Categories of Water
Let’s talk about water. The type of water that comes into your home be it from sewer or a dishwasher malfunction has to be categorized. The main reason we categorize is so we bring the proper equipment to dry your house out and make it clean and sanitary again. Below are the categories and what each one entails.
Category 1: This water originates from a sanitary source such as from broken clean water supply lines, clean water from a toilet tank or bowl, faucets, and bottled water. If not taken care of as soon as possible it can degrade into category 2 or 3.
Category 2: This water contains significant contamination. This kind of water can include washing machine overflow, toilet overflow with some urine but no feces, and dishwasher overflow. If not taken care of as soon as possible it can degrade into category 3.
Category 3: This water is grossly contaminated and may include sewage, flooding from rivers or streams, wind driven rain, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, and standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.
This shelf you may think is covered in dirt but was actually in a fire and got covered with soot.
Eliminate the soot damage that can occur throughout your home after a fire with the help of SERVPRO of Burlington.
We are here to help to get you back to preloss condition after fire damage.
Having a fire in your home opens up a range of feelings and fears. It is unlikely the average homeowner possesses much experience in responding to fire damage. The immediate aftermath does not afford you the time to learn all that is necessary to return a home to pre-fire condition. Our seasoned fire damage restoration crews have the training and the equipment needed for a fast and comprehensive recovery.
Restoration of your fire damaged property can be challenging. Not only does the charring, soot, and smoke damage require attention. The water and chemicals that extinguished the fire also threaten the integrity of your home’s structure. Our full spectrum of services includes industry best practices in water removal and applied drying techniques. Before we focus on the fire issues, safety concerns rooted in the slip and fall and electrical shock problems water brings need resolution.
SERVPRO crews then turn to proven measures to halt the progressive damage smoke and soot inflict on structural components and contents. Fire damage requires speedy action as well. Within hours, materials warp and discolor. Glass and metals etch. Fabrics and wood deteriorate. The soot and smoke invade every space inside a home, causing the acidic components to attack surfaces and possessions.
Deodorization is crucial in a fire damage project as the combustion of a wide range of materials causes layers of unpleasant smells. Our odor remediation specialists use SERVPRO products and methods to neutralize smells. We clean, seal and using advanced technologies to eliminate odors.
Should a fire happen to you give us a call at 319-754-8050!
Sump Pump Maintenance
Since we are in summer storm season it’s important to make sure your sump pump, if you have one, is working correctly by doing a little maintenance. Following are some maintenance suggestions to make sure your sump pump does its job during a storm or water event.
- Unplug the pump and empty the basin of any standing water.
- Remove any debris from the basin and make sure the sump pump inlet screen is clear and not obstructed.
- Plug the pump in and pour five gallons of water into the sump to verify that the float switch turns the pump on and off properly.
If you’re not sure how to do the above things it’s advised to hire a skilled professional. Stay safe this summer and keep an eye on that pump!
Are You Ready to Reopen?
What a crazy past few months it has been. Trying to adjust to working from home and school being cancelled has been a huge adjustment, not to mention trying to stay healthy during these unprecedented times. Recently our governor, Kim Reynolds, announced more openings for businesses in our area, previously closed because of the pandemic. While this is a great thing to hear you as a business owner may be wondering how to proceed so you can reopen safely. Let us help you out!
Whether your business has remained opened or closed we can come clean for you to help give you a little peace of mind. We are an industry leader in cleaning and restoration. Don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can help re-open your business!
Spring rains are here. Unfortunately, excessive rain can lead to flooding and water emergencies. SERVPRO of Burlington is open 24/7 because these emergencies happen anytime day or night. Cleaning and restoring your home or business is of the utmost importance. We are committed to getting your business ready to reopen or you back in your home as fast as possible.
The faster you call the faster we can lessen the damage. SERVPRO of Burlington is trained in assessing your water damage and removing the water before it is absorbed into floors, furniture, walls, etc. The extraction process takes special equipment that we are certified and trained to use. This process will begin with your call.
Let us help you prevent permanent water damage to your carpet, walls, wood floors, furniture, and other belongings such as upholstery and even photographs and books.
FREE Emergency Vehicle Cleaning
SERVPRO of Burlington wants to thank those first responders, such as cops, firefighters, doctors, nurses and more who put themselves in harm’s way to protect us, especially during times like these. We want to make sure these people on the front lines remain healthy. It is important that during this pandemic that the vehicles they use day in and day out be clean and germ free. So, our way of saying thank you we are offering free emergency vehicle cleaning and sanitizing for all local police and fire departments along with hospitals as well.
Our technicians are trained in adhering to the absolute highest cleaning and sanitation standards in the industry. You can be rest assured any cleanup or bioremediation performed by SERVPRO of Burlington is in accordance with the guidelines mandated by the CDC.
Give us a call today to set up your FREE one-time cleaning/disinfecting! Thanks to those on the front lines who are helping to keep us safe and healthy!
Southeast Iowa lies in tornado alley, so I’m sure we are all too familiar with the sounds of tornado sirens. Following are some safety tips you can take when storm season hits this summer:
- When thunder roars, go indoors!
- Pay attention to alerts and warnings: A weather alert radio helps with this should you lose power.
- Unplug appliances.
- Do not use landline phones.
Once a storm has passed listen to authorities and weather forecasts for information on whether it is safe to go outside and instructions regarding potential flash flooding. Also, watch for fallen power lines and trees and report them immediately. Once it is safe to do so assess your home and property. SERVPRO of Burlington is available 24/7 if you need our help. Just give us a call at 319-754-8050.
Grass Fire Preparedness
Flying embers from a grass or wildfire can destroy homes. Taking the necessary measures to prepare your home can help increase its chance of survival when grass or wildfires strike. The following are some ways you can prepare or build your home and make it more fire resistant.
- Roof- The roof is the most vulnerable part of your home. Homes with wood or shingle roofs are at high risk of being destroyed during a grass fire. Build your roof or re-roof with materials such as composition, metal, or tile. Block any spaces between roof decking and covering to prevent embers from catching.
- Vents- Vents on homes create openings for flying embers. Cover all vent openings with 1/16-inch to 1/8-inch metal mesh. Do not use fiberglass or plastic mesh because they can melt and burn.
- Windows- Install dual-paned windows with one pane of tempered glass to reduce the chance of breakage in a fire. Consider limiting the size and number of windows that face large areas of vegetation.
- Walls- Wood products, such as boards, panels or shingles, are common siding materials. However, they are flammable and not good choices for fire-prone areas.
- Decks- Surfaces within 10 feet of the building should be built with ignition- resistant, non-combustible, or other approved materials. Also, ensure that all combustible items are removed from underneath your deck.
- Garage- Have a fire extinguisher and tools such as a shovel, rake, bucket, and hose available fore fire emergencies. Install weather stripping around and under the garage door to prevent embers from blowing in. Store all combustible and flammable liquids away from ignition sources.
These are just a few things you can do to protect your home. Stay safe and be smart when burning outside!
What to Do in a Water Emergency
In the event that a water emergency happens in your home, it is essential to have a plan so you minimize the time it takes to restore your home. Being prepared for a water emergency saves you time and money. Once a water emergency hits, you can do several things to mitigate your downtime, the biggest of which is hiring a professional water damage restoration company, like SERVPRO of Burlington.
What Is a Water Emergency?
A water emergency is any event that causes catastrophic water damage to your home. It may be a flood or the aftermath of a fire. It may cause your home to lose power, or require it to be shut off, or also exposes several large portions of your home to the outside world.
Hiring SERVPRO Helps in a Water Emergency
Your biggest concern during a water emergency is the time it takes to get your home livable again. The fastest way to achieve this is to hire a professional water damage restoration company, like SERVPRO of Burlington. Our professional service team has the access to the appropriate equipment, years of experience, and the training necessary to make short work of any water damage you have.
Consult Your Insurance Provider during a Water Emergency
In a water emergency, you should contact your insurance provider. Depending on the extent of the damage and the extent of your homeowner’s insurance policy, your insurance company may be able to cover some or all of the costs associated with restoring your home.
A water emergency is a devastating event that can take days or weeks to resolve. You may need to relocate temporarily if the damage is severe enough to turn off your electricity. Unfortunately, a water emergency is difficult to prepare for, because it can occur in so many different ways, and most resolutions are reactive instead of proactive. For more information about what to do in a water emergency, you can contact your insurance provider or you can call us at 319-754-8050.
When a Storm Hits your Home
Storm damage can be a devastating and life altering experience. The first days following a major storm can leave a homeowner overwhelmed and perplexed about what to do next. Some careful and calculated planning will help you and your family return to normal as soon as possible.
Regardless of if your home was hit by torrential wind, flooded, or was the casualty of an electrical storm, the end result is still dangerous. Electricity can be conducted into standing water and mold will most certainly be an issue. Until a thorough evaluation by a qualified person can be conducted, it’s best to avoid the site altogether
Be sure to document as much as possible about the storm and the damage to your home, especially if your home owners insurance policy is more specific about the type of damage it will cover. Take as many photos as possible and note any major issues such as mold, exposed power lines, and crumbling walls. This will all come in handy when filing a claim with your insurance company.
SERVPRO of Burlington are water and storm damage specialists, we have the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete.