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8 Bad House Smells and How to Solve Them

8 Bad House Smells and How to Solve Them

Lingering house smells are frustrating, especially when you work so hard to keep your house clean. They can also be concerning for your health and safety when it comes to harmful airborne particles infiltrating the air. When you can’t specifically see grime or sweaty...

Fall Cleaning & Maintenance Tips for Your Home

Fall Cleaning & Maintenance Tips for Your Home

Iowa and Minnesota have entered the time of year where the air conditioner is at full blast one day with the heat cranked the next. The cooler temperatures are a welcome transition from the summer heat. The shift in seasons means we are one step closer to a flu season...

Powerful Derecho Devastates Cedar Rapids

Powerful Derecho Devastates Cedar Rapids

August 10, 2020, started as a beautiful Monday in the middle of America with partly cloudy skies and a slight breeze. However, by the end of the day, many Midwesterners added a new weather term to their vocabulary - “derecho.”  A derecho is defined as “a large...

How To Prevent Fires, Floods, and Mold This Summer

How To Prevent Fires, Floods, and Mold This Summer

Summertime in Iowa means hot, humid weather with the potential for severe storms. It also means it’s time to break out the grills and gather around a fire with friends and family. A change in the season means a shift in focus for home safety. Heavy rains can lead to...

COVID-19 Facility Reopening Guide

COVID-19 Facility Reopening Guide

COVID-19 Facility Reopening Guide As the country continues to face the COVID-19 pandemic and begins planning for the return to the workplace there are several considerations employers and employees need to account for prior to reopening. While details on any expected...

Flooding In Iowa – Do You Have The Right Insurance?

Flooding In Iowa – Do You Have The Right Insurance?

The state of Iowa is no stranger to flooding. That shouldn’t come as a surprise given the geographical location. The eastern and western borders of the state are the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, which happen to be the two longest rivers in the country. Not only...

Responding To COVID-19 With Cleaning And Decontamination

Responding To COVID-19 With Cleaning And Decontamination

The first case of COVID-19 was reported in Wuhan, China on December 31st, 2019. At that time, the case was considered a pneumonia of unknown cause. Fast forward to March 11th, 2020, the virus was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization as over 118,000...

Pandemic Planning and the Coronavirus

Pandemic Planning and the Coronavirus

March 12, 2020 Pandemics and viral outbreaks can be challenging to plan for effectively. Beyond the immediate threat of the virus, there are many factors which businesses and facilities need to account for such as increased rate of employee absenteeism, service...

Preparing Your Home Or Business For Flooding

Preparing Your Home Or Business For Flooding

Every Iowan longs for the refreshing spring air, warmer temperatures and ability to enjoy the outdoors again after a long winter. The bloom of spring is one of the best times of the year, but it typically comes with significant moisture. Rapidly melting snow and a...

Choosing A Fire Extinguisher For Your Home

Choosing A Fire Extinguisher For Your Home

Preparation is done for a reason. You prepare a meal so you have something to eat. You prepare for retirement so you can live a sustainable and full life without working. Some preparation is done to prevent difficult situations. You buy car insurance, but you hope to...

Know How To Prevent and Respond To A House Fire

Know How To Prevent and Respond To A House Fire

A house fire can be one of the most crushing events in a person’s life. The space you’ve worked so hard to maintain and call home can be destroyed in the blink of an eye. The bitter cold winters in Iowa City and Cedar Rapids may lead you to think fires are not to...

ServiceMaster by Rice Ribbon Cutting in Mason City

ServiceMaster by Rice Ribbon Cutting in Mason City

In 2018, ServiceMaster By Rice purchased the ServiceMaster Restore franchise in Mason City, Iowa in an effort to expand our restoration and cleaning services throughout the state of Iowa. The acquisition expanded our footprint as one of the largest ServiceMaster...