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How a Loose Fridge flooded my house..

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

Enjoying my day, it was relaxing. im selling my home iin 3 weeks and everything is perfect.

I came by the house to stain and blast the stairs, contractors were undoing the kitchen floor.

When all of a sudden I noticed a stream running through my kitchen to the basement,

All my walls were ruined and had to be replaced.

Ceiling was trashed along with sub floor and most of the kitchen cabinets.

What could I of done differently? 

Not much, simple and silly things.

1. Hiring the correct contractor, that was my first mistake.

Contractors will always be a Yes man, make sure they do the correct job, have a knowledged devloper advise your job.

2. My Fridge Connection

One loose hose behind my fridge caused the flooding, along with a unoticed leak.

insure your connection is secured and up to standards.

The Benefits of A Mold Remediation

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

As spring approaches so does the humidity and that creepy mold that shows up. Sometimes it shows up around our windows or even on our walls. Many people wipe the mold down with their average household cleaner, while others do a more thorough job and call the professionals. Which one is the better option and why?

Cleaning up mold yourself isn’t uncommon and yes, it is cheap. In my case in the past it always seemed to come back with a vengeance, and I would find myself doing it all over again. In addition, my home began to smell musty over the years. The reason: the mold spores were spreading into the air at a rate higher than normal every time I wiped them. This caused the spores to spread once they found a new surface. I wasn’t doing myself any favors, I was making the mold worse.

SERVPRO specializes in mold and the containment of spores. They have equipment that can collect those spores in the air and clean the air. Also, the anti-microbial that they use is commercial grade, it is not something you can find at your local hardware store. The techs are certified in mold remediation. Yes, it may cost a little more than the household cleaner but in the long run you are protecting your family’s health and a larger bill by not getting the mold taken care of correctly.

Going to the professionals to take care of a hazardous clean-up all in all seems like the correct decision to make especially when it comes to your family. Do your research, get estimates, and don’t wait! Taking care of that fuzzy little black stuff correctly could be the smartest thing you do for yourself and your family.

Recent Fire Frenzy? Des Moines, what does it mean?

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Recent Fire Frenzy? Des Moines, what does it mean? "Fire"

Febuary 2, 2018

Per 3.8 Miles there has been a Commercial or house fire, in Des Moines.

Its only January, why the sudden surge?

My experience includes Commercial Framing construction and Web manmagment. In my opinion this surge is from a mix of things. 

1. Most people are Ignorant on living issues and would not think twice to leave there Pot boiling on the stove while finishing Netflix in the other Room. We think were invincible... Were not!

          "This was the cause of the apartment fire next to 235"

2. Some of us are informed but dont care about letting little things slide, like a cigarette on the brisk leaves outside our house of 13 years in january. 

Sorry to inform you, its a hazard, and caused one local to seriously damage his condo on the eastern-Northern Side of des moines. 

3. Accidents happen, but when one happens, there is usually a pattern to follow in a city where everybody loves to do the same thing.

My advice? Stay sharp and consider the worst could happen to you. Play it safe Des moines. 

How Fires Start

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

How do Fires Start? 

Fires start only in the presence of oxygen, fuel, and energy. There has to be enough energy provided, by either chemical, electrical, or physical means for the fuel to reach it's heat of combustion. 

Right. What does that mean for my house and kids?

To start a house fire you first need to purchase a decent HDTV with a television stand that is barely big enough to hold it. Along with your T.V. you need at least two video game consoles, both equipped with component cables, as well as a 5.1 surround sound system.

Sounds similar to the set-up in the basement right? 

Answer me this; How did you or your children leave all the cords? Well they left them in the corner of your room, inbetween your T.V. and computer, and its just a tangled mess.

Don't forget to have at least two power strips full of plugs buried beneath all of your cables. It's also a bonus if the phone line in your house is conveniently placed in your room coming out of your wall, this way you have even more cables in one coagulated spot! As well as all that, it's also fun when your telephone is added to the mess. Nothing is better than having your phone just lay on the ground because you can't put it anywhere else.

Ladies and Gentlemen if this scenario describes the living situation of you or a loved one, a House fire is inevitable.

Take the right steps to avoid this. Give your children chores again, untangle the mess and organize the cords. No Fuss

It might just save you a visit from us. 

Why Hurricane Floods are so Devastating

9/10/2017 (Permalink)

The current date is 9/11/2017. Hurricane Irma is annihilating Florida residents homes one week after hurricane Harvey in Houston. 

Most people had no idea their first floor was going to be underwater. Such a disaster. 

Why is it so devastating? Well to start the carpet is destroyed and all walls have to be replaced completely. 

Mold could be creeping in the insulation within the walls. Has to be replaced.

Well if I replace the first floor completely its probably fine right? No its not.

Foundation is damaged and the house has become a safety hazard. 

Ultimately in most situations, the House owner has to demolish and rebuild. Most Banks will provide the loan out of empathy, unless, its a flood zone which could be the ultimatum of a lifetime.

Something to remember on how lucky some of us are.   

3 Homeowner Tips for the upcoming Winter Season

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Are you a New Homeowner about to experience your first winter? There are some things you should watch out for to avoid Calling the SERVPRO Team to Water Restorate your Home. 

Here's a few tips

Step 1: Unplug the Garden hose, and shut off the water spigot. 

This is the number one cause of Homeowner devastation, if you fail to do so in the Midwest; the valve could rupture and cause leaks. Results could be Mold and drywall damage. If this does happen make sure to call SERVPRO 

This is a disaster, no one wants a flooded basement. If it does happen, SERVPRO has your back.

Step 2: Christmas Tree Fire's!!

Some of us celebrate the holidays with a Christmas Tree and wonderful lights! Be careful; using too many plugins for one outlet could result in a house fire! 

As well as having a live Christmas Tree, watering it will keep the needles from becoming fuel for a possible House fire. It may be common knowledge but it is surprising how many people could of avoided this by knowing common occurrences. 

Step 3: Insulate your water pipes!

Insulating household water pipes could stop a potential rupture and is easy to do. Most likely the only pipes you'll need to check are underneath the sink, and basement ceilings. 

Doing so is easy! Simply go to your local Home Supply shop and get the appropriate sizes to accommodate your needs! 

We hope you found all the tips helpful!

If you ever have a Household disaster make sure to call your local SERVPRO for a estimate.  

Effective Use of Hydroxyl Radicals for Fire Damage Restoration

5/4/2016 (Permalink)

According to the National Fire Protection Association, it is estimated that some 370,000 home fires occur each year, costing close to $7 billion in total property damage. Many of these fires, however, start and are contained in a certain area of a home or business. Even though containment eliminates the necessity for complete demolition and reconstruction, it is still necessary for proper cleaning of soot and smoke in order to restore the property to a pre-loss condition.

Why is Des Moines the Place to be?

5/2/2016 (Permalink)

Community Why is Des Moines the Place to be? Des Moines

Why is Des Moines the Place to be? I lived in the metro a few years ago before moving to Madison Wisconsin. I took a job with a SERVPRO up there and SERVPRO led me back to Des Moines.

For me i was very excited being 25 and moving back to a vibrant community that would be very simaler to Madison but would end up 20 time better. Why is Des Moines so great, is the continual question.

I believe it is the clash of culture, art, music, politics and most important the food. Des Moines is a plce where you can feal like a big city cat with a small town mentality. Where people are still the bees knees and a man still stand by his word. So here is some great resons why Des Moines is Great!!

Free Entertainment

I love just about anything that’s free or almost free. The metro is full of fun things to do that don’t cost a dime – the Downtown Des Moines Farmers MarketJazz in July concerts andoutdoor movies to name a few. Plus, there arerandom festivals on summer weekends.

Rides/Runs/Races

When I first moved to Des Moines, I was blown away by how active everyone was. It seemed like each person I met was a marathoner or avid cyclist. It’s easy to see why though – there are so many rides, runs and races to participate in. Whether just for fun – like the Tour de Cluck or for serious – like the Iowa Games sprint triathlon, if someone isn’t active, it’s for lack of interest not lack of options.

Trails

The awesome thing about the trail system in Des Moines is that it winds through the city before hitting the open fields. You can hop on and off at spots all around town. There are still trails I haven’t explored – and that’s OK. It’s proof there are endless opportunities to take the path less travelled.

Beer

As we all know, craft breweries are the new thing. So it’s a good thing Des Moines has several to quench the thirst of natives, newcomers and visitors. Exile’s Hannah is on the top of my list while my husband can’t get enough of Confluence – and loves that Hy-Vee sells growlers of it.

Sports

From semi-pro games to rec leagues, there is some great athletic action going on in the metro. You doesn’tlove an Iowa Cubs game or taking on a beer-buzzed volleyball team at The Sands?

People

You hear it a lot – and it’s true – the Midwest has the nicest people. Des Moines is the example, not the exception, to this saying. Haven’t you seen the Iowa Nice video?

Sushi

Out of towners may not believe it – but we really do have some amazing sushi restaurants in the metro. Some of my faves are Wasabi ChiCool Basil and Sakura.

content via desmoinesisnotboring.com 

How to Perfectly Eliminate Mildew Odors from Your Home

4/22/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Perfectly Eliminate Mildew Odors from Your Home Mold - Covering the Bases

If your home has been damaged by water, whether it was a busted pipe, a frozen pipe in winter or an act of God, you know how difficult water removal can be. However, once you’re done with the water removal process you may notice mildew odors that really aren’t very pleasant.

While these odors are a natural part of water damage, you obviously want to get rid of them as soon as possible.

Use this guide to help you get rid of mildew odors in your home after water damage has occurred.

    • Dry the Area
      Before you do anything else it’s important to make sure the area where water damage has occurred is dry. To make this happen, your best bet is to leave the windows open if the temperature is moderate and it’s not too moist outside.

      Tip: Using a box fan to blow cool air over the area can also be very helpful. Just make sure that the water doesn’t affect the fan if it’s on the floor.

    • Mask the Smell
      To get rid of the smell, make a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and vanilla. Sprinkle that on the affected area and let it sit.
  • Hire a Professional
    Sometimes water damage can’t be remedied by a homeowner, especially in terms of mold and mildew smells. In some cases, these smells can indicate the presence of hidden molds in the walls and that you could have some serious health problems if you let it fester.

    That’s why you should hire a professional to help with the mildew smell removal process. You can do a lot on your own, but when it comes to your health and the health of your family, a professional is essential.

    Hiring a professional can also help your home retain its value.

Prepare for Spring Weather

4/1/2016 (Permalink)

Spring weather can be unpredictable. Reduce injury risk and plan ahead.

Spring is the time of year when many things change—including the weather. Temperatures can swing back and forth between balmy and frigid. Sunny days may be followed by a week of stormy weather. Sometimes extreme weather changes can occur even within the same day. Mark Twain once said, "In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours."

Thunderstorms cause most of the severe spring weather. They can bring lightning, tornados, and flooding. Whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, thunderstorms can occur. For much of the world, this happens in spring and summer.

Because spring weather is so unpredictable, you may be unprepared when severe weather hits—particularly if you live in a region that does not often experience thunderstorms, tornadoes, or flooding. And when severe weather hits unexpectedly, the risk of injury and death increases. So planning ahead makes sense; prepare for storms, floods, and tornadoes as if you know in advance they are coming, because in the spring, they very likely will.

Advance planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods requires specific safety precautions.

Often by the time we are aware of an approaching storm, we have little if any time to prepare for it.

Advance planning for thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and floods requires specific safety precautions. You can follow many of the smae steps that you would for all extreme weather events. Keep an emergency kit on hand. Some items to include are:

  • A battery-operated flashlight, a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio, and extra batteries for both
  • An anemergency action plan, including a map of your home and, for every type of severe weather emergency, routes to safety from each room
  • A list of important personal information, including:
    • telephone numbers of neighbors, family, and friends
    • insurance and property information
    • telephone numbers of utility companies
    • medical information
  • According to the American Red Cross a first aid kit may include:
    • non-latex gloves
    • assortment of adhesive bandages
    • antibiotic ointment
    • sterile gauze pads in assorted sizes
    • absorbent compress dressings
    • tweezers
    • scissors
    • adhesive cloth tape
    • aspirin packets (81 mg each)
    • first aid instruction booklet
      (NOTE: Customise your first aid kit to meet your individual and family needs.)
  • A 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • An emergency first aid kit in your car

Prepare your family members for the possibility of severe weather. Tell them where to seek apropriate shelter as soon as they are aware of an approaching storm. Practice your emergency plan for every type of severe weather. Show family members where the emergency supplies are stored, and make sure they know how to turn off the water, gas, and electricity in your home.

Often by the time we are aware of an approaching storm, we have little if any time to prepare for it. But we do know that when spring arrives, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods are real possibilities. So why not take the surprise factor out of severe weather and prepare yourself, your family, and your home? If thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods do occur, you'll be ready for them.

Content Credit CDC 2016