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The Progression of Water Damage

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

A dripping faucet or a little water spot may not seem like a big deal, but you should never underestimate the amount of damage moisture can cause. On average, a household leak can lose up to 10,000 gallons of water per year.

Water can quickly damage floors, walls and any soft surface it comes into contact with. Addressing an issue immediately can mitigate damage, and following this timeline can help produce the best result.

In the First 24 Hours

Every household has a one in four chance of incurring flood damage over a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing your next move after spotting water is essential.

The first 24 to 48 hours after a flood or other water damage are the most crucial. Some of the items in your home will begin to take on water immediately and become victim to its terrible effects.

Upholstery and other furnishings will quickly soak through, and wooden items will swell as moisture moves through. Personal items such as photos and books are subject to warping beyond recognition.

Mold can also begin to form in this timeframe. The faster moisture is addressed in the home, the less damage there will be.

At SERVPRO, it is our goal to “restore vs. replace” in order to help you save both money and your irreplaceable keepsakes. In our restoration process, if we are unable to salvage items, we will communicate directly with you and handle all removal so that your home can continue to dry out.

Within the First Week

Once the first day has passed, water damage will continue to progress fast. Mold spreads like wildfire when there is excessive moisture. Once mold has set in, even the home’s structure is at risk for damage.

Any surfaces that are porous such as wood and walls will become increasingly compromised, while metal surfaces begin to corrode.

After One Week

Standing moisture should be avoided at all costs as the effects could be both catastrophic and irreversible. The more time that passes, the higher the cost and greater the efforts to restore will become, while the risk to the structure of the home increases.

How SERVPRO Will Help

Our process at SERVPRO starts as soon as you make the call, hopefully within the first 24 hours. The first step of the service process begins with water extraction, aiding in spread prevention and structural damage, as well as reducing drying time.

Floors, furniture and other large items will likely require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. Once the majority of the water is removed, our specialized team will use equipment leading in the industry to dry water that can’t even be seen.

Once these steps are complete, we will begin assessing for any needed construction to your property in order to restore your home back to preloss condition. This could include a minor repair or a complete rebuild of an area of your home.

We can simplify the restoration process by working with you through the initial damage assessment all the way to any needed reconstruction. SERVPRO will constantly update you on each step and get you back in your space faster.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

SERVPRO Is the Trusted Restoration Expert

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

While you may know SERVPRO for our general cleaning, restoration and construction services, there is so much more to who we are. SERVPRO is here to take care of you after even the worst disaster, natural or manmade.

Our services cover all your restoration needs, including water, fire and storm damages. Here in South Dakota, we know how important it is to have a trusted restoration service in our own backyard.

Water Damage

Flooding causes more than $10 billion in damages nationwide each year. Whether it is an inch or a foot, flooding can occur anytime.

We know well the risk of flash flooding resulting from snowmelt or ice dams in Sioux Falls. We have also seen the damage in the past resulting from river flooding when the Big Sioux River has overflowed.

Flooding will affect all of us that own a home or business at some point, but SERVPRO has the experience to help. We can determine the extent of your damage and set up a plan for recovery so that you can make informed decisions.

We have the tools to uncover hidden water damage and eliminate standing water. Our restoration plan will ensure that your home is dry and back to preloss condition as soon as possible.

Fire Damage

Every 23 seconds, a fire department is responding to a disaster in the United States. There was an estimated $8.1 billion dollars in property damage and other losses in 2020.

With our seven-step restoration plan, we start your recovery immediately with inspection, damage assessment and any other step necessary when your home or business experiences fire damage.

Storm Damage

South Dakota weather brings blizzards, river flooding and flash floods. We know the damage this destructive weather can cause, and our goal is to get you back in your space as fast as possible.

Storm and water damage not only affects the structure of your home but your belongings, too. SERVPRO specializes in restoring the contents of your space, so that you can restore rather than replace.

Some of the services we offer include dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleansing and abrasive cleaning. If your location requires a deeper clean, we also offer move-out services, so we can bring you back to preloss condition as soon as possible.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We are available 24/7, and our experts are part of the No. 1 cleanup and restoration company in the nation. SERVPRO has more than 50 years of experience and is backed by a network of more that 1,900 locations in the United States.

We are your Sioux Falls neighbors, and we want to have your home or business back to “Like it never even happened” status as quickly as possible.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Do You Know the 4 Things That Cause 3 Types of Flooding?

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

a street completely submerged in water with a flood warning sign sitting in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

The most common natural disaster is flooding, claiming more lives per year than tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning. Flooding affects everything from individual homes to entire communities and cities.

There isn’t a state or territory in the U.S. that isn’t affected by flooding, and there are similarities in each part of the nation with the types of floods and the casualties they can cause. There are three types of flooding that are common and four main reasons they happen.

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Flash floods happen when a storm sits over an area and dumps a high amount of moisture, overwhelming the ground’s ability to absorb all the water. Runoff forms and can carry away large and small objects.

River floods are exactly what they sound like, excess water in a river that causes spillage over the banks and boundaries.

Coastal floods occur near large bodies of water as a result of weather events that force the ocean or gulf to rise. Cyclonic activity, rising tides and storm surge can all create coastal flooding.

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Heavy rainfall. We know when we get heavy rain that we are at risk for flooding from the Big Sioux River and Skunk Creek. These storms that move in with excessive rain can also lead to flash flooding, which is amplified in our developed areas that have more concrete and asphalt than soil for moisture absorption.

Oceanic activity. Our ocean bordering neighbors deal with flooding from weather we don’t have, such as hurricanes, storm surges and rising tides. These floods can create massive damage in coastal communities.

Dams and levees failing. In 2005, one of the most notable levee breaks occurred during Hurricane Katrina. Dams and levees fail when they are cracked or under extreme pressure due to excessive water, causing a massive flood and catastrophic damage.

Snowmelts and ice dams. You can’t live in South Dakota and not understand the risk that comes as our massive amounts of snow begins to melt. Our prolonged freezing temperatures over the winter also lend to the creation of ice dams or ice jams in our rivers. Once a river is blocked water is forced over the banks and flooding ensues in the surrounding area.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO Of Sioux Falls has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

Protein Fire Damage Pt.1

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

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We’ve all had the vision, you’ve made it through crunch time and the Top Chef judges are just sampling your offering. Unanimous agreement that your dish is the best! Snap back to reality, and your day dreaming has caused your beautiful ribeye in the cast iron to overcook and start smoking. The smoke detector starts ringing and you rush to turn on a fan and open the windows to air out the house. Crisis averted! Well, maybe not entirely.

Smoke and soot damage from cooking may not be as evident as smoke and soot damage from a traditional fire. While cooking animal proteins such as beef or pork, burning the meat in question can produce smoke that is partly composed of animal fats. This smoke will stick to your walls, however, it may not show on your walls like you would think with traditional smoke. Protein smoke leaves behind a sticky film that is hard to see, but can be just as damaging to your home. Over time, other materials will stick to the film of protein smoke on your walls, such as soot from candles or household dust.

Do not worry though! SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is equipped to help you clean and restore your home! Read part two of our protein fire blogs to find out how!

Protein Fire Damage Pt.2

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Hopefully you read our first blog in the series and you called SERVPRO of Sioux Falls immediately after you burnt your steaks on the stovetop! As we discussed in the previous blog entry, smoke damage from protein fires doesn’t always make itself evident immediately, but the damage can become costly over time. As the film sits and breaks down it can begin to damage the walls and ceiling of your home, and often times leaving an odor.

Cleaning your walls may seem like a Herculean task, but SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is ready to answer your call! Upon receiving a call, our team will jump in to action and develop a cleaning and restoration protocol for your home. Our staff will perform the necessary cleaning as well as any painting that is necessary. When smoke damages your home, you know who to call!  

You Need an Emergency Prep Plan for Your Business—Here’s Why

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

a group of people in an office room reviewing plans around a table If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Sioux Falls will be there to help.

If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. Most businesses in the United States and across the world have been impacted in one way or another by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic struck without much advance notice and had ramifications no one expected.

Many of those businesses were forced to close, at least temporarily—and some never reopened at all. That shines a light on a startling fact: It can take only one disruption to push a business off its tracks. 

According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses never reopen after a disaster strikes. Of those that do reopen, around a quarter of them close again within one calendar year.

It’s more important than ever to have an emergency plan in place for your business. But the reality is—most businesses don’t. 

Three-quarters of all small businesses don’t have a plan in place. That has to change! You’ve worked hard to set your business up for success, and you need to plan ahead so you can keep it there.

SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is proud to help businesses in our community create what’s known as an Emergency Ready Plan. This plan outlines what to do in nearly every situation, from natural disasters to data loss. The goal is that if your business is ever faced with disaster, your team will know exactly what to do, how to do it and when to do it. 

This isn’t a one-size-fits-all plan. We begin by carefully analyzing the needs of your business, including industry-specific concerns, as well as the needs of your employees and customers. These specific factors are used in formulating a plan personalized for your business.

Don’t let a lack of disaster planning put your business at risk! Let our experts at SERVPRO get you prepared with an Emergency Ready Plan. It could be the difference between your business surviving and thriving, or closing down entirely.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO of Sioux Fallsto get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery!

SERVPRO is the Business Partner You Need!

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Sioux Falls are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

As a business owner or property manager, you know that to keep your company afloat means all hands on deck. In order to make things run smoothly, you need all the help you can get. A loss or a major disruption can be devastating to your commercial property.

Your retail space, rental property or manufacturing facility has a silent business partner built in right here in our Sioux Falls neighborhood. SERVPRO wants to cover so many different business needs for you that it is like having an ally invested in your company.

We can carry the burden of emergency planning, recovery and cleaning.

Large Loss Recovery. Some of the top reasons businesses suffer losses are fire, storms and flooding. These disasters have caused major financial damages across the United States. SERVPRO offers highly trained professionals available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our proven emergency response services can minimize your time apart from your business and get your company back on track.

Emergency Ready Plan. Recovery can begin long before an emergency happens when your business prepares. We can cover your needs completely when we work with you to write an Emergency Ready Plan. This plan can include alternate work locations, a chain of command and temporary vendors. The plan takes action when you say “go.”

Cleaning of All Kinds. SERVPRO has been cleaning a long time, and we can handle basic deep-cleaning of high-traffic areas, carpets and upholstery, as well as specialty cleaning needs including trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal. There isn’t a situation we haven’t seen, and we can cover any deep-cleaning your business could ever need.

Restoration Services. A heavy storm brought on flooding. Your new coworker scorched lunch in the office. A pipe burst when the temperatures dropped on one of our many cold nights. Your business may need restoration for a number of reasons, and SERVPRO of Sioux Falls can handle them all. We are experienced in everything from water removal to reconstruction, and we want to get your business back to work faster.

Industry Specialization. We have lived and worked in the Sioux Falls area for a long time. There isn’t an industry we haven’t trained to work with. Whatever your business requires, we are prepared. In many cases, we can even restore or repair while you keep your business running.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

You name it, we offer it!

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

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When you own a home or a business, your plate is full of responsibilities. As a homeowner, you’re responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of your home, your property and your possessions. As a business owner, you add other responsibilities to that plate, overseeing employees and even the safety and welfare of customers.

A disaster can throw a wrench into all your plans. But the good news is: No matter what life throws at you, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls offers the services you need to overcome it. Our expansive services include:

-Water damage recovery: Even the smallest, persistent drip of water can lead to a major problem. Whether you have a leak in your roof or an appliance hose that bursts, our experts can get to you fast to help you recover.

-Fire damage recovery: Would you believe it if we told you that a fire occurs in a U.S. household every 23 seconds? It’s true! We’re here to repair damage caused by the flames, as well as related damage due to soot, smoke and even the water used to put out the fire.

-Mold removal: Have standing water in your home? Mold is likely to follow. Humid, moist conditions are a common breeding ground for mold, so it’s important to have water damage cleaned up promptly. If you spot mold in the house, our team can safely remediate the problem.

-Storm recovery: Mother Nature doesn’t listen to anyone! Weather hazards, including intense thunderstorms and tornadoes, can strike at all times of year. If your home or business is affected by storm damage, we can help make it “Like it never even happened.

-Commercial needs: You know we cover all the bases for homeowners, but did you realize we offer those same services to businesses, too? In fact, we even have some extra commercial services, designed with the unique needs of businesses in mind.

-General cleaning: After a long day at work, the last thing you want to think about is scrubbing the house. That’s OK! Give us a call when you need your carpets, furniture, drapes and other surfaces cleaned at home.

-Specialty cleaning: Have cleaning needs that are beyond the norm? Our technicians have specialized training in a variety of situations, including biohazard cleanup and document restoration.

-Construction: In some cases, basic restoration won’t be enough to bring your house or business back to preloss condition. We can still handle it, though! We offer a full scope of construction services to help.

-Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to get the job done.

Spring Comes With Varying Weather Across the Nation

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

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We live in a large nation. The United States is second only to Russia and Canada in total size (though China is also larger if you don’t count all outlying U.S. territories).

With a territory this big comes seasonal weather that can vary greatly. Different geographic regions experience a wide variety of weather patterns, and different weather threats throughout the year.

As we enter into the spring season and warm air increases in the atmosphere, let’s look at what areas of our nation can expect, and specifically what we need to watch out for here in Sioux Falls and our surrounding neighborhoods.

The Pacific Northwest experiences heavy rain in spring, which can cause flooding and water damage. Higher elevations are colder and could still have snow, which can cause melting and runoff issues for the residents of this area.

In the Northeast and here in the Midwest, we tend to have the longest season of winter’s chill. While we are fortunate here in Sioux Falls to enjoy milder days with slightly rising temps, residents from Maine to the northern Dakotas can expect extreme cold and blizzards until early summer. Spring is typically our driest season, however, snowstorms are still a possibility in our forecast until late April.

Far from our landlocked home, the southern West Coast will experience a quick and intense warm up resulting in excessive heat waves that can endanger lives and safety. Places in the South Pacific, including Hawaii, have to watch for possible tsunamis caused by tectonic shifts.

The middle of the country, with states from Iowa to Texas, also moves into spring with much warmer temps than we are accustomed to here in South Dakota. Residents in these states will need to be aware of windstorms, derechos and the risk of wildfires, which spread easily in their dry, windy weather. This region also experiences a high number of tornadoes, giving it the nickname of Tornado Alley.

Finally, the Southeast experiences a variety of extreme weather, from tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the landlocked states to dangerous rip currents, plus early-season hurricanes later in the spring. While the south is generally far warmer than we are, the southern states still have to contend with swinging temps and the occasional late frost.

While those of us that enjoy cooler temps and dry weather may think our spring season in Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas are ideal, we are not exempt from experiencing severe weather like our neighbors across the nation. No matter what spring may bring, it always pays to be prepared.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

What causes Mold to begin growing in the home?

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

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We have likely all experienced mold growth on spoiled food, but experiencing mold growth on
elements of your home is a much larger concern. Mold is a stubborn and pernicious
species—once it is allowed to take hold, it can cause serious damage and even structural
concerns in the home.
Understanding the characteristics of mold is key to preventing it from growing. Below, we will
look at what mold is, why it grows and how to prevent it so you can keep its spread at bay.

What Is Mold?
Mold is an organism that is always found in the air, both indoors and outdoors. However, it only
becomes a problem when it is allowed to take hold and start growing.
There are several different types of mold that display different coloring and growth patterns, but
all of these can cause serious damages if left untreated and must be remediated as quickly as
possible.

What Encourages Mold to Grow?
Mold spores may be constantly floating around in the air, but they can only begin to grow if
conditions are right. Mold can find its way into homes through open doors, windows, HVAC
systems and even by hitching a ride on the clothing of people or the fur of pets.
The only concern is when these mold spores find their way to areas of excessive moisture.
Areas that have flooded, are experiencing leaks or other types of water damage, or areas that
are extremely humid are all susceptible to mold growth. Mold tends to prefer porous materials
such as wood, drywall, carpet, insulation and fabric, but it can grow in a variety of places.

  • How Can I Prevent Mold Growth in My Home?
    Because mold can be extremely stubborn and difficult to handle once it takes hold in the home,
    it is best to approach it with a strategy of prevention instead of remediation when possible.
    Some key ways to prevent mold growth include:
    * Having water damage professionally treated as soon as possible after a leak
    * Promptly repairing any areas that may have grown prone to leaks
    * Increasing ventilation in humid areas without much airflow, such as bathrooms
    * Using a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels in the home under 50% at all times
    *When you discover mold in your home, having professional mold remediation is a must—and
    we are the team to call. Contact us today at 605-213-3303 to learn more about our services.