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Rapid City Residents Can Count on Us to Repair Fire Damage l SERVPRO® of Rapid City

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick home If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Rapid City to fully restore your home.

If you’re a homeowner here in Rapid City, there’s a team of local experts who can help you and your family if your home suffers fire damage. We’re prepared to work with you to remediate and repair in the aftermath of a fire.

Millions of house fires happen every year in the United States—something many homeowners will deal with over the next year. And that number likely includes members of the community here.

Why Winter Is a Riskier Season

Fires happen more often during the colder winter months—especially in places like South Dakota, where residents may need to use furnaces, space heaters and more to heat their homes.

Christmas tree accidents cause numerous fires every year.

Space heaters without automatic shutoff functions can topple over. Malfunctioning furnaces and mishaps with appliances happen sometimes.

How SERVPRO Is Different

Want to know why so many families trust us in Rapid City? Here’s how we’re different:

We have a restoration-first mentality. Our team helps families recover from a fire in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts are there at every step. We’ll help you save money on repairs and insurance premiums.

We can help with all the restoration issues you’ll face. House fires can damage upholstery, walls and more. Issues resulting from water and smoke are common problems, too. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues. We’ll make the damage like it never happened.

We’re here at any time. Beginning the restoration process quickly is an important step in getting your home back to its original state. When it’s an emergency, we’re available 247. We make sure our team is here when it matters most.

We are locally owned. SERVPRO locations are everywhere—all across the United States. This location is locally owned. It’s staffed by team members who live in Rapid City. But since we are a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a leading-edge company. We use them here in our community.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about restoration services near me.

Fire Prevention - Fire Clean up Near Me

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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"It’s always good to find out you’re going to be working from home…

Unless you’re a firefighter."

According to the National Fire Protection Association (http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fires-in-the-us), in 2015, there were 500,000+ structure fires causing $10+ billion in property damage! Structure fires were reported every 63 seconds!

Here are a few tips to prevent a fire at your Federal Way home or property, provided by the American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/home-fire-preparedness):

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Talk to children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Also, install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each separate sleeping area.
  • Check electrical wiring in your home.
  • Avoid overloading outlets or extension cords.
  • Make sure wiring is not under rugs, attached by nails, or in high traffic areas.

Have you checked your home or property for fire hazards recently? Have you had conversations with your family about what you would do in a fire emergency? What is your plan if a fire impacts your home?

SERVPRO of Rapid City specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire or smoke damage event and can help you get back on track after an incident.

Stop Water Damage This Winter | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a gutters due to heavy rain > near Spearfish If you have water damage in your home due to a leaky roof or another cause, contact us right away. SERVPRO of Rapid City is available 24/7.

Homes can suffer water damage at any time during the year near Spearfish. But it’s important to keep in mind that seasonal dangers are unique—especially in places with harsh winters like we have near Spearfish.

In general, water damage claims are among the most common ones insurance companies see during the year. Insurance experts estimate that roughly one in every 50 American homeowners files a water damage claim each year.

These can vary in severity, from major flood or storm damage to repairing a busted pipe. In fact, you likely know someone who filed a water damage claim this year.

The Best Steps to Keep Your Home Safe

Taking care of your home and doing regular maintenance is your best protection against routine water damage.

What do you need to watch out for this winter? Experts have some advice about places to look when you’re getting your home ready to weather winter’s unique home maintenance needs:

Get a good look at your foundation. Being sure your home’s foundation doesn’t have any cracks is one of the first things you should do to prepare for winter. Water damage in basements is a common reason homeowners need remediation services. Additionally, water seeping into cracks during the winter and freezing can cause cracks to widen. That happens because water expands when it freezes.

Get your gutters clean before it starts snowing. In general, it’s a good idea to clean your home’s gutters a couple of times each year. Keeping them free of debris and flowing can help stop water from pooling or flowing in ways that can damage your home. Also, clean gutters are less likely to be filled with damaging ice.

Protect your pipes. Did you know frozen pipes are the most common reason homeowners file water damage claims in the winter? You don’t have to be one of them. If the forecast calls for a winter storm or an unseasonably frigid night, leave the faucets in your home dripping. (It doesn’t have to be much—just enough to keep water flowing.) You’re much less likely to find busted, frozen pipes if you take this step.

Find spots that need to be sealed. Like checking the foundation, this step is important because water expands when it freezes. Shingles, window panes and siding that aren’t secure can allow water into your home. And that water can freeze, expand and damage your home.

If a busted pipe, leaky gutter or other winter hazard damages your home, our team is here to help you restore your home. You can get in touch with us 247.

Preparing for a Cold Winter | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

icicles hanging on gutters of red brick house SERVPRO of Rapid City is your local restoration expert. Contact us today if you experience any storm damage.

Winter is approaching rapidly in South Dakota. If you’re like most people in Rapid City and beyond, it’s time to start thinking about how to deal with colder weather, snow and ice.

Consider protecting your home before the winter weather starts getting severe. If you’re like most Americans, your home is your family’s most substantial investment. Taking steps to keep your home and family safe from common winter hazards protects that investment.

If you start protecting your home now, you can stop small issues before becoming bigger problems that cause water and storm damage to your home.

Doing it easier than you might expect. You can take the five steps experts recommend when you’re getting your home ready for winter. You can do most of them in a weekend.

Find and seal spaces in your home where air leaks happen. Not only is this better for your home, but it also helps protect you from sticker shock due to high winter heating bills.

Inspect out and insulate your pipes. Busted pipes are one of the main causes of water damage in homes. By replacing faulty pipes and insulating your plumbing, you can prevent your pipes from freezing.

Repair and replace roof tiles, shutters, siding and other exterior elements. Cold air and water can seep in through a variety of surfaces. While the cold air drives high heating bills, water can do significant damage to your home.

Clean your gutters. Removing leaves and fall debris that could freeze or cause water issues during a rainy winter protects your home.

Trim back any branches that are overhanging your home. The weight of snow and ice can cause branches to snap and break. If any of them are hanging over your roof when it happens, they can damage your home.

General Winter Home Safety Tips

Power outages are common during ice storms and blizzards. The CDC offers some tips that can help you stay warm and safe at home.

Be smart with your generator. If you use a generator, put a battery-operated carbon monoxide monitor in your home. It protects your family from the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Use space heaters the right way. Choose a space heater with an automatic shut-off switch. Also, be sure to place space heaters away from fabric (like furniture and curtains).

If you can, use flashlights at home instead of candles. Candles can cause fires if they’re left burning or topple over. That’s why it’s always safer to keep flashlights on in case the power goes out.

We’re Here to Help

If a busted pipe, leaky gutter or other winter storm hazard damages your home, our team is here to help you restore your home.

You can get in touch with us 247. We’re here if you need anything or if you want to learn more about the services we offer.

Reconstruction Services are now Available | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

11/21/2020 (Permalink)

Two men looking at Blueprints Let us help you get your life back together!

Did you know that in addition to water mitigation, fire cleanup, and mold remediation, SERVPRO of Rapid City also offers reconstruction services? After our team is done with drying out your home/business or removing smoke-damaged materials, we can put your home/business back together "Like it never even happened." The convenience and savings of working with one company to assist with mitigation and repairs can be significant. In addition to reconstruction, we also do general home remodeling. Have you been considering remodeling your kitchen? We can help. Does your bathroom need an update? We do that too. From start to finish, we can manage your reconstruction project!

Here are just some of the reconstruction services SERVPRO offers:

  • Drywall repair and installation
  • Floor repair and replacement
  • Kitchen and bath installation and remodeling
  • Cabinet and trim replacement
  • Insulation installation
  • Ceiling repair
  • Fixture replacement
  • Painting and texturing
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Framing
  • Finish Carpentry 
  • Setting/hanging doors

SERVPRO of Rapid City is Here to Help make your life easier!

How to Keep Your Home Safe From Fire Damage This Holiday Season | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

a man with blue shirt opening oven filled with smoke Our team is available to 24/7 when you have a fire emergency. SERVPRO of Rapid City is here to help.

The holidays may feel unusual this year, but despite everything, many Americans are still planning family-style meals and looking forward to stringing lights and garland to brighten up their homes.

As you’re making plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas, don’t let fire safety slip your mind. Even if you’re hosting smaller events, it’s still a good idea to plan them with these tips in mind.

Thanksgiving Fire Safety

According to a leading insurance provider, 47% of all home fires start while cooking.

These tips from the National Fire Protection Association will help you keep your kitchen safer this holiday season and beyond.

Watch your stove and oven. We’re all tempted to let pots simmer and turkeys roast while we chat with guests or catch a game. But these appliances can start fires if they’re not regularly monitored. So don’t leave your dishes unattended for too long. You’ll serve a tastier meal— and be better prepared to prevent issues that can become kitchen fires.

Keep an eye on any burning candles. Lots of people love the warm, pumpkin-scented candles that have recently become synonymous with fall. If you want to light them during your Thanksgiving party (or any other time of the year), place them somewhere young children can’t grab them or knock them over. Be sure you blow them out when you’re not at home, too.

Check your cords and appliances. Your kitchen works overtime to prepare for Thanksgiving. Place appliance cords in places that don’t pose a tripping hazard to children darting into the kitchen or busy cooks. These appliances can start fires if they’re pulled off the counter or malfunction.

Keep Safety in Mind This Christmas

When it’s time to decorate your home, be sure you keep fire safety at the top of mind when you’re stringing lights and putting up your tree. By just being mindful of how you place your decorations and watching your kitchen for possible fire risks, you can go a long way toward protecting your home and family.

Stay vigilant in the kitchen. Many families enjoy a large meal at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Be sure to keep an eye on dishes you’re simmering on the stove and appliances you have out on the counter.

Keep your Christmas tree away from heat. As a general rule, you’ll want to be sure your tree is several feet away from fireplaces (wood-burning or gas), vents and space heaters.

Turn the lights off when you leave. While twinkling lights make your home look welcoming at night, leaving them on when you’re not home can raise your house fire risk.

We’re Here to Help

Even the most diligent homeowners can sometimes have an accident or an unforeseen circumstance regarding a house fire. If it happens to your home, we’re available any time day or night to help you start repairing the damage and restoring your home.

Our team is available to help 247 when you have a fire emergency, so don’t hesitate to call us if you need us.

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

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

a large 24/7 blue neon sign hanging on brick wall No matter the need, SERVPRO of Rapid City is here to provide you with a rapid response.

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.

Main Causes of Flooding in Rapid City Businesses

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

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When speaking with local Rapid City business owners and property managers in regards to potential water damage situations, the knee-jerk reaction is to picture a massive storm, flooding offices, and shutting down businesses for days to weeks. It is true that commercial water damage is often the result of floods, but living in Rapid City storms of that degree few and far between.

 
However commercial water damage can happen all year but is usually focused in the fringe seasons, when the weather switched from hot to cold and vice-versa, and it can drastically affect the operation of your business. Here are some of usual culprits of water damage to commercial buildings. 
  

  1. Faulty sprinkler systems 

Some offices and retail buildings still have old and outdated sprinkler systems that work together with fire protection systems. When a fire happens, these sprinklers are very useful in limiting damage, but they can also cause commercial flood damage if they are defective or in need of replacement.

2. Damaged equipmen

This cause of commercial water damage is more common in businesses that use appliances and equipment that make use of water, such as restaurants. If the appliance fails and sends water throughout your building, you will face a water emergency. This can be extra damaging if it occurs after hours and is left alone for long periods of time.
 
3. Broken pipes and plumbing 

Just like in a house, if the plumbing system in your property fails water damage could be the result. Bursting pipes are a regular occurrence in Calgary with our fluctuating weather patterns that can result in pipes freezing and thawing out rapidly.
 
4. Sewer Backups  

One last cause of commercial water damage that often catches business owners by surprise, is the sewer backup. Should the sewer or sump pump to your building back up or become damaged it can result in Black Water rising into your building. Contaminated Black Water can cause adverse health effects and ruin products and office furnishings. SERVPRO of Rapid City has certified IICRC technicians that specialize with this type of water damage.
 
If your business has suffered commercial water damage, SERVPRO of Rapid City will get you and your business back up and running again. Call us anytime at (605)388-3000!

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

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

a large 24/7 blue neon sign hanging on brick wall No matter the need, SERVPRO of Rapid City is here to provide you with a rapid response.

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.