Make Selling your Home Easier!
Preparing to put your home on the market? Make sure to follow some of these steps to get your house listed and sold quickly.
Getting your house properly cleaned and ready for showings can help speed your selling process along. Clean floors and carpets will make the presentation of your house stronger and more appealing to potential buyers.
Clean air ducts can eliminate possible odors and allergens, as well as improve operating efficiencies. Clean ducts = Clean air!
Make sure to repair any water leaks or past water loss damages. If you have had water damage in the past, be sure to have a professional check for any mold growth or lingering damages.
There is proof that a clean and fresh smelling home sells faster. A home in its top condition often has an increased market value and faster sale rate. Selling a home can be an exciting venture, don't let it stress you out. Call the experts to help you get your home in ready-to-sell condition today!
SERVPRO of Burlington 319-754-8050
Mold: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
This is an air vent that was attached to a faulty HVAC system. This photo shows the mold growth result.
Mold is a natural occurrence in our world, however not all types of mold are dangerous. Most of us have probably seen mold presence on bread or cheese in our home. In fact, penicillin is present in most antibiotics, which are aimed help us.
Mold growth is typically a result of a water presence in the home. Even a leak or high humidity creates an environment likely to create growth. It is important to be alert for visible mold or musty odors, especially if your home has experienced moisture problems in the past.
Some types of mold can be hazardous to our health. Infants, children, elderly, pregnant, and people with respiratory concerns are more likely to experience health effects of mold, and it should not be ignored.
Call the professionals to properly asses your home and discuss a mold remediation plan. Mold is a scary word, but let the SERVPRO of Burlington specialists take care of it for you!
What Does Soot and Smoke do?
This is a heavily soot saturated bathroom
Smoke and soot is inevitable when there is a fire and it often causes just as much damage. Soot begins to settle into the structure and its contents nearly immediately. It can discolor certain items and stain if action is not taken quickly. Within hours of a fire, the damages become more difficult to restore. Wood may need refinishing, walls begin to yellow, and clothing might be permanently stained. If the house/items are left untreated for weeks, they become more permanently damaged and restoration the process becomes increasingly difficult.
Fires can be devastating and life changing. Let the SERVPRO professionals make it "Like it never even happened." Our IICRC technicians are certified in fire restoration and will handle your home with professionalism and care.
SERVPRO of Burlington 319-754-8050
What is an Emergency Ready Profile? (ERP)
This photo is a gas shut off located outside a business. We did an ERP for this business and filed vital information needed to respond to a disaster.
Did you know that approximately 50% of businesses that experience a disaster will not recover from that event? An Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) is a no cost assessment that SERVPRO offers to businesses in our area to prevent and minimize business interruption. Being prepared for a disaster event can make the difference of keeping your business in operation! So what exactly do we do? SERVPRO professionals will come into your business and create a brief compilation of important information that would be needed in the event of an emergency. That would include photos of the water and gas shut off valves, utility box, and heating/cooling units. This aids in having a structured guide and reference of where those are located within the facility and instructions of what to do. The ERP also organizes vital contact information if ever needed. The information is then saved to the business digitally and a hard copy to keep on hand. Being prepared for a disaster is essential for recovering from a disaster.
Let SERVPRO help you get a plan of action today!
Not Just a Disaster Company
This photo was a carpet cleaning for a residential customer. Our equipment extracts soils deep within the carpet to make carpet new again!
Although we are available 24/7 for any emergency that might arise, we also specialize in residential services. We have SERVPRO professionals with our franchise that are IICRC certified to clean carpet with the latest technology. We utilize equipment to clean deep within your carpet. We can even do stain removal! If you experience a stain such as spillled wine/beverage, pet stains, biohazard, or even a mystery stain, our technicians can help you out. Some of our other services include:
- Odor identification
- Hard floor cleaning
- HVAC cleaning
- Vandalism cleanup
- Document drying
From Carpets to Catastrophes
Whether you need emergency services or routine cleaning, we are here for you! Give SERVPRO of Burlington a call for your residential needs.
Flooded Basement? Call the Professionals!
SERVPRO of Burlington is available 24/7 to serve Burlington, Mt. Pleasant, Keokuk, Fort Madison, and Muscatine.
A flooded basement or water damage to your home is never convenient, especially when it disrupts your living quarters or business. Flood waters in your basement can contain harmful bacteria and cause damage not visible to the eye. It is important to call the professionals to examine your property. SERVPRO will use their knowledge and experience, as well as technical equipment to analyze the moisture and damage to your home. Our trained technicians will:
- Identify the source/type of water
- Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
- Survey the extent of damage
- Perform emergency water extraction
- Apply necessary treatments (Disinfectants/Deodorization)
- Utilize drying equipment
SERVPRO of Burlington will help you restore your home back to normal and give you peace of mind, call the professionals!
What to do in a severe storm/tornado?
Let us help you when you are impacted by a storm!
Southeast Iowa lies in tornado alley, so I'm sure we are all too familiar with the sounds of tornado sirens. Tornadoes are caused when hot and cold temperatures meet, and Iowa's hot/humid climate is the perfect recipe for a strong storm or tornado. Like any typical Midwest summer, we have recently had several severe storms come through our area, inevitably causing some damage in its path. Heavy storms can bring dangerous winds, flash flooding, and downed power lines or trees. SERVPRO is equipped with trained technicians and proper equipment to handle these situations. If you find yourself in the midst of a storm, take the appropriate actions to ensure you and your family are safe. After the storm has passed, assess your home and property. Storm damage can be devastating, but SERVPRO is here 24 hours a day if you need help.
How to Handle a Sewer Backup
Sewer backups can be caused by a variety of things, and knowing what to do when you find your basement flooded with sewer water can help protect you and your family. First, do not step into the water as there could be electric current flowing within the water (which is not visible). Second, there is a great deal of potential health hazards as the water usually contains bacteria - some that can be harmful to your health. It is wise to not pick up any floating objects that are sitting in the water. It is also important to call professionals as soon as you can, timely action can help minimize the damage. SERVPRO has the proper equipment to extract the water, remove any odors, repair damages, and disinfect your basement and contents. Adequately trained technicians will give you peace of mind and help you get your home back to normal again.
Kitchen Fire Facts
This photo shows a kitchen fire loss that caused extensive damage.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, from 2010-2014 firefighters responded to an estimated 166,100 home fires caused by cooking or involving cooking equipment. The leading cause of these fires included unattended cooking. As a result there were 480 civilian deaths and 5,540 injuries. NFPA also reports that cooking fires accounted for 1.1 billion dollars of direct property damage. It is alarming how fast a kitchen fire can start and then spread throughout your home. The damages usually extend to the entire house even when the source is isolated to one part of the house. Smoke and soot will travel to all areas of the structure. When a fire starts, it is crucial to protect yourself and call 911 or your local fire department. Injuries are likely to occur when you try to fight the fire on your own. Always be careful when cooking to be watchful of burners. Don't leave cooking food unattended and stay safe.
Cleaning with an Esporta
This is our Esporta machine located in one of our cleaning/restoration shops.
This is our Esporta machine that we use to clean many items. It is said to be five times more effective than traditional washing methods and can restore items that would typically need to be replaced in the past. It can restore items damaged with smoke/soot, mold, bio waste, and contaminated water. We have washed items including leather goods, laundry, household items, soft goods such as stuffed animals, pillows, and comforters. To operate the machine, you must be trained and certified, and our certified operators are extremely knowledgeable on using the Esporta to restore contents to their original state. It is especially satisfying when we are able to restore an item of sentimental value for a customer. In our before and after gallery you can find photos of our local (Wapello) Fire Department gear. We have washed turnout gear, boots, and helmets for our local department. It is time to check out the new generation of washing!