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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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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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