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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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If Your Sump Pump Fails, ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota is Here to Help With Water Damage Restoration in Yankton, SD

May 10th, 2017 · No Comments

We’ve had our April showers and, with summer fast approaching, thunderstorms will be cropping up with increasing frequency. Unfortunately, this can lead to flooding in your Yankton, SD, home, especially if you live along the river. While you likely have a sump pump to prevent flooding, it may break or the water levels may be too much for it. Suddenly, your home has become a swimming pool and you’re left feeling helpless and alone. That’s why ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota is here to help you with every aspect of water damage restoration. But what goes into cleaning up after a flood?

Water Extraction: The first step is obvious— water removal. If there is standing water, our professionals have industrial grade water extractors to remove the water, ensuring that the space is able to dry.

Drying: Once all of the standing water is removed, our technicians can begin drying the space. We use industrial fans that we strategically set up around the affected area to allow for optimal drying. Thoroughly drying the space is important, not only to prevent the moisture from continuing to damage the space, but to also prevent mold growth. Mold can begin to form within 24-48 hours, as long as it is in a warm, moist space with organic material, such as wood, to feed on. Mold can cause a variety of health issues, particularly for the young, elderly, and individuals with pre-existing respiratory issues.

Pack-out & Content Storage: If your belongings have been affected by the water, our technicians will go through each item to determine whether or not it can be salvaged. Items that are beyond repair will be disposed of. Salvageable items will be packed-out and stored in a secure, offsite facility where they will be dried and restored. Once the project is complete, salvaged items will be returned to the home.

Regardless of the level of water damage, the professionals at ServiceMaster of Southeast South Dakota are here to help restore your home to its pre-loss condition and help your life get back on track. We’re available 24/7 to ensure quick restoration. If your Yankton, SD, home has been affected by flooding or any other form of water damage, give us a call at (605) 665-7080.

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Spring Is the Best Time of Year for Professional Carpet Cleaning in Yankton, SD

April 6th, 2017 · No Comments

Spring is the best time of year to clear out the dirt and dust that accumulated over the summer, fall, and winter. The buildup of dirt particles indoors can pose increased health problems and cause long-term damage to your building. To prevent the negative effects of collected dirt, spring cleaning is a must. ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota offers professional carpet cleaning in Yankton, SD, a service that is crucial to the process of spring cleaning.

Spring cleaning is important for all areas of your home or business, but a professional carpet cleaning alone can get rid of a lot of the dirt and debris inside your building. Because carpeting acts as a natural air filter, most of the free floating particles in your indoor environment end up in your carpets. A professional carpet cleaning can get rid of all the following:

Mold and mold spores are one of the most dangerous contaminating particulates you can have in your carpets. Because mold spores are present virtually everywhere, it’s likely that there are spores present in your carpet fibers. When mold takes root, it begins to release mycotoxins, which can pose serious health risks if not remediated with professional carpet cleaning.

 Abrasive particles can also cause a lot of problems if they’re allowed to accumulate in your carpets. Foot traffic and furniture can grind large dirt particles deeper into your carpets over time, leading to fiber damage and long-term reduced carpet quality. Spring carpet cleaning with a professional company like ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota can extend the longevity of your carpets by eliminating the presence of built up abrasive particles.

 Staining particles can be just as damaging to your carpets as abrasive particles. Not only do most staining particles have a high acid or alkaline pH content that can break down your carpet fibers over time, they also decrease the quality of your carpet’s appearance. With a deep cleaning in the spring, all the stains accumulated over the past three seasons can be removed before they become a real problem.

 Bacteria and viruses cling to dust, dander, and other particles that collect in your carpets. These pathogens can include anything from cold viruses to MRSA, and some can remain infectious and alive in your carpet fibers for up to two weeks. The bacteria and viruses that may be lurking in your carpeting can be neutralized with the professional carpet cleaning services we provide.

 Odors in your carpets can stem from a number of sources. They may be caused by the visible dirt in your carpet fibers, or they may be completely unrelated. Whatever is causing odors in your carpeting will be remediated with our professional carpet cleaning services.

For more information about why our professional carpet cleaning in Yankton, SD, should be an important part of your home or business spring cleaning, contact ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota at (605) 665-7080.

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The History and Development of Professional Carpet Cleaning in Yankton, SD

March 9th, 2017 · No Comments

As carpets have grown in popularity over the last centuries, the methods used to clean this interior design choice developed alongside the carpets themselves. Today, even home vacuums boast advanced sensors and dirt removal abilities. Professional carpet cleaners have access to state-of-the-art cleaning equipment and environmentally friendly solutions. At ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota, we respect the evolution of carpet cleaning and the history that brought us the technology we use today to offer our customers comprehensive, expert carpet cleaning in Yankton, SD.

The history of carpet fashions goes hand-in-hand with the path of how carpet cleaning methods developed. Because carpeting has been consistently popular since the early 1800s (excepting for a lull during the 1920s-30s), cleaning has been a constant necessity for any business or homeowners who chose to decorate with carpets.

1800s and earlier: Before carpets were frequently cleaned, home and business owners used large cloths called druggets to cover the traffic-heavy areas on their carpets. While druggets were effective in keeping stains and dirt off the majority of the carpeting, they weren’t perfect solutions as they tended to clash with the cosmetic appearance of the carpet design. Other carpet cleaning methods included beating and sweeping.

 Mid-1800s: Around 1830, housewives began to develop their own mixtures of floor cleaning solutions. These cleaning solutions took off, and today’s major cleaning brands can trace their roots to homegrown mixes brewed during this time period.

1860-70: During this decade, the first hand-operated vacuum cleaner came to carpet cleaning markets. Ives W. McGaffey created the “Whirlwind” cleaner in 1868. Though compact and light, the Whirlwind was awkward and hard to use. Once the design of the Whirlwind was released, others began improving carpet cleaning vacuums over the next 30 years.

1900s: In 1900, Corrine Dufour introduced the first electrical sweeper for carpets. Just a year later, Hubert Cecil Booth created the first vacuum powered by an electric motor. Over the next century, different aspects of what is now found in today’s average vacuum cleaner were developed and improved at varying rates.

Thanks to the hardworking people in the cleaning industry and the innovative inventors over the past 200 years, ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota can offer high quality professional carpet cleaning in Yankton, SD, with advanced cleaning equipment and green cleaning solutions. Contact us at (605) 665-7080 today to make a service request.

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Fixing Ventilation Holes and Other Structural Damage With Reconstruction and Fire Damage Restoration in Yankton, SD

February 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Building fires are one of the most destructive forces that can wreak havoc on your home or business. Children are conditioned from kindergarten to react to fires in their homes; businesses and homeowners are required to install smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, and fire extinguishers; and adults are encouraged to plan escape routes from their houses or businesses in the event of a fire. All of this emphasis on reacting to building fires comes with good reason: fires are lethal and incredibly damaging. If you have experienced a building fire, the damage to your home or business will likely require professional attention. ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota comprehensive fire damage restoration in Yankton, SD, to help you recover after a fire.

After a fire, the damage to your home or business will immediately seem devastating beyond repair, but with expert fire damage restoration, returning your building to its pre-loss condition is possible. While the firefighters called to the scene stop the flames from causing further damage, they can also cause significant damage to the structure of your building during the process of putting out a fire.

Ventilation Holes:

Creating ventilation holes in a burning building is a crucial tactic that firefighters use to create exits for smoke and heat. Creating these openings makes it easier for firefighters to find anyone trapped within the building and to fight the flames from inside as well as from outside. These ventilation holes are made by opening up large sections of the building and can either be placed on the roof and floors for vertical ventilation or in outer and inner walls for horizontal ventilation.

Unfortunately, while these ventilation holes serve an important purpose and may save a life in the event of a fire, they add to the structural damage to your building after the fire is neutralized.

ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota provides comprehensive fire damage restoration for homes and businesses affected by all the harm that a building fire inflicts, including fixing ventilation holes. Our restoration technicians are trained in post-disaster reconstruction, soot removal, and all other services necessary to return your home or business to its pre-loss condition.

If you’re struggling with the after-effects of a fire, contact ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota at (605) 665-7080 today for professional fire damage restoration in Yankton, SD.

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