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Post Construction Commercial Cleaning

8/19/2019 (Permalink)

After any construction work to your business, you’re likely more than ready to move back into the space that has been under construction and back to normal.

Why do you need post-construction cleanup?

  • To make sure the air is clean to breathe. 
  • To remove debris from places you might not clean on your own. 
  • To ensure dust is removed from all the places it has settled without you realizing. 

A construction project creates a lot of dust and mess that you see (e.g. sawdust, drywall particles, and more) as well as a lot of impurities that you don’t see. The dust and gases that have released into your business and even into your ventilation system can be harmful to your overall health. It’s important to not just hire a regular cleaning service to come in and surface clean your business. Call SERVPRO of Mason City today to help with your post construction clean up!

Ultrasonic Cleaning

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

The Ultrasonic, is known for its deep cleaning abilities. You might be wondering how it cleans. The ultrasonic machine uses bubbles. These are created by sound waves moving through the water. This process is called, Cavitation, which is the formation of bubbles in the water. The action of cavitation is caused by the spinning motion of the bubbles. The microscopic size of the bubbles makes them more efficient during the cleaning process. Bubbles that are created through Cavitation are empty space, there’s nothing that holds them open. As a result, the bubbles will collapse, or implode. This will happen a million times per second. The constant implosion produces vacuum energy, in the form of heat and pressure. The combination of heat and pressure which gives Ultrasonic its cleaning capability and power. When cavitation happens next to a dirty object, the vacuum action produced by millions of bubbles constantly imploding it creates a tiny pressure wave that reaches deep into every nook and cranny. This pressure wave dislodges and breaks up any dirt and other contaminants. If you have an item that needs a deep clean, we’d be more than happy to help at SERVPRO of Mason City.

What to do After a Fire

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

When fire damages your structure, there are many emotions running through your mind. As the owner of a business or home, fear, stress, and uncertainty can make you feel overwhelmed by the loss that has occurred. SERVPRO is here to help ease some of those uncertainties and work to make it look like “it never even happened.”

The first 48 hours after fire damage can make the difference in restoring versus replacing. After the rescue team has come in and extinguished the fire, there are some things you, as the owner, can do until help arrives to risk any further damage. These include:

  • Limit movement in the structure to prevent soot particles from spreading.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
  • If the electricity is OFF, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open to prevent odor.

Some things you will want to avoid without contacting SERVPRO first include:

  • Cleaning any walls or painted surfaces, electrical equipment, or shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Send garments to a dry cleaner; improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damages.

SERVPRO is always here to help. With high-quality products and a team of professionals, we strive to not only restore your structure, but also your peace of mind. In the event a fire occurs to your home or business, please give us a call!

A Small Water Leak Can Be a Big Problem

8/16/2019 (Permalink)

A sudden faucet break with water spewing all over the bathroom, you’d call the plumber to get the damage fixed right away. But, when you have a small drip under your sink, you wait another day, or even weeks to repair the leak.

It might not seem bad in the beginning; even small leaks can become too big for you to handle. By the time you realize it, you’re dealing with a major headache from all the damage and expenses that one simple leak has caused.

Monthly Water Expenses Increase

A dripping sink will affect your water bill. Drips from a leaky faucet or sink can add up to a lot of money on your monthly water bill.

Water Leak Statistics:
The following shows the amount of water that can be lost for various size leaks.

Common water Loss examples:

Leaking Pipe @ 30 drips per second = 2 Gallons per Day
Leaking Pipe @ 60 drips per minute = 5 Gallons per Day
Leaking Pipe @ 120 drips per minute = 11 Gallons per Day

Typical Normal Water Uses:

1 Bath = 42 Gal
1 Shower = 17 Gal to 50 Gal
Wash 1 Load of Clothes = 45 Gal
Flush Toilet = 3 Gal

You can do your own calculations to determine water loss.

Extensive Damage in Your Home

If you think that small leak will always stay small, think again. The damage from the leak can extend to other parts of your home. If you start noticing signs of leaks in your home, contact SERVPRO of Mason City.

Importance of HVAC Maintenance in Your Business

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

As a business, you might have your HVAC inspected yearly, but do you have the duct work itself inspected? A buildings duct work should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year, or as needed. A clean filter in the HVAC can help reduce what goes into the duct work, but it won’t catch everything. Duct work can potentially trap harmful allergens and dust within the system. Trapped particles within the system can come loose and circulate around the structure. This can cause employees or customers to have ill side effects. Simply servicing the HVAC system, itself, will not keep your duct work clean. Having your HVAC and duct work serviced and cleaned regularly, can help remediate bacteria, fungi, mold and any bad odors that may be in the duct work. Cleaning duct work can will also, reduce the potential for mold or fungi growth within the system and can also help restore peak power in your HVAC helping it run more efficiently thus saving you money on energy costs!

Preparing Your Pets for Natural Disasters

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Does your family have an emergency plan in place for bad weather or other emergency situations?  Does it include a plan for your pets? Having your pets or animals in your plan, can save time if, or when, an emergency happens. There’s a lot to think about when an emergency happens, having what you need ready when the emergency occurs, can drastically increase your chances of staying safe during an emergency. Having an emergency kit for your pets, is just as important as having an emergency kit for your family members. There are a wide variety of pet’s that people can own, each one produces its own set of challenges, but the basic needs are somewhat the same. The things needed in a pet emergency kit are based on the type of animal, but your kit should include things like: medicines your pet may need, a few days’ worth of food and water, records of immunizations, if possible small crate or cage for the pet, sanitation items you may need ( cat litter, paper towels, trash bags, etc..), a photo of you and your pets in case you get separated, and familiar items your pet is used to (toys, treats, bedding, etc..).

                An emergency plan that’s already in place when an emergency happens, can keep, not only you, but your pets safe during an emergency. Knowing what your options are ahead of time, can cut down on stress levels on both you, and your pet.  Be sure to know exactly where family is going to meet and whose grabbing what supplies. Think about where you and your pet, may end up if you must leave your home. There are some places will not allow certain pets or won’t allow them at all. Check on supplies and rotate them out, if supplies need to be fresh and ready to use. Having a plan before an emergency can help keep your family and pets safe in an emergency! SERVPRO of Mason City can help you with this.

Prepping Your Home For a Flood

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever stopped to think about what you would to do if you knew your home was going to be in a flood? Or what all you can do to help minimize damage? Stopping flood waters may not be an option, but there are steps you can take to help limit the amount of damage. Making sure you have flood insurance is a start, but you can do things within your home to minimize the amount of damage. Like:

  • Getting electrical cords up off the ground higher than the expected water intrusion can help with avoiding a fire and make the structure safer during the recovery process.
  • Putting appliances and utilities up on blocks could possibly help save them. Shutting power off to structure is also another option if you aren’t sure what the expected level of water is going to be.
  • Shutting off power, however, it will also shut down any sump pumps you may have running. • Shutting off gas supply to the house is another way to avoid further issues such as fire, or gas leak and will also eliminate any pilot lights.
  • Waterproofing your basement is another option. It can lessen the amount and speed water enters the home, possibly giving you and your family more time to respond.
  • Putting in gate valves in drains will help stop sewer water from backing up into the home. These should be installed on every pipe coming into the home.
  • Having an emergency ready kit with supplies for everyone in your house to survive on for minimum 3 days is recommended. Kit should include things like, food, water, blankets, flashlights, medication, etc.
  • Make sure you got paperwork for everyone in the family in case your home gets completely ruined and you must start over.

Having a plan in place for what needs to be done before a flood, can save time and gets everyone out safety quickly and efficiently. Be sure to practice this plan so everyone knows their roll.  If the flood waters are slowly rising and you have more time, household items can be moved to a higher level or another location.  Having a plan, of what to do in a flood situation, can save time and money. In the event you are to need restoration, SERVPRO of Mason City is always here to help.  

How to Handle Water Damage from a Backed-up Toilet

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Having a toilet back up in your home could be one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a person. Calling a plumber, although at the top of your list, should not be your only call. The water coming from your toilet could contain bacteria and numerous other micro-organisms that could be hazardous to your health. You should be ready to call the professionals to help take care of your home for yours and your family’s health. As mitigation specialists, SERVPRO of Mason City has the tools and equipment to make sure you and your family will be breathing clean sanitary air in almost no time at all. There are a few steps you can take before the PROS get there though.

  • Make sure to keep pets and children clear of the affected area.
  • Do NOT use fans to try and dry it up, you may be blowing bacteria all over your home.
  • Call a plumber if the issue cannot be resolved by you.
  • Call your insurance, most back-ups from toilets and drains are covered by insurance.

 Remember the pros are only a phone call away.

SERVPRO of Mason City      

641-424-3382

SERVPRO® of Mason City Owner Receives The Patriotic Award

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Left to right: Tom Teggatz, Cyle Spieker, Mike Groh, Keith Messenger, Angelica Brager, Ben Retz, Kully Olson

It’s always a great honor to be able to employ those who have served our country in the military. In May 2019, the owner of SERVPRO of Mason City, Keith Messenger, was awarded The Patriotic Award from the Iowa ESGR. He was nominated by Angelica Brager, who is the Business Development Manager at SERVPRO of Mason City. She nominated him for his support, during her 2017-2018 deployment and for employing other military service members and veterans. There are currently 7 employees, that are veterans at SERVPRO of Mason City, 3 who are actively serving in the Army National Guard or Reserves and one who is currently deployed overseas. SERVPRO of Mason City takes great pride in employing those who have or had served in military forces. We are a Military Veterans Preferred employer.

Losing Power During a Storm

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

The steps you take during a power outage during a storm can help you stay safe during a storm.

When an outage happens unexpectedly it can:

  • Slow down or stop communications, water, and transportation.
  • Close these types of businesses down for that time being, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and many other services.
  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.
  • Prevent use of medical devices.

DURING A POWER OUTAGE

  • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.
  • Take steps to remain cool, if it is hot outside. When the power may be off for a long time in intense heat, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or “cooling shelter”, which may be available in some communities. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty.
  • Avoid getting carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
  • Put on layers of warm clothing, if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another that has heat to keep warm.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage.
  • Consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing a generator for your home. NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage or connect it to your home's electrical system.

SERVPRO of Mason City is always here to help in the event you are to experience any damage to your home or business during a storm.