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Leave Your AC On When You Go on Vacation

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Many homeowners think they can save money on cooling costs by turning off their air conditioners when they’re not at home. However, that’s not a great idea for a number of reasons. 

Creates an Environment for Mold and Bugs

First of all, turning off your air conditioner can cause the level of humidity inside your home to quickly rise. Without cool, dry air circulating through your home, humidity levels can soar to upwards of 60 percent, which is ideal for mold growth and bug infestations.

Mold needs moisture and lack of ventilation to grow, and it grows fast once the conditions are right. Insects also thrive in high heat and humidity. Making sure you keep humidity down in your home can save you a lot of trouble and expense down the line from mold remediation or bug extermination.

Saves Energy and Makes It Easier on Your Air Conditioner

Secondly, it’s more economical and easier on your air conditioner to keep your home relatively cool with low humidity. Moisture holds heat, so a hot, humid home will cause your air conditioner to have to work extra hard to bring the temperature and humidity levels back to normal after you return.

Turn Your Thermostat Up Instead of Turning AC Off

Instead of turning the air completely off, just turn your thermostat up 7 to 10 degrees. Your AC will kick on every once in a while to control and maintain a healthy humidity level between 45%-55%. You’ll save more money in the long run and likely also extend the life of your air conditioner.

If you do notice water damage or possible mold growth that occurred while you were gone and you live in Marshall, Hardin, Grundy or Tama county, call SERVPRO of Marshalltown right away at (641) 758-9746. We are a local business and can be there quickly to help.

Watch Out for Those Summer Pop-Up Storms

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

stormy sky with lightning Summer storms, though sometimes brief, can still be very dangerous. Make sure you're ready for when they pop up.

When the days get longer and the sun gets hotter, pop-up summer storms are expected in Iowa. Storms like this may not seem too threatening, but you should  remember that any storm with thunder has the ability to develop dangerous conditions such as hail, high winds and lightning strikes.

Find out how to protect yourself no matter where you are when severe weather develops. It will keep you and your family safe all summer long.

Know your options for shelter. The best place to be in the event of severe weather is an interior room of your own home or office with no exterior windows or doors. However, if you get caught on the road in the storm, staying in your car is the second-safest thing to do. Pull the car over, turn off the engine and avoid touching anything metal inside the vehicle until the storm passes.

Practice electrical safety. If a building is struck by lightning, the electrical charge will rush to the ground—often through electrical wires in the walls of the home. When this happens, a power surge can be transferred to anything that is plugged into the wall. If you have time before a storm moves through, unplug everything in your home to prevent this from happening. As an extra measure of protection in case you forget to unplug something like a computer, use surge protector extensions in every outlet.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. Structures made of concrete may feel like a safe option when faced with severe weather, but when it comes to lightning, they can actually be quite dangerous. Concrete is often constructed with steel bars at the center for reinforcement, which can become a conductor if electricity moves through it. Avoid leaning against concrete walls or laying on a concrete floor when a storm is moving through.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. The good news about summer storms is that they don’t last long, but that can cause a false sense of security when the skies become clear. Lightning strikes can occur as far as 25 miles away from the storm clouds, so officials advise waiting at least 30 minutes after the last thunder clap before heading back outside.

If your Marshalltown, Grundy Center, State Center, Reinbeck, Iowa Falls or Wellsburg home or business is damaged from a storm, SERVPRO of Marshalltown can be there quickly to help prevent more damage and begin restoring your property back to its former condition. Contact us to learn more about our storm restoration process. Call (641) 758-9746, any time night or day.

If You Think You Have Mold, Don’t Take Care Of It Yourself!

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

white mold growing on the wall of a home If you see something like this growing in your home or business, don't touch it! Give us a call to make sure it's treated safely.

We often get calls from Marshall, Hardin, Grundy and Tama county homeowners who’ve tried treating a mold problem with a store-bought spray or with bleach, only to have the mold come back. What they don’t realize is that they’ve spread potentially toxic mold spores inside their home and used the wrong kind of cleaner for the type of material where the mold is growing. The result is a situation much worse than if they had called us first. 

It’s Best Not to Mess With Mold

If you think you have mold, the best thing to do is leave it alone and call us to come take a look. We’ll be there right away. If it’s not mold, which is sometimes the case, we’ll let you know, and we won’t charge you anything for the visit. It’s a courtesy our customers really appreciate. 

If we do suspect you have mold, we’ll offer the option to pay for mold sampling and testing to determine if the mold is toxic or a low-risk type that doesn’t present a serious health risk. Depending on the results, we’ll create a mold remediation plan and cost estimate for you to consider.

We’re Certified to Safely Remediate Mold

Once a customer approves the plan and estimate, we go straight to work. We’re trained and certified to remediate mold from homes and commercial businesses in the safest way possible. If the mold is toxic, we seal off contaminated areas from the rest of your house or business so spores do not spread. Using special HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers, we clean and disinfect the entire area. We carefully remove affected materials, dispose of them properly and replace damaged areas with new materials, restoring your home or business back to its previous condition “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of Marshalltown Before You Touch That Mold

Just one quick phone call can save you from possible health risks and spreading more mold in your home or business. We deal with mold constantly and are well-trained to handle it, so you can trust us to do the job right. Because we’re a local business, we can be there quickly to give you an evaluation and recommendations for moving forward. Call (641) 758-9746 anytime, day or night. 

Protect Property Immediately After a Disaster With Our Board-Up Services

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck Call SERVPRO of Marshalltown to help protect your home or business from further damage immediately after a disaster compromises its structure.

What should you do right after a fire or tornado partially damages your home or commercial business? Call SERVPRO of Marshalltown and ask for emergency board up service. 

What Is Board Up Service?

Board up service, also called “temping” service, should happen immediately after a disaster like a destructive windstorm or partial fire (once you have the “all clear” from fire officials). It secures your property against theft and protects it from more weather damage by covering vulnerable openings like broken windows, open roofs and missing parts of your property’s structure. 

Why Is Our Board Up Sevice So Good?

If you live in Reinbeck, Dysart, Alden, Melbourne or anywhere in Marshall, Hardin, Grundy or Tama county, we guarantee we’ll have your property completely secured within 24 hours of your call, if not much sooner. Using foam core, plywood, tarps and other materials, we’ll weather-proof and theft-proof your home or business and be sure not to cause additional damage. We never hammer nails or drill into your property’s structure to attach materials, as this creates more weak spots for water or cold air to get in or for theft to occur. 

We are experienced with insurance claims and recommend asking your agent or adjuster for permission to contract with us before you call for board up service. Many insurance companies are familiar with us and our reputable services. 

How Can You Save Yourself Hassle?

Unlike some companies that only provide board up services, we are a one-stop shop for all restoration services, from initial board up all the way through to final renovation. This saves you the hassle of using multiple companies and people to complete your entire restoration. From start to finish, we’ll make it look “Like it never even happened.”

Give Us a Call!

Doesn’t matter what time of day or night you need us, we can be there. Call (641) 758-9746 anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we’ll answer. 

SERVPRO of Marshalltown Invests in the Best Equipment for Restoration

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

stacked green SERVPRO air movers SERVPRO of Marshalltown uses the best equipment and invests in plenty of it so we can be ready for any size disaster at any time.

We really enjoy what we do, and one big reason is because we like watching our equipment do what it does. It’s satisfying to see our extractors pull water up through a wood floor or carpet. And it’s pretty cool to use infrared cameras to detect water or use huge diesel-powered heaters to dry out a basement. 

SERVPRO has a reputation for investing in the very best restoration equipment available, and that’s one reason we have such confidence that we can restore your Grundy Center, Reinbeck, Iowa Falls, Wellsburg or Eldora home or business back to its original condition after a disaster. Here’s a list of some of the high-level equipment and technology we use:

Detection and Measurement 

Airborne Mold Testing:  Air sampling with 24-hour turnaround on lab results and reporting to determine whether mold is present.

Infrared Camera: Based on the temperature difference of water and moisture compared to dry areas, detects the location of water, including inside walls or other hidden areas.

Water Extraction

Submersible and Gas-Powered Pumps: Used for continuous and powerful removal of high-level water.

Wood Floor Water Extractor: Suctions water from the subfloor through the wood planks and dries the subfloor, saving the wood floor from being ruined. 

Rover Water Extractor: Using the weight of the operator who stands on and steers the rover, this extraction machine pulls water up from the pad deep beneath carpet and saves both the pad and carpet from being destroyed.

Drying 

High-Speed Air Mover: Evaporates moisture at a faster pace with powerful fans.

Desiccant Dehumidifier: Unlike refrigerant dehumidifiers that use condensation and only work between 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit, desiccant dehumidifiers use a silica gel wheel to pull moisture out of the air like a sponge and work at temps as low as 32 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Indirect-Fired Portable Heater: Safe for indoor operation, these powerful diesel heaters blow hot dry air into areas such as basements to evaporate all moisture, even during the winter.

Contaminant Removal

HEPA Vacuum: Captures 99.9% of particles to .3 microns to prevent contaminants such as bacteria, mold spores or dust from disseminating into the air.

HEPA Negative Air Machine: Filters and removes contaminated air from a sealed area by exhausting it outside to create a vacuum effect that replaces contaminated air with clean air.

Knowing how much confidence we have in our equipment (and training) should also give you the confidence that we can make your home or office look “Like it never even happened.”

Give us a call at (641) 758-9746, anytime day or night. We are a local business and can be there quickly. And if you just need more information about our services, we’re available to answer your questions. You can also check out our website at SERVPROmarshalltown.com.

Tips for Developing a Fire Drill Procedure for Your Business

6/29/2020 (Permalink)

words "fire drill" next to a fire alarm on a wall Follow these tips from SERVPRO of Marshalltown to keep your employees safe in the event of a fire.

Many businesses experience devastating fires every year. If you’re a business owner in Marshalltown, Iowa Falls, Grundy Center, Wellsburg, Reinbeck or any other town in our service area and you have employees on the premises, we want to help you prepare them for the possibility of a fire and keep them safe. Here’s how you can begin to create a fire evacuation drill procedure for your business:

Consult with your local fire officials. 

Getting in touch with your local fire department is often a great place to start on any aspect of fire preparedness for your business. They will typically be happy to consult with you on fire safety measures your business can take, including the best evacuation routes and fire procedures to go over with your staff.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. 

Once you have your evacuation routes set, mark them clearly with signs and communicate with staff on what this means. Involving your employees in the fire safety process will make everyone feel safer and prepare them for when you start scheduling regular drills.

Schedule fire drills frequently. 

Your staff needs to be so familiar with evacuation procedures that they have no questions about what to do should a fire break out. The best way to prepare them is to hold regular fire drills, at least once every quarter. These should be mandatory drills that require everyone to leave the premises according to the established escape route, gather at a predesignated area and be accounted for by a supervisor once everyone is evacuated. They should also be trained not to leave the designated area until given the all-clear sign to return to the building. 

Run different fire scenarios. Fires can start due to a myriad of reasons, so it is important to prepare for all possibilities when you hold your fire drills. Practice for different situations by blocking off different exits and having the fire drill originate in different parts of the building to give everyone the tools they need to escape safely regardless of what type of fire is started.

If your business has experienced fire damage, call SERVPRO of Marshalltown anytime, day or night. We are a local business that specializes in commercial fire restoration and are ready to be there quickly when you need us. Call (641) 758-9746.

Trust SERVPRO of Marshalltown to Disinfect Your Business or School for Covid-19

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

window decal of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Don’t trust just anyone to disinfect your business, school or organization. SERVPRO of Marshalltown is highly-trained and certified to do the job.

SERVPRO of Marshalltown is answering an increasing number of calls to clean and disinfect area businesses in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

While few businesses and organizations have had an employee test positive for the virus, many companies are asking us to help them prepare for reopening and maintain a clean environment for their staff and customers.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – Our Viral Pathogen Cleaning Program

Don’t trust just anyone to disinfect your business, school or organization. SERVPRO of Marshalltown is highly-trained and certified to do the job. 

We offer Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, a proactive and Covid-19 emergency response cleaning program that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is tested and proven viral pathogen cleaning that meets the highest standards.

Our staff specializes in biohazard cleaning and decontamination for porous and non-porous surfaces – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC. 

We use EPA-approved products that won't harm your work environment or your employees, clients or students. These include our proprietary cleaning agent SERVPROXIDE, a hospital-grade disinfectant that is NSF certified for direct food surface use.

Let SERVPRO of Marshalltown Help You Maintain a Sanitized Environment

We can sanitize every space in your business or organization, including:

  • offices 
  • retail spaces 
  • fitness rooms 
  • playgrounds
  • food areas (break rooms, school kitchens, cafeterias)

We’re a local business serving all of Marshall, Hardin, Grundy and Tama counties, open 24 hours/7 days per week. So we’re nearby and ready to take care of you right away.

Give us a call at (641) 758-9746. 

SERVPRO of Marshalltown Is the Right Choice, Right Away

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO team members standing in front of a SERVPRO van SERVPRO trains team members to meet the highest industry standards in fire restoration, water restoration and mold remediation.

When you experience a disaster such as flooding or fire, you don’t have time to research restoration companies to be sure they’re the most qualified for the job. Your choice may come down to reputation or a recommendation from a trusted source.

Our Reputation for High-Level Training and Certification

SERVPRO has a long-standing reputation for training employees to meet the highest industry standards in fire restoration, water restoration and mold remediation. In addition to training at the regional level, we developed our National Training Center to expand skill instruction to more franchise owners and insurance industry employees.

Certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC)

SERVPRO of Marshalltown technicians are IICRC-certified, which means they are “trained to operate at a higher standard within their designated certification.”

The IICRC describes its rigorous requirements for certification like this:

“Just as certified accountants, plumbers, and mechanics project a higher level of competency in their fields, and just as members of the American Medical Association and American Bar Association set themselves apart through training, experience and comprehensive examination — IICRC Certification helps to immediately identify the cleaning, restoration, and inspection Industry’s most skilled and dedicated technicians and businesses.”

An Insurance Industry Partner

We partner with many insurance companies to handle restoration for disaster claims, and we’ve earned their trust as a recommended company for their clients. We understand the requirements of a disaster insurance claim, so we can work closely with your insurance company to help your claim progress as smoothly as possible. 

Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Marshalltown is a local business. Our staff is ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week to quickly respond and restore your Marshall, Hardin, Grundy or Tama County residence, school or business back to its original condition after a disaster of any size, “Like it never even happened.”

Call us right away at (641) 758-9746 if you experience any kind of water, mold or fire damage. 

You can be sure you’re making the right choice with SERVPRO of Marshalltown.

Staying Safe When Severe Storms Are in the Forecast | SERVPRO® of Marshalltown

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

severe weather sign in front of a stormy sky Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms are inevitable weather events in Iowa this time of year. Are you prepared?

Severe weather events like thunderstorms and tornadoes pose danger to properties and people. Educating yourself and being prepared are the best ways to keep yourself safe in a severe weather scenario.

Know the Difference Between Watches and Warnings

When severe weather is forecasted for your area, it's important to understand the difference between a watch and a warning in order to react appropriately. A thunderstorm watch means there is potential for severe storms to develop, but one hasn't been identified by radar. Conversely, a warning means that a thunderstorm is imminent or occurring in the area, and you should immediately take shelter.

Be Ready To Take Shelter

Make sure the safest area of your home where you take shelter has an emergency kit that includes extra food and water as well as flashlights and first-aid supplies. If your home doesn't have a basement, you should know where the next safest place is to take shelter. Generally, you should choose a place on the ground floor away from exterior windows or doors, such as a bathroom or closet.

Set Up a Backup for Emergency Alerts

While most people will rely on their smartphones for weather alerts, this should only be your first line of defense. Storms can knock out cell reception, and cell phones can die during power outages. Set up a backup like a battery-powered NOAA weather radio so you never miss a pertinent alert.

SERVPRO of Marshalltown is ready to help you recover from storm damage. We are a local business and can be there quickly in an emergency. If you live in Marshalltown, Iowa Falls, Wellsburg or any of the surrounding areas, call us at (641) 758-9746.

Follow These Steps From SERVPRO of Marshalltown Before Jumping Into Flood Recovery

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged household furniture sitting outside on front lawn If you’re experiencing any water damage from flooding, SERVPRO of Marshalltown is available 24/7 to assist you with any repairs.

If your home in the Marshalltown area has been impacted by a flood, it is common to feel like you are ready to get started on recovering right away.

While getting started as quickly as possible is a smart decision, it is also vital that you make your own safety a priority and ensure you are not putting yourself in harm’s way or causing any further damage to your home. Acting quickly following a flood is possible as long as you are also taking the right steps to keep yourself and your household safe.

Returning Home in the Aftermath of a Flood

Avoid further safety hazards. The first thing to remember after a flood is to never return home until officials have deemed it safe. Many dangers such as electrical currents, contaminated water and other hidden hazards may be present. If you can do it safely, turn off the electricity main to the house, but never do this if the main is in standing water.

Air out the home. If there is no inclement weather on the horizon, opening doors and windows up will help rid the home of stale and hazardous air. Mold growth will have likely already started if surfaces are wet, but increasing air circulation can prevent it from becoming out of hand. If it has been a few days since you've been able to enter the house, it's advised to only enter long enough to open windows and doors; then, leave right away to let the toxic air escape.

Document the damages. While it can be tempting to start the cleanup process right away, it is recommended to take pictures of the damages and impacted objects before touching anything for flood insurance purposes. While many floods are not covered under general homeowner’s policies, if you do have flood coverage, documenting the damages can help you get the most out of your claim.

Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. It is always recommended to let your insurance company know about flood damage as soon as possible to see what coverage options are available to you. Next, you should reach out to your preferred restoration company to get the process started right away. The longer flood and water damage sits untreated, the more damage it can do to the structure of your home.

If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. Contact us anytime, day or night, to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion. We serve all of Marshall, Hardin, Grundy and Tama Counties.