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Water Damage Cleanup Mistakes

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage cleanup mistakes can lead to a lot of headaches and stress. If your property needs water damage restoration, here are a few of the mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

Waiting Before Cleanup

Water damage can lead to a lot of problems. The first rule of cleanup is to do it as soon as possible. Every minute that your belongings and property stay submerged lessens the chances of you getting that item or property back to its pre-damaged state. If you wait until it’s convenient to perform the cleanup, you’ll only end up with bigger problems.

Wrong Equipment

Using the wrong equipment will only aggravate the problem. Plus, the kind of equipment or tools you have might not be suitable for handling the water in your home. That means you won’t succeed at drying your home completely, which will leave your home at the mercy of mold and mildew growth. Don’t let that happen. Hire pros to handle this for you. They have specialized equipment to ensure the fast and efficient drying of your belongings and property.

Neglecting Important Details

Most of the time, people forget about the items they slog through when they wade through water damage. But there could be an electrical problem, broken glass, and other items that could injure you. It’s best that you hire pros instead of tackling this on your own. Restoration experts know what to look out for and how to do this in the safest way possible. They’re much better equipped to handle this than you with your makeshift tools.

Not Doing Your Homework

When you look for a restoration service, don’t hire the first company that you find. Look at the company’s history and background. SERVPRO of Sooland is your trusted resource for cleaning and restoring water-damaged property. Our teams are IICRC certified. We have the latest advanced equipment and training to make sure your water damage problems are solved completely.

If you have water damage to your home or business property, call us anytime 24/7 at 712-274-2416. We'll be there to help!

Signs of Water Damage in Your Building

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

Sometimes it is essential to inspect our properties, homes, offices, apartments, etc. 

Here are signs you should check if there's some water damage early on:

1. Changes in floors, walls, and ceilings regarding paint, color, or texture

Many homeowners don't notice the changes to structural elements. They are hard to spot in familiar surroundings, even if you are good at cleaning up and upkeep; when water damage is on the cards, you can observe dry walls or ceilings being flaky. This condition, if left unchecked, can become bloated; also, tiles made of ceramic material often develop mold and cracks in the grout when damaged by water for being a porous material.

2. Running water sounds

Water damage isn't always visible but makes noticeable sounds. For example, drips creaks in the floorboards, and the sound of constantly running water may signify that you need repairs. In addition, tiny bubbles can result in holes in your concrete foundation, threatening the entire home's structure.

3. Increasing water bills

A sudden surge in utility bills is an excellent indicator of water damage. Ensure to check the visible pipelines and faucets in the house for any leaks. If you fail to find leaks in the visual areas, consider the possibility of water damage within the walls. If you spot any water damage, call a plumber as soon as possible.

Contact us if you see any signs that could show some mold in your residency or commercial business. 

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Preventing Water Damage Caused by Frozen Pipes

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Water Removal Services During the Winter in the Siouxland Area

As most people know, winterizing your home in the fall can help prevent issues in the winter when the temperatures drop and snow flies. Prevention is always the key to avoiding costly damage caused by cold temperatures or snowfall. 

When it comes to deterring frozen pipes and ice damming in the Siouxland area, most homeowners know the basics of winterizing your home. However, for houses that seem to be prone to damage in the winter, there are several steps you can take to prevent issues related to cold weather. First off, it is always wise to remove outdoor water fixtures, including hoses and sprinkler systems.

If certain sections of your pipes have frozen in the past, you may need to take steps to keep them warm in the wintertime. One way is to wrap a UL-endorsed heater tape to your water lines with a thermostat to prevent overheating. A less expensive way is to cover all of your pipes with foam insulation. It is also wise to heat your sink drain lines with a lamp or leave your cabinets open, especially on cold nights.

If your power happens to go out during a storm, you should open both your cold and hot water faucets so the water keeps moving. You can also go through your hose and seal off any gaps or cracks near any of your water pipes. Other more permanent prevention methods are a thermal convection-powered hot water recirculation valve or installing a "RedyTemp" system that monitors the water temperature inside your lines.

But, if you still notice a leak caused by a pipe freeze or ice dam, our SERVPRO technicians can help in the following ways:

  • Water Removal Services
  • Water Damage Repairs
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Water Clean Up

Anytime you notice water inside your house where it is not supposed to be, call SERVPRO of Sooland at (712) 274-2416).

SERVPRO Restoration Services Benefits When Filing Insurance Claims

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

When storm damage and flooding affect your Sioux City area home, it can be difficult to know where to begin with cleanup efforts. Filing an insurance claim can be an effective first step, but even this can be difficult if you are not sure how to describe or evaluate the problems. Working with a storm damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help you communicate more effectively with your claim services and get the process started quickly.

1. Experienced Technicians Will Inspect and Catalog Damage

When multiple rooms in your home are damaged by a major storm, gauging the extent of the damage may be a challenge due to the presence of flood water and other debris. Experienced flood technicians can survey each room and begin the remediation process, and what they report to you may help you file an insurance claim with more confidence and speed.

2. They Respond Quickly

Once your home is damaged by a storm, getting in touch with claim services right away can help expedite the filing process, and they can send an emergency response restoration team out to help kick start the cleanup process. The faster the techs reach you, the sooner you can receive detailed information about the likely total amount of your claim.

3. The Cost of Restoration for Some Items Will Be Clearer To You

After a storm damages your home, you will probably have questions about the cost of restoring valuables and keepsakes and how you might file a claim to cover this service. Restoration experts from SERVPRO can discuss your options with you and help you understand what services your items require, as well as the cost of each, so you can file a claim right away.

When storms and flooding damage your Sioux City area home, starting the cleanup process can be a daunting task. Calling your insurance claim services and a restoration company before you try to salvage your belongings can make the filing process simpler and give you peace of mind during restoration.

3 Ways to Fight Bathroom Grout Fungi

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

When it comes to weekend chores, cleaning the bathroom is probably not your favorite task as a Sioux City area homeowner. Scrubbing the toilet and wiping up hair and soap residue from the sink can be daunting work, but one issue you may find especially challenging is how to remove bathroom mildew from your shower’s grout. This fungus can be stubborn once it dries into the grout; however, there are a few strategies you can use to banish it for good.

1. Create a Natural Cleanser

If you want to avoid the harshness and strong odors of bleach-based household cleaners, you can make one out of natural ingredients. You will need lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar. Mix the vinegar and lemon juice together in equal portions, then add the baking soda slowly until it forms a paste. Spread this mixture onto the grout and let it sit for twenty to thirty minutes. The ingredients in the paste should loosen the mildew and make it easier to wash away.

2. Soak the Grout Overnight in a Dishwashing Solution

When the entire family takes hot showers, this can create a humidity problem that causes mildew to form in the shower wall’s grout. If you want to avoid scrubbing this fungus away, you can soak the tile overnight in a solution of blue dishwashing liquid and a touch of white vinegar. In the morning, simply rinse the grout and wipe away any film left behind.

3. Call a Professional Mold Removal Service

If you are dealing with severe bathroom mildew, you may want to call in a professional mold remediation and removal company for assistance. Qualified technicians can bring in a variety of tools and cleaning solutions that are not available publicly to deal with stubborn mildew. These techs may also be able to provide you with strategies for keeping grout clean in the future.

Dealing with bathroom mildew in your Sioux City area home can be frustrating. However, keeping these cleaning tactics in mind can help you banish fungus safely and effectively.

Getting Rid of a Sewer Backup

2/22/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded toilet problems are common for homeowners in the Sioux City area, as are other issues with the local sewer system. Sewer backup is to be expected occasionally, and the best way to make sure the damage is minimized, and a recurrence of the problem is prevented, is to understand how to get your sewer cleanup handled professionally. Great damage can emerge in a home if sewage is not properly cleaned up and rooms affected by the incident are not disinfected:

  • Long-term water damage to home features
  • Mold growth
  • Infectious disease contamination
  • Humidity and scent issues

How Professional Cleanup Works

When you call in the pros to handle your cleanup after a sewer emergency, you get more than just fast service with fewer hassles. You also get the expertise of trained and certified workers who understand the risks inherent in dealing with biohazardous materials. With the proper knowledge and the right equipment, they can easily clean and disinfect any sewer backup.

In a sewer cleanup, the first thing crews do is remove water and dry the area. This is typically handled with dry-cleaning tools that remove the water while picking up any dirt or other contaminants carried into the home with it. After that, they thoroughly clean and disinfect surfaces, ensuring that every part of every surface affected is thoroughly restored. Sometimes, that means removing damaged building materials and repairing or replacing them.

How To Choose Your Restoration Professionals

When you need sewer cleanup after a flooded toilet or similar incident, it’s important that your restoration specialists have all the certifications necessary to handle the work. That means being certified to deal with water damage and restoration for sure. It also means being certified for the kind of biohazards present at a sewer backup. When you work with the right specialists, their experience and credentials make sure you are thoroughly protected. Many certified professionals in the Sioux City also work with insurance providers to streamline payment.

Spring Storms Affect the Sooland Area

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

Whether it's your home or your business, strong storms can wreak havoc on your property.

Living in the Sioux City area we have grown accustom to living with the lively weather patterns that the spring season brings.

Sometimes, there's not much you can do to protect your property when 100+ MPH winds hit. Generally, we focus on what's most important... our loved ones. After the storm clouds clear a small percentage of our population will find damage to their homes and businesses.

SERVPRO is prepared to assist after spring storms. 

So whether it's a flooded basement in your home, or the entire roof ripped from your building, there's only one call to make. The cleanup professionals at SERVPRO of Sooland quietly taking to the streets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the best training and equipment. Call us at 712.274.2416

We are prepared to do the hard work necessary to make it "Like it never even happened."

3 Types of Weather Related Damage that could Impact your Business

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

3 Types Of Weather-Related Damage

As an Sioux City area business owner, you might think of rainstorms and other types of flood damage when it comes to the kind of harm bad weather might cause to your commercial building. However, trouble can come from other sources as well, even from those you did not expect. Before the storm season hits your area, it may be helpful to understand what kind of weather-related harm could befall your building, especially those that are not flood related.

1. Impact Damage

Storm damage can be common during high winds, when large tree branches, neighborhood objects like trash cans and other debris might strike your building. This can be especially damaging if a falling branch or projectile breaks a window. If you are expecting high winds to hit your area, consider covering your windows with thick sections of wood or treated rubber, especially at ground level.

2. Electrical Damage

While flooding is a common cause of damage to commercial buildings during bad weather, other types of events could impact their electrical systems to the point where they might need replacing. For example, ice and hail storms can affect fuse boxes and heating, ventilation and air conditioning units, rendering them inoperable. If your HVAC and electrical controls are on the exterior of your building, consider protective covers that can withstand all different types of weather.

3. Roofing Damage

Flood damage would likely affect the lower floors of your business; however, heavy rains and wind that often accompany flooding could impact its roof as well. Wind may pry tiles off your roof or tear away sections of protective material, exposing the underside to moisture. Contacting a flood damage and restoration company may be useful when it comes to finding out how to protect your roof from the kind of harm powerful storms can cause.

Bad weather and flood damage are likely sources of worry for you as a Sioux City area business owner. However, when you know how to protect your property, you may feel greater peace of mind when wind, rain and floods threaten your area.

Cleanup After a Flood

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

Dealing with the aftermath of a flood in the Siouxland area can be devastating. In addition to water damage that can take a long time to repair, a flood can damage the contents of a business. When you are cleaning contents, you need to categorize each item into one of two material types to know if your belongings can be saved.

Porous Materials

Anything in your commercial property that could possibly absorb water may have to be thrown away, particularly if your building was flooded with black water. Porous materials can include anything from carpets to upholstered furniture and drywall. Because these contents can absorb filthy water, they cannot be cleaned thoroughly enough to prevent health hazards. When you begin the process of content cleaning, know that any item made of porous material that possibly came in contact with the contaminated water will likely need to be disposed of.

Non-Porous Materials

Any item that will not absorb water is made of non-porous material. These contents should be safe after a flood. Items may include metal desks or cabinets, waterproof safes, or even plastic furniture. Thorough cleansing with clean water and disinfectant will likely save any belongings made of non-porous materials and keep them useful after restoration. Because these contents did not absorb the dirty water, they do not pose a significant risk if they are kept.

Losing critical business information may be one of the most devastating parts of surviving a flood. Content cleaning can be challenging because you may have to throw away many items, but if you have the right knowledge of porous and non-porous materials, you may be able to save some items. When dealing with black water, knowing which items pose a health hazard is critical to the restoration process. Separating belongings into one of these two categories can help make the cleaning process faster and easier.

5 Fire Prevention Tips

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

Prevent a Home Fire

The best way to survive a home fire is by preventing one from occurring. Fortunately, fire preparation tasks are straightforward.

Install enough smoke alarms in your home.

Ideally, these alarms should be located inside each bedroom, on every level of the home, at least ten feet from cooking appliances, and in the halls outside of the bedrooms. Don't forget to test the alarms every month and replace the batteries on an annual basis. Make sure that family members know how to recognize the alarm and how to exit safely.

Perform home maintenance consistently and thoroughly.

Greasy buildup in burners, lint in the dryer hose, and neglected chimneys are all cause of fire damage. Many household chores and repairs, such as repairing damaged sockets, have a significant impact on fire preparation and prevention.

Store flammable items safely.

Keep gas for the lawnmower, lighter fluid, and similar products stored in a cool location and out of reach. Additionally, consider the many other potentially combustible items. Go through the cabinets and closets of your home, watching for things such as lighters, matches, chemicals, and other flammable items.

Prepare for emergency situations.

A ten-gallon can of baking soda near the cooktop quickly puts out grease fires, safely and effectively. Fire extinguishers with BC or ABC rating are best. An A rating indicates that pressurized water is in the canister and that the extinguisher is not appropriate for cooking fires.

Teach Your Family Fire Safety

In addition to teaching children not to play with matches, fire safety education should include not throwing laundry over a lamp or leaving papers near heaters. The more your children are aware of how fires start, the better they'll be at avoiding them.