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Don’t Let Lightning Threaten Your Home | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

multiple lightning strikes off in distance of dark purple night sky If you are dealing with smoke or fire damage from a recent fire, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to learn about a restoration solution for your issue.

The proper fire safety equipment is essential to protecting your home and keeping your family safe. Home fires are typically preventable, but there are some risks that we can’t do anything about.

Lightning caused 70,000 insurance damage claims during the year 2020, and it can strike 6,000 times a minute. Protecting your home is crucial when you face such high risks.

What Is Lightning?

Lightning is a surge of electricity between clouds in the air and the ground, and it always comes with thunder. Lightning usually comes with severe weather, but it can also occur during a forest fire, a volcanic eruption or even a snowstorm when it falls heavily enough.

Lightning is a threat in more events than just wet, severe weather. Dry lightning is a phenomenon that happens when there is no rain, which creates a scary situation as wildfires can easily result from a strike. No matter the time of year, it is wise to always be prepared.

Protecting Your Home From Lightning Fires

If your home does take a strike, it can end up with a large amount of damage. A fire may begin within the walls or roof area due to the heat carried by the lightning, or a fire can start due to a surge through your wiring resulting from the bolt.

A fire may not immediately be noticeable, but you will hear the strike when it hits your home.

If a loud noise has occurred, start checking for black burn marks and smell for smoke. Call the fire department, and once they have been able to declare your home free of risks, let an electrician double-check that your wiring is safe so that you avoid the risks of future fires.

A solid form of protection for your home is a lightning rod. This pole can divert the energy and the heat from a strike into the ground, allowing it to avoid your home.

A surge protector for your entire house is another great preventive tool. This can be added to your utility box to protect your electronics, appliances and wiring from strikes.

When Lightning Strikes Nearby

Every year, there is an average of 9,000 wildfires due to lightning strikes. A wildfire that originates from lightning can burn hot and fast due to the incredible heat a strike has.

Check out if defensible landscaping zones are a good idea for the space around your home. This is strategically designed so that a fire is diverted away from your house if one were to start.

You should also clear out dead plants, which means cleaning up fall leaves quickly. Test your smoke detectors on a regular basis, too, and place one on every level of your house.

If you do experience a fire in your home, make a call to SERVPRO right away. We have the industry-leading equipment to handle every step of the fire restoration process. We are available 247 and want to get you back to your life as normal as soon as possible.

Have you experienced smoke or fire damage in your home? Call us today to get the restoration finished fast.

Easy Ways to Keep Mold at Bay | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

Woman crouching to inspect wall with visible mold growth. Think you may have found mold in your home? Call 605-213-3303 for an inspection.

Mold can have disastrous consequences for your property and any belongings inside. Because mold growth isn't always easy to detect, it’s best to take preventive actions before it develops. Although dealing with mold can be challenging for homeowners, there are easy measures to make it less likely you’ll ever have to.
Factors like excess humidity, the cleanliness of your home and moisture levels can all contribute to mold growth. Controlling these mold growth factors can help you keep mold from invading your home.
Taking steps to ensure mold can’t make itself at home starts with making small changes around your property:


Control Indoor Humidity


High humidity not only causes discomfort in the home, but it can also lead to mold growth! To ensure humidity levels in your home aren’t conducive to mold, use an air conditioner or a humidifier. A humidity meter is a great tool you can use to ensure levels are under 50%.
Exhaust fans are another essential way to ensure rooms like your bathroom or kitchen don’t get too humid. Turn on your fan while showering or when cooking in the kitchen. Make sure not to turn them off right away, leaving them running for a few minutes after you're done.


Keep Moisture Out


Multiple sources of water might introduce moisture into your house. Mold can establish itself fast within your home when moisture is produced by events like powerful storms or a leaking pipe. You might notice excessive dampness in areas like your bathroom, basement or attic.
To stop water from leaking into your house, make sure to fix any leaks from locations like your pipes or roof before they get out of hand. Check your appliances regularly to ensure they’re connected to water securely and aren’t leaking.
Plants can be a decorative way to help keep moisture and humidity levels at bay, as well. Use houseplants to spruce up your home and regulate humidity by sapping up excess moisture!


Keep It Clean

Mold can be prevented in your home by regularly cleaning and disinfecting the surfaces in areas like the kitchen, laundry room and bathroom. With a little elbow grease, mold can be removed from surfaces such as tile, wood or fabric.
Of course, not all mold can be eliminated by simple cleaning, and mold could still be lurking deep within whatever surface it’s growing on. Calling in specialists to properly rid your property of mold spores is the best course of action if you discover mold patches that return despite your cleaning efforts.

When mold develops in your home, don’t wait for it to spread! Call on our experts at SERVPRO to remediate your mold problem before it worsens.

Inside and Out Flood Protection | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

a group of residential homes with major flooding in back yard Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to get the restoration process started right away.

Regardless of where you live, you need to be protected from floods. It takes as little as an inch of water to do damage that could end up costing any property owner quite a bit.

Not everyone can rely on private insurers or federal funds for help, which means prevention is key to minimizing your losses.

Protecting your home first means you need to understand your risks. Over the years, we have seen substantial flooding in Sioux Falls. Our springs typically bring snow melt that can lead to flash floods.

We also have to contend with ice dams that can cause rivers to overflow. These risks mean the more we can protect our homes, the safer we can stay.

Protecting Your Home From the Outside

An unexpected heavy rain can dump massive amounts of water, leaving your yard saturated and your gutters struggling to keep up. If your home is prepared outside, you can lower the chances of damages on the inside.

Your gutters offer a great line of defense when they are clear of debris. Adding a downspout extension can be a cost-effective way to ensure water is flowing well and avoid ponding near your house.

Landscaping is another great way to control water and to keep it from gathering and coming into your house. Adding a garden can increase absorption by pulling water down through soil into roots.

Mulch and other organic materials can also add protection when used near in a sloping pattern. This can provide protection for your foundation by preventing puddles.

There are some upgrades you could consider as well, including having exterior electric moved up and anchoring fuel tanks. While these can cost a pretty penny, an inexpensive rain barrel that catches water directly from a gutter can be an effective addition. This not only prevents ponding water, but it also provides a free source of water for your plants.

Flood Protection From the Inside

Protecting your home from external flooding means you need to have a well-sealed basement and solid foundation.

Adding a sump pump to the basement is another effective way to remove water. A battery-operated pump can ensure water is removed in the midst of a storm that has knocked the power out.

To protect your property from internal flooding sources, there are some maintenance steps you can take.

Plumbing failures are a common cause of water damage. If you have a faucet that is dripping, fix it quickly. Take care of pipes that have aged, and take time to check your toilets, sinks and showers for issues to stop problems before they start.

Adding a leak sensor to your home security could also give you an extra layer of protection. This is a device that alerts you when water is leaking somewhere so you can stop it quickly.

Regardless of where it begins, water will damage paper items right away. Put irreplaceable goods on a high shelf or in a leak proof container. Store your emergency plans somewhere safe as well, and call SERVPRO as soon as disaster strikes. We are available day or night to get your recovery started quickly.

Experienced water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO today to get your restoration completed faster.

End of summer storms

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Photograph of storm cell moving through Sioux Falls with a green sky and dark clouds. Even if the skies are green, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help!

While we are nearing the end of summer and moving in to fall, severe storms are still possible in the Sioux Falls area. Last year we received a 7 inch rain on the first weekend of September. With a heat wave gripping the nation, including temperatures in the 90’s in South Dakota, the conditions are ripe for thunderstorms and potential hail damage. 

if your home or business is damaged by any late summer storms, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is standing by at the ready to help you through your emergency situations. Our crews are available 24/7 to help remediate water and storm damage and restore your home. Any structural damage resulting from storms can be restored and rebuilt with the help of our construction team! 

SERVPRO Wants to Handle Your Restoration | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

8/25/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is only a phone call away.

SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is independently owned and operated, which means that like so many of you, we understand how difficult the day-to-day of running a business can be. You have to handle so much all at once, and a disaster can throw everything off-course.

Natural disasters can’t be prevented, and sometimes they can’t even be predicted, but you can prepare yourself for them. And we know that disasters don’t just strike the office, so that means preparing yourself at home as well.

The American Red Cross is a great source for general disaster knowledge. They have data from a variety of disasters that have happened across the United States that can serve to help you protect yourself from several different scenarios.

For more localized information on the most common disasters we see in South Dakota, keep our state emergency management website marked so that you are aware of any statewide information that may be put out. You should also stay familiar with our city website for use when an event is taking place right here at home.

When you do experience damages at home or the office, response time will always be the most important way to minimize the effects. The faster you can start restoration, the more of your property you can save. That is why you want SERVPRO as your go-to professionals.

Why Choose SERVPRO?

We know that every event is different. The United States often sees disasters that result in the need for restoration, but every single one will require a different response.

Flooding is a great example of a disaster that affects a huge number of people but causes a very wide variety of damages. Each year, more than 14 million homes are at risk for flooding, but each home that does take on water will require a different level of cleanup.

Our experts are trained for any situation, large or small. We create a plan based on the unique factors in each project to ensure an appropriate response.

We are available to you 247. The most important part of any restoration will always be timing. When you are able to act fast then you can stop damages before they become too extreme.

When water takes over a home, it creates immediate damages to wood, soft furniture, fabrics and paint on the walls. If water sits for an extended amount of time mold and mildew will grow, and that can affect the structure of your home. That is why we are ready to take your call day or night, 365 days a year.

Our services go beyond. Not only do we restore damages a disaster leaves behind, but we take on the entire project through completion.

We can help you pack your belongings, tarp your roof and work with your insurance company to ensure your claims are handled well. We want to provide all the help you need and make your recovery as fast and easy as possible.

No matter what kind of damage you face on your property, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has you covered. We have been a part of this community for a long time, and with our industry-leading equipment, expertise and training, we can get your life back on track quickly.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact ustoday to get restoration started faster.

Common Storm Damages | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

8/18/2022 (Permalink)

A large lightning strike off in the distance of a dark sky When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Sioux Falls your first call.

A severe storm can be a real headache for anyone, but as a homeowner, you have the extra worry of wondering if your home will receive damages. Most recently built homes can withstand a high level of weather-related trauma, but sometimes storm damage just can’t be avoided.

While threats will change with the seasons, severe thunderstorms, hail, snow showers or freezing rain can all cause damage to your property, even hurting the structure of your house.

Your risk level when it comes to storm damages will change according to different factors, including the kind of storm moving through, the way your home is built and even what you have done with your yard. Sometimes, though, whether your home is damaged in a storm just comes down to luck.

While our warmer months tend to be fairly mild in Sioux Falls, we know that our cold winters can come with heavy snowfalls, freezing rains and frozen rivers. And when all of that begins to melt, we have flooding to contend with as well.

Since we also cannot rule out the occasional thunderstorm, we need to be particularly prepared in order to keep ourselves safe. The more we can learn about the most common kind of storm damage, the more we can do to mitigate our risks and save ourselves that headache.

Wind

Wind damages are a frequent occurrence in a lot of different storms in every season when gusts beat buildings at high speeds. Tornadoes and hurricanes come with these kinds of winds, but even a regular thunderstorm can have gusts of up to 100 mph and cause a lot of damage.

When winds get up to this kind of strength and speed, they can easily throw loose items into homes or vehicles. To protect yourself and your property when a storm is predicted to have high winds, seek shelter in a room of your home where you can steer clear from windows and walls. Debris moving at this rate can easily pierce walls and break windows.

You can take action before a storm moves in that can help prevent damages on your property. Get rid of large limbs and rocks.

Secure your outdoor furniture and flower pots so they don’t budge when the wind gets strong. The more debris and loose items you can anchor or get rid of, the less damages high winds can do.

Water

Water creates damage all around the nation and is one of the more common hazards of weather-related disasters. Even a short-lived storm can dump enormous amounts of rain and leave the ground completely saturated. This can lead to leaks through the seals on your window and doors.

If enough rain pools up outside your house, it can begin to soak through your floors and leave the foundation of your home wet, which can result in structural damages.

Just as you can take steps to protect your property from wind damages, you can also take action to minimize the damages that water can do. Your landscaping around your home is often the first line of defense, and it can be used to force water away. You should consider installing a rain garden, which is highly effective at absorbing water before it becomes a problem.

You should also clean your gutters to ensure water is flowing well. If gutters become clogged, water can leak over the sides and puddle on the roof, which can mean a leak that drips onto every level of your house.

Impact

Another form of storm damage that is actually quite common and can happen in any storm is called “impact damage.” Impact damage occurs when an object hits another object, or makes impact, as a result of wind or saturated soils. Downed trees are one of the common sources of impact damage.

To protect your home from impact damages, keep trees well-trimmed and remove any dead greenery. Take out trees that are not doing well or Mother Nature may try to do it for you.

In 2021 alone, weather-related disasters created an excess of $145 billion in damages. When you protect your property, you can save yourself money and rest easier knowing your home is safe.

If you do end up with damages as a result of a weather event, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls. We have years of experience and industry leading equipment to get your restoration started 247. No matter what you may face, we can handle it and get you back home and back to life faster.

When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.

From Start to Finish

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Top image from day after fire, lower image from construction progress with cleaning. No matter the scope of your damage, our team is equipped to help!

Whether it’s fire damage, water damage, or any type of damage, having your home life disrupted can be an emotional and stressful time. Even for the brave DIY folks out there, sometimes damage is too much to handle on your own. 


When that happens, it’s time to call SERVPRO Of Sioux Falls. At SERVPRO, we are built to help you restore, clean, and repair your home, no matter the extent of damage. Our crews are trained and experienced in the mitigation of fire, water, and mold damage.

Depemding on the scope of your damage, we are a licensed general contractor able to help you with any constructions needs. From a drywall patch all the way up to a new build on a home, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help!

The Many Places Mold Can Grow | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

Gentleman discovering and examining a mold growth in a bedroom. Find a strange growth on your walls? Call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls!

When it comes to mold, there is almost no surface where it can’t grow. Your clothes, food and many of the rooms you frequent inside your home daily can all be mold hosts. As long as it has every ingredient mold needs to form, you could be looking at a huge problem waiting to worsen!
Not only does mold grow super quickly when conditions are right, but it can find a spot in almost every corner of your home. Of course, there are some rooms where you’ll be more likely to find your mold problem developing.
In any case, here are a few locations in the home where mold can pop up and what it takes for it to grow:


The 3 Key Ingredients for Mold Growth
Mold needs a few key conditions to flourish in order to spread rapidly inside your home. The combination of all these factors gives mold the perfect opportunity to create a major issue in your home.
Moisture is the main component of mold development; without it, mold wouldn’t be able to form in the first place. After this, humidity is what gives mold an environment to survive in.
Finally, all mold needs is a place to grow inside your home. Whether it’s on your walls, ceiling or floor, mold can find a home on almost every surface of your property. Mold is especially favorable to dark rooms inside your home because UV light helps to kill mold spores.

So, where could you find these annoying spores in your home?


Deep within your basement. As stated above, mold thrives in dark corners of the home, so it’s no surprise mold is commonly found in the basement. Moisture is prevalent in basements due to foundation leaks or condensation from your appliances.


Up in your attic. Another place you could spot mold is in your home’s attic. The attic can be the perfect environment for mold due to it being humid and collecting moisture from issues like a leaky roof or poor ventilation. Wood framing in the attic can also collect moisture which leads to mold growth.

Inside your bathroom. The bathroom is one room in your house where water is used practically everywhere. Mold loves a humid environment and the moisture from your shower or bathtub, which provides it the ideal breeding ground.


Rooms that utilize appliances. The kitchen and laundry room both contain water-using equipment like refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines. While these appliances are helpful in many ways, they can sometimes malfunction and lead to leakage. Water drips onto your floors or walls and gives mold the opportunity to swoop in and leave you with a big problem!


If you detect mold in your home, we can remediate it no matter where it pops up. Our team at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls uses advanced techniques and equipment to make your home mold-free.

Disruption to Business Caused by Fire

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

Stairwell in business blackened with soot and smoke damage. Extensive smoke and soot damage in a stairwell of a local business.

Fires can happen any where, at anytime. Caused by a myriad of issues such as electrical problems to human error, a fire in your business can seem devastating. Your business is disrupted, your inventory could be damaged. Don’t lose hope! SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help! 

Our team is experienced in helping to restore your place of business. Depending on the extent of damage, our crew can quickly devise a plan of action involving cleaning, possible demolition, and construction if necessary. 

Using proprietary cleaning solutions, our team is able to clean both your building structure and the contents of your building. We will assess your inventory and work with you on cleaning and salvaging what can be saved of your inventory.

A closed business means you are not making any money, our goal is to get your business operable as quickly as possible! 

Staying Fire-Aware in the Backyard | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

a close up view of a bright campfire burning at night If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Sioux Falls.

Sitting around the fire with your family is the perfect summer memory maker. Roasting hot dogs, toasting marshmallows and embarrassing your teenagers with stories of your childhood lead to an unforgettable night.

Fire serves us in many ways around our home, including grilling our dinner, keeping the bugs at bay and cleaning up the yard. You may feel like that small brush fire you started is completely in control, but in an instant, it can grow to a dangerous size. The National Park Service found that 85% of wildfires are started by humans.

Like the rest of our state, we have experienced high risk of grassland fires for most of spring and summer this year. The combination of dry grounds, low humidity and high winds created red flag warning days throughout March.

2021 was a very difficult year for wildfires as we watched so much land burn throughout the state. It is important that we are consistently fire-aware in order to keep our homes safe.

This does not mean you have to stop all of your fun. Follow local safety regulations when they are in place, make sure your own safety measures are ready to go and use your backyard as you wish. And don’t forget the chocolate.

Recreational Fire Hazards

Open flames will always come with a risk, but grills, campfires and fireworks are three common ways that fires are started outdoors. Grills are actually to blame for an average of 8,800 home fires each year, mostly due to improper use by the operator. Check your gas line or propane tank before you start your grill, and stay nearby once the grill is hot.

If you are planning a backyard campout, choose a location a fair distance from your house and any outbuildings. Start your fire with matches or a lighter only, and once the flames are going stick to firewood for additional fuel. Flames can start back from just a few embers, so keep a close eye on your fire even if you ate way too much chocolate.

Fire pits are a great accessory to have in the backyard, but they carry the same risks as a regular campfire. While you enjoy a camp-like feel, take safety measures to keep the flames in check. Never place a portable pit on a wooden surface or under an area that has any kind of roof or overhang.

Burning leftover supplies from your last DIY project or other household waste items in your fire pit might seem like a safe and viable option, but only approved firewood should be utilized.

Other Outdoor Fire Hazards

Despite the risks, we still want and need to use fire and other fire related materials around the home and yard. For those of us with lots of trees that lose their leaves, burning the excess might be the best way to clean up the yard when another waste disposal option isn’t available.

Burn permits are required if you plan to burn vegetation and other yard waste, so be sure to check with the city before you start your fire. You will also need to pay close attention to burn bans and be flexible with your dates.

Maintaining an uncluttered yard is essential in wildfire prevention, and when combined with landscaping with defensible fire safety zones in mind, it can actually protect your home. Make sure you follow regulations and only burn what is safe.

If you have yard tools, you likely have a gas can or two laying around as well. Improper storage of gasoline can create a disaster, so ensure your cans are approved containers and stored well out of the reach of any kiddos that may access your storage space.

It is also important to only use gas as intended—so even if the fire does look a little low or is slow to light, don’t reach for the gasoline can.

Before you light any kind of flame outside, check the weather and current local regulations. If there is a burn ban or the weather has been dry and windy, skip the fire and save the s’mores for a better day.

If you do experience fire damage to your home, call SERVPRO right away. We are available 247 with the knowledge and tools to handle every complicated aspect that comes along with fire recovery. It is our goal to restore as much of your property as possible and get your life back on track faster.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.