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Choosing the Right Cleaning Service for Your Small Business | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Small business owners are some of the busiest people in the community.

Between managing the day-to-day operations of your company, dealing with your customer’s needs and working on plans for the future, small business owners like you wear many hats. When you’re just starting, you’re likely doing everything from functioning as the CEO to cleaning up your space.

But with time and growth, you may realize there are some functions you can’t fulfill by yourself. If your business needs commercial cleaning support, it’s good to reach out to experts in that area for help.

But how do you hire a commercial cleaning service? The answer might surprise you—because it’s not as tough as you might think. Just focus on some of the same questions you ask yourself when you’re interviewing a new employee.

These tips can help you make the right choice.

Check your budget. As a business owner, meeting your budget is the difference between a good month and a bad one. Ask the company you’re considering for an estimate. Keep in mind, too, that quality remediation and cleaning work now can save you money on more extensive damages later.

Take a look at customer reviews. In today’s world, most commercial cleaning companies have an online presence. Spend some time seeing how past clients viewed their experiences.

Review their credentials. Licensed and certified cleaning companies can give you some peace of mind. That’s because you’ll know that an outside party recognizes the quality of work they do.

Explore the services they offer. You’ll want to choose a cleaning company that provides the widest variety of cleaning services and can create an individualized plan to meet your cleaning needs—whether that’s for a restoration project or a deep cleaning after virus exposure.

Make sure they’re accessible when you need them. Sometimes, you need professional cleaning services outside of regular business hours. Commercial cleaning services that make themselves easy to reach 247 can help you get started as soon as you need to. That’s especially important when you’re dealing with time-sensitive issues like water damage.

How SERVPRO® Can Help

When you choose SERVPRO for your commercial cleaning needs, you’ll have help from experts who are available 247 if you have an emergency need. Just reach out to us, and we’ll be sure you get certified clean results.

Our team uses leading-edge techniques, personalized cleaning plans and the latest technology to ensure that the work is done well and that your business is ready to open up. That means you’ll be able to greet your customers with confidence.

Want to learn more about what it means to be certified clean? Get in touch with us. We’re always here to help business owners.

Time to get prepared for winter

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Snowman Burried in snow Are you Ready for Winter?

Many people are not prepared for the quickly approaching winter season and the winter storms that bring frigid temperatures along with ice and snow.  SERVPRO of Rapid City recommends having a winter checklist for your home or business to help prevent water damage from winter storms.

Here are a few items to consider:

  • Put weather stripping on doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping and cold air from entering.
  • Insulate water pipes to help prevent them from freezing and possibly bursting.
  • Check your roof for possible leaks and loose or broken shingles.
  • Keep space heaters at least three feet from anything flammable.
  • Trim tree limbs that are close to the house.
  • Clean gutters.
  • Stock up on ice melt.

If your property is affected by a disaster, such as water damage, call the trusted professionals at SERVPRO of Rapid City at 605-388-3000; we are always are always here to help.

Tips to Keep Your Home Safe from Fire This Fall | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Are you ready for fall? Many people look forward to changing leaves, cooler days and fall sports like football. They also enjoy traditional fall activities like Halloween parties and visiting pumpkin patches or apple orchards.

But did you know that fall carries the highest risk for house fires to start? According to the American Red Cross, statistically most house fires happen in the fall and winter months.

Luckily there are steps you can take to lower your risk of a fire starting in your home. The first one is actually very simple. Just check the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors.

Working smoke detectors help keep your home and family safe. Experts recommend having a smoke detector in every bedroom.

If you have issues remembering when you need to change your smoke detector batteries, a good rule of thumb is to switch them every spring and fall when you change your clocks.

Don’t Forget Basic Fire Safety

Do you enjoy a big, happy bonfire with family and friends? If you do, you aren’t alone.

Bonfires are one of the most popular American fall activities. (And they’re a great way to make s’mores.) But if they aren’t properly attended, they can turn a fun night out into an accident waiting to happen.

Supervising a bonfire safely really comes down to keeping an eye on the fire. Don’t leave a fire burning by itself in your yard. If you’re done for the night, be sure to put out your bonfire so it doesn’t cause any unintended damage.

If there’s a fireplace in your home, then using it becomes more tempting on chilly fall nights. Before you light your first fire this fall, have a professional check out your chimney and fireplace to be sure it’s safe.

You don’t want to light a fire in a fireplace when the chimney is clogged or damaged. Having them check the condition of your home’s other heating units (like your furnace) can also help prevent fires caused by maintenance problems.

We’re Here if You Need Us

If an accident happens at your home this fall and you need help restoring fire or smoke damage, you don’t have to look far.

Our team is always ready to help you if a fire damages your home. Local experts can guide you through the fire restoration process and help get your home back in top shape.

We’re here to talk with you 247 if you need to learn more about our fire restoration process.

Don’t Let These Common Home Water Damage Culprits Cause Damage | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

white ice maker leaking water Our team is always ready to help you after busted pipes or other water related issues. SERVPRO of Rapid City are the water restoration experts.

If you think most water damage is caused by storms, think again. While severe weather and floods do damage millions of homes every year, insurance claims from pipes, water heaters and appliance failures outpace those caused by natural disasters.

How do we know? Companies like iPropertyManagement and home insurers research common claims. And they’ve found that water damage that’s not related to severe weather is the second most common claim homeowners file.

Water damage claims caused by issues in the home account for billions of dollars in damage every year. An estimate from 2017 found that insurance companies paid out $13 billion in water damage claims. And some of the property damaged can’t be valued at all—things like wedding photos, baby books and heirlooms that money can’t replace.

Tips for Protecting Your Home

Sometimes accidents happen, and careful people can still suffer water damage from an appliance malfunctioning or a pipe bursting. But you can lower your risk by taking part in preventive home maintenance.

Busted pipes are one of the biggest culprits for flooding inside a home. The good news is that most plumbing has a long lifespan. (Galvanized steel pipes can last up to 70 years.) But even if you’re in a new home with new plumbing, watch your water bill. Spikes in your bill can indicate there’s a leak somewhere in your home.

Water heaters can last for 10 to 20 years—and cause a lot of damage if they bust. Do you know how old your water heater is? Or how frequently it needs to be replaced? If not, it’s easy to find out by taking a look at the label on the unit.

Your kitchen appliances are staples you use every day. But they do cause water damage—especially dishwashers and refrigerator ice makers. You can watch for early signs of leaks by checking out your refrigerator’s water supply line when you clean behind it. Also, inspect your dishwasher occasionally to look for signs of water leakage.

What happens if you can’t catch the leak?

Even the most diligent homeowners can sometimes miss a leak. Accidents happen. And when they do, it’s important to have your home professionally cleaned to protect you and your loved ones from mold and other issues that can arise after a water leak. That’s where our team of experts can help you.

Our team is always ready to help you after busted pipes, water heater leaks or appliance malfunctions damage your home. We’re here to talk with you 247 if you need to learn more about our water restoration process.

Get Ready to Weather the Storm | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

severe roof damage from a large tree landing on white house SERVPRO of Rapid City is here to provide you with a rapid response. Contact us right away if you experience any storm damage.

No one knows in advance when severe weather will strike their neighborhood and possibly damage their home. But there are things you can do right now that will help ensure your home is prepared if the unexpected happens.

The National Weather Service can help you with more than checking the weather for the upcoming weekend. They also offer advice about how to get your home ready.

Trim tree limbs and remove dead branches and bushes. Tree limbs and dead trees can pose a threat to your home during high winds. Moving them away from your home can help spare your windows, roof, and siding.

Keep your gutters free of debris. This keeps your roof (and the rest of your home) safe from water damage during heavy rains. Over time, clogged gutters can cause damage to your home that isn’t related to a single storm, so it’s important to clean them out regularly.

Securing loose items. If you have time, this can help save both these items and your home from damage. These include items like patio furniture and grills.

Shut your doors and windows. This will protect the interior of your home against water damage. Remember, even a cracked window can let water into your home.

Getting Your Family Ready

You can learn more about how to put together a family emergency plan and what weather threats are common in your area by visiting Ready.gov.

While you’re there, you can download their app to your smartphone. This app is a great resource when you’re at home or traveling. It sends real-time alerts about severe weather near you to your phone, no matter where you are.

Cleaning Up Storm Damage

Hopefully, your family will never be hit by a storm. But if you are, expert cleaning can help get your family’s home back in order quickly. Plus, if there’s water damage, it can help protect you against mold later.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. We’re here to talk with you 247 if you need to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Picking the Right Company to Handle Storm Restoration | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

large downed tree laying on top of light brown house Choosing the right restoration company is crucial to getting things back to normal. Call SERVPRO of Rapid City to set up an appointment.

Experiencing severe weather while you are at home or at work can be scary, and if you emerge into the aftermath to find that your property has been damaged, stress can add up. Storm damages continue to increase every year, leading to the necessity of being prepared in advance so you know how to handle it.

Working with the right company for storm restoration can go a long way. While it will certainly be a stressful time regardless, having a company you can count on beside you can make the process much more simple and stress-free. Here are some tips for determining if the company you are interested in is a good fit for you.

Determine if You Are Working With the Right Restoration Company After a Storm

Do you trust their reputation in the community? Storms can cause damage to a large area at once, leaving many people desperate for quick restoration and creating a market ripe for scams. Do your research on any company you are considering to make sure they carry a sound local and national reputation as restoration providers before you enter into any contracts with them.

Do you feel confident they can meet demand? Storm damage is unique both in the type of damage and the sheer volume of it. Not only can it cause multiple kinds of damage, but a storm will often impact a large area at one time. With our SERVPRO® partners across the nation, we can get as much backup as we need to handle every type and every incident of damage with the same incredible service we are known for.

Do you know they will always be there to help? Storms have no regard for what is and is not convenient for people, which is why we have you covered for damage at any time, even if it occurs after business hours or on a holiday. You can get in touch with us 247 to receive a comprehensive damage response plan and have a team dispatched to you as soon as you are ready.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

Prevent Your Cookout From Being Ruined by a Fire | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

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We love a summer afternoon spent outdoors followed by a meal cooked on the grill, but with the fun of mastering the grill also comes the responsibility of preventing fires. Because grilling is a common activity, it is not rare to see safety standards become relaxed with time. The best way to prevent a fire is by always being vigilant about fire safety every time you light up the grill.

Many people assume that grill fires are fairly rare, but the U.S. Fire Administration has found that over 5,000 occur annually. These fires can range from small incidents to large emergencies, so we always recommend brushing up on your safety skills before you break out the tongs.

Brushing Up on Grilling Safety Skills

Create a safe zone around your grill. Putting your grill in a spot that is convenient is typically desired, but if the convenient spot is on a wooden deck or close to your home, it can be disastrous. Experts recommend keeping at least three feet around your grill that is clear of flammable objects just in case.

Clean your grill grates often. When you clean your grill grates often, you are not only making your cooking more consistent, but you are also cutting down on your fire risk. As grease builds up on grill grates, it can be heated to hotter and hotter temperatures each time the grill is on, eventually sparking a serious grease fire. Brushing your grates off after each use is a good habit to be in for preventing this.

Never leave the grill unattended. Grills are no exception to the rule that an open flame should never be left unattended. It only takes a moment for that fire to start, and if you are nearby with a fire extinguisher in that moment, you can seriously reduce the damage that is caused. Even for a quick break, ask someone else to take over for you just in case.

Inspect the grill regularly. Even if you are using your grill regularly, there is no telling what sort of dangerous wear and tear could occur. Gas tanks, hoses and connectors can wear down in time, and if you light the grill with a gas leak present, a disaster could quickly ensue. A simple visual inspection every time you grill can seriously cut down on this risk.

If you have a grill fire that does damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

Tips to Stay Safe Regardless of Where a Summer Storm Finds You | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

7/21/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Rapid City is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.

When you go outside to enjoy the warm weather, worrying about thunderstorms is probably not top of mind. However, thunderstorms can happen suddenly, especially when the humidity is high—and every thunderstorm does have the potential to be dangerous, no matter how quickly it comes and goes.

Even if you are on the go when a thunderstorm catches you, these tips can help you stay safe regardless of where you are.

Staying Safe From Thunderstorms on the Go

Know your options for shelter. The best case scenario for a thunderstorm is to find out about it safely at home and be able to stay put until the threat passes—but when you are running errands or on a trip, this is not always a viable option. You can take shelter in your car during a thunderstorm as long as you follow recommended guidelines like turning off the engine and avoiding contact with metal.

Practice electrical safety. If a building is hit by a lightning strike, the wires are generally how the electricity will transfer, which can be a big headache if you have electronics plugged in. Because standard electronics can be ruined by a power surge, unplugging them is your best scenario if you have the time. If not, you can install surge protectors at home and at work to reduce the likelihood of this happening to you.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. There are few things more structurally stable than concrete buildings, but part of what gives them this stability are the metal reinforcements in the concrete’s interior. Because of this, if you have to shelter in a concrete building, avoid leaning on the walls or sitting directly on the floor to prevent the possibility of electrical shock if lightning strikes the building.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. If a severe storm interrupts your otherwise beautiful summer day, getting back outside is probably your top priority. You should make sure you are waiting an appropriate amount of time, however—there are reports of lightning traveling over 20 miles, so you should wait at least a half-hour after the last clap of thunder to head back out.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

Starting Your Fire Escape Procedures for Your Business | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

7/6/2020 (Permalink)

img src =”housefire.jpg” alt = “red fire alarm hanging on gray concrete wall ” If your business experiences any fire damage, you can count on us. SERVPRO of Rapid City specializes in commercial fire restoration.

Business owners are no stranger to the necessity of planning ahead for changes to the market, but have you considered how a fire could change your plans? Commercial fires impact many businesses every month, and generally, those that are better prepared have an easier time recovering.

Deciding where to start for your fire safety plans may feel overwhelming, but we always recommend starting with setting up a plan for regular fire evacuation drills with your employees. This will keep everyone safer if a fire were to start and create a comprehensive procedure that everyone will know to follow to quickly and calmly get to safety.

Starting on Your Business’ Fire Safety Plans

Consult with your local fire officials. There are many resources available to you to determine exactly where you can improve your fire safety efforts, including your own local fire station. You can often schedule a visit from them so they can assess your current situation and make personalized recommendations on where to improve and what routes to designate for escape.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. Once you have consulted with your local fire officials regarding your evacuation routes, map them out and communicate them clearly to your staff in advance of the first drill. Giving everyone ample time to prepare will make the drill go much more smoothly and prevent any unnecessary panic from an unprepared staff.

Have fire drills frequently. Your needs will certainly vary regarding how frequently you should make time for drills, but it is better to err on the side of doing them too frequently rather than not doing them enough. You do not want to do them so often that people do not take them seriously, but they should happen regularly enough to stay recent in people’s minds.

Run different fire scenarios. There are so many potential fire starters in any building, so it is impossible to predict exactly where a fire will originate. Make your fire evacuation plans dynamic enough to reflect this by changing up which exits and routes are available so your staff can be accustomed to evacuating in a variety of ways.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.

Have a Plan for Recovering From a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

< img src =”housefire.jpg” alt = “woman with hands covering face upset with burnt house in background ” > If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Rapid City is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

Having a plan for the moment a house fire starts is one of the best things you can do to boost your household’s safety. Getting everyone out of the house and calling for help in an organized manner is key, but it is also important to know what happens once the flames are extinguished.

Navigating the aftermath of a house fire is a complicated process, but with these helpful tips, you can make sure you are taking care of all the necessary considerations.

Navigating the Aftermath of a House Fire

Prepare yourself for what to expect. While it is impossible to predict the exact extent of your household’s damage before you go inside, being mentally prepared can help lessen the associated shock. Fire damage can often look more severe than people are expecting, so understanding how the charring, soot and smoke damage might appear can be helpful.

Wait to enter your home. Though many people will want to rush to re-enter the home and get started on their recovery process as quickly as possible, you should never do this without a green light from officials. Fires can compromise the structure of the home and make it quite hazardous, so it is important to prioritize staying safe above all else during recovery.

Contact your insurance company. Filing a fire damage claim will vary based on your policy provider, so getting in touch with them early on is a great way to make sure you are taking the right steps to get the most out of your claim.

Document the damages. Photos and a detailed inventory list are often requested by your insurance company anyway, but even if they are not, we recommend keeping track of the damages in an organized way. This will prevent you from accidentally forgetting about items that have been impacted by the fire and will come in handy as you work to recover.

Contact your restoration company. The emotional repercussions of a house fire can be difficult to deal with, which is why we always recommend prioritizing using the best restoration company you can. Trusting the company you work with will be vital in your peace of mind throughout the process and can help you return to your home as quickly as possible.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.