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Commercial Sprinkler Systems

6/17/2022 (Permalink)

A system designed to protect your business from a catastrophe can damage it in other ways. A common example of this is a sprinkler system or Fire suppression system (Dry) installed to protect a commercial building from fire. The waters or powder sprayed to knock down the flames cause their own harm, and a restoration company needs to be skilled at fire damage to offer your company the services you need.
 
Even more disappointing is when your firefighting system malfunctions, creating an immediate need for SERVPRO of Burlington without the excuse of an actual fire. Regardless of the cause, a system, once activated, will continue to release until stopped. If more than one sprinkler head engages, the amount of water or powder spaying into your commercial space can be significant. This damage is serious and can result in a broad range of secondary damage issues if not remedied quickly. Our crews of water and powder removal specialists have the skill and the equipment to remove large quantities fast.
 
If you do not have an alarm or security staff to notify you of sprinkler engagement, the water removal situation worsens if the flow happens when your business is closed. SERVPRO does not shy away from large water events, and water or powder removal action can begin immediately after one of our experienced project managers assesses the scene.
 
Sprinkler systems protect your property unless they operate unexpectedly and in error. SERVPRO of Burlington is a trusted water removal or powder removal partner for your commercial needs. Call 319-754-8050 to schedule a speedy evaluation and begin the restoration process.

Water Heater Failure

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Water heater failure is something that a home owner needs to watch out for.

A water heater is replaced about every ten years per average household. It is important to check your water heater before any problem occurs, such as any leaking, rusty water, the age of your water heater and any loud noises coming from your water heater. These are some steps that need to be taken when deciding whether or not your water heater needs to be replaced.

  1. The first step is, knowing the age of your water heater. One way to inspect when your water heater was made is to check the serial number. The serial number is able to provide you with the age of your water heater.
  2. The second step is to see if there is any rusty water coming from your water heater. A sign of a failing water heater is rusty water coming from the hot side of the piping in your home.
  3. The third step is to check to see if there is noise or shaking coming from your water heater. The noise or shaking can cause building up of sediment at the bottom of your water heater which hardens and causes the water heater to rumble and fail.
  4. The final step is to check to see if there is water around your water heater that has leaked.

If your water heater fails and fills your basement with water call SERVPRO to dry it out and repair the damage. SERVPRO of Burlington is the industry leader. 

Content Management

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

When a fire happens the spread of smoke, soot and other effects can quickly compromise a home or business. Protecting your property means much more than reducing structural damage and focuses most heavily on what our crews can do to ensure that your personal belongings, treasures, and possessions do not become irreparably damaged by lingering smoke, soot, and debris. Content management is one of our fire recovery efforts, and that begins with a team of qualified technicians.

Content management is a safe solution for damaged and even soiled contents from your home. Our SERVPRO professionals work to recover and restore your belongings through various techniques, including immersion cleaning, deodorization, and other practices. In some situations, we determine that your item is non salvageable we must mark as such and retain for insurance purposes. We return all possessions that are too severely damaged to preserve – this only happens when any restoration practices would not improve the condition of these items.

Fire recovery is inevitable after a loss incident, and our team of trained professionals can help however you need. We have cleaning and content management professionals that can reduce restoration costs and overall losses after a fire emergency.

Fire Extinguisher Usage

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Things to Know When Using a Fire Extinguisher

The National Fire Protection Association recommends the following when operating a portable fire extinguisher.

To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

For your home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire, but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle.

Be sure to read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out. Local fire departments or fire equipment distributors often offer hands-on fire extinguisher trainings.

Install fire extinguishers close to an exit and keep your back to a clear exit when you use the device so you can make an easy escape if the fire cannot be controlled. If the room fills with smoke, leave immediately.

Know when to go. Have a safe escape plan. Then call SERVPRO of Burlington to help cleanup and restore your home or business at 319-754-8050.

Iowa Storms

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Everyone that lives in Iowa knows how quickly the weather changes here. During the spring and summer months we can be especially hit by water downpour or high winds from seasonal storms. While all can create damage, some types become more severe and do significate damage to your homes or businesses. These storms can bring heavy rain, flooding, and tornadoes into our area. We can even get thunderstorms off of hurricanes traveling inland from the coast.  

Damage By Lighting: when bolts of lightning strike your home or business. This can cause a fire, which can quickly spread. It does this through the static discharge it has.

Damage By Flooding: when major amounts of water have fallen, at times it is too much for the ground to handle at once. It is easy for homes, basements, roads, and driveways to quickly flood, and fill with water. If you experience any type of flooding, SERVPRO of Burlington can help you dry out, and even rebuild your home or business back!  

Damage By Wind: Most of the time, this involves your roof and siding, but can also impact trees, outdoor furniture and that trampoline that used to be in the neighbor’s yard. When impacting your roof, it can be from a just few shingles, to your entire roof taken off. If you see any damage, have a professional come out and take a look. Even a small hole can cause a huge issue in your home with time. If left unrepaired it could lead to mold from the water that is now entering your home.

Basement Flooding and Cleanup

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Basements can flood at any time of the year, although flooding often happens during heavy rainfall or spring flooding. Basements are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level which makes the prone to flooding. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

A sewer pipe that is blocked or cracked

Surface water from heavy rains that can pool around your home

Storm sewer backup

Sanitary sewer backup

Foundation drainage failure

Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure

And many more

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get. Mold growth can create a health hazard for your family and pets. The bottom line is a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s structural integrity. 

Please contact SERVPRO of Burlington at (319) 754-8050 for all your water and fire restoration needs.

Board Up

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

If your home has suffered Storm damage then you may be looking at the option of doing a board up or tarp over the damaged area. There are several reasons you may want to consider this process. Here’s what you may want to know.

How Boarding up Can Protect Your Home

Having an emergency board up done to protect damaged areas of your home can help protect it from a number of things. Boarding over can

  • Prevent inclement weather such as rain or snow from getting inside
  • Reduce the possibility of wind damage
  • Discourage animals from exploring the damaged area
  • Reduce the risk of human trespassers
  • Prevent a liability claim from someone who got into the damaged area
  • Help maintain insurance eligibility

Insurance Benefits of Boarding over Damaged Areas

In many cases, your insurance company may call SERVPRO of Burlington directly to board up or tarp the damaged area before they will accept your claim. Most policies cover only the initial damages and consider a failure to protect the area before repairs can be made an act of neglect. Boarding over the damage can help show them that you take your responsibilities as a homeowner seriously.

Proper Boarding Up Procedures

Boarding over the damage involves using ply-board or tarps in most cases. It’s important to cover all the damage and secure the edges to prevent weather or animals from getting in. A professional restoration service may be able to do the job for you if you have concerns.

Boarding over the damaged area can not only help protect your home from weather and animals but it may be required by your insurance company when filing a claim. Fortunately, many restoration services offer the option to have their team do the board up for you. When it comes to protecting your home or business, boarding over the area can help save both time and further costly repairs down the road. SERVPRO of Burlington is a 24/7 service company. Call us in your time of need!

Why SERVPRO?

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

Choose SERVPRO of Burlington as your water cleanup and restoration company. Cleanup of a building inundated with water requires special equipment, trained staff and a complete understanding of the process. The company must know it's vital to remove damp rugs, paddings, the baseboards and other material to allow for proper air movement within the structure. This helps the drying process and helps to improve the air quality within the home or business that has been damaged by water.

No matter where in southeast Iowa you live or do business, having water in your home or in your business can be a serious problem. One that costs thousands of dollars to repair. 

It's essential to get the insurance company involved as quickly as possible.

In addition to recommending water cleanup and water restoration companies, having them involved from the beginning makes it easier to get the needed work approved and the claim paid. You don't have to use the water mitigation company the insurance company recommends, but the company you choose must be experienced, licensed and insured and have the necessary equipment and expertise.

Give us at SERVPRO of Burlington a call at (319) 754-8050!

24/7 Service

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

When you need it done right and fast, call SERVPRO of Burlington your local SERVPRO franchise professional for all your residential and commercial needs.

Can’t figure out how to get the job done? SERVPRO of Burlington can help. From water and fire restoration to carpet cleaning we are your local professionals.

Restoration:

Fire, Smoke and Soot

Water Removal and Dehumidification

Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Catastrophic Storm Response

Move out and Contents Restoration

Electronics and Equipment

Document Drying

Contents Claim Inventory Service

Cleaning:

Air Ducts and HVAC

Biohazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism

Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds

Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors

Deodorization

Our Emergency Response Guidelines

(1) Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO Professional will contact you to arrange service.

(4) Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary)

(8) Within eight business hours a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the adjuster by a SERVPRO Professional.

Call SERVPRO of Burlington (319) 754-8050!

Washing Machine and Dryer Hazards

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

When a household fire occurs, it is important for the fire department to determine

the cause and origin of the fire. In this way, it may be prevented in the future. Unfortunately, an alarming number of fires were found out to be caused by clothes dryers or washing machines. The lint builds up in the dryer or the dryer vent which then keeps heat from flowing out, thus, resulting in a fire. Some washers have had wiring issues that have caused fires.

There are many brands whose washers and dryers have been recalled due to fire, burn, or shock hazards. The companies cooperate well enough to make the announcements, and have those units recalled, repaired, and to ensure that they manufacture better units in the future. It goes to show that cleaning the dryer vent is such an important task you need to include in your daily routine. If you want a more thorough cleaning, hire an expert to help you out. Call SERVPRO of Burlington!