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What Kind of Germs are Hiding in Your Carpets? It’s Time for Professional Carpet Cleaning in Yankton, SD

April 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

Walking through the house in the early morning and, in your rush, a dribble of coffee spills. The dog walks in with muddy paws after his outing and sits down in his favorite spot near the couch. The kids are eating a snack while sitting in front of the TV after school and some crumbs get ground into the carpet. Pretty typical for your Yankton, SD, home, right? Well, all of this normal activity is taking a toll on your carpet and it’s not only getting dirtier by the day, it’s also harboring unseen germs and other debris.

Carpets can hold as much as four times its own weight in dirt! Your carpet is a place where unpleasant debris can be hiding, such as:

  • Dust
  • Insect feces
  • Mold
  • Pet urine
  • Dead skin cells
  • Bacteria

Even if no one in your family has environmental allergies the accumulation of dirt and dust can cause serious health issues. According to eHow.com, Norovirus, Salmonella, and Campylobacter can all live in your carpets. Norovirus is a serious virus that spreads very quickly and can cause the stomach flu and other digestive problems. It’s able to survive on carpet fibers for four to six weeks and can become airborne each time someone walks on the carpet.

It’s so important to your family’s health that you schedule professional carpet cleaning to help minimize these risks. ServiceMaster Clean of SE South Dakota has been doing professional carpet cleaning for homes and businesses in Yankton, SD and can assist with all your carpets! Our proprietary cleaning methods mean that your carpets will be cleaned by someone with a thorough knowledge of the fibers who knows how best to treat stains and high traffic areas. We don’t cut corners, and we get it done right the first time.

We’ll help you create a plan that works for your budget. While some high-traffic households may need carpet cleaning once every four months, others may only need it once or twice a year. Trust ServiceMaster in Yankton, SD to help you with all your carpet cleaning needs at home or at your business. Contact us for more information.

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New Year’s Fire Safety Plan for your Yankton, SD, Home Helps Prevent Need for Fire Damage Repair

March 1st, 2018 · No Comments

As the calendar flips to another year, many people begin to think of cleaning their homes after hosting holiday festivities. There’s another essential item, however, to consider while you’re tidying up. Do you have a fire safety plan for your home in Yankton, SD? To prevent fire damage, it’s crucial to have some plans in place, such as:

  1. Set monthly dates to change batteries and test alarms. Test all your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries once a month and check your kitchen fire extinguisher. Don’t have a kitchen fire extinguisher? Get one. It may save you from thousands of dollars of fire damage repair, as the kitchen is the most common place for fires to start in the home.
  2. Service your HVAC system. Get a full inspection including checking the filters and testing for leaks. You don’t want your furnace failing on the coldest day of the year because of a clogged filter! Leaks from furnaces can be a cause of gas buildup in the home.
  3. Talk to children about what to do in case of a fire. Sure, they probably learned about it in school, but it helps to frame a reference in their own home. Show them the precautions you’ve taken with detectors and ask them how they think you could make your home safer from fire damage
  4. Have your fireplace If you have a fireplace, having the chimney swept and the creosote removed yearly is imperative. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, chimney fires burn explosively and hot and cause fire damage very quickly.
  5. Don’t smoke in the house. Prevention is essential to any fire safety plan. Along with ruining your carpet and furniture with the caustic chemicals, cigarettes are a significant cause of bedroom fires. Make it a practice to never smoke in your home.

Keep your family safe with a fire safety plan! If your home in Yankton, SD, has suffered from any fire damage, we can be on site quickly to assist you. Don’t hesitate to call, as smoke and fire damage continues long after the flames are out! Contact us 365/24/7 at (605) 665-7080 immediately!

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Helping Prevent Burst Pipes: Water Damage Restoration in Yankton, SD

January 23rd, 2018 · No Comments

Old Man Winter is bearing down across the plains states now. After a relatively mild fall, it can be a bit of a shock when the first subzero temperatures hit and cause widespread freezing. One of the most common causes of water damage that we see in Yankton, SD, are from pipes that burst and then cause basements, kitchens, or bathrooms to fill with water at a most inopportune time.

How to Prevent Pipes From Freezing 

  • Under the sink is a common area that pipes freeze. To prevent this, open cabinet doors underneath the sink in the evening to allow warm air to circulate.
  • Insulate your pipes inside. Unheated areas like crawl spaces, attics, and under cabinets are prime areas for pipes to freeze. A simple but effective fix is to wrap insulation around them in these areas.
  • Let the faucets drip a bit at night. Water flow keeps pipes from freezing
  • If you are out of town, shut off the water completely.

Water damage from burst pipes never happens at a convenient time. That’s why ServiceMaster Clean of SE South Dakota is available to help you with flooding 24/7/365. Our trained technicians can be on site quickly to help remove the water and begin the restoration process.

Water damage can’t wait. The more prolonged standing water sits, the more damage it does. Even in cold conditions, mold spores can propagate and do even more damage. Once mold starts growing, it can present genuine health hazards for you and your family. We can help dry the area, pack out your valuables, and begin restoring the area. If there is structural damage to the home, we can assist with that as well.

If your home in Yankton, SD, has suffered from water damage from burst pipes, sewer backups, a natural disaster, or appliance malfunctions we can be on site quickly to help. Contact our friendly staff at (605) 665-7080.

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When DIY Carpet Cleaning Goes Wrong in Yankton, SD

December 12th, 2017 · No Comments

When we get calls from homeowners who have tried to clean their carpeting in Yankton, SD, the story is almost always the same. They were looking to clean their carpet and save a few dollars, but the result was not satisfactory. There are a few reasons for this, so ServiceMaster Clean of SE South Dakota wants to share with you why professional carpet cleaning can save you money and time.

Natural vs. Synthetic
Carpeting needs to be cleaned specifically according to the fiber type. To effectively break down stains, the pH balance of the detergents needs to match the type of stain and the type of fiber. If it doesn’t, you’ll end up with more discoloration than clean. This can also lead to permanently damaging the carpet and costing you a replacement.

Stains and Spots

Most people think they’re the same thing, but they’re not when it comes to carpet cleaning. A spot is a discoloration that is sitting on the top of the carpet fiber, while a stain has moved into the fibers causing damage to its color and texture. A DIY carpet cleaner treats them the same and can drive water and detergent into a spot, effectively turning it into a stain rather than cleaning it. Our trained technicians know the difference and can clean both spots and stains effectively.

The Wrong Detergent

The detergent you will find at your local home store isn’t specially formulated for your carpet. Also, homeowners tend to think that the more detergent there is, the more likely it is to get the carpet clean. This is the opposite of the truth, and detergent that is left in the carpet fibers can attract dirt. The sticky components in the detergent mean that dirt, dust, and other contaminants just get ground in more deeply. With our customized detergent and high-powered water extraction, your carpet will be cleaned the right way and will dry quickly.

DIY carpet cleaning won’t save you money. A healthy carpet that is free of dirt, oils, and grime can be accomplished so much more quickly and with much better results when ServiceMaster Clean of SE South Dakota is on the job. If your home in Yankton, SD, needs carpet cleaning, give us a call and save yourself the grief and hassle of ineffective home carpet cleaning methods. Contact us at (605) 665-7080.

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Fire and Smoke Damage Spells Trouble for your Yankton, SD, Building

November 6th, 2017 · No Comments

When fire damages any building, be it a home, office, retail, or healthcare facility, the effects of the fire go well beyond flames. The smoke and soot that is generated by the fire can cause severe and long-lasting damage to the structure if not properly remediated using tested fire damage restoration techniques. As the smoke and soot drift through the building during a fire, these tiny microscopic particles carry many different compounds that make it very difficult to remove. Smoke and soot adhere to everything it contacts including walls, carpeting, and even the paint on the walls.

The longer this caustic residue stays in place, the more damage it will do to your Yankton, SD building. Fast and effective cleanup of smoke and soot damage is crucially important to salvaging the building and preventing further losses.

What kind of damage can smoke and soot do to a building?

  • Chrome, glass, and stainless steel can tarnish and discolor. Left to sit for extended periods of time, the chemical reaction generated may mean the staining and damage will not be able to be reversed
  • Marble, tile, and porcelain fixtures in bathrooms or kitchens can become permanently etched with particles of carbon residue
  • Soot can push its way into the fibers of carpeting, soft furnishings, and fabrics, leaving an oily residue and ruining the textile

Trust Professionals to Clean Smoke and Soot Damage 

ServiceMaster Clean of SE South Dakota can efficiently and safely clean smoke and soot damage caused by fires and restore your home in Yankton, SD. Our trained and experienced technicians use the required cleaning agents, equipment, and protective gear to get in and safely remove the grime and odor. Contact us to learn more about how we can help restore your building after a devastating fire anytime, day or night, at (605) 665-7080.

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Water Damage Restoration After Natural and Man-Made Disasters in Yankton, SD

October 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

With all eyes on Texas and Florida in the wake of two deadly hurricanes, we must remind ourselves that just because hurricanes don’t happen in Yankton, SD, water damage can still affect our homes. In fact, the bulk of water damage restoration that we do is from man-made disasters such as a broken water softener or a washing machine or dishwasher malfunction. It takes minimal flooding to cause serious water damage to your home.

What do you do when water has invaded your home?

First and Foremost, Stay Safe. While you’re assessing the damage, make sure the electrical system is shut off to prevent an electrical shock. Move cautiously, carry a flashlight, and never go into areas that seem slippery. Try not to disturb any items that may be affected by mold, as it can be a serious health hazard. Water damage restoration should only be attempted by trained professionals.

Wear Protective Clothing at All Time. You never know what could be lurking in those flood waters. To combat against contact with harmful bacteria or sewage, wear tall waterproof boots, rubber gloves, and a surgical mask to prevent breathing in pathogens or bacteria.

Document Damage Carefully. Before you make any attempt to remove items that are undamaged, take photos and a video of the area for insurance purposes. Share and store these photos and videos in a cloud-based system, so you have a backup.

Contact your Insurance Agent. Make sure you put in a call immediately to your insurance company so the flood damage is documented and they can move forward with the assessment. Before you can get any monetary restitution you must follow the proper procedures outlined in your policy. Your agent can help you during this stressful time.

For expedient, professional, and thorough flood restoration services in Yankton, SD, contact ServiceMaster Clean of SE South Dakota. We’ll have your home cleaned up, dried out, and restored safely back to pre-loss condition. Contact us at (605) 665-7080

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Be a Proactive Homeowner to Prevent Water Damage Restoration in Your Yankton, SD Home

August 28th, 2017 · No Comments

Owning a home is truly an American dream for many people in Yankton, SD. But the other side of homeownership is a little less glamorous—home repair bills. Over the course of a 30-year mortgage, homeowners can expect for one major home repair to be needed approximately every 3 to 5 years. While we can’t prevent every repair, by being vigilant and proactive, you can prevent water damage in your home, which will save you money on water damage restoration.

Check Gutters and Downspouts. Water pouring down the side of your home can quickly damage your home. If it happens repeatedly, water can seep into your foundation, walls, or basement. Keeping the gutters clean and repaired means less chance of them leaking during heavy rains. Downspouts should always carry the water away from the foundation of the home.

Maintain Your Sump Pump. Sump pump failure is the most common cause of basement floods. If your home has a sump pump, then it’s helping protect you from water damage restoration, but if it’s not maintained, it can’t help you. Before major storms hit, make sure it’s working properly and plugged in and consider a backup generator system to keep it operating in the event you lose power during a storm.

Install Window Well Covers. Clear acrylic window well covers can not only help protect your home from pests and invaders but they’re another layer of protection for your below ground basement. Install window well covers so they’re watertight and replace them when worn or cracked.

Replace Aging Water Heaters and Washers. The life cycle of most major appliances is 7 to 10 years. If your water heater and washing machine are near that age, consider replacing them. Not only will they be more energy efficient, but they’ll also be less likely to malfunction.

Know Your Insurance Policy. The time to find out you’re underinsured or that you don’t have flood insurance is not after a major catastrophe. Make sure you’re up to date on all your insurance and find out if flood insurance is available in your area.

If you’ve found your dream home, you want to protect it! If you have suffered from water damage in your Yankton, SD, home, we can help 24/7/365. Contact ServiceMaster Clean of SE South Dakota at (605) 665-7080.

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ServiceMaster Clean of SE Dakota’s Water Damage Restoration Processes for Homes Affected in Yankton, SD

August 7th, 2017 · No Comments

Water damage can be devastating. If not properly remediated, the effects can be long-lasting, costly, and even cause serious health risks to the inhabitants. For more than 20 years, ServiceMaster DSI has been providing help to homeowners and business owners in Yankton, SD, when they need help removing water and mitigating water damage.

How ServiceMaster Can Help
When we arrive at the sight of the water damaged property in Yankton, SD, we’ll do a survey to determine the amount of damage that has occurred. All of our technicians are highly skilled and will explain the process to you fully so you’ll understand each step in the process. We use only the most state-of-the-art equipment, and our restoration techniques follow the gold standard protocol of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC).

General Standards of Water Damage

Class 1: Minimal damage, losses confined, and no major damage to absorbent materials

Class 2: Major damage to flooring, absorbent materials (upholstery, carpeting, and padding)

Class 3: Water that originates from overhead and passes through ceilings. Major damage to flooring and absorbent materials

Class 4: Major structural damage. May include framing, drywall, masonry, concrete, and ground soil.

Once the classification is understood, drying of the structure and restoration can begin.

 

Four-Step Water Drying Process

Water Removal: We use different methods to extract the water. Some of these may include draining, pumping, vacuuming, or using materials to absorb the water.

Evaporation: Air dryers can be useful to remove water by changing it to vapor, which means the water may be able to be removed more quickly than conventional methods.

Dehumidification: Removing the humidity prevents further losses. The humid air can affect the structure of the home.

Temperature Control: No matter what the weather is outside, our technicians will keep the inside area affected at the right rate to expedite the drying process.

To return affected areas to their pre-loss condition, water damage restoration professionals should begin this four-step drying process as soon as possible. Our technicians understand the complexities of water damage in Yankton, SD, and have the experience and tools necessary to help. Contact us at (605) 665-7080.

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The Initial Signs of Water Damage Can be Just the Beginning in Yankton, SD

July 11th, 2017 · No Comments

If there’s one thing you learn from this blog, remember this: water damage never corrects itself. If you’re a homeowner and you’ve been ignoring the telltale signs of water damage in your Yankton, SD home, you can be setting yourself up for major damage reconstruction. If you see the following signs, the time to act is now:

  • Obvious white or dark stains near a water source
  • Spots on the ceiling where rain may have come in the attic
  • Water damage around window sills
  • Puddles in your basement
  • “Spongy” walls, floors, or under the sink

When water damage initially occurs, you’ll see the signs cosmetically first. What can be lurking underneath that ugly stain, however, is the real problem. Water continues to wreak damage if not properly remediated. If you think a little dampness isn’t a big deal, consider all the implications for your home if you don’t have a water damage specialist check it out.

Mold. Mold doesn’t need much encouragement to grow. Give it a little water and some organic food matter (wood, drywall, paper, etc.) and it’s on its way to forming colonies all over your home. Mold can grow on virtually any surface, and once it invades your home, it’s difficult to remove. Right now, during the warm and humid summer months, it can grow within hours and start damaging your home and the health of your family. Where there’s mold there’s often other nasty allergens and pathogens which can, at the very least, make you miserable, and at their worst, make you extremely ill.

Insects. We probably don’t even have to say it, but if you hate mosquitos outside, you certainly don’t want them breeding in your home. Even a small amount of water in your home can be a place where mosquitos lay their eggs and breed. This adds another unpleasant layer to water damage remediation, and one we’re sure you want to avoid.

When you notice water damage, contact us quickly.  We’re here to help you with your Yankton, SD home with a licensed technician fast, 24/7/365. Contact us via our web form, or call us at (605) 665-7080.

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The Effect of Flood Damage on Your Yankton, SD Home

June 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Your home in Yankton, SD is comprised of a variety of materials such as hardwood, drywall, laminate, stone, and aluminum; the list goes on depending on the type of home you have. There’s one thing homes all have in common no matter what they are built out of, they’re all negatively affected by sustained water damage. ServiceMaster Clean of SE South Dakota provides professional flood damage relief for your home in Yankton, but we travel as far as Clay, Bon Homme, Charles Mix, and Hutchinson counties.

If water isn’t remediated quickly it can cause mold growth, damage, ruin furnishings and carpeting, and warp the structure of the home. If water damage occurs during the freezing months, burst pipes and foundation cracking are a real threat. It can be tempting to try and dry out and restore your home on your own to save money, but without professional water damage restoration, you may be causing more damage. It may be damage you don’t see for months or years down the line, and having to repeat the process is a heartbreaking event for most homeowners.

Residual Moisture. Removing moisture from multiple substances, substrates, and furnishings requires different techniques. All of our technicians are IICRC certified and know the right way to get the job done the first time.

Many Hands to Help Mean Back to Normal Sooner. It only makes sense that a group of trained professionals can remediate your home in Yankton, SD more quickly than you the homeowner could alone. If you’re not able to live in your home because of the damage, the last thing you want is more time away. ServiceMaster Clean of SE South Dakota can get you back in your home sooner.

Trained on Replacement vs. Restore. Our technicians will know at a glance if things can be salvaged or must be replaced. They won’t waste time or effort on items that can’t be restored because of lack of knowledge. When you bring in our crew to restore your water damage, you’re bringing in the best.

Don’t risk your home’s restoration on frugal measures that may end up costing you more down the road. Contact us for your water damage restoration needs so we can help at (605) 665-7080.

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