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Temporary Heat Sources

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Temporary Heat Sources Indirect fire furnaces like this one allow us to dry out your Sioux Falls home.

Sometimes water damage can cause a structure to be without a working furnace.  Because temperature is such a crucial part of the drying process, this can pose a problem that not all companies are equipped to deal with.  In Sioux Falls, SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to handle this type of situation when it arises.  Whether it's temporary electric heat, or something like an indirect fire gas furnace, we've been there and can create a customized drying plan for any size water loss. 

By creating a drying zone that maintains the proper temperature, we are able to utilize air movement and dehumidification to dry things out "Like it never even happened." Our friends and neighbors in the Sioux Falls area know that SERVPRO is the company to call when the unexpected happens.  We have a staff of certified water restorers that specialize in water damage cleanup and restoration. 

7 Tips To Prevent Spring Flooding

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 7 Tips To Prevent Spring Flooding Spring water damage often occurs in the basement or crawlspace of Sioux Falls homes. We have special equipment to handle this.

7 tips to prevent spring flooding.

Gutters

Clean your gutters and downspouts annually, and inspect them for any leaks. Make sure downspouts are positioned away from the foundation. The goal should be to drain the water at least three feet away, using extension pieces or troughs if necessary.

Landscaping

Inspect the grading around your house. If possible, walk around the house during a heavy rainstorm to ensure that water is not pooling at or near the foundation.

Windows and Doors

Remove debris from window wells, and consider clear acrylic covers that will allow light to enter while keeping debris, water, and pests out.

Septic Tank/Sewer Lines

Spring is a good time to have your septic tank cleaned or your sewer line inspected. Heavy rain can overflow sewers and septic systems, causing a back-up into your house.

Sump Pump

Consider getting a back-up in case of power failure, either a generator or a battery operated back-up pump. A water alarm will alert you when water is accumulating in your basement.

Foundation

Inspect the exterior foundation, as well as the floors and walls in your basement, for cracks. Depending on the size of the cracks, they may be easily repaired with masonry sealer or caulk. Larger cracks may require professional help. Keep all exterior walls of your home well painted and sealed.

Insurance

Review your property insurance policy and consider additional coverage, especially if you have a finished basement. Usually homeowners insurance does not cover flooding or sewer backups unless additional coverage is written into the policy.

Spring Pipe Leaks

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Spring Pipe Leaks Water running down the walls and through the ceiling of your Sioux Falls home should result in an immediate call to SERVPRO.

Water damage can strike your Sioux Falls home unexpectedly in the Spring time.  One of the things that is a major cause of water damage is the pipe going to a frost free water spigot.  If a garden hose is left connected during the freezing months of the year, it can cause the pipe to expand because of the water trapped inside it.  This leads to a crack in the pipe.  More often then not, when this happens it is not realized until the home owner turns on the spigot in the spring so they can wash their cars or water the lawn.  Because the frost free spigot shuts the water off 8-12 inches inside the home, the crack does not receive a fresh flow of water until that spigot is turned on.  Once turned on, the result can be massive amounts of water leaking into the home. 

In the Sioux Falls area, SERVPRO is the company to call if you experience water damage or a flooded basement.  Call SERVPRO at 213-3303.

Mold In Sioux Falls Homes

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold In Sioux Falls Homes Left untreated or undiagnosed, mold can quickly get out of control.

This year has brought a lot of water to our area.  Coupled with damaging winds, water has come in from up above through damaged roofs and from down below with severe basement flooding. 

When moisture is present too long, mold can grow.  If you see anything or smell anything that you think might be mold, contact us immediately to come do an inspection.  Your health can be compromised from exposure to mold, and you don't want to put it off. 

We completed an inspection recently where we were able to help the homeowner determine that their smell was actually due to a natural gas leak.  Had they not questioned the smell, thinking it was from previous water damage, the consequence could have been severe. 

We use state of the art Thermal Imaging to help make sure our inspection of your home is thorough.  So when you have a concern, don't put it off.  Have us come help you get back "Like it never even happened." 

Storms In Sioux Falls Area

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Storms In Sioux Falls Area Our Tea Titans start school Thursday. We understand how busy life gets. Sometimes you need to call for help. Call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303

Monday brought a lot of rain to Sioux Falls, Tea, Harrisburg, Brandon, Dell Rapids and other surrounding towns.  We welcomed the rain since it has been a very dry year for us.  The rain did choose to come down in a manner that created flash flooding.  A lot of water all at once.  This caused a lot of sump pumps to either fail, or just not keep up fast enough.  There were many flooded basements in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area.

With school starting this week for a number of people, there just isn't a lot of time to deal with things like water damage in your home.  If you haven't been able to get the damage taken care of yet, call SERVPRO to come take a look at it and make sure your home doesn't suffer further damage, such as mold growth. 

Sioux Falls Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Sioux Falls Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Sioux Falls Home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (605) 213-3303

Sioux Falls Water Damage Equipment

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sioux Falls Water Damage Equipment Our specialized drying equipment, such as the Direct-It In, makes us the pros to trust when you have water damage in your Sioux Falls home.

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is your local Fire and Water Cleanup company.  We use specialized equipment and products to ensure that the job is done right.  If you have a flooded basement in Sioux Falls or a kitchen fire, call the experts who have the right tools to bring your home back to "Like it never even happened." 

Call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303

Water Cleanup You Can Afford

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Cleanup You Can Afford The new AirMax air movers dry your home in Sioux Falls with the same airflow as older fans, but use a lot less electricity to do it.

When you have water damage in Sioux Falls, you need to turn to professionals you can trust.  At SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls, we are IICRC certified water restorers.  We also hold a Residential Building Contractor license with the City Of Sioux Falls, so we can help with the reconstruction side of the damage as well. 

We utilize the newest technologies and equipment in order to be sure your home is restored in the most energy efficient way possible. 

Call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303

SIoux Falls Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SIoux Falls Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! This Sioux Falls home's basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall.Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building andare normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why yourSioux Falls basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more
Have Questions about Basement Flooding? Call Today – 605-213- 3303 If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, andcause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse theproblem will get. The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’sintegrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Sioux Falls and let our trained, professionalcrews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds ofhomeowners, business owners, and property professionals. We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 605-213- 3303

Sioux Falls Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sioux Falls Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home. What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Sioux Falls for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services SERVPRO of Sioux Falls specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 605-213- 3303