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Don’t Wait Until the Need for Water Damage Restoration Strikes in Galena, IL

September 10th, 2019 · No Comments

It’s one of those weather years, and chances are you’ve already heard someone say that this year—whether it was the snow earlier this year in the Galena, IL, area or the wet spring and ever-soggy summer. As fall closes in, it pays to know who to turn to if water damage restoration is something you suddenly need following the seemingly endless series of storms that have hit our region over the past several months.


While you might think, “No worries, I’m on high ground.” The truth is it only takes one sustained storm, one failed sump pump, one backed-up city sewer, or one burst pipe before you’re looking for someone who knows a lot about water damage restoration and what to do next.


At ServiceMaster Cleaning Services, we’ve got you covered better than a blue tarp on a leaky roof, and we promise to ensure your home or business is more than merely dry before we leave.


There are few more helpless feelings in the world quite like watching water turn your basement into a pond and a smelly, soggy mess. Our pros know what you’re going through and are ready to assure you with a plan of action and a promise to make that watery muck disappear. Then, as the drying begins, we’ll help you with some tough decisions. For example, is that damp piece of furniture worth cleaning and saving or is it so badly damaged it will have to be tossed. These are the many issues and decisions ServiceMaster can help you consider as we help you get dried out and plan potential water damage restoration repairs.


No matter whether you live in our service areas in Illinois, Iowa, or Wisconsin, our goal is the same: to get you dried out and to get your place restored for you and your family as quickly as possible, no matter how big or small the mess might be.


Remember that ServiceMaster Cleaning Services of Galena, IL, is your cost-effective water damage restoration option with solutions for just about any type of disaster and mess you can imagine. Best of all, you can contact us 24/7, at (866) 999-1980 to discuss how we can deliver the clean you expect and the service you deserve.

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Be Prepared if a Soggy Spring Leads to a Need for Fire Damage Restoration in Dyersville, IA

August 14th, 2019 · No Comments

With rain comes the chance of more severe storms, and it seems Dyersville, IA, is getting its share this year. While downpours are a real headache when they happen at the wrong place and time, if those storms include lightning, you might find yourself worrying about fire damage cleanup after nature’s power strikes. Count on experts for fire damage restoration services when you need them.


At ServiceMaster by Knipper in Dyersville, we know you’d rather not think about disaster and what to do afterward. You’ll be pleased to know that your pros at ServiceMaster by Knipper aren’t taking any chances and are ready to help if stormy skies lead to unthinkable damage.


We know that just getting the flames extinguished is worse than the heaviest rain storm you’ve ever been caught in. It’s bad enough that flames have damaged your home or business; the real agony can be dealing with the water that was used and how many things are now a soggy mess.


At ServiceMaster by Knipper, we know that one of the first steps is to get the water out and allow the drying to begin for proper fire damage restoration. We want to help you salvage everything you can, but we’re also mindful about how the resulting smoke and soot damage should be dealt with as quickly as possible to avoid even more permanent problems.


Time is the enemy of fire damage cleanup, and we can quickly map out a plan to deal with what the flames didn’t destroy and what hasn’t been ruined by all that water firefighters used to get things under control.


You’ll be pleased with how quickly we can get things dried, repaired, and cleaned up. The sooner we can begin fire damage mitigation and repair, the sooner you can move back into your home or reopen your business.


Remember that ServiceMaster by Knipper is your cost-effective fire damage restoration option with solutions for just about any type of disaster and mess you can dream of in Dyersville, IA. Contact us 24/7 at (866) 999-1980 for emergency help when you need it most!

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How All-Over Residential Cleaning in Oelwein, IA Can Improve Your Summer Life

July 18th, 2019 · No Comments

A deep cleaning of your home, top to bottom, can give you a great feeling any time of year, but there are certain times of the year when a thorough cleaning can improve the health of anyone inhabiting or exposed to a residential interior.


In the summer, for example, a rigorous residential cleaning can eliminate many contaminants that accumulate during the warmer months. With the help of a professional cleaning company, you can restore your home to pristine conditions and improve your quality of life throughout the summer in many ways. ServiceMaster by Knipper provides comprehensive, high-quality residential cleaning in Oelwein, IA, to keep your home healthy and clean year-round.


Summer is the time of year when the most dirt, dust, bacteria, pollen, and other contaminants are tracked into your home. Whether it’s brought in by your kids, pets, or you, summer grime is practically unavoidable. Taking advantage of a professional residential cleaning can eliminate this filth and improve your quality of life in many ways, including:


  1. Mitigation of mold and mildew: In the humid summer, mold and mildew grow more quickly and easily than any other time of year. Mold releases mycotoxins that can pose serious health risks. Cleaning and removing these mold growths will make your home cleaner and safer for your family.
  2. Improved indoor air quality: With our thorough HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) cleaning services, your home air filters will work more efficiently and provide cleaner air flow. This cleaning also helps to increase your HVAC system’s operating efficiency.
  3. Clean carpets: Carpets are a natural air filter. Particulates like mold spores, bacteria, viruses, and other allergens get caught in your carpet fibers as gravity plays its part. A deep carpet cleaning removes those particulates and extends your carpet’s longevity.
  4. Overall removal of dirt: Dust, dander, and other dirt collects in every nook and cranny of your home over time. Even weekly cleanings don’t take everything into account. Our cleaning technicians are trained and equipped with state-of-the-art supplies and equipment to attend to every area of your home.
  5. Reduction of allergies: Thanks to mold removal, HVAC cleaning, cleaned carpets, and complete dirt removal, summer allergy symptoms from many different sources are reduced or completely eliminated.


In addition to all these improvements, you’ll also benefit from a range of cosmetic improvements, including getting rid of pesky grass stains. Get started with our team of expert cleaning technicians and make your life a little more comfortable. Contact ServiceMaster by Knipper today at (866) 999-1980 to learn more about our residential cleaning in Oelwein, IA.

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5 Subtle Ways a Professional Carpet Cleaning in Independence, IA, Can Improve Office Morale

June 12th, 2019 · No Comments

Spring cleaning is a popular tradition for homeowners and business owners alike, and it’s a valuable practice for cleaning out the buildup of dust and dirt that a long winter can create. Even with regular vacuuming or a spontaneous deep clean, the winter season introduces many particulates to your building. In particular, winter is often the harshest on your carpets, exposing them to road salt, dirty slush, excess moisture from melting snow, increased amounts and types of bacteria and viruses, and more mold growth from sealed-in humidity. Taking advantage of a professional spring carpet cleaning can refresh your carpets and reverse any damage that may have begun to occur over the winter. ServiceMaster by Knipper offers year-round, comprehensive carpet cleaning in Independence, IA, for commercial and residential spaces alike.


Spring carpet cleaning for any building is a good idea, but it can be especially effective in multiple ways for office spaces. If you are considering a professional clean for your office carpets, keep in mind that it can boost office morale on top of maintaining your carpet’s quality and longevity. In addition to refreshing and maintaining your carpet, a spring carpet cleaning improves employee morale with:


  1. Improved Air Quality: Carpets act as a natural air filter, but if they gather too much particulate buildup, it gets pushed back into the air with foot traffic. A deep cleaning can remove all that buildup, making the air cleaner and safer. This means less bacteria, fewer viruses, and largely reduced mold presence in the office, leading to healthier and happier employees.
  2. Deodorization: Because they catch all the dirt from the air, are victim to food and drink messes, and see the bottom of a lot of shoes, carpets can start to get smelly. A spring carpet cleaning can freshen up the air, making your office a nicer place to work in all day.
  3. Signs of Summer: Spring cleaning reminds us that summer is right around the corner. With a deep carpet cleaning, your employees are given a true sign that any seasonal depression will evaporate just as quickly as the steam from our hot-water extraction equipment.
  4. Value and Appreciation: Taking care of your workspace shows that you are conscious of the environment your employees spend most of their time in. A professional spring carpet cleaning helps show how much you value your employees and their hard work.
  5. A Change of Pace: When the end of winter rolls around, everyone is ready for something to break the pattern of cold days and dark mornings and evenings. Whether it’s a little sunshine and warmth, or a fresh smelling clean carpet, something to change the pace after winter improve anyone’s mood.


If you want to remind your employees that they are truly valued in the workplace and get a comprehensive spring carpet refresher, contact ServiceMaster by Knipper at (866) 999-1980 to learn more about our carpet cleaning in Independence, IA.


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Part 1: Frequently Asked Questions about Floods and Water Damage Restoration in Manchester, IA

May 9th, 2019 · No Comments

Anyone living in the American Midwest knows that the springtime is extremely wet, and that this rainiest time of year spans from March to May. The rain, paired with snow melt at the beginning of the spring season, saturates the topsoil, eventually seeping further and further into the ground. Because of this saturation, every rainfall in the late spring increases the risk of flooding. Many homeowners and businesses across the Midwest face difficulties with flood water affecting their buildings each year. If you end up struggling with flooding this year, ServiceMaster by Knipper provides emergency comprehensive water damage restoration in Manchester, IA.

People who have faced water damage in their homes or businesses are often dealing with the issue for the first time because water damage isn’t a daily occurrence or even a monthly one. Consequently, those experiencing flooding for the first time have a lot of questions, and for good reason. The answers to frequently asked questions about water damage can provide vital information to anyone facing a flooded basement, a flood-damaged home or business, or even severe long-term humidity.


  1. What should I do right after a flood?
    1. When a flood affects your home or business, it’s important to take immediate action. Turn off your main electrical switch, all your individual fuse switches, and your main water line. If it’s safe to do so (i.e., your building is not in danger of collapse and you won’t be injured wading through flood waters) inspect the damage and take pictures of all the affected areas of your building, interior and exterior. Contact an emergency water damage restoration company like ServiceMaster by Knipper, and finally, contact your insurance agency.
  2. How will the water damage my building?
    1. Flood water can affect your building in many ways. It can damage your building structure with wood swelling and rot, metal corrosion, drywall and plaster destruction, and overall staining and saturation of materials. It can also damage the working components of your building, such as electrical and plumbing systems. In addition, water can damage your belongings, including furniture, appliances, and any smaller items.
  3. What are the dangers of a small flood?
    1. Even a small, localized flood in your building (a common example is a flooded basement) can leave severe damage to your plumbing and electrical systems. Additionally, small floods often cause long-term issues like mold and bacteria growth, which affects indoor air quality.
  4. Will my building ever recover from a flood?
    1. Even though water damage can seem impossible to fix completely, the fact is that your home or business can recover! With the help of a professional water damage restoration crew, your building can overcome a flood and see full recovery back to its pre-disaster conditions.


To learn more about the services we provide or for emergency water damage restoration in Manchester, IA, contact ServiceMaster by Knipper at (866) 999-1980 today.

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Part 1: Frequently Asked Questions about Fires and Fire Damage Restoration in East Dubuque, IL

April 30th, 2019 · No Comments

One of the worst disasters that can affect your home or business is a fire. Entire cities have faced flames that left behind damage that spanned blocks. Severe forest fires wreak havoc across the western half of the United States each summer. Every home and business owner knows that a fire can quickly and indiscriminately leave a building in ruins. If you have experienced a fire in your home or business, you will find that ServiceMaster Cleaning Services understands the difficulties you are going through. Recovering from a fire is a huge obstacle in anyone’s life, even with the safety net that insurance provides. No matter the level of damage inflicted on your building, you can benefit from professional fire damage restoration in East Dubuque, IL, with our expert service technicians.

Fires in buildings are not an event most people have experienced before because they are, fortunately, well prevented in most cases. Because of this, if you have experienced a fire, it’s completely understandable to have many questions about the traumatic situation.

1. What do I do right after the fire is put out?
After firefighters quench the flames, it’s important to take some immediate actions. First, if your home is the building affected by a fire, you need to find somewhere to stay until your building is fully recovered. Then you need to contact your insurance agency and a professional fire damage restoration company like ServiceMaster Cleaning Services. When it’s safe (all cooled down and not about to cave in on top of you) to return to your home, make a list of all the damaged items that is as complete as possible.

2. What can I salvage from the fire?
With the help of our fire damage restoration technicians, you may be able to save almost all of your building and belongings from a fire. We provide complete reconstruction, upholstery and carpet cleaning, dehumidification, and all other cleanup services needed for a full recovery.

3. What are the long-term issues?
Soot and smoke damage are the true long-term issues of a fire. Without the aggressive soot removal and smoke damage restoration our service technicians provide, your home or business may not be a healthy or safe place to live or work.

4. Why is calling in a professional worth it?
While it’s true that some handy people are able to mend fire damage without the help of a professional fire damage restoration company, this is not the case for most home or business owners. Reaching out for help from ServiceMaster Cleaning Services will ensure complete and long-term recovery for your building, no matter the level of damage a fire inflicted. Soot and smoke removal, water damage restoration, and full repairs are some of the most difficult issues to tackle after a fire without the proper training, knowledge, tools, and equipment that our team of fire damage restoration technicians have complete access to.

To learn more about fire damage restoration in East Dubuque, IL, and to get started with our service crews today, contact ServiceMaster Cleaning Services at (866) 999-1980.

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Improving Indoor Air Quality and Prepping Your Air Ducts for Spring Residential Cleaning in Platteville, WI

March 12th, 2019 · No Comments

With the bulk of winter finally passed, most homeowners are starting to put their minds toward a thorough spring cleaning. Spring cleaning has been an annual tradition for centuries, and for good reason. The springtime is one of the best seasons to clear out the dust, dirt, and dander that can collect in a sealed home during the winter. No cleaning experience is quite as satisfying as whipping open the windows and allowing fresh spring air into the house while your cleanup goes on indoors. That wonderfully fresh air might have more of a significance than just it’s refreshing and energizing qualities. The power of improved air quality is one of the most critical parts of a healthy indoor environment, and with the help of ServiceMaster Cleaning Services professional residential cleaning in Platteville, WI, you can have clean air ducts that improve your air even more than a spring breeze.


Clean indoor air is very important because not only can allergens like dust, pollen, and dander clog your air filters and float in your breathing space, but also even more dangerous particles like mold spores and the mycotoxins mold colonies release can contaminate your air if a regular cleaning is neglected.


Fortunately, the solution to improving your indoor air quality and making your home healthier overall is simple. With ServiceMaster Cleaning Services, our residential cleaning technicians can thoroughly and expertly clean your home air ducts. When you choose to take advantage of our residential cleaning services for your home air ducts, you are opting for cleaner air with the reduction of these most common contaminating particulates:


  1. Dust mites and dander from the people and pets that inhabit your house. This includes any of the nasty bits we don’t like to think about, such as small cell particulates from hair, skin, oils, nails, body fluids, and anything else naturally shed off of mammals.
  2. Dust particles from any other organic materials, including outdoor or indoor plants, bacteria, drywall, paint cellulose, and more.
  3. Mold contaminants, including living mold spores, mycotoxins released from living mold colonies, and dead mold particulates.
  4. Metals and inorganic dust particles from building materials like paint, finishes, and drywall, or tracked in from the outdoors on shoes, feet, coats, bags, and more.


Additionally, while most homes don’t have the air filter capacity that hospitals and clean rooms do, a high functioning air filter can still play a significant role in reducing general airborne bacteria and viruses.


Not only will clean air ducts improve the cleanliness and healthiness of your indoor air, it will also go a long way in reducing unwanted odors caused by free-floating particulates.


If you’re gearing up for a good spring cleaning, take a moment to think about your air quality. Even if you plan on tackling most of the cleaning yourself, there is a lot to gain with the services that our team of residential cleaners provides with air duct cleaning. To learn more about our residential cleaning in Platteville, WI contact ServiceMaster Cleaning Services at (866) 999-1980 today.

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Top 3 Reasons Why Late Winter Is the Best Time for a Professional Carpet Cleaning in Galena, IL

February 1st, 2019 · No Comments

Spring cleaning is a widespread tradition for businesses and home owners alike, and for good reason. Cleaning your indoor space after a long winter of being sealed up is a great way to remove lots of dust, dander, mold, and general dirt collected during the cold months. While spring cleaning is an important step to take in keeping your home or business a healthy, safe space, it may also be beneficial to schedule a cleaning for your carpets, in particular, during the late winter months. A cleaning in February or March can often be the best time to take advantage of a professional service. When you choose ServiceMaster Cleaning Services, you can expect year-round expert carpet cleaning in Galena, IL, in addition to the top three advantages you get with a late winter cleaning.


Our highly knowledgeable and experienced team of carpet cleaning technicians can provide year-round deep cleaning with the best products available, attention to detail, and all-over high quality care for your carpets. Taking advantage of these services during the late winter will give you access to even more bonus perks including:


Providing preventative maintenance: Spring cleaning is great, but it can be even better for your carpets with pre-cleaning preventative maintenance in the late winter. Although you may clean your carpets in the spring, more frequent deep cleanings are key for a long carpet life. If dirt particles, mold growths, stains, and oils are allowed to stick around for long periods of time, they will begin to eat away at your carpet fibers. Cleaning in late winter primes your carpets for an even deeper cleaning in the spring, keeping your carpets looking better for longer.


Offering easier scheduling: Because of the global popularity of the spring cleaning tradition, it’s one of our busiest times of year. Even with our many cleaning crews on the go, sometimes it can be difficult for our customers to book a carpet cleaning appointment at the times that work best for them. While our cleaning services will always be available, and we will always try to work around your schedule, we still recommend the benefits a much more easily scheduled late winter cleaning can provide.


Breaking up the doldrums: February and March can seem like the longest months of the year (even though February is actually the shortest!) because they tend to drag out winter’s end. During this time, many of us are getting anxious for spring’s warmer, brighter weather. We can’t speed up time and make the cold weather go away, but we can offer a way to liven up these two months. A deep carpet cleaning in late winter can freshen up your life literally and figuratively during the dreary last legs of the cold season.


With all the benefits a late winter carpet cleaning offers, why wait? Contact us today at (866) 999-1980 to learn more about our services or to book an appointment for a professional carpet cleaning in Galena, IL.



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How Water Damage Prevails Months Later If Comprehensive Flood Damage Cleanup in Dyersville, IA, Is Neglected

January 2nd, 2019 · No Comments

Of all the disasters your home or business can be exposed to, fires and floods are the most aggressively and insidiously damaging. Not only do these disasters leave immediate, often severe damage, but they both inflict additional damages in the long term. When it comes to floods and fires, the long-term damage occurring over weeks and months can be just as detrimental as the initial damage if proper clean up methods are not utilized right away. Because flooding in Dubuque County and the surrounding areas is a recurring issue, ServiceMaster by Knipper offers comprehensive flood damage cleanup in Dyersville, IA, as a part of our water damage restoration services.


Our flood damage cleanup teams and water damage restoration technicians provide the service and attention to detail needed for complete building recovery. We eliminate any potential for long-term damages and side effects related to flooding, so you can rest easy with the knowledge that your home or business is structurally sound and has a healthy indoor environment.


Taking advantage of immediate professional cleanup services like those we offer at ServiceMaster by Knipper is critical to remedying immediate damages and preventing long-term damages, including:


  1. Immediate structure damage to your home or building, both internally and externally
  2. Immediate damages to your electrical system, including wiring, appliances, lighting, filtration and ventilation systems, water heaters, and other electrically-powered building features
  3. Immediate damage to your plumbing system, including septic overflow, broken pipes, sump pump damage, filter contamination, and more
  4. Immediate damage to items inside your home or business, including furniture, flooring, decor, and more
  5. Long-term structure damage caused by excess moisture or exposure to flood contamination, including, rotting, swelling, or warping of wood, mold damage, metal corrosion, and more
  6. Long-term damage to your electrical system and plumbing system, including metal corrosion and mold growth
  7. Long-term damage to items inside your building caused primarily by mold growth and corrosion
  8. Long-term damage to your indoor air quality from mold growth, bacterial residue, flood waters, and other forms of contamination


Without the comprehensive flood damage cleanup care that our professional water damage restoration technicians offer to home and business owners, the immediate and long-term effects of a flood can cause very real building damages and health risks.


If you find yourself struggling with floods or other forms of water damage, contact ServiceMaster by Knipper at (866) 999-1980 for 24/7 emergency flood damage cleanup in Dyersville, IA.


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Why Professional Damage Assessment Is Key to Full Fire Damage Restoration in Manchester, IA

December 14th, 2018 · No Comments

Fire damage is one of the most pervasive and damaging consequences that can affect a building with both long- and short-term detriment. When a fire affects a building of any kind, it’s critical that immediate action is taken to reverse the destruction and prevent further soot and smoke damage from occurring. If your home or business is hit with a structure fire, taking advantage of professional assistance is the most important step to a full recovery and a safe restoration process. ServiceMaster by Knipper provides comprehensive, high-quality fire damage restoration in Manchester, IA, that quickly and effectively returns your building to pre-loss conditions.

Unlike other types of building destruction, fire damage can negatively affect a building on several levels. These levels of damage can’t always be fixed or even detected by those who are not trained in fire damage restoration procedures. Because of this, the professional assessment and restoration work of trained technicians like those on our team are fundamental to a complete building recovery.

Our team of fire damage restoration technicians utilizes a detailed assessment strategy that gives us the information we need to understand the full extent of the damage done to your building and the potential for further damage down the line if preventative measures are not taken.


This assessment strategy tells us:

  1. What fire damage has been done to the basic structure of your building, including its skeleton, walls, ceilings, floors, roof, and other basic elements
  2. The best way to remove damaged elements, and construct and integrate new parts into your building
  3. What damage has been done to design elements of your building, including which elements can be salvaged and which must be replaced
  4. The best way to replace or repair damaged design elements
  5. What items inside the building have been damaged, including furniture, appliances, and personal belongings
  6. Which of these items can be salvaged and which must be replaced
  7. How the electrical and plumbing systems in your building have been damaged
  8. The best way to repair and replace elements of those electrical and plumbing systems
  9. What overall initial fire damage has occurred throughout your building
  10. What soot and smoke damage has already occurred throughout your building’s interior and exterior
  11. The best way to remediate the soot and smoke damage, including removing all soot and smoke, and preventing any further damage down the line
  12. The best way to fully restore your building without any risk to an occupant’s health


While it may be possible for you to repair your building after a fire without the help of a professional fire damage restoration company, it’s almost impossible to completely fix the damages and remove the risk of health effects without the right knowledge or tools.


Contact ServiceMaster by Knipper at (866) 999-1980 for emergency 24/7/365 fire damage restoration in Mancehster, IA, today.

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