Recent Storm Damage Posts
Damage to Your Home | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls
If you discover damage in your residence, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls right away.
Our homes can be damaged in a lot of different ways—strong storms, a fire, aging to the structure or even just the neighborhood ball game that gets out of control and sends a ball flying through your window.
Even though there may be a lot of ways your home can be damaged, you can’t spend all of your time thinking about them. Instead, you can get your home prepared so that even an unexpected storm blowing through only leaves you with minimal damage.
In order to prepare, you need to understand your risks. Getting to know the specific threats to your home can also help you better understand how easy restoration after a disaster can be. With SERVPRO of Sioux Falls right around the corner, your restoration won’t just be easy, it will also be fast and smooth.The Biggest Risks
Sioux Falls has seen its share of severe weather in all seasons. During spring and summer, strong thunderstorms and tornadoes are some of our biggest risks, and in the winter, heavy snow and ice can cause issues. Year-round, flooding is possible, with an increased risk as snow begins to melt.
Even with a variety of risks, there are three main kinds of ways that homes are commonly damaged. Water, fire and roof damage happen to homes around the nation on almost a daily basis.
All three of these kinds of damage can come from a multitude of sources. Water damage might be from the heavy snow load pushing down on your roof, or it could be from a plumbing failure inside your home. Your roof is not only vulnerable from snow load and rain storms, it can also be damaged by the loose limb you didn’t realize was up in the tree. Our risk of wildfires can be fairly high in warmer months, but fires most often start from man made errors inside the home.Compounding Damages
Dealing with a disaster can be incredibly traumatic, but as you begin to see the compounding damage that has been done, it can be easy to get really overwhelmed. One kind of damage will lead to another, leaving you needing a multi-step recovery.
Flooding not only leaves everything wet, but it also sets up a great environment for mold to spread rapidly and put your foundation at risk. A fire can cause total destruction where the flames were, but it can also affect rooms far away with smoke and soot damage. The water used to put out the fire creates another layer of damage too.
Whether your disaster was from Mother Nature or started due to a manmade problem, SERVPRO® is ready to handle every part of your restoration. We will assess your unique needs and create a plan that will put everything back together one step at a time.
SERVPRO has the tools and equipment to handle water, wind, fire, mold and construction. Whatever you need, we’ve got it covered.
If your home has flooding in the basement or a leak in the roof, our first task will be drying everything up. We will also make sure there are no lingering odors, and handle remediating any mold that sets up. Our crew will address structural issues throughout the process as well, and we can even replace roof beams if needed. Finally, your home will be sanitized and well-sealed in order to prevent future mold growth.
The process will be largely the same when a fire strikes, as we tackle the part of your house that is most damaged first. Sealing off your home from the elements will be high on the list as we get started to prevent any other damage, as will be drying out any water left behind from the firefighting efforts. If your home was too damaged to repair, we can tear it down and rebuild it.
Not only do we handle every step of your recovery process, but SERVPRO will also work directly with your insurance company and coordinate any additional contractors needed. Our goal is to do everything possible to make your process fast and smooth. With 24⁄7 availability and industry-leading tools, we can put your home back together quickly.
Does your home need restoration and you don’t want to make more than one call? Contact us to get everything handled by one team.
Navigating Winter and the Storms of the Season | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls
The winter season is almost upon us! SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has your back with these helpful tips.
Winter can be a real bear in Sioux Falls. Although we do sometimes see our share of mild weather, we also see blizzards, ice storms and below freezing temperatures. Really, winter in South Dakota comes with a lot of different moods.
Regardless of how the season treats us, when we are prepared, we can weather any storm well. Taking the time to get our homes and our families ready ahead of a storm can keep us safe and help us avoid total disasters.Preparing Your Home
When a big storm is headed our way, the safest thing you can do is plan to be off of the roads. Blizzards and freezing rain can create hazardous driving conditions that will likely linger even after the storm has settled. Plan on being indoors until plows have been through and the roads are well-salted again.
Get your weather radios ready ahead of storms as well, and take a look at what emergency supplies you may need to stock up on. Blizzards and extreme winter weather are known to knock out power, sometimes for days at a time. Getting your safety kit ready is crucial for riding out storms.
Make sure you have plenty of flashlights, batteries and basic first-aid supplies. You also should have a good store of water and snacks, as well as any kind of heating fuel you use inside your home. If you have a generator you rely on when things get extreme, make sure you follow all the manufacturer’s safety guidelines to avoid fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Gather up your blankets and sleeping bags—if the power stays out, a family sleepover in front of the fireplace might be the best way to keep everyone warm.
Talk with your loved ones about alternate plans in case things get really cold. Make sure family and friends all have a safe place to go as well, and check with local news stations for warming stations that will be available in order to get warmed up during the day or even overnight if necessary.Taking Care of Your Home After the Storm
Once the biggest threat of the storm has passed and it is safe to venture out, take a look around your home for potential damage. If there isn’t anything that needs immediate attention, put in a little maintenance to continue to keep things safe throughout the season.
A roof rake is a solid investment that can help you remove heavy snow from your roof. This not only lightens the load your roof is holding, it can also help prevent ice dams from forming and blocking your gutters. Snow gets heavy fast, weighing up to 20 pounds per every cubic foot. Pulling some off can go a long way in keeping your roof solid all season long.
Along with ensuring ice dams are not blocking your gutters at the edge of your roof, you need to check the rest of your gutter system. Make sure everything stayed connected during the storm, and break up an ice that has formed at the exits. Remove snow from around the downspouts and clear off your vents around your home. Blocked vents can allow carbon monoxide to build up to dangerous levels inside your house.How We Can Help
If you do experience damage, either during the storm or afterward as things begin to melt, call us right away. We are available around the clock, and as soon as you call, we can get started on your recovery. Over the phone, we will get as much information as we can so that the moment a team can safely be dispatched they can head to your house with the right equipment. Our professionals will assess your home and keep you up to date with everything it is going to need.
It is our goal to start your restoration fast so that it can be completed efficiently and quickly. We want to put your home back together so that you can hit the slopes or enjoy all that winter has to offer however you choose.
Our team is always ready for anything! Contact us at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls for a quick restoration after suffering damage from a winter storm.
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.
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.
Prevent Wind Damage With Preparation | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls
If you've suffered from storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Sioux Falls your first call.
When the weather is warm and the sun is bearing down, is there anything better than a cool breeze whipping through your hair? Wind is one of those things that we know is always there, whether we want it to be or not.
A cool breeze can be a sweet gift on a hot day, but when wind gets strong, it can quickly become very destructive. Most of the time strong winds are associated with severe weather, but even on a blue sky day, gusts can pick up enough to leave behind damages.
The more you get to know about what wind can do, the more steps you can take to protect and prevent damages on your property.
The Different Kinds of Wind
Most of the time when wind damage is reported, it is associated with thunderstorms. Sioux Falls may not experience a lot of thunderstorms, but it is still not a threat we want to take lightly.
Thunderstorms are particularly damaging because they come with so many different threats. Winds in a thunderstorm can reach close to 60 miles per hour, and at that speed, debris in your yard will quickly become airborne. When thunderstorms roll through our community, derecho wind storms often come with them. These are long-lasting wind storms that can create a lot of chaos.
Derecho storms can knock out power, take down trees or even lead to dust storms. Even without a strong thunderstorm or snow storm, when the wind picks up in our area, there is a strong chance of damage being left behind.
Another kind of wind we often experience in this part of South Dakota is “straight-line wind.” These are winds that are not associated with rotation that can reach nearly 100 miles per hour. Straight-line winds can be far-reaching, leaving behind damages in areas that did not experience any other parts of a storm.
Tornadoes are another storm that comes with quite a few threats, including a wide variety of winds.
Downdrafts, straight-line winds and bursts of winds called micro- and macro-bursts are all common when a tornado forms. All of these combined often leave a complete path of destruction for anything near it.
Wind Damage and Prevention
Common kinds of wind damage include knocked-over trees, damage to power lines and projectile debris. When the wind gets higher than 80 miles per hour, it can even take out anchored but non-permanent structures like outbuildings and mobile homes.
In order to protect both your home and your family, familiarize yourself with the different kinds of weather alerts that might be issued when wind is getting strong. Strap down loose objects around your home as well, securing things permanently that you can’t move indoors.
Trim the trees in your yard as often as you are able, and schedule professional maintenance of your tall trees every five to 10 years in order to prevent the possibility of downed trees during strong winds. Clear your yard from loose limbs often, as well as anything else that could become a projectile.
Identify an interior room inside your house where you can shelter away from windows when a warning is issued. Consider shutters for your windows if your home doesn’t already include them.
After the winds have eased and it is safe to do so, walk your property to look for damage. Call SERVPRO night or day if you spot any, particularly on your roof. We can respond quickly so you avoid additional damages from water or snow.
Has your home been damaged by wind? Call us and get things cleaned up fast.
Winter Is a Wonderland | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls
If you experience damage due to a winter storm, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls. We have the experience and equipment for any issue.
Winter doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 21 this year, but depending on where you are, that date may feel very early or very late. In our area and others near us, we know that winter begins much earlier with extreme lows and heavy snows, while other regions mostly slip into winter with only slightly lower temperatures than the rest of the year.
Regardless of where you are, the winter season brings a different set of threats that could leave your property with damages and your family facing the cold (or fog, or rain, or…well you get the picture).
When you know what to anticipate and how to prepare for it, you can rest easily throughout the season knowing your family is safe.Winter Around the Nation
Snow-filled, freezing, rainy and mild are all ways this year’s season has been described, particularly when you take a look at the nation split into two halves.
In the Midwest and some parts of the East Coast, winter is anticipated to be a dire season with extremely low temperatures and high amounts of snow. On the West Coast, the season is predicted to be much milder with moderate temperatures and more rain than any other kind of precipitation.
From region to region these predictions will certainly vary slightly, but it is still best to prepare your home for the worst extremes in order to prevent as much potential for damage as possible.Winter Around Sioux Falls
Winter in Sioux Falls can be challenging. While we typically only see about 10 inches of snow more than the national average of 28 inches over the season, we still contend with freezing temperatures and biting winds.
Our coldest month is usually January, and our average daily temperatures are between 10 and 38 degrees. We experience a good deal of ice, which can lead to ice dams in our water and eventual flooding.
Even with the risks, outdoor adventurers will find an endless amount of activities to keep them busy, particularly when they know their home is well-prepared.Get Prepared
In order to enjoy sledding without worrying about your property, you should first take the time to get to know the different kinds of weather we could see in our area. Next, check your devices to make sure your weather alerts are turned on, and invest in one that will work even when the power is out so you can move to safety as quickly as possible.
Prepare an emergency kit ahead of the coldest months and store it near an interior room in your home. If you keep one packed year-round, double-check it throughout the season to ensure you have enough warm items for each member of your family. Put one in your vehicles, too, so that you can stay safe if you are caught out in the cold.
With our extreme temperatures, checking the weatherproofing on your windows and doors is crucial not only in preventing excess moisture from entering, but also in lowering your heating bill. Make sure you have a strong cover on your outdoor faucets that can hold up in the wind in order to avoid waking up to frozen pipes when the temperature creeps really low.
Repair any soft spots or loose shingles on your roof, clean your gutters and trim trees near your home in order to prevent damages. Take a look at your insulation levels in your attic space, and consider adding any needed to fill in gaps and help keep your home warm.
Winter can be the best time of year when you have prepared your home and your family. Make sure you have SERVPRO on your contacts list so that you can call us 24⁄7 if you do end up with storm-related damages. We will get restoration moving quickly so you can get back to fuzzy socks and warm hot chocolate.
If you experience damage in a winter storm, call us. We have the experience and equipment to get your home back to normal.
End of summer storms
Even if the skies are green, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help!
While we are nearing the end of summer and moving in to fall, severe storms are still possible in the Sioux Falls area. Last year we received a 7 inch rain on the first weekend of September. With a heat wave gripping the nation, including temperatures in the 90’s in South Dakota, the conditions are ripe for thunderstorms and potential hail damage.
if your home or business is damaged by any late summer storms, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is standing by at the ready to help you through your emergency situations. Our crews are available 24/7 to help remediate water and storm damage and restore your home. Any structural damage resulting from storms can be restored and rebuilt with the help of our construction team!
Common Storm Damages | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls
When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Sioux Falls your first call.
A severe storm can be a real headache for anyone, but as a homeowner, you have the extra worry of wondering if your home will receive damages. Most recently built homes can withstand a high level of weather-related trauma, but sometimes storm damage just can’t be avoided.
While threats will change with the seasons, severe thunderstorms, hail, snow showers or freezing rain can all cause damage to your property, even hurting the structure of your house.
Your risk level when it comes to storm damages will change according to different factors, including the kind of storm moving through, the way your home is built and even what you have done with your yard. Sometimes, though, whether your home is damaged in a storm just comes down to luck.
While our warmer months tend to be fairly mild in Sioux Falls, we know that our cold winters can come with heavy snowfalls, freezing rains and frozen rivers. And when all of that begins to melt, we have flooding to contend with as well.
Since we also cannot rule out the occasional thunderstorm, we need to be particularly prepared in order to keep ourselves safe. The more we can learn about the most common kind of storm damage, the more we can do to mitigate our risks and save ourselves that headache.
Wind damages are a frequent occurrence in a lot of different storms in every season when gusts beat buildings at high speeds. Tornadoes and hurricanes come with these kinds of winds, but even a regular thunderstorm can have gusts of up to 100 mph and cause a lot of damage.
When winds get up to this kind of strength and speed, they can easily throw loose items into homes or vehicles. To protect yourself and your property when a storm is predicted to have high winds, seek shelter in a room of your home where you can steer clear from windows and walls. Debris moving at this rate can easily pierce walls and break windows.
You can take action before a storm moves in that can help prevent damages on your property. Get rid of large limbs and rocks.
Secure your outdoor furniture and flower pots so they don’t budge when the wind gets strong. The more debris and loose items you can anchor or get rid of, the less damages high winds can do.
Water creates damage all around the nation and is one of the more common hazards of weather-related disasters. Even a short-lived storm can dump enormous amounts of rain and leave the ground completely saturated. This can lead to leaks through the seals on your window and doors.
If enough rain pools up outside your house, it can begin to soak through your floors and leave the foundation of your home wet, which can result in structural damages.
Just as you can take steps to protect your property from wind damages, you can also take action to minimize the damages that water can do. Your landscaping around your home is often the first line of defense, and it can be used to force water away. You should consider installing a rain garden, which is highly effective at absorbing water before it becomes a problem.
You should also clean your gutters to ensure water is flowing well. If gutters become clogged, water can leak over the sides and puddle on the roof, which can mean a leak that drips onto every level of your house.
Another form of storm damage that is actually quite common and can happen in any storm is called “impact damage.” Impact damage occurs when an object hits another object, or makes impact, as a result of wind or saturated soils. Downed trees are one of the common sources of impact damage.
To protect your home from impact damages, keep trees well-trimmed and remove any dead greenery. Take out trees that are not doing well or Mother Nature may try to do it for you.
In 2021 alone, weather-related disasters created an excess of $145 billion in damages. When you protect your property, you can save yourself money and rest easier knowing your home is safe.
If you do end up with damages as a result of a weather event, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls. We have years of experience and industry leading equipment to get your restoration started 24⁄7. No matter what you may face, we can handle it and get you back home and back to life faster.
When you suffer storm-related damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get your storm damage restoration started faster.
Storm Alert Meanings Can Help You Stay Safe | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls
If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.
If you find yourself overwhelmed with information after looking outside and seeing scary clouds, you are likely not the only one! There are 42 different kinds of weather alerts broken down into seven different categories. That is a lot of information to take in when you simply want to stay safe.
Understanding what different weather advisories mean allows you to prepare your family and move to safety quickly. You can also take preventive action to prepare your house before the storm in order to minimize damages later.
Having a good idea of how multiple weather systems work is helpful, but understanding the most commonly seen severe weather that happens right here in South Dakota is crucial in protecting your home.How Alerts Are Issued
How do we get weather alerts? Forecasts are just predictions, so how is the storm and its severity, duration and location watched? There are actually several pieces of information that help answer those questions.
The National Weather Service is responsible for creating forecasts and issuing any warnings. There are six regional offices and more than 100 forecasting offices in the United States, which means our forecasts are accurate and localized. Our weather is forecast out of the office right here in Sioux Falls.
Meteorologists who work with the NWS use different kinds of data in order to build a forecast, including satellite radar, sensors, seismic and solar activity. The kind of sources used vary according to the event, but the end result is always to produce an accurate forecast.The Most Important Alerts to Understand
Even though there are several kinds of alerts, it is crucial to understand the difference between a watch and a warning. This is language that will be used in almost every weather situation, including winter storms, flooding, ice storms and thunderstorms.
When a watch is issued, you should start preparing for weather that might be severe. A warning means that a severe storm is near and you need to take cover. Watches are issued for a large general area, but warnings are issued to often only include a county or city where the storm is located.
It is also essential to understand the weather we most commonly see in our own backyard and the surrounding South Dakota areas, and we all know that means brushing up on cold weather warnings. Our long winters bring extreme snowfall and freezing temperatures, and then flooding as the temperatures warm up and the snow begins to melt.
Stay aware of winter storm warning, watches and advisories, as well as key terms such as freezing rain, sleet and wind chill. And even though our cold weather extends into spring most years, we still have hot summers that bring thunderstorms and the occasional tornado.Protecting Your Home During a Storm
Protecting your home starts with understanding weather alerts when they are announced, but there are also a few other steps you can take now to lower your risk for damages later.
Clean your gutters and secure your outdoor furniture to avoid flood damage and wind damage. Build an emergency supply kit and store it in a safe space for your family to ride out a storm in. Prepare an exit plan and practice it regularly for those times that staying put isn’t an option.
After the storm, take a look around your property for any damages. Document the damage and call us at SERVPRO. We have 24⁄7 availability to start your cleanup process quickly and restore your home.
Learn about the different kinds of weather that we will see in South Dakota and protect your families and homes. Stay on top of alerts issued so that you are ready for the next storm.
Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!
What Is Your Storm Emergency Plan? | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls
No matter how bad the storm is, SERVPRO is Here to Help!
Each year, there are close to 100,000 thunderstorms around the nation. These frequent weather events can be scary, bringing strong winds, lightning, hail and intense rain, all of which can cause personal danger and property damage.
Our extremely cold temperatures might give us a sense of security when it comes to dangerous thunderstorms, but we are far from immune. Thunderstorms and tornadoes are not uncommon, especially in the spring and summer months. We always need to be prepared for any weather that may come our way.
Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy
Understanding weather terms, particularly the differences between a watch and a warning is the first step in keeping your family safe. By knowing when to wait and when to go, you can clearly communicate with your household and activate the weather plan you have created together.
It is a good idea to have several ways to receive warnings from weather officials. Your cell phone and a weather radio from the NOAA are good tools to have ready to go when a storm is rolling in.
Create a designated safe area in your house (typically a bathroom or basement) and ensure that everyone in your family knows where it is. A communication plan for your household is also recommended to ensure that everyone can check in during and after a storm. Be sure this plan includes a way for anyone who may not be home at the time of the event to check in so that all can be accounted for.
Your Severe Weather Emergency Kit
An emergency kit can be prepared ahead of time and updated throughout the year. It should contain enough water and food for each member of your family to sustain them through 72 hours. First-aid supplies, flashlights, batteries and any comfort items that can aid in the calming of your household should also be in the kit.
Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist
Time matters after a storm, so it is essential to take quick action to mitigate losses. You should have a plan in place before a storm strikes so that you can act quickly and get your family to safety. As soon as you can, you should walk your property and assess any damage.
As you walk the property, pay special attention to your roof, windows and doors to ensure they are still properly sealed and note any water damage that may have occurred.
If your home is damaged, call us at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls. We are available 24/7 and can offer you peace of mind after the storm as we take on your restoration and get you back to normal faster.
Once the storm is gone and recovery has started, gather your family and note how your plan worked. Is there anything you can change to make your family safer or more comfortable? Were you all able to successfully communicate with one another? How was your emergency kit stocked? Your emergency plan should be updated periodically so you are always ready for the next storm.
If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 24/7 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.
Rain water that entered through foundation crack after spring storm
As we start to hear birds chirping and temperatures inching upwards, that means we are seeing the first signs of spring. What a wonderful time of year. Full of life and excitement. We are excited to be done with winter here at SERVPRO.
While gearing up for Spring, there are some important things to be aware of regarding spring snows. Often, a Spring storm in South Dakota can bring with it snow, ice, rain, or a combination of all three. The high moisture content of the precipitation can cause issues in your home or business if snow melt has already saturated ground water levels. With the ground saturated, any new precipitation can cause issues with your sump pump or through foundation cracks and leaks. Be prepared for what Spring storms can bring.
Winter Storm Damages
Frozen Water Pipe
You may think a water restoration company such as SERVPRO of Sioux Falls may not do a lot of water work in the winter as precipitation mainly falls as snow which does not cause sump pump failures or ground water issues. On the contrary, we often deal with different types of winter water damage!
Water damage in the winter can come from a variety of sources. Snow pack on your roof can melt and re-freeze, leaving a blockage of ice in your gutters. This is referred to as an ice dam. As more snow melts but can't escape through the gutters, it can get inside your roof and cause interior water damage.
Power outages from a winter ice storm can cause heat to shut off and pipes can become frozen, leading to a pipe burst in your home that can cause an immense amount of damage.
Even outside of water damage, dangerous driving conditions can cause a vehicle to spin out and potentially strike a structure such as a garage or home.
No matter the damage that occurs, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help! Our crews are able to respond to winter storm damage 24/7, ready to help all customers in the Sioux Falls and Eastern south Dakota areas!
Wait, snow in the forecast already?
Snow on roof of customer’s home.
Well, thankfully, not for the Sioux Falls area yet. Our ten day forecast looks like the beautiful fall weather will continue for some time yet. But what better time to start preparing for winter and the harsh weather it can bring?
South Dakotans know how harsh and brutal the winds can be on the plains during the winter season. Winds so strong that they bring the windchill down by 20 degrees sometime. These strong winds don’t only require us to wear the proper clothing, we need to be aware of the damage they can cause to our homes and businesses. High winds can cause tree limbs and branches to snap off and hit structures. A hole in your roof is a big problem. Add in winter temperatures and possibly even precipitation, and all the sudden we have some trouble on our hands. If you have an emergency issue at your home or business that requires emergency board up service, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls anytime day or night.
Green SERVPRO fans loaded up in a van, ready for a job site.
Having received some rain and thunderstorms early Friday evening, the ground will be saturated with rain. Local farmers are rejoicing but as a homeowner you may want to be sure to keep an eye on your sump pump and any other areas where ground water could get in to your home. The forecast calls for thunderstorms through the weekend.
SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is standing by to help with any emergency damage you may receive from the storms. Our crew is able to respond to emergencies 24/7 and is ready to help with your storm response. If wind or rain damages your home or business, our team can be there quickly to do any necessary emergency board up to prevent any further damage. Once further damage has been prevented, our crew can begin the mitigation and drying process and get on the path to restoring your property!
Heavy Rains in Eastern South Dakota
Flooded office basement
After a summer that has been dominated by drought, South Dakotans on the eastern half of the state finally got some relief. After some lighter rain earlier in the week, some areas of Eastern South Dakota received well over an inch of rain, with some spots seeing as much as 3 inches in a day! Not only was this a great relief for the many agricultural professionals in our state, but for those of us sick of paying high water bills to keep our lawns alive!
However, not all is positive after a big rain event like this. When we see rain amounts that high in a day, oftentimes we will see sump pump backups, sewer backups, and water entering homes through cracks in foundations. But, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is Here to help you out! Our team of IICRC certified technicians is standing by at the ready to help you get your home or business back to normal! We can’t control the weather or when water losses happen, but that is why we are standing by 24/7 to be ready to help whenever its needed!
Hail storm in SIoux Falls
Roof pockmarked with hail damage.
If you live in the Sioux Falls area, their is a good chance you were woken up in the early hours of July 9th by hail hitting your roof and siding. As a property owner, whether it be a home or a vehicle, the sound of hail falling can be very stressful.
As the weather has cleared and you have an opportunity to assess any potential damage, be sure to safely examine your roof and siding for any damage. Damage caused by hail can leave the interior of your home susceptible to future water damage.
If the hail damaged your home enough to tear siding or rip off shingles, there is a chance you may have received some water damage in your home. If you find any moisture in your home, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is just a phone call away at 605-213-3303
Pockmarks on shingles caused by hail damage.
Thankfully, our summer so far has been devoid of any storms that have caused heavy property damage. In a typical summer in South Dakota, you may see thunderstorms, hail, and even tornadoes! Today we would like to talk about hail and the damage it can do to your home.
For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon, hail is formed when droplets of water in the upper atmosphere combine and freeze together. Hail falls from the sky when the updrafts of the thunderstorm can no longer support the weight. The size of hailstones can very from smaller than a marble, up to the size of a softball! If you can imagine someone pelting softballs down at your home from hundreds of feet up in the air, you can start to picture the kind of damage that hail can cost.
Depending on other factors such as wind, hail may fall in a vertical fashion, or it can be buffeted around, falling almost sideways. This can cause the roofing and siding of your home to be stripped, as well as even puncturing holes in the structure of your home. If shingles and siding are stripped away, this can lead to water damage in your home as any rain after a hailstorm could easily get in your home. That’s where SERVPRO of Sioux Falls comes in. Our team is standing by 24/7 to respond to storm damage in the area. If your home was damaged by hail, our team can arrive and provide emergency services such as boarding up damage to prevent further damage to the interior of the home, or water extraction if water was able to get in to your home. When an emergency happens, We’re Here to Help!
Stunning photo of tornado-producing storm in South Dakota.
In a Spring with minimal rainfall for the Sioux Falls area, storms are probably the farthest thing from your mind. Why worry about storms when its time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather! Well, as cleanup after storms is one of the things we do best, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is always thinking about storms! Not hoping for them, but being prepared for them. Our team is always working on the best way to serve our customers, and this includes the planning of a response to a large storm event in the area, such as the Sioux Falls area tornadoes in 2019.
As most South Dakotans know, summer storms can be unpredictable, sudden, and violent. Preparation is the key for making it through the summer storm season. Have plans made with your family for different scenarios. For instance, where to go in the home in the event of a tornado, or where to meet up after the storm has passed. Having essentials such as bottled water and canned food is always a good idea in the event that a storm knocks the power off at your home.
As you begin to work on your family’s preparations for the storm season, know that SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is standing by to help you after the storm!
Winter Storms are on the way, are you prepared?
Winter storm conditions
With Winter weather SLOWLY approaching take the time to be sure your house is prepared for winter storms. Freezing weather can cause various problems throughout your home. Frozen pipes are one of the most common problems when temperatures start to drop. Typically, your home's pipes begin to freeze when the outside temperature is atleast 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Frozen pipes are at risk of rupturing, leading to serious leaks and flooding throughout your home or business causing increased damage.
If you are expecting a storm in your area or a drop in temperature, it is always smart to be prepared for the worst. Basic preparation such as having a family emergency plan, stocking a basic emergency kit, and understanding your insurance policy will help you to be prepared for any damage that may occur.
Winter Driving Preparedness
Vehicle covered in snow on side of road
While we may love living in South Dakota during the beautiful Spring-Summer-Fall seasons, winter in the Dakotas is a harsh wake up call that ultimately helps us appreciate the months of the year we can enjoy the outdoors. Along with the grey skies, winter in the Sioux Falls area can bring high-volume snow storms as well as extreme winds that greatly affect the wind-chill. For those of us who have lived in the area, we know the hazards of a harsh winter on the plains. For those who are new to the area, and as a reminder for us who have lived here, we wanted to give you some pointers on what to do if you are caught in your vehicle during a snowstorm.
Driving during a winter storm
Our first bit of advice on traveling during a winter storm, is to not do it! But we know that is not always realistic. When traveling during a snow storm:
- Slow Down! Higher speeds increase the risk of injury during an accident.
- Clear your vehicle of snow and ice before embarking on your trip.
- Be sure to have an emergency road side kit as well as blankets, food, and bottled water.
- If your visibility deteriorates to the point that driving is unsafe, pull over to the shoulder of the road and turn on your emergency lights.
Should you have to stop your vehicle and wait out a snow storm:
- Do not leave your vehicle unless to get an item from the trunk.
- Run the motor in ten minute intervals each hour to retain heat inside the vehicle.
- Clear snow buildup from the tail pipe if necessary.
- Turn on your dome light at night while running the vehicle so help can find you.
- After snow has stopped falling, put up your car hood so your vehicle is easily visible.
For even more great information visit https://www.weather.gov/safety/winter-during.
Fall Weather Outlook
Leaves changing color with the seasonal change
As the temperature starts to drop and the leaves change color, its time to embrace fall. The smell of pumpkin spiced everything permeates the air and we begin to pull out our favorite sweaters and blankets. As we begin to settle in for winter and the snow storms to come, let’s take a moment to focus on what type of weather events occur in the fall.
As cooler air begins to mix with the leftover warm, humid air from the summer, we can see strong thunderstorms develop. Fall is the secondary peak season for thunderstorms after spring. Fall storms may not be as frequent but can be as powerful. If a storm passes through the Sioux Falls area, be prepared and know what to look for after in terms of damage. Check to see if heavy winds knocked any tree limbs loose that can damage your home. Severe thunderstorms can also bring a lot of rain, so be sure to check for water damage in your home, particularly with your sump pump.
Cooler and longer evenings lead to the development of fog. As the ground absorbs heat from the sun all day, the cooling in the evening can produce fog. Fog won’t do any damage to your home, but it can impair visibility while driving. Be sure to allow yourself extra time when traveling under a fog advisory.
An early frost can wreak havoc on your garden or other vegetation. If you are still trying to squeeze the last bits of productivity out of your garden, be sure to keep an eye out for frost advisories and cover your plants in the early evening.
While tornadoes are typically found in the spring and early summer, the same forces that can cause fall thunderstorms to develop can produce a tornado as well. Be aware and updated on local weather developments. We also recommend having a safety plan in place with your family. Tornadoes can cause devastating damage in a matter of seconds.
Don’t let a storm disrupt your business
SERVPRO Storm Alert Logo
Major storm events can pose a potential disruption to the functioning of your business. A flash flood can leave your Sioux Falls area business with standing water that can damage both the structure of your building as well as materials such as documents in storage. At SERVPRO, we want to help put your mind at ease about how to respond after a storm event affects your business.
SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is standing by 24/7 to respond to storm related emergencies. We know storms can hit anytime, day or night, and a quick response can make all the difference in mitigating damage to your business. Timely extraction of water and dehumidifying efforts can be key in preventing potential mold growth. On top of our franchise’s 24/7 readiness, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls also has the ability to mobilize roving units of SERVPRO storm response specialists to help respond to storm events.
Be prepared and have a plan in place for dealing with storm damage to your business. Include SERVPRO in that plan and allow us to put your mind at ease, knowing that SERVPRO has the knowledge, equipment, and resources to help your business, no matter the size of the damage.
Before and after the storm
SERVPRO Be Ready Image
There aren’t many things more peaceful than falling asleep to the sound of rain against your window. We appreciate the good that rain brings to us; the great smell of fresh earth, lawns turning a rich shade of green, new life being brought to our crops and plants. While being thankful for the good rain brings us, we must also be mindful of potential water damage from a rain event or other storm system.
What to look out for:
Be prepared for storm eventualities by knowing as much as you can about your property. Do you reside in a location that is prone to flooding? Do you have a sump pump, and if so, does it work as intended? Do I have any faulty roofing that could lead to potential leaks in the home? Do I know how to safely access my water and utility shut offs in event of a power outage or sewage backup? These questions are a good starting point in your quest to be prepared for everything a storm can bring.
What to do if a water loss occurs:
Depending on the source of water loss and the extent, your best bet is to call a professional water damage cleanup and restoration company like SERVPRO of Sioux Falls! If the source of loss is an unclean source, such as sump pump failure or sewage backup, you definitely want to contact a professional company as the water could contain contaminants that will need treating after mitigation. The type of materials in the room where the loss occurred can play a factor in necessary mitigation efforts. If the loss occurred in a room with carpeting and drywall, a timely response in extracting and drying is important as mold can begin growth after just 48 hours of the right conditions.
What can I do for my business:
Take the above steps in to consideration and know as much about your property as possible. Have a plan in place for your company’s response to a storm that could affect your business. Not sure where to start? SERVPRO of Sioux Falls can help with that! We offer a free program to commercial businesses in the Sioux Falls area known as our Emergency Ready Plan, or ERP. An ERP performed by SERVPRO consists of a inspection of your facility to find pertinent energy and utility shut offs, as well as information gathering of businesses you work closely with and may need to contact in case of emergency. Finally we will get the necessary chain of command contact information to determine everyone who needs to be contacted in event of a loss. For more information or to set up an ERP for your businesses today, call our office at 605-213-3303!
Summer Safety Series: What to do after Hailstorm
Apartment complex and car with hail damage.
The warm temperature’s of summer give us reason to spend time outside enjoying the company of our friends and family. Pool parties, cookouts, boating and camping, the possibilities are endless. While enjoying the season and its many activities, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls would like to remind you to be mindful of the powerful thunderstorms that can develop in a moment’s notice.
Thunderstorms form when moist warm air rises and meets cold air. This process which causes water vapor to produce small water droplets. Depending on the conditions this can produce heavy amounts of rain in a small time or if cooled quickly enough, hail can form. Should a hailstorm come through the Sioux Falls region, it’s important to check your home for damage after the storm has passed.
Checking your home for damage
Unless you are a professional, it is recommended you do not climb up on your roof after a storm. You can still examine your home for signs of hail damage. Check the siding for dents which would indicate that your home was hit with hail, meaning your roof experienced it as well. If you have trees close to the home, make sure to inspect them for signs of broken branches which could cause damage to your home. Missing or damaged shingles are usually easy to spot from ground level. It’s important to check your attic and ceiling for signs of water damage as well.
How can SERVPRO help after a hail storm?
If you see signs of water damage inside your home or exterior damage that could produce a water loss in your Sioux Falls home, give SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call anytime day or night. We know the importance of a quick reaction to water damage. SERVPRO has staff on call 24/7, ready to respond faster to any size disaster. Should hail cause damage to your home, SERVPRO is able to help you with the initial water loss through any necessary reconstruction!
Are you prepared for Spring and Summer storms?
Weekend weather forecast for Sioux Falls
Fortunately, the Sioux Falls area has not been inundated with crazy amounts of rain like last spring, however, at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls we want to help you be ready for when a storm does come through town.
What to Expect
A storm system passing through the area can wreak havoc on your home. From flash floods, to hail and tornado damage, its best to prepare for the worst. A large amount of rain in a short amount of time can lead to sump pump backups, foundational flooding, and sewer water backups as the waste water system cannot keep up with the high demand.
No matter the type of damage, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls stands at the ready to help! Our crews are trained in the extraction of water and the drying of surfaces in your home. Should you need reconstruction after a water loss or damage from a tornado, we are equipped to help you clean up, and build back “Like it never even happened.”
How to Prepare
- Know the types flood risks in your area.
- Keep non-perishable food at the ready should the power be out for an extended time.
- Have candles and flashlights, with extra batteries, ready to be used in case of power outage.
- Know where your utility and electric shut offs are, these will be important to know in a flood scenario.
- Avoid driving through flooded roads.
For more great information on how to prepare for storm events, visit https://www.ready.gov for more great information and resources for developing a disaster plan.
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September EF-2 Tornadoes
Some of the damage to this commercial site caused by the tornado.
Three EF-2 tornadoes tore through the Sioux Falls metro area on September 10th around midnight. They caused significant damage to businesses and residences, 37 in all. This commercial site had damage from the rooftop units being ripped off and tumbling across the roof. The building sustained heavy water damage to the contents and flooring. SERVPRO’s project managers and technicians, along with assistance from our large loss partners, were able to start the cleanup process the next morning. Large generators were used to supply power for the drying and cleanup equipment. Many hands make little work on projects of this size and we are so grateful to all that helped. We are proud to say that in a little over a week the business was able to re-open after this devastating storm. SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is here to make it "Like it never ever happened."
Rain Rain Go Away
Above Average Year
SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. This year’s moisture has been near record breaking. We have been able to help many Sioux Falls homes and business clean up, dry down, and build back.
Faster to Any Size Disaster
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Sioux Falls, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
After The Storm
Mold growing on wall damaged by water coupled by high humidity
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is not accurate. Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet. Mold spore thrive on moisture and can quickly form into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants. A strong, musty odor can lead you to a possible mold problem area. Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed, otherwise the mold may return. Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth so keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
If you are concerned about indoor air quality or possible mold damages let SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls help investigate and make a plan to attack the mold.
Why do I need a professional?
SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is an IICRC firm. What does this mean, anyway? Why is this important? It is very important to know when choosing a restoration company. If a company that states they perform restoration services and isn't properly educated it would be like handling the restoration from your fire, mold, water, or storm damage yourself.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field:manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals. Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls specializes in the cleanup, drying, and rebuilding of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage or storm event. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Developing restoration cleaning products
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.
Intelligent Targeting Drying
Committed to adding new equipment to help dry homes and business faster.
Patented Target Drying Technology
SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is proudly introducing our new Wall & Floor System. This targeted drying mat is a patented solution that dramatically improves drying times compared with conventional methods. Precisely distributed micro-jets of heated airflow are targeted directly on to the water damaged materials.
Heating the structure and wet materials helps to increase the diffusion rate of water bound within the material; resulting in significantly reduced drying times.
The heated drying system can attack deeper floods, more extreme wicking, or a leak that started inside your wall. The mats work equally well on all types of construction, and the precision heat created by the targeted mats are safe for concrete, block, brick, wood studs and drywall construction, or even plaster.
That's the technical side; What does this mean for your home our business? Traditional drying methods with just air movers alone average from 3 to 5 days. Utilizing the targeted heat drying could reduce the drying cycle up to 50% saving time and costs, getting you back to "Like it never even happened." faster.
Dealing with Winter Storm Damage
Is winter wreaking havoc on your home?
Know the Risk of Winter Weather
Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted an early spring, yet with the forecast outlook for the Sioux Falls area it seems winter weather will continue to linger for a while longer.
Winter storms, blizzards and threats of more snow continues to plague Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities. Many homeowners may be facing the inevitable side effects of these storms.
Snow by itself doesn’t seem all that heavy, yet when large amounts accumulate on rooftops, it can be problematic. The heavy load can cause roofs to collapse inwards, falling trees and limbs, and other ice related troubles.
The snow and ice can cause a backup in the gutters and produce an ice dam. Ice dams are when snow melts and then refreezes, which can also cause potential water damage in the home.
The frigid temperatures and South Dakota winds can also cause frozen pipes. Once these pipes thaw can cause major flooding. These types of breaks typically cause major damage to the home and personal belongings.
Other than flooding, water damage may not be as easy to detect because it can sometimes take several days or even weeks to notice, and it doesn’t always appear in ways you’d think it would. Discoloration, cracks, drywall tape loosening and water spots can take days to show up on ceilings.
Despite all of its icy coldness, winter can also bring increased risk of fire. During these cold spell we tend to utilize other heating sources to maintain our homes. These space heaters increase the risk potential of fire.
How to Respond to Winter Storm Damage
- Contact your insurance company- Let them know about the damages to your home. Review your coverages, policy limits on the policy and your deductible.
- Take photos of the damages
- If water is intruding in your home, take immediate action and call SERVPRO, we are here to help.
Regardless of the damages to your home, the most important steps is keeping yourself and family safe. It can be emotionally and physically exhausting for homeowners to deal with storm damages. Take time to care for yourself while your home is being mitigated and repaired. Ask questions often to fully understand the process. This includes questions to the claims adjuster, restoration contractor, and other parties involved in the claim. Take notes to help process all the information you are receiving. Save all your receipts of out of pocket expenses to discuss with your claims adjuster.
We are here to help, "Like it never even happened."
How To Handle Storm Damage
Taking immediate action can limit the damage caused by a storm.
When storm damage hits Sioux Falls homes and businesses, it's important to know what to do until SERVPRO crews get on site.
- Call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303 immediately upon discovering damage.
- Shut off the source of water (ie: replace sump pump) or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
- Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Use a shop vac or carpet cleaning machine to suck water from carpets. Do Not use a household vacuum cleaner.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
- Remove electronics, documents, sensitive or valuable items to a dry place.
- Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting and window curtains off damp floors.
- Pull carpet back from the walls to limit water wicking into the drywall.
Don't forget that when storm damage strikes in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area, SERVPRO is here to help.
Does Your Sioux Falls Home Have A Mold Problem
After a major thunderstorm rolled through the area. This house was left unchecked for days.
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is not accurate.
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
Iff your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.
Call SERVPRO Today –
When Storms or Floods hit Sioux Falls, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Sioux Falls.
SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Sioux Falls, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (605) 213-3303
7 Tips To Prevent Spring Flooding
Spring water damage often occurs in the basement or crawlspace of Sioux Falls homes. We have special equipment to handle this.
7 tips to prevent spring flooding.
Clean your gutters and downspouts annually, and inspect them for any leaks. Make sure downspouts are positioned away from the foundation. The goal should be to drain the water at least three feet away, using extension pieces or troughs if necessary.
Inspect the grading around your house. If possible, walk around the house during a heavy rainstorm to ensure that water is not pooling at or near the foundation.
Windows and Doors
Remove debris from window wells, and consider clear acrylic covers that will allow light to enter while keeping debris, water, and pests out.
Septic Tank/Sewer Lines
Spring is a good time to have your septic tank cleaned or your sewer line inspected. Heavy rain can overflow sewers and septic systems, causing a back-up into your house.
Consider getting a back-up in case of power failure, either a generator or a battery operated back-up pump. A water alarm will alert you when water is accumulating in your basement.
Inspect the exterior foundation, as well as the floors and walls in your basement, for cracks. Depending on the size of the cracks, they may be easily repaired with masonry sealer or caulk. Larger cracks may require professional help. Keep all exterior walls of your home well painted and sealed.
Review your property insurance policy and consider additional coverage, especially if you have a finished basement. Usually homeowners insurance does not cover flooding or sewer backups unless additional coverage is written into the policy.
Storms In Sioux Falls Area
Our Tea Titans start school Thursday. We understand how busy life gets. Sometimes you need to call for help. Call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303
Monday brought a lot of rain to Sioux Falls, Tea, Harrisburg, Brandon, Dell Rapids and other surrounding towns. We welcomed the rain since it has been a very dry year for us. The rain did choose to come down in a manner that created flash flooding. A lot of water all at once. This caused a lot of sump pumps to either fail, or just not keep up fast enough. There were many flooded basements in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area.
With school starting this week for a number of people, there just isn't a lot of time to deal with things like water damage in your home. If you haven't been able to get the damage taken care of yet, call SERVPRO to come take a look at it and make sure your home doesn't suffer further damage, such as mold growth.
SIoux Falls Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!
This Sioux Falls home's basement flooded due to heavy rains.
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall.Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building andare normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why yourSioux Falls basement could flood, including:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- And many more
Have Questions about Basement Flooding? Call Today – 605-213- 3303 If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, andcause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse theproblem will get. The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’sintegrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Sioux Falls and let our trained, professionalcrews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds ofhomeowners, business owners, and property professionals. We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
- We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
- Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
- We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 605-213- 3303
When Storms or Floods hit Sioux Falls, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Sioux Falls.
SERVPRO of Sioux Falls specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. Faster Response Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Resources to Handle Floods and Storms When storms hit Sioux Falls, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States. Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 605-213- 3303