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Can Flooded Carpets Be Saved by Carpet Cleaning in Yankton, SD

June 20th, 2018 · No Comments

If your home has been victimized by a flood in Yankton, SD you may wonder if your carpeting and the padding under it can be saved. The answer to this depends on a few factors such as the type of fiber the carpeting is made of, the age of the carpeting at the time of the flood, the type of floodwaters that infiltrated your home, and also how quickly water damage is remediated.

Let’s start with the types of floodwater categories:

Category 1: Clean water or non-contaminated water that comes from a water source such as a broken water main line. This is water that hasn’t been contaminated by sewage. After the water is extracted the carpets and padding can be dried, and the carpet can be cleaned and restored.

Category 2: Often referred to as “gray water flooding,” this is water that has dirt elements in it such as water that floods from dishwashers, sump pumps, and washing machines. Because the water has been tainted with organic material, it’s a harder call to say whether or not the carpeting can be successfully restored. If the flooding happened less than 48 hours ago, in many cases we can extract the water and clean the carpeting to pre-loss condition.

Category 3: Known as “black water,” this is water that is highly contaminated from sources such as sewage, toilet backflows, and any flooding from natural disasters. In this case, carpet and padding should be safely discarded by trained technicians, and the area should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

Time is of the Essence!

With professional carpet cleaning services after flooding, ServiceMaster Clean of SE Dakota is often able to restore carpeting. However, in the case where the homeowner attempted to DIY the restoration and then called us days later, it can be a toss up of whether or not we can salvage the carpeting. In the case of flooding, you need professional help to restore your carpeting. Don’t wait to call; our trained technicians are available 24/7/365 to help you with your carpet cleaning needs in Yankton, SD. Contact us at (605) 665-7080.


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The Importance of Soot & Smoke Odor Removal After a House Fire in Yankton, SD

June 4th, 2018 · No Comments


When fire ravages your home, you may not be thinking past the structural damage the flames have caused. When it comes to fire damage cleanup, the smoke and soot can be just as damaging, if not more, than the flames themselves. ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota helps with the restoration of your home after the flames have been doused with professional soot removal and smoke odor removal.


Smoke Odor Removal


After the fire is out and the building is safe to enter to begin fire damage remediation, the assessment of the structural damage can be done. What about the areas and items in the home not directly affected by the flames? They’ll have smoke damage, and if not properly removed, the smoke will continue to cause damage. We’re trained in smoke odor removal and can restore the items in your home, saving you thousands in replacement costs.


Soot Removal


Soot is a complex compound byproduct of the fire and can have many different caustic chemicals in its molecular makeup. If soot isn’t promptly removed by properly trained fire damage technicians, it’ll continue to damage any and every item it has come into contact with. Our restoration process for soot removal is tailored to the specific items in your home and based on the type of fire that burned.


HVAC Cleaning


Smoke is such a tiny particulate that thousands of molecules can rest on the head of a pin. It can travel an amazing distance, squeezing through the smallest of holes in your home. It’s no surprise that once it gets in your HVAC system you run the risk of smelling an unpleasant reminder of your house fire every time you use your heating or central air. We can clean and deodorize your HVAC system so you breathe easier.


If your home in Yankton, SD has been affected by a fire, don’t hesitate to contact us at (605) 665-7080 anytime day or night. Our fire damage restoration technicians can be on the scene quickly to help.



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It’s Time for Spring Carpet Cleaning in Yankton, SD

May 1st, 2018 · No Comments

If April showers do indeed bring May flowers than the residents of Yankton, SD should prepare for bountiful flower gardens this spring! The rainfall here in the Midwest has been heavy this spring and our carpets are taking the brunt of the weather. The ground still hasn’t dried out from the spring thaw and the rain has left the ground soppy and muddy. Unfortunately, the moisture and dirt get tracked in on shoes and paws, leaving residential carpets looking worse for wear.

Luckily, you can get your spring cleaning off on the right foot with professional carpet cleaning from ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota! A springtime carpet cleaning will not only make your carpets look great, and your home look brighter and fresher, but it can also extend the lifetime of your carpeting.

Did you know that by not having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year you may be voiding the manufacturer’s warranty on your carpeting? Manufacturers recommend that carpeting is vacuumed once a week and cleaned once per year. If you have pets or small children, ServiceMaster Clean of SE South Dakota recommends getting your carpet cleaned twice per year. Keeping to a carpet cleaning schedule means that if there are any stains or problem areas they will be attended to before they can cause permanent damage to the fibers of the floor covering.
We service Yankton, SD, and the surrounding area homes and businesses that need professional carpet cleaning. If you’ve had problems with water in your home and your carpets are damaged, we also offer water removal and drying services to help save your costly investment. No job is too big or too small for us, from large corporations that need full-service carpet cleaning to small apartments in Yankton, SD, our crew is happy to serve you. Contact us at (605) 665-7080, and we’ll set up a time to help your carpets look great again this spring.

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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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