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Des Moines Flooding: ServiceMaster By Rice Responds

On June 30th, Des Moines, Iowa received some intense flash flooding that surged throughout downtown and many of the surrounding suburbs. Some of the surrounding suburbs, such as Ankeny and Urbandale, accumulated 7-10 inches of rainfall in a matter of hours, causing...

Avoiding House Fires on the 4th of July

Tomorrow is Independence Day, which means it’s time to grill out with friends and family and celebrate being a citizen in the United States. There are plenty of ways to celebrate the day, from cookouts to taking in a fireworks show with your loved ones. No matter your...

Mason City Flooding – ServiceMaster By Rice Update

As many of you may know, Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota received a large amount of rainfall this past weekend. This heavy rain has now left handful of towns with water damage and flooding issues. Especially hard hit was Mason City, which took quite a heavy blow....

Trauma & Crime Cleanup – Leave It To The Experts

Some cleanups are too much to even know where to start. Things such as crime scenes, biohazard spills, hoarding messes, and lethal car accidents are a few to name. It should never be left to the families or landlords to have to deal with messes like these. Apart from...

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...