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Unprecedented Times with SERVPRO

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

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In these uncertain times, it is easy for stress to rule our minds. With so many uncertainties regarding the global pandemic, it’s understandable to have fears about the unknown. That is where we can help! Let SERVPRO of Sioux Falls help you and your clients with a little peace of mind. 

As a business owner, you must be concerned with running your business profitably while at the same time keeping your customer’s health and safety at the top of mind. We can help with that. With our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, we can tailor a cleaning procedure to fit your specific needs. Whether you are looking for a proactive cleaning before hosting a large event or you need our services in the event of a confirmed case emergency, we are Here to Help. 

We are available 24/7 at 605-213-3303. We are treating confirmed case cleanings as we would an emergency water loss because we know how important a quick response is for your business. 

Home smoke alarms

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

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As fires in the home can be devastating, we wanted to help our customers be prepared in their homes. Today we will talk a little bit about smoke detectors and the important role they play in protecting your family from harm.

Why you need smoke detectors in the home

Smoke detectors are the last line of defense between your family and the dangers of a fire. A sleeping person could miss the sight and smell of smoke and be completely oblivious to any threats. This is one of the reasons it is recommended to put smoke alarms inside and just outside of every room where someone sleeps in your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, three out of five home fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarms or non-functioning smoke alarms. Functioning smoke alarms are a must have in your home.

Smoke Alarm Maintenance

When you have functioning smoke alarms installed, it is important to conduct routine tests and maintenance. It is recommended you test your smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button on your alarm. While not always possible with older models, if you purchase new models, try to get them on an interconnected network so when one sounds, all the other in the home go off. Smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years.

Fall Weather Outlook

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

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As the temperature starts to drop and the leaves change color, its time to embrace fall. The smell of pumpkin spiced everything permeates the air and we begin to pull out our favorite sweaters and blankets. As we begin to settle in for winter and the snow storms to come, let’s take a moment to focus on what type of weather events occur in the fall.

Thunderstorms

As cooler air begins to mix with the leftover warm, humid air from the summer, we can see strong thunderstorms develop. Fall is the secondary peak season for thunderstorms after spring. Fall storms may not be as frequent but can be as powerful. If a storm passes through the Sioux Falls area, be prepared and know what to look for after in terms of damage. Check to see if heavy winds knocked any tree limbs loose that can damage your home. Severe thunderstorms can also bring a lot of rain, so be sure to check for water damage in your home, particularly with your sump pump.

Fog

Cooler and longer evenings lead to the development of fog. As the ground absorbs heat from the sun all day, the cooling in the evening can produce fog. Fog won’t do any damage to your home, but it can impair visibility while driving. Be sure to allow yourself extra time when traveling under a fog advisory.

Frost

An early frost can wreak havoc on your garden or other vegetation. If you are still trying to squeeze the last bits of productivity out of your garden, be sure to keep an eye out for frost advisories and cover your plants in the early evening.

Tornadoes

While tornadoes are typically found in the spring and early summer, the same forces that can cause fall thunderstorms to develop can produce a tornado as well. Be aware and updated on local weather developments. We also recommend having a safety plan in place with your family. Tornadoes can cause devastating damage in a matter of seconds.

Cleaning Clocks with SERVPRO

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

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A few weeks back we were contacted by a customer with a request to restore and refurbish a clock. Typically our contents restoration stems from a fire or water loss, but this customer had found a vintage panda clock and wanted to see if we could restore it to its former glory.

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The customer brought the clock in and we assessed it. It had been stained yellow after years of exposure to nicotine and smoke. We had a big task ahead of us. We got to work on restoring the clock, using our specially-designed cleaning chemicals developed in house by SERVPRO. The customer asked us only to restore the look of the clock, but along the way we noticed some of the functioning parts of the clock weren’t working as intended. So we reached out to some people in the industry and were actually able to track down some replacement parts. After our cleaning and a touch of paint, the clock was as good as new.

A Gift for Family

After returning the clock to the customer, they were incredibly thankful. The clock was to be a gift for the niece of the gentleman who brought us the clock. The niece had just started working in nursing out in California, in the middle of a pandemic. She had relayed to her uncle that the little time away from work that she had was spent at the San Diego Zoo, where she had become enamored with pandas. Her uncle found the clock and wanted to send it to her to show his appreciation for the brave work she was doing as a nurse. We were so happy to be able to help restore the clock and we hope the gift is appreciated!

Proactive or Reactive Viral Pathogen Cleaning

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

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The nation has examined and reconfigured nearly all of our cleaning and hygiene protocols over the past year. It has been a time of change and reflection, with the intention of providing customers and citizens with the peace of mind that the places that they frequent have been cleaned with the best procedures. As information has been changing regularly over the past year, SERVPRO has been at the forefront of developing new procedures and programs for cleaning. 

Even with enhanced cleaning protocols at your business, something may come up that you are not prepared to handle. Let SERVPRO of Sioux Falls help you out! We are experienced in viral pathogen cleanings and know how best to clean your business space to better protect your clients. With our Certified SERVPRO Cleaned program, we are able to consult with you and tailor a cleaning program that fits your business needs. As we know unforeseen events can happen at anytime, we are treating viral pathogen cleanings as emergencies and aim to respond to your cleaning inquiries with the same quickness that we do a fire or water loss. 

Call us today at 605-213-3303! 

Carpet Cleaning with SERVPRO

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Renting a carpet cleaning unit from your local hardware store and cleaning your carpets seems like an easy enough task to complete. You need to plan ahead and find a time that you can try and get the other people in your home and any pets you may have out of the home. Furniture needs to be arranged moved around so the majority of your carpet can be cleaned. You need to reserve the time to rent the cleaning machine and make sure you know how to use it as well as any stain removal techniques. Okay, maybe this isn’t as simple as we thought.

Why you should use SERVPRO

If the process of cleaning your carpets gets to be too much of a headache, give SERVPRO a call! We have staff trained incarpet cleaning, stain removal, and upholstery cleaning. Let us take the stress off your mind and professionally clean your carpet using our hot water extraction techniques. Using a professional service like SERVPRO means instead of a rented, weaker portable unit used to clean your carpets, we will come to your home with our truck mounted system to make your carpets look and feel brand new! A truck mounted system uses hot water blasted in to your carpet to knock loose and dirt and debris and the high powered suction of our truck mounted vacuum system to pull the water, dirt, and debris from your carpets.

If your Sioux Falls area home is ready for a deep carpet clean, call the pros at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to schedule today! 

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What to do with belongings after a fire?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

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After the fire has been extinguished in your home or business, the true magnitude of damage can be assessed. On top of structural damage caused by the fire, smoke and soot damage can permeate your Sioux Falls area home. The emotional weight we tie to our personal belongings and family memories can make this a very stressful time. 

Let SERVPRO take some of that stress off of your hands. We are experienced in after-fire pack outs and will come to your home or business to collect, log, and track all of your belongings throughout the contents cleaning process.

Once we have the items in our shop, we can begin to use our many proprietary SERVPRO-developed chemicals specifically made to clean different materials after a fire. On top of contents cleaned by hand, we also use an Ultrasonic cleaning system that uses sound waves to produce millions of imploding bubbles that help scrub soiled items cleaned. 

If you should experience a fire in your home, give SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call at 605-213-3303, and we will do everything in our power to restore your items “Like it never even happened.”

Free Mold Estimates with SERVPRO

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

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After being cooped up at home the past five months, students are returning to school and your home might be getting a break from the chaos. Maybe you take this opportunity to get your home deep cleaned and freshened up. Vacuuming, dusting, maybe even getting your carpets cleaned. Perhaps you are packing up some toys and putting them in to storage. While moving stuff around in your storage space, you notice a weird fuzzy patch on your wall. If you’re unsure if its just dust or mold, give SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call!

Free estimates within 30 mile radius:

At SERVPRO, we will come assess your home for a mold growth and give you a free estimate on remediation and potential reconstruction should you fall within a 30 mile radius of our shop. With this estimate you will be able to decide the correct course of action for your home.

Water Damage: DIY or call the pros?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Do It Yourself (DIY) projects around the home have plenty of appeal. They provide you with a sense of accomplishment upon completion. Typically they present an opportunity to save money by avoiding contractor fees. Frankly, some folks just enjoy completing projects on their own. DIY projects have their time and place, however, water damage restoration is one project we recommend hiring a professional restoration company for.

Unforeseen complications of water damage: Water damage in your Sioux Falls home can be a frustrating experience. Even experienced DIYers may not have the expertise to handle a water loss in the home if they don’t have experience in the industry. It may seem a simple process on paper. Remove the water and use fans to dry the area, that’s it right? Well, not exactly. Water damage in the home is not so easily treated. There are many factors to take in to consideration that the average homeowner may not recognize.

Why you should use a professional water restoration company:

  • Expertise: This type of work is a restoration company’s bread and butter. They have handled water losses before and know all factors to consider. For instance, what was they source of the loss? Is the water clean or contaminated? How much equipment will be needed to properly dry the damage? Can the carpet be dried out or does it need to be removed and replaced?
  • Equipment: Restoration companies like SERVPRO have all the necessary tools and equipment on hand to properly mitigate your water damage. Imagine a scenario where the area sees a flash flood event. You will have people running to stores to pick up fans, dehumidifiers, shop-vacs and generators. A supply shortage is a very real issue to consider. SERVPRO has all of this equipment as well as specialized equipment like moisture meters that can find moisture in walls and other spots you may not think to look.
  • Insurance Claims: Depending on your insurance coverage, oftentimes, water damage may be covered under your policy which can save you money on repairs. However, some insurance companies will not pay out a claim if the necessary work is not done by a professional. SERVPRO of Sioux Falls works closely with all insurers and can give you the peace of mind that your insurance will help cover costs.
  • Full Service: SERVPRO provides emergency response to water losses. We know the importance of a quick response time to mitigate the potential for mold growth that can occur 48-72 hours after a water loss. Along with our expertise, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is equipped to handle your loss from beginning to end. We can handle the initial response, any necessary demolition, as well as any necessary rebuild you may need.

Should you experience water damage in your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls at 605-213-3303, anytime, day or night!

Where is mold commonly found?

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

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As mold has a tendency to grow in cramped, poorly-lit locations in your home, you may not have any idea that you even have a mold infestation. The physical signs of a potential mold growth can present itself in your body in the form of health effects. These symptoms may be difficult to separate from the same symptoms that allergies produce in people. However, if someone has been dealing with allergies their whole life, they likely know when their symptoms are stemming from normal allergies and when something may be amiss and causing more issues than usual. Whether you have allergies or not, if you are experiencing health effects, it may be time to investigate for mold in your home.

Common places for mold:

Mold requires oxygen, moisture, and a food source to grow. To start eliminating potential locations of mold growth, exclude places that typically don’t get moisture. This typically can mean eliminating rooms such as bedrooms and living rooms. However, window sills in these rooms can still be a potential spot of mold growth if they are not sealed tight and prone to receiving moisture.

The most common locations for mold to be found include:

  • Bathrooms- A poorly ventilated bathroom, which consistently is exposed to moisture in the form of showers and baths, is a prime location for mold growth. Check in and around your shower, as well as below your sink.
  • Basement/Utility Rooms- Mold likes to grow in locations with lack of UV light. This makes subterranean rooms ripe for mold growth. Condensation from an air conditioning unit can lead to potential mold growth. An improperly dried room after a water damage event can also lead to mold growth.
  • Kitchen- Another room of your home that sees a lot of moisture, in the form of washing dishes and the processes involved in cooking.

These are not the only rooms where mold can be found, but are typically a good place to start looking. Mold can also grow in your HVAC system, which gives it the opportunity to be spread throughout your home.

 If you believe you have a mold growth or you have found a mold colony in your Sioux Falls area home, it’s best to call a company that has expertise in mold testing and mold remediation. SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has been a local leader in the mold remediation business for years. Call us to schedule a an estimate in your home today. We can find mold, begin the remediation process, and perform any necessary rebuild to get your home back to tip-top shape.