Recent Water Damage Posts

Secure Your Home: The Benefits of New Roof Installation to Prevent Water Damage

6/3/2024 (Permalink)

Gray shingled roof Our team is used to working around various obstacles penetrating through the shingles during residential roofing services.

As a homeowner in Sioux Falls, protecting your investment and ensuring the safety of your family is paramount. One of the most critical aspects of safeguarding your home against the elements is maintaining a sturdy and reliable roof. At SERVPRO of Sioux Falls, we understand the importance of proactive measures to prevent water damage, which is why we're here to highlight the benefits of investing in a new roof installation.

Why Choose a New Roof Installation?
Enhanced Protection: A new roof provides superior protection against water intrusion, leaks, and moisture damage. With advanced materials and modern installation techniques, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your home is shielded from the elements.

Improved Energy Efficiency: Old, damaged roofs can compromise your home's energy efficiency, leading to higher utility bills and discomfort. By investing in a new roof installation, you can improve insulation and ventilation, reducing energy consumption and saving money in the long run.

Increased Property Value: A new roof enhances the curb appeal and overall value of your home. Whether you're planning to sell in the future or simply want to boost your property's aesthetics, a new roof installation is a worthwhile investment that pays dividends.

Long-Term Savings: While the upfront cost of a new roof installation may seem daunting, it's essential to consider the long-term savings it offers. With minimal maintenance requirements and fewer repair expenses, a new roof can save you money over its lifespan.

The SERVPRO of Sioux Falls Advantage
As your local roofing experts, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is committed to delivering exceptional service and superior results. When you choose us for your new roof installation, you can expect:

Expertise: Our team consists of skilled professionals with extensive experience in the roofing industry. We'll work closely with you to assess your needs, recommend the best roofing solution, and ensure flawless installation.

Quality Materials: We partner with leading manufacturers to source high-quality roofing materials that meet the highest standards of durability and performance. From asphalt shingles to metal roofing, we offer a wide range of options to suit your preferences and budget.

Attention to Detail: We take pride in our attention to detail and commitment to excellence. From meticulous craftsmanship to thorough cleanup, we'll go above and beyond to exceed your expectations and ensure your complete satisfaction.

Contact Us Today!
Don't wait until water damage wreaks havoc on your home. Invest in the protection and security of a new roof installation with SERVPRO of Sioux Falls. With our expertise, dedication, and personalized approach, you can trust us to deliver superior results that stand the test of time. Give us a call at 605-213-3303 to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward a safer, more resilient home. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we look forward to serving you!

Water Leaks and Smelly Situations | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls

5/1/2024 (Permalink)

water dripping from ceiling into a large puddle on tile floor Trust SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to provide comprehensive services for a full recovery for all your water damage restoration needs.

You get back from work only to find your kitchen floor full of water. Or maybe you went for a walk and got caught in a popup rain shower, only to head home and find out the wall by that open window also got soaked in the rain.

Regardless of how leaks in your home happen, the damage they will cause often requires more than just a few towels to clean up. Water moves quickly and can find its way into lots of places you don’t want it to be, often leaving behind extensive damage.

The faster you can get professionals on the scene, the better. We will start getting things cleaned up so you aren’t left with a stinky situation.

Addressing Water Leaks

Water moves quickly, and it can find its way into every nook and cranny it can around your home. It can quickly slide under your floors and behind your walls, wreaking complete chaos in areas that are hard to get to.

If you find a water leak in your home, do what you can to get all the visible water dried up. Pay close attention to all the areas around the leak when you do clean things up in order to get an idea of where water may be behind walls, cabinets or under floors. Moisture in tight spaces won’t dry up on its own; instead, it can linger and start causing a lot more problems.

The longer spots stay wet, the more things can start to wear down. Metal supports can rust, wood can deteriorate and mold can start growing and spreading. It only takes a short amount of time for an entire colony of mold to set up in your home, which means you could be dealing with much more than a simple leak when water is in the wrong places.

Following Your Nose

If you have recently cleaned up a leak in your home and now notice a musty odor, it is a sure sign that mold or mildew is trying to take over. Use your nose and do your best to locate the source. It may be challenging to see visual signs of growth though, often the spread is in hidden places.

When you call our team, we will tackle your water damage and the stinky mess that can come along with it. While we repair and replace parts of your floors or walls, we will also seek out where mold has started in order to stop it. Through removal, disinfecting and sanitizing, our professionals will remediate mold that has formed and make sure it can’t come back.

We will also make sure there aren’t any odors hanging around by filtering the air and furthering sanitizing areas throughout your home. Whatever your home needs in order to feel completely like yours again, we’ve got it covered.

Don’t ignore signs of a water leak. Contact SERVPRO® for a full recovery.

One Call Can Handle Multiple Kinds of Damage | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls

2/1/2024 (Permalink)

heavy rain pounding down on a blacktop surface SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is Here to Help® when any disaster strikes!

Is there a particular cliché that you just can’t stand? The saying “when it rains, it pours” is one that is said entirely too often—and one that is often entirely too true. The idea of one thing going wrong leading to another thing going wrong holds especially true when it comes to dealing with damage from a disaster.

When Mother Nature deals a particularly nasty blow to the area or one of your appliances decides to spring a leak, one kind of damage will almost always create another.

That is why having a crew like ours at SERVPRO® right around the corner is so crucial. With a single phone call, we will have you on the road to recovery no matter what has happened.

The Impact of Disasters

Disasters can take an almost unbelievable toll on your home or even your community. Even when a storm is predicted far enough out to give you plenty of time to prepare your home and your family, things can change in an instant and be so much worse than anyone thought possible. Manmade disasters are almost worse—they are often completely unpredictable.

When rains move in and become heavy long-term, flooding will start and leave things damp—which will allow for mold to grow. High winds put your roof at risk, leave you dealing with power outages or blow around debris and threaten trees in your yard. Fires create smoke, soot, structural and water damage, as well as hard-to-remove lingering odors.

Disasters are always a pouring rain scenario as damages compound one on top of another. The longer damage sits, the worse things will be as well. The physical toll isn’t the only thing that you are dealing with either. There is a huge mental toll that comes along with every kind of disaster, which is why fast restoration is a must.

A Single Team, Total Restoration

When it comes to getting your life back on track after a disaster, timing will always matter. At SERVPRO, our team is available 247, 365 days a year. With a single call, your recovery begins. As we gather your information, we will also put together a team to head to your property and start securing and restoring your home.

Our experts are certified and highly trained in a wide variety of disaster scenarios. We make our education an ongoing process so that there will never meet a scenario we don’t know how to handle.

Our SERVPRO business is also locally owned and operated, which means we have experienced all the same disasters you have, and we have cleaned and repaired offices and homes throughout our community. We understand the true value of living somewhere so special.

If a storm blows through and damages your roof, we will get there fast in order to tarp your home and stop additional damage. When a flood strikes, we will immediately start removing water and drying out as much of your property as possible. We can even rebuild part of your home when things are damaged beyond reasonable repairs. Our goal is to get things back to normal, and we can do whatever it takes to make that happen.

We are a total restoration team, which means that our crew isn’t going anywhere until your home looks and feels like your home again. Your home should even smell like your home—which means we will stick around until every lingering odor is gone.

An understanding and highly trained staff and top-of-the-line equipment, combined with availability the moment you need us, means that we are the only call you have to make when rain in your life gets heavy. We are here to help return the sunshine to your days faster.

Have you experienced a disaster and need restorations? Make one call to our office to start recovery fast.

Where Moisture Hides | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls

1/2/2024 (Permalink)

close up of condensation on window pane and ledge Water damage can happen anywhere in your home. Call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to restore water damage on your property 24/7, 365.

Without instant access to water, things would be much more difficult in our day-to-day lives. Just think about how often you wash a load of laundry or run the dishwasher. Even something as simple as cleaning muddy feet at the end of the day is made much easier with water that is readily available.

Water makes things easier, but when it ends up hiding out in the wrong places, it can create a complete mess. We may not be able to do a whole lot about Mother Nature when she brings us heavy rains or floods, but we can take action to protect our home from hidden leaks in order to avoid costly damage. When you know where to look, you can keep things safe.

Under Your Sinks

It might seem obvious that your sinks are a top location for water leaks, but they can actually be pretty tricky to find. It only takes a hole the size of a pinhead to drip a good bit of water, and with multiple water lines going in different directions, these drips are easy to miss.

When a leak happens under a sink, it will seep through walls, cabinets and the floor. Look under your sinks at least once a week, and feel all of your water lines for moisture. Make sure connections are tight, and take a look at the seals. Replace anything that has worn out to keep everything working exactly as it should be.

Beneath Appliances

Our washer, dishwasher, water heater and refrigerator might make our lives easier, but they are also susceptible to leaks. These leaks often happen underneath or behind the appliance, which means structural damage might set in before you ever know a leak has started.

The best way to catch these leaks is by pulling out your appliances every few months. Give the area around them a deep-cleaning, and check for signs of water damage. Mold growth, soft spots in the floor or puddles are all signs of a problem. Make sure the water lines leading into the appliance are in good shape to prevent excess moisture buildup.

Behind Your Walls or Floors

One of the reasons it is so important to find and correct leaks fast is because of how many other parts of your house might be affected. Water moves fast, and even a small leak can cause water to seep through every crack and crevice possible, working its way under the floor and behind the wall.

Never ignore a musty smell or a creaky floorboard, especially when you notice them near an appliance. These are both indicators that a bigger issue could be happening and you need to do some investigating.

Around Your Windows and Doors

If finding condensation on your windows is a common sight, you might want to spend some time checking for damage. While condensation can commonly form when the weather swings in temperature, this condensation can stick around and work its way into cracks and crevices, causing structural damage.

Use your hands to feel around the window frames and doorframes. If things are wet, take a look at the seals and freshen up anything that has worn out. Look for damaged wood or space in the frames and correct those as well to prevent future damage.

If your home does end up with water damage, it doesn’t have to feel like the end of the world. Just make one call to SERVPRO®, and we will respond to your property fast. We can handle a completely flooded basement or damage that has set in over time. Whatever you need, we’ve got you covered.

Don’t ignore signs of water damage! Call SERVPRO for a quick restoration.

What to Do About Water in Your Business | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls

12/1/2023 (Permalink)

concrete floor tiling with large cracks and water on it Has water damage infiltrated your business? Give SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call to get that resolved!

A new day has begun, and it is time to get work started. As you walk through the door and start flipping on the lights, a musty odor wafts into your nose. As you feel your panic begin to rise, you start to wonder if there is a leak leaving your building wet somewhere.

This scenario can be pretty scary, but if you ever walk into your business and step directly into a puddle, it can be a true nightmare.

Whether water in your business comes from a plumbing failure or a natural disaster, the faster you can respond, the less damage your building will have. In order to take fast action, you will need to know exactly what steps to take.

One Step at a Time

A flooded business is a lot to handle, even when the flooding was predicted and you did your best to prepare. Give yourself a second to calm down after making such a tough discovery and then take a few simple steps toward recovery.

1. Put safety first. Any time a disaster strikes, safety should be your top priority. Find somewhere dry to stand and call SERVPRO® right away. The time of day will never matter; we will start taking your information over the phone while we organize a team to head to your property. While you wait for the pros, take as many photos as you safely can.

2. Keep the disaster under control. When water is still flowing, the best thing you can do is take quick action. Find the source and shut it off. If you can’t find the exact source, shut the water off at the main valve. Locating the source is also the best way to know exactly what you are dealing with.

3. Dry it out. Floodwaters, even when they originate from a clean source, can quickly become dangerous due to contaminants. The more you can stay out of them, the safer it will be for you. Open windows around the area to start drying things out, and remove anything in the water’s path.

Work With the Pros

When the restoration team gets to your property, they will begin removing standing water immediately. Our crew will assess your property and walk you through exactly what your recovery will look like. We also work directly with your insurance agency so that your process is as simple as possible.

While your recovery process proceeds, you can switch your focus to getting business up and running again. If it is safe to do so, our team can close off the section of your building that is in need of repair so you can reopen the rest of it.

As the drying process continues, we make it our goal to restore as much of your property as possible. The goal is to restore rather than replace, and we will make sure you are a part of every decision that has to be made.

Don’t let finding water in your building derail your business. Move quickly, and call us right away. We will get you back to work fast.

Do you need repairs after a water disaster in your commercial building? Contact us to get dried out quickly.

When Water Damages Your Home | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

Pool of water sitting on top of a herringbone patterned wood floor with furniture nearby 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 247, 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.

What to Do When There’s Rain in Your Home | SERVPRO of Sioux Falls

9/19/2023 (Permalink)

image of a large body of water during a rain storm with ripples caused by the heavy downpour Water damage in your home? Not for long with SERVPRO of Sioux Falls on the case!

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 247 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.

Places Water Might Be Lurking in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

5/9/2023 (Permalink)

 img src =”bucket” alt = " blue bucket in the middle of the living area catching water falling from the ceiling ” > Think you may have water damage in your home? Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to find the source.

We use a lot of water in our days. Water does a lot of good when it is in the right place, but when it ends up in the wrong places, it can create a complete disaster. Slow leaks that hide out can be particularly detrimental and can even lead to other damages from mold growth.

You can take action, though, simply by getting to know some of the top places that leaks tend to hide in your home. When you are proactive in prevention, you can protect your home and stop issues before they become huge.

Get familiar with a few of these areas and let water only be used for good in your home:

The roof of your house. Taking care of the roof is important for a number of reasons, but when it comes to finding slow leaks, it is one of the more challenging places to locate them.

Our extended winters and heavy snowfalls in Sioux Falls make getting on the roof difficult. It’s crucial to inspect your roof at least once a year, though, and to walk your property and keep a close eye on the roofline throughout the rest of the year. You can also inspect your attic often.

A small, dark space like the attic is a prime location for mold growth when moisture is present. Replace insulation as needed, and watch for puddles or dripping places.

All the bathrooms. In a room where so much water is used every day, finding water problems can actually be a real challenge. It can be easy to overlook drops of water on the floor or ignore a dripping sound.

Look under the sink often for puddles of water, and check behind the toilet for the same. You should also feel around the base of both the toilet and the tub for excess moisture. Seal up any loose pipes and fix caulk that has worn down.

Watch for slow-moving drains, and pay attention to how moist the bathroom is staying. These are both indicators of bigger problems.

Large appliances with water features. There are a lot of appliances around your home that use water almost on a daily basis, and any appliance that uses water has the potential to leak. Just like in the bathroom, get used to checking under sinks and around appliances in your kitchen and laundry room.

Pull your refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine out and away from the wall at least once a year. Inspect the hoses attached for signs of wear and tear, and clean underneath and behind them. If you find water drops or mold growth, there is a good chance a bigger issue is at play.

Be cognizant of problems when these items are in use as well. If something is slow to fill up or you hear a dripping sound there may be a leak from one of the water lines. Plan to replace your large appliances after their 10th birthday to stop problems before they ever start.

If you do spot an issue around your home, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls right away. We have the expertise and industry-leading equipment to stop damages fast so you can get back to everyday life.

Dealing with a water emergency? Our SERVPRO specialists can be on the scene of the disaster ASAP to restore your water-damaged home!

Protect Your Home From Water Damage This Year | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

2/10/2023 (Permalink)

When a new year rolls in, it brings with it the opportunity to take on new projects that can make life a little easier to live. This year, make one of the projects you tackle protecting your home from water damage by adding simple steps into your regular routines.

Water is one of the most common damage causing natural disasters, and it only takes a tiny pinhole to leave your home in complete chaos. Protect your home for water damage this year with a resolution you can really keep.

What Causes Water Damage?

In order to prevent damage to your home, you need to first understand where it comes from. Water issues can start inside your home or outside of it.

Dirty gutters and excessive rain are two outside sources, while large appliances and bathroom fixtures are common problem-causers inside.

Pipes that have worn out due to age and window seals that have lost their caulking can also leave your home with excess moisture. Left unchecked, too much moisture can lead to mold problems and rotted out walls and floor boards.

Appliances with a drip may show signs of rust or stop working if water gets into electronic components. The faster you catch a leak at its source, the more you can mitigate your risks.

How to Prevent Damage

It may only take a tiny bit of water to do a large amount of destruction, but there are plenty of ways you can avoid total disasters. Finding water problems fast will always be the best way to avoid damages, and when you are actively taking preventive steps, catching an issue will be fast and easy.

To find water where it isn’t supposed to be, add checking bathrooms and kitchen for wet spots or mold to your weekly to-do list. When it rains, use your hand to check door frames and window seals to see if they are moist. Check rooms for musty odors, particularly in the lower level of your home.

Check your roof monthly and after any wind events. Most homes in our area should have roofs that are rated for high snow loads, but make sure you inspect your roof for soft spots before and after a big winter storm. Keep a close eye on the insulation in your attic for moisture, and add or replace as needed to stay warm and dry through our long winters.

Keep your gutters cleaned out to avoid ice dams that could cause water to overflow and drip through your house. Make sure downspout areas stay clean as well, and use soil to create a gentle slope away from your home so water flows into proper drainage channels.

When you add simple steps into your already existing housekeeping routines, you can save yourself from costly and time-consuming house repairs. And you can finally tell all your friends that you made a resolution you actually kept.

Have water damage in your home? Contact us for fast, professional restoration back to preloss condition.

Stop Water Seepage | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

1/30/2023 (Permalink)

Ceiling water damage Got Water Seepage?

You may not notice it, but water could be seeping through your house. If your air quality is low and you notice a musty smell or you have seen peeling paint or bubbled spots on your walls, there may be a problem causing damage somewhere.

Rust on your indoor appliances may be another indicator of a water leak. While these can be fairly hard-to-spot signs, there are obvious ones to look for, too. If you come across standing water on the floor that can’t be otherwise explained, you should dig a little deeper to find unseen problems.

It doesn’t take a lot of water to do serious damage, so learning what to look for, how to prevent leaks and ways to correct them is crucial for keeping your home safe.

Water Fixture Leaks

Sinks, tubs, showers and toilets are common sources of water leaks in the home. Water supply lines can develop small holes or caulk may begin to wear out and lead to seeping water that can damage walls and floors.

Get used to checking these areas as often as you clean, and stop every leak you find quickly. A minor leak can waste thousands of gallons of water every year, making timing essential when it comes to mitigating risks in your home.

Water From Appliances

Large appliances that have water supplies are another high risk area for slow leaks that may go unnoticed in the home. Refrigerators with ice makers and dishwashers are both prone to leaks that could do serious damage to your floor.

In order to check these appliances for leaks, unplug them and move them away from the wall. Look for puddles or other wet spots, mold growth or soft spots in the wall or floor. If you do notice anything out of the ordinary, call our trained professionals for fast and thorough restoration services.

External Sources

There are of course other risks that may not originate from inside your home. Exterior leaks can creep in slowly through windows and doors or can rush over your foundation when the weather turns severe and results in flooding.

Living near Big Sioux River and Skunk Creek means that flooding can be a real challenge. Heavy rains throughout the year and snow melt as the winter weather eases both cause our water sources to overflow along with flash flooding when other areas are already overly saturated.

It is crucial to have a plan year-round in order to keep our homes and neighborhoods the most protected.

Fortunately, you can manage the risk of excessive moisture. You will need to prepare your home and update those preparations seasonally in order to keep water intrusions at bay.

Your gutter system and roof are the first place you should start in protecting your home. When gutters are filled with dirt, leaves or other debris water is forced to overflow and can leak through your ceiling, walls and into the foundation. Clean your gutters often and clear any debris from the downspouts so that water can easily roll away from your property.

Your entry points are another area you will want to take care of regularly. Check the seals on windows and doors to ensure they have not decayed or come loose. Sealed windows prevent moisture buildup that could lead to mold growth and damage.

Your landscaping also serves as another great point of defense against flooding or seeping water invasions. Create a sloping pitch on your property with natural resources so that water moves away from your foundation and is absorbed appropriately to prevent ponding. Take every step possible to keep your home safe and dry so that you can rest easy through every season.

If you experience water damage inside your home or business, call us247. We have the experience and equipment to get your property back in working order fast.

The Effect of Water Damage on Your Business | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

10/31/2022 (Permalink)

a zoomed in view of a wooden floor showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Sioux Falls are your local commercial restoration company. We will always be here to help and get you back in business.

Flooding from internal or external sources can have a huge impact on any building. An overflowing septic system, a leaky roof or a pipe that bursts can leave your business with destroyed inventory, closed off bathrooms or floors, or at its worst, a closure of your business.

The Sioux Fall River has taught us all in this area how quickly floods from outside can leave behind damages. We have also had to deal with drenching rains and snow melt flash floods that have left behind enormous messes.

With the risk of flooding so high for our area, it is important to prepare before an event can happen. Getting your building ready now means that you can recover that much faster with less stress.

Know Your Building’s Layout

Getting to know your building is a great way to start preparing for a flood. Learn all the locations of the water shutoffs, especially for the sprinkler system and the main water source.

Let several different people know this information to ensure there is always someone who can respond if an emergency happens. When you are able to turn the water off, you can considerably lower your risk of damages.

Know the Types of Water Involved

If your building experiences a water disaster, you will need to know what type of water has caused the flood so that you can handle it safely.

White water. This kind of flooding comes from your plumbing when it experiences a leak. White water is not dangerous or contaminated, which means you can handle it on your own in small amounts.

Gray water. Gray water comes from a sink or toilet when it overflows. This type of flooding is contaminated, but it is not dangerous to be around.

Black water. If a storm creates flooding or your sewer system backs it is considered black water. This kind of flooding is contaminated and toxic. It will require a professional to handle the cleanup.

Take Action Quickly

If you have a flood in your building, the faster you respond, the more damages you can mitigate. Locate where the water is coming from so you can shut it off.

Open as many windows and doors that you can get to in order to promote drying, and let everyone in the building know what has happened.

The next thing you should do is document the damage you can safely see. Take pictures that can help when you file your insurance claim. You may also take notes of damaged areas in order to add additional reinforcements to weak areas of your building.

Remember to Be Patient

In a flood event, the water damage you can see is only part of the affected area. You need to watch your building for alarming signs of hidden damages.

Keep an eye out for mold growth, buckled spots in your flooring and saturated walls. If you spot any of these, be sure to address them right away.

If you experience a flood emergency in your building, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls right away. We are available 247 to respond as soon as possible and start the drying process for your business.

Drying up floodwaters of any kind can take more than a week depending on the severity of the event, so make sure to be as patient as possible. Our highly trained professionals will use top-of-the-line equipment and take your restoration one step at a time to get your business back to normal as fast as possible.

When disaster strikes your commercial property, we’ll be there to help clean up and get you back in business quickly. Reach out 247 to get started!

Inside and Out Flood Protection | SERVPRO® of Sioux Falls

9/7/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Protecting Your Home From the Outside

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

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

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

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

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

Flood Protection From the Inside

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Progression of Water Damage

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

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A dripping faucet or a little water spot may not seem like a big deal, but you should never underestimate the amount of damage moisture can cause. On average, a household leak can lose up to 10,000 gallons of water per year.

Water can quickly damage floors, walls and any soft surface it comes into contact with. Addressing an issue immediately can mitigate damage, and following this timeline can help produce the best result.

In the First 24 Hours

Every household has a one in four chance of incurring flood damage over a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Knowing your next move after spotting water is essential.

The first 24 to 48 hours after a flood or other water damage are the most crucial. Some of the items in your home will begin to take on water immediately and become victim to its terrible effects.

Upholstery and other furnishings will quickly soak through, and wooden items will swell as moisture moves through. Personal items such as photos and books are subject to warping beyond recognition.

Mold can also begin to form in this timeframe. The faster moisture is addressed in the home, the less damage there will be.

At SERVPRO, it is our goal to “restore vs. replace” in order to help you save both money and your irreplaceable keepsakes. In our restoration process, if we are unable to salvage items, we will communicate directly with you and handle all removal so that your home can continue to dry out.

Within the First Week

Once the first day has passed, water damage will continue to progress fast. Mold spreads like wildfire when there is excessive moisture. Once mold has set in, even the home’s structure is at risk for damage.

Any surfaces that are porous such as wood and walls will become increasingly compromised, while metal surfaces begin to corrode.

After One Week

Standing moisture should be avoided at all costs as the effects could be both catastrophic and irreversible. The more time that passes, the higher the cost and greater the efforts to restore will become, while the risk to the structure of the home increases.

How SERVPRO Will Help

Our process at SERVPRO starts as soon as you make the call, hopefully within the first 24 hours. The first step of the service process begins with water extraction, aiding in spread prevention and structural damage, as well as reducing drying time.

Floors, furniture and other large items will likely require cleaning, sanitizing and deodorization. Once the majority of the water is removed, our specialized team will use equipment leading in the industry to dry water that can’t even be seen.

Once these steps are complete, we will begin assessing for any needed construction to your property in order to restore your home back to preloss condition. This could include a minor repair or a complete rebuild of an area of your home.

We can simplify the restoration process by working with you through the initial damage assessment all the way to any needed reconstruction. SERVPRO will constantly update you on each step and get you back in your space faster.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

Do You Know the 4 Things That Cause 3 Types of Flooding?

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

a street completely submerged in water with a flood warning sign sitting in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

The most common natural disaster is flooding, claiming more lives per year than tornadoes, hurricanes or lightning. Flooding affects everything from individual homes to entire communities and cities.

There isn’t a state or territory in the U.S. that isn’t affected by flooding, and there are similarities in each part of the nation with the types of floods and the casualties they can cause. There are three types of flooding that are common and four main reasons they happen.

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Flash floods happen when a storm sits over an area and dumps a high amount of moisture, overwhelming the ground’s ability to absorb all the water. Runoff forms and can carry away large and small objects.

River floods are exactly what they sound like, excess water in a river that causes spillage over the banks and boundaries.

Coastal floods occur near large bodies of water as a result of weather events that force the ocean or gulf to rise. Cyclonic activity, rising tides and storm surge can all create coastal flooding.

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Heavy rainfall. We know when we get heavy rain that we are at risk for flooding from the Big Sioux River and Skunk Creek. These storms that move in with excessive rain can also lead to flash flooding, which is amplified in our developed areas that have more concrete and asphalt than soil for moisture absorption.

Oceanic activity. Our ocean bordering neighbors deal with flooding from weather we don’t have, such as hurricanes, storm surges and rising tides. These floods can create massive damage in coastal communities.

Dams and levees failing. In 2005, one of the most notable levee breaks occurred during Hurricane Katrina. Dams and levees fail when they are cracked or under extreme pressure due to excessive water, causing a massive flood and catastrophic damage.

Snowmelts and ice dams. You can’t live in South Dakota and not understand the risk that comes as our massive amounts of snow begins to melt. Our prolonged freezing temperatures over the winter also lend to the creation of ice dams or ice jams in our rivers. Once a river is blocked water is forced over the banks and flooding ensues in the surrounding area.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO Of Sioux Falls has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

SERVPRO is the Business Partner You Need!

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Sioux Falls are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

As a business owner or property manager, you know that to keep your company afloat means all hands on deck. In order to make things run smoothly, you need all the help you can get. A loss or a major disruption can be devastating to your commercial property.

Your retail space, rental property or manufacturing facility has a silent business partner built in right here in our Sioux Falls neighborhood. SERVPRO wants to cover so many different business needs for you that it is like having an ally invested in your company.

We can carry the burden of emergency planning, recovery and cleaning.

Large Loss Recovery. Some of the top reasons businesses suffer losses are fire, storms and flooding. These disasters have caused major financial damages across the United States. SERVPRO offers highly trained professionals available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our proven emergency response services can minimize your time apart from your business and get your company back on track.

Emergency Ready Plan. Recovery can begin long before an emergency happens when your business prepares. We can cover your needs completely when we work with you to write an Emergency Ready Plan. This plan can include alternate work locations, a chain of command and temporary vendors. The plan takes action when you say “go.”

Cleaning of All Kinds. SERVPRO has been cleaning a long time, and we can handle basic deep-cleaning of high-traffic areas, carpets and upholstery, as well as specialty cleaning needs including trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal. There isn’t a situation we haven’t seen, and we can cover any deep-cleaning your business could ever need.

Restoration Services. A heavy storm brought on flooding. Your new coworker scorched lunch in the office. A pipe burst when the temperatures dropped on one of our many cold nights. Your business may need restoration for a number of reasons, and SERVPRO of Sioux Falls can handle them all. We are experienced in everything from water removal to reconstruction, and we want to get your business back to work faster.

Industry Specialization. We have lived and worked in the Sioux Falls area for a long time. There isn’t an industry we haven’t trained to work with. Whatever your business requires, we are prepared. In many cases, we can even restore or repair while you keep your business running.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO of Sioux Falls to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Spring Comes With Varying Weather Across the Nation

3/8/2022 (Permalink)

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We live in a large nation. The United States is second only to Russia and Canada in total size (though China is also larger if you don’t count all outlying U.S. territories).

With a territory this big comes seasonal weather that can vary greatly. Different geographic regions experience a wide variety of weather patterns, and different weather threats throughout the year.

As we enter into the spring season and warm air increases in the atmosphere, let’s look at what areas of our nation can expect, and specifically what we need to watch out for here in Sioux Falls and our surrounding neighborhoods.

The Pacific Northwest experiences heavy rain in spring, which can cause flooding and water damage. Higher elevations are colder and could still have snow, which can cause melting and runoff issues for the residents of this area.

In the Northeast and here in the Midwest, we tend to have the longest season of winter’s chill. While we are fortunate here in Sioux Falls to enjoy milder days with slightly rising temps, residents from Maine to the northern Dakotas can expect extreme cold and blizzards until early summer. Spring is typically our driest season, however, snowstorms are still a possibility in our forecast until late April.

Far from our landlocked home, the southern West Coast will experience a quick and intense warm up resulting in excessive heat waves that can endanger lives and safety. Places in the South Pacific, including Hawaii, have to watch for possible tsunamis caused by tectonic shifts.

The middle of the country, with states from Iowa to Texas, also moves into spring with much warmer temps than we are accustomed to here in South Dakota. Residents in these states will need to be aware of windstorms, derechos and the risk of wildfires, which spread easily in their dry, windy weather. This region also experiences a high number of tornadoes, giving it the nickname of Tornado Alley.

Finally, the Southeast experiences a variety of extreme weather, from tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in the landlocked states to dangerous rip currents, plus early-season hurricanes later in the spring. While the south is generally far warmer than we are, the southern states still have to contend with swinging temps and the occasional late frost.

While those of us that enjoy cooler temps and dry weather may think our spring season in Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas are ideal, we are not exempt from experiencing severe weather like our neighbors across the nation. No matter what spring may bring, it always pays to be prepared.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

Spring precipitation

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

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As we get closer and closer to the beauty and warm temperatures that spring brings, it is a good time to recognize the typical elevated levels of precipitation that come with Spring. As resident South Dakotan’s know, spring can mean snow, ice, rain, or a nasty combination of all three.

An early Spring snow can bring snowstorms that leave snow on your roof. While the snow may melt during the day, temperatures can still get below freezing. This freezing and melting cycle can cause an ice dam to form on your roof. An ice dam occurs when melting water becomes blocked by ice. With nowhere to travel, water can get below your shingles and cause damage to your roof. If you encounter water issues with your roof this spring, give SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call!

Spring precipitation

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

Fan pointed toward ceiling to help drying process Fan pointed toward ceiling to help drying process

As we get closer and closer to the beauty and warm temperatures that spring brings, it is a good time to recognize the typical elevated levels of precipitation that come with Spring. As resident South Dakotan’s know, spring can mean snow, ice, rain, or a nasty combination of all three.

An early Spring snow can bring snowstorms that leave snow on your roof. While the snow may melt during the day, temperatures can still get below freezing. This freezing and melting cycle can cause an ice dam to form on your roof. An ice dam occurs when melting water becomes blocked by ice. With nowhere to travel, water can get below your shingles and cause damage to your roof. If you encounter water issues with your roof this spring, give SERVPRO of Sioux Falls a call!

Check Your Sump Pumps!

2/28/2022 (Permalink)

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As we inch closer to Spring, it’s important to test the functionality of your sump pump system. Spring in South Dakota brings with it unique challenges as a homeowner. With rain and snow both possible within the same day, sump pumps are often working overtime come Spring. 

A snowstorm in the Spring can blanket the ground with snow cover. As this snow melts, it saturates the ground. This can cause an issue when a rain shower comes through. As the ground water levels have already reached saturation, a heavy rain can cause flooding and sump pump backups. 

it is crucial to test your sump pump now, so you have time to see if you need to make any upgrades to your system. Get ahead of any potential issues in your home. 

Winter Water Damage

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

Basement after demolition due to water damage Basement after demolition due to water damage.

When most folks think of a vacation home they imagine a house on the coast somewhere or a winter home in the Southwest. Us South Dakotans do things a little differently. A resident of the area may have a home on a lake or the river that they use in the months where Mother Nature cooperates. These homes are used as a weekend getaway for fishing and other outdoors activities. 

Unfortunately, the winter months can wreak havoc at your home that you may not visit for months at a time. A malfunctioning heating unit can lead to frozen pipes which can cause a lot of damage. If you have any water damage in your warm weather South Dakota home, give a call to SERVPRO of Sioux Falls at 605-213-3303! We are standing by to help you get your home back! 

Damage from fridge leak

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Damage to basement of home, below fridge leak. Damage to basement of home, below fridge leak.

One of the most common non-storm generated sources of water losses we see in homes are a leak from your refrigerator. Unfortunately, these losses can be quite tricky. As refrigerators are often wedged in between cabinets, we cant really see what’s happening below or behind the unit. If your fridge is leaking but its not making itself evident by showing in the front of the fridge, the leak can continue for weeks, even months in some cases. Oftentimes, a fridge leak is not noticed until damage shows through in the ceiling below where the fridge sits. If you get to this stage before noticing your leak, don’t fret, its not the end of the world.

At SERVPRO of Sioux Falls, our crew is experienced in handling damage from fridge leaks. Depending on the condition and composition of your flooring below the fridge, we have many different drying techniques to try and salvage what we can. Below the fridge, our team can make necessary drywall cuts to allow us to dry the subfloor from below so as to avoid removing it. Any necessary rebuild work after mitigation can be taken on by our reconstruction team! We’re Here to Help get your home back!

Classifications of Water Damage

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

Overflowing toilet Overflowing toilet in Sioux Falls area home.

As a provider of water damage cleanup and restoration, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has just about seen it all when it comes to water damage. As experienced experts in cleaning up after a water loss, we have seen water damage from just about every source, including ground water, water supply lines, and sewer backups. With water damage coming from multiple sources, the restoration industry has set guidelines for the classification of water damage categories.

Category 1 Water Damage: Clean Water Source

This would be the best case scenario for a water loss in your home. A category 1 water loss stems from a source of clean water such as a water supply line or an overflow from a sink. As this water is sewage and toxin free, a loss with Category 1 water damage is the easiest to treat. Depending on the materials affected, SERVPRO can often dry the structure in place with minimal demolition.

Category 2 Water Damage: Grey Water Source

A category 2 water loss can come from sources such as a washing machine or toilet. These sources may not always contain toxins or harmful pathogens, but as the source is not from a clean water supply line, appropriate steps must be taken with regards to disinfection. Most materials will be able to be dried in place without demolition, but will need to be treated with the proper disinfectant.

Category 3 Water Damage: Black Water Source

A category 3 water loss is from a source of water than is grossly contaminated. Black water can contain pathogens, bacteria, and fungi. A common source of a category 3 water loss would be as sewage line backup. Other sources such as flooding or ground water may occur. When your home has been effected by a category 3 water loss, it is important to call a professional like SERVPRO of Sioux Falls immediately to begin the extraction and decontamination of the affected areas to minimalist health effects. When contents and structures, such as carpet and pad, are affected with Black Water, they need to be replaced.

Water Damage in Sioux Falls Hotel

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO drying equipment being used in a Sioux Falls Strategically placed SERVPRO drying equipment being used on a commercial water loss in a Sioux Falls are hotel.

Bright and early Saturday morning, 5:00 AM to be exact, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls received a call from a high-end hotel in Sioux Falls. A customer had placed an item of clothing up to hang on the in-room sprinkler system. Outside of  attacking plumbing with a wrench, this is the best recipe for causing water damage in a hotel.

Despite the customer ignoring the signs to not hang anything on the sprinkler, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls was able to quickly respond on scene. As water damage removal and mold prevention are time sensitive, SERVPRO franchises operate on a 24/7 basis for emergency work.

While you may be experiencing stress and confusion when you have water damage in the middle of the night, let SERVPRO of Sioux Falls and our certified technicians take the stress away from the situation. We will respond to your home or business as fast as we can to begin the cleanup!  

Water Damage in Rural Minnesota

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

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Our team was recently called out to rural Minnesota to help on a water loss stemming from a plumbing error. Within four hours of receiving the call we had a crew on site beginning the initial walk through and mitigation. 

The damage incurred was in two rooms, one above the other. The bathroom upstairs had an issue with a toilet valve and had sprayed water for hours before the homeowner got home to find the damage. As water follows the path of least resistance, it had seeped from the bathroom upstairs to the bathroom below it. 

After some initial demolition to open up wall cavities, our team began the work of placing our specialty drying equipment throughout the affected rooms. We were able to dry out the customer’s home with minimal reconstruction, even drying and saving the newly installed flooring in the upstairs bathroom! 

Multi-Floor Damage

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Portion of removed ceiling on the site of a water loss in Sioux Falls. Removed portion of basement ceiling due to damage from water source on main floor.

We recently received a call from a customer that had a water line in their refrigerator burst. Unfortunately, the water took the path of least resistance, as water does, and leaked down into the ceiling and walls of the basement. By the time the customer knew something was wrong, the damage had been done. 

But, the story doesn’t end there! Our team promptly arrived and began the process of assessing the damage and calculating the proper amount of equipment needed to adequately dry the affected structures and materials. After letting the fans and dehumidifiers work for a day, our team returned the next day to begin the necessary demolition process. Once that process is complete and our drying standard has been met, our team can begin the process of replacing the drywall and other affected materials! 

The best way to minimize the damage from a water loss is to promptly have the damage assessed and treated by a restoration company. That’s why us at SERVPRO of Sioux Falls are on call 24/7 to help you handle emergencies in your home! 

What to do with Standing Water in your home

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water in flooded home Standing water in flooded home

After the cold weather has passed and the thaw has begun, you may be noticing some unpleasant changes in your basement. Are you seeing damp spots on the walls? Are there cracks appearing in the mortar joints of your cinder blocks? A wet basement can be a real concern for home and business owners.

A water loss that produces standing water can be a breeding ground for some pretty nasty bacterias and fungi. Typically, when standing water from a water loss is found in a home, it is usually in the basement or lower levels of a home. The first thing you want to do is turn off any electricity that may be connected to the affected area. The safety of you and everyone around you is the number one priority! Now, leave the rest to us at SERVPRO. We will clean up the standing water and anything affected by it! We are here to make it "Like it never even happened." So, make SERVPRO your first call for broken pipes, flooding, leaky foundation, gutter problems and more! We are here to help get your home back. The best course of action when you experience a water loss in your home is to call a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Sioux Falls.

Frigid temps ahead, be on the lookout for frozen pipes!

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

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If you’re not a fan of winter and cold temperatures, you may just want to avoid any prognostications for the Sioux Falls area and bunker down inside. After what has been a relatively mild winter, the area is expected to be hit with very low temperatures and a biting wind chill. As temperatures will top out in the single digits, the wind chill is expected to be as low as -30.

What does this mean for you?

With extreme cold like this, we recommend stocking up on supplies and then hunkering down inside. Avoid the outdoors as much as possible. When wind chills are as low as -20, frostbite can occur within as little as ten minutes of exposure. If you do need to venture outside, make sure you are properly bundled up and wearing multiple layers to increase heat retention.

What does this mean for my home?

As a homeowner, it is important to know about risks to your home when temperatures drop as low as expected. We recommend keeping your home at 65 degrees at the minimum to avoid any issues with plumbing and frozen pipes. A burst pipe from frozen piping is one of the biggest issues to try to avoid when the temperatures get this low. The plumbing most at risk are pipes that are in under-insulated areas such as along exterior walls or under a crawl space. If you are able to access these areas, you can put foam insulation around the pipes to help them retain heat. It is also helpful to run water through your pipes at least hourly. Also, know where your water main shutoff is so you can shut off the flow if you do experience a burst pipe.

Should you have any damage from a burst pipe, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls anytime, day or night. We are standing by 24/7 to help you with emergencies in your home or business! 605-213-3303

Avoid costly water damage

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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As this picture clearly shows, it is very easy for a water loss to seep through your flooring and cause damage to the sub-flooring beneath. Damage to sub-flooring can be very costly and can lead to the growth of mold if not properly dried and treated.

The key to avoiding this is locating the source and stopping it. Sometimes you will be able to find the source and make the necessary correction. Other times, say maybe a burst pipe in a non-visible location in your home, you may need to contact a plumber for their assistance in stopping the source of the loss.

After stopping the source, your next course of action should be to call a professional water damage restoration company such as SERVPRO of Sioux Falls! We operate  24/7 for emergency water losses and aim to be at your home helping as fast as possible. We will extract any water and begin the drying process using items such as our air movers and dehumidifiers. We recommend using a professional restoration company as an incorrectly dried flooring surface can lead to mold growth or a number of other potentially costly issues.

Water-Damaged wood flooring

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Wood flooring that has buckled from water damage Wood flooring that has buckled from water damage.

No matter the flooring you have in your home, water damage can be a real pain. Fortunately, SERVPRO has different technologies and different techniques to extract and dry out any water damage in your home. 

On a recent call, our crew responded to a water loss where a dishwasher had been slowly leaking for a couple days. The kitchen and dining room area that was affected by the loss had very nice wood flooring. Upon arrival we were able to begin the extraction and drying process quickly enough to avoid any permanent damage such as warping or buckling

quick response to water damage  is key in minimizing the damage to your home. That’s why SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is standing by 24/7 to quickly respond to emergencies in your home! 

Common sources of water damage in the home

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

Burst pipe spraying water in to living room of home Burst pipe spraying water in to living room of home.

Water damage in your home or business can be frightening and stressful. The top five causes of water damage in the home are:

  1. Leaking or burst pipes

  2. Plumbing issues

  3. Backup from clogged gutters

  4. Storm Damage

  5. Sewage backups

Most of these are preventable through simple and regular upkeep of your home.
Obviously, damage from storms or sewage is out of our hands. The first step after noticing you have a water loss is to shut off the water in your home until you can determine where the issue is. The next step is to call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls! A timely response is the most important factor in successfully mitigating water damage and preventing the growth of mold. Even in rooms that were not directly affected by the loss, high moisture content will increase the chances for mold to grow and in time this mold can affect the structure of your house. At SERVPRO, we aim to quickly extract the water in your home, dry out the affected area, and reduce moisture levels to make that water loss in your home “Like it never even happened.”

Damage from Burst Pipe

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Frozen pipes can be dangerous for a multitude of reasons. They can create an inconvenience but, more seriously, can cause severe damage to your home or business.

Detecting Frozen Pipes

One of the first signs of frozen pipes is a lack of running water, causing an inconvenience in performing your everyday tasks. The first step to take when you notice you may have a frozen pipe is to try to locate where the frozen pipe is situated in your home. Fortunately, if the pipe in question is easy to access, such as a pipe under a kitchen sink, you might be able to thaw the blockage using a hairdryer or a small space heater. This is the best case scenario. Unfortunately, many people do not recognize a frozen pipe in time before it becomes a burst pipe or the pipe is in an exterior wall where it may not be noticeable, which can lead to severe damage.

That is where SERVPRO can help!

Should you experience water damage from a burst pipe in your home, call the experts at SERVPRO Fire & Water Cleanup & Restoration immediately. We are standing by 24/7, ready for your call to help restore your home after water damage. From extraction and cleaning to any necessary contents cleaning, we are Here to Help.

Quick Response to Water Loss

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

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After a water loss in your Sioux Falls area home, a quick response to begin the drying process is key. As mold can begin to grow under the right conditions within 24-72 hours of exposure to moisture, getting your home dried out quickly and efficiently is important.

SERVPRO Process

At SERVPRO, we aim to have high standards in responding quickly to our customers’ water loss. We know that having your home back to normal as quick as possible is the most important thing for you. Our phone lines are open 24/7, as emergencies can happen at anytime. Upon receiving an emergency call, our team of on-call technicians will be mobilized to respond to your home, and make that water loss “Like it never even happened.

Water Damage: DIY or call the pros?

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Do It Yourself (DIY) projects around the home have plenty of appeal. They provide you with a sense of accomplishment upon completion. Typically they present an opportunity to save money by avoiding contractor fees. Frankly, some folks just enjoy completing projects on their own. DIY projects have their time and place, however, water damage restoration is one project we recommend hiring a professional restoration company for.

Unforeseen complications of water damage: Water damage in your Sioux Falls home can be a frustrating experience. Even experienced DIYers may not have the expertise to handle a water loss in the home if they don’t have experience in the industry. It may seem a simple process on paper. Remove the water and use fans to dry the area, that’s it right? Well, not exactly. Water damage in the home is not so easily treated. There are many factors to take in to consideration that the average homeowner may not recognize.

Why you should use a professional water restoration company:

  • Expertise: This type of work is a restoration company’s bread and butter. They have handled water losses before and know all factors to consider. For instance, what was they source of the loss? Is the water clean or contaminated? How much equipment will be needed to properly dry the damage? Can the carpet be dried out or does it need to be removed and replaced?
  • Equipment: Restoration companies like SERVPRO have all the necessary tools and equipment on hand to properly mitigate your water damage. Imagine a scenario where the area sees a flash flood event. You will have people running to stores to pick up fans, dehumidifiers, shop-vacs and generators. A supply shortage is a very real issue to consider. SERVPRO has all of this equipment as well as specialized equipment like moisture meters that can find moisture in walls and other spots you may not think to look.
  • Insurance Claims: Depending on your insurance coverage, oftentimes, water damage may be covered under your policy which can save you money on repairs. However, some insurance companies will not pay out a claim if the necessary work is not done by a professional. SERVPRO of Sioux Falls works closely with all insurers and can give you the peace of mind that your insurance will help cover costs.
  • Full Service: SERVPRO provides emergency response to water losses. We know the importance of a quick response time to mitigate the potential for mold growth that can occur 48-72 hours after a water loss. Along with our expertise, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is equipped to handle your loss from beginning to end. We can handle the initial response, any necessary demolition, as well as any necessary rebuild you may need.

Should you experience water damage in your home, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls at 605-213-3303, anytime, day or night!

Don’t let water damage disrupt your business

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in office space Water damage in office space

A rapid response to water damage is the key to getting your Sioux Falls area business back to normal. Should you experience a water loss from a burst pipe, or perhaps a storm event, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Emergency Response:

As a provider of emergency water loss response, SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 to take your calls. As we know a fast response time is key in mitigating damage from water, we have on-call staff at the ready to respond to your home or business.

Like it never even happened:

At SERVPRO, we understand that any time a loss event disrupts your business, this is likely time spent that your business cannot operate as normal.With a quick response time form SERVPRO, we will begin water extraction immediately, do any necessary cleaning and sanitation stemming from the source of loss, and set up drying equipment to have your business up and running in no time!

Working for the Weekend

6/24/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded office space Flooded office space

Not much feels better than stepping away from your job as the weekend hits. You had a productive week, the business is doing well, morale is high! You say goodbye to your employees and look forward to a weekend of relaxing. Suddenly, at 2 AM on Saturday, you get an alert on your phone from your office security system about potential damage. You race to your business and realize an overhead pipe has burst, covering your office space with water, documents and all.

What do you do when your business encounters water damage at 2 AM? Why, you call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls of course! SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 with employees on call ready to respond to any disaster, at any time! We know the importance of a timely response to water damage, in both removing and mitigating water damage, as well as preventing potential mold damage. On top of our mitigation and reconstruction efforts, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls also provides contents and document cleaning!

Should you need our emergency services, we can be reached anytime at 605-213-3303!

Riding the Waves

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Employee using SERVPRO Equipment SERVPRO employee using our Rover water extractor

We know a water loss in your home can be a turbulent and stressful time. Let SERVPRO of Sioux Falls put you at ease! 

Training

Our staff is regularly trained on water extraction and drying techniques throughout the year. As technologies and techniques evolve, so do we. We know the importance of drying and restoring your home and aim to do so as efficient and effectively as possible. 

Equipment

As you can see in the photo from a recent water leak in Sioux Falls, we have access to many different pieces of impressive equipment that allow us to extract water and dry out your home as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Response

At SERVPRO of Sioux Falls, we know the importance ofresponding to andacting on a water loss. That is why we are on call 24/7. Pipes can burst overnight, the washer can overflow when you’re not home. Quick response time is key to mitigating the circumstances that lead to mold growth. Should you need our services in  Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas, we are only a phone call away at 605-213-3303.

Tear out or Dry out? Dry out when you can!

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

Wet, soggy drywall Drywall wet from water loss.

Moving in to your dream home

Imagine you just got moved in to the dream home you had built in Sioux Falls. Everything is finally unpacked and put where you want it. The family is all settled and ready to go out to grab some dinner and unwind. You decide to put a load in the wash in your finished laundry room in the basement before you head out. After a fun family meal, you come home to find the washer wasn’t connected properly and now you’ve got standing water in you’re newly finished home. Worst case scenario right? Not with SERVPRO standing by 24/7 to help with emergency water removal and drying!

Initial Response

The scenario listed above is a very fortunate one for the homeowner as far as water losses go. A water loss stemming from an appliance is considered a category 1, or clean water loss, meaning the water itself poses no threat to humans. In a scenario like this we would begin the water extraction process as soon as possible to avoid mold growth. 

Dry out, not tear out

After the water has been extracted, we will begin the drying process. This consists of using SERVPRO fans, dehumidifiers, and any other equipment we need to do the job right. Your first thought upon seeing that the bottom portion of your dry wall is wet may be that it is soiled and needs to be replaced. With a quick response time, this is not the case! Our team has the know how, and the equipment to dry and salvage your drywall, saving both you and your insurer money. Using equipment like our Injectadry system, we can actually make small holes in the drywall that will allow the hose system to pump warm, dry air in to the drywall to dry from within.

What’s Next?

After completing the drying , SERVPRO will clean and disinfect any surfaces that need it as well as perform any reconstruction services needed. That’s right, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is Here to Help every step of the way, from initial notice of water loss, through drying, cleaning, and reconstruction. We are your one stop shop for making it “Like it never even happened.”

Rain is on the forecast, We’re ready, are you?

5/4/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded basement Flooded utility room.

After a relatively dry April in southeastern South Dakota, May looks to begin with a bang. As professionals in water damage cleanup and restoration on standby 24/7, we are ready and “here to help”. Have you done all you can to prepare your home for a storm or rain event? 

 If you haven’t, fret not, we will shortly discuss some quick tips that can help you be prepared. 

  1. Make sure you gutters and downspout are clear of debris, so they are able to operate as intended. 
  2. Make sure your downspout and sump pump discharge pipe are positioned to let water flow freely away from your home.
  3. If you have a sump pump, check to make sure it is functioning as it should. You can test it by pouring a 5 gallon bucket of water in to the well until the pump kicks on and engages. 
  4. Know where your gas and electrical shut offs are located in case of emergency. 

For more great tips please visit: https://www.hometips.com/diy-how-to/get-house-ready-rain-storms.html for a complete listing of how to prepare your home for a storm. 

If you encounter water damage, no matter the source, call SERVPRO of Sioux Falls at 605-213-3303 anytime, day or night, and we will help you clean and restore your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Spring is here and the flood could be too

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Water Clean-Up Water Clean-Up

Spring has officially arrived and with the newness of tree buds and plants popping through the ground, there is also the dreaded threat of spring flooding.  Last year, South Dakota saw historical flooding and it is being forecasted that the same may hold true this year as well.   So what can you do to prevent flooding and what do you do in the event that despite your best efforts, flooding still occurs? 

To start, here are some tips to potentially alleviate your flooding risk:

  • Clean and maintain gutters and downspouts
  • Properly landscape your yard
  • Inspect and repair foundation cracks
  • Practice proper sump pump maintenance
  • Inspect sewers and clean septic systems
  • Install window well covers
  • Get familiar with your insurance

If you have taken all of the above precautionary measures and flooding still occurs, do not fear, SERVPRO is here no matter the size of the disaster.  We are available 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week and we are faster to any size disaster.  Here are some tips that you can do while you are waiting for us to get to you. 

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock
  • Remove as much excess waster as possible by mopping and blotting. 
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Move items that you can to a safe, dry place
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet floors. 

DO NOT

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazine of other colored items on wet floors or carpets to cause possible staining
  • Leave oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall to wall carpets to cause staining
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as it could possibly cause electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner
  • Used tv’s or other appliances while standing on wet floors
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceiling are sagging from retained water.

Once we arrive, the project manager  will access the situation while our remediation expert begins to extract the water.  We will then consult with you about the best  plan of action to mitigate your flooding situation.

At SERVPRO we are always “here to help.” 

If you have any questions or would like to know about any of the other services we provide, please call us at 605.777.9055

Spring Showers brings.........floods?

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of umbrella and rainy sky Photo of umbrella and rainy sky

In many South Dakota counties, 2019 proved to be a challenge with the unprecedented flooding that occurred.  In the spring of 2019 in Sioux Falls alone there was approximately $2.7 million dollars worth of damage.  Early predictions show that we are going to be faced with the same challenges in 2020 as Spring has officially begun.   SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is here to help in your time of need.   Not only are we leaders in the area for our customer service, we are also committed to respond to your needs in a timely manner as time is of the essence when a loss occurs.  Our franchise specialists have the training and experience in cleanup and restoration and are equipped to get your home, business or whatever it may be back to normal “Like it never even happened.”  Call us at 605-213-3303.

Sump Pump Awareness

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Diagram of sump pump in home Diagram of sump pump in home.

As we have been experiencing beautiful, sunny weather as of late in Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas, SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls wanted to get you prepared for the spring thaw that is not far off. Boy, I hope I didn’t just jinx us there.

One of the most important lines of defense against water damage in the home is your sump pump. Sump pumps are often forgotten when people think about the appliances in their home. You probably haven’t thought of your sump pump unless something has gone wrong with it.

Sump pumps are typically installed at the lowest point of your home. Sump pumps are used to pump water out of your home when water levels reach your foundation. A properly functioning sump pump will kick on when water levels get too high, sending water out to help keep your basement dry. The typical sump pump runs on electricity, but if you live in an area prone to violent storms that can cause power outages you may want to consider purchasing a battery back up-operated sump pump or a water pressure-activated sump pump. The middle of a storm is a terrible time for you to discover your sump pump has failed.

If you already have a sump pump installed, we recommend testing its functionality some time before the spring rains arrive. A simple way to test your sump pump is to fill a bucket of water and then slowly fill your sump basin and see if it kicks on when water reaches a high enough level.

Should you experience any water damage in your home from a failed sump pump, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls at 605-213-3303. Our trained team of water damage professionals will clean up and restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

Water levels high ahead of Spring thaw

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded basement Flooded Basement

Areas surrounding Sioux Falls are already at flood action stage, which means water in streams and rivers is already at or near the top of the banks. As we haven’t even entered our winter thaw season, Sioux Falls residents could be in for some costly water damage this year.

As spring rains are sure to come, its important to know the common causes of home flooding. Egress windows that are built below ground level are at specific risk for water seepage. While constructed to prevent water entering through the actual window opening, over time the structures supporting and surrounding window wells can form small cracks in which water can travel into when ground water levels are at saturation.

Another common cause to be aware of is foundation flooding. Foundation flooding can occur as foundations age, settle, and form cracks over time. It is important that your drainage gutters are far enough away from your foundation that no extra water buildup will affect its integrity. If the ground is saturated with water, that water still needs a path to follow, so any small pathway in your foundation could be exposed.

Another common cause of water damage during high water level periods is a failed sump pump. As we enter the time of the year with elevated precipitation it is crucial to make sure your sump pump is operating effectively. We recommend testing the functioning of your sump pump as well as possibly installing a second, water-pressure activated sump pump that does not run on electricity.

We at SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls are standing by to help you with any issue that arises from potential water damage!

Do you know the details of your insurance coverage?

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded room Flooded home

If you’ve been fortunate enough to not have to file a claim before, you may not know the full extent of your coverage. Especially when it comes to dealing with water damage claims. It is better to be prepared for the worst and understand what the process of dealing with a water loss entails.

Water damage can stem from a variety of causes. In the winter months maybe it’s frozen pipes or an ice dam built up on your roof causing the damage. In the springtime, perhaps the Sioux Falls area is hit with an early spring torrential rain when the ground is still partially frozen and the rain has nowhere to be absorbed.

Even if Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas are fortunate enough to have a mild winter and spring, Mother Nature isn’t the only cause of water damage in the home. Our appliances such as water heaters and washing machines can fail and cause you to file a claim for a water loss incident.

At SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls, we work closely with insurers and know the value of understanding your policy. We recommend you schedule a meeting with your agent to review your policy as soon as possible. Get ahead of the damage and know what your options are, should the worst come to pass.

Dealing with Sewage Backup

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Sewage backup in bathroom Sewage backup in bathroom

Imagine coming home after a lovely holiday vacation and your Tea area home smells like a sewer. Understandably, both the smell and the scale of the damage has overwhelmed you and you don’t know what to do.

Fear not, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls has you covered. We have staff standing by 24/7 to help you deal with a sewer back up. Our staff of trained water damage professionals will clean the sewage up and disinfect the area. Should any materials need to be removed and replaced, SERVPRO will handle that for you as well as we a licensed general contractor, equipped to handle all of your construction needs.

Should the worst happen in your home, call (605)213-3303 and SERVPRO of Sioux Falls will help you restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

Preventing and addressing ice dams

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Ice dam along roof Ice dam along roof

You may be entranced by the beauty of icicles hanging in the winter time. We even decorate our holiday trees with faux icicles. Unfortunately, these pretty growths can come with a nasty underbelly. 

What causes ice dams?

Icicles hanging off your structure more often than not means you have a build of ice restricting the flow of melt water off of your roof, commonly known as an ice dam

As snow on your roof melts from sunlight and internal heat produced by your HVAC system, it runs down where it can freeze when it reaches the eaves, where internal heat from the structure does not reach. 

As the ice dam builds in the eaves, fresh meltwater will try to run off but will get blocked by the ice dam. As this water needs somewhere to disperse, it has a tendency to seep into the structure through the shingles. Water damage from an ice dam can cause numerous headaches for the home owner. 

How can SERVPRO help? If you have damage from an ice dam this winter, SERVPRO of Sioux Falls is here to help. Our expertly trained staff of water loss professionals are able to help you with any damage that stems from an ice dam. We are here to clean up, restore, and build back your home “Like it never even happened.” 

How to prevent frozen pipes

11/20/2019 (Permalink)

Aftermath of burst pipe Damage from frozen and burst pipes.

Frozen pipes can happen to anyone. Businesses, homeowners, renters, frozen water doesn’t differentiate. A typical burst pipe stems from a build up of pressure between the water source and the blockage, in this instance, frozen water. 

Most common causes of burst pipes: 

  • Piping that runs against exterior walls, as they do not have the typical insulation.
  • Pipes that are in unhealthy eated areas of the structure such as under stairs or in basements. 
  • Pipes that are exposed to external conditions such as outdoor hose lines.

Best methods for preventing frozen pipes:

  • Try to periodically get heat to pipes that are in unheated  areas such as under cabinets. A simple solution would be to open the cabinet and let the warm air circulate.
  • Improve insulation around pipes that are unprotected. 
  • Keep your structure’s temperature well above freezing when gone for extended lengths above time, ideally no lower than 55 degrees. 

How SERVPRO can help!

If you find yourself with damage resulting from a burst pipe, the immediate aftermath can be overwhelming. We are here to help! SERVPRO mitigation and restoration specialists are ready 24/7 to respond to your emergency. We aim to respond in a timely manner and help you clean up, dry down, and build back your structure “like it never even happened”. Our aim is to provide top notch service and peace of mind. 

Detecting Moisture

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

How do you know if something is really dry? You can tell by looking at it, right? What about touching it, that surely shows that it’s dry.

When water initially invades your home or business you can visualize the water. Most people rely on their sense of sight and touch to determine if a material is dry. This often leads to thinking that after the initial water has been cleaned up that it’s dry.

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls has a variety of tools and knowledge to detect moisture where it is not seen or felt. 

The picture shows one of our moisture detecting tools. This moisture meter penetrates a material such as drywall and it reads the moisture content. This reading tells us if the material is still wet or dry. 

Next time you have water invade your home or business let the professionals help you determine if it is truly dry.

Mold Rampages Sioux Falls Homes

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let mold get out of control

This year has brought a lot of water to our area. Meteorologist state this has been one of the wettest springs on record. 

Mold colonies begin to multiply as moisture sits in a material for too long. With moisture fueling this food source coupled by heat and humidity, mold can quickly spread. 

We use state of the art Thermal Imaging to help make sure our inspection of your home is thorough. We also have the ability to conduct indoor air quality testing. These samples help tell us what types of mold are present in the air and give us a count of spores to determine if they are in normal ranges. 

If you see anything or smell anything that you think might be mold, contact us immediately to come do an inspection.  Your health can be compromised from exposure to mold, and you don't want to put it off. Have us come help you get back "Like it never even happened." 

Major cause of water damage to basements

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Have you checked on me lately?

Walking down the neighborhoods in Tea, SD; I begin to see a familiar site. Most homes have a sump pump hose discharging in the city drains. You can hear the sounds of rushing water and see the hoses expand with flowing water. 

Sump pumps are installed into a sump pit. Water flows into the pit either through drain tile or naturally by the soil. The sump pump's top function is to pump the water out of the pit and away from your home. 

It is important to periodically check your sump pump to ensure it is properly running. In addition to checking the pump, make sure to look at your drain hose to ensure it is not blocked, plugged, and pointing away from the house. 

Sump pump failures can cause major damage to your basement. Costs can far exceed $5,000 for drying the home and all the repairs depending on the size of your living space. We have seen some water damage losses from sump pump failure exceed $15,000. Reach out to your insurance agent and double check to see if you are covered and what limits of coverage apply to you. 

Faster to Any Size Disaster

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Any day, any time!

From responding to a commercial water loss at 1 am in less than an hour, to traveling two hours for a residential loss that the local  restoration company said they couldn't get to that night or the next day.  We were able to help at a multi level apartment building when other restoration companies had failed to respond for DAYS after the loss. Three hundred sixty five days a year. Anytime day or night. We are Faster To Any Size Disaster

Our focus is on you when you have a loss, large or small and we try to always respond in a timely manner. The difference is, We Care Because We've Been There

We strive to always be there when you need us.  Please call 605-213-3303 when you need help.

DIY - Lessons Learned

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

DIY

Problem:

Jack's dishwasher overflowed onto his kitchen laminate floor and the water also traveled to living room carpet.  Jack states "It's just a little water on the floor. I cleaned it up with my shop vac. It's no big deal. Everything is fine. Why would I need to call a water restoration company?"

Jack was feeling pretty confident that he cleaned up all the water himself and now all that was left was to sit down and watch the much anticipated football game.

Several days passed and the dishwasher overflow was a distant memory, until Jack's wife arrived home from a week long business trip. She looks around and asks Jack, "What is that SMELL? What did you do to the kitchen floor? What is that brown spot on the ceiling downstairs?"

The kitchen floor had started to curl and warp as water was trapped underneath. There was a large unsightly stain on the ceiling in the family room below the kitchen. Mold was starting to spread near the stain. The carpet pad was saturated in the living room and the lower level family room. All these wet materials contributed to the awful stench in the home.

Professionals:

Solution:

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls understands what, where, why, and how water damage affects your home or business. Our commitment to training and education in our industry gives us the ability to quickly reverse the damages from water. If Jack would have called SERVPRO first, he  would have saved thousands of dollars in repairs that may have been avoided completely if the professionals were called in to make it "Like it never even happened."

Sioux Falls Flooding

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded home March 2019 Storm

Water Where It Doesn't Belong?

Many Sioux Falls residents have had to deal with flooded basements and are continuing to see the damages.

The recent storm has affected so many families. Some unfortunately have experienced water damage before and many this is their first time.  It is so disheartening that so many folks are on lists for restoration companies to get help. There is such a great need and please stay patient as all companies are working hard to help.

What Can You Do?

Keep in mind the wet carpet isn't the only concern, it is your walls, behind your walls and the framing. If these materials stay wet it begins a breeding ground for mold that can start in a few days.

Here are some things that you can do while waiting for help to arrive, or if you chose to perform all the work yourself.

Water that came in from windows, doors, and foundation:

  • Move all belongings out of the area
  • Remove carpet pad
  • Remove carpet
  • Remove baseboard
  • Remove drywall 2 feet up around all walls
  • Remove Insulation and plastic sheeting
  • Clean floor:
    • Clean surface with soap and warm, clean water.
    • Rinse with clean water.
    • Sanitize using a mixture of 1 cup (240 mL) of bleach to 5 gallons of water.
    • Allow to air dry.
    • Place any types of fans to help evaporate the moisture from the wet materials and install a dehumidifier to absorb the evaporation and dry everything down.

If water came in due to sump pump overflowing or failing. Follow steps above with the exception that the carpet can be saved. In addition, the interior walls do not have to be cut 2 feet up.  If you can't remove drywall at least drill holes under the baseboard line every several inches.

What's Next

If you worked on your basement with out professional help, the next step would be to hire a restoration company as they catch up to perform a water assessment. During the assessment we can determine if the basement is dry or if there are still wet materials that need attention. We can advise you on what else can be done or continue to assist you to make sure the home is safe, dry, and a healthy environment.

Sioux Falls 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Sioux Falls

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (605) 213-3303

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Temporary Heat Sources

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Indirect fire furnaces like this one allow us to dry out your Sioux Falls home.

Sometimes water damage can cause a structure to be without a working furnace.  Because temperature is such a crucial part of the drying process, this can pose a problem that not all companies are equipped to deal with.  In Sioux Falls, SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to handle this type of situation when it arises.  Whether it's temporary electric heat, or something like an indirect fire gas furnace, we've been there and can create a customized drying plan for any size water loss. 

By creating a drying zone that maintains the proper temperature, we are able to utilize air movement and dehumidification to dry things out "Like it never even happened." Our friends and neighbors in the Sioux Falls area know that SERVPRO is the company to call when the unexpected happens.  We have a staff of certified water restorers that specialize in water damage cleanup and restoration. 

Spring Pipe Leaks

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water running down the walls and through the ceiling of your Sioux Falls home should result in an immediate call to SERVPRO.

Water damage can strike your Sioux Falls home unexpectedly in the Spring time.  One of the things that is a major cause of water damage is the pipe going to a frost free water spigot.  If a garden hose is left connected during the freezing months of the year, it can cause the pipe to expand because of the water trapped inside it.  This leads to a crack in the pipe.  More often then not, when this happens it is not realized until the home owner turns on the spigot in the spring so they can wash their cars or water the lawn.  Because the frost free spigot shuts the water off 8-12 inches inside the home, the crack does not receive a fresh flow of water until that spigot is turned on.  Once turned on, the result can be massive amounts of water leaking into the home. 

In the Sioux Falls area, SERVPRO is the company to call if you experience water damage or a flooded basement.  Call SERVPRO at 213-3303.

Sioux Falls Water Damage Equipment

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Our specialized drying equipment, such as the Direct-It In, makes us the pros to trust when you have water damage in your Sioux Falls home.

SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls is your local Fire and Water Cleanup company.  We use specialized equipment and products to ensure that the job is done right.  If you have a flooded basement in Sioux Falls or a kitchen fire, call the experts who have the right tools to bring your home back to "Like it never even happened." 

Our specialty is Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration.  We do restoration work every day, so we have the knowledge and the tools to handle even the most unique situation.  No two fire or water damage situations are the same.  This is why it's crucial to choose a team with the know how to get your life back to normal quickly. 

Call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303

Water Cleanup You Can Afford

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

The new AirMax air movers dry your home in Sioux Falls with the same airflow as older fans, but use a lot less electricity to do it.

When you have water damage in Sioux Falls, you need to turn to professionals you can trust.  At SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls, we are IICRC certified water restorers.  We also hold a Residential Building Contractor license with the City Of Sioux Falls, so we can help with the reconstruction side of the property damage as well. 

We utilize the newest technologies and equipment in order to be sure your home is restored in the most energy efficient way possible. This saves you money and makes the whole process much smoother for the property owner. 

If you find yourself experiencing property damage from fire, water, or mold, give SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls a call.  We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303

Types of Water Damage

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen in for many reasons.  Did you know that the source of the water can play a big part in determining how the cleanup process will go? 

We've recently helped homeowners with all types of water damage.  A pipe burst, rain water entering the home, and sewage backup are three examples.  Each of these situations requires a different approach to get the structure dried out, cleaned up, and back to normal.  When something like this happens in your home or business, you can be sure that the pros at SERVPRO will have the right knowledge to know how to help you make it "Like it never even happened." 

Detecting Water Damage

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

When water damage occurs, it's often difficult to see the extent of the damage.  Often times moisture is wicked into materials such as drywall, but cannot be easily seen by simply looking at the affected area.  At SERVPRO, we use moisture meters that help to tell what is wet and what is not.  This allows us to know what needs to be dried and set drying goals that can be monitored daily until the drying is complete. 

If you see water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls at (605) 213-3303.

Leaking Supply Lines

7/15/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen in a home or business in a number of ways.  Supply lines and pipes that leak or burst can cause a major headache, often requiring drying on more than one level of a building.  We have technicians standing by to cleanup and dry out this kind of messy situation, helping you get your life back to normal faster. 

If you encounter water damage, call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303.

Drying Your Home

5/23/2016 (Permalink)

With a wet spring causing issues ranging from sump pump failure to sewage backup, along with discovering broken pipes where an outside spigot froze over the winter, there are several seasonal reasons that you may find yourself with water damage in your home.  Our crews work hard to respond quickly to calls and start the process of drying out the home.  If you find yourself in a situation like this and don't know what to do, stay calm and call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303. 

Sump Pump

4/25/2016 (Permalink)

This time of year, with the heavy amounts of spring rains we are recieving, it's important to keep a close eye on your sump pump and downspouts.  Be sure the downspouts and sump pump hoses are effectively directing water away from your home.  If your sump pump does fail to keep up, be sure to call us.

Call SERVPRO at (605) 213-3303 if you experience water damage in your home.

Call us if you experience water damage in your home or business

1/19/2016 (Permalink)

This picture shows our owner, Adam, during a team huddle by one of the semi trucks of equipment we have at our disposal.

We are a 24/7 emergency services business.  We have resources available to handle any size loss.  If you have water damage in your home or business, call (605) 213-3303.  We will get you dried out and back to normal, Like It Never Even Happened!

Happy Holidays

12/22/2015 (Permalink)

We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from here in Sioux Falls.  Our team feels blessed this holiday season that we are able to be available to help people when disaster strikes their home or business. 

Whether you encounter water damage or fire damage while entertaining guests, or return home from holiday travel to an unpleasant surprise, we will be here to help.  Disaster never takes a day off, so neither do we!

Call us at (605) 213-3303

Frozen Pipes

11/11/2015 (Permalink)

With very high winds expected today, along with cold temperatures, people may begin to experience frozen pipes. The pipes may burst if water is trapped inside when they freeze. Your local SERVPRO is equipped to help you dry out your home if you experience water damage due to the weather, or any other circumstances.  

Call us at (605) 213-3303

Water Damage Prevention

10/12/2015 (Permalink)

Did you know that frozen pipes can be a big cause of water damage claims?  With freezing weather already in the forecast for the Sioux Falls area, it's a great time to inspect your property and be ready for winter weather.  Unhook all garden hoses to prevent water from being trapped in the faucet line.  Check insulation behind and around pipes to ensure that they are protected from freezing temperatures.  Be sure that your gutters are clear of leaves and your downspouts are flowing freely.  Make sure your sump pump drain hose is directed in a way that prevents water from standing inside the hose. 

Sump Pump Backup

9/2/2015 (Permalink)

Recent rain fell so heavy, so fast, that many home sump pumps just plain couldn't keep up.  We advise that people look into installing a backup pump that can kick in to help the primary pump when needed.  Installation of a backup pump isn't complicated, and it's a small investment that can pay off big in the future.  

Flooded Basement in Sioux Falls

9/2/2015 (Permalink)

We experienced massive amounts of rain on Thursday.  Our crews have been working around the clock to get to as many homes as possible to help clean up after the storm.  While it's a busy time, we encourage people to be persistent and continue to call until a crew can arrive on site.  We can help you get back to "Like it never even happened.” Call 213-3303 today. 

Water Damage

7/16/2015 (Permalink)

Water damage comes from a variety of sources.  While most people think of storm damage when they think of water damage, a large portion of water losses occur from broken pipes, overflowing toilets, and things of that nature.  This means that you truly never know when damage will happen.  That is part of why we stress being prepared through something like our Emergency Ready Profile.  The ERP puts all of the information that you need at your fingertips, so you're prepared when disaster strikes.  

The ERP is offered free through the Apple and Android Appstores.  We also will set up the app for a business at no charge.  Just one more way that we help make it Like it Never Even Happened. 

First Carwash of the Spring

5/4/2015 (Permalink)

When water comes from overhead it can fully involve the walls, ceiling and flooring. This is not a diy cleanup situation. Call the Pros at SERVPRO.

If you had your frost free outside faucet freeze and crack over the winter, you may not even know it yet.  Because the valve actually shuts off 8-12 inches inside the home, it won't release water from the pipe until you open the valve.  

We had a loss last week where the homeowner's basement flooded while they washed their car and started watering the lawn.  It happens all the time, and we're here to help.  We care because we've been there.  605-213-3303 

Spring

4/8/2015 (Permalink)

Weighted extraction is just one of the methods we use to dry out your home.

Spring cleaning season is among us.  Whether you're getting ready to clean carpets or ducts, or if a disaster strikes, remember to call your friends at SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls. 

We cleaned up water damage recently for a couple who was out of town for the weekend and came home to a burst pipe that had flooded the basement.  We worked nights and weekends to get our customer back to Like it Never Even Happened. 

Faster To Any Size Disaster!

2/2/2015 (Permalink)

From responding to a commercial water loss on New Years Eve in less than an hour, to traveling two hours for a residential loss that the nearest restoration company said they couldn't get to that night, we are Faster To Any Size Disaster

Our focus is on you when you have a loss and we try to always respond in a timely manner.  We were able to help at a multi level Lodge where other restoration companies had failed to respond for DAYS after the loss.  The difference is, We Care Because We've Been There

We strive to always be there when you need us.  Please call 605-213-3303 when you need help.

Three levels of damage.

11/21/2014 (Permalink)

There was 17 inches of standing water in the basement when we arrived. This was where it landed after traveling through two stories first.

A frozen pipe on the second story caused this flooding.  This week the temperatures in Sioux Falls remained well below freezing.  SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls quickly removed the standing water and immediately discussed restoration options.  Be sure to tell your family and friends who to call when disasters occur.  Call SERVPRO of West Sioux Falls at 1(605)-213-3303.

Winter weather is upon us!

11/17/2014 (Permalink)

With several inches of snow falling in the last couple days, our area is seeing some challenges.  The cold temperatures and freezing wind chills are a combination that is tough to fight.  Make sure to check all of your pipes that are near exterior walls and be certain they are effectively insulated.  Also, make sure all your garden hoses have been disconnected for the season.  These things can help prevent pipes from bursting. 

Snow and ice buildup on your roof can result in difficult ice dams, causing roof leaks inside your home.  Adequate attic ventilation and removing build up with a roof rake can help keep this from happening. 

We help people recover from these unfortunate situations all the time.  If you're past the point of prevention, call us for the cure!