Improper drying can lead to mold growth
Mold growth found in closet of Sioux Falls area home
Imagine a scenario where your water heater malfunctioned and led to a small water loss in your utility room. You may not have even known there were such things as restoration companies, so you decided to place a couple of fans and dry it out yourself. The room has concrete floor, you tell yourself, there can’t be too much damage. After a few days of running fans, the area looks dry to you.
Fast forward two months as you go to your utility room to grab supplies and you notice a funky-colored growth on the drywall behind your water heater. Mold? How did this get here?
Most likely, water from the damaged water heater seeped up in to your dry wall and was not properly dried. This presence of moisture acted as a fuel to promote the growth of mold.
What do you do now? Call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls! Not only do we do mold remediation, we are the company to call when you have a water loss in your home! Proper drying after water damage goes hand in hand with preventing mold growth. For a company who excels in both, call SERVPRO!
Water Damage in a Furniture Store
SERVPRO of Sioux Falls equipment ready for pickup after completing the drying process.
In the midst of record breaking low temperatures that affected nearly the entire nation, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls received a number of calls stemming from a burst pipe. We answered the call for both residential and commercial customers. Our biggest job during the freeze was from a burst pipe in a home furniture store over in Marshall, Minnesota. After receiving the initial call, we mobilized two teams with our vehicles packed full of air movers and dehumidifiers to head over and help out.
Upon arrival, our team began the process of moving affected materials and got started on the extraction process. Proper drying cannot be completed without first extracting as much water as possible before placing drying equipment. On our first day there, we extracted over 7,000 lbs of water from the furniture store!
After the extraction was complete, we strategically placed our air movers and dehumidifiers in a fashion that created an optimal drying chamber. After placing equipment, we returned back to the shop to prepare for monitoring the next day.
Monitor and Adjust
Upon our return to the furniture store, our mitigation team took and recorded a number of atmospheric measurements, such as temperature and humidity, to check the progress of the drying process. After recording measurements, it was time to make some slight adjustments to our equipment and let them do their magic.
Final Step: Creating a Happy Customer!
After repeating the monitoring process one more day, our team was able to achieve the dry standard we had set out to achieve. Our quick response and knowledge of the drying process allowed the business to remain open throughout the entire process! Our customers were thrilled with the work we did, and creating happy customers is our main goal!
If your business experiences water or fire related damage, please call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls at 605-213-3303! We are standing by, ready to travel, to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO at the Home Show!
SERVPRO of Sioux Falls display at Sioux Empire Home Show.
We look forward to the last weekend in February every year. Not only does it signify that Spring is near, but the Sioux Empire Home Builders Association hosts its annual Sioux Empire Home Show. The home show provides businesses such as SERVPRO of Sioux Falls the opportunity to get in to direct contact with as many area homeowners as possible. It is a wonderful event that allows us to not only showcase the services we provide, but how we are able to differentiate ourselves from our competitors in the area.
We always get plenty of great questions from homeowners and we look forward to helping them understand why choosing SERVPRO is the way to go! If you did not make it this year, we hope to be able to see you next year!
What to do with Standing Water in your home
Standing water in flooded home
After the cold weather has passed and the thaw has begun, you may be noticing some unpleasant changes in your basement. Are you seeing damp spots on the walls? Are there cracks appearing in the mortar joints of your cinder blocks? A wet basement can be a real concern for home and business owners.
A water loss that produces standing water can be a breeding ground for some pretty nasty bacterias and fungi. Typically, when standing water from a water loss is found in a home, it is usually in the basement or lower levels of a home. The first thing you want to do is turn off any electricity that may be connected to the affected area. The safety of you and everyone around you is the number one priority! Now, leave the rest to us at SERVPRO. We will clean up the standing water and anything affected by it! We are here to make it "Like it never even happened." So, make SERVPRO your first call for broken pipes, flooding, leaky foundation, gutter problems and more! We are here to help get your home back. The best course of action when you experience a water loss in your home is to call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Sioux Falls.
How often should I have my carpets cleaned?
SERVPRO Employees cleaning carpet
Getting your carpets cleaned is a lovely refresher for your home. The natural bounce of the carpet picks up a bit and your home feels more fresh and clean. Unfortunately, we often forget about getting our carpets cleaned as our daily lives can get busy or hectic. Who has time to rent a carpet cleaning machine and set aside the time to use it when you’re running kids to appointments and practices. There is no magic number to how often your carpets should be professionally cleaned. Some people say one to two times a year. Really it depends on the type of traffic in your home. Pets and kids running around? Family member with a bad habit of leaving their shoes on in the home? You might want to consider getting your carpets done twice a year. Want to not worry about it at all and have a team of professionals take it off your hands? Well, you’re in luck!
SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is trained in using hot water extraction techniques to clean your carpets and bring new life in to them! Whether the job calls for a portable unit or our more powerful truck mounted system, SERVPRO has the tools and the know how to get the job done right!
Frigid temps ahead, be on the lookout for frozen pipes!
Exterior pipe covered with ice
If you’re not a fan of winter and cold temperatures, you may just want to avoid any prognostications for the Sioux Falls area and bunker down inside. After what has been a relatively mild winter, the area is expected to be hit with very low temperatures and a biting wind chill. As temperatures will top out in the single digits, the wind chill is expected to be as low as -30.
What does this mean for you?
With extreme cold like this, we recommend stocking up on supplies and then hunkering down inside. Avoid the outdoors as much as possible. When wind chills are as low as -20, frostbite can occur within as little as ten minutes of exposure. If you do need to venture outside, make sure you are properly bundled up and wearing multiple layers to increase heat retention.
What does this mean for my home?
As a homeowner, it is important to know about risks to your home when temperatures drop as low as expected. We recommend keeping your home at 65 degrees at the minimum to avoid any issues with plumbing and frozen pipes. A burst pipe from frozen piping is one of the biggest issues to try to avoid when the temperatures get this low. The plumbing most at risk are pipes that are in under-insulated areas such as along exterior walls or under a crawl space. If you are able to access these areas, you can put foam insulation around the pipes to help them retain heat. It is also helpful to run water through your pipes at least hourly. Also, know where your water main shutoff is so you can shut off the flow if you do experience a burst pipe.
Should you have any damage from a burst pipe, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls anytime, day or night. We are standing by 24/7 to help you with emergencies in your home or business! 605-213-3303
First steps after a fire
Damage in Sioux Falls home after a fire
After experiencing a house fire it is common to feel overwhelmed, stressed, worried and have increased feelings of uncertainty. A house fire can be a terrifying experience, especially for children and pets. After the fire is extinguished and everyone is deemed safe, one of the first things to do is call your insurance agent. They will get the fire damage claims process started for you. You will need to find a safe and comfortable place to stay, even if it is for one night. Your insurance agent should be able to help you with this, as your policy likely includes provisions for lodgings if you have been displaced. Once you have shelter, you can begin to get a plan in place and give you and your family time to rest. After helping you secure lodging and any necessary items such as clothing, your agent will begin the process of restoration in your home. When you reach this stage, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is standing by 24/7 to help. We are able to provide emergency board up services and begin the cleaning and removal of smoke and soot. We know the stresses that can come with a fire in your home, and we want to help you recover, every step along the way.
Number one cause of fires in the home?
Fire blazing in kitchen
There are many potential causes of fires in the home. From faulty wiring to an appliance failure, issues can arise suddenly.
#1 Cause of fires in the home:
The most frequent cause of house fires is unattended cooking!
Now that we know the most frequent source of fires in the home, here are some tips to help stay safe.
- Be sure to stay in the room while cooking with a heat source. Keeping an eye on your cooking will help you be prepared for any accidents.
- It is also important to use a timer while cooking so you don’t lose track of time.
- Vigilance in the kitchen is particularly important during the holidays when cooking and baking more than you usually do.
- Even while cooking with precautions, accidents can happen. Be sure to have fire extinguishers throughout your home. Be sure you are properly educated on the use of a fire extinguisher to be prepared in the event that you have to use one.
Should you experience a fire in your home, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is standing by 24/7 to help you through an emergency!
Most Frequent mold strain
Mold growth spreading across walls in Sioux Falls home
The most common mold found throughout homes is known as Alternaria. Alternaria mold tends to grow where ever dampness occurs, which can come from a variety of sources in your home. Mold can grow just about anywhere and Can be very difficult to prevent. No matter how clean your home may be it will always contain invisible mold spores. But don’t fret! Mold is most commonly found in bathrooms, basements, and kitchens.
The ten most common sources of moisture that can aid mold growth in your home are:
- Persistent humidity
- Leaky pipes in the home
- Leaking roof
- Build up of condensation
- Poor ventilation in your home
- Wet and Damp Clothing
- Home flooding
- Damp basement
- Foundational leak
- Leaking or condensation from an A/C System.
If you’re looking for a Mold Remediation Specialist, Call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls at 605-213-3303! We will make that pesky mold growth in your home, “Like it never even happened.”
Mold on the Move
Visible mold in air ducts
A mold growth in your HVAC unit can be a nuisance for you and your family. As our HVAC systems move air continuously throughout the home, this too means mold spores in the system are being moved throughout your home. Mold can harm our respiratory system in a number of ways. Not sure if you have mold present in your HVAC system? Here are some potential signs:
- Visual Signs: Fortunately, some mold may be easy to spot and can give you a definitive answer. Check the spots of your HVAC system that you can easily see regularly. This includes around the furnace and A/C units, as well is any intake or outflow vents. For some examples of what mold can look like, please visit our photo gallery.
- Odors: Pay attention for any odors you don’t normally sense around your home. Oftentimes mold can give off a musty scent as it thrives with sufficient moisture.
- Symptoms: If you or anyone in your home is noticing persistent respiratory issues or increased severity of allergies, mold could potentially be the culprit.
What should you do if you believe you have mold in your HVAC system?
Our recommendation would be to call a mold remediation company as well as a company that can clean ducts. It just so happens, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is equipped to help with both! With our industry experience in both areas, we will be able to help you get your home back to tip-top shape.