Winter Storm Damages
Frozen Water Pipe
You may think a water restoration company such as SERVPRO of Sioux Falls may not do a lot of water work in the winter as precipitation mainly falls as snow which does not cause sump pump failures or ground water issues. On the contrary, we often deal with different types of winter water damage!
Water damage in the winter can come from a variety of sources. Snow pack on your roof can melt and re-freeze, leaving a blockage of ice in your gutters. This is referred to as an ice dam. As more snow melts but can't escape through the gutters, it can get inside your roof and cause interior water damage.
Power outages from a winter ice storm can cause heat to shut off and pipes can become frozen, leading to a pipe burst in your home that can cause an immense amount of damage.
Even outside of water damage, dangerous driving conditions can cause a vehicle to spin out and potentially strike a structure such as a garage or home.
No matter the damage that occurs, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help! Our crews are able to respond to winter storm damage 24/7, ready to help all customers in the Sioux Falls and Eastern south Dakota areas!
Year in Review for SERVPRO of Sioux Falls
Holiday Greeting Card with SERVPRO logo
Another year has come and gone. We’re blessed to be celebrating our eighth holiday season in business! It’s been a year full of excitement and growth for the SERVPRO of Sioux Falls Team. Our team stepped up to the call and used our gained knowledge and experience to help us fulfill our goal of creating happy customers!
It was a busy year for our staff in terms of professional development. On top of our weekly staff training meetings and ongoing training through SERVPRO University, several members of our team were able receive certifications in a variety of IICRC courses. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is responsible for creating and upholding the standards that help shape the industry.
Our Office Manager Shelby Casale earned her Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration certification to add to her previous certification in Water Damage Restoration.
Our Business Development Professional and Estimator Josh Baker attended courses and gained his certification in Water Damage Restoration and Applied Microbial Remediation. Josh has also taken time this year to serve on the membership committee of the Sioux Empire Home Builders Association.
Our Lead Crew Chief Travis Yunginger added his certification in Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration to a previously held certification in Water Damage Restoration. Travis is making great use of his certifications in helping our customers with all levels of restoration by completing their construction projects.
Owner Adam Birger continued to add to his certifications, earning a Triple Master designation. Adam is a Master Textile Cleaner, Master Fire and Smoke Restorer, and Master Water Damage Restorer. As well as running his business, Adam has taken the time to help the community of Tea grow by serving as an officer on the Tea Chamber for Development. He and his wife, and business partner, Jessica are also part owners of a 29 year old home building company currently based out of Watertown SD.
We are excited for the New Year and the many opportunities it will bring! Happy Holidays from our SERVPRO family to yours!
Water damage in heavy machinery shop
Water mixing with debris and dirt on machine shop floor.
On Saturday afternoon, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls received a call from a customer who operated a specialized machine shop where they build radiators for trucks and large vehicles. One of their machines caught fire during operation and in turn, the fire suppression system which combined water with a fire suppressant powder, covered the working area with water and debris.
We received the call after the company had reached out to one of our competitors and had started work, which was not up to the level that the company needed. They were on a deadline to get the normal operation of their assembly line ready to go by Monday morning, or else risk losing $75,000 per hour that they were not able to operate.
Our crew ended up working on Saturday and Sunday evening, even working until 2:00 AM Monday morning to get the job done to our customers specs!
The radiator company was thrilled with the level of clean we achieved, and our willingness to work into the early morning to get the job done!
Wait, snow in the forecast already?
Snow on roof of customer’s home.
Well, thankfully, not for the Sioux Falls area yet. Our ten day forecast looks like the beautiful fall weather will continue for some time yet. But what better time to start preparing for winter and the harsh weather it can bring?
South Dakotans know how harsh and brutal the winds can be on the plains during the winter season. Winds so strong that they bring the windchill down by 20 degrees sometime. These strong winds don’t only require us to wear the proper clothing, we need to be aware of the damage they can cause to our homes and businesses. High winds can cause tree limbs and branches to snap off and hit structures. A hole in your roof is a big problem. Add in winter temperatures and possibly even precipitation, and all the sudden we have some trouble on our hands. If you have an emergency issue at your home or business that requires emergency board up service, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls anytime day or night.
Mold in the crawl space
Mold growth on Crawl space wall
SERVPRO of Sioux Falls was recently called out to look at a possible mold growth in the crawl space of a lake home. Homes upon the waterfront are notorious for having high humidity and encountering water damage from ground water seepage.
The home in question had about 2 feet of water for almost over a year. As you can guess, this provided the optimal conditions for the growth and spread of mold.
Working in a crawl space or other confined spaces are one of the areas that SERVPRO specializes in! Our crews are ready to perform the work, wherever it needs to be done. Using the proper PPE and mold remediation techniques, our technicians are able to successfully remediate mold in nearly any setting.
If you have a possible mold growth in your home or business, give a call to SERVPRO of Sioux Falls at 605-213-3303 to schedule your mold estimate today!
We clean the messes you shouldn't clean on your own
Photo of sewage loss in customer's basement
Most messes around the home are easy to clean up on your own. Your child spills a glass of milk, that's easy enough to clean up. Maybe you are snacking on chips during the big game and you spill crumbs all over. Simply get the vacuum out and you're good to go. But, what do you do if your sewage system backs up. Or if you are sharpening your kitchen knives and you accidentally cut yourself, leaving behind blood? In those instances, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help!
Our crew are properly trained to clean sewage and other biohazards such as trauma or crime scenes. Using the correct protective equipment and our specially developed cleaning supplies, our team will help you do the cleaning that you need.
What to do after the fire is out
Kitchen of home damaged by fire
A fire in your home can be a very traumatic event. Your life will most likely be disrupted for a number of months. SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is Here to Help restore your home and get you back in your normal lives.
After the important realization that your family is not harmed, you may then start to be concerned with your belongings. We understand this concern and that is why we begin the contents packing and tracking as soon as initial board up and clean up is complete. We know you will be displaced and how important it is to you to have some of your personal belongings in your temporary home to help ease the transition. We will inventory your clothing and other contents and bring them back to our shop to begin the cleaning process. Once at the shop you can tell us which items are a priority for cleaning, such as clothes for work, and we will get those cleaned and returned as quickly as possible.
Once the contents are removed from the home we can begin the necessary demolition and cleaning of the structure. As this process is taking place, our rebuild team will be working with you and your insurance to come up with a plan to make your home a home again!
We know we can’t make the entire process quick and easy, but we will work our hardest to make the job process as smooth as possible with clear communication along the way.
Green SERVPRO fans loaded up in a van, ready for a job site.
Having received some rain and thunderstorms early Friday evening, the ground will be saturated with rain. Local farmers are rejoicing but as a homeowner you may want to be sure to keep an eye on your sump pump and any other areas where ground water could get in to your home. The forecast calls for thunderstorms through the weekend.
SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is standing by to help with any emergency damage you may receive from the storms. Our crew is able to respond to emergencies 24/7 and is ready to help with your storm response. If wind or rain damages your home or business, our team can be there quickly to do any necessary emergency board up to prevent any further damage. Once further damage has been prevented, our crew can begin the mitigation and drying process and get on the path to restoring your property!
Prepare your business for emergencies!
SERVPRO Be Ready logo
Risk management is a huge part of being a business owner. Risk management can cover many things, from inventory control to employee safety. Many aspects of running a business need risk management strategies that you may not even think of. When it comes to the risk management of the physical structure of your business, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is Here to help!
At SERVPRO, we have a wonderful program we offer free of charge to our commercial customers. The program is known as the Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP for short. In the simplest of terms, the ERP is an assessment of the structure of your business. We will tour through your facility and find areas of importance to know of when an emergency strikes. Say your office complex has a burst pipe and you need to know where the water main shutoff is in a hurry to stop more water from coming out. With an ERP performed at your business, you will have that information at the tip of your fingers.
After compiling the necessary information from your business, our team will send over a completed hard copy profile as well as an invitation to download the ERP app, which allows you to have all the necessary emergency information available to you on your phone.
To schedule an ERP for your commercial facility, call us today at 605-213-3303.
Mold found during home inspection
Mold growing through drywall in corner of basement.
In the the Sioux Falls area, we are currently experiencing one of the hottest real estate markets ever. Interest rates are low and demand for homes is at an all time high as many people are moving to our great city. As a homeowner, you may be seeing what homes are selling for and getting interested in listing your own home to see what kind of money you can make. One of the steps of trying to sell a home is having a home inspector look at your property to look for signs of damage or anything that needs to be fixed before sale.
One of the most common issues spotted on a home inspection is mold. Mold often likes to hide in spots that aren’t visible to the eye unless you have the intention of looking for it. This allows mold to often grow unchecked until something like a spring cleaning or home inspection occurs.
If mold is spotted by a home inspector in your home, give SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call. Our crew will schedule a time to perform an estimate at your home, with no charge in the Sioux Falls area. Our team can come up with an action plan that will take care of the mold and get your home ready to sell!