SERVPRO Knows the Science Behind Drying
SERVPRO has special equipment and advanced techniques to get your property dry quickly and efficiently.
You have a water damage and you need to act quick. Your first instinct may be to grab towels and set up fans. But it isn't always that easy; in fact, additional damage is very likely if a structure is not dried quickly and properly. At SERVPRO, we understand that there is a science to drying. Having an understanding of psychrometrics is the key to the drying process. Our staff is highly trained and well versed in the industry standards to facilitate a quick and effective process.
You may notice that, for instance, your basement is not getting dry even though oyu have several fans going. While moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material, this only occurs if the air is drier than the material. Therefore, if your basement air is moist, the moisture in your carpet or walls will not come out. This is why you need to dry the air in addition to attempting to dry the materials.
When we get to your home or business, we will first inspect the structure to pinpoint all wet areas. We then want to measure the amount of moisture within the wet materials to ensure that they are drying properly. All the while, our professional, state-of-the-art drying equipment will be running in the background. Having our machines present will speed up the natural drying process, which will help you avoid secondary damages to your structure. The faster the water is dried, the less damage that will occur.
SERVPRO Offers Superior Commercial Cleaning
A clean business shows your customers you care about the details.
You may know SERVPRO as the leading company in the fire and water restoration industry, but restoration is only the beginning of the services we offer. One of these services is commercial cleaning. At SERVPRO, we understand the importance of your business being a clean and safe environment for customers, as well as employees. After years of use, carpets and furniture can become soiled and visibly dirty. SERVPRO specializes in the deep clean of carpet, furniture, drapes, and more. No matter the size or scope of your job, we will make sure your commercial facility is clean and fresh.
While purchasing our cleaning service will improve your business’s appearance, it can also save you money in the long run. This is because routine cleaning of carpets and office furniture will result in increased longevity.
No matter the size of your commercial facility, SERVPRO has you covered for all of your cleaning needs. You can focus on your business; we have the cleaning covered.
Are you getting near the end of a construction job? As any construction company knows, the job isn't over when you finish the work: everything must be cleaned! Not to worry; SERVPRO of Moline/Rock Island offers post-construction job clean-up.
Once your work is complete, SERVPRO will come in to make sure every inch of your project is spotless and ready for its intended use. Of course, depending on the facility or project, there is different methods that will need to be employed. This is why SERVPRO will customize our cleaning plan based on your needs and your schedule.
If you need a deep clean on your construction site or post-construction facility, call SERVPRO today. Whether you need a building material clean-up or a fine, deep cleaning of residential or commercial facilities, we have 25 years of experience in the Quad Cities and professionally trained staff at your service. We are "Here to Help."
Summer Storm Season
While many associate spring with sometimes severe weather, the threat of stormy weather continues well into summer. In fact, the potential for storms can actually increase during the summer depending on your region. For the Quad Cities, this increase in potential comes in the form of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.
Though it is often difficult to be prepared for unpredictable weather, there are steps you can take now to ensure your preparedness and, thus, your safety. If you own a business, you may want to consider an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) from SERVPRO. Either way, you can use the following tips to prepare for the possibility of severe weather:
- Create an emergency supply kit and a communication plan for your family.
- Always unplug electronic appliances, such as computers, TVs, microwaves, etc., to avoid damage.
- Fasten-down outdoor objects, such as patio furniture or grills.
- Seek shelter if you are outdoors.
- Use a battery operated radio to listen for weather updates.
For more severe weather safety tips, call your local SERVPRO of Moline/Rock Island.
The Dangers of House-Fire Aftermath
Smoke moves quickly throughout your home during a fire. Even small fires may require professional cleaning and restoration services.
Inhaling any type of smoke can be detrimental to your health, even for short periods of time. In fact, the leading cause of death in house fires is not from the fire itself, but instead smoke inhalation. Just a few minutes of smoke exposure to lungs can cause cardiac arrest, brain damage, and even death. But even after the fire stops, the damage left behind can pose further dangers to your health.
Every year, there are over 1 million house fires. Each of these fires leaves beyond VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which are released from the burning contents within the structure. One of these VOCs is cyanide, which is released when synthetic materials--such as rubber, plastic, or foam--are burnt. Because exposure to these toxic VOCs can cause permanent health issues, it is important that you call a professional to access your damage, large or small. If you have experienced a house fire, call SERVPRO today to help restore your home and protect your health from the dangers of smoke and fire damage.
Boating Safety Tips
Have peace-of-mind this boating season by employing proper safety precautions.
The flooding on the Mississippi River has finally gone down. The rain has stopped (mostly) and the weather has been warm and sunny. For many of us here in the Quad Cities, this means it is time to get our boats back on the water. However, before you "dive in" to this year's boating season, it is important to be prepared in order to ensure you and your passengers are safe.
Before launching your boat, always make sure to check the weather. If the water is going to be rough and choppy, it can be unsafe for boating or swimming. Once swells pick up with high winds and currents, it becomes much easier for your boat to capsize. Also before launching, make sure that friends and family are aware of your trip, where you will be going, and what time they should expect you to return.
Once you check the weather and inform others of your trip, you are almost ready to go. But, lastly, you need to make sure you have the essentials onboard in case of an emergency. The following is a list of safety items you should carry in your boat at all times:
- Life jackets
- Life-saver flotation ring
- Horn or other sound-producing device, such as a whistle
- Fire extinguisher
- Navigation lights for night boating
- First-Aid kit
Fireworks can be fun to watch, but dangerous to use.
For many, fireworks are an important component of any 4th of July celebration. However, fireworks can be extremely dangerous, especially if handled without care. In fact, an average of 230 people are sent to the emergency room each day with firework-related injuries in the weeks leading up to the 4th of July. This is because fireworks can cause serious damage to hands, fingers and eyes. In addition, fireworks are responsible for 18,500 fires per year, which cause deaths and serious property damage. For these reasons, it is very important to use caution and practice safety measures when handling fireworks. Do your best to employ the following safety tips this 4th of July:
- Do not allow young children to handle fireworks; older children should be supervised at all time when handling or igniting fireworks of any kind.
- When lighting a fuse, do not allow any part of your body to be above the firework. Once lit, always retreat to a safe distance until the firework is finished.
- Do not attempt to re-light fireworks that did not go off.
- Always keep a container of water near your fireworks site in case of a fire.
- Do not carry fireworks on your person for any reason.
- Before throwing away your used fireworks, submerge them in water to avoid starting a trash fire.
- Do not ignite fireworks near your home or any other structure.
While we offer tips to stay safe when using fireworks, you should always follow all of your local laws and ordinances. Stay safe and have fun!
Summer Outdoor Maintenance Checklist
As the weather gets nicer, we are ready to emerge from our indoor winter hibernation. For many of us, nicer weather can often mean we have some work to do In our yards and home exteriors. This is because the long winters sometimes leave our homes and outdoor spaces in need of maintenance. If you own a home or have an outdoor space, see our list below for some project ideas:
- Check the exterior of your home for damaged or rotting pieces of siding. To keep siding looking fresh and to protect it from the elements, it is good to use a power washer for a deep clean every year.
- If you find any chips, cracks, or fading on your siding, it is important to touch them up. This will ensure your siding is protected from further damage and will ultimately last longer.
- Wash your windows on both the inside and outside. Dirty windows make your view less than satisfactory and let in less light.
- Inspect your foundation for cracks . Cracks in your foundation can spread and create entry points for water and pests. If you find significant cracking, you may need to have it inspected by a professional to avoid further damage.
- Power wash your wooden deck or patio. Not only does this make your outdoor spaces look like new, it can protect your wood surfaces and prevent it from cracking.
- Inspect your driveway for cracks. Small cracks can eventually turn into structural damage over the years, as water continues to freeze inside these cracks every winter. For this reason, it is important to refill these cracks as you discover them.
The Dangers of Boating in Flooded Waters
Trees and brush get caught on bridges, creating a hazardous station for boaters.
The flooding this year has put a damper on the nice weather we are having, especially for those of us who like to spend time on the water. It was a long, cold winter and our rivers and lakes were to be our escape! But with a record number of days at flood stage, our spring water activities have been put on hold. While it may be tempting to get out on the water with our boats, canoes or kayaks, it is extremely dangerous to do so. Below are a number of reasons not to try boating on flood stage waters:
- Debris: As the water rises on the banks of a river, the water starts to pull debris into its flow from the riverside. This debris can be made up of any possible object along the riverside such as fallen trees or parts of fallen structures. All of these objects are extremely hazardous to boaters and often hard to see.
- Strainers: These are made up of trees and logs that become lodged in a river or stream. Boats can easily become hung up on these hazards.
- Bridge abutments: As debris gets caught on bridges, it creates significant hazards for boaters. These blockages can even spread to completely block channels with debris. Bridge abutments can even cause treacherous water conditions without debris catch, as the resistance between the water and the structure creates high currents.
- Murky waters: Because flooding stirs up a lot of mud and sediment, the water will be very murky. For this reason, it is impossible to see hazards that are potentially below the service. In this way, it may seem safe above the water as a dangerous situation lurks below.
Stay safe this season and wait for the flooding to go down before boating!
Flooring Material Options for Flood-Prone Basements
Tile can be a good option for basement flooring.
If you get water in your finished basement during floods or heavy rains, chances are you’ve had to replace the flooring at some time or another. But what is the best material to put in a basement susceptible to water damage? While we all have certain flooring materials that we prefer, some are more resilient than others when it comes in contact with water. Regardless of the flooring you choose, the faster you clean up the water the better.
Carpet is a popular choice for basements. It makes it feel warmer and more livable. However, removing water from carpet and carpet pads can be difficult. If your carpet gets wet, you have to act very quickly to avoid mold growth. Carpet without a pad in your basement is a lot easier to salvage after water damage. We recommend calling SERVPRO right away in order to save your carpet, as we have specialty equipment that will work fast to extract the moisture and dry your carpet and pad. If your carpeting does not survive a flood, a great alternative is carpet tiles, which are easy to dry and/or replace.
Tile can be a great, low-maintenance option for your finished basement. Being made of stone or porcelain, tiles absorb very little standing water. In this way, tile flooring is essentially water-proof. Tile flooring is easy to clean and can individually be replaced if damaged.
Vinyl flooring is the best option for finished basements in flood-prone areas. It is 100% waterproof and is very easy to clean. Vinyl flooring also comes in a variety of styles, including tile and planking. In fact, many vinyl flooring options look identical to wood or laminate options.
Wood and laminate options can be quite problematic for basements, even if it does not flood. Because wood products are porous, they will absorb water. Even an overly humid basement can damage wood floors. Should your wood or laminate floors get flooded, they will almost always need to be replaced. This is because the material changes shape and warps as it absorbs water.
If you have questions about basement flooring, feel free to call SERVPRO!