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Carpet Cleaning Professionals

Over time a room can look dirty and outdated just by the carpet’s condition. Professional carpet cleaning can keep not only the fibers looking new but improve the aesthetics of the room. SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes recommends cleaning your carpet every 12 to 18 months. With over 40 years of experience let our team of highly trained professionals help you protect your investment. We offer a variety of cleaning methods. Call 712-262-4379 with any questions or to set up an appointment. 

SERVPRO employees dressed in full personal protective equipment

SERVPRO employees preparing for a bio-remediation.

SERVPPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes employees dressed in full PPE prior to a bio-remediation of a business in Northwest Iowa.

Three local first responders golfing

First Responder Appreciation Golf Event

Three members of the Spencer Fire Department preparing to putt at the First Responder Appreciation Golf Outing held at the Spencer Municipal Golf Course. 

Unique Jobs are our Specialty!

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes receives some unique calls throughout the year, this particular call lead us to an area recreation center that needed mold cleanup due to high humidity levels in the building.  

As you can see in the photo, the seats were covered with mold, our team was able to restore them "like it never even happened." 

Did you know?!

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes isn't just about Fire & Water Restoration or Mold Remediation, we can also help with your commercial needs.  

Whether you need your shop floor, garage, or exterior of your home power-washed we've got you covered.  

Call 712-262-4379 today to schedule your appointment! 

Did you know?!

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes understands that the restoration process can be lengthy.  Our goal is to get your home or business looking "Like it never even happened" in no time.  

As part of that goal we offer climate controlled storage in our facility to ensure your contents can not only be cleaned properly but kept safe while the remainder of your home is restored.  

We do the moving, we do the cleaning, you relax knowing that the professionals at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes have you covered. 

Did you know?!

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

Our team will haul away any materials that are required to be removed as part of the restoration process so you don't have to have the stress of bringing in a dumpster or hauling away trash.  

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes Gives Back

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes is a proud supporter of the Shayla Bee Foundation. 

A sponsor of the 2018 Rockabilly Fundraising event, which helps support area families in need. We believe in supporting the communities in which we reside and service.  

Large Loss Desiccant

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes is the only franchise in Iowa to own a Arid Dry 5000 Large Loss Electric Desiccant.

This allows us to meet the demands of larger residential and commercial water loss jobs with a large-capacity mobile dehumidifier.  This effectively reduces the restoration time which saves you time and money.  

When the Storm Becomes too Much

Sometimes mother nature has her own plans and there is nothing that can be done about it.  As seen in the photo above, this homeowner suffered large amounts of water in their basement.  SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes is equipped to handle any job large or small, our team will drain and clean up any standing water and begin the drying and demolition process.  As an added benefit to our customers, we have a construction side of the business which means we can truly return your home or business back "Like it never even happened." 

Protect Your Belongings From Sewer Backup

Sewer backups are truly no fun for anyone.  Often times they lead to many prized possessions being thrown away.  That's where our team springs into action.  

As you can see from the photo above, our team goes above and beyond to try to save your possessions from any disaster.  In this case a member of our team dried and packaged nearly every photo from this families photo album in order to salvage their families memories.  

To help prevent issues like this make sure your prized possessions are kept in waterproof totes and/or kept 12" plus off the ground. 

Call SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes to help return your property back "Like it never even happened." 

High Rains | High Number of Flooded Basements

Spring and early summer brought unseasonably high rainfall totals which lead to a very busy summer for the SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes team.  

Many basements and crawl spaces were flooded out due to the rainfall totals.  To help prevent such issues make sure to clean out gutters, check the filter area on your sump pump, and ensure your sump is draining away from the house.  

Even the driest homes experienced water damage due to the storms, take the time to check your home for potential issues.  

Know the Trouble Areas for Mold Growth

Mold can be found all around us, both inside and out.  It is important to not only know and understand how spot mold but knowing some of the common trouble spots to ensure extra caution is taken to prevent mold growth from happening.  

Common Trouble Areas

  • Poor construction
  • Roof leaks
  • Basement leaks
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Gutter leaks
  • Antique shops
  • Greenhouses
  • Saunas
  • Indoor Hot tub/Pool Areas
  • Farms
  • Mills
  • Construction areas
  • Flower shops
  • Summer cottages

If you spot mold growth in your home or business, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes. 712-262-4379

Smoke & Soot Damage

If your home suffers smoke and soot damage after a fire, call the professionals to make sure it is cleaned properly.  

As soon in this photo, the soot damage not only travels throughout the home but leaves quite the layer of grime on walls and surfaces.  Leave it to the professionals to make sure your home is brought back to life, "Like it never even happened." 

Highly Trained | Results Driven

Our team of dedicated professionals are highly trained and ready to help return your home or business back "Like it never even happened." 

The team at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes prides themselves in the quality and the efficiency in their work.  

Whether you suffered a disaster or just need a deep clean in your home, SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes has you covered.  Call today for more information.  712-262-4379

Our Trucks Can Handle It All

At SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes we invest in our equipment to ensure we not only have the most up to date equipment but also the right equipment to not disrupt your home or business.  

As you can see in this photo, our trucks are equipped with extra hoses to stretch as far as necessary to get the job done right the first time.  We will not drive on your lawn or landscaping, we value your home and business just as much as you do.  

Choosing the Right Carpet Pad

Flooring stores offer a variety of options when it comes to carpet padding including pet pad, seen in this photo. 

Pet pad is a great option for those who wish to prolong the life of their carpet.  The thin plastic lining between the carpet and the pad provides a barrier from pet stains and spills. It becomes an issue, however, when you have water damage in your basement as that water will become trapped in the padding and extraction cannot happen due to the layer of plastic on the pad.  Due to this, more often times than not the pad will have to be completely removed and replaced.

When you are looking at putting carpet in your home or business make sure to consider the best option for your project.

Mold Grows on Organic Materials

Mold is present nearly everywhere inside and outside of a home or business.  In order for mold to begin growing it needs both an organic host and moisture.  At times prolonged exposure to moisture will allow mold to grow behind materials which makes it difficult to see and treat. 

Mold can grow on any of the following materials...

  • Wood
  • Paper
  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Natural fibers
  • Plants, potting soil
  • Paints
  • Starch in wallpaper paste
  • Caulk

When you spot mold in your home make sure you call the professionals at SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes to properly dispose of the affected areas and prevent any future growth from happening.  

Hardwood Floor Drying

Our Injectidry specialty drying equipment can be used to help dry hardwood floors and potentially save the floors from a more-costly replacement. This equipment is ideal for spot drying; it’s durable and easy to use. It is used with a pressure blower to vacuum water vapor out of wet hardwoods. Its gasket seal makes taping unnecessary. The mat is hands off; once installed it can be left alone. The process is non-invasive, so the chance of floor damage is less.

Water Damage in Houston

SERVPRO works to save as many of your personal content items as we can, but when water sits too long and is not dried out correctly and immediately, items may have to be disposed of for health reasons. 

In this photo we took in Houston, you can see the amount of personal items needing to be tossed. Due to Hurricane Harvey, response and recovery teams were not able to quickly get into homes to dry out these items, causing one of the largest insurance claim events in US history. 

Save Your Wood Floors After Water Damage

Flooding and hardwood flooring don't mix (as seen in this photo from a building in Houston after Hurricane Harvey left water behind.) 

Depending on how long the floor was wet, damage can vary. Here are some signs of damage to look for:

1. Staining and/or discoloration
2. Cupping and buckling from absorbed moisture
3. Popping nails
4. Lifting of floorboards (especially at the ends)
5. Mold growth (can occur within 48 hours of flooding)

If you suspect your hardwood floors have come in contact with water, give us a call. 

Water After Storm

Our SERVPRO team faced many obstacles as we traveled to Houston to help with the cleanup. One of the main issues facing our team was the fact that most roads were impassible due to standing water. It took our team upwards of 3-4 hours to get to a job that was less than 6 blocks away. 

Desiccant Dries Large Commercial Building

Our SERVPRO team was able to quickly dry a large office building in Houston, TX after Hurricane Harvey left water in it's wake, using our state of the art Arid Dry 5000 Large Loss Electric Desiccant.

Meeting the demands of larger residential and commercial water restoration jobs with a large-capacity mobile dehumidifier from ARID-Dry™, SERVPRO® of Spencer and Iowa Great Lakes professionals can work more efficiently and with faster time-response.

Mold from Storm

When Hurricane Harvey hit, our SERVPRO team responded immediately. Our team heard the news of the hurricane and prepared for the worst. Within a few days, our team was on the way to Houston. Most of our team focused on the rebuilding and restoration of residential and commercial businesses.

When severe water damage comes into play, mold is likely to surface shortly afterward. Mold can begin to grow 48 to 72 hours after the water hits the exposed area. In the case of Hurricane Harvey, the area in question had the perfect growing environment for mold. This picture was the result of water on the area affected and massive mold growth.

Black Mold Found in Den

Stachybotrys chartarum is often referred to as “black mold” due to its slimy black appearance. It’s sometimes referred to as “toxic mold,” although the mold itself is not toxic; it produces toxic compounds called mycotoxins, which cause health problems when people come in contact with them.  Stachybotrys chartarum has a characteristic musty odor and usually grows in places that stay damp all the time, like in air conditioning ducts where there is a lot of condensation or around leaky pipes. 

Aspergillus/Penicillium Mold in Attic of House - Caused By Excessive Humidity

Aspergillus is a type of mold frequently found indoors. It can cause health problems. 

Penicillium is often found growing on materials that have been damaged by water, including carpeting, wallpaper, insulation, and furnishings like mattresses. It’s one of the mold types that spread quickly and easily from one part of the home to another. Exposure to penicillium can cause allergic reactions, chronic sinus infections, and inflammation of the lungs. Usually appears as a blue mold and/or a green mold.

Cladosporium Mold in Crawl Space of House

Cladosporium is a type of mold often found growing inside homes. While most types of mold prefer warm climates, cladosporium can grow in cool areas, too. It often grows on fabrics, like carpets, and on wood surfaces, like cabinets and floorboards. It can cause a variety of respiratory problems.

Learn about our mold removal process here

Mold Remediation

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth.

Fire Damage Can Be Devastating

Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss condition, doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.” Every SERVPRO® Franchise Professional is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped.

Got Soot?

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage.

Types of soot cleanup:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

After a Fire

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. 

Large Loss Desiccant

Proudly announcing a new way of drying and reducing humidity for the perfect climate control in water disasters, SERVPRO® of Spencer and Iowa Great Lakes now owns and operates an Arid Dry 5000 Large Loss Electric Desiccant.

Meeting the demands of larger residential and commercial water restoration jobs with a large-capacity mobile dehumidifier from ARID-Dry™, SERVPRO® of Spencer and Iowa Great Lakes professionals can work more efficiently and with faster time-response.

After the Water

Can you even tell there was flooding at The Okoboji Commons?! Drying and restoration can make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes professionals have the expertise and equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-water damage condition. They use a scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup that emphasizes monitoring and documenting the drying process from beginning to end.

Post-Construction Cleaning

Carol has an eye for detail! Here she is vacuuming the small particles of dry wall and tile dust left behind after an extensive remodel project at McDonald's of Okoboji. 

Construction cleaning services by SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes provides construction contractors with complete commercial and residential construction cleaning services for new corporate buildings, shopping centers, high- rise condominiums, schools, and residential properties.

McDonald's of Okoboji

Ruth helped with post-construction cleaning at McDonald's of Okoboji after their extensive renovation. 

Construction cleaning services by SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes provide construction contractors with complete commercial and residential construction cleaning services for new corporate buildings, shopping centers, high-rise condominiums, schools, and residential properties.

Winter 2017 CE Seminar

On Friday, December 1, 2017, SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes hosted a CE seminar at The Okoboji Commons Hotel at the Iowa Great Lakes.

The seminar was led by Todd Davis. Todd is the owner and operator of the Davis Agency Insurance in Peoria, Ill.

Over 65 area insurance professionals attended the free seminar where they learned about ethics and various types of insurance claims relating to mitigation.

Water Damage to Local Staffing Agency

Your team was FANTASTIC!!! They were so easy to work with and cleaned up the mess as quickly and efficiently as possible. We finally feel like we are back to functioning somewhat "normal"...or I should say that I am since my desk was the main one affected by the fiasco.

Thanks again. We would recommend you all anytime!!

- Sandra A Moeller, Branch Manager | Aventure Staffing


You will soon see our Project Manager and Marketing Manager zooming around all of Northwest Iowa in our new Kia Souls! Thanks to Baja Signs in Sioux City for the graphics! 

Hurricane Harvey 2017

SERVPRO® of Spencer and Iowa Great Lakes spent three weeks in Houston, helping with the cleanup and recently returned home.

The Spencer-based business owns a desiccant humidifier, currently the only SERVPRO owned in the state of Iowa, that they transported to Texas.

Contact SERVPRO to Fix Your Fire Damage

When a homeowner sees the fire truck leave their home after extinguishing a fire, it’s not uncommon for the owner to ask the question, What’s next? Call us, and make sure this is the next vehicle in your driveway. 

Fire Prevention Giveaway

During Fire Prevention Week 2017, SERVPRO of Spencer and Iowa Great Lakes identified a family in need and provided a smoke detector and fire extinguisher at no cost to the family. Too often, we see stories in the news about preventable house fires and fatalities due to malfunctioning or non-existent smoke detectors and we are happy to help a local family!


SERVPRO of Spencer and Iowa Great Lakes strives every day, with every customer, and dealing with every disaster to fulfill our vision  “To be the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world.” 

To accomplish this, our management team dedicates itself to continually succeed in following our mission statement that we will “Develop a team of quality people who focus on excellent service, fairness and mutual respect."