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How To Handle Storm Damage

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Handle Storm Damage Taking immediate action can limit the damage caused by a storm.

When storm damage hits Sioux Falls homes and businesses, it's important to know what to do until SERVPRO crews get on site.

  • Call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303 immediately upon discovering damage.
  • Shut off the source of water (ie: replace sump pump) or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.  Use a shop vac or carpet cleaning machine to suck water from carpets.  Do Not use a household vacuum cleaner.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove electronics, documents, sensitive or valuable items to a dry place.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting and window curtains off damp floors.
  • Pull carpet back from the walls to limit water wicking into the drywall.

Don't forget that when storm damage strikes in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area, SERVPRO is here to help.

Commercial Damage Tips

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Damage Tips SERVPRO has a solution for your commercial cleanup concerns.

Commercial property damage in the Sioux Falls area comes in different forms.  SERVPRO has provided some tips on how to best handle the situation until the SERVPRO Franchise Professional arrives on site.

Vandalism Damage:

  • Hose or wash egg damage from the building exterior as soon as possible.
  • Vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery in the affected area.
  • Save containers which reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics, and paints.  This will assist greatly in the removal of these products.
  • Do not attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains yourself.  You may accidentally set the stains permanently.
  • Make sure not to operate damaged lamps or appliances.
  • Never discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces from porcelain, furniture or art objects.

When your business has damage caused by vandalism, call SERVPRO in Sioux Falls at (605) 213-3303. 

Contaminated Water

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Contaminated Water No matter the size, SERVPRO makes commercial water losses "Like it never even happened".

Commercial property damage in the Sioux Falls area comes in all different forms.  Here are some ways to handle the situation until SERVPRO arrives on site.

Water Damage From Contaminated Water:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Leave the HVAC system turned off if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. 
  • Don't blow household fans to try to dry the structure and spread the contaminants to other areas.
  • No longer use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas. 

When contaminated water is a concern in your Sioux Falls business, you'll want to call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303.

Air Quality In Businesses

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Air Quality In Businesses SERVPRO can help with any commercial water damage or commercial mold growth concerns.

Intrusion of water into your place of business can result in mold growth.  Water intrusions can result from Sioux Falls storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. 

When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments.  If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged business environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.  Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to the business having indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

To have SERVPRO evaluate your Sioux Falls commercial restoration needs, give us a call at (605) 213-3303.

What to do after a fire in Sioux Falls

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do after a fire in Sioux Falls In Sioux Falls, SERVPRO is here to help.

After a fire is an overwhelming time.  The things that you do next can help or hurt the cleanup process.  If you have a fire in the Sioux Falls area, here are some tips to follow.


  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean.  Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 

After a fire, call SERVPRO in Sioux Falls at (605) 213-3303.

Things to avoid after a fire

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Things to avoid after a fire Call SERVPRO in Sioux Falls to help restore your home.

After a fire is an overwhelming time.  The things that you do next can help or hurt the cleanup process.  If you have a fire in the Sioux Falls area, here are some tips to follow.


  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO  Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water.  (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet.  Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaner.  Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor. 

After a fire, call SERVPRO in Sioux Falls at (605) 213-3303.

Ordinary Mold

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Ordinary Mold SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls provides mold testing services to help determine if there is a concern.

If you discover mold in your home in the Sioux Falls area, there are many questions that arise.  Here's a little bit of information about ordinary mold that can help your understanding of the issue.

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment.  In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified.  Fungi produce some very useful results.  Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages.  The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold.  An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum).

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people. 

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls provides mold testing services to help determine if there is a concern.  SERVPRO also provides mold cleanup to Sioux Falls and the surrounding area. 

Call (605) 213-3303 to speak with our experts.

Take Precautions

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Take Precautions SERVPRO Franchise Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more likely to spread in your Sioux Falls home or business when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time.  If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.  If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

If you need assistance with water damage or mold in the Sioux Falls area, call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303.

Sioux Falls Smoke and Soot Cleanup

6/19/2018 (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

Restoring Your Sioux Falls Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Sioux Falls Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Sioux Falls commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.