Recent Storm Damage Posts
There's No Place Like Home!
Our Job File Coordinator using the software Xactimate.
It’s a twister, it’s a twister! When a storm hits don’t call around from place to place to see who claims to have the lowest remediation cost; SERVPRO of Black Hawk County uses the industry standard program called Xactimate to calculate the estimate of your loss. Remediation companies and insurance adjusters across the board are using Xactimate to calculate cost. So rather than making dozens of frustrating phone calls, make your first call to your locally owned SERVPRO helping individuals and businesses in Black Hawk, Bremer, Grundy, Buchanan, Fayette and Tama counties. Connect by calling 319.268.1521.
It’s more important to begin the remediation process as soon as possible and when the chaos of a storm hits, our whole team will be doing their part. A vital position in our local office is the Job File Coordinator. They organize the calls that come in ensuring from the moment you meet our project manager to production technicians cleaning up the storm mess to final paperwork including insurance details, you’re taken care of by SERVPRO to 100% satisfaction.
You can trust in SERVPRO to get your home feeling like home again. As we know, there’s no place like home.
Are you prepared?
- What’s in your basement that you would be devastated to lose? MOVE IT!
- Tubs are helpful but not a ‘for sure’ method of something being saved because they can flip upside down!
- Be sure your sump pump is on its own electric circuit. Have a battery operated one for a true back up!
- Keep it at least 3-4ft off the floor. Shelving at these heights can be more helpful for storage.
- Where are your important documents, pictures, passwords/usernames, codes, keys?
- Make sure you have copies in a lock box at a different location than your home.
- Use flash drives, DVD's, or CD’s along with a notebook entry. Keep a copy with someone else and in the lockbox.
- How many items do you have plugged into electrical outlets?
- Do you regularly leave your phone charger plugged in WITHOUT the phone? A growing number of fires caused this way!
- Know the amps available in your home. Just because there is an outlet doesn’t mean you can plug multiple items into all of them and carry the load without it causing an issue.
The lesson is don't keep your most important items in your basement because it's the most likely place to endure a loss.
For further questions, contact SERVPRO of Black Hawk County at (319) 268-1521.
Emergency Ready Vehicle
Thank your local American Red Cross for all of the amazing work they do.
SERVPRO of Black Hawk County and the American Red Cross (ARC) are working together to ensure the Emergency Ready Vehicle (ERV) is equipped to serve the community in times of need.
ERV brings supplies such as water and blankets to families who have recently encountered a disaster. When not in use, ERV is plugged in as a means to keep it charged and ready to go. Many of the calls that ERV responds to are storm and weather related.
Opportunity Around the Bend
Marketing Manager at SERVPRO of Black Hawk County, Debbie Robeson, came across the opportunity to house ERV after being on the Red Cross volunteer community board for almost a year. At the December Holiday party, she heard them talking about the woes of ERV being outside in the elements and how it was limiting them responding to emergencies quickly. Debbie said, “I asked Scott about keeping ERV with us and he was quick to say YES.”
The process started in January and required approval from ARC national headquarters in Washington DC. SERVPRO of Black Hawk County had to meet insurance requirements, upgrade security, and add key code access to their building. The contract was approved in March and the ERV arrived on April 24, 2018.
The ARC is looking to replace the current ERV in about year. With the rapid advancement of technology, a new one is overdue. With the help of fundraising, the ARC has already raised over $200,000 for the new vehicle.
Debbie spoke praises of her team when saying, “Scott’s leadership and trust in his team and how they pursue opportunities is a key part of making this possible. His passion for the community and being on the same page helped get this out together so quickly before someone else heard of the opportunity.”
Call for Backup
No job is too big for SERVPRO.
In the recent weeks, we have done a fair share of traveling outside of our assigned territory in order to help our neighbors and meet the demand. Just this summer, we have traveled to Mason City and Des Moines to assist with flash flooding.
The “Cool Factor” regarding SERVPRO is our phone tree. If one franchise cannot help a customer, they will pass the call along to another franchise nearby. No other restoration company is the COUNTRY does this. We pride ourselves in having the manpower to handle anything.
Wait, there’s more?
As if that wasn’t cool enough, we even have access to a disaster relief team during very large disasters such as the floods of 2008, 2010, and 2016. In these cases, an entire semi load of equipment is shipped to the disaster area in addition to a full-fledged disaster crew.
If you are hit by flooding, do not wait to call. Too often water losses turn into mold losses because action isn’t taken. Give us a call before the situation gets out of hand.
DIY Emergency Kit
In an emergency, what goes through your head in the 30 seconds you have to run to the basement? Maybe something like, “Where are the kids?!”, “Honey, grab the flashlights!”, and maybe, “Where’s my phone?”
In such a short time slot, it’s hard to think clearly, let alone think of everything you might need when heading for the basement. That’s why SERVPRO of Black Hawk wants you to have a Do It Yourself (DIY) Emergency Kit ready to go in times like this.
Emergency kits vary, but most are pretty similar. We recommend having the following on hand in your basement in an easy-access location:
- Food: enough non-perishable items for your entire family for 3 days
- Can opener—so you can actually eat the food
- Water: 1 gallon per person for at least 3 days
- First aid kit
- Flashlights with fresh batteries
- Battery powered or hand crank radio
- Phone chargers
- Tennis shoes and socks
- Extra pair of clothes for each family member
- Candle and matches
Emergency kits are great for your home, car, and even workplace. They can be as big or small as you want.
We recommend re-evaluating and updating your kit every year. Depending on who’s living in your home with you, and the needs may change. Also, the food may expire, so swapping it out with fresh food is a great idea.
If you experience any storm damage, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Black Hawk County. We’re here to help.
When Storms or Floods hit anywhere from Black Hawk County to New Hampton, or even Grundy Center, SERVPRO is ready!
Life comes crashing in-THROUGH the CEILING! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Black Hawk County.
SERVPRO of Black Hawk County specializes in storm and flood damage cleanup. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated by Scott and Libby Demuth, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Black Hawk County or anywhere between New Hampton and Grundy Center, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. That’s SERVPRO Strong!
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today, SERVPRO of Black Hawk County, 319.268.1521