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Tracking, Packing, and Cleaning Contents

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee overseeing packing of contents damaged by fire. SERVPRO employee overseeing packing of contents damaged by smoke and soot.

Many folks assume that when you have a fire in your home, the smoke and soot damage is too great and you must dispose of all of your possessions. A common misconception that we run in to with our clients. Boy are they thrilled when they learn the SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has the ability to clean and restore their most treasured family possessions.

The contents cleaning process begins with a cataloging of items that can be salvaged and restored. Our teams carefully pack each item and tag the box with a bar code that communicates with our internal software, allowing us to easily keep track of your possessions.

After everything has been logged and boxed, our team will carefully transport your items back to our shop where we have the space, products, and equipment to get your possessions cleaned and restored.

The cleaning process varies from item to item. Some require detailed cleaning by hand, while other items, such as dishes and glass wear, we are able to utilize our state of the art UltraSonic cleaning system. No matter what we need to do, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help restore your home and your valuables!

We handle the mess when you can’t!

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew in protective suits cleaning a basement SERVPRO crew in protective Tyvek suits cleaning a basement for a customer.

Why choose SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to help you with your residential cleaning needs? Because we can handle the jobs that are too big for you! 

Often times, we are contacted by customers after they have attempted to start a large cleaning project and realize the job is too much for them to handle. These jobs can include cleaning out a relative’s home to prepare for a move or to downsize. Another typical call we receive is a call for assistance in cleaning out the home of a hoarder. These jobs can be very emotional for the involved parties. We have experience in making the process as painless as possible for everyone involved. 

With our extensive training and proprietary cleaning chemicals, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is well equipped for whatever cleaning job you can come up with! From a carpet clean, to a biohazard cleanup, SERVPRO is here to help!

Move Out Cleaning

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Basement filled with garbage and debris Basement filled with garbage and debris

Our team was recently contacted by a customer who needed the basement of their parent’s home cleaned so they could make preparations for the sale of the home. 

After an initial inspection, our production manager realized it will be a big, multi-faceted job. The basement was not taken care of and random garbage was mixed in throughout items that can be cleaned and saved. So on top of throwing out unnecessary items, our team will not be cataloging certain contents to bring back to our cleaning station and restoring for the customer! 

After we had got a few sections of the basement clean, our crew noticed some mold growth on the lower sections of the wall and decided to begin mitigating the mold damage after consulting with clients.

Jobs like this happen frequently with SERVPRO. We may be called in for one thing and recognize another issue that needs addressing. We want to be your go to for any damage in your home. If we can’t restore it, our re-construction team can certainly rebuild it to your specifications! 

Mold Remodel

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on drywall Mold growth on drywall

A customer contacted SERVPRO of Sioux Falls this week while in the middle of a kitchen remodel. Upon removing a set of cabinets, the customer found a fairly extensive mold colony on the wall that had been covered up by the cabinet. 

They immediately placed a call to our team to get the issue sorted out quickly so their remodel could continue. After performing an estimate on the same day that we received the call, the customer agreed to our scope of work and we began the process of remediating the mold in the home. 

Our team loaded up on fungicide and got to work. We decided to remove a small portion of drywall as the mold was extensive and had grown through to the backside. After completion, our reconstruction crew got to work replacing the drywall! A total job process of three days got the homeowners back on track with their remodel. 

Water Damage in Rural Minnesota

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro drying equipment in place SERVPRO drying equipment in place

Our team was recently called out to rural Minnesota to help on a water loss stemming from a plumbing error. Within four hours of receiving the call we had a crew on site beginning the initial walk through and mitigation. 

The damage incurred was in two rooms, one above the other. The bathroom upstairs had an issue with a toilet valve and had sprayed water for hours before the homeowner got home to find the damage. As water follows the path of least resistance, it had seeped from the bathroom upstairs to the bathroom below it. 

After some initial demolition to open up wall cavities, our team began the work of placing our specialty drying equipment throughout the affected rooms. We were able to dry out the customer’s home with minimal reconstruction, even drying and saving the newly installed flooring in the upstairs bathroom! 

Mobile Contents Cleaning

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Damage and debris after fire in home Damage and debris after fire in home

SERVPRO of Sioux Falls was contacted last week by another SERVPRO franchise to assist them on the cleanup and restoration of a home damaged by fire. We were asked to handle the contents cleaning portion of the job. Our team loaded up on our cleaning equipment and products, including our state of the art Ultrasonic cleaning system. 

After the five hour drive and getting settled in to the hotel, our team arrived on site the next morning to start the process of cleaning contents. 

Contents cleaning is a very delicate job, both in that you may be handling delicate and precious items, and delicate in the sense that the trauma after a fire can be very emotional for the homeowner. Our team worked a week straight, cleaning and salvaging everything they could, much to the satisfaction of the homeowner! 

Smoke and Soot get everywhere!

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage on wall that was covered with decorations. Smoke and soot damage on wall that was covered with decorations.

Our fire damage mitigation team recently responded to a residential smoke and soot cleanup job in Sioux Falls, and quickly realized the massive effort it would take to clean up after this small fire. Upon inspection, our team realized they would have their hands full with cleaning contents. The customer we were helping collected posters and other knickknacks from traveling and had every inch of the walls in the basement covered. The smoke and soot damage wasn’t entirely evident until they started removing items for cleaning. As you can see in the photo, smoke and soot can get everywhere. Even though a surface may be covered, if there is enough space for air to move, there is enough space for smoke to cause damage! 

Restoring your valuables after a fire

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Before and after cleaning of smoke and soot on customer’s possesions Before and After photos of possession’s cleaned after a fire in Sioux Falls.

A structure fire in your family home is a very traumatic experience. You may be forced to leave your home while cleaning and repairs are completed. Displacement can be difficult, but especially difficult when you don’t have access to your possessions and valuables. 

You may think that your possessions may not be salvageable after a fire and you must purchase new items. This is not the case! SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is experienced in the cleaning of contents damaged by smoke and soot. After arriving on the scene of a house fire, our team will salvage and pack out any contents you may wish to save. Using our proprietary line of SERVPRO cleaning products and our state of the art Ultrasonic cleaning machine, our team is able to clean your salvageable contents! From leather couches to electronics, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is Here to help with your contents cleaning! 

Do you have mold in your home or business?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth under air vent in Sioux Falls area home Mold growth found under air vent cover in a Sioux Falls home.

Mold spores are constantly around us both indoors and outdoors. They are carried by the wind as well as on our clothing. However, just because mold spores are constantly present, that does not mean that you have a mold growth that can become a problem. There are a few tell-tale signs to look for when you think you may have a mold growth in your home or business.

  • The first and most obvious is a visible mold growth. Mold can come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. Common signs include a fuzzy appearance and the colors of white, green, or black.
  • Another big sign of an active mold growth is a musty smell in the affected room. A smell of dampness that doesn’t seem to dissipate.
  • Damp areas or past water damage that was not properly dried.
  • An uptick on health effects that are irregular.

Mold needs three items to grow in your home of business:

  1. Water: Mold needs a source of moisture to grow. This is can be a constant source of water such as a leaky pipe, or it can be a damp spot on your drywall that received water damage that was not properly dried.
  2. Oxygen: This is the food source that we really can’t work on preventing. If there is a room in your home or business that is not oxygenated, you may have some bigger problems.
  3. Food source: A food source for a mold colony includes basically any organic material such as wood or drywall.

If you believe you may have a mold growth in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls for a free estimate in the Sioux Falls area! 605-213-3303

Here for your commercial restoration needs!

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees and vehicles on a commercial job site. SERVPRO employees and vehicles on a commercial job site.

When a disaster strikes your business, are you ready with a plan to respond? At SERVPRO of Sioux Falls, we are! Nobody can predict when a fire will start or your overhead sprinkler system could fail, causing quite a bit of damage in your business. This unpredictability is one of the reasons SERVPRO franchises are standing by 24/7 ready to help you and your business recover after a disaster. Another reason for the standby emergency service is to be able to help our commercial customers begin the process of restoring their property and getting their business back to normal operating processes as quickly as possible. 

On top of our emergency services, one of the primary benefits of working with a SERVPRO franchise is the Commercial Large Loss Division and the Disaster Recovery team. When a natural disaster occurs, such as the 2019 tornadoes in Sioux Falls, SERVPRO is able to mobilize highly trained teams with the necessary capability to handle any size of loss!