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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.

Does your home have the right fire Extinguisher

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Home fire safety should start with a working smoke detector and a fire safety plan. If you already have those in your home, though, you may consider a fire extinguisher as the next step in fire preparedness.

A fire extinguisher works to put out a small fire by removing one of the three components of the fire triangle: heat, oxygen, and fuel. The most common fire extinguisher removes oxygen from a fire by smothering it in a dry chemical foam. In a way, it’s a high-powered version of pouring baking soda on a grease fire, which makes it particularly relevant in the kitchen.

But if you’re going to invest in a fire extinguisher to help protect your home and family—which luckily isn’t a huge investment, with most home units coming in between $10 and $40—you don’t want a one-hit wonder. The National Fire Protection Association recommends a multipurpose extinguisher, which works to suppress fires from ‘ordinary combustibles,’ grease fires, and electrical fires. On the market, this translates to a fire extinguisher that is ABC rated, such as a unit with a 3A:40-B:C rating, or the slightly smaller 2A:10-B:C rating. Units with these ratings can be found at almost any home improvement store.

Once again, having a working smoke detector in each room of your home should be your priority in home fire preparedness. Two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends checking the batteries in your smoke detector once a month, changing them at least once a year, and replacing the unit altogether once it is 10 years old. Once you’re confident with this routine, you can consider adding a fire extinguisher to your home arsenal!

Fire is Not the Only Destructive force After a Fire

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

When a fire happens in your home or place of business, it's not always a total loss, but the mess that is left behind from the smoke/soot and putting out of the fire itself can make it seem like a total loss! Smoke gets into everything in your home/business and the odor that is left behind is awful. 

Smoke affects various materials in different ways. The temperature and type of fire can cause different forms of smoke that will damage your home in different ways. Smoke is actually made of small particles of the fire itself and is a toxic hot speck that damages the surfaces as it lands on it.

Not all fires are big fires, and not all smoke damage is caused by a direct fire. In fact, it's the fires that we don't think that much about, like smoke from a fire outside that sneaks into your home. This type of smoke damage can go unnoticed for a long time, all the while damaging the surface that it's on as well as leaving behind a lingering odor.

You may find yourself wanting to brave the mess yourself, BUT it's not always the safest for you to do on your own. If you have suffered a fire, chances are that the conditions are unsafe. The structure may be falling apart and the smoke damage combined with the water is very slippery.

Odds are that if a fire has occurred, there will be a need to secure the area and clean up the debris before a decision can be rendered on its safety.

Thankfully, SERVPRO of Rapid City can help with this. We have the equipment and experience to secure your home and get it ready for restoration.

Every fire presents its own set of circumstances and poses its own set of problems. A good process that is followed is:

  • Emergency Contact (When you first call us).
  • Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment.
  • Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  • Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  • Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces.
  • Cleaning and Repair
  • Restoration

Odor elimination is a big part of the restoration process as well. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified in odor removal.

Some odor removal basics are as follows

  • Remove the source of the odor, i.e. burnt wood and building materials safely
  • Cleanup begins and the deodorization begins. Smoke and soot residues can deposit on and even penetrate the various surfaces such as walls and ceilings. SERVPRO technicians clean
    different surfaces depending on the type of surface and residue deposited on it.
  • Sealing if needed. Generally, sealing is not needed. But if the damage is extensive and the removal of the source is too expensive or impractical, it is the recommended option.

If you believe that you have unchecked smoke damage or have lingering odors, give us a call today at (605) 388-3000 and we'll gladly come and serve you or your business.

Keystone Business Owners Can Rely on Our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Process

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Have you put a lot of work into making your small business in Keystone a success? If you’re like most local business owners, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

And that’s to be expected. It’s also why we want to support you and the hard work you’re doing for our community.

Why do we place such a priority on businesses? The answer is simple. Our SERVPRO is locally owned and operated. We know how hard it takes to run a business, especially in a tourist community like Keystone.

Building a business takes time and dedication. That dedication leads to long days and nights and time spent planning and looking for new ways to grow.

Having a plan in place for challenges—or at least being agile enough to deal with them as they arise—is important for business owners, too.

Even if you have a nuanced five-year plan, it’s impossible to take every possibility into account. The COVID-19 pandemic, for example, was completely unpredictable. As a business owner, you’ve probably spent a lot of time lately looking for new ways to reach and serve your customers.

Some local businesses have found new ways to serve customers through the internet. Others are opting to open up restaurants, stores and companies for in-person services.

Regardless of how you decided to move forward, you can get help and support for a safe re opening.

Make Safely Reopening Your Priority

You have access to a lot of resources. They include business loans and tips, advice and more from sources you can trust.

You’re probably also looking for ways to ensure that it’s safe for your employees and customers to do business face-to-face again. We can help you with that priority.

We’ll ensure your business location is “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” Here’s how our cleaning process works:

First, our team will consult with you about your business’ needs. Then we’ll suggest an individualized cleaning plan.

Next, we’ll work to clean your space. We work with a high-level system to ensure you’re ready for customers. We use proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

The last step is when we certify your business. You can open again with confidence.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

Keystone and Surrounding area Business Owners Can Rely on Our Certified Clean Process

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO men/woman walking around to clean People in Tyvek suit walking into a building

Have you put a lot of work into making your small business in Keystone a success? If you’re like most local business owners, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

And that’s to be expected. It’s also why we want to support you and the hard work you’re doing for our community.

Why do we place such a priority on businesses? The answer is simple. Our SERVPRO is locally owned and operated. We know how hard it takes to run a business, especially in a tourist community like Keystone.

Building a business takes time and dedication. That dedication leads to long days and nights and time spent planning and looking for new ways to grow.

Having a plan in place for challenges—or at least being agile enough to deal with them as they arise—is important for business owners, too.

Even if you have a nuanced five-year plan, it’s impossible to take every possibility into account. The COVID-19 pandemic, for example, was completely unpredictable. As a business owner, you’ve probably spent a lot of time lately looking for new ways to reach and serve your customers.

Some local businesses have found new ways to serve customers through the internet. Others are opting to open up restaurants, stores and companies for in-person services.

Regardless of how you decided to move forward, you can get help and support for a safe re opening.

Make Safely Reopening Your Priority

You have access to a lot of resources. They include business loans and tips, advice and more from sources you can trust.

You’re probably also looking for ways to ensure that it’s safe for your employees and customers to do business face-to-face again. We can help you with that priority.

We’ll ensure your business location is “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” Here’s how our cleaning process works:

First, our team will consult with you about your business’ needs. Then we’ll suggest an individualized cleaning plan.

Next, we’ll work to clean your space. We work with a high-level system to ensure you’re ready for customers. We use proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

The last step is when we certify your business. You can open again with confidence.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

Is Your Dryer Safe?

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

A dryer seems like a convenient, safe appliance that lets you forget it and go. If you don’t maintain it properly, a lint fire can happen, which can cause sever fire damage to your home.

A Surprising Amount of Lint

Depending on your family size and how often you go through clothes, it is likely that you do a lot more laundry than you realize. An average family does approximately eight to 10 loads a week. Every load means small fabric, dust and dirt particles are collecting in your dryer’s lint trap, vent and duct work. Lint is highly flammable, making it vital to maintain cleanliness.

Cleaning Out the Lint

Instead of dealing with a potential dryer fire and needing expert help in repairing the damage, good habits can go a long way. Lint traps should be cleaned after very load. Most dryers make this easy. The trap usually slides out and the lint can be lifted off. Any lint that is leftover should be removed with a brush. Every few weeks, the screen should be rinsed with water. While the screen is out, vacuum in and around its entry point. Approximately once a year, unplug the dryer and inspect the vent and hose or pipe connected to the dryer. Wipe lint off the opening and clean any leftover in the hose or pipe. A brush can bused to clean the interior of the vent. Don’t forget the exterior vent. Ensure the vent flap is still attached and working properly. Vacuum or wipe out the opening. This should be done a few times a year.

Extra Safety Tips

To further avoid a lint fire, ensure your dryer is properly installed. Additionally, avoid drying clothes stained with chemicals, gas, oil or cleaning products, and only operate the dryer while at home. In most cases, a lint fire happens because of improper cleaning and maintenance. Taking a little extra to be safe is worth it.