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Benefits of scheduling a regular dryer vent cleaning

1/16/2020 (Permalink)

Lint-filled dryer vent Dryer vent well overdue for a cleaning.

At SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls, we know the value of a good dryer vent cleaning. As we handle textile cleaning and drying after a water loss or home fire, we know the importance and benefits of having a clean dryer vent.

If you’re noticing your dryer takes more than one cycle to dry your clothes, this is a good indicator that you may be due for a dryer vent cleaning. Another indicator of a clogged dryer vent is a musty smell on clothing items after they have been dried.

Getting your dryer vent cleaned will greatly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your dryer, saving you both time and significant money on your electrical bill. Regularly cleaning of your dryer vent will also help your dryer last longer.

Most importantly, regularly cleaning your dryer vent and removing clogged lint can help prevent a house fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, 17,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year, causing upwards of $230,000,000 damage.

If you are experiencing issues with your dryer or you can’t remember the last time you had your dryer vents cleaned, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls at 605-213-3303 and set up your appointment today!

Do you know the details of your insurance coverage?

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded room Flooded home

If you’ve been fortunate enough to not have to file a claim before, you may not know the full extent of your coverage. Especially when it comes to dealing with water damage claims. It is better to be prepared for the worst and understand what the process of dealing with a water loss entails.

Water damage can stem from a variety of causes. In the winter months maybe it’s frozen pipes or an ice dam built up on your roof causing the damage. In the springtime, perhaps the Sioux Falls area is hit with an early spring torrential rain when the ground is still partially frozen and the rain has nowhere to be absorbed.

Even if Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas are fortunate enough to have a mild winter and spring, Mother Nature isn’t the only cause of water damage in the home. Our appliances such as water heaters and washing machines can fail and cause you to file a claim for a water loss incident.

At SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls, we work closely with insurers and know the value of understanding your policy. We recommend you schedule a meeting with your agent to review your policy as soon as possible. Get ahead of the damage and know what your options are, should the worst come to pass.

The Ultrasonic cleaning process

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fine china before and after cleaning Before and after ultrasonic cleaning process

Any time a business acquires a piece of equipment that can improve efficiency and results, the excitement is hard to measure. At SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls we are absolutely ecstatic about the newest equipment added to help the cleaning and restoration process.

The addition of an Ultrasonic cleaning machine will be a game-changer for our restoration process. You may be asking yourself, what is an Ultrasonic cleaning machine? An Ultrasonic cleaning machine is a device that uses intense vibrations to produce sound waves that produce tiny, exploding bubbles that are able to get in to every nook and cranny of the item you are trying to clean. Now if that sounds like Science Fiction to you, don’t worry, I will try to break it down a bit.

Essentially the bubbles produced by the sounds waves form and explode at such a high rate that they create heat and pressure of their own. As the bubbles explode all around the item being cleaned, dirt, grime, smoke, and other tough damage like soot is being broken down and removed off of the item. As the item is submerged in water and surrounded on every available surface, the Ultrasonic cleaning process gets to places that regular hand cleaning can not.

Say you’ve had a ceramic vase that is a family heirloom, handed down through generations. Now imagine you experience a small home fire and the vase is absolutely covered in smoke and soot damage. You’re devastated and ready to just chalk it up as a loss. This is where the Ultrasonic cleaning process comes in to save the day! The high heat of the water, the proper cleaning chemicals, and the ultrasonic cleaning process all combine to clean your contents, “Like it never even happened.”

The Ultrasonic cleaning machine is able to handle all sorts of contents, from clothing and jewelry to finished wood and electronics. Yes, even electronics! After removing electronics from the machine, we are able to dry them with out blow dry gun so they are able to properly dry and function correctly when re-assembled.

Cleaning contents after a fire

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team unboxing new cleaning equipment SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls unboxing new cleaning equipment.

Unless you’ve experienced a home fire, you may not be familiar with all the mess and stress that comes with it. Reconstruction, new paint and carpet, and new light fixtures probably come to mind. One area that may not be familiar when it comes to fire damage is contents damage. This can cover clothes, dressers, lamps, anything that isn’t a structural part of your home. Your first thought is that those items are probably discarded and replaced. 

It doesn’t have to be that way. SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls specializes in contents cleaning stemming from fire damage. 

We recently added an ultrasonic cleaning machine to our cleaning equipment arsenal and are excited for its potential. We will now be able to clean your valuables in an even more effective and efficient manner. 

We do this because we care. We know you have special items that hold sentimental value and we will do our best to return them to mint condition! 

Help! Our dream house has a mold infestation!

12/30/2019 (Permalink)

Mold colony Mold colony

Imagine going through the home buying process for months before finally settling on your dream home. All the leg work is done, you’re just waiting on the inspection and closing paperwork.

Everything is moving in the right direction until the home inspection report comes back and shows a mold infestation in the attic. What do you do now?

Don’t panic! You will still be able to purchase your dream home! Call SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls at (605)213-3303 and we will send a team of trained mold mitigation specialists out to asses your home. Let us take care of the hard work and we will clean up, restore, and build back your dream home “Like it never even happened!”

Winter Storm Approaching 11-27/11-29

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Power lines covered in ice Power lines coated in ice

To all SERVPRO customers in Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas, be prepared for a winter storm starting the evening of December 27th and continuing on through Monday December 30th. West and North of Sioux Falls are predicted to get the heaviest snowfall. However, freezing rain before the snow will be the real danger to look out for.

Heavy freezing rain can weigh down power lines and cause power outages. For more information on preparing for a winter storm Please refer to our recent blog.

After the storm passes, be sure to read Our blog on preventing and treating ice dams.

Should anything happen to your home, SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is standing by 24/7 to help you clean up, restore, and build back “Like it never even happened.”

Dealing with Sewage Backup

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Sewage backup in bathroom Sewage backup in bathroom

Imagine coming home after a lovely holiday vacation and your whole house smells like a sewer. Understandably, both the smell and the scale of the damage has overwhelmed you and you don’t know what to do.

Fear not, SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls has you covered. We have staff standing by 24/7 to help you deal with a sewer back up. Our staff of trained water damage professionals will clean the sewage up and disinfect the area. Should any materials need to be removed and replaced, SERVPRO will handle that for you as well. 

Should the worst happen in your home, call (605)213-3303 and SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls will help you restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

Steps to take after fire in the home

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

House fire before restoration services and after Home after a fire, and then the same home after restoration.

So you’ve had a fire in your home. Maybe someone left a candle burning over night. Perhaps you had to step away from the stovetop popcorn and the oil spilled and started a small fire. 

Whether it be a small kitchen fire or multi-level structure damage from a fire, SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is here to help. 

After the immediate danger from the fire subsides the first step as a homeowner is to file a claim with your insurer. Once this process is begun, the next step is searching for a restoration and mitigation company. This is where SERVPRO is ready to help.

Our team of professionally trained fire damage technicians are ready 24/7 to help take all of the worry out of your hands. At SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls we are able to help throughout the process of dealing with fire damage. Our technicians will be able to pack out any contents deemed salvageable and start restoring them to their original condition. 

Our teams are trained in mitigating and cleaning smoke damage from your home. As we have our own construction teams in place we will do as much work as possible in house to simplify the process for both the insured and the insurer. 

Our staff deeply cares about providing a happy experience for the customer. We know that a fire in the home can be a traumatic experience. Our goal here at SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is to clean up, restore, and build back your home “Like it never even happened.”

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Awareness

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

One home safety issue that is often overlooked is Carbon Monoxide poisoning. As Carbon Monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, it can be near impossible to detect without proper equipment. 

What causes Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

Carbon Monoxide is produced in the home by appliances and engines that burn fuel for a source of energy. CO poisoning is caused when these appliances or engines are not properly vented. 

Symptoms of CO poisoning

Carbon Monoxide poisoning can manifest itself in a variety of symptoms. The most common include: Dizziness, shortness of breath, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, confusion, and loss of consciousness. As CO poisoning can quickly become deadly in high concentrations it is key to know the symptoms. Immediate steps need to be taken to receive fresh air and seek medical assistance. 

How to prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

  • Install CO detectors in your home wherever you have a sleeping area. Check their status as often as you do with smoke detectors. 
  • Always back your car out of the garage when warming it up during cold winter months. Even a car running in the garage door with the door open can cause significant CO buildup. 
  • Use your gas burning appliances as directed by manufacturers. Never use stove or oven to heat your home. 
  • Keep your fuel burning appliances properly vented and consider having a professional asses your CO producing appliances regularly.

Have a plan for winter storms

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Cars stuck in blizzard Cars stuck in blizzard.

It’s that time of the year. Freezing temps, biting winds, and shoveling snow. Winter storms can wreak havoc in many ways. Some of the biggest risks for homeowners in the winter months stem from burst pipes causing water damage or the hazards that come with extended loss of power. 

How to be prepared:

  • Have an emergency plan in place with members of your household. 
  • Keep a stock of non-perishable food available should a power outage occur. 
  • Know where flashlights and extra batteries are located. 
  • Prepare an emergency road kid for your vehicle with items like a flashlight, blankets, bottle of water, non-perishable food. 

How SERVPRO can help

We at SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls are standing by 24/7 to help you deal with damage from winter storms. Whether it be a burst frozen pipe or an ice dam forming on your roof causing leakage, SERVPRO is ready to help clean and restore your home “Like it never even happened.”