Control the Mold by Controlling the Moisture | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls
Mold invading your space? Call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to get your home back in shape.
Can you think of all the sources of moisture in and around your home right now? Sinks, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, toilets, showers, tubs, gutters, faucets…the list could get pretty long.
Water is such a dominant factor in our everyday life, and we are accustomed to being able to control sources of water at the turn of the handle. But with so many sources of water all around, our homes are also vulnerable to mold.
Mold loves moisture, and it doesn’t take much for it to start growing and spreading. The good news is that with a little regular maintenance and control, you can keep your home dry enough to ensure mold growth is kept at bay.
In order to keep mold from growing, you have to keep water out. Your landscaping is a great place to start ensuring that the elements remain outside. By creating slopes with natural materials, you can ensure water runs away from your home quickly. These materials also help absorb water, which can prevent puddles from forming near your home.
Keeping the gutters clean is another way to protect your home from the outside in. With our snowy weather in the winter, getting your gutters cleaned out is especially important in order to avoid ice dams from forming.
You should also consider your roof and the rest of your home’s exterior. Shingles or other roofing material should be layered properly in order to allow water to run down quickly. Flashing should be added to flat places or anywhere that is uneven in order to create enough sloping to keep water moving.
In general, as you consider the outside of your home, you want to think about where water is going and ensure it isn’t flowing toward your house. Drainage in your yard will go a long way in protecting your home from excessive moisture that will lead to mold.
Prevention on the Inside
The interior of your home should be watertight, but with so many different ways that water enters our homes, the possibility of a leak is always present. Get used to checking under sinks and around toilets and tubs regularly to check for moisture.
Mold loves to hide in these areas, and something as small as a pinhole can create a problem quickly.
Keep a steady temperature in your home, even when you are out of town for a while. Resist turning your HVAC off altogether when you are going to be gone, and instead, set it at a temperature that it won’t run often but will keep your home dry.
Always use exhaust fans in the bathroom and the kitchen, and check the seals on your windows and doors. If you have spent time doing all you can to prevent excess moisture and still notice water droplets or musty smells, consider bringing in a professional. Your home may need extra ventilation or other repairs that can help prevent mold growth long-term.
Concerned about mold and want to talk about the remediation process? Give us a call.
Preventing Mold in the Kitchen | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls
Don't let mold hold you back! Call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls if you think mold is in your home.
The kitchen is the heart of the home, right? You spend so much time in the kitchen preparing delicious meals, grabbing a quick snack or praying the coffee brews a little faster. It seems like no matter what you do to make the rest of your home inviting, when you have guests over, they all end up crowded into the kitchen.
The kitchen may be a favorite spot to congregate, but if excess moisture is allowed to set up, the kitchen can quickly become a mold hotspot.
Take a few simple steps to protect your kitchen from mold. You can keep things clean and dry so only welcome guests take up space.
Find the Hiding Places
In order to prevent mold, you have to first find it. Mold is notorious for being excellent at playing hide and seek, and the longer it hides, the more it will grow. If you add checking some of the most likely places mold is growing to your regular cleaning responsibilities, you can win hide and seek every time.
Kitchen cabinets and under the sink are two of the most common places mold could be hiding out. Check under your sink every week and fix any drips, leaks or spills quickly. Feel the back of your cabinets for moisture that could indicate mold growth, and check for any musty odors.
Every few months, remove all the items from your kitchen cabinets and give them a thorough cleaning. This will not only help you find a problem, but it can also prevent one by removing anything that could cause excess moisture.
Consider the appliances in your kitchen when you are checking for mold as well. Leave the dishwasher door open until it completely dries after it has completed a cycle, and feel under your refrigerator regularly to watch for leaks. Any soft spots in the flooring near an appliance that uses water is another indicator of an issue that could cause mold growth.
Oh, and clean or replace your kitchen sponge regularly!
Keep It Dry and Keep It Clean
Moisture and mold are best buds, so one of the easiest ways to prevent mold growth is to keep things dry. But if you have kids, your kitchen might be one part of your home that faces constant spills and drips.
Keep a towel handy and dry up anything as soon as it hits the ground. Allow towels and rags to dry out completely, or switch them out on a daily basis to prevent moisture from those as well.
Run the exhaust fan on your stove when you are cooking to help draw moisture out of your kitchen. Maintaining a steady temperature throughout your house can also go a long way in the fight against mold. For the kitchen, that might mean adding an extra fan or cracking a window to alleviate the heat of the stove or other cooking elements.
Keep your kitchen as the hangout spot in your home, but don’t allow mold in. Your guests will all be so thankful!
Have you spotted mold in your kitchen or anywhere else in your home? Contact us for fast remediation.
Get Your Commercial Team Ready for a Weather Emergency | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls
If your home or business was damaged in a storm, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to get you back in action.
Preparation is always the best way to keep a business going. You never really know what each day is going to bring you, so the more you are ready to jump over any hurdle, the better you will fare.
While you prepare your team to tackle everything that comes their way in order to thrive, consider getting your employees ready for weather emergencies.
With a great safety plan in place, you can prevent panic and keep everyone safe.Know Your Risk
In order to create a plan that covers all of your needs, the best place to start is by getting to know the risks you will face throughout the year. Get to know how your weather acts each season, and dig into past events to understand damages that have been done near your property.
From cold and snowy winters to warm and mild summers, Sioux Falls has an incredible climate for outdoor lovers. There may always be something to do, but we can also see strong snowstorms, floods and heavy rain dangers.
While you create your emergency plan, make sure you know where your property sits on flood maps so that you can plan for water-related events while you consider storms and other weather. Check local weather sources often, and use long-term forecasts in order to prepare as early as possible.Make a Plan to Communicate
Communication is key when it comes to an emergency plan that works. Your team should have two ways to receive weather alerts and two ways to receive internal communications as well.
Create a plan that clearly lays out each step of your emergency process in order to keep your team on the same page. Make the way information is sent out through the office as seamless as possible so all employees. understand their role in gathering supplies or preparing to evacuate as needed.Plan Your Evacuation
Evacuation might feel like an extreme situation, but sometimes it is the best way to keep your team safe. Clearly map out exit routes, and label passageways in order to ensure everyone knows where to go. Practice your evacuation plan regularly to prepare your team for the potential of needing to get to safe space quickly.
If evacuation is not safe, your employees need a safe place to shelter inside the building. Choose a room without windows, and label it clearly as well. Show your staff the space, and have them visit it when you practice your emergency plans on a regular basis.
Regardless of whether you are staying or going, your team needs to be able to stay calm. The more practiced your plan is, the more it can run like a well-oiled machine and your staff can keep their anxiety in check. Communicate often and stay prepared for everything.
Don’t let extreme weather take control! If storms strike your business, SERVPRO® can help you restore your losses.
Steps to Protect the Outside of Your Home From Storms | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls
Have you been impacted by the unusual summer storm season? SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has your back when you experience flood and water damage.
Snow, sleet, rain, wind, hail, flooding…fortunately, this is not the current forecast, but it is a short list of some of the ways your home can be damaged by weather. While we see a lot of seasonal changes and different areas have different risks, there is always something we need to be prepared for.
When you own property, your to-do list of things that need to be maintained is likely very long. Along with keeping things clean and beautiful every day, take some steps seasonally to keep your home protected from the outside when storms roll through.
While our spring and summer can be fairly mild when it comes to severe weather, we do have flooding, wildfires and thunderstorms to contend with. Winter snowmelt can mean even the slightest rain creates rivers of water. We also have strong winds that can whip through at any time of year.
In order to be the most protected from storm damage, the best place to start preparations is on the outside of your home.Seasonal Preps
Protecting your home from storms doesn’t have to be costly or hard. Most of it can be added into your regular maintenance routines. Even the kids can help!
Year-round, we can expect to face winds and rains that could leave behind damage when your home isn’t ready. Trim trees and clean out your gutters regularly, and remove loose debris from your yard to prevent broken windows or water damage. Make sure anything that lives outside permanently, like your patio furniture, is tied down, and remember to stash other loose items safely before a storm rolls in.
Any time you are outside, walk around the exterior of your home and take note of worn-out wood, gaps in your gutters or worn-down caulking. Seal windows and doors well to avoid rain leaks.
Give your roof a quick check after a big wind event and a thorough inspection four times a year. Replace loose or missing shingles right away and looks for any signs of leaks.Home Upgrades
Preparing your home can absolutely be cost-free, but there are a few upgrades you might want to consider for the exterior of your home for an added layer of protection.
Shutters that you can close in a hurry can be a great way to protect your home from winds, and they might even help keep you a little warmer when winter snow sets in. For the same reasons, you might want to also consider changing your windows out for ones made with thicker material that can withstand more abuse. Gutter guards that close off your gutters can be a great addition for preventing debris blockages.
If you have an outbuilding on your property or live in a modular home, take a look at your foundational tie-downs and ensure you have enough to keep everything exactly where it should be.
Make sure when bad weather is predicted you have two different ways to receive weather alerts, and that everyone in your home knows where the safest place to shelter is. Call us as soon as the threat is over when you do receive damage, and we will get restoration completed fast.
Was your home damaged in a storm? Call us at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to start restoration, 24⁄7.
Backyard Fire Safety | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls
Have you had a barbeque gone wrong? Call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to get your space back in shape.
Summertime might just be the sweetest time. Sioux Falls is bursting with lush greenery and bright flowers, while the temperatures remain mild. Summer is also the best time to get out in the backyard and throw some burgers on the grill.
While there might not be anything better than flame-kissed meat straight off the grill, backyard grilling can become dangerous quickly. Improper use of grills is a leading cause of house fires in the summer. SERVPRO of Sioux Falls wants to make sure you can enjoy every moment this season has to offer without a single worry.The Setup
In order to grill safely, you need to pick a good spot to set up. Grills should be in an open, outdoor space only, free from overhangs or any overhead combustible materials. That means that even on one of the chilly nights Sioux Falls weather might serve up you shouldn’t move your grill into the garage.
Whatever open space you choose should have a 10-foot radius around it free from structures, low-hanging tree limbs or anything else that could catch fire from sparks. Teach your kids and your pets that this space is a no-play area to keep them safe from potential burns or other accidents.
If you opt for a charcoal grill, make sure to clean it after every use. Remove any ashes or other buildup, and check the body of the grill for holes, dents or signs of wear and tear. For propane or other gas fueled grills, check connections and gas hoses. Make sure nothing is loose and there are no visible holes or signs of holes. A small leak can result in a devastating situation.Manning the Flames
Once you have your setup and have cleaned your grill, take the time to make sure you have all the necessary supplies before turning it on or lighting it up. Keep a squirt bottle of water at hand for flames that jump too high, and hook up your garden hose or put a fire extinguisher somewhere you can grab it quickly if things do get out of hand.
Don’t leave the grill as soon as the food is done either. While you certainly deserve some applause for your hard work, you need to get everything turned off and start the cooling process. Turn off the gas and any burners, or close off vents in order to stop the flow of oxygen and smother the flames.
Create a habit of cleaning out the ashes as soon as you are able. Flames can start back with little heat, so it’s best to remove them from the heat source quickly. Dispose of them in a metal container, and make sure you check the grill before heading to bed to make sure it has cooled down thoroughly.
You deserve to enjoy the best of the mild and sunny winter Sioux Falls provide. Take the time to create a safe grilling space so you can flip burgers and dogs all season. If things do get out of control, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls for fast restoration, day or night.
Don’t let fire damage linger in your home. Call us at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls for a fast restoration.
When Water Damages Your Home | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls
If you discover water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls right away.
Water is a powerful source. Even in our homes, where we do our best to control it, water can have a surprising power as we turn it on and off with the touch of our hands. If you have ever visited the ocean, you have seen water in its true and natural power.
Water plays a huge role in our lives, and certainly we can’t live without it, but when water seeps into places it doesn’t belong it can create a complete mess. Flooding is possible anywhere, but Sioux Falls has seen more than its share of flooding. From the Big Sioux River overflowing to the massive amounts of snowmelt we see, we know that we have to be prepared for water to leave our homes in turmoil.
You can prepare and protect your home from water damage in a number of ways, but you can’t always stop or predict a disaster. That is why having restoration professionals in your own backyard is an incredible resource.The First Steps
If the unthinkable happens in your home and your home is damaged by water, the quicker you respond, the more you can save. Water moves quickly, and it can hide even quicker, so finding the source and doing what you can to control is the first step you should take.
After you find the source, take steps to stop the flow. If your home is flooding as a result of a natural disaster, that might mean just waiting until the water stops on its own in a safe space. Internal leaks or disasters can be stopped however, so make sure you know where you water shut-off valves are located throughout your home.
Get to know how to turn off your electricity, too, and never step into water that could have live currents in it.
Once you have some control on the situation and you can safely do so, call us at SERVPRO®. Our phone lines are open 24⁄7, so it doesn’t matter what time of day your disaster hits. The sooner you call, the sooner we can start your recovery.How We Dry Your Home
When we take your call, we will begin to gather as much information as possible about your situation. At this point, try and take as many photos as possible. We will work directly with your insurance to create the smoothest process possible, and the more you can document, the easier this will be.
As we gather your information, we will also gather a team to send to your home. They will come with industry-leading drying equipment that can tackle your every need. Our first priority will be removing standing water and drying soft materials. We want to restore as much of your property as we can so that you are not left replacing your property. Our process includes ensuring every drop of water is gone, things are completely sanitary and your space is free of odors.
Our professionals are trained in every aspect of recovery. If a part of your home is damaged beyond repair, our team can tear it down and rebuild it. We will make sure that your home is truly your home, no matter what damage was done.
If anything happens that leaves more than an inch of standing water, you need to call our SERVPRO team. Different kinds of water, like storm water, a pipe failure or sewage leaks, all require different kinds of cleanups. Our professionals are prepared to handle them all. With our team around the corner, you can appreciate the powerful force that water is without any worries.
Do you have water damage in your home? Call us for fast and complete restoration.
When a Storm Brings Damage | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls
Summer storms affecting your property? Call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to restore your space in no time!
The power of storms can be pretty incredible. Even when you have had plenty of time to prepare for it, something as simple as a thunderstorm can blow through your neighborhood so fast it leaves you feeling completely overwhelmed.
We may have mostly cooler weather in Sioux Falls, but that doesn’t exempt us from severe storms, particularly tornadoes. The months of May and beyond, while later than some more southern areas, are particularly dangerous for spinning up strong storms. In 2022, May brought us a derecho that carried wind damages throughout the state.
Knowing how to prepare for this kind of severe weather can do a lot when it comes to mitigating damages, but do you know what to do when a storm rolls out and you find your home damaged in its wake?
Make sure safety is always your first priority, take a deep breath and find some sturdy shoes. With a few simple steps, you can ensure your recovery is fast and smooth.Immediately After the Storm
As the severe weather threat begins to diminish, your need to keep your guard up for the further potential of more storms. Keep a weather radio on and at hand, and make sure you have a quick and easy way to get back to your sheltering location even after the all-clear has been given.
Start assessing what has happened by reaching out to your loved ones to determine who may need help. If cell service isn’t working, try shooting a few quick texts to get in touch with your family. If you can safely do so, head out into your neighborhood to check on those around you.
Never enter damaged buildings or homes, but do check for ways to help guide anyone that needs out to safety. Clear as much debris out of roadways as you can safely do so, and make room for emergency vehicles in driveways.
After you have been able to check in with your family and your neighbors, start taking pictures of your property and the damage it has received as you give SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call. Our locally owned and operated office is available 24⁄7, and that means your recovery can start right away.As More Time Passes
Depending on the amount of damage that has been done, the recovery process could take hours, days or even weeks to complete. As time passes, the workload will become more clear. As you proceed, continue to stay very aware of your safety. Always watch out for hazards you could step on or trip over, and stay weather aware in case another storm starts to head your way.
Once our SERVPRO® crew is on site, their first step in restoring your home will be taking quick action to ensure no further damages can set in. This might mean tarping your roof or securing broken doors and windows, or it could mean removing standing water and drying out your wet possessions.
We will also work with your insurance company from the start to make sure that your claim is handled correctly. When the scope of work your home will require is fully assessed, you may need to consider staying elsewhere in order to keep your family safe and allow the work to go as quickly as possible.
Seeing your home damaged after living through a scary storm is a lot to take in, but the calmer you are able to stay, the easier things will feel. Knowing you have a team of professionals working around the clock should also ease your stress, as it is our goal to get your life put back together as quickly as possible.
If a storm leaves your home damaged, contact us for fast recovery. We’re here 24⁄7 when you need us.
What to Do When There’s Rain in Your Home | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls
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Do you love or hate rain? Even if you are firmly in the latter camp, you can’t deny that a soft, steady rain on a hot summer day is just what the earth and the air needed.
Rain may be necessary and even welcomed when the weather is hot and dry, but when it gets heavy, it can leave your home at risk for leaks. Heavy rain can bring other threats, too, like strong winds, that create other damages. Intense rain can overwhelm streets and yards, creating dangerous flash flooding.
SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to not only dry out your home fast when you are dealing with flooding, but to also help you learn the best ways to keep your family safe and mitigate as much damage to your home as possible.Hazards of Intense Rain
We are no strangers to flooding in Sioux Falls. It is something that we face basically year-round, as winter brings heavy snow that can create ice dams and later flooding when they begin to break down, spring brings rains and snow melt that leads to flooding, and summer brings heavy thunderstorms.
Particularly in the spring when heavy rains are combined with snow melt, the amount of water easily leads to flash flooding that quickly sweeps away objects and covers over roads. Big Sioux River often spills over its banks and threaten our homes as well.
With the threat of flooding in our area being so extreme, we know that the more we can prepare, the safer we can stay. When storms are moving into our area that could lead to flooding, make sure you keep a close eye on local news reports and have two ways to receive alerts.Staying Safe
Safety should always be your first priority when it comes to preparing your home and your family for flooding. Make sure you have an action plan in place and a way to communicate with your loved ones before and after the event is over.
If you are away from home when a storm with potential flooding starts moving in, either get home or get to a safe indoor place away from drainage ditches and flooded streets. If you can get home with time before the storm, bring in anything from outside that could be swept away in a flash flood.
Park your car inside a garage or on high ground, and move anything you can’t replace inside your home and to the highest level of your house. Put important papers in a watertight container, and do you best to stay calm. If you can turn the power off the lowest level of your house, do so. If water does start coming in, it may be best to turn off all the power in your house and find a safe, high location to wait out the flood.
Floodwater moves faster than you think, so stay out of the water as long as you can and give us a call.Future Prevention Strategies
A flood can be one of the trickiest forms of weather to predict. Even with the best planning, your home may still be damaged when things get severe. As we work on restoring your home after a flood has left you with damage, we will also help you find ways to shore up your house to better weather the next storm.
Get a professional to help in your yard. Adding grading, flower beds and other organic material can be a great first line of defense in keeping water out of your home. The more you can do to have water running away from your home, the better your home will fare during every storm.
Consider a sump pump for your basement or crawl space. This is a great way to keep water flowing away from your foundation and prevent flooding in the lower level of your home. If you already have one and it just couldn’t keep up, seek professional advice about updating yours to a bigger unit.
Make sure SERVPRO® is in your emergency contacts, and rest a little easier knowing that you have 24⁄7 professional water damage experts right around the corner. We will get to your home fast and start drying everything out so you can get back to living.
We are here for all of your water disasters. Contact us day or night for a quick recovery.
Keeping the Fire Pit Safe | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls
Bonfire season is upon us! SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has your back with these helpful fire safety tips.
Have you felt the cool breeze in the air lately? After a particularly hot summer, it might be hard to believe, but a break in the heat and humidity is growing ever nearer as fall finally starts to approach. It’s time to get the pumpkin decorations out and play in the leaves.
As the season changes, many of us also start spending more time outdoors around the campfire. While you gather your friends and family around the fire pit, make sure you are taking action to keep everything safe.
SERVPRO® is always available if a fire does leave your yard or home damaged, but we also want to help you prevent a disaster from ever starting in the first place.Tips for Starting the Fire
Once you have your evening around the fire scheduled, there are few things you want to do to keep it safe:
Do find a spot that will be safe for placing your fire pit or campfire ring. Make sure there are no overhangs, structures or debris nearby.
Do keep water close by in case something does get out of hand. A bucket full or a hose you can turn on in a hurry can put any stray flames out before a disaster starts. Dirt or sand can also help to smother out any rogue sparks, as well as help put out the embers when all the marshmallows are gone.
Do check the weather. Look at the forecast and take note of what is happening outside the day of your fire. Even a little bit of wind can lead to a dangerous situation fast. Take a look at any burn bans that have been issued as well. These can change daily, so make sure you check the day you are planning to have your fire.Tips for While the Fire Is Hot
As you get the fire going, keep in mind some things you want to make sure you don’t do:
Don’t try and stoke the fire with gas or lighter fluid. Tossing trash in is also a bad idea, and can result in hot and tall flames. Only use treated and approved firewood to keep things going.
Don’t let anyone play near the fire. Create a zone around the fire pit or campfire where no one plays, runs or walks in order to avoid potential accidents.
Don’t make a big fire. You can get caught up in building the fire and be tempted to make it big enough that it won’t need any added wood for a while. Keep it small, though; it only takes a single ember landing in the wrong place to result in an out of control situation.
Don’t leave the fire until it is no longer glowing red. Red embers can still create flames. Pour water over the fire when you are done for the night, and stick around until everything is completely out.Wildfire Prevention
It is an unfortunate fact that most wildfires are started by humans. If you are going to enjoy an evening around the fire with the family, do everything you can to prevent a disaster. Use the right materials, keep it small and stick around as long as it takes for the fire to go out.
If a fire does create damages on your property, call SERVPRO. With 24⁄7 availability, a highly trained staff and industry-leading equipment, we will get things put back together fast.
Fire can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Contact us day or night for immediate assistance.
How Water Damage Fuels Mold Growth | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls
No job is too big or small. Call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls today to schedule your mold remediation estimate.
Water damage is a nightmare in and of itself, but the hidden difficulties that might arise long
after the initial incident can be even worse. Mold is one such sneaky intruder that can emerge when you least expect it.
Water damage is not always visible, and it can appear and lurk under your appliances, walls,
flooring and other items. The hidden nature of water damage is what makes it easy for mold to
settle and hide.
Learning how mold follows water damage is a great place to start as you work to prevent growth. Your Sioux Falls house does not have to suffer from this devastating combination, and there are
measures to prevent water damage from adding to your problems.
When Moisture Invades
Mold spores can be found all around us, searching for the proper circumstances to grow. Sadly,
water damage creates an ideal breeding environment. Moisture is one of the elements of water damage that allows mold to quickly form.
Things like a broken pipe, a leaky roof or heavy rain can send moisture seeping into your drywall,
carpet and insulation. Once it’s soaked in, excess humidity and improper ventilation allow mold to
pop up in these moist areas.
Leaks You Spot Too Late
One of the problems with water damage is that it sometimes goes unrecognized or is not properly
treated. Even a tiny amount of water that leaks into your home unnoticed can quickly worsen,
leading to mold growth when the environment is perfect.
These leaks can occur almost anywhere in your home, but they are most commonly found near your appliances, in your bathroom or in your kitchen. These concealed crevices, hidden from view, provide an ideal climate for mold to bloom. Frequent inspections and repairing water damage quickly can help keep this problem from worsening.
Putting Aside Repairs
Putting off repairs is one of the most common mistakes people make after a water emergency. When you delay restorations, you not only enable water damage to develop, but you also invite mold growth to form in the same spots.
Even if the water issue you’re dealing with is small, it can still have a big impact on your home.
To properly mitigate water damage and avoid future mold issues, it is critical to seek the
assistance of specialists armed with advanced technologies and years of experience.
SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to handle your water issue before it becomes a mold problem. Through an initial inspection and expert restoration, you can have peace of mind that mold won’t be invading your home anytime soon!
Don’t let a water problem turn into a mold problem—contact SERVPRO today! We'll
control the matter before it gets out of hand.