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Revived Construction Division has Big Plans for the Future

3/26/2024 (Permalink)

man in front of servpro logo Jason is the Director of Construction at SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW.

With over 30 years in the construction industry, Jason Davis is ready to level up SERVPRO® Team Meyer’s construction division in 2024. Davis took on the role of Director of Construction in October, and says he hopes to “bring a new beginning” to the division at SERVPRO.  

Prior to his position at SERVPRO, Davis spent two decades in the carpenter's union working on both residential and commercial projects. There, he oversaw multi-million-dollar projects, including Iowa landmarks such as the Art Museum, Oak Noll Retirement Home, U of I Athletic Learning Center, The Pomerantz, parts of the Children's Hospital, and the Pappajohn addition to the University of Iowa Hospital. Davis also owned a business in which the company constructed homes and performed extensive remodels. 

Because SERVPRO Team Meyer took a short pause on construction work, Davis looks forward to “raising the bar” in the coming year. The company now has a fully functioning division, led by Davis, that covers all 10 of Team Meyer’s locations. Davis says he has high hopes and big goals for the future. 

“I want SERVPRO Team Meyer to become the top remodeling company in the industry,” he says. 

Davis understands that construction work following damage restoration has its unique characteristics. Having construction integrated into the restoration company allows the franchise to be a one-stop shop for its customers.  

“We’re able to help the customer as a whole because we can offer all service lines to help them complete a project,” he says. “This way, they're not having to search around for other companies...we are start to finish.” 

Davis notes that the most enjoyable part about what he does is working with customers. He says he has always been in tune with his clients, and that he prioritizes customer satisfaction. When he completes a job, one of Davis’s favorite things to see is a customer’s face filled with joy and relief, knowing that they hired the right team for the job. 

With this new position, one of Davis’s goals is to educate more people on the “why” and “how” of construction and get his team excited about it. 

“Just like with any job, if you don't know about it or don't understand it, you won't believe in it,” he says. “So, you gotta get people believing in what you’re doing.” 

Beyond Davis’s professional life, he says he finds fulfillment in family time with his five children and wife Michele, as well as golfing and hunting.  

SERVPRO Team Meyer is so excited to welcome Jason to our team and to see our construction division thrive. 

Restoring Commercial Spaces

10/23/2023 (Permalink)

When your commercial property takes the hit of a large loss situation, it can mean a pause in business. SERVPRO® of Des Moines SW & East knows quick response time can lessen damage to your property and prides itself on being Faster to any size disaster. Our professional large-loss specialists know what steps to take in the mitigation, restoration and reconstruction processes and can be there to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SERVPROs strategically located groups, which are part of the Disaster Recovery Team, are there to respond to storm, flood and fire damage that takes a toll on a property. Some commercial industries serviced by SERVPRO of Des Moines SW & East include food service, hospitality, healthcare, education, property management and more. If your commercial space experiences a large loss, know that SERVPRO has teams ready to respond.

Fires Caused by Household Appliances

10/23/2023 (Permalink)

close up photo of an oven and dishwasher SERVPRO of Des Moines SW & East has the expertise to restore properties following a fire.

Although convenient, many household appliances can often malfunction and lead to home or apartment fires. Whether it be a washer and dryer, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, or other cooking appliances, these items are used routinely and help our lives, but can also have detrimental effects if used carelessly, left unattended or malfunctioning. SERVPRO of Des Moines SW & East can be there to restore a commercial or residential property following fire and smoke damage and is always Here to help. To prevent a possible fire due to a household appliance and protect your property, here are three things you can do.   

  1. Never leave heated cookware on overnight such as crockpots. Use of these appliances should be supervised in case of a heating element or wiring malfunction. 
  2. Never leave an appliance running while away. Coming home to clean dishes from the dishwasher may sound nice after being away, but electrical issues may stem from heating elements which can cause fire.  
  3. Do not overload your washer or dryer, and always make sure to clean out the lint trap. 

Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO.

9/21/2023 (Permalink)

Storms can be unpredictable and take a toll on your home or commercial space, which can cause damage to both the interior and exterior of your property. SERVPRO of Des Moines SW & East understands that these disasters can come at any time and provides emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have trained, on-call professionals to respond to your loss, and our teams make it a priority to be faster to any size disaster. This immediate response time can lessen damage, cleaning time and costs as further damage will be prevented. So, if your property is ever impacted by storm damage, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Des Moines SW & East at any time, day or night. We are always Here to help. 

For residential services that can bring you peace of mind when something goes wrong, SERVPRO offers water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation, storm damage restoration, general cleaning and building services. A commercial property impacted by damage can also be restored by SERVPRO with services such as commercial water damage restoration, commercial fire damage restoration, commercial mold remediation, storm damage and large loss event restoration, and cleaning services.   

Graffitied Property? SERVPRO can help.

9/21/2023 (Permalink)

mop bucket with servpro logo in front of wall of graffiti Contact SERVPRO of Des Moines SW & East to restore your property after vandalism.

Having your commercial property vandalized can take a toll on your business and can be a stressful experience. Whether a window gets busted, or graffiti ends up on your property, SERVPRO® of Des Moines SW & East can be there to clean and restore your commercial space. With our strive to be faster to any size disaster, and our 24/7 Emergency Services, you can count on SERVPRO to get your property back to its preloss condition. Cleaning up vandalism should be left to the professionals, so make sure to call SERVPRO if you experience it. Our SERVPRO team uses the following three common methods to remove graffiti from driveways, walkways, walls, stonework and more: 

  • Scrubbing, using solvents and a wire brush 
  • Pressure washing the affected area 
  • Media blasting with sand or dry ice

Consistent Communication

10/25/2022 (Permalink)

employee speaking with customer about damage Know that SERVPRO is always here to help.

SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW knows that when your residential or commercial property is threatened with damage, it can be a very stressful and unknown time. This is why we make it a priority to communicate with our clients every step of the way. SERVPRO will provide detailed information to our customers in every step of the restoration process so that our valued customers are never left in the dark. Afterall, having repair teams working on your private property and belongings can come with questions or concerns. 

Beginning with the initial phone call to SERVPRO, our office staff will talk through options and scheduling with the customer. The staff will gather information and let the customer know that SERVPRO is here to help. A Project Manager will scope the loss and provide an estimate. These managers will also discuss the restoration process with the customer and inform him or her of the work that will need to be done on the property. Our skilled technicians will work to make fire, water or mold damage “Like it never even happened.” Our consistent communication continues through the payment process with our office staff and follow-up conversations.  

Fires in the Fall

10/25/2022 (Permalink)

fireplace with fire If fire damage occurs, know that SERVPRO is here to help.

When the cold weather comes around, more residential homeowners begin to use heating elements to warm their space. Incidents and mishaps with these elements can lead to fires that damage the property. The American Red Cross even notes that the amount of house fires increases in the fall and winter months. 

SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW knows how frequent fires occur, so we want you to know tips to stay safe this season. If a fire does occur in your residential or commercial space, know that SERVPRO has the professionals to restore the damage. Our teams use their expertise and experience to make a fire disaster “Like it never even happened” and provide 24-hour emergency services. To stay safe this fire season, make sure to test your smoke alarms. Also, check that space heaters are clear of surrounding objects and do not leave them unattended. If you will be using a fireplace, be sure to have it inspected and cleaned of debris. Additionally, replace furnace filters and keep the area clean.  

You Got The Dream: We Will Protect It!

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO HQ Graphic National Preparedness Month Call SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW at 515-957-0888.

Hello Des Moines!

It’s Jacob, Digital Marketing Coordinator, and I wanted to talk about National Preparedness Month and how it’s not too late to sign up for an ERP. 

So first things first, you had a dream and you acted upon that dream by investing money to start the dream. It took years to figure out the best branding practices to make the company like the one you dreamed of. 

In the restoration industry, I have seen people’s property go from a home/business to something unrecognizable. This is why I am going to get on my little soap box and talk about the importance of getting an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) completed. We don’t want to see your years of hard work get taken away from some fire damage because we are the team that is gonna make it ‘Like it Never Even Happened.’

Another reason I suggest getting an ERP completed is that we can use our Matterport camera to get what the property looked like. This is something that will save you time if you ever experience damage because your insurance adjuster will have a click-through map of the property. When they have that documentation plus the Matterport scans of the property following a loss they are able to compare the side by side. 

Let’s get prepared for the worst-case scenario so that if something was to ever happen you would be ready for it. 

Hail Damage: Why it's so Dangerous.

9/19/2022 (Permalink)

Hail Covering the Ground after Rain Storm If you experienced hail damage please call SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW at 515-957-0888.

Hello Des Moines!

It’s Jacob, Digital Marketing Coordinator, and I wanted to talk about the spine-chilling subject: Hail Damage. This past weekend our Marketing Manager was out getting her kiddos ready for the Homecoming Dance when she got videos of tennis ball hail. 

When looking at hail damage you have to consider the following conditions in determining damage possibilities:

  • Wind Damage: When strong winds hit the hail it changes the direction it falls.
  • Size and Density: Hail stones usually don’t have smooth edges which means it can cause more damage amongst the impact. Something you need to consider is how hail stones can affect each material differently. 

One way that you can protect your property from hail damage is by placing barriers between the sky and the property. Barriers can also bring damage potential as well such as tree limbs falling onto the property.

Cigarette Fires can Smolder for 18 Hours!

8/12/2022 (Permalink)

CBS Minnesota's Thermal Image of Smolder Cigarette Fire If you experience fire damage, please call SERVPRO of Des Moines East & SW at 515-244-5511.

Des Moines! Or, as some would say, Des Moines (ss)

It’s Jacob, that Digital Marketing guy and I wanted to talk about a trend that I’ve noticed but also has been reported on by CBS Minnesota, which is cigarette fires. In particular, with thinking, they are extinguished and sticking the still ignited cigarette into a planter or a plastic container. 

The midwest region has experienced planters drying out with the record-breaking summer heat. Let’s be honest, some days we forget to water the plants, which can cause the soil to become bone dry. The causation is when the cigarette smolders, which can reach the perfect temperature for it to ignite into flames. What is concerning is that the smoldering temperatures can last 30 minutes or 18 hours before it ignites into flames.

The CBS Minnesota location took the blog image after they tested how fast a cigarette can cause a planter to ignite into flames. The solution we can provide is to have a container full of water in which you will drop the cigarette. This entirely extinguishes it while eliminating any remaining heat.