Recent Posts

Proper Foundation Can Aid Against Storm Damage

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Across the Midwest, storms have been known to cause incredible amounts of damage to homes and businesses. This natural disasters can include straight-line winds, lightning, hail, flooding, snow and tornadoes. All of these can ruin your home or business in a matter of hours. In order to prevent such natural disasters, you need to build your home or shop with the proper foundation and design. Building your home or business on the ground where it has been before can be expensive and dangerous. You may pay for a new foundation that will work out much more expensive than the price of building on the right foundation.

Building on a good solid foundation is important when living in an area prone to storms such as tornadoes. When you build your home with proper foundations, it will be able to withstand any weather conditions, including hurricanes and tornadoes. The best part about building your home with a strong, solid foundation is that it can last for decades. If you still experience storm damage, then call on our team to help you get your home or business back!

Getting Back On Track After A Fire

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

After a fire strikes your home or business, you need to have a trusted company clean up the damage properly. Our team's goal is to provide exceptional customer service and remain a trusted leader in restoration. We are a preferred vendor for many insurance companies, making the process that much easier for you. With timely communication and documentation, we strive for providing our clients a good customer service experience during difficult times.

Our focus is to restore your structures back to their former condition. Your business, home, or structure does not need to be in the exact way as it was before the fire. Our goal is to make your structure look as good as it was before the fire occurred. We are here to help!

Our Team is Ready to Help!

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial properties after a fire, smoke, or water damage. Our SERVPRO franchises can also mitigate mold and mildew from your business in a timely and efficient manner to minimize business interruption. Our team priority is to keep your business safe and back up and running as quickly as possible. 

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore our client’s property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for us. Along with our current certifications listed, we are also advanced certified water damage, restoration technicians. Our staff is ready to assist whenever needed as we have 24-hour emergency services for unexpected disasters. 

Method of Cleaning: Ultrasonic

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

A fire can prove to be an emotional and overwhelming situation to handle. Our team of trained professionals comes into your home and helps get your sentimental items and property back to you. We hold a "restore first" mentality to ensure you get your normal life back. 

With our improved technology, we are able to clean more materials and items for a higher rate of restoration. One of these methods is our Ultrasonic cleaner. The ultrasonic machine works by producing high-frequency sound waves with a liquid. These sound waves that are produced work to clean the crevices of intricate items. This machine works best for delicate items such as crystal and china. It can also clean electrical tools and appliances. Our machine can hold larger items to help get more items restored.

Fire Restoration 24/7

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ottumwa & Grinnell is here to help when a fire affects your home or business. We know that you don’t experience this every day. We specialize in fire restoration cleaning and mitigation. We are here to help when a fire affects the structure and/or contents of your home as we are a full-service restoration company. We maintain a "restore first" mentality. You can depend on us to help you make advised decisions as you work through the process. We clean structure and contents. We provide demolition services. We will media blast and seal structure. We work with dependable subcontractors to help in the rebuilding process. We work with and communicate all documentation with insurance programs and the insured to make sure all know the status and progress of the job. We are here to help when a fire occurs.

The Derecho Effect: A Year Later

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Needless to say, 2020 was a busy year for the SERVPRO of Ottumwa/Oskaloosa team members. The business that specializes in disaster relief went into storm restoration mode after the Aug. 10 derecho, and according to Business Development Manager Michele Presley, they are still in that hustling mode.

“We're checking into a lot of mold situations where people may have done something themselves,” she said, “and didn't properly do it, or they didn't know they had a problem. So, they're now finding mold with the environmental changes that we've had after winter into spring.” Derecho damage has unveiled previous and current microbial growth that needs remediation from professionals.

For example, even though the exterior of a home may have look undamaged, the wind may have got into their attic and shifted the insulation, causing condensation issues and microbial growth.

Mrs. Presley accredits these new problems to the timing of last year’s derecho storm.

Rainy Season

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

If anywhere else is like the Midwest we’ve been getting lots of rain! Rain is useful for farmers and gardeners, but at SERVPRO we try to stay ready and prepared if that rain becomes too much and finds its way into someone’s basement. Here’s some tips to avoid a leak into the home.

  1. Check the basement walls. Vertical cracks can come with the age of the home, but horizontal cracks may mean a foundation issue or a lot of pressure from the outside elements. Of course, any crack vertical or horizontal needs addressed if it’s wide enough for water to seep through, but catching them early will be beneficial.
  2. Clean out the gutters. Fall leaves can clog up gutters and cause the water to overflow and drop next to the foundation and cause a puddle. You want the water to flow away from the house, especially if it sits on a slope.
  3. Make sure these are not bent up or damaged so there is a nice flow, and make sure there’s an extra piece on the end that releases water 3 or more feet away from the house. (And remember to put them back on after you mow!)
  4. Splash Block. These are handy in case there’s a leak in the downspout to help guide the water away from the foundation. It doesn’t hurt to check these regularly for any cracks as well.
  5. Build up the soil next to the foundation. Another way to help move water away from the home is to build up the soil near the home and slope it down and away. That way if there is a significant amount of rain or storm that the gutters and spouts cannot hold, the water that overflows will run away from the house.

How to Handle a Burst Pipe

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

No one wants to deal with a burst water pipe. How long it takes for your pipes to freeze and cause problems also depends on your homes insulation and where the pipes are located. General rule of thumb for water to freeze in your homes pipes the temperature outside would need to below 20 degrees Fahrenheit for a total of six hours or longer. Below are a few good precautionary steps you can take to prevent your water pipes for bursting.

  1. Disconnect your hoses from you outside faucets.

If your hose is connected to your outdoor faucet the water is not able to drain out causing the water in the water pipe to freeze leading to a potential bursting pipe.

  1. Keep your water faucets running

In extreme cold weather it is sometimes a good idea to leave your faucets on a small drip to prevent the water in your pipes from freezing.

  1. Install heat tape

Heat tape or wrap is used to go around your pipes and is used to maintain proper temperature to prevent a busted pipe.

  1. Check for air leaks around your home

keep the colder air out.

  1. Maintain proper temperature in your home

Keep temperatures for dropping to 32 degrees in areas of your house where pipes are located.

  1. Leave cabinet doors open

If your sink pipes are on an outside wall keep your cabinet doors open to allow warm air to enter your cabinets to prevent a frozen pipe.

Keep That Gutter Clean!

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Dirty Gutter Make sure to keep those gutters clean to reduce an potential damage to your home. If you have any questions or you need assistance then call today.

SERVPRO is here to help. It is important to take time and reduce damage to your property by keeping your homes gutters cleaned out from debris to prevent excess water from building up. During the fall months is when most gutters become clogged due to all the leaves falling and when left clogged though out the winter months can cause ice dams to build up leaving you with potential for severe roof damage. In the spring and summer when gutters are left with debris from previous months can cause the gutter to detach from your house causing roof, soffit, and foundation problems by letting water seep in.  If let go for long periods of time the water sitting in your gutters during the warmer months can become a breeding ground for insects, mold, and weeds on your homes roof. With routine seasonal cleaning you can prevent multiple gutter issues and if you’re looking for better protection you can simply install gutter guards which are a screen that locks inside your gutter and allows water to enter and keeps the unwanted debris out allowing water to flow freely away from your house.

Our SERVPRO Services

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

A man in front of a gray background This is Rick Isaacson and he is the CEO of the 1,800 SERVPRO franchises over the U.S. He is committed to helping others!

Our SERVPRO team specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. Our SERVPRO franchises can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for us. Along with our current certifications listed, we are also advanced certified water damage restoration technicians. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."  We celebrated our 10-year anniversary as a SERVPRO area franchise in 2020.  We have valued your business over the years and will continue to value it for the many years to come.