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Outdoor Grill Safety

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

As we wrap up the summer and head into fall,  our team wanted to provide a reminder about grill safety and how to prevent a house fire. Having your dinner on the grill and your family enjoying your backyard is exactly what summer calls for, but it is important to prioritize safety amidst all the fun. Grilling is a fantastic way to prepare a meal, but it is also one of the more hazardous cooking methods due to the presence of an open flame.

While we are all for a backyard barbecue, we do like to remind everyone of the safety considerations to take in order to prevent fires.

Many people do not realize that grill fires are a frequent issue, occurring around 5,700 times a year as reported by the U.S. Fire Administration. However, by being a safe grillmaster, you can significantly reduce the chances that one will occur.

Safety Considerations to Prevent Grill Fires

Create a safe zone around your grill. Placing your grill in a convenient spot may seem like the most important thing, but we like to urge people to keep safety in mind as well. At least three feet around your grill should be free of flammable materials so there is no chance of a flare-up spreading to nearby objects. It is important to try and place the grill away from the home.

Clean your grill grates often. With each use, your grill grates can become saturated with food and grease that have become stuck over time. Brushing down your grates after each use is always recommended.

Never leave the grill unattended. Catching a grill fire before it gets out of hand can be the difference between a small incident and a large emergency, so never walk away from the grill when it is lit. 

Inspect the grill regularly. As with anything, grills can wear down with age, especially those that are gas-powered. Doing a visual inspection before each use can help you locate any gas leaks safely so you can repair them before using your grill again.

If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us anytime, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

The Standard Water Damage Process

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Every water damage job is different as there are different grades of water, different amounts, different floors and contents affected, and different causes. With that being said, we maintain a standard procedure to ensure the safety of the client and this allows us to build out the best call to action for every job. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Cleanup and restoration begin with a phone call. We have a representative to answer your phone call 24/7/365. They will lead you through several questions to better understand your needs for the water event.

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Our SERVPRO professional completes a detailed inspection of your property and determines the scope of the damage.

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

This step removes the majority of the water from your home or business.

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Our team of professionals will manipulate temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture. Daily monitoring will occur until the materials reach an acceptable drying goal.

Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing

Walls, floors, and other surfaces of the property will likely need professional cleaning treatments once the area is dry. Restoring contents, odor removal, and deodorization, and sanitizing treatments occur during this step.

Step 6: Restoration

This is the final step in the process of restoring your property to its pre-water damage condition.

We Can Help You With Your Storm Damage

7/20/2021 (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! We have the training, equipment, and vehicles ready to head out whenever the time calls to help our community. Our team of trained professionals helps with mitigation to reconstruction. We give you information and tips to help minimize damage and keep the storms away. We can't stop a storm or tornado from happening, but we are here to help when it does. Take the time now while there is no threat of rain to prepare for future storms.

Why Do You Need to Act Fast?
You need to act quickly when storm damage strikes. The cleanup process should begin as soon as possible because the longer you wait, the more damage will result. Our Certified Technicians with our IICRC Team will perform every step to get you back on track!

We are a Team - Large Loss Response

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

Living in the midwest, we all know how unpredictable the weather can be. One day it can be sunny with clear skies and the next day there it could be hailing and cold. Our SERVPRO team knows that storm damage can happen and damage the business at any time.  We are currently the only certified Large Loss Response Team in the state of Iowa. We have the training, equipment, employees to help with any size disaster. We want to make your life easier and stress-free. Our certified response team is comprised of trained technicians who get in the field and help with any storm damage. Every loss is managed by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation for your large loss. Our employees are trained residential and commercially for any size disaster. We are stocked for any large job that could come in. We are ready to help.

Commercial Fire Cleanup

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

A fire takes over your business at 3 in the morning, what do you do? When the stress is the highest, you can call on SERVPRO to take care of the cleanup and restoration. Our team works in a timely manner to get business back to normal. We take care of everything from the first alarm call to the final inspection, and we are a company you can trust to get the job done right. We do not run from a job, SERVPRO is ready for any commercial fire that arises. We do smoke, soot, and fire cleanup no matter how big the fire is. We take care of the fire damage restoration, and we make sure that your buildings are commercial fire cleanup ready. We offer 24-hour service for any size job.
When a business is involved in a fire, we know how costly the damage can be. SERVPRO is always on hand to help you when you need us most. Our professional approach and our expertise take worry out of the equation so that you can focus on the important things like keeping your customers safe, employees present, and business running smoothly.

Your Storm Saviors

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

We offer 24-hour emergency service because we know that storms, fires, and water issues can happen any day at any time. We want to help you get back to preloss conditions no matter the situation.
Storms and other natural disasters can come at any time so you should always have a plan in place. Our goal is to help you get back on track as quickly as possible so we can all get back to enjoying our homes. Whether it's a fire or a storm, your safety is our first priority.
Everyone plays an important role in helping make your community safe and strong in case of emergencies. That's why we want you to know that we're here for you no matter what type of service request you may have.

Why Do We Use Dehumidfiers?

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

We use dehumidifiers as one piece of equipment during our balanced drying system we utilize when we are cleaning up after a water loss. Our team members work to get the moisture out of the material, and they then use air movers and energy to get the water to evaporate. In some cases, though, with certain materials like hardwood, our team may need to dehumidify the material as well. While dehumidifiers can be strong enough to take water out of the air and can be effective enough to dry a room out quickly, we have other options.

We use dehumidifiers because sometimes they are the most effective option. We are available 24/7 for emergency disasters and can provide equipment to get your home or business back to preloss conditions

Ultrasonic = Ultra Cool

7/19/2021 (Permalink)

An ultrasonic tank and dryer are paired together to help create a complete drying process. Contents are cleaned in our ultrasonic tank and then they are placed in the dryer to complete the system. This dual system allows for contents to be cleaned efficiently and thoroughly, expanding our range of restorable contents. Our ultrasonic tank and dryer work together to complete a complete process.


• Washing of automobile parts and other delicate items.
• Cleaning of jewelry parts, backpacks, camping equipment, etc.

Our Ultrasonic Machine system is utilized to clean many different items including items damaged by mold or soot, mainly being used with fire damage. If you experience a disaster, then call our office. Our team offers 24 emergency services and can help you get back to normal!

Mold Exposure from Flash Floods and Storm Damage

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

One preventive measure against flooding is to keep gutters clean and working properly. Homeowners should try to do their best to release water away from their homes and not near the foundation to prevent further water damage. It can be helpful to build a barrier around a home with sandbags to reduce flood damage.

Increased rainfall people in the midwest should be concerned about mold exposure. It is not uncommon for people to experience mold exposure and not even know it is happening. It is important to trust the professionals and get storm damage dealt with right away. SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville provides 24/7 emergency services for those experiencing storm damage. Handling damages as soon as possible can minimize overall damages and prevent microbial growth.

Commercial Large Loss Program

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Did your commercial property experience a disaster? Do you know who to call? Call SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville, no job is too large for us to handle. Our large-loss specialists are strategically positioned to handle any size disaster. The Disaster Recovery Team is made up of the best in restoration. We are ready for any size job at any time of day.

Customers for the Commercial Large Loss program include:

  • Hospitality Industry
  • Property Mangers
  • Universities
  • Municipalities
  • The Pentagon

Should a disaster hit our area in Iowa, SERVPRO has storm teams on standby. We are prepared for the unpredictable disasters and available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Let us help you get your business back to pre-disaster condition by calling our office.