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Emergency Readiness Profile
This application can be accessed from any device and can be utilized to access essential information.
We know there is a lot of uncertainty at this time, and we would like to help take some of the stress away. Call us to find out about our cost-free Emergency Readiness Profiles (ERPs) and how they can help you, especially during this time. We are continuing to operate at this time and are here to help. We offer a service of helping businesses develop an emergency ready profile for their property at no cost. We offer a free app for all phones to also maintain this critical contact and property information electronically prior to any incident or unexpected disaster. Everything can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if a disaster strikes. This information can be shared very easily with staff and whoever else needs to be ahold of the information and contacts. An ERP includes information about emergency contact numbers, priority and high/risk area, shut off valve locations, insurance contacts, and more. If also details the location and directions for the different parts of the building. This is essential since every building is different in one way or another. We believe in helping to reduce property damage when a disaster occurs. We provide a paper copy, emailed copy, and the app copy of the Emergency Ready Profile for easy access by all employees. We here at SERVPRO of Ottumwa/Grinnell stand by being proactive not reactive to an emergency situation. These profiles are proven to help reduce the amount of damage that occurs if kept current and utilized. Call and schedule your appointment with one of our team members to help develop your FREE Emergency Ready Profile.
Be Prepared With a Restoration Contact Number in Your Phone
Programming our phone number 641-682-0782 into your cell phone gives you the number you need at a quick button click on your phone.
As the winter season approaches, be sure to have your business ready for whatever happens by making sure SERVPRO of Ottumwa / Oskaloosa is your first call when disaster strikes.
We understand firsthand how critical it is to get your commercial space back up and running after a water loss or fire loss. At SERVPRO, we are ready to respond fast to any size disaster and get your commercial space back to "Like it never even happened." We use state of the art technology to map moisture and set drying equipment quickly to mitigate any size loss day or night. We have technicians ready at a moment’s notice to respond to your commercial space quickly and start the cleanup process. We are the trusted leader in storm, fire, and water restoration. Call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get emergency cleanup service for your commercial space. Getting your business back to work quickly and reducing business interruption is important to us too.
Industrial Business Water Clean Up
This photo shows the water and mud that covered the floor before we started the clean up process.
SERVPRO of Ottumwa / Oskaloosa got a call about an industrial building having water damage on the weekend. The caller said they needed water in a 100,000 square foot refrigeration factory clean up and they wanted emergency services.
SERVPRO was on site accessing the situation in 30 minutes. A main line to the fire suppression system broke under the concrete flooring and an estimated 150,000 gallons of water and mud had flooded the warehouse.
Within a few hours on the same day the client called our crew had set up extraction equipment and called in a semi truck load of floor scrubbers to clean the mud. By Monday, SERVPRO had the factory up and running at 75% capacity.
SERVPRO of Ottumwa/ Oskaloosa helps commercial properties get back to business faster. We understand the importance of getting back to work. Every minute a commercial business is down it is not creating revenue. We are here to help and "Ready for what ever happens."
If you own, operate, or manage a commercial property call us and ask about our FREE ERP (emergency ready profile) and how it could help your business.
We Understand The Need For Speed
SERVPRO of Ottumwa / Oskaloosa is faster to any size disaster. We are prepared for floods, storms, a fire or even just simple water line leak related damage we have the experience tools and staff to mitigate any size disaster faster. The faster a disaster is mitigated the better. Water and fire contaminants will continue to affect the structure until they are mitigated. We know the need for speed. Its not only better for the contents and structure for us to get there faster but faster for the business to resume normal operations and limit interruptions to operations. We will call in additional resources and staff from a large network of SERVPRO locations if we feel like the need is there due to multiple locations being affected. This occurs maybe in a storm event that has affected a large area. We are Ready For Whatever Happens when you need it most.
It is Best to Have a Plan Before Any Disaster
SERVPRO of Ottumwa / Oskaloosa is here to help you plan before a disaster occurs. SERVPRO offers a no cost Emergency Ready Profile for your business. This plan will help minimize business interruption by having a plan of action. Having a plan in place before a disaster saves time and money. The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is an easy to use application that is designed to provide quick reference of important building and contact information. The application is available on any smart device. Identifying key individuals and contractors to that work can be authorized quickly allows the mitigation process to begin helping you to get your business operating back to normal as soon as possible. With many years of experience SERVPRO of Ottumwa / Oskaloosa has highly trained techs prepared to handle any size loss.
SERVPRO Commercial Resources
When a fire, water, or mold cleanup is needed in a commercial business, SERVPRO of Ottumwa / Oskaloosa's understands that getting the business back up and operational as soon as possible is the main focus. Nobody likes a disaster of any kind, and we are here to help make it "Like it never even happened."
Our resources to get your business back up and running include:
Fast response time: We will respond to any commercial event within the State of Iowa in 4 hours.
Large loss response trucks: We have two 30 foot box truck’s stocked specifically for responding to commercial losses. These trucks are stocked and ready to go so we can roll out at a moments notice.
Large labor pool – Our three offices have a combined total of over 50 employees trained and ready to help. We have access to hundreds of temp laborers that are also trained in mitigation cleaning.
Qualified list of subcontractors – When the job is finished and you are ready to rebuild your commercial business, SERVPRO has a list of trusted subcontractors that we can refer you to for all reconstruction needs.
Odors in Commercial Businesses - SERVPRO is here to help!
Do you have an odor in your business? SERVPRO of Des Moines Ottumwa / Oskaloosa technicians are trained and ready to inspect and help identify the source of odor! We use state of the art technology to pinpoint moisture and compromised materials in order to eliminate the source of the odor and to make it “Like it never even happened.”!
If your building locations has ever experienced a water loss, microbial related issue, or even rodent/insect infiltration and the structural materials were not properly mitigated and restored you may have found your odor issue.
In door air quality for your employees is very important for an effective work environment. The businesses working space is very important and we are here to help when an odor presents itself. We do thorough inspections and will present our findings along with an estimate for services if needed. Give our office a call today to schedule an appointment with one of our Project Management Team.
Sprinkler Systems Are Common Causes of Water Damage
Sprinkler systems are commonly installed in commercial and industrial buildings. They save life and structure when a fire occurs. They do cause water damage though when putting out the fire or when the system malfunctions. This is when SERVPRO of Ottumwa / Oskaloosa is here to help. We come in and dry the structure when a system malfunctions. Fire sprinklers are activated when the mercury liquid filled bulb bursts between 135 and 165 degrees. It is thought by many that they are triggered by smoke. They are actually activated by heat. Failures occur with sprinkler heads commonly when the line freezes from cold weather or the head gets hit or pulled on by something. We are here to help when you need it most and want to help prevent issues before they arise. It is always a good idea to know where your sprinkler line shut off valves are located in case you have a malfunctioning system and know who services these systems for your facility.
Water Clean Up In Commercial Business
Desiccant Set Up In Des Moines
Drying a large commercial space takes special equipment. SERVPRO has that equipment ready and available. When drying 1000's of square feet of space it takes specialized equipment.
Desiccant drying systems are brought in to assist in the mitigation process. Desiccants operate differently then dehumidifiers and operate to a lower temperature as well.
The first step in any mitigation process is to extract the standing water. Then the steps of drying the structure begins. To dry the structure if there is a lot of square footage affected a desiccant will be utilized because air flow tubes can be utilized through the building. The moisture can then be exhausted outside the building.
We are here to help with your Commercial Building drying needs. We have the equipment necessary to help clean up the mess and work hard to make it "Like it never even happened."
Document Restoration for Business
Businesses have lots of important documents and vital records. When water or fire damage occurs you can depend on SERVPRO of Ottumwa/Oskaloosa to be able to help restore these items. It is vital to bring in professionals right away for document restoration services. We restore tax records, historical documents, books, photographs etc. In commercial business spaces there are so many things that can cause water damage to documents. Documents that are years old but important and need to be maintained are often kept in the basement of a facility. These areas are subject to water infiltration, sump pump failures, sewer back ups, mechanical room or line failures. We are here to help if these type of situations occur. Fire or soot damage can also ruin documents. We are here to help with those as well.
We have specialized freeze drying and cleaning equipment that we utilize. If you are ever in need of having vital documents restored give us a call. We are here to help.
SERVPRO Helps Commercial Business
We work for all types of commercial businesses for all types of losses. We at SERVPRO of Ottumwa/Oskaloosa has helped business get back up to normal for educational facilities, churches, financial institutions, restaurants, hotels and apartment buildings to name a few. When water, fire, or mold, etc occur and you don’t know how to clean it up we are here to help. We specialize in getting business back up to normal. Let us bring our equipment and trained staff in to help. We will scope your loss, provide an estimate and get to work for you right away. When the work is completed we will provide all documentation including drying logs and pictures of work progress for documentation that you might need. We provide service for all size losses small to large. We are equipped to handle any size commercial facility as the large loss representative for the state of Iowa. You can trust SERVPRO to help your commercial business.
Want to help commercial businesses after a water or fire loss?
Join our SERVPRO green team today!
We work hard to ensure our residential and commercial clients get the help they need in their time of need. Our commercial clients know to call green to get it clean. If you want to become part of the team that makes it "Like it never even happened.", you are in luck!
We are hiring for multiple positions. We are currently hiring for Production Technicians in our Iowa City and Des Moines locations. We are also looking for a Project Manager to oversee every aspect of a job that comes in.
If you would like more information about our current job openings please go to:
We are always accepting resumes and you can submit yours to andrea@SERVPRO.me.
SERVPRO of Ottumwa/Oskaloosa helps to make it "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Restaurant Loss & Getting you Back to Business
In 2015 Restaurants across the United States suffered a total of $116 million dollars in damages, the average loss being $23,000 (not including revenue loss from business interruption) finding prime days for damage occurred on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. We know that even the smallest losses can impact business functionality and cause revenue loss which is why we are here to get you back to business quickly! SERVPRO of Iowa City/Ottumwa/Des Moines is a large loss certified franchise with trained crews and commercial grade equipment that can respond to any size loss within hours. Regardless of the type of loss we understand the urgency of getting damages taken care of… after all an empty restaurant will COST you money. Once emergency cleaning is completed, our professional team can also offer regular maintenance services such as hood kitchen exhaust cleaning helping to ensure your restaurant is always clean and ready for business!
Summer Weather and Your Appliances- Fire Hazards at Your Business and at Home
Often time people overlook the fact that summer weather can have an impact on your appliances. Extreme Heat, Summer Storms, and Power Outages can be hazardous and increase the chances of a fire in your home or business. Be cautious of over-working compressors from refrigerators and freezers, they can get extremely hot and cause a fire. Improperly used extension cords not designed to carry the proper electric load can heat quickly and also cause a fire and considerable damage. During a Summer Storm do not use electrical appliances that have been wet or potentially shorted from a lightning strike, these can be a major fire hazard. To be sure no fires have started it’s a good idea to check your appliances during and after a storm. If you experience a power outage never run cords from generators or other appliances under carpet or rugs where heat could build and cause damage or fire. Being aware of the potential hazards can save you, your business, and your home.
Commercial - The Benefits of an Emergency Ready Plan
Statistically 50% of businesses will not reopen after a water or fire loss. Reason being they do not have a plan in place. If no plan is in place, there is extended amounts of time where revenue is not made. This hurts the business and then they close. We understand this need to be prepared. We have a completely FREE service where we come and help you put a plan in place with emergency contacts, shut offs, and pictures all in a easy to use app that can be accessed on a phone, tablet, or computer.
With a plan in place you know contacts and locations of things to be able to reduce property damage in the event of a fire or water loss. You know who to call and help can be there faster. We are a firm believer in don't wait until disaster strikes. Contact us today to help you be "Ready for whatever happens"
Understanding our Commercial Customers Needs
We pride ourselves on understanding our commercial customers needs. We understand that every minute you are closed and/or not fully open for business you are loosing valuable revenue. We guarantee that when you make a call into us that within an hour no matter the time of day we will contact you and set up arrangements to be on site. We then will do everything in our power to very quickly decide what needs to be done and how we are going to do it so that you get back up and running as quickly as possible.
If possible we will set up containments or set up specialized air cleaning equipment to get your business back up and running immediately while we work so you can work. We know that your business is very important to you because our business is very important to us and we are lucky enough to have the trained staff and the equipment to help you and your business.
Types of Commercial Businesses we have Worked for
We have worked with many different types of commercial properties.
We have worked with schools; cleaning contents after a storm, drying out a water loss to reduce further damage, drying gym floors to avoid costly replacement, and cleaning after a fire.
We have worked with banks; cleaning sewage from basements, drying out and restoring important documents, and cleaning carpet to name just a few.
We have worked with many commercial retail locations; cleaning soot and removing odor after a fire, cleaning contents, removing grease from surfaces, and drying out after a sprinkler head or a water intrusion.
We have worked with many property management companies on apartments and hotels; Removing mold, removing odor, cleaning carpets, cleaning after a fire loss, drying out after a water loss.
Either way we have a proven track record of working with Commercial Businesses and getting them back and running as QUICK as possible to prevent excessive revenue loss. We even offer Emergency Ready Profiles for no charge on a handy app so that businesses have all their important information in the event of an emergency right in front of them all the time.
Ask our staff how we can help your business.
Our Customer Service Response Times
Customer service is top priority for us on any loss but especially on a commercial job. We want to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible following a loss. Our service response guidelines are as follows.
With in 1 hour of your initial call to us we will return your call and arrange a professional to provide service.
With in 4 hours of your initial call a professional will be on site to evaluate the loss and start mitigation services.
With in 8 hours of your initial call we will be able to give you a briefing of what we are doing and how we need to do it and provide that scope to the appropriate people.
We are here to help you and we know that prompt service is needed when an emergency happens. You can trust us.
Commercial Large Loss Response Team
You can depend on us to get your commercial business back up and running. You are lucky enough to have us be a SERVPRO qualified Large Loss Response Team. We are right here in your back yard. What this means for you is that we are a part of an elite group of SERVPRO's that are strategically positioned throughout the United States with trucks and equipment ready to be mobilized to your loss. The benefits to businesses that are so vital are that you know that we have a trained workforce that has under gone back ground checks, our employees are uniformed and carry id badges all the time, we are trained by IICRC in our industry, and the management programs and corporate communication we have in place are all vital for businesses to know that the people doing the work for you are professionals. We have a promise of satisfaction and a promise of professionalism.
Large Loss Response Team
We are currently the only certified Large Loss Response Team in the state of Iowa. We have the equipment, employees, and connections to help in even the largest disaster. We promise to be ready when you need us. Our equipment is always fueled, tested, loaded. We have on call staff 24 hours a day. We have a trailer loaded with our desiccant and a dedicated generator to run it at all times. This desiccant is a 5,000 cfm piece of equipment for dehumidification. We have air movers and large portable dehumidifiers for drying a structure. We have large air scrubbers and different ozone machines for removing odor. A large loss is a loss valued at over $50,000 in mitigation or remediation work. Every loss is managed by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.
Our employees are trained residential and commercially for any size disaster.