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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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Categories of Water Damage Demanding Water Damage Restoration in Yankton, SD

July 5th, 2016 · No Comments

Water is vital to our everyday lives, but there are times when it can cause more harm than good. Events such as severe storms and flooding poses a threat and can leave your home or business severely damaged by water. While some cases of potential water damage are more urgent and severe than others, all situations demand proper and immediate attention to the structure and objects in the path of excess water. For better or worse, ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota provides comprehensive water damage restoration in Yankton, SD.

Remediating a case of water damage requires a full analysis of the situation. Our restoration technicians are able to assess and mitigate all levels of severity based on the amount of damage sustained. The damaging water itself can be broken down into three categories.

Category 1: This category of water is considered the cleanest non-potable water. Water in this category is not dangerous to human health (though should be sterilized before consumption), and often comes from broken waterline pipes, leaking showers and taps, and other clean sources.

Category 2: Category 2 water is more commonly known as gray water. Gray water is not necessarily dangerous to humans if continual contact is avoided and if it is not consumed. Sources of gray water includes dish and laundry water, bathing water, failed sump pumps, and urine water. Gray water can become more dangerous without immediate, remediating attention because it contains microorganisms and some pathogens that can continue to contaminate and transform Category 2 water into Category 3 water.

Category 3: The most unsanitary and dangerous to human health, Category 3 water is also known as black water. Black water contains readily harmful bacteria and pathogens coming from raw sewage and other natural materials mixed with the water. Most standing water, seawater, stagnant river water, and ground water is considered black water and demands specific methods of treatment and waste containment during a remediation process.

Our expert restoration technicians are trained and equipped to handle all categories of water and situations of water damage. For more information about our comprehensive water damage restoration in Yankton, SD, contact ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota at 605.665.7080 today.

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Improving Indoor Air Quality With Professional Carpet Cleaning in Yankton, SD

June 5th, 2016 · No Comments

Most homes or businesses have carpet installed in some—if not the majority—of the rooms and halls inside. Carpeting offers many wonderful benefits, softening the acoustics of a space, giving a welcoming quality, and providing a variety of cosmetic options. However, without regular care and maintenance, carpets can begin to damage the interior atmosphere of a building. Taking advantage of professional carpet cleaning services in Yankton, SD with ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota will keep your carpets clean and help improve the indoor air quality of your building.

Our cleaning technicians are all certified by the IICRC and work under their parameters for optimal cleaning that extends your carpet longevity and improves your indoor air quality. You can also help keep your indoor air clean and free of allergens and other contaminating particles by following these carpet cleaning guidelines:

Vacuum regularly and frequently to keep surface dirt from building up and sinking deeper into carpet fibers where they can become abrasive and difficult to remove.

Trap dirt and debris at the entryways to prevent the majority of outdoor soil and allergens from being exposed to your carpets. This is especially important during the winter when road salt clings to shoes and during the spring and summer when pollen and mud are everywhere.

Keep moisture and humidity under control year round. This will help discourage the settling of mold spores and the growth of mold colonies in your carpet fibers, upholstery, and other soft materials. Even in the winter, humidity control is important with sealed and recycled air passing over your carpets each day.

Clean fabrics and upholstery regularly by vacuuming and washing, or with the help of a professional cleaner. Other fabrics collect allergens just as easily as carpets, and if particles collect in one fabric area, they can easily transfer and affect your carpets.

Deep clean your carpets at least once every 12 months with the help of a professional carpet cleaning service. Most carpet companies require steam cleaning every 12-24 months to maintain your warranty, but we recommend a deep cleaning every 6-12 months to prevent the accumulation of damaging debris.

Take advantage of our professional carpet cleaning services in Yankton, SD to maintain and improve the indoor air quality of your home or business. Contact us at ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota by calling 605.665.7080 for a service request.

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Grill Safely This Summer and Steer Clear of Needing Fire Restoration in Yankton, SD

May 30th, 2016 · No Comments

As summer rolls around, warmer weather drives the cooking scene out of the kitchen and into the backyard. Grilling season is a true American pastime, providing community, entertainment, and delicious food. However, having what is essentially a large container of flames in your backyard does bring a very real set of dangers. This summer, if you face a grilling disaster, rely on ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota for professional fire damage restoration in Yankton, SD.

While having a backup restoration plan is great, practicing safe grilling is even better. These grilling safety guidelines can get you through the summer with all of the fun and none of the fire damage.

Distance: The National Fire Protection Association recommends grillers follow a three-foot rule. Keeping your grilling and other outdoor cooking equipment at a minimum of three feet from all building structures, trees, and other flammable objects will greatly decrease the chances of fire damage.

Double Check: Checking, double checking, and triple checking all your equipment for abnormalities like brittle or damaged fuel hoses, rusted areas, and other potential problems is a surefire way to make sure you start grilling safely.

Propane Safety: Handle propane tanks with care and always follow safety protocols for use and storage. Remember that propane is a highly flammable gas, and tanks are pressurized, making them even more volatile in the wrong conditions.

Clean Equipment: Working with clean, well-cared for equipment when grilling is an easy way to keep a buildup of fats and debris from leading to a building fire. Even the smallest amounts of leftover cooking evidence can occasionally clog fuel lines and put your grill at risk of a fire.

Stay Alert: Always keep a watchful eye on your grill, even when slowcooking with charcoal. Leaving a grill unattended often leads to out-of-control situations that risk fire or injury. Grilling in an open area with children and pets out of range should be a given when it comes to grill safety.

For more information about general fire safety, check out the grilling and other safety tips on the National Fire Protection Association site.

If fire does affect your home or business this summer, contact ServiceMaster Clean of Southeast South Dakota at 605.665.7080 for fire restoration in Yankton, SD.

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