourself in this situation, please seek shelter on the top floors of your property. Don’t try and escape by car, and more importantly, if you are driving and come across standing water on the road, do not try and navigate through it.

Doing an Exterior Check on your Home and Commercial Space

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

gutter with leaves Keep your exterior space running smooth using SERVPRO's quick tips.

SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville has the expertise needed to handle any restoration job including fire, water, mold, and smoke damage, and also knows how important it is to pay attention to the exterior of your home and commercial space. Especially with seasons changing and many days of rain to come, faulty areas may allow for water to enter, leading to damage. Here are some things around the exterior that should be checked regularly to keep your space running at its highest potential:

  • Clean out your gutters so rain can easily flow through them and drain away from the roof. Gutters filled with leaves, sticks and other debris can become damaged or not work as well.
  • Check that your gutter’s downspouts are properly attached to allow water to drain away from the home. A detached or broken spout can lead to water flooding outside.
  • Make sure the sump pumps in your home are operational and have a working battery. An unexpected, failed sump pump may lead to a slew of future problems.
  • Check that garden hoses are properly attached to prevent water from draining into piping.
  • See if the caulking on your windows needs repair. A ripped seal in the window may allow water to enter the home.

Humidity in your Space

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

condensation on windowsill If you suspect that your home has microbial growth, we suggest you call SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville.

With an increase in temperature and precipitation comes more humidity in the air, which may lead to rising moisture levels in your home or business. SERVPRO knows this can run the risk of microbial growth and wants you to be aware of the following places in your home that may be subject to microbial growth: 

Mold Behind Pillows and Furniture 

If you have your pillows close to/touching the wall and you notice a discolored black shade, this is an indicator that there is mold growth. There could be multiple factors causing microbial growth. Still, two simple suggestions to prevent this is to leave the pillows with a 3-4" air gap between the walls and cushions. Whereas the long-term solution could be purchasing a long-term, constant flow exhaust fan, such as the Panasonic WhisperGreen, which lowers the overall humidity levels in your home. 

Mold Growth in Dead Spots 

The way that air flows creates dead spots in certain spots of your home, leaving cold air in the corners of the room from the bottom to the ceiling. This is caused because airflow patterns are unable to make 90-degree turns. This cold air leads to condensation and, in return, creates perfect conditions for microbial growth. 

Growth on Furniture  

Suppose you have furniture lined up against a wall. In that case, you run the risk of making perfect microclimates that are the ideal conditions for mold growth. This type of mold growth only comes from homes with a relative humidity of 70% or higher. These conditions are created by the limited airflow. The cool exterior walls provide the condition, and the couch makes the perfect surface. 

Condensation on Window Frames/ Windowsills 

Let's say you are unsure how to tell if your home is naturally humid. One of the easiest ways to tell is when you have condensation on the window frames. This is common in homes with condensation collecting on single-pane aluminum windows. 

Staying Safe During Spring/Summer Storms

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

Town after Tornado Ripped Through it. If your property took the wrath of a tornado, call our team at SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville at 319-338-8550.

This past week Wichita was hit by two tornadoes that affected 1,000 structures. We suggest that you make a plan and hold a practice drill to prepare your family.

Finding the Perfect Safe Place

The biggest hurdle when severe weather strikes are finding a spot in your home where you all can wait out the storm. If you are in a home with a basement, try and find a location free from any windows as they could break and send sharp shards everywhere. If you are in a home without a basement, we suggest staying on the first floor while seeking shelter in the bathroom. For protection, we recommend lying in the bathtub as your cover yourself with a mattress. Suppose you’re like our Digital Marketing Support Coordinator Jacob, who lives in an older apartment. In that case, we suggest that you create a plan before the storm, asking your first-floor tenants if you can wait in their apartment until the weather passes. 

Prepping for the Worst Case Scenario 

Like some of the properties in Witcha, when a tornado hits, it can level properties which is why stocking your area will better prepare you for those worst-case scenarios. When you find the perfect shelter, we suggest you stock up on water, nonperishables, and structures such as a desk or table to lay under. If the structures start to shake and you hear what sounds like a train whistle, we suggest you cover your neck to help protect yourself from falling debris. 

Please Remain in Shelter Until Storm Passes

With the tornadoes, it doesn’t matter how long they are on the ground; you NEED TO STAY OUT OF IT’S WAY! Tornadoes create strong winds that can rip homes from their structure or send semis flying. When a tornado is on the ground is NO TIME to pull out your phone to become amateur storm chasers. Stay inside to protect yourself from dangerous wind gusts or fast-flying debris.

Call Before You Dig!

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

A relaxing backyard with a nice pool and lights Don't let the fear of striking an underground service line; call 811 to schedule your yard survey!

Let’s be honest, spring and summer are the seasons in that you want to enjoy the nice weather while making home improvements. I know that every year, my mother will always plant Sunflowers. Whether you add a garden or put in an inground pool, or even the new Tik Tok Trend “garden ponds” when a pool is emptied, the client adds microorganisms to help build a small ecosystem. Here are some of the key things to remember before you create a DIY disaster:

Getting your land surveyed is important because you need to locate and mark where the gas or water lines are. You will not be the most well-liked neighbor if you dig and strike a sewage line, causing human waste to flood your backyard. 

If you were to call 811, you would be directed to a service that can come and adequately mark the underground service lines. Before you start digging for your inground pool or your new Masterchef grilling pit, please call 811; your neighbors will appreciate it more. 

P.A.S.S. the Fire Extinguisher

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

Apartment being extinguished by a group of firefighters. If you ever need fire restoration, please call SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville at 319-338-8550.

Hello Iowa City/Coralville!

Digital Marketing Support Coordinator Jacob is here to tell you about a simple way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher correctly. When I moved out of my parents, it was exciting but exhausting. I lived on the top floor of a 9-floor apartment building. Neighbors would set off the smoke alarm. 

When I started at SERVPRO, I quickly learned this simple acronym to make operating a fire extinguisher effective. Use the PASS method when you need to step into action at a moment's notice.

Pull the pin. When you pull the pin, it brakes the tamper seal.

Aim low; Fire spreads quickly because of how fast the temperature changes as the fire grows. Knowing where to aim the extinguisher will help extinguish the flames before they can grow. When directing the agent, you will want to aim at the source, which is the base of the fire. 

Squeeze the handle, which will send the extinguishing agent into the flames. What this does is deprive the fire of oxygen which helps it grow. 

Sweep from side to side; it is key not to release the handle when eliminating the spread. Only release the handle when the fire is visible put-out.

I hope this helps you as it has become easy to remember as Stop. Drop. And Roll. I hope you will only remember the acronym and not use it. If your home or apartment has an active fire, we want you to try and extinguish it, but if it grows out of control, please seek shelter. 

DON'T Try this With Your Sprinkler System

5/6/2022 (Permalink)

Clothes Hanging on Hangers Please don't hang your clothes on your sprinkler system; hang them on the clothing rack.

Being in the restoration industry, we sometimes see the direct causation from unattended mistakes and property damage. One of the most common loss creators is the fire sprinkler system and how simple isolated mistakes create massive problems. Here is how you can prevent an enormous water loss created by your fire sprinkler system:

Don’t Leave The Kitchen While Cooking

One of the first job sites I went on was started when a client left the room while a pan had hot grease. When grease reaches a specific temperature, it becomes combustible, and one little splatter of water will start a massive grease fire. Our team of professionals wants you to stay safe by not leaving your food unattended while cooking. We also advise you to avoid leaving your stove on while not home. The recent stove upgrades that promote the ability to leave it on while at work are a massive accident waiting to happen. Please avoid doing this.

It’s A Sprinkler, Not A Closet Hanger

One of my buddies got into major trouble when I was in college after the sprinkler system was weighed down by these LED lights he had hanging. The systems weren’t set up to hold any weight, so when you have something hanging, it creates pressure that, over time, causes it to break off the wall. When this happens, you have a rainforest of water that will be spraying throughout your room.

Season Forecast Farmers Almanac

4/19/2022 (Permalink)

Forest Floor with Pleasant Conditions Spring is a blooming time; here are some things our SERVPRO staff is looking forward to.

The Farmer’s Almanac is an educated prediction for the future year’s weather forecast. This spring has been predicted to be near-normal temperatures, with plentiful spring showers in the Midwest region. The Summer’s Almanac predicts that we will experience “Sizzling, Scattered Summer Showers.”

The Digital Marketing Support Coordinator, Jacob, went around and asked some people a simple question, “What are you excited for, both personally and professionally?”  

Lisa M,  Marketing Representative

Personally: She is excited about the baby chicks for the farm she lives in. I wish we had a video of her quacking with her baby chicks around the yard. 

Professionally: Lisa is excited about upcoming outdoor events, which allow our marketing team to build contacts in a fun, relaxing environment unless Lisa has the keys to the golf cart!  

Ronda, Controller 

Personally: Ronda is ready to open that window in her office with the nice warm air. I think we can all relate to this!

Professionally: Being the head of Accounting means Ronda always has numbers on her mind, this spring season, she is excited about implementing time-saving platforms. 

Jesse B, Human Resource Generalist

Personally: Jesse is a motorcyclist enthusiast, which means that he needs speed, and he wants the wind through his hair; oh wait! (Jesse recently shaved his head.)

Professionally: Our Family of Franchise has grown significantly over the past couple of years, and we are excited to have more employees join our SERVPRO family!

Earth Day Activities in the Iowa City Area!

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Earth Day Graphic, Hands holding tree If you have a free Saturday, try making one of these events to work with local businesses to clean up Iowa City!

Earth Day is approaching, and SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville is Here to help our planet on this special day. Whether you go to one of the following events or participate in a family-related earth day activity, you should focus on working together as a community.

Earth Day Events- Iowa City and Surrounding Areas

  1. IRL Earth Day Pickup: Saturday, April 23, 2022 (12 PM - 4 PM)

It’s not too late to register for the Iowa River Landing’s Earth Day Event. If you register before the event, your group will get a coupon to one of the businesses in the IRL (Backpocket, Tribute, Marquee, 30 Hop, and Vesta.)

Schedule of events:

12-1 pm Volunteers will go around the IRL to pick up trash.

1-4 pm Earth Day kid activities provided by Bur Oak Land and Trust.

2-4 pm Live Music from Justin Goodchild

  1. First Annual Tulip Festival: Saturday, April 23, 2022 (10 AM - 8 PM)

Join Wilson’s Orchard & Farm as they host their first-ever Tulip Festival! This event will be at the Iowa City location from 10 am - 8 pm with fun activities such as tulip picking, polaroids in the tulip field, tulip kids crafts, a nature scavenger hunt, and for ADULTS (21+) A COMPLIMENTARY CIDER TASTING! 

Schedule of events:

11:00 am-1 pm Stephanie Catlett & Blake Shaw

2:00 pm- 4 pm Kalimbaman and the Fabulous Yahoo Drummers

3:00 pm- 6 pm Tulip painting with Brush & Barrel

6:00 pm - 8 pm Sneezy Dollars

7:00 pm - 8 pm Sunset Yoga in the Tulip field with Hot House Yoga.