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Sneaky Signs That Mold Has Become an Issue in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Culture Under Microscope Microscopic photo of mold growth.

Mold may be something that you typically associate with produce that is past its prime or decaying plant matter in your compost bin, but mold in your home is a different and far more insidious issue. Mold within the home is persistent and pervasive, and once it sets up a colony, getting rid of it becomes more difficult with each passing day.

There are some clear signs that mold is present in the home: A persistently musty odor, black spots on the walls or a thin film on your ceiling are all tell-tale signs. However, there are some sneakier signs of mold as well, and these can often go unnoticed while the problem is allowed to pervade.

Here’s a look at some of these sneaky indicators so you can be vigilant in keeping an eye out around your own home for a mold problem:

Peeling paint or wallpaper- Mold loves moisture, and one common sign that you have a moisture issue in your home is wallpaper or paint that has begun to bubble or peel. This may indicate that the humidity in an area is high or that there is water damage behind the impacted wall—and if this is the case, that can also be a sign that mold has set up shop somewhere nearby, too.

Discoloration on the walls or ceiling- Any time you notice discoloration within your home, it is important to take note. Discoloration is almost always due to a water stain—this may mean that there is a leak impacting the discolored area, or something else is allowing water to pool behind the surface. Either way, this is something you will want to address as soon as possible in order to address any mold that has been allowed to arise.

An odd smell from your air conditioning unit- Because of the condensation they produce, air conditioning units can be prime spots for mold to begin growing—especially standalone or window units. If you notice yours is putting off an odd odor when it is switched on, that may be an indicator that something is amiss.

If you think you may have a mold issue on your hands, we are here to help. You can get in touch with us 24/7 to learn more about our mold remediation process—contact us now.

When Do I Need to Install a Dehumidifier in My Home? | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Portable dehumidifier working in living room A dehumidifier for trouble areas in your home can be a great tool for lowering humidity and possibly preventing microbial growth.

If you have ever had a mold infestation on your hands in the past, you know it is something that no one wants to deal with. Mold can be insidious and far-reaching, and once it becomes established, it is essential to have it properly remediated to prevent it from becoming a recurring issue.

For this reason, many people are hoping to be proactive in regard to preventing mold. Mold prevention is a much more sustainable strategy, and because we know that mold likes damp, humid places, addressing the moisture levels in an area is a great method for abating any growth. 

Can a Dehumidifier Help Prevent Mold? Mold thrives the best on areas that are damp, humid or otherwise have a high moisture content, which is exactly what a dehumidifier is designed to combat. A dehumidifier can be a great tool in reducing the overall humidity of the air, so if you have an area that is persistently damp or poorly ventilated, this can be a great tactic. That being said, if you are dealing with a water damage issue, such as previous flooding that was improperly addressed or a hidden leak, it is important to get proper restoration that addresses the root of the matter, otherwise the mold will likely keep returning. 

What Type of Dehumidifier Should I Choose? There are a lot of options when it comes to the types of dehumidifiers to choose for your home. Some models are portable and plug into a wall outlet, so they can be utilized in various areas of the home as needed—but these must be emptied regularly to remain effective. Other models, designed for garages, basements, crawl spaces and other areas notorious for high moisture content, can be installed permanently with a drainage system so they can kick on and off as needed. 

How Do I Know If I Need a Dehumidifier? If you are not sure if a dehumidifier is what you need in your home, measuring the moisture in the air with a hygrometer is advised. Ideally, humidity levels should remain below 50% throughout the home to discourage mold and mildew growth. *If you have discovered mold in your home, we are the team to call. We specialize in mold remediation and are here 24/7. Contact us today!

Keep Your Home Safe From Fires | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

Interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

The American Red Cross has responded to more than 20,000 house fires in 2022, and that is only a fraction of the fires the nation has seen so far.

Smoke detectors are the best fire-preventive tool in your home, but there are steps you can take to protect your life and loved ones. Even simple acts of cleaning can help make your home fire-safe.

Clear the Clutter

Clutter may be something you battle on a daily basis in your home already, but when hallways, stairwells and other small spaces become full of unused items, they actually pose a fire risk. Loose clothing and other cloth items can both serve as fuel for a fire and block potential exits.

Cloth items left near a water heater can actually start a fire as the water heater warms up. Allowing your spaces to remain open and free of clutter not only gives you a clear escape route in the event of an emergency, but it can also slow a fire from spreading.

Extension cords can also become a source of fire when they are overloaded. Store any electrical appliances you don’t use and unplug anything you don’t use frequently.

Always ensure there is space between walls and furniture so that outlets do not overheat and air can flow properly.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

The area around your home is key in providing protection from fires that originate outside. Using strategically placed landscaping both protects your home and gives room for firefighters to work in the event of an emergency.

In some states like California, there are regulations for defensible zones due to the effectiveness of slowing down wildfires, but this kind of yard work is smart for every home.

Due to the extreme risk most of South Dakota has for grass fires, keeping your yard clear of dead plants, leaves and limbs is essential in our fight for protection. This spring, we experienced a good deal of dry and windy weather that kept the risk of fire high as well, especially in the Black Hills National Forest area.

This specific landscaping doesn’t mean you can’t plant your favorite items; it simply requires the proper layout and strategic planning of plants that can help to slow the spread. Given our area’s risk factors, it is definitely worth it.

Keep It Clean & Keep It Safe

Keeping your home and yard clear of clutter isn’t the only way to practice prevention. Cleaning your chimney and stove regularly can eliminate a high fire-risk area. Don’t forget to have your chimney inspected at least once a year as well.

Lowering your risk of fire isn’t solely about deep-cleaning, either. Taking care of the hidden dust bunnies behind furniture is a great way to prevent fires. Pay particular attention to dusting around outlets and other electrical appliances.

Our homes are more than a sanctuary these days—they also serve us for work, play and even schooling. Keeping it clean is the best way to prevent the devastation a fire would cause.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 24/7

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.

You name it, we offer it!

3/22/2022 (Permalink)

Homeowner on the phone while looking at computer screen Homeowner on the phone while looking at computer screen

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.

What causes Mold to begin growing in the home?

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Photo of mold spores under a microscope Photo of mold spores under a microscope

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.

Year in Review for SERVPRO of Sioux Falls

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Happy Holidays! 

Another year has come and gone. We’re blessed to be celebrating our eighth holiday season in business! It’s been a year full of excitement and growth for the SERVPRO of Sioux Falls Team. Our team stepped up to the call and used our gained knowledge and experience to help us fulfill our goal of creating happy customers!

It was a busy year for our staff in terms of professional development. On top of our weekly staff training meetings and ongoing training through SERVPRO University, several members of our team were able receive certifications in a variety of IICRC courses. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is responsible for creating and upholding the standards that help shape the industry. 

Our Office Manager Shelby Casale earned her Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration certification to add to her previous certification in Water Damage Restoration. 

Our Business Development Professional and Estimator Josh Baker attended courses and gained his certification in Water Damage Restoration and Applied Microbial Remediation. Josh has also taken time this year to serve on the membership committee of the Sioux Empire Home Builders Association. 

Our Lead Crew Chief Travis Yunginger added his certification in Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration to a previously held certification in Water Damage Restoration. Travis is making great use of his certifications in helping our customers with all levels of restoration by completing their construction projects.

Owner Adam Birger continued to add to his certifications, earning a Triple Master designation. Adam is a Master Textile Cleaner, Master Fire and Smoke Restorer, and Master Water Damage Restorer. As well as running his business, Adam has taken the time to help the community of Tea grow by serving as an officer on the Tea Chamber for Development. He and his wife, and business partner, Jessica are also part owners of a 29 year old home building company currently based out of Watertown SD. 

We are excited for the New Year and the many opportunities it will bring! Happy Holidays from our SERVPRO family to yours!

We clean the messes you shouldn't clean on your own

10/6/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage Loss in customer's basement Photo of sewage loss in customer's basement

Most messes around the home are easy to clean up on your own. Your child spills a glass of milk, that's easy enough to clean up. Maybe you are snacking on chips during the big game and you spill crumbs all over. Simply get the vacuum out and you're good to go. But, what do you do if your sewage system backs up. Or if you are sharpening your kitchen knives and you accidentally cut yourself, leaving behind blood? In those instances, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help!

Our crew are properly trained to clean sewage and other biohazards such as trauma or crime scenes. Using the correct protective equipment and our specially developed cleaning supplies, our team will help you do the cleaning that you need. 

Mold found during home inspection

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

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In the the Sioux Falls area, we are currently experiencing one of the hottest real estate markets ever. Interest rates are low and demand for homes is at an all time high as many people are moving to our great city. As a homeowner, you may be seeing what homes are selling for and getting interested in listing your own home to see what kind of money you can make. One of the steps of trying to sell a home is having a home inspector look at your property to look for signs of damage or anything that needs to be fixed before sale.

One of the most common issues spotted on a home inspection is mold. Mold often likes to hide in spots that aren’t visible to the eye unless you have the intention of looking for it. This allows mold to often grow unchecked until something like a spring cleaning or home inspection occurs.

If mold is spotted by a home inspector in your home, give SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call. Our crew will schedule a time to perform an estimate at your home, with no charge in the Sioux Falls area. Our team can come up with an action plan that will take care of the mold and get your home ready to sell!

On the Road Again

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO vehicles on a job site Green SERVPRO fleet of vehicles on a job site.

Why choose SERVPRO? Our franchise is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but that is far from the limits of our service area. We understand that losses happen everywhere, and some customers in smaller towns may not have access to a proper restoration company. Our goal is to serve as many customers in any way we can.

In the past 6 months our team has responded to fire losses, water damage calls, and mold work in Minnesota, Iowa, and North Dakota, on top of our service areas in South Dakota. Our goal is to creat happy customers, wherever they may be. 

If you are in need of mitigation or remediation services, give SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call anytime day or night! We are here to help!

Sewer Backup

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage backed up through floor drain in cement basement Sewage backed up through floor drain in cement basement.

SERVPRO of Sioux Falls recently completed a mold mitigation job in Salem, South Dakota. A member of our team arrived the next day to pick up our air scrubber, they noticed a mass of sewage had come up through the basement drain after a heavy rain event in the area. We immediately alerted the customer and made an agreement to send a team up to the area the next day to help clean and sanitize the affected space. After all, who wants to deal with a messy, stinky, hazardous cleanup job?

Well, we do! SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is well-equipped to handle the cleaning jobs that are too nasty and dangerous for you to want to tackle. Our team is trained in the use of using the proper cleaning techniques and products, wearing the proper protection against hazardous waste, and making your home look “Like it never even happened.

Our team is ready to help clean your biohazard messes throughout Eastern South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota!

Spending time with the Realtor’s Association of the Sioux Empire

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro male employee standing in front of room, waiting to give presentation. Our Marketing employee Josh waiting to give a presentation to the realtors of the Sioux Empire.

As SERVPRO of Sioux Falls works in customer’s homes as well as their businesses, we aim to have strong relationships with the realtors in our area. This morning, we got the opportunity to sponsor a continuing education class put on by the Realtor’s Association of the Sioux Empire (RASE). RASE is a wonderful organization that provides resources and continuing education for its many members in the Sioux Falls area.

Our marketing department got the opportunity to speak to the attendees for a short time before the class actually started. Our team will stay behind for the day to answer questions and inform during breaks and lunch.

Events like these are wonderful opportunities for our staff to get in front of area realtors, who can be very hard to pin down right now with the market moving like it is! We want to be a source of knowledge for realtors and their clients, while also being Here to Help whenever something goes awry with them to their clients!

Summer Safety Series: High Temperatures

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Graphic of the Sun and a thermometer When the temps get this high, take note and be safe!

As South Dakotans, we are pretty familiar with temperatures in the 90’s and low 100’s. However, we don’t typically reach these highs until August! As soon as June started, the temperatures began to rise. After nearly a week of temps over 90 degrees, and with no sign of stopping in the near future, you may be ready to give up on summer already!

We know it’s hot out, but don’t give up hope quite yet! We have put together a handful of tips to help you stay safe with the heat:

  • Hydration, Hydration, Hydration! Being properly hydrated is important always, but particularly during heat spells like the one we are going through. Drink plenty of water and drinks that can replenish your electrolytes. Avoiding sugary drinks such as soda and juice.
  • Don’t be afraid to take a break! We know its great to be out enjoying the sunshine, and it can be difficult to get the kids out of the pool. But, when temperatures are this high, it is wise to take scheduled breaks, indoors preferably, but at least in the shade out of the direct sunlight. 
  • Cooling techniques. Keep wet towels in your cooler. These can be a good resource for quickly cooling down your neck/head. 
  • Look for and know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke: Heavy Sweating, Tiredness, Dizziness, Pale Skin Color, Headaches, Muscle Cramps, Nausea.

All of us at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls hope you have a safe, exciting, and wonderful summer!

Freshen up your home

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Male SERVPRO employee cleaning commercial HVAC system SERVPRO employee cleaning the ducts of a large commercial property in Sioux Falls.

With everything in full bloom in the late spring, you probably have your home opened up, enjoying the fresh air before it becomes air conditioner season. You’re likely enjoying the sweet smells of flowers and vegetation. If you would like to keep that sense of freshness going, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls can help!

Booking a duct cleaning with SERVPRO of Sioux Falls can help in a multitude of ways. For people with allergy sensitivities, a duct cleaning is a great way to remove excess dust and other particles from your home and HVAC system. Removing dust also helps you keep your home clean as debris that typically circulates through the home will be removed. 

A good duct cleaning can remove weird smells from your HVAC system, while at the same time improving efficiency and potentially saving you money on your utility bill.

Call 605-213-3303 to schedule yours today!

We handle the mess when you can’t!

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Realtors: We can help your client with the closing process!

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

Mold growing in closet of Sioux Falls home Mold growing in closet of Sioux Falls home

As a realtor, customer service and doing everything you can for your client to differentiate yourself from your competitors is an important part of the business. As we all know, the closing process of buying a home can go smoothly or it can be a headache for all involved. 

We want to assist you in making the process as smooth as possible for your client! As a local leader in the cleaning and restoration industry, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is equipped and prepared to help your clients with a variety of issues in their home! 

Whether your client needs a carpet cleaning, a duct cleaning, or there is a pesky mold issue that popped up during the home inspection process, our team of technicians is standing by to quickly respond and resolve issues for your client! 

Red Stain Removal

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

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As we walk on them daily, carpets are bound to get dirty. It’s simply a fact of life. While we know that carpets will get dirty and wear, we still remain vigilant and try to refrain from spilling foods and liquids on our carpet. However, nobody is perfect, and eventually you will spill something on your carpet. One of the most difficult stains to remove from carpet is a stain that stems from a source with red coloring, such as red wine or cranberry juice.

Carpet Care Experts

Should you spill a big glass of red wine on your carpet over the holiday season this year, don’t worry! SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is Here to help! With our years of experience in the industry and the access to SERVPRO’s proprietary internally-developed cleaning solutions, we can make that red wine stain “Like it never even happened.”

Unprecedented Times with SERVPRO

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

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In these uncertain times, it is easy for stress to rule our minds. With so many uncertainties regarding the global pandemic, it’s understandable to have fears about the unknown. That is where we can help! Let SERVPRO of Sioux Falls help you and your clients with a little peace of mind. 

As a business owner, you must be concerned with running your business profitably while at the same time keeping your customer’s health and safety at the top of mind. We can help with that. With our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program, we can tailor a cleaning procedure to fit your specific needs. Whether you are looking for a proactive cleaning before hosting a large event or you need our services in the event of a confirmed case emergency, we are Here to Help. 

We are available 24/7 at 605-213-3303. We are treating confirmed case cleanings as we would an emergency water loss because we know how important a quick response is for your business. 

Cleaning Clocks with SERVPRO

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

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A few weeks back we were contacted by a customer with a request to restore and refurbish a clock. Typically our contents restoration stems from a fire or water loss, but this customer had found a vintage panda clock and wanted to see if we could restore it to its former glory.

SERVPRO of Sioux Falls... We’ll clean your clock!

The customer brought the clock in and we assessed it. It had been stained yellow after years of exposure to nicotine and smoke. We had a big task ahead of us. We got to work on restoring the clock, using our specially-designed cleaning chemicals developed in house by SERVPRO. The customer asked us only to restore the look of the clock, but along the way we noticed some of the functioning parts of the clock weren’t working as intended. So we reached out to some people in the industry and were actually able to track down some replacement parts. After our cleaning and a touch of paint, the clock was as good as new.

A Gift for Family

After returning the clock to the customer, they were incredibly thankful. The clock was to be a gift for the niece of the gentleman who brought us the clock. The niece had just started working in nursing out in California, in the middle of a pandemic. She had relayed to her uncle that the little time away from work that she had was spent at the San Diego Zoo, where she had become enamored with pandas. Her uncle found the clock and wanted to send it to her to show his appreciation for the brave work she was doing as a nurse. We were so happy to be able to help restore the clock and we hope the gift is appreciated!

Differences between cleaning and disinfecting; and how to combine them for great results!

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Creating Healthy Homes and Workplaces

What is the difference anyway? Cleaning. Disinfecting. Aren’t they the same?

It does not matter if you are in an office setting, school, business, or home-cleaning and disinfecting have become words that are interchanged and used more often in these uncertain times. Understanding the true meaning of these terms can help reduce the spread of illness, creating a healthier environment.

Cleaning and disinfecting are two different processes. Understanding the difference and then combining the two are a powerful way to remove and kill germs that can lead to sickness.

Know the Difference

What is Cleaning?

Cleaning is the process of physically removing germs, dirt, and other particulates or impurities from surfaces. Bacteria and germs are not killed and can continue to spread or reproduce.

Imagine that you just finished an amazing supper with the family. As you remove the dishes and left-over food from the dining room table you see a few crumbs and spills on the table. Most of us would take a dishcloth and wipe down the table with a cleaning agent, such as dish soap or an all-purpose cleaner.  Cleaning the table only removes the food spoils and debris from the surface, it does not kill germs, bacteria, or pathogens. Cleaning is a very important first step in a multi-step process for cleaning and disinfecting.

Cleaning can be achieved by using the Fundamentals of CHAT:

• C – Chemical• H – Heat• A – Agitation• T- Time 1. Chemical: Choosing the right cleaning product for the job is the first step. For example, when you are about to clean those supper dishes would you use a detergent or a toilet bowl cleaner? Different chemicals or cleaning products are designed for particular tasks. 2. Heat: Hotter the better? Think about the scenario of washing the dishes. If you take a greasy pan and run cold water over it, even with detergent, there is limited soil removal. But turn up the temperature and you see a huge difference in cleaning effectiveness. By adding heat to the cleaning equation, you increase chemical reaction and yield better results. 3. Agitation: Using the scenario of washing dishes again. The dirty, greasy pan that you are cleaning with heat and detergent is being stubborn, now what? The right amount of agitation can greatly affect the cleaning equation. By using a steel wool, brush, or a scrub pad you are adding agitation to the equation, allowing the soiling to break loose. 4. Time: Time for the product to dwell on a surface plays an important role. Soaking time with that dirty, greasy pan in the detergent, hot water, and scrubbing now yields the perfect equation for cleaning.

What is Disinfecting?

Disinfecting can kill or inactivate the reproductive properties of germs, bacteria, and pathogens. Disinfecting destroys bacteria and viruses stated on their label for hard, nonporous surfaces. Disinfecting does not clean soiling from surfaces. Disinfecting is the most reliable way to help reduce the risk of spreading germs and viruses from touch points. 

Why is Disinfecting Important?

When used properly by pairing cleaning and disinfecting, you can kill up to 99.999% of bacteria and viruses on hard, nonporous surfaces. The key is also to read the label and follow all manufacturer recommendations. Consider the following while disinfecting:

Coverage Area Make sure to cover every inch of an area with disinfectant. Leaving an area untouched will not kill the germs. • Dwell Time Amount of time a disinfectant needs to remain wet on the surface to effectively kill the organisms. Read the label to adhere to that products dwell time. Some are only 2 minutes up to 15 minutes. Not following the products dwell time does not properly disinfect. • Kill Claims Reading the label will list the bacteria, viruses, organisms, and germs that the product has proven to kill. There is no one size fits all. • EPA Registered Make sure the product is registered with the EPA. This gives you security in knowing that it has been tested and proven to kill the organisms on its label. 

Considerations when Choosing a Disinfectant. 

Below is a framework that will help determine the best disinfectant that meets your home or business needs.

1. Effectiveness: Read the product label to ensure it is effective for your home or industry needs. Some viruses have multiple strains and the product may not be effective against them all. 2. Kill Time: Knowing how quickly a product can kill a specific pathogen. Does the product keep the surface visibly wet to comply with these kill times? 3. Safety: Some disinfectants are toxic, some stain, others are corrosive, yet others have an undesirable odor. Check toxicity and flammability ratings on products, as well as any personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations for disinfectants you apply. Be sure a disinfectant will not damage any surface it is intended for. 4. Ease of Use: Are the recommendations on how to use practical in your environment? Is it easy to apply or cumbersome?

SERVPRO creates, manufactures, and uses a proprietary disinfectant called SERVPROXIDE,™  an EPA registered, stabilized chlorine dioxide-based disinfectant and sanitizer. It carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating, requires no PPE for general purpose use and is safe for everyday use. It is designed to kill harmful bacteria, viruses and mold on hard surfaces and is an effective sanitizer for soft surfaces. It is also NSF rated as a no rinse required on food contact surfaces.

EPA Registration # 82972-1-93012

Sorting through information about the various types of disinfectants takes time, but it’s a critical step to ensure you are making the best decision for your family and facility. Having the right products on hand along with a solid plan of proper cleaning and disinfectant practices, gives added peace of mind to you, your staff and any visitors that come through your doors. SERVPRO as always, is Here to Help.

Improving Indoor Air Quality with SERVPRO

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Importance of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

According to the EPA, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. Adverse health effects from indoor air pollutants can manifest immediately or potentially not until years later. It is important to know the types of indoor air pollutants, and how to combat them.

Sources of Indoor Air Pollutants

  • Mold Growth
  • Fuel-buring combustion appliances
  • Tobacco products
  • Building materials and furnishings as diverse as:
    • Deteriorated asbestos-containing insulation
    • Newly installed flooring, upholstery or carpet
    • Cabinetry or furniture made of certain pressed wood products
  • Products for household cleaning and maintenance, personal care, or hobbies
  • Central heating and cooling systems and humidification devices
  • Excess moisture
  • Outdoor sources such as:
    • Radon
    • Pesticides
    • Outdoor air pollution.

Effects of Indoor Air Pollutants on Employees and Customers

Responses to indoor air pollutants can vary from person to person, depending on many factors such as age and time of exposure. People with existing allergies can be adversely affected by indoor air pollutants. Often times, indoor air pollutants will cause irritation of the eyes and the respiratory system. People with asthma may notice their symptoms are worse when in an office space with poor IAQ. Other common signs of indoor air pollution include dizziness, headaches, and fatigue.

How can SERVPRO help your business?

SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is trained in multiple lines of service that can help improve air quality in your Sioux Falls area office space. Upon being contacted by a business to treat poor IAQ, SERVPRO will often examine the building for any signs of mold growth. As mold spores are able to be moved throughout a building by fans and HVAC systems, a mold growth can expand and effect air quality to a great extent. SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is trained in mold remediation and can help you treat any mold growths.

Another service SERVPRO can perform to help improve your business’ IAQ is duct cleaning. We are trained and capable of handling commercial duct cleanings of any size. Depending on the amount of time since your last duct cleaning, your HVAC system could be filled with dust, construction debris, and other irritants that can play a big role in effecting IAQ. We can clean and disinfect your duct work, improving both IAQ and your building’s energy efficiency.

Concerned about your Sioux Falls area business’ IAQ? Call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls today at 605-213-3303 for a free estimate on duct cleaning and mold remediation!

Water Loss Do’s and Don’ts

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

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In the case of an emergency water loss in your home or business it is important to know what to do until professional help like SERVPRO of Sioux Falls can arrive on scene. A water loss can be a shocking and sometimes traumatic experience if your personal belongings have been affected.

Here are some helpful Do’s and Don’ts on dealing with a water loss:

Do:

If possible shut off the source of water if it can be safely reached. If unsure about the safety, contact a qualified party to help you.

If you can access the circuit breaker, turn off the electricity for the areas affected by water.

Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping or blotting with towels.

Try to move affected valuables to a dry space.

If sewage is involved with the loss, avoid all contact with the water and any items contaminated by sewage.

Don’t:

Enter rooms with standing water, where electrical shock hazards can exist.

Enter affected areas is electrical outlets, switches, or any other type of electrical equipment has been exposed to water.

Use your household vacuum or any other electric powered device to try to extract standing water.

In case of a water loss with sewage, don’t walk through the contaminated area and spread contamination to other areas.

Use the HVAC system as it can spread contaminated air throughout your home.

Should you encounter a water loss in your Sioux Falls area home or business, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is standing by 24/7, ready to respond faster to any size disaster. We can be reached anytime day or night at 605-213-3303.

For more info, visit our website! 

Let SERVPRO help sell your Sioux Falls area home

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Why Realtors work with SERVPRO

Realtors and their clients know the importance of having the home they are trying to sell be as appealing as possible. Realtors want to have every available tool at their disposal to help their clients sell their homes. SERVPRO of Sioux Falls provides realtors with quite a few of these tools!

Carpet Cleaning

There is little less appealing in a home than dirty, stained, and worn carpets. They are often the first thing a prospective buyer may notice about a home. SERVPRO is standing by to help you clean and freshen up your carpets to get them in the best possible condition.

Duct Cleaning

No matter the time of the year, while showing your home, your realtor will likely have the HVAC system active to keep the home at a welcoming temp. Get your ducts cleaned by SERVPRO to have the highest quality of air moving through your home. Getting ducts cleaned also helps removed dust from the home as it will not be circulated throughout your home, helping it stay cleaner longer.

Mold Remediation

Should a home inspector find a pesky mold growth in your attic upon closing inspection, fear not, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is Here to Help! We offer free, timely mold inspections as well as the ability to treat the mold infestation, and perform any necessary reconstruction! If you are looking to sell your home in the Sioux Falls area, give SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call at 605-213-3303 to see how we can help!

Get Your Carpets Cleaned By SERVPRO

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

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While doing your spring cleaning did you remember to have your carpets cleaned?  The cleaning professionals at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls recommend having your carpets cleaned every six months.  With regular cleaning, carpets can retain that new look, feel and smell for longer. 

Your carpet acts as a filter, trapping damaging air pollutants like pollen, chemicals, bacteria, cigarette smoke and residues.  These trappings can trigger asthma attacks, eczema and rhinitis attacks.  Dirty carpets can lead to serious health problems in otherwise healthy people.  While you may be looking for solutions to your condition it may be as simple as what is right under your feet.  While vacuuming once or twice a week is recommended, it only clears the top layer of dirt and grime away.  Professional carpet cleaning can remove 98 percent of deep down grit and dirt that wears away any stain-resistance and cuts at carpet fibers.  Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to extend the life of your carpet and improve your health by scheduling your carpet cleaning today. 

Always here to help at 605-213-3303

Because of You Award

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

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In recent weeks, we have created the Because of You Award to celebrate our team members. As management, we know we are only as good as the people working with us. We took the opportunity to create the Because of You award as a thank you to our excellent team of technicians.

As a company that provides 24/7 emergency restoration services, we know the importance of being able to rely on your staff at all hours of the day. We have a great crew of trained restoration, mitigation, and reconstruction experts who are Here to Help our customers in any way they can.

At SERVPRO of Sioux Falls, our number one priority is creating happy customers. Fortunately, with the staff we have, we are able to meet this priority! We love nothing more than hearing a customer single out a staff member during the end of job process to sing their praises!

The winner of our award gets to wear our ceremonial crown for the whole week’s morning meeting, as well as an opportunity to spin the wheel of prizes! Not too mention VIP parking at the shop!

Employee Appreciation Party

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

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We took an opportunity to reward our hardworking employees and held an employee appreciation party this week. Management knows we are only as good as our employees, and we’ve got some great ones!

Our teams were called back to the shop late in the afternoon to enjoy a taco bar and some fun SERVPRO-oriented trivia games. 

Mold in your rental property?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

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A mold growth in your rental property can cause a huge headache for property managers and owners. You notice some mold as you are prepping a rental unit for a new occupant and suddenly everything is put on pause. We know that the time spent addressing the mold growth is time that you are not receiving revenue.

Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls help you! Mold remediation has been a staple of our business since its founding. Our team will come and inspect your mold problem, treat the issue, and then be able to perform any necessary reconstruction. We are your one stop shop for mold remediation!

Call us at 605-213-3303 to schedule today!

For more details visit our Google My Business page: https://g.page/SERVPROofSiouxFalls?id

Why SERVPRO of Sioux Falls?

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Over the past several months, what used to be normal is no longer normal and as a city, state and nation, we are navigating through what a new normal looks like and whether that new normal will be on-going for months, years to come or if we will gradually get back to what “used to be,” SERVPRO of Sioux Falls hopes you find that regardless of what happens, we are still and will remain the same SERVPRO we were a week, a month, a year or 50 years ago.  Circumstances whether it be natural disaster, fires, or pandemics will not change who we are.  We pride ourselves in our integrity, ethics, the quality of work we provide and most importantly customer service.   Our customers and their safety have and will always remain our top priority.  We will always be “faster to any disaster” and our services will always be available 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week.  While the Covid pandemic has certainly been unprecedented, it is normal every day work for us as we are prepared for anything. 

SERVPRO of Sioux Falls realizes that these times are difficult and we are here to make these difficult times easier for you in your time of need.  Our thanks go out to all the first responders, doctors and nurses and all of those that are on the front lines of the Covid crisis.  We are proud to not only service Sioux Falls and the surrounding towns, but are also proud to call this area our home. 

If you have any water, mold, fire, flooding, Covid or other emergency needs, we are here to help!!  Please call us at 605.213.3303.

Importance of Safety Training

4/2/2020 (Permalink)

Staff members wearing protective suits. SERVPRO of Sioux Falls team members wearing Tyvek suits.

As a team, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls meets together for a group training meeting at least once a week. This is a great opportunity to educate our staff and helps to educate the office support staff as to the day to day functions of the production team. A meeting can range from discussing the proper equipment and how to use it on a water damage call, to doing exercises where we all learn how to sketch and scope a loss. 

At this morning’s meeting we went over the procedure of donning and doffing Tyvek suits. As a company who regularly responds to mold, sewage, and bioremediation calls, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is well-versed in the process. But you know what they say, practice makes perfect. One can never be over prepared when it comes to health and safety. 

We are Cleaning Experts

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Sioux Falls 605-213-3303. 

The Ultrasonic cleaning process

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fine china before and after cleaning Before and after ultrasonic cleaning process

Any time a business acquires a piece of equipment that can improve efficiency and results, the excitement is hard to measure. At SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls we are absolutely ecstatic about the newest equipment added to help the cleaning and restoration process.

The addition of an Ultrasonic cleaning machine will be a game-changer for our restoration process. You may be asking yourself, what is an Ultrasonic cleaning machine? An Ultrasonic cleaning machine is a device that uses intense vibrations to produce sound waves that produce tiny, exploding bubbles that are able to get in to every nook and cranny of the item you are trying to clean. Now if that sounds like Science Fiction to you, don’t worry, I will try to break it down a bit.

Essentially the bubbles produced by the sounds waves form and explode at such a high rate that they create heat and pressure of their own. As the bubbles explode all around the item being cleaned, dirt, grime, smoke, and other tough damage like soot is being broken down and removed off of the item. As the item is submerged in water and surrounded on every available surface, the Ultrasonic cleaning process gets to places that regular hand cleaning can not.

Say you’ve had a ceramic vase that is a family heirloom, handed down through generations. Now imagine you experience a small home fire and the vase is absolutely covered in smoke and soot damage. You’re devastated and ready to just chalk it up as a loss. This is where the Ultrasonic cleaning process comes in to save the day! The high heat of the water, the proper cleaning chemicals, and the ultrasonic cleaning process all combine to clean your contents, “Like it never even happened.”

The Ultrasonic cleaning machine is able to handle all sorts of contents, from clothing and jewelry to finished wood and electronics. Yes, even electronics! After removing electronics from the machine, we are able to dry them with out blow dry gun so they are able to properly dry and function correctly when re-assembled.

Winter Storm Approaching 11-27/11-29

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

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To all SERVPRO customers in Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas, be prepared for a winter storm starting the evening of December 27th and continuing on through Monday December 30th. West and North of Sioux Falls are predicted to get the heaviest snowfall. However, freezing rain before the snow will be the real danger to look out for.

Heavy freezing rain can weigh down power lines and cause power outages. For more information on preparing for a winter storm Please refer to our recent blog.

After the storm passes, be sure to read Our blog on preventing and treating ice dams.

Should anything happen to your home, SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is standing by 24/7 to help you clean up, restore, and build back “Like it never even happened.”

Happy Holidays from SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

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From our family to yours, we would like to wish you a Happy Holiday season! During this joyous time, we hope you spend ample time with friends and family alike. 

We here at SERVPRO want to provide you peace of mind this holiday season. Know that if anything should happen to your home this holiday season, we are here to help! Our trained staff of restoration professionals is available 24/7 to respond faster to any size disaster. 

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls Receives Outstanding Performance Award

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

Adam and Jessica Birger, Owner's of SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls

As Published in the Tea Weekly Newspaper July 19, 2019

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls received the PRESIDENT’S Gold award at SERVPRO’s recent 50th Annual Convention. The event, themed “Making History,” was held in Sacramento, California, where the company was founded.

“It is always gratifying to earn a distinction for our business,” said Adam Birger, SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls Owner, “but it feels especially good this year. We are proud to be a member of the SERVPRO franchise family as the company celebrates 50 years of franchising success. SERVPRO’s ongoing commitment to providing innovative tools, ongoing training, and an ever-evolving business framework gives entrepreneurs like us a roadmap for success. We are proud to be part of SERVPRO’s team of dedicated disaster remediation professionals, and to know that we have both the tools and the knowledge to serve home and business owners in our community should the need arise.”

The company’s 50th Annual Convention was a celebration of the company’s history and a showcase of small business best practices and cutting-edge restoration and remediation technology. The event featured a variety of workshops and group sessions ranging across 37 different topics. Attendees gained knowledge and hands-on experience to help them build and grow their businesses and strengthen ties with both residents and businesses in their local communities. Highlights of the convention included a keynote address by motivational speaker Jon Gordon and an awards ceremony recognizing the achievements of top-performing franchisees.

“SERVPRO has come a long way since Ted and Doris Isaacson started the company as a painting business in Sacramento in 1967,” said Rick Isaacson, chief executive officer of SERVPRO. “In 1969, they used their cleanup and restoration background to take their new company in a different direction and never looked back. SERVPRO’s professional services network now includes more than 1,700 individually owned and operated franchises across the U.S. and Canada. Our annual convention brings this diverse group of entrepreneurs together to learn from industry experts and gives us an opportunity to recognize our top-performing franchises. We are incredibly proud of each of these dedicated professionals and the world-class service they provide to their customers and their communities.”

" Old House Smell"

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

What is that smell?

Ever walk into a house are greeted, more like slapped in the face, with a mysterious stench? That stale or old house smell?

There are few things that homes share that could be causing the odor: Poor ventilation, darkness, and high humidity. 

Scientifically speaking, this stench is likely the off gassing of chemicals associated with a stage in the life cycle of mold or MVOCS. They are evaporating and causing the odors. 

How can I get rid of the smell?

Start by checking the humidity level in the home. Ideally the relative humidity should be under 45%. If your readings are higher you should invest in a dehumidifier. 

Check for any moisture leaks such as from a faucet, drain, lines from your furnace or soft water heater. Fix any leaks even if they are small. SERVPRO can investigate your humidity levels and perform a moisture inspection to ensure the home is dry.  

Carpet and soft furniture in the home will absorb that smell and retain it. These items should be professionally cleaned to eliminate the odor. SERVPRO is happy to help clean these materials with our hot water extraction method. 

Sometimes it's where you can't see, the lungs of the home. The furnace and duct system. Those pesky odors, dander, dust, and bacteria are recirculating the odors. Our hepa- filtration system can clean the duct system and we also have options for deodorizing or sealing the duct work rid odors. 

You're proud of keeping a clean house, yet don't forget about the walls. With heating and cooling the pores in your walls open and close and odors will permeate the walls trapping odor. 

Lastly, for deodorization Let the sun shine in! The sun is a powerful deodorizer and disinfectant. You can also place coffee grounds in an old nylon stocking and place behind doors, in closets, and on top of kitchen cabinets. The coffee grounds will absorb the odors and have your home smelling like a cup of fresh brew. 

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls has a wide array of products, processes, and experience to help rid your home of those lingering odors. 

Local Best

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Vote for us at https://thelocalbest.com/vote/212509/

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is proud of the Sioux Falls community. Our residents make our area an amazing place to work, raise our families, and strengthen our relationships with one another. 

Over the last several years we have seen so many devastating damages to homes. Whether water damaged your home by: heater malfunction, sump pumps overflow, burst pipes. Or a roaring fire smoked up or caused significant damage to your property. We have been there to clean up, dry down, and rebuild "Like it never even happened."

We thank all of our amazing customers for the last five years and look forward to serving you for many more!

Having the best customers make it easy to be a BEST business. We appreciate your vote in this year's Local Best competition. Vote for us at the following link,  VoteUsLocalBest

Spring Cleaning- Duct Systems

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Is your duct system making you sick?

Our furnace systems are the lungs of our home. The duct system filters and cycles air through out the home. Over the winter homes have been sealed up allowing allergens, dirt, pet dander, and dust, cooking odors, and bacteria to constantly circulate.

This time of year is a great time to have your ducts cleaned. Indoor air quality is important to everyone, especially those that suffer allergies or who suffer from chronic illnesses.  It's recommended to have your ducts cleaned every 3-5 years. 

Give us a call to schedule your appointment today and we will revive the lungs of the home. Increasing efficiency, reducing the need to dust, reducing allergens, reducing harmful bacteria, odor and increasing overall indoor air quality. Creating a healthier happier home.

Hide and Seek

4/12/2019 (Permalink)

Anatomy of a Sioux Falls basement wall after water damage.

Water damage can be tricky and mischievous. Finding ways to hide and travel. Imagine your water heater bursting and all that water soaked your carpet. Every step you hear squish, squish. This is no day at the beach!  
 

It makes sense to many of us that once the carpet is dry everything is fine and goes back to normal. But does it really? 
 

We rely on what we can see, but what about what we can't see? Once carpeting is wet is soaks the carpet pad as well. This pad acts like a sponge retaining the water. With all the trapped water it tries to find dry areas. In most Sioux Falls basements, the anatomy of the walls is drywall on the front, a plastic vapor barrier, and some type of insulation inside wood framing. The water in the pad migrates to the dry wood framing, wicks up the drywall and insulation. Other areas of carpet that was dry at the beginning are likely now slowly becoming wet. These are the hidden damages from the water that we can’t see.  

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls are experts in seeking out water damage that can't be seen. Time is so important after the water damage to slow that wicking process. The drying equipment used is for what is not seen. If the carpet is dry it doesn’t mean your walls are dry. If not dried quickly it can create a birthplace for mold.  

Lightning Facts

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning Facts

According to Weather Underground.

  • An average of 85 lightning fatalities occur each year
  • Approximately 10% of the people struck by lightning are killed
  • 70% of lightning strike victims suffer long-term effects
  • Approximately 400 people survive lightning strikes each year
  • The primary cause of death from lighting is cardiac arrest
  • Most lightning injuries and deaths can be prevented with advance planning and being aware of developing weather situations

We have long been in awe and fascinated by watching the skies for lightning. This beautiful wonder also can be a source of a major disaster in your home.

Lightning related fires are more common in June through August. The biggest threat lightning poses is a fire to your structure. Wood and other flammable construction materials can easily explode due to the high temperature of a strike. In addition, current travelling through wires and pipelines instantly burns them causing complete damage to property.

Fire Damage

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls understands how these damages affect your home. Our teams are ready to respond to ensure your home and personal belongings are safeguarded, restored and your home is put back together "Like it never even happened."

Disaster Cleaning

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Our custom red stain remover utilizes heat that transfers the stains out of the carpet.

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls utilizes specialized professional cleaning products.  SERVPRO not only manufactures and distributes these products, we have chemists on staff that develop our propriety products. 

This allows us to have a good solution for most situations.  We can clean things like rust, marker, soot, or even tricky red stains from carpets.  We clean soot from walls, ceilings, even hard and soft contents.  We also clean up bio-hazard materials  such as trauma scenes. 

Because of our arsenal of products, we are able to clean, deodorize, disinfect almost anything we encounter.  Not all companies can say they have the resources to do that. 

When fire damage, water damage, mold, duct cleaning, carpet cleaning or specialty stain removal services are needed, we are here to help! Call SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls at (605) 213-3303.