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Things To Consider With Owning A Lake Home

Now that we have made it through the first half of Spring, the temperature and humidity rates have started rising. For many Iowans, this means that days at the lake are not far off. Although, our late start to spring likely means that the water will still be a bit...

Fire Extinguishers Update – Is Yours Ready To Go?

A couple years back, we wrote a blog about the classification of fire extinguishers and what kind of fire they are meant to battle. It is important to know the difference in the types of fire extinguishers that are out there, otherwise they are ineffective and can...

How To Avoid an Electrical Fire at Home & Work

An electrical fire can be dangerous to your family, employees, and your home or business and the repair and restoration process of bringing your establishment back to its original state can be a time-consuming and overwhelming procedure. Here are some ways you can...

What To Do After Sewage Backup

If you have ever dealt with sewage backup, you understand the serious implications that it can have. Every residential and commercial building has a sewage line that transport waste water away from the building through underground piping. Although not common, every...

Bracing for Tornado Season

It is officially mid-Mach and it feels like the weather is (hopefully) going to start holding in the 40s and 50s. This also means that the atmospheric humidity levels will be increasing, officially bringing on tornado season. If you have been a long-time resident of...

Importance of Smoke Damage Repair After a Fire

A fire in your home or commercial building can be disastrous to the structure and property. While the aftermath of this event can be overwhelming to think about, it is important to know what signs to look for after fire and smoke damage so that a ServiceMaster...

Avoiding Spring Mold In Your Home

Now that March is here it is time for warm weather! Well, sort of. Anybody who has lived in Iowa for a Spring knows that we average temperatures between the high 20s through the low 60s. However, we live in a volatile climate zone with unpredictable weather patterns....

What To Do When The Power Goes Out In The Winter

Unfortunately, the warm weather we experienced this past weekend has come and gone. We’ll most likely be experiencing cold weather for another 3-5 weeks before we see spring start to stick around. During this cold and wet season, it’s important to keep your house...

ServiceMaster By Rice Helps in Merle Hay Mall Cleanup

This past weekend, the Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines, Iowa experienced a water main break that flooded various stores within the mall. Luckily, the four main department stores located within the mall were still operational. When called upon, ServiceMaster By Rice...

Preparing For Potential Spring Flooding

Well, that was a lot of snow! With another 3-6 inches coming in the next couple of days, make sure you are driving safely. Snow is enjoyable while it’s still cold out, but the change of seasons will create problems if there is still plenty of it left over. When spring...

Preparing Your Home For Spring – ServiceMaster By Rice

Believe it or not, we are starting our transition into spring! Now, before we get too far ahead of ourselves, there is still plenty of winter to go. But it is never too early to start getting your home ready for spring as the temperatures rise and the snow melts....

How To Avoid Frozen Pipes This Winter

Winter weather brings frigid temperatures and with those temperatures comes the possibility of pipes located in and around your home freezing. As water in a pipe freezes, it expands, which puts tension on the tubes the water is in. If not taken care of, these pipes...