Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

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.

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.

What Steps to Take in the Aftermath of a Flood | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

three large houses in a neighborhood with home and street flooded If you’re experiencing any water damage from flooding, SERVPRO of Rapid City is available 24/7 to assist you with any repairs.

Because flooding events are becoming more and more common across the country, being prepared for how to react if one impacts your home is wise. It is normal to want to clean up quickly when you sustain flood damage, but it is essential to make sure you are taking smart steps and making your safety a priority when you do so.

Tips for Taking the Right Steps After a Flood

Avoid further safety hazards. Getting back to your home in order to survey and clean up the damage is often a top priority after a flood, but it is important to not rush there before the area has been deemed safe. Officials must check for damages hidden by the floodwaters such as electrical wires, animals and other contaminants, and exposing yourself to these can lead to serious injuries.

Air out the home. While the damage from rising waters can be significant, mold damage can be an auxiliary issue that can also pose its own set of problems. While mold will seek out any moisture-damaged space in the aftermath of a flood, airing out your home can discourage its growth and keep the air inside the home healthier for those working on the recovery process.

Document the damages. We understand the urge to begin cleaning up immediately after laying eyes on the damages to your home, but we always urge people to do a thorough documentation first. Make an inventory list of all damaged items and take photos of the rooms that have been impacted. Not only will this be helpful for your records, but it is also a big help if you are eligible to file an insurance claim for the damages.

Contact your restoration and insurance companies right away. For those who have purchased flood insurance, setting the policy claim in motion as quickly as possible will help things move much faster for you. Additionally, reach out to your restoration company as soon as you are able to after the flood, especially if they offer a 247 service. Leaving water damage unattended can cause it to compound, meaning quick and professional treatment is the best thing for your home.

If your home has been damaged in a flood, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to receive a quick response and set the restoration process in motion.

Why sump pumps fail

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

diagram of a sump pump Keep your sump pump in tip top shape

Power Failure

Your primary sump pump should not be treated any different than any other appliance in your home - without power, it is completely worthless.  As a safeguard, invest in a high-quality battery back-up sump pump.   A battery kept continually charged by the backup system operates a separate pump linked to the discharge pipe, providing you hours of protection until power is restored. Some backup pumps even monitor the condition of the battery and alert you when it needs to be replaced.

Frozen Discharge Pipe

If the discharge pipe is not installed pitched properly, water will collect and eventually freeze, causing a blockage. 

Switch Stuck in Place

There are several different types of sump float switches.  Vertical and tethered floats are the most common.  Vertical floats seem to work the best as tethered floats are known for getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit (resulting in a flooded basement). 

Over-worked / Under-Powered Sump Pump

Not all pumps are created equal.  Make sure you install the correct horsepower pump capable of keeping up with your flow of water.   

Old Age

It is generally recommended that sump pumps should be replaced every five to seven years in order to be reasonably safe. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Have a water damage from a sump pump failure? Call SERVPRO of Rapid City at (605) 388-3000

Is your kit ready?

3/30/2020 (Permalink)

picture of an emergency kit Kit for 2 people for 3 days

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

When life get stormys call SERVPRO of Rapid City to clean it up. (Your property that is)

3/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Diaster Trailer The right equipment for every job.

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.

Weatherproofing Tips for Homeowners | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

a person placing weatherstripping on a white window If you have any storm damage, SERVPRO of Rapid City is here to help. We are available 24/7 and ready to assist you when you need it most.

Severe weather can cause significant and unpredictable damages to the home, but there are ways that homeowners can make their houses more resilient. Taking time to increase your home’s weatherproofing can go a long way—and considering that about half of insurance claims are due to weather, it is something that would benefit homeowners to take seriously.

Adding weatherproofing to your home is a fairly simple process that can provide homeowners with valuable peace of mind the next time severe weather is in the forecast. Keep reading to learn about the most effective weatherproofing methods you can implement around the house.

Tips for Homeowners to add Weatherproofing

Keep Your Shingles in Shape
Even for newer homes, doing regular roof inspections is a wise way to catch sneaky leaks before they get out of hand. Looking at your shingles can tell you quite a bit about your roof’s overall health—missing or cracked shingles are a good indicator that you may need professional repairs.

Beat the Weather With Weatherstripping
Implementing weatherstripping for the exterior of your home can provide significant insulation as well as protection from water leaks when heavy rains occur. Weatherstripping seals the miniature cracks that can develop around doors and windows, leading to big savings on your electricity bills as well as preventing water from working its way in.

Gut Debris From Your Gutters
Clearing debris from your gutters will prevent clogs from starting, which can lead to water damage to your roof and the exterior elements of your home. It is recommended to clean your gutters at least twice each year, and make sure you check on them frequently to determine that everything is draining as it should.

Pick the Right Paint
If you are considering a paint job for the outside of your home, it is about more than just picking a color due to all the weatherproofing technology available. Many paints have built-in water defenses and UV protection to actually reduce the way your home is aged by weather over time by reducing water damage and general wear and tear.

If you have issues with storm damage to your home, we are always here to help. Contact us 24 hours a day for a rapid response.

For Storm Damage, You Can Trust Us | SERVPRO® of Rapid City

2/10/2020 (Permalink)

a yellow storm damage sign in front of a large damaged roof SERVPRO of Rapid City is your Damage Restoration expert. If you experience any storm damage call us right away.

Storms occur quite often, which can lead individuals to forget the amount of damage they can potentially cause. Storm damages are one of the most frequent reasons why homeowners file with their insurance companies and led to around $2 billion in losses to households during 2018.

It is wise to remember just how damaging storms can be and have a plan in place in case storm damage happens to you.

When you need storm restoration, choosing a company you trust to do quality work is key. That is why we are here to tell you everything you need to know about our restoration process:

Our Unique Storm Restoration Approach

We Do a Dynamic Inspection
Every storm is different, and we understand that no two incidents of storm damage are going to be the same. That is why we take a dynamic approach to restoration inspections, checking for water, structural damage and mold growth. If these things are not treated in tandem, you will run into future problems down the road.

We Train Our Technicians Thoroughly
Our technicians are some of the best in the industry, and we invest heavily in their training to make sure they are fully prepared for any type of storm damage. Based on the guidelines set forth by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, we design all of our training to adhere to industry standards. We also provide ongoing training programs and materials so everyone can stay up to date throughout their careers.

We Have a National Resource Pool
With a national brand behind us, we are a locally owned business that can handle damages of any caliber. We can consult with other SERVPRO® locations in the event that damages are widespread in order to provide extra resources to the community, ensuring that everyone in the area can receive restoration in a timely manner.

We Have Earned Our Reputation
After a severe band of storms, be wary of any new restoration companies that crop up to take advantage of victims. We have seen this many times in the years we have been in business, which is why we always recommend that homeowners work with reputable businesses they know they can trust.

If you have experienced storm damage or want to learn more, you can call us 247 for more details.

The Importance of Acting Quickly after a Disaster

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Rapid City is available 24/7/365 for all your disaster needs.

When a disaster strikes, it is imperative to respond quickly in order to prevent further damages and complications. Fires, mold infestations and floods from broken pipes, overflows or heavy storms – all such disasters must be dealt with in a timely manner. If not handled immediately you could experience on or more of these issues:

  • If water-damaged structures and contents are not dried out quickly and correctly, potential health risks can develop. Mold can begin to grow within the first 24 to 48 hours after the disaster.
  • Excessive water can cause: rusting in metals, corrosion in electronic components, cracking, splitting or warping of furniture items, color bleeding or transfer in fabrics, furniture stains and secondary damage to upholstery, drapery, clothing, wallpaper, photos and papers.
  • Fire or smoke damaged properties can also experience irreversible damage, regardless of the size of the fire. Soot residue is highly acidic and can pit or corrode the metal in doorknobs, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, etc. It can also etch glass in windows, mirrors and cabinets, causing them to look soiled and cloudy. Moreover, plastics, appliances, fabrics and vinyl windows can become discolored.
  • The safety and security of the home can be compromised. Windows and doors may become weak and function improperly, wet materials may collapse and electrical installations and components can be a health hazard when they come in contact with water. Slips and falls are also potential dangers.

If you’re not sure how to act after experiencing water, fire or mold problems in your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Rapid City at 605-388-3000. We have a team of restoration professionals ready 24/7/365 to help you.

When Storms or Floods hit, SERVPRO of Rapid City is ready!

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.

SERVPRO of Rapid City specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit the Black Hills, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 605-388-3000

Winter Cleanup and Restoration

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Damage from Cold Weather or Winter Storm?

In Western South Dakota, cold weather, snow, and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or business. When these types of disasters strike, immediate action is necessary to prevent additional damage to your property. SERVPRO of Rapid City has the winter storm experience, expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather. 

SERVPRO of Rapid City Professionals

  • Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly Trained Winter Storm Restoration Specialists
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster 

Frozen Pipes

Extreme cold weather can cause pipes to freeze and burst. In general, pipes are more likely to freeze when the temperature is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. The resulting water damage can be extensive. Outdoor pipes and pipes in unheated areas of the home can freeze if they are not properly insulated or if temperatures are severely cold. SERVPRO of Rapid City can quickly and safely repair water damage caused by frozen pipes.

Pipes in unheated or partially heated areas are also at risk of freezing, including:

  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Garages

 Ice Dams

An ice dam is formed when snow melts unevenly on a roof and refreezes into a dam at the edge of the roof, near the eaves. This dam prevents any further snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This standing water can back up under shingles, leak into a home, and cause significant water damage to ceilings, walls, and other areas. Ice dams can also tear off gutters and loosen shingles.

Roof Damage

Snow and ice can cause significant damage to your gutters and roof. The additional weight of snow and ice can even cause a roof to collapse. When there’s a cold snap, water can get into cracks and small spaces and expand when it freezes, causing larger cracks and more damage. The repetition of freezing and thawing cycles can cause small cracks to get larger. 

Why Choose a SERVPRO of Rapid City? 

  • We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. SERVPRO of Rapid City is dedicated to responding immediately to water emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost. 
  • We're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists. SERVPRO of Rapid City specializes in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training that helps you get back to normal more quickly.
    • Water Damage Restoration Technician
    • Applied Structural Drying Technicians 

Regardless of the Winter Storm, We Can Help! Give us a call at 605-388-3000!