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Avoiding Fires While Enjoying Barbecue Season

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Spring and summer give us a lot of things. They give us a gentle reminder that even the coldest, harshest winters pass and give way to warmth and new life.

They give us encouragement to get out and get going on all the things we’ve been putting off since January. And of course, maybe the greatest thing spring and summer give us is an excuse to barbecue.

Barbecuing and backyard activity skyrockets in the spring and summer months, and it’s a joy in which to partake. But it also means that there’s an unfortunate rise in the number of accidental fires.

In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year. Let’s take a look at the main culprits of grilling season fires and how we can prevent them.

The grill. Let’s start with the No. 1 perpetrator of barbecue season fires: the barbecue grill. It has all the elements needed for accidental fires—high heat, open flame, grease and in some cases flammable gas. Some important things to remember: Only operate your grill if it’s in good working order, with no leaks or rusted-out holes. Don’t use liquid accelerants to speed up the process or quickly raise the temperature. And don’t forget how important it is to keep the grill clean. Almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

The fire pit. A newer favorite among homeowners, the fire pit has become the center of the backyard hangout for some families. So when you’re gathered around the pit on a warm evening, make sure you have a bucket of water within reach, so you can quickly quell any jumping flames or falling ash. Use a grate to cut down on flying embers, and don’t add leaves or pine needles for the same reason. Never leave the fire unattended, and don’t allow unsupervised activity around it by children or pets. When it’s time to turn in, douse the fire slowly with your water bucket, making sure all ashes are soaked through and cool to the touch before you call it a night.

Chimneys and dryer vents. And while we’re on seasonal fire safety, it’s probably a good time for you to clean out your chimney, getting rid of layers of built-up soot and leftover ash, and to check your dryer’s vent pipe for dangerously flammable lint that may have snuck past the lint trap initially.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today, and experience the SERVPRO difference.

Ready For Summer Barbecues? Follow These Tips To Prevent Home Fires When Grilling.

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Meat and vegetables cooking on grill Grill safely this summer!

It's summer time and that means it's barbecue season! Many families will be camping or hosting barbecues at their homes and we want to help everybody take the proper precautions to grill safely.


1. Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.

2. Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.

3. Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.

4. Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.

5. Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!

 6. Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grillAnd KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job. Don't:

7. Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.

8. Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.

9. Overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.

10. Use a grill indoorsPeople often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family, and pets.

Should you need assistance with fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Clinton at 563-212-2874

Home Fire Safety

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Garage on fire. Call SERVPRO of Clinton should your home sustain any fire damage.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas. 
  • Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT, and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

The most effective way to protect yourself and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. 

Steps You Can Take Now:

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches, and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

SERVPRO of Clinton is here to help should your home suffer any fire damage. Our team is ready to assist and available 24/7. Please call 563-212-2874.

SERVPRO of Clinton Emergency Ready Profile

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

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As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?” The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. SERVPRO® is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

A no cost assessment of your facility.

– This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

– It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

– This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.

– You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.

Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

– This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.

– Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Call SERVPRO of Clinton today to get started! 563-212-2874

How to Tell if Your Home Has Water Damage

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

 "a person in distress looking at a wall where water damage has occurred ” SERVPRO of Clinton is a full restoration company. Our restoration experts are on call and ready to help you determine the best course of action.

It’s a quiet night, and you’re settling in to relax with some much-deserved ice cream, when you hear it: an unfamiliar drip. It’s not the kitchen sink; you can see that from your couch. The bathroom seems fine, too.

You follow the steady dripping sound on tiptoes only to finally discover it’s…inside your wall? Hmm, that doesn’t seem right.

Sounds odd, but it happens. And it’s just one of many signposts that you may have a water issue somewhere in your home that needs attention.

Around 14,000 Americans a day face a water damage emergency. It’s one of the most likely and, if unchecked, most expensive home repairs you may face.

So how can you know what to look for to nip a water situation in the bud? Here are some of the most common giveaways that there’s something going on:

Wet or dark spots in the ceiling. If you’re in a single-level home, or on the top story of a multi-level home, this is a sure sign of a roof leak or gutter backup. If you’re on a lower level, the first thing to consider is whether a bathroom above you might be leaking.

Unusual or musty smells. If an area of your house suddenly smells like a pile of wet towels left in a hot car, there’s probably some excess moisture gathering somewhere and potentially mold or mildew as well.

Flaky or bubbly paint. Even waterproof paint can only hold back the problem for so long—if paint is cracking, flaking or bubbling, you’re almost certain to have some water coming in or down the walls.

Dripping sounds. If there’s a drip but no sink, a flow but no faucet, you’ve got trouble. Follow the sound and figure out how the water’s getting in.

Increased utility bills. It could just be because your kids are home from college, but If your water bill is suddenly much higher and there’s no obvious reason, it could indicate a leak in a less-than-obvious location. Check basements, crawlspaces and water heaters first.

Water leaks in the US alone waste an astonishing amount, up to a trillion—yes, a trillion—gallons of water per year. You’re highly likely to experience a water emergency at some point, but dealing with it early can be the difference in having a minor issue or a major repair.

If you notice any of these signs in your home, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

Damages That Often Occur Due to Thunderstorms.

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

a large lighting strike just in front of person driving down road Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Clinton if you experience any damage

The frequency with which thunderstorms occur is quite high during the warmer months throughout the year, but every thunderstorm still brings a potential for danger. Each storm brings rain, thunder and lightning with it, and can also give rise to high winds and hail.

All of these things can combine to cause serious issues, even though thunderstorms are considered a routine occurrence.

Whenever a thunderstorm is present, there is always both thunder and lightning, even if you can’t see or hear one or the other. Thunderstorms that are upgraded to severe thunderstorms will also feature hail larger than an inch in diameter and winds that reach 58 miles per hour or more. Both types of thunderstorms can present serious hazards to anyone in their path.

The Serious Hazards That Thunderstorms Present

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. If there is thunder present, the storm will always also contain lightning strikes, whether they are striking between the clouds or towards the ground. Lightning is a powerful thing that is documented as causing a minimum of 300 injuries every year. In addition to causing physical harm, lightning can also cause significant property damage due to fires and felled trees.

Property damage due to hail. While hail is something that will not be present during every thunderstorm, it quite frequently is and can cause serious damages. While large hail is a major threat, even small hail can cause injury and property damage. Anyone who is in the pathway of hail should be properly sheltered, and after the storm, check for damage to your car and your home’s roof and siding that hail is notorious for causing.

Harm from flash flooding. While flooding is typically contained to areas near bodies of water, flash flooding can happen anywhere that heavy rain is occurring. It is often associated with underperforming storm drains or runoff areas, but as rain continues to fall, it can quickly become a major concern. Flash floods are highly dangerous even if they are just a few inches high and can happen suddenly.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Are You Ready In The Event of Severe Weather?

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

Storm clouds, gray and dark blue sky and lightening. Lightening striking the ground during a severe thunderstorm.

Severe weather can happen anytime, in any part of the country. Severe weather can include hazardous conditions produced by thunderstorms, including damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, flooding and flash flooding, and winter storms associated with freezing rain, sleet, snow and strong winds.

Understanding the type of hazardous weather that can affect you and your family based on where you live, is a great first step in order to properly prepare for any storm events.

Make a Plan:

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Here are some basic questions to ask yourself when you are preparing for storms.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?
  5. Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?

Consider Specific Needs In Your Household:

As you prepare, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like operating medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some of these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Should your home or business sustain any damage due to storms, give SERVPRO of Clinton a call and we'll be happy to assist!


The Restoration Experts You Need

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

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There’s never a good time to deal with home damage. But if it happens to you, you can count on your local team of SERVPRO experts to make the process as painless as possible.

One of the first decisions you make after your home is damaged is also the most important. That’s calling the right home restoration company.

Choosing the right one is key to ensuring the damage is handled professionally and that your home can be restored just the way you remember it.

Millions of Homes Are Damaged Each Year

The statistics don’t support the belief that home damage is rare. It’s actually quite the opposite. Millions of homeowners are faced with situations that damage their homes every year.

The Insurance Information Institute estimates that fire damage impacts one every 350 homes every year. If you consider every possible cause of home damage (like storms and flooding), the numbers become closer to one out of every 20 homes each year.

Instead of being frightened by these statistics, use them as a motivation to have a plan in place. Knowing how to choose your restoration partner is key.

We want to be our area’s preferred restoration partner. That is exactly why we prioritize our technicians’ training when they join our team.

Training and Education Are a Priority

When you work with our team, you can be certain you will receive timely service from exceptional professionals. Our technicians go through our extensive training program and also has the ability to train through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC).

The IICRC sets the industry standards for restoration and offers extensive certifications for all of our technicians.

We invest in training because we want to be sure you have a trustworthy resource that can provide you with high-quality restoration services. That means you can trust us when you need it the most.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Don't Let Heavy Rains Damage Your West Branch Home

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Clinton today.

Water damage to your home can come from expected and unexpected sources. If you’re like most homeowners, you probably know that natural disasters (like flash floods) and home accidents (like plumbing failures) can cause water damage.

But have you thought about the damage heavy rains can do?

Heavy rains might not have been at the top of your list of water damage causes. But it can be a real problem for homeowners. And it’s common. If your home is not properly maintained, heavy rain can cause costly damage.

If you have to file a claim for water damage, you’ll be in good company. One in every 50 Americans will also be filing a claim this year. Depending on your neighborhood, that means several people you know may file a claim soon.

You can’t avoid all water damage hazards. Flash flooding, strong storms and tornadoes can’t be avoided and can damage multiple homes in communities or neighborhoods.

But the damage caused by heavy rains can sometimes be avoided by homeowners who take a few extra precautions.

We see many water-damaged homes, so our teams have valuable insights into how you can protect your home from suffering water damage.

Basic home maintenance can make a difference, and many of these projects might be on your list already.

Take stock of your yard. Knowing how your yard drains (and how it works with your home) is vital. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Make thoughtful landscaping decisions. Most homeowners select plants and flowers for their yard for curb appeal, meaning they like the aesthetic. But native plants can give you both visual appeal and an added layer of protection. Native plants, trees and bushes can be vital in protecting your home from water damage.

Consider sealing your roof. Here’s a surprising statistic. Insurance industry experts estimate about 95% of damage is cause by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

For Immediate Service, Call SERVPRO

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Clinton provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Clinton County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 563-212-2874

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration