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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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The Science of Burst Pipes and Recovering From Winter Woes With Water Damage Restoration in Yankton, SD

January 13th, 2017 · No Comments

Below freezing temperatures in southeast South Dakota are the norm at this point in the winter season, and while most people are experienced survivors of Midwest winters, accidents can happen when least expected. Even those wise enough to keep their homes and businesses well heated and insulated can have pipes running close to the building perimeter or outside the building itself. These pipes are often more exposed than others and are thus more susceptible to freezing and bursting. If you’re struggling with the aftermath of a cracked frozen pipe, contact ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota for comprehensive water damage restoration in Yankton, SD.

Most people are aware that pipes will burst under the duress of freezing temperatures, but fewer know the science behind why this happens and what can be done to prevent it.

In fact, the real problem with pipes cracking has everything to do with whether or not water is inside the pipes and whether or not the pipes were closed off when they were exposed to freezing temperatures.

Why do pipes burst?

When water molecules are exposed to lowering temperatures, they begin to restructure. When temperatures hit 0ºC (32ºF—the temperature at which water freezes) the molecules form a crystalline structure similar to the structure of salt, sugar, and many types of rocks. H20 molecules themselves don’t expand when exposed to freezing temperatures, but instead they restructure into the hexagonal crystalline form of ice, which takes up much more space than the smooth, liquid form of water.

When the form of H20 molecules restructures to fill more space, it essentially expands in its container. If the form is contained inside a pipe, it will move based on its pressure outlets. This can mean moving out of the tap if the pipe is not closed off, or it can mean forcing its way out of a closed pipe, cracking and bursting the metal of the pipe in the process.

Preventing burst pipes is easy. You can get away with having cold areas in your home or business if you don’t want to spend energy on unnecessarily heating some areas of your building. Pipes running throughout the winter simply need insulation against the cold and adequate drainage through taps. Pipes you don’t use during the winter (outdoor hoses, for example) need to be completely drained and left open just in case any remaining water needs a space to expand into when it freezes.

Even with all the preparation in the world, some pipes can still be missed when you winterize your building. If you’re struggling with damages left by a burst pipe in your home or business, contact ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota at (800) 834-7081 for 24/7/365 emergency water damage restoration in Yankton, SD.

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Minimizing the Increased Possibility of Mold Growth in the Winter With Professional Carpet Cleaning in Yankton, SD

December 14th, 2016 · No Comments

The below-freezing days of a long South Dakota winter are here, and the time has come when most people want to escape to the warmth and comfort of the heated indoors. The coziness of a warm building while the snow flurries outside is hard to beat, but homeowners and businesses should consider the quality of the indoor air throughout the winter. The sealed heated air so needed to keep you and your building warm and safe can also promote increased interior mold growth. At ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota, we emphasize the importance of professional carpet cleaning in Yankton, SD, to prevent mold growth in your carpeting during the winter.

Mold spores are present in almost all spaces, indoor and out. All it takes for these mold spores to grasp the potential of rooting and colonizing is a little moisture, warmth, and organic matter. Unfortunately, in the winter all three of these things are available if actions are not taken to neutralize mold-friendly conditions.


Organic matter is a very broad term for any natural materials. This can include anything from the food in your refrigerator to wood pulp in your drywall. In fact, it’s rare that any environment, even one indoors, is lacking in any organic matter. Because organic matter is so prevalent and serves as food for mold, this factor cannot be avoided when it comes to creating an environment conducive to mold infestations.


Warmth is another factor promoting mold growth that is difficult to avoid in any situation, but especially in the winter. In the summer, it’s possible to block mold growth with air conditioning and dehydrators. In the winter, however, it’s more difficult to get around the need for indoor heating, and the sealed air in your building can create the third factor for mold growth: moisture.


Moisture is often increased in your home during the winter, despite the seemingly lessened humidity in the air. Indoor heat creates warm air that is sealed inside your building, and when it contrasts with the cold air outside, condensation collects on windows, doors, and other areas in your building.


The increase in collected moisture, warm air, and organic materials in your building during the winter months can be prevented with regular cleaning and targeting specific areas such as carpeting that collect mold spores more readily.

 Contact ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota at (605) 665-7080 for more information about preventing mold growth with professional carpet cleaning in Yankton, SD.

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Heating Safety in the Winter and Recovering from a Disaster with Fire Damage Restoration in Yankton, SD

November 17th, 2016 · No Comments

As South Dakota quickly heads into the cold months of winter, many homeowners and businesses are starting up furnaces, heaters, and stoves to warm their buildings. The comfort of a warm indoor environment is often taken for granted with today’s advanced methods of heating and insulating, but there can be an increased risk of building fires related to heating that should not be overlooked during the winter. If you experience a building fire this winter, you can rely on ServiceMaster Clean of South Dakota for emergency fire damage restoration in Yankton, SD.


Fire safety is one of the most important things to consider when heating your home. Evaluating energy costs and efficiency are also valid factors, but protecting your building and its occupants should always come first.


When heating your home, there are several rules to follow to establish fire safety in your building and protect it from fire damage throughout the winter:


  1. If you heat your home with a gas furnace or fueled space heaters, you should regularly check these appliances for any abnormalities and clean them before each cold season.
  2. If you use a fireplace, wood stove, or any other heating system using a chimney and flue, schedule professional cleanings to prevent the buildup of flammable materials like creosote. The passages that cycle air and smoke should also be checked for any clogs or obstructions.
  3. Open flames or any type of space heaters should be kept at least three feet away from flammable materials.
  4. Replace glass doors on fireplaces every few years to prevent shattering from thermal shock and age, and check fireplace screens to ensure there are no holes that will allows sparks to fly through.
  5. Check smoke alarms and replace batteries every six months.
  6. Never leave fires, space heaters, open flames, stoves, or ovens unattended.


While it’s important to always adhere to fire safety precautions year round, accidents do happen. If you’re struggling with the aftermath of a building fire, contact ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota at (605) 665-7080 for comprehensive fire damage restoration in Yankton, SD.

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Common Autumn Building Conditions Demanding Water Damage Restoration in Yankton, SD

October 21st, 2016 · No Comments

Folks living in San Diego, Las Vegas, or Phoenix don’t have much to worry about with the changing of the seasons. Out here in the South Dakota continental climate, however, adjusting to the challenges each season brings is a yearround process. As we head full tilt into the fall season, the cold weather and rain of the autumn months poses several building conditions that demand attention in order to prevent damage in the coming winter. This year if you experience water damage of any kind, ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota provides comprehensive water damage restoration in Yankton, SD.

From March to November, your building can be subject to several circumstances that will potentially lead to more significant damage during the winter.

Gutters: In the summer, your gutters collect natural debris that rots after each rainfall, clogging your drain pipes. In the fall, dry leaves only add to this problem, leaving new layers of dead natural material to trap rain in your gutters. If this condition is left into the winter, the cold temperatures will freeze the trapped water, creating ice blocks that cause thousands of dollars worth of water damage.

Ground Cover: Similar to clogged gutters, organic matter like leaves and dead plants collected around the base of your building can trap water. Water that freezes in the ground around your foundation and in the cracks of your foundation can leave severe basement water damage when temperatures above freezing melt this trapped water.

Roof Damage: Storm damage, age, wind, and more can all damage your roof in the spring, summer, and fall. Whether this damage is minor or major, it can lead to additional costly water damage during the winter months when melting snow and ice trickle through the damaged areas in your roofing and saturate drywall, wood, and other building materials.

Pipes: Most of the plumbing in homes and businesses is insulated against the cold of the winter in southeast South Dakota, but sometimes summer construction or maintenance leaves pipes bare. Before freezing temperatures hit and lead to cracked and burst pipes and water damage, spend some time checking over your pipes and replacing insulation where needed.

In some cases, water damage can occur in the fall and winter for reasons other than listed here. If you’re struggling with water damage, contact ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota at (605) 665-7080 for professional water damage restoration in Yankton, SD.

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Extending Your Carpet Life with Everyday Tips and Professional Carpet Cleaning in Yankton, SD

September 27th, 2016 · No Comments

Carpet can be a tremendous addition to your home or business, adding a coziness and homey quality that is unattainable with any other type of furnishing. However, carpeting can also be an expensive investment that will quickly degrade without proper care. Utilizing professional carpet cleaning will go a long way in protecting your investment and extending your carpet life. ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota offers comprehensive, expert carpet cleaning in Yankton, SD, to give your carpets the care they need and deserve.

Most carpets are guaranteed to last 3-5 years under the duress of average wear and tear, but with mistreatment, any type of carpet can degrade within just one year. Comparatively, with daily care and regular professional cleaning, your carpets can maintain quality longer than 5 years—in some cases lasting up to ten glorious annum.

While frequent professional care is the key to a long-lasting carpet, there are several things you can do as a business or homeowner to keep your carpets in good condition for longer:

Vacuum: The number one rule to carpet maintenance is to vacuum often and thoroughly. Carpeting acts like a passive filter for your interior environment and inevitably collects abrasive dirt, bacteria, and mold spores. If these particles aren’t removed at least once a week they can permanently damage carpet fibers.

Go Shoeless: Leaving your shoes at the door is a polite tradition in many cultures, but it also helps protect your carpets. Wearing shoes indoors exposes your floors to a host of dirt and damaging particles that can easily be avoided.

Rearrange: Over time, furniture and paths of traffic over your carpet can leave worn or dented spots in carpet fibers. Within a year, furniture divots can become permanent, and worn spots can compromise your carpet integrity. Moving furniture and interior decor around every few months can keep things interesting and protect your carpet’s longevity.

Attack Spills: Spot cleaning may seem like a superficial way of treating spills and stains in your carpet, but it can actually protect your carpets more immediately than waiting for a professional cleaning. Cleaning spills as they occur will prevent more permanent damage.

For more information about how our professional carpet cleaning in Yankton, SD, can help your carpets live longer and stronger, contact ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota at (605) 665-7080.

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Common Flammable Liquids That Could Leave Your Building in Need of Fire Damage Restoration in Yankton, SD

August 15th, 2016 · No Comments

Fires are unfortunately one of the most prevalent and damaging disasters that can affect your home or business. Part of the reason why are the many different potential causes of fire sparking in a building. This, in combination with the wide variety of flammable commonplace objects generally found in a home or business environment, puts your building at risk of a fire even when you least expect it. If you are struggling with the aftermath of a fire in your home or business, you can count on ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota for professional fire damage restoration in Yankton, SD.

When it comes to most building fires, there is always something you can do to help minimize the potential causes. Following fire safety regulations is a good start, but flammable materials also pose a significant threat of causing a fire. For example, the following combustible liquids are used in virtually every building and can quickly become a problem if they are stored near heat, electrical wiring, flames, or other fire-sparking environments:

Rubbing alcohol is in every first aid kit or medicine cabinet, used as a cleaning solution, and is generally considered a commonplace liquid. However, it is flammable and can quickly vaporize in situations conducive to combustion.

Fuels like gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid, propane, butane, and ethanol are highly combustible. In fact, gasoline alone causes thousands of house fires each year in the U.S.

Turpentine or other paint thinners are flammable as liquids and release combustible fumes even when dry. Traces of paint thinners left on rags can catch fire months after use.

Nail polish remover contains acetone, a flammable liquid similar to ingredients in paint thinners. This means that every time someone uses nail polish remover, that person spreads a potential fire starter across their body.

Aerosol cans are pressurized containers that often use propane or butane to spray their contents. With each spray of an aerosol can, tiny particles of combustible propellant fly across the room, increasing the risks of fire.

Removing or safely storing these flammable liquids can help reduce the risk of a building fire, but other causes may be out of your hands. For emergency fire damage restoration in Yankton, SD, contact ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota at (605) 665-7080 or on our 24/7/365 emergency line at (800) 834-7081.

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