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The Quick Destruction of Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

 a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO of Rapid City is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

Do you have a faucet in your home that sometimes drips? What about a small spot of residual water damage from a troublesome dishwasher? Small instances of water damage can often be overlooked, but they can actually cause long-term and costly damage in your home.

An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage can progress quickly through walls, floors and softer surfaces in your home. It is crucial to recognize the damage and act accordingly to give your home the best chance of drying out in a timely manner.

Here’s a quick rundown of the timeline to water damage in your home:

In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood causing water damage in your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Considering the change in seasons, the snow melt and the increased risk of tornadoes this time of year in South Dakota, it is more important than ever to have a plan to handle any unexpected water in your residence.

Your reaction in the first 24 to 48 hours after flooding or water damage will make the difference in the degree of long-term damage. Unfortunately, even the quickest of responses may not be able to salvage the more fragile and water-sensitive materials in your home.

Books, photographs, magazines and other fragile possessions are especially vulnerable to immediate and irreparable damage. They can warp, swell or simply be ruined by the water.

Our mentality at SERVPRO Rapid City is to restore your materials, not replace them. We understand how precious keepsakes in your home can be, and we try our best to preserve these items for you.

If we find that we cannot save a certain item or keepsake, it will be communicated to you. That said, these types of things are usually removed from your home first to expedite their drying process.

Within the First Week

After the first 24 hours, water damage will spread quickly if not addressed. Mold grows in this timeframe, and it can begin to affect the internal structures of your home.

Additionally, soft surfaces such as wood structures, furniture and walls will become increasingly compromised. Even metal will start corroding.

After One Week

After a week of untreated damage, excess moisture will increase your risk of irreversible structural damage, and it can get more expensive to repair with each passing day.

How SERVPRO Will Help

SERVPRO’s restoration process begins with the first call, optimally by the 24-hour mark. We start with a thorough extraction of water and then move on to cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing your floors and furniture.

After the bulk of the water has been removed, our specialists will use industry-leading drying equipment to remove the water you can’t see to prevent lingering, unnoticed moisture.

After the initial dryout process, additional work may need to be done, ranging from minor damage repairs to entire structural rebuilds in various rooms of your home.

Thankfully, SERVPRO of Rapid City is able to handle the restoration process as well as the rebuilding process to help you get back on your feet and back into your home as soon as possible.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

Unexpected dangers of a leaky roof

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

a leaky roof with damage If your roof is leaking call our techs at SERVPRO today!

Roof leaks are detrimental to your home or business. Left untreated, leaking roofs can cause major issues and costly repairs. When it rains, water can seep into the roof, dripping water to the floor as well as eventually resulting in other complications. Thankfully, by being proactive, you can prevent these issues or address them before they become major problems. Here are some unexpected dangers of a leaky roof and how you can stay one step ahead.

LEAKY ROOFS CAN CAUSE MOLD

Mold is one of the most common unexpected dangers of a leaky roof. You may think that some water on the floor isn’t a big deal, but once mold sets in, it can quickly move to other areas of your home, even if the water hasn’t reached that far. Mold spores can be carried through your HVAC system and may result in serious health complications for you and your family. To make matters worse, you may not even be able to see the mold if it’s hidden deep inside your vents or walls. If you have a leaky roof or you spot mold in your home, reach out to a mold remediation company immediately to assess the severity and possible risk to you and your family.

YOUR FRAMES MAY START ROTTING

As water leaks into your home, it sets into your framing. Over time this will cause it to deteriorate and rot. Since most wood inside your home isn’t treated the way outdoor wood is, it can’t handle repeat exposure to moisture. Unfortunately, if you see signs of water in your home, such as ceiling spots or water dripping, then it’s probably already an issue in your home’s framing. You can fix your framing by hiring a professional contractor to drain the water, dry out the framing, and assess the structural integrity of your home. 

DAMAGED INSULATION

Since most water leaks come from the roof, it stands to reason that your attic will be one of the first areas impacted. As water enters your attic, it will cause your insulation to clump up and stop working the way it’s supposed to. Not only will this make your home cold in the winter and hot in the summer, but it will cause your energy bill to skyrocket as your HVAC system won’t be able to keep up anymore. 

SAGGING DRYWALL

Drywall is a great building material, and it’s often used to separate your home’s rooms with walls. However, it’s not supposed to get wet, and leaking roofs can cause unnecessary damage to your drywall. Once water enters your home through a leaky roof, it will steadily drip down and soak into your drywall. This will cause it to become soggy, and it may buckle or fall apart in extreme cases.

Leaky roofs are serious complications, but normal repairs are necessary as your roof deteriorates over time. While repairing your roof may not be a cost you were expecting, it’s far more affordable to address your roof issue than to wait for other related issues to escalate. Don’t let the rain get the best of your home. Hire a professional disaster management recovery group to take a look at your roof and help get your house back into working order.

WHAT IS OUR MISSION?

SERVPRO of Rapid City is here to assess your storm damage and determine the next step. If you need a roofing evaluation or have suffered exterior damage due to storms or other natural disasters, contact us today @ 605-388-3000 and schedule a storm damage evaluation and start on the road to recovery.

Smoke stains: when you need a professional

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Smoke stinks in more way than one. The odors aren’t just gross, they can cause dangerous health problems. From a smoky kitchen to a full-on fire, your home can become subject to smoke stains. Not only can smoke weaken the structure of your home, but it can also damage your lungs. Here's what you should look out for in regards to smoke stains in your home.

The Cleaning Process

Smoke damage cleaning is an extensive process. When a fire breaks out, many chemical reactions occur. Each and every material in your home reacts differently when in flames; hence, they produce different types of smoke.

There are two common types of smoke. Dry smoke results from burning wood. It leaves grey, dry, powdery soot behind that is far easier to clean than wet smoke. Wet smoke is black in color and leaves a thick, oily residue that can easily smear during clean-up. You will need professional assistance when dealing with both dry and wet smoke, as both pose potential health risks.

Professional fire restoration begins with removing visible soot. Chemical treatments are then used to clean and remove any non-visible residue. Cleaning walls and ceilings can be difficult, or impossible, for homeowners to do on their own—always hire a professional.

What You Can Do?

After a fire, there are ways you can restore some items yourself! When cleaning affected clothing after a home fire, be mindful of the potential health risks. You absolutely can DIY this; however, use safety goggles, protective gloves, and a breathing mask before you attempt to clean anything that has been damaged by smoke.

Use a vacuum hose to remove soot from clothing and fabric-covered furniture. Make sure you hold the hose slightly away from whatever you are cleaning to avoid smearing or smushing the soot further. Once the soot is removed, the odor needs to be eliminated.

Smoke odor can be masked, but this is only a temporary solution. Surprisingly, a dry cleaner is not the best option here. In this case, you are actually the best person for the job! Studies have shown that dry cleaning is less effective than at-home cleaning when it comes to restoring color and eliminating odors from your clothing. Four to five cycles in your washing machine, with warm water and liquid detergent, should mostly restore clothing if soot is completely removed first.

Smoke damage to your home can be dangerous to your health and the structure of your property. If your home has smoke stains, call SERVPRO of Rapid City, at (605) 388-3000.

Is your restoration contractor EPA certified?

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Is your restoration contractor EPA certified and familiar with RRP activity’s, rules and regulations? Lead is very toxic and if your property was built prior to 1980 it would be a good idea to have it tested by a qualified environmentalist. When dealing with properties across Los Angeles that have suffered mold damage, water damage, fire and smoke damage we make sure all steps are taken to insure everyone’s safety is made priority, and when hazards like lead are introduced to the work areas it’s our job to execute protocols to bring the property back to its preloss condition minus the hazardous materials.

SCHEDULE A RESTORATION CONSULTATION

 SERVPRO of Rapid City is a top rated restoration company proudly serving the Rapid City and surrounding areas. Our 1st priority is getting you back on track and restoring your property in a timely matter. This includes having our entire team of professionals help you throughout the process. Call us (605) 388-3000 to schedule a consultation.

Property owners: how to avoid a lot of issues that cost a lot of money

BEING A PROPERTY OWNER COMES WITH HUGE RESPONSIBILITIES AND MANY OF THEM INVOLVE MONEY.

Yes, being a property owner can be expensive, especially if you are spending your money is costly repairs instead of investing it in maintaining your property. While you may be wondering, what is the difference: spending money in repairs vs. maintenance? Ultimately, the difference is the amount of money you will spend and the surprises you will encountered. While not all issues can be avoided, following the tips below will help prevent damages and save you a lot of money in the long-run.

A Few Examples to Prevent a Fire

Regularly clean out the lint trap in your dryer

Keep a fire extinguisher (Class K: Cooking Oils) in kitchen

Clean the air ducts of your dryer, annually

Inspect the oil in your furnace, annually

A Few Examples to Prevent Mold

Check your plumbing regularly to detect early signs of leaks

Regularly clean your roof gutters

Inspect your roof to ensure water has not seeped

Regularly clean or replace your HVAC filters

OVERALL, REGULARLY CHECKING UP ON THINGS IS KEY.

It can lower the chances of exposing your property to dangers such as, leaks, mold, and or fire. While investing in the maintenance of your property may cost you a few hundred dollars a year (or less if done by you), neglecting your property altogether will cost you thousands of dollars, headaches, and unexpected ongoing expenses. Therefore, become familiar with the “Hidden Dangers in Your House” and consider following these tips. In the end, you may save money and your property altogether.

SCHEDULE A RESTORATION CONSULTATION

SERVPRO of Rapid City provides24 hour emergency restoration services for residential and commercial properties. We are a top rated water removal and mold remediation company proudly serving the Rapid City and surrounding areas.

SERVPRO Has the Restoration Experts You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Rapid City has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

Here at SERVPRO, we offer more than cleanup, restoration and construction services. We are proud to offer the community of Rapid City disaster relief cleanup and resistance when you need it most.

<h2damage">Water Damage

Whether it be due to a change in season or a burst pipe in your home, flooding can occur at any time without warning. Untreated water issues can cause serious damage in your home or business.

In fact, floods cause more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

Thankfully, SERVPRO has the knowledge, staff and proper equipment to quickly diagnose any sort of water issue and start treating the cause right away. We will help you dry out your space, investigate how it happened and take the appropriate steps to ensure the damage is reversed and your home is brought back to its preloss condition.

As the temperatures rise in Rapid City and we start to thaw out from the long winter, the warmer weather can quickly cause unexpected water issues in and around your home.

Be sure to check for water and moisture often, and address any issues you notice right away. If you do encounter flooding issues, SERVPRO has the tools to help. We will help you understand the severity of the flooding and subsequent damage so that you can make informed decisions for cleanup and restoration.

We’ll also assist you in developing a water damage restoration plan to ensure your home is clean, dry and restored to our standard of its preloss condition. Our goal is always ensure the flooding issue is resolved and provide you with the resources needed so it does not happen again.

<h2damage">Fire Damage

A fire department in the United States responds to a fire every 23 seconds, and there was roughly $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses nationwide in 2020. If your home or business has sustained fire damage, we’ll jump right into action with our seven-step restoration process.

This starts with an inspection and damage assessment, and we make sure that you understand each step of the process as we work on the repair process.

<h2damage">Storm Damage

Living in the Midwest, we understand that midwest weather can bring floods, wildfires, tornadoes and blizzards (sometimes it seems like that could all happen in one day). Whatever the weather and whatever the time of day, we are here to help.

Tornado and flood damage can affect the very structure of your home, but this kind of damage can affect your personal belongings as well. SERVPRO offers content restoration cleaning with the intention of restoring your precious possessions instead of replacing them.

We offer dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleansing and abrasive cleaning, as well as move-out services in case more intensive cleaning is needed to finalize a restoration.

<h2sets-SERVPRO-apart">What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We are available 247 and we want you to call us day or night when you need our services.

Disasters and accidents don’t wait until the morning or a weekday, so we don’t either. When you call, a SERVPRO expert will answer our 247 Emergency Line and you will receive high-quality assistance right away.

When you see our expert technicians in the big green trucks around Rapid City, we want you to know that the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the nation is here to help. We have over 50 years experience, and our location is locally owned and operated.

We also have 1,900 other locations across the United States that we can tap into in an emergency, so we have national resources and local passion. Sleep easy at night knowing that our team here in Rapid City is ready to help you after a disaster or an accident. We pride ourselves in getting you back to “Like it never even happened."

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.

Do you have coverage for a water disaster?

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

a man pointing at water damage on a ceiling When water damages your home call SERVPRO of Rapid City at (605)-388-3000.

Water damage sets you back badly if you were not prepared for it. For this reason, you need to ensure that you are covered against such issues. While you can get water damage insurance, certain scenarios will not be covered by your insurance. To help you with this, here is everything you need to know about water damage insurance.

What is Water Damage Insurance?

Water damage is insurance money that is paid out when your house is affected by water damage. It helps deal with the pairs. While companies like Water Damage America come in and help restore your home, insurance companies ensure there are enough funds for the home restoration.

Situations Where Water Damage Insurance Works

There are situations where insurance companies will pay for the damages caused to your home. Here are the situations when your insurance will pay for your water damage:

Accidental leaks- Insurance will take care of leaks from pipes and broken washers that cause water damage.

Burst pipes- Water damage from burst pipes due to frozen pipes and any other incident will be covered

Damage from fires- If the water was used to put out a fire and caused damage to your property, the damage will be insured.

Roof leaks- If there was water damage to the interior of your house because of a roof leak, that would be catered to by insurance. The only thing you need to ensure is the leak was not caused by a fallen tree or a caved-in roof that was not fixed.

Water damage from storms like heavy and sudden rain,

Ice dam- Insurance will cover ice dams built in your gutter in cold months. If these ice dams result from neglect, you will not get them fixed.

Situations When Water Damage Will Not be Covered by Insurance

There are also times when your insurance will not work for water damage. Knowing about these will help you be careful with the care you give your home and figure out when you can rely on insurance and when to deal with it independently. Here are the situations where insurance will not cover water damage:

Flood damage. Any damage caused by extreme flooding will not be covered

Water damage is caused by negligence or lack of maintenance. If your home gets water damaged because you did not fix leaks when they occurred or did not carry out regular checks, then this will not be covered

Damage for intentional acts. If you set your ho on fire or turn off the heat in winter, then you will not be compensated for whatever damage

Water damage from backup sewer lines. You need to get a proper cover for that

Cost of repairing source. No compensation will be given for a broken heater or washer

Knowing what is covered in water damage will ensure you stay vigilant for your home. Ensure you look after everything, and that way, in case of an issue, you will be compensated. If you have water damage in your home, contact the experts at SERVPRO.

Do you know what to do when lightening strikes?!

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

stormy clouds with lightning Contact the trusted team at SERVPRO Rapid City Contact us 24/7 at (605) 388-3000 today for help in such situations

After a storm has passed through our community or neighborhood - especially a strong one that causes damage it can take you off guard. After the storm has passed and when it is safe it is important to assess the property to determine if damage has occurred and get started with any potential cleanup and restoration. SERVPRO of Rapid City is here to help with your Storm Damage Repair.

Below is some helpful information about different types of storms that can bring on damage to your property and how you may be able to protect its value.

Winter Storm Damage

Winter Storms not only wreck havoc but also can cause the formation of Ice Dams. Ice dams are caused by heavy snowfall or ice build-up on your roof. These can go undetected and cause many problems, not the least of which is water damage in addition to structural deterioration and leaks. When water builds up in an ice dam, it backs up under shingles, leaks into a house, and causes major water damage to your property.

Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes are a problem for several different reasons. While not only creating an inconvenience - more seriously it can cause major damage to your home or business. If you see visible frost on the outside of your exposed pipes, detect slow or uneven water flow across your property, or feel your walls getting damp, it's critical that you act fast. Even if your pipes haven't entirely burst, it's a good idea to reach out to a restoration expert to prevent any further damage.

Storm-Related Flood Damage

The Government agency to which tracks annually losses from storms - Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that storm based flooding and hurricane force winds in 2019 in the U.S. totaled a staggering $9 billion to commercial businesses alone. When severe weather strikes, you'll want to inspect your commercial property's ceilings, walls, flooring, kitchen cabinets, and contents (furniture and clothing) as soon as possible. Water damage may cause significant issues in the future if left unchecked.

6 Helpful Tips to Prevent Mold from Forming in Your Home

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

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relaxation your home brings.

Mold can grow and thrive in places where you least expect it. Some signs of mold are visible, but others are not. Not only is it an eyesore, but also a health hazard.  As a result, it's crucial to prevent mold from your home at all costs.

In this article, we list down easy ways to prevent the formation of mold in your home. Read on below to get started.

#1 - Identify Mold Hotspots

It's difficult to prevent mold from your home if you don't know where it's coming from. Before you start taking proactive measures to prevent mold, you need to know where it hides out.

Here are some areas in your home where mold can thrive:

Behind your walls

Behind your dishwasher

Under the sink

The corners of your bathroom

Pots and pans in low cabinets

Ceilings

Basements

If you want to prevent mold from your home, you should regularly check these spots.

#2 - Dry Any Wet Area in Your Home

Even if you're not seeing any signs of mold in your home, you should always keep it dry. Moisture is a breeding ground for mold. For this reason, you should regularly dry up wet areas in your home.

The best way to dry up wet areas is by using a dehumidifier. A dehumidifier will absorb excess moisture in the air. In addition, this device also cleans the air in your home and purifies it.

#3 - Ensure Your Home Has Proper Ventilation

Proper ventilation ensures that the air in your home is well-circulated. It helps to promote the flow of fresh air. This is important because mold thrives in stagnant areas.

Make sure you don't put anything blocking the airflow of your vents. If you want to prevent mold from your home, you should also ensure that your doors and windows are open at least once a week. Additionally, you should also replace your furnace filters regularly. This will help your furnace and air conditioner to circulate air in your home.

#4 - Install Mold-Resistant Products

Your home has a lot of products that are prone to mold. To prevent mold from your home, you should buy products made of mold-resistant material. For example, you can replace your shower curtain after a month of use. Additionally, you should replace these products regularly to ensure that they‘re in good condition.

#5 - Clean or Repair Your Roof Gutters

If your roof gutters are leaking, water will collect in them. Water accumulation in your gutters can then become a breeding ground for mold.

The best way to prevent mold from your gutters is by using a gutter guard. This tool will prevent water from building up in your gutter. It also ensures a proper flow of water in your gutter.

#6 - Keep Your Carpets Clean

Carpets are one of the most common sources of mold in the home. To prevent mold from your carpets, you should regularly clean and vacuum them at least once a week. After vacuuming, you should use a carpet shampooer to clean your carpets.

Conclusion

Mold is a natural phenomenon. However, it can cause so many health problems. Many people don't realize that it's essential to prevent mold from your home until they experience it. With the tips above, you can prevent mold growth in your home.

SERVPRO Can Clean Your Commercial Property

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

team of people in ppe cleaning an office You can rely on our team to make your workspace look its very best.

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Rapid City for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on our team to make your workspace look its very best.

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Rapid City offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Air Ducts and HVAC

Biohazard and Sewage

Trauma and Crime Scene

Carpet and Upholstery

Drapes and Blinds

Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors

Odor Removal and Deodorization

Vandalism

If your commercial property needs assistance with cleaning services, SERVPRO is the company to call

SERVPRO Can Clean Your Commercial Property

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

 a crew in ppe cleaning an office You can rely on our team to make your workspace look its very best.

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Rapid City for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on our team to make your workspace look its very best.

Specialty Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Rapid City offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

Air Ducts and HVAC

Biohazard and Sewage

Trauma and Crime Scene

Carpet and Upholstery

Drapes and Blinds

Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors

Odor Removal and Deodorization

Vandalism

If your commercial property needs assistance with cleaning services, SERVPRO is the company to call.