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You Need an Emergency Prep Plan for Your Business—Here’s Why
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!
Commercial Water Damage
Sewage backup in basement of commercial office space
Businesses may not deal with all the same issues as homeowners in regards to their properties, but that does not mean damage does not occur. A large commercial structure may not encounter sump pump backups or foundation leaks as frequently as a homeowner may, but one thing businesses and homes have in common is their connection to the same sewage system.
Often times through no fault of their own, a business may encounter a sewage backup or toilet backup. Both options are a messy cleanup that take expertise to be done properly. A water loss that includes sewage is considered Category 3 water, meaning it is grossly contaminated and may contain disease-causing organisms and toxins.
A category 3 water loss is not a loss you simply want to dry. Material demolition may be needed as well as extensive disinfection and cleaning. If you experience a category 3 water loss at your place of business, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls at 605-213-3303!
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!
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.
No duct cleaning too big!
Commercial HVAC unit
At SERVPRO of Sioux Falls, we are the leaders in clean! While most businesses may have a janitorial cleaning staff for day to day cleaning and upkeep, many businesses may never even think about getting their ducts cleaned. This is where we can help!
At SERVPRO, no duct cleaning job is too big! Our staff can handle jobs ranging from a single family home to Large commercial facilities such as a hospital or supermarket. A professional duct cleaning can have great benefits for both your customers and your staff.
A professional duct cleaning can improve the air quality in your facility, help improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, and possibly save you money on your utility bill! What business owner doesn’t love saving money?
If you think a duct cleaning might be right for your business, give us a call! 605-213-3303
Commercial Duct Cleaning with SERVPRO!
Commercial HVAC Unit
As a business owner or manager, your day is filled with managing your staff, seeking out new business, and making sure your customer’s needs are met. It’s enough to keep your mind occupied, that’s for sure. Some things are bound to slip through the cracks, particularly regular maintenance of your business place.
Allow us to help with that! SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help by performing a duct cleaning at your Sioux Falls area business.
A duct cleaning at your business can have many benefits. A duct cleaning can help to remove dust, dander, and other irritants from your HVAC system, helping to improve both the cleanliness and air quality of your business. On top of the health benefits, a duct cleaning can potentially help you save money! Removing dust and buildup in your HVAC system can help to allow it to run at its peak efficiency, thereby saving you money over time.
Call to schedule a duct cleaning for your business today!
Summer storms affecting your business?
SERVPRO commercial water damage image.
As summer rolls on in Southeastern South Dakota, we have had an uptick in storms and weather incidents occurring recently. The past week alone has brought hail damage, heavy rains, and thunderstorms to the Sioux Falls area. We have seen a steady stream of calls in to our office to help customers throughout the area with water issues in their homes and businesses.
If your business receives any storm damage, our teams are standing by 24/7 to help! If a hail storm causes a hole in your roof or a stone breaks a window, our team can board up any damaged areas so as to limit further damage from the elements. Upon our arrival our team will assess your business, perform any necessary extraction, and come up with the correct drying plan to get your business operating as its supposed to!
Damage to your business caused by fire?
Office with visible fire damage.
Upon receiving a call from your business regarding a fire, our on-call team of IICRC certified technicians will spring in to action to help you mitigate the damage and begin the restoration process. A fire in a business often times includes the need to board up any areas damaged by the fire or by the firefighters. Our team can arrive on scene and board up your business so as to not further invite any damage from elements such as rain.
A response to a fire in a business can actually include water extraction as well, depending on the size of the fire and amount of water needed to extinguish it. If necessary, our team can complete that process before moving on. One of the biggest concerns of business owners is the status of their inventory. With SERVPRO, your inventory is in good hands. Our crews can catalogue and inventory every item that can be cleaned and salvaged. Using a bar code system our team can track your inventory throughout the cleaning process.
Once the initial stages are complete, the cleaning, necessary demolition, and rebuilding can begin. We know fires can be very traumatic experiences and SERVPRO of Sioux Falls wants to be there to help you through the whole process!
Here for your commercial restoration needs!
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!
Water Damage in a Furniture Store
SERVPRO of Sioux Falls equipment ready for pickup after completing the drying process.
In the midst of record breaking low temperatures that affected nearly the entire nation, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls received a number of calls stemming from a burst pipe. We answered the call for both residential and commercial customers. Our biggest job during the freeze was from a burst pipe in a home furniture store over in Marshall, Minnesota. After receiving the initial call, we mobilized two teams with our vehicles packed full of air movers and dehumidifiers to head over and help out.
Upon arrival, our team began the process of moving affected materials and got started on the extraction process. Proper drying cannot be completed without first extracting as much water as possible before placing drying equipment. On our first day there, we extracted over 7,000 lbs of water from the furniture store!
After the extraction was complete, we strategically placed our air movers and dehumidifiers in a fashion that created an optimal drying chamber. After placing equipment, we returned back to the shop to prepare for monitoring the next day.
Monitor and Adjust
Upon our return to the furniture store, our mitigation team took and recorded a number of atmospheric measurements, such as temperature and humidity, to check the progress of the drying process. After recording measurements, it was time to make some slight adjustments to our equipment and let them do their magic.
Final Step: Creating a Happy Customer!
After repeating the monitoring process one more day, our team was able to achieve the dry standard we had set out to achieve. Our quick response and knowledge of the drying process allowed the business to remain open throughout the entire process! Our customers were thrilled with the work we did, and creating happy customers is our main goal!
If your business experiences water or fire related damage, please call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls at 605-213-3303! We are standing by, ready to travel, to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”
Don’t let damage shut down your business!
Flooded office space in Sioux Falls.
It’s the middle of December, your business is rocking the holiday rush. The community has banded together to support local businesses like yours. Optimism is high and it seems like nothing can go wrong. Unfortunately, you come in to your shop to open up one morning and find water dripping down onto your merchandise form the ceiling. The unthinkable has happened and effected your business at the busiest time of the year.
Don’t panic! SERVPRO is Here to Help! With our 24/7 readiness, we are standing by waiting to respond to the emergency in your business! Whether its a fire, a flood, or you need an emergency disinfection of your business, we thrive on quickly responding to your business emergency. We understand the importance of having your business open. Every minute spent with your doors closed is a minute spent not generating revenue for your business. In some instances, you may not even need to close your shop! Depending on the size and category of damage, we have the capability to set up containment around the affected area so as to allow your business to stay open and work around the affected space.
If you’re Sioux Falls area business is impacted by fire, water, mold, or any other type of damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls. We can be reached at 605-213-3303 at anytime, day or night!
Emergency Office Cleaning
SERVPRO ad for emergency cleaning services.
As the fall draws closer to winter and the prospect of gathering outdoors fades away, for South Dakota at least, people will be spending more and more time indoors until the spring thaw. As we gather for holidays and recreation, it is important to keep health and safety top of mind. We are Here to Help your business stay open, and your employees and customers safe!
How can SERVPRO help?
As soon as businesses began re-opening across the nation, SERVPRO was standing by, ready to help with our Certified SERVPRO Cleaned initiative. As the year has progressed, our franchise has helped disinfect spaces as large as a manufacturing facilities, and as small as a two person office. No matter the size of your business, SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 to help clean and disinfect your workspace! Call us at 605-213-3303 to schedule yours!
Commercial Fire Restoration
SERVPRO commercial fire damage image
As an emergency fire restoration company, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls should be your number one call if you experience fire damage in your South Dakota business. We understand the necessity of keeping your business open so you can continue to make money and keep operating. We have an emergency 24/7 response policy so we can respond quickly and begin the work of restoring your business “Like it never even happened.”
The process begins with an initial inspection which will provide us with the information necessary to begin restoration. We will then begin with any smoke, soot, and odor cleaning and remediation necessary. As fires tend to damage structures, we will be able to assess any structural damage that may need to be addressed through reconstruction. After smoke and soot remediation is complete, as a licensed general contractor, we will be able to begin and handle any necessary rebuild. We want to be there for you throughout the entire process, making it a smooth process from initial notification of loss to completion of rebuild.
Benefits of Commcercial Duct Cleaning
Running a business takes a lot of effort and a lot of oversight. On a daily basis you might be interacting with staff, customers, vendors, and sub-contractors. You’re paying bills, managing your facility, setting up appointments, and catering to customer service. There is a lot on your plate, and sometimes things fall between the cracks. SERVPRO can help ease your mind and help you manage your facility.
What’s in your ducts?
One of the most often overlooked components of a business or commercial facility is the HVAC system and duct work. We often don’t give it a second thought unless its summertime and the A/C isn’t working. Getting your ducts cleaned can greatly improve your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and provide a healthier environment for your employees and customers. Each day, contaminants such as hair, dust, and chemicals are cycled through our HVAC systems 5-7 times a day on average. Over a period of time, these contaminants can build up in your system.
How a cleaning from SERVPRO can help your business:
On top of improving IAQ, a duct cleaning from SERVPRO can greatly improve the efficiency of your HVAC system, saving you money on your utility bill. Who doesn’t like saving money? A cleaning of your commercial duct system can also eliminate any unpleasant odors that may be circulating through your property.
Call us at 605-213-3303 to schedule a duct cleaning for your Sioux Falls area business today!
Mold in your office space
Mold growth in commercial facility
Mold in the office:
Finding a mold growth in your business can be a hassle. Treating the mold growth quickly is the prudent thing to do as a mold colony can have detrimental effects on the health of your employees. Time spent dealing with the mold growth in your business can disrupt the functioning of your business. For a quick resolution of your issue, a call to SERVPRO is your best bet!
How SERVPRO can help:
As a leader in the mold remediation business for years, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has the knowledge and equipment to treat your mold growth quickly and efficiently, saving your business both time and money. Mold colonies have the tendency to spread quickly when untreated. Should a mold infestation be found in your business, SERVPRO can set up the proper contamination units to isolate the growth and treat it without spreading mold to other sections of your business. Should the mitigation of your mold issue require the removal of drywall or any other structural work, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls also offers reconstruction services to get your business back up and running “Like it never even happened.”
Peace of Mind with SERVPRO
SERVPRO employees fully suited up in PPE
As consumers in South Dakota try to be supportive of their favorite local establishments during the pandemic, we want to be able to provide support to these businesses and their clients. Cleanliness and sanitation are top of mind for most consumers right now. As a business trying to navigate these uncertain times, safety and peace of mind for your customers are difficult challenges to meet. Let SERVPRO of Sioux Falls take some of that concern off of your mind.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned:
As a leader in the cleaning industry for over 50 years, SERVPRO stood ready to answer the challenge that the current pandemic has presented. Instead of standing by and letting the pandemic dictate our actions, SERVPRO has been at the forefront of providing safety and peace of mind for local businesses. SERVPRO developed a program known as Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. With this program, we are able to consult with your business and create a cleaning plan that is right for you. Whether you are looking for preventative cleaning, or a disinfecting fogging of your business after a confirmed case, SERVPRO is Here to Help.
Call for Consult:
To set up a consultation with SERVPRO of Sioux Falls, call us at 605-213-3303. We can set a time to sit down or meet with you virtually to get a grasp of your business and what type of cleaning would be right for you. Our number can also be reached 24/7 should you have need of emergency cleaning services.
Give your customers the peace of mind, knowing that the space they are in has been cleaned by professionals.
Document Restoration with SERVPRO
SERVPRO document restoration image
A water loss in your business can be a huge disruption to your day to day operations. Depending on the severity, you may have to close down for a short amount of time. On top of damage done to carpets, walls, and office equipment, important documents and records could have gotten damaged as well. If you’ve handled water-logged documents before, you may think there is no recourse. That’s where SERVPRO can help!
SERVPRO is Here to Help
As part of a franchise system, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has access to SERVPRO’s state of the art document restoration systems. While responding to a water loss in your Sioux Falls area business, we can collect any damaged documents and transport them to our corporate headquarters where a devoted team can assess the damage and perform restorative duties as needed.
We use the latest in vacuum freeze drying techniques to preserve your documents, the same process that is used by the Library of Congress to preserve and restore historical documents. As a water loss can stem from a flood, sewage, or other contaminated water sources, we use Gamma irradiation technology to sterilize your documents.
Safe and Secure
At SERVPRO, your documents will be handled by HIPPA master-certified technicians under 24/7 surveillance to protect the security and confidentiality of your documents. After cleaning and restoring your documents, SERVPRO will also digitize your files for you to better help protect you from loss events in the future.
Types of content SERVPRO can restore:
- paper documents
- books and magazines
- manuscripts and files
- photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
- blueprints and maps
If you have a water loss in your Sioux Falls area business, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help through the whole process!
Commercial Water Loss Response in Sioux Falls
SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team trailer.
Recent storms in the Sioux Falls area produced high winds, a large amount of rain in a small time frame, and some small hail. As leaders in the large loss industry, SERVPRO wants to let the Sioux Falls business community know we are Here to Help!
One of the keys to mitigating a commercial water loss is a timely response. Fortunately for your business, SERVPRO has staff on call 24/7 ready to respond to emergency water losses. We know any time spent with your doors closed due to water damage is time spent that your business is not making money. We aim to help you get back to normal operations as soon as possible.
On top of the equipment and knowledge our staff bring to the table, should the Sioux Falls area encounter a storm event such as a tornado, we are able to call on SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams that are specifically built and equipped to respond timely to large storm events.
Should your business need our services, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is standing by 24/7, ready to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”
Commercial Duct Cleaning
Before and After Duct Cleaning
These past several months have been unlike any that many of us have ever experienced. Businesses are closed, school are closed, churches are closed and our way of life has changed dramatically. SERVPRO Fire and Water -Cleanup and Restoration is here to help in anyway that we can. Our hearts go out to everyone that has been affected by this pandemic and know that we are all in this together.
There are things that we can assist with while your business is temporarily closed. One is to ensure good air quality when you open up again. A duct cleaning can be very beneficial to you and your employees. Having your ducts cleaned will ensure that you and your employees are coming back to a healthy and clean work environment. Often times duct cleanings are difficult to find time to do when your business is open due to time conflicts and restraints. It would be an ideal time right now to get those ducts cleaned. Our technicians use an EPA registered, hospital grade disinfectant. So not only will your ducts get cleaned but also disinfected.
There are several reasons that you should have your ducts cleaned:
• Dirty ducts can circulate odors
• It can restore peak energy efficiency
• It can remediate bacteria, fungi and mold
• It can reduce potential for mold growth
Give us a call at 605.213.3303 to schedule your duct cleaning today!
Don’t Wait for a Disaster - Plan NOW!
Too often businesses don’t think about a disaster until disaster strikes. When it strikes we are often unprepared, stressed, scared and don’t have any idea where to start. SERVPRO of Sioux Falls of can help! We have a an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) that will give you the guidance you need if you find yourself face to face with a disaster.
50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster but the majority of businesses that had a preparedness plan in place did in fact survive.
The ERP will give you the preparedness that you need to make it through any small disaster. The ERP will give you the critical information that you will need to start mitigation and recovery services quickly and the sooner you start, the better the outcome will be in reducing total loss as well as minimizing the time that your business is inactive.
The SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls Emergency READY Profile Advantage provides the following:
- A no cost assessment of your facility
- A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
- A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
- Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
- Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
- Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
Call us at 605-213-3303 to get your ERP started today!!
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Awareness
One home safety issue that is often overlooked is Carbon Monoxide poisoning. As Carbon Monoxide, or CO, is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas, it can be near impossible to detect without proper equipment.
What causes Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Carbon Monoxide is produced in the home by appliances and engines that burn fuel for a source of energy. CO poisoning is caused when these appliances or engines are not properly vented.
Symptoms of CO poisoning
Carbon Monoxide poisoning can manifest itself in a variety of symptoms. The most common include: Dizziness, shortness of breath, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, confusion, and loss of consciousness. As CO poisoning can quickly become deadly in high concentrations it is key to know the symptoms. Immediate steps need to be taken to receive fresh air and seek medical assistance.
How to prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
- Install CO detectors in your home wherever you have a sleeping area. Check their status as often as you do with smoke detectors.
- Always back your car out of the garage when warming it up during cold winter months. Even a car running in the garage door with the door open can cause significant CO buildup.
- Use your gas burning appliances as directed by manufacturers. Never use stove or oven to heat your home.
- Keep your fuel burning appliances properly vented and consider having a professional asses your CO producing appliances regularly.
Whether you are a small business or a multi unit housing complex we are here to teach you about SERVPRO and all the services we provide. Call Melissa today to schedule a lunch and learn at your office for any size group. We cover everything from spot cleaning carpets to major restorations due to fire or water damage. A popular topic has been the emergency ready profile that we can create for your company so if a disaster happens we can react faster to minimalize the damage. Call 605-368-0363 to reserve a time today!
Have An Emergency Ready Profile In Place
When disaster strikes, strike back with the Emergency Ready Profile app and get back to your vacation
Did you know that 50% of businesses will not reopen after a disaster? And 75% of those that did reopen had some type of preparedness plan in place?
You don’t show up to the OK Corral for a gun fight to step in and see if you have enough bullets. Nor would you want to be in the middle of a disaster trying to prepare for it.
Disasters seem to happen when you are away from the office or on vacation. What information do you need with you, 7/24, in order to manage a crisis remotely? SERVPRO has developed a really cool app that organizes information for you to have at your fingertips. So when you’re sitting on the beach in Hawaii and receive a call saying that your office building has flooded, you can, at the touch of a finger, pull up information as to where to shut-off the gas or water from your beach chair. SERVPRO, at no cost, will prepare an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) to help us become more familiar with your property and therefore, can respond faster, mitigating secondary damage. This also gives owners/managers a snapshot of your building for an immediate plan of action. This way you know in advance what to do, who to call and what to expect, saving you time and money.
If you’re a commercial property owner/manager interested in having an ERP in place, give SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls a call today.
If your Sioux Falls business falls victim to vandalism, we are here to help.
Vandals can cause a variety of destruction from broken items, structural damage to windows, doors, walls, etc. They not only cause psychical destruction but they also rob your sense of security.
No one appreciates having his or her property vandalized. Dealing with things like graffiti can be stressful.
SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls understands the emotions surrounding the events and aftermath of such acts.
We have the ability to help navigate through the steps to clean up and rebuild the damages caused by acts of vandalism and work with your insurance company.
The photo below shows a wall that was painted vandals. We have the expertise in cleaning methods and products to erase it “Like it never even happened."
Indoor Air Quality For Commercial Businesses
Intrusion of water into your place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from Sioux Falls recent storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control.
When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged business environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to the business having indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat. We want to keep your staff happy and healthy.
To have SERVPRO evaluate your Sioux Falls commercial restoration needs, give us a call at (605) 213-3303.
Helping Businesses Save Their Information
Did you know that SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls has the ability to save important documents?
Many business have vital documents that are key to operating their businesses and housing information for their clients. Patient records, attorney files, and other financial information. What would you do if suddenly these documents have been damaged by fire, water, mold, or sewage?
After water damage or fire damage our Sioux Falls team will be there to help.
We carefully pack the damaged documents in banker boxes often lined with plastic to help protect them.
Damaged documents should be frozen as quickly as possible to stabilize them, and prevent further damage.
What is HIPAA?
HIPAA requires the protection and confidential handling of protected health information (PHI) and is considered the gold standard for handling all documents.
Why HIPAA is important:
Medical professionals by law cannot release PHI (Protected Health Information) to just anyone. With that being said, covered entities (Hospitals, Physicians, etc.) cannot release PHI for recovery and/or restoration to anyone unless that Business Associate (BA) is HIPAA compliant. This is to ensure that their patient records are being handled properly and with minimal risk for any PHI to be compromised.
Our team members are Master HIPAA certified, allowing them to handle PHI.
This certification allows us not only to handle PHI, but tells Covered Entities that we are held to a high standard and can and will be held accountable if any information is compromised.
Chain of Custody
Chain of Custody must be maintained according to HIPAA guidelines.
Chain of Custody is the tracking of sensitive documents (or any documents) through a process. This depicts whose hands the documents passed through and when, allowing any company to track down any leaks of sensitive information (if such situation where to occur).
Chain of Custody is crucial when handling sensitive documentation, especially when dealing with protected health information (Commonly Referred to as PHI).
Inventories are an essential part of the process. Many items are critical that might be needed at any moment, having a detailed inventory will assist with locating essential documents that are needed on an emergency basis.
Drying Process – Sublimation:
The direct conversion of a solid (Ice) into a gas (water vapor), without passage through a liquid stage.
Vacuum Freeze Drying is the only method that is approved by NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) and the GSA (General Services Administration).
- Gamma Irradiation
- Certified Destruction/Incineration
Our processes will deliver your businesses vital documents clean, dry, and free of bacteria and other microorganisms. Helping your business get back to normal.
Supporting Local Associations
South Dakota Claims Association
Any organization is only as good as its membership. The members of the SDCA are fantastic and we are proud of our membership and support to the organization. Their organization is a valuable resource for SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls and the all the other vendors that are involved in property, liability, and auto claims.
The South Dakota Claims Association provides claims professionals and associated professionals the opportunity to learn more and make valuable connections within the claims industry. Their learning opportunities and events provide a broad range in diverse areas important to the claims professional.
If you are a claims professionals that has been a past member, seasoned adjuster, or new to the claims industry. The SDCA offers you additional and increased valuable networking opportunities as well as educational topics which improve your career, your organizations, your institution knowledge, and your personal relationships. Check out their website to learn more www.sdclaimsassociation.com and be part of a great organization!
Nationwide Heroes Banding Together
When a large commercial building suffers a catastrophic event such as water damage, fire, or storm damage, it can be hard to find a restoration company with enough bandwidth to handle the job. You may think of SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls as your friendly, neighborhood clean-up and restoration company, which we are! Yet, did you know that since we belong to the SERVPRO franchise system, we are well-equipped to handle any disaster even faster? Whether it's 2 am on a Saturday night or in the middle of the day.
Much like superheroes banding together to fight against a powerful enemies, SERVPRO franchises are also able to band together to clean-up and restore your commercial property disaster. We’ve responded to many large losses and worked together as one solid team to help businesses get back to working condition. You will “marvel” at what we’re able to do together.
While SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is your trusted source for clean-up and restoration, we’re also the powerhouse that can drive the restoration process for any large disaster. It may look like an end-of-the-world event, rest assured our teams are qualified to handle it from beginning to “Endgame”. You can trust us to “SHIELD” you from any additional worries and be the “Avengers” to restore any size disaster you face and make it, "Like it never even happened."
Commercial Damage Tips
SERVPRO has a solution for your commercial cleanup concerns.
Commercial property damage in the Sioux Falls area comes in different forms. SERVPRO has provided some tips on how to best handle the situation until the SERVPRO Franchise Professional arrives on site.
- Hose or wash egg damage from the building exterior as soon as possible.
- Vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery in the affected area.
- Save containers which reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics, and paints. This will assist greatly in the removal of these products.
- Do not attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains yourself. You may accidentally set the stains permanently.
- Make sure not to operate damaged lamps or appliances.
- Never discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces from porcelain, furniture or art objects.
When your business has damage caused by vandalism, call SERVPRO in Sioux Falls at (605) 213-3303.
No matter the size, SERVPRO makes commercial water losses "Like it never even happened".
Commercial property damage in the Sioux Falls area comes in all different forms. Here are some ways to handle the situation until SERVPRO arrives on site.
Water Damage From Contaminated Water:
- Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
- Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.
- Do not spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
- Leave the HVAC system turned off if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
- Don't blow household fans to try to dry the structure and spread the contaminants to other areas.
- No longer use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.
When contaminated water is a concern in your Sioux Falls business, you'll want to call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303.
Air Quality In Businesses
SERVPRO can help with any commercial water damage or commercial mold growth concerns.
Intrusion of water into your place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from Sioux Falls storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control.
When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged business environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to the business having indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.
To have SERVPRO evaluate your Sioux Falls commercial restoration needs, give us a call at (605) 213-3303.
Restoring Your Sioux Falls Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges
Flooding and water damage events at Sioux Falls commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls
SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.