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When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of Rapid City to start the restoration process.

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

a large yellow warning sign stating that there is stormy weather ahead Severe Storms Have a Costly Impact | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

What can we say about the year 2020? So much happened, but what we want to focus on is the weather—it was a record-setting year for weather and climate disasters. Of all the years in history for which we have data, 2020 was the most financially destructive.

In the year 2020, we saw 22 official weather disasters, which are defined as events that cause at least a billion dollars in damages, plus other damaging storms that are not counted in this particular statistic. There were so many tropical storms and hurricanes in 2020 that the NWS ran out of letter from the alphabet and had to dip into the Greek alphabet to finish naming all of the storms.

Not Only Hurricanes

Yes, hurricanes bring about immense destruction and causes large amounts of monetary damage, but other types of severe weather are starting to play a major role as well. In fact, the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes.

In 2020, there were 14 official weather disasters that were severe thunderstorms, and some that brought tornadoes as well. Thunderstorms are common, and they don’t discriminate on where or when they will hit. And as of lately, it’s becoming quite normal to see them with the fierceness that we are seeing now.

In August 2020, what seemed like a typical line of thunderstorms in eastern Nebraska exploded into a derecho, which is something like a tornado but with straight winds instead of swirling ones, and it impacted more than 10 million acres of corn fields. This is almost half the state’s corn crops—that’s over 11% of the entire country’s corn fields.

Our summers here in Rapid City prove to be quite active, severe weather-wise! In 2020, we had nine major events happen in a three-month time span. All of which began with severe thunderstorms and progressed to hail storms or tornadoes.

Is This Our New Normal?

In 2020, it was the 10th consecutive year with at least eight billion-dollar disasters. 2018 and 2019 combined saw a total of $136 billion in damages, and 2017 caused a total cost of over $300 billion, which was the highest total on record!

Thunderstorms are normal and common, but the intensity and frequency of these are starting to become regular. So as a home or business owner, it’s imperative to take whatever precautions are possible. in order to minimize the damage to your property.

You can’t control Mother Nature no matter how many precautions you take, but you can guarantee that you have got friends in the restoration industry whose goal is to recover your valued items and restore your property "Like it never even happened."

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

A Certified Clean With SERVPRO | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, reach out to the SERVPRO of Rapid City team.

Cities across the country are beginning to experience major turnarounds.. Hopes are high that “real life” or “normalcy” is here, and with that return to normal come some new expectations for businesses.

As more customers return to in-person shopping and other activities, they’re doing so with a new appreciation for how fragile our health can be. That means they’re looking for businesses that take their wellness and safety into consideration.

How can you meet those new customer expectations? Start with a certified clean.

The 3’s of Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program gives you and your customers peace of mind by taking worries over sanitation out of the equation.

Close your eyes and think about the time your business was the cleanest it’s ever been. It’s such a nice and serene feeling. Now take that up a notch—with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, we use advanced biohazard techniques and technologies that go beyond your traditional cleaning and janitorial services.

What makes Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned a better program than the others?

Take a look at the three C’s of a Certified: SERVPRO Clean:

1. Consult. Your business is unique, which means your cleaning will be made to fit your particular needs. We will meet with you to discuss the work you do, your workspace and the people who use your space regularly. Since SERVPRO of Rapid City is locally owned and operated, we know the ins and outs of our area and its businesses.

2. Clean. Now it’s time to get down to business. Our technicians show up on site with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions you won’t find anywhere else. This gives your building the clean of a lifetime while adhering (or exceeding) the CDC standards. A certified clean not only protects your space against COVID-19; it also provides protection against other common viruses and bacteria.

3. Certify. Once our trained technicians have completed the job, you get to proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield in your business window. This shield provides consumers the security in knowing that you have gone to the greatest lengths to ensure the safety of everyone. You’ll also receive digital emblems to place on your website and on social media.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Fire Safety During the Warmer Weather

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Rapid City to learn more.

Rainy, cold and dreary weather is finally gone, and the warmer months are here for a while! Thinking about warmer weather can be exciting, but it’s also a time to think about fire safety for your home or business.

Did you know that spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year? It’s true, but there are steps you can take to lower your risk.

Here are some common fire threats and ways to protect yourself:

The grill. Almost 9,000 fires a year are related to grilling accidents. They create the perfect combination of flames, heat, grease and gas, which can make things escalate quickly. Make sure you are taking care of the essentials to help prevent a fire. Verify that the grill is in good working condition, have it placed at least three feet away from everything and clean it before each use. Cleaning the grill before each use is critical because [almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning]. (https://hgi-fire.com/blog/spring-has-sprung-fires-safety-tips-for-the-warmer-months/).

Fire pits. Campfire accidents spike as soon as summer rolls around. Usually burns account for three out of four camping injuries in children younger than 16. So, never leave your children unattended near a fire pit. It’s also a good idea to keep a bucket of water or drag a water hose close to the pit. You should never add leaves or pine needles to the fire, and finally, put the fire out slowly to avoid scattering embers.

Chimneys and dryer vents. Warmer months are the perfect time to do your annual chimney inspection. Having your chimney inspected and cleaned helps avoid a potentially dangerous buildup of ashes. Another yearly maintenance service to consider is having your dryer vent pipe cleaned out. Lint, even if you clean the filter in the dryer every time, can build up quickly in the pipes.

At SERVPRO, we have technicians on hand 247! These technicians are ready and waiting, no matter the cause of fire, to help you have it cleaned up. Contact SERVPRO of Rapid City today to talk with a specialist.

Indicators of Basement Water Damage

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

a grey basement showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Rapid City is a full restoration company. Our team of experts are on call and ready to help you determine the best course of action.

Many homeowners find their basements to be an enjoyable area of their homes. Whether it’s kept bare for something as simple as extra storage or finished and furnished for some extra living space, a basement can be a versatile utility area.

But the fact that basements are dug into and under the ground creates an inherent risk of water damage inside, and the risk is even greater once you consider that water leaks in other parts of your home often find their way into the basement.

There’s no guarantee that you will or won’t encounter a basement water emergency, but the risk is high enough that you should make yourself aware of the common ways to identify potential damage. Let’s look at a few below.

Top Signifiers of Water Damage in Your Basement

Unpleasant, musky odors. There’s a certain smell that many people associate with basements or underground areas, but it’s really an indicator of a wet area. Water that seeps in turns bacterial and toxic, making your area not only damp, but odoriferous. This smell will only arise when mold and mildew are present in the environment, and while you may not see any mold yet, the smell is a giveaway that it’s already growing.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Many homeowners paint their basements, whether they’re finished basements or cinder block areas, and some apply waterproof paint, trying to head off potentially problematic water leaks. But paint or no, waterproof or no, water will find its way through if there’s a leak. Cracks, bubbles and flakes in your paint are a telltale sign that water is coming through from somewhere.

Foundational cracks. Cracks in your foundation are not normal, even though houses do shift over time. Cracks can show up inside in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls as well, indicating that your house frame is applying uneven pressure, possibly caused by a cracked foundation. Hairline cracks are no cause for alarm, but they should be treated immediately if they get larger.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

The Home Restoration Service You Choose Matters

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

insurance document, pen and blue book sitting on black tabletop Contact SERVPRO of Rapid City today. We work with you and your insurance company to get things back to normal quickly

Let’s be honest. No homeowners like to think about needing the type of services we provide. But when they do, it’s because fire, flooding or accidents have severely damaged their homes.

The type of help homeowners need from us is called home restoration. And its goal is to get the home back to its original state. While sometimes a mop, bucket and elbow grease are enough, you need a team of experts to restore your home in other circumstances.

When that happens, it’s essential to understand the home restoration process—and why choosing the right team can be vital to you being happy with your results.

Damage Happens More Often Than You Think

According to the Insurance Information Institute, about one in 20 homeowners will need to file a home damage insurance claim every year. So that means if you have 40 friends and acquaintances, two of them will likely deal with home damage this year.

We also have some statistics about individual types of disasters and issues.

For example, about one out of every 350 American homeowners will deal with a fire damage claim each year, from causes ranging from storm and lightning damage to furnace fires.

When you think about the entire population of the United States, that statistic translates to millions of families. Some of these people will need to get help from a professional team. That’s when choosing a quality restoration company will make all the difference for you.

Training Makes a Difference

Our team members pride themselves on offering an excellent level of restoration services. It matters on several levels, including response time, availability and training. We take special pride in the level of training our technicians to receive.

Beyond the training offered by SERVPRO at a national level, our technicians earn valuable certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. This non-profit group provides various certifications to ensure restoration and cleaning technicians can use the latest proven techniques when restoring your home.

That means you can rest assured you’re in good hands.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Back To School From Spring Break?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Since the average child spends 900–1,000 hours a year in the public school system, preventing sickness is virtually impossible. The cleanliness of the actual buildings where children spend so much time will help to reduce these figures. While school may be coming to an end kids can still leave behind unseen germs, SERVPRO of Rapid City is also able to help with cleaning up unseen germs. When deep cleaning or graffiti removal, or air ducts are full call the professionals; air duct cleaning can help remove allergens in the air helping slow the spread. Using the right equipment and taking the time to teach each employee how to use the equipment properly makes a big difference. SERVPRO of Rapid City can quickly and safely remove water damage, fire damage, or any cleaning needs. SERVPRO of Rapid City professionals will answer your call right away 24/7.

WITH THE WINTER STORM WARNING MAKE SURE TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR BROKEN PIPES

4/11/2021 (Permalink)

If the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, pipes are more likely to freeze. Water damage can be severe as a result of this. If pipes are not adequately insulated or if temperatures are extremely cold, pipes in crawl spaces and in exterior walls will freeze. Frozen pipe water damage can be easily and safely restored by SERVPRO Franchise Professionals. Harm to your roof and ice Dams are two other possible hazards to consider when the snow/ice melts. What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What Not To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging

Don’t Let Heavy Rains Damage Your Family Home

4/11/2021 (Permalink)

Here’s something you may not have heard: One out of every 50 American homeowners will have to file a water damage claim next year.

When asked how the water damage happens, homeowners cite various problems like severe floods and storms or problems in the home, like a burst pipe.

So if you have to file a claim for water damage this year, you’ll have a lot of company. Statistically, it’s like that someone you know will have to file a water damage claim this year, too. Depending on the size of your network, it might even be more than one person.

Preparing Your Property for Wet Weather

Basic home maintenance can help you stay safe from water damage. These projects will help you get moving in the right direction.

Learn how your yard drains. A yard that drains correctly protects your home. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Plant helpful landscaping. Landscaping can help protect your home from water damage. Native plants, trees and bushes can be vital in protecting your home from water damage. Talk with landscaping experts in the area or visit a native plant sale for tips and ideas.

Consider sealing your roof. Sealing your roof can help protect your home from wind and water damage. In fact, experts estimate that almost 95% of water damage is caused by water seeping through gaps in your roof and shingles, which can be prevented with this step.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

Is Your Storm Kit Ready For Disaster

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross encourages that each household and car have a preparedness kit, but unfortunately only 51.5% of US homes reportedly have an emergency kit ready. Kits should include the following:

  • water
  • canned food
  • a can opener
  • flashlights
  • batteries
  • including enough food
  • water for each person in your household for 5 days

Start with a power outage kit, grab an old backpack or duffel and add in plenty of bottled water, battery-operated radio and clock, flashlight for each member of your household including extra batteries, non-electric can opener, list of emergency phone numbers including family and friends and a first aid kit.

SERVPRO of Rapid City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. We can handle any size disaster!

Call SERVPRO of Rapid City (605)388-3000

Has Storm Damage Affected your Business

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Property Damage from a Storm

Some storms can deliver more than thunder and lightning. Springtime storms can bring powerful winds, hail, heavy rains and severe damage to property. If your property is damaged from a storm, SERVPRO of Rapid City can clean it up.  As 24-hour emergency restoration company that lives in the same area as you, we know when these storms happen and are prepared.

Storm Damage at your Home or Business

Spring storms usually involve water damage, water in the basement, or rain entering a building through a roof or window.  Aside from making sure everyone is safe (including pets), the next step is to stop any further damage from happening.  SERVPRO of Rapid City will provide temporary closures to any open areas before beginning remediation and restoration.  What does that mean?  We will remove any standing water and/or debris and start drying the property. We will work with contractors to repair damage to the structure. 

Commercial to Residential Restoration After a Storm

As part of the national Disaster Recovery Team, SERVPRO of Rapid City is fully prepared to respond in force to any size disaster, bringing all the people and equipment necessary, including our disaster trailer.

If you have a water problem or wind has damaged your home or office, call SERVPRO of Rapid City.