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Holiday Baskets

11/21/2021 (Permalink)

Marketing Team Our Marketing team came together to create holiday buckets!

Holiday Bucket

Once a year, we have all our Sales and Marketing Representatives come together to create holiday bucks. This is an excellent way for our marketing staff to get to know one another as we don’t meet besides our Monday Zoom meetings. Some tunes were played, and some even danced as we each worked to complete the baskets. We had ourselves a blast as we made these baskets that we plan on handing out to the people who’ve kept us in mind when recommending clients our way. We want to show our appreciation by handing out a basket of products from local companies within the franchise region. 

The basket consisted of:

What I love about SERVPRO is how we want our clients to feel like friends. Not just a problem solver but a helpful resource to anyone that needs it. Whether that be any useful tricks in our blogs, the hard work we do on the job site, or the information we hand out at community events. Welcome to our SERVPRO family! 

How to ensure that frying a turkey doesn’t ruin your turkey day

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

Different bowls of food and a cooked turkey At SERVPRO we prioritize safety and we want you to do the same for this Thanksgiving. Make sure to enjoy the holiday season!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville wants to help ensure that your turkey day doesn’t get ruined by an accidental fire. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, on average, frying turkeys have been the main cause of about 900 homes in the United States every year.

Preparations for the turkey before you start frying

It is critical that when you are cooking a turkey that you should NEVER fry a frozen turkey. In fact, you should start thawing it in the refrigerator a few days before the big day and make sure it is dry beforehand. You will want to set up the unit on a flat surface, preferably, on a cement driveway far from the home with nothing overhead. One of the most important aspects to keep in mind is to not overfill the turkey fryer with oil. Overfilling the unit can run the risk of having the oil spill out and which could cause the whole unit to engulf in flames.

READY…SET…FRY!

It is time to get that turkey cooking, when placing the turkey into the frying unit, you will want to SLOWLY drop it into the fryer. After the turkey is in the fryer, you shouldn’t leave it unattended because the oil will continue to rise in temperature until it reaches 450? which is the temperature that oil will start to smoke. At any time during the frying process, you see any smoke coming from the unit you then immediately TURN OFF THE GAS. The turkey is cooked all the way through when the dark meat is at an internal temperature of 175-180? and all the white meat is at an internal temperature of 165-170?. Finally, one should never try to touch the unit without any form of oven mitts due to the extreme temperature that the fryer can reach.

GOBBLE GOBBLE Time

From our family here at SERVPRO of Iowa City/Coralville to yours we hope that you have a fun and safe Thanksgiving.

Floating (Magic?) Carpet

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Two air movers with a carpet clipped underneath Air movers can be placed and clipped underneath the carpet to promote drying of the back part of the carpet. This is part of the drying process.

When water damage takes over, our team is ready to take your home back. If you have carpeting in your home, then it would be safe to say that one of your worst nightmares would be flooding or a leak that would soak and stain all your carpet. In this case, after water is properly extracted, the rest of the drying process can be continued. Whether we are placing air movers or you are renting your own, carpet can be “floated” where air movers are placed to blow air under the carpet. The air mover can be clipped to a section of the lifted carpet and the air creates this effect that is similar to the magic carpet in “Aladdin,” creating this flowing movement. If you are doing this on your own, make sure that you don’t have too many air movers putting air under the carpet at the same time. If there are too many air movers, the “floating” movement can become too aggressive and the carpet hitting the ground repeatedly can result in the tac strip separating from the backing. To ensure that your carpeting is maintained, please call on professionals to help. We have the equipment to make sure the job is done right and that we can get your home back to preloss conditions.

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