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Mold is Creeping Up the Walls! Mold Cleanup in Elk Point, SD

November 9th, 2017 · No Comments

You’ve been tasked with cleaning your parents’ basement. You head into the belly of the beast to determine how much work their Elk Point, SD, basement is going to need. You work diligently, taking your time to show care to all their possessions. As you make it to the far back corner you make a discovery – the wall has some type of strange discoloration from the floor to halfway up to the ceiling!

As you get closer you see that the discoloration is not flat against the wall as you thought, and it appears to have a fuzzy texture. It slowly dawns on you that the wall is covered with mold. You begin to realize that the mold is not only on the wall but on the floor as well. The first step is to remove as many boxes and other items as possible to make sure the wall is completely visible and accessible. You know that you can’t clean the mold up if you can’t get to it. The next step is to find someone in the Elk Point, SD area that can help with the mold cleanup.

ServiceMaster of Sooland is here for those in the Elk Point, SD area that find themselves facing mold or mildew. Mold cleanup is a job that should be done by a professional. The mold must be cleaned up completely and the area disinfected to ensure that no mold spores continue to grow. Mold can cause many ailments and needs to be cleaned correctly and thoroughly to ensure your families health.

Our technicians also have tools for moisture detection to ensure there isn’t any moisture in the walls or floor that could cause a regrowth of mold. Mold loves to breed in cool, dark, damp spaces, so moisture detection is a crucial part of the mold cleanup process.

For any and all mold cleanup needs in Elk Point, SD, give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call at (402) 494-3188.

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You’re Busy! Let ServiceMaster of Sooland Tackle the House Cleaning in Wayne, NE

October 30th, 2017 · No Comments

For the last month and a half, the kids have been in school and after-school programs. Weekends are filled with soccer games, football, and chores. Work has been crazy busy to the point that you’re not home every day and it’s been forever since you’ve cleaned the house. This is the first weekend in your Wayne, NE, home where you’ve been able to breathe. Now that you’re looking around you see that your carpet has new spots and it looks like something is growing in the corner. Your tiled floor in both the bathroom and the kitchen has a coat on it—what the coat is you’re not even sure.

Best practice is to have your carpets and even your home professionally cleaned at least once a year. That way the deep dirt and grime that finds its way into your carpets, floors, and walls can be removed. Just vacuuming and dusting isn’t enough to get everything removed and get your house truly clean.

At ServiceMaster of Sooland we have what those in the Wayne, NE, area need to get the house cleaning done quickly and thoroughly. Our technicians can help you with all types of cleaning from house cleaning to deep cleaning. We can help you with your HVAC cleaning and get your air duct cleaning done on a schedule. It’s important to get you HVAC system and air ducts cleaned regularly to make sure that your family and guests can breathe easy. We offer post-construction cleaning for cleanup after your home improvement projects. That way you know your Wayne, NE, home has been cleaned correctly and you won’t continue to find dust everywhere for the next three to four months.

For your residential cleaning needs in Wayne, NE, give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call at (402) 494-3188.

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Fall is Coming! Is Your Home Prepared? Fire Damage Restoration in Dakota City, NE

October 4th, 2017 · No Comments

Fall is starting to embrace Dakota City, NE. Are you ready? With fall comes scented candles, soups and chilis, and more time spent cuddled up under a blanket. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when house fires become more common, but they can be easily prevented.

When lighting candles, make sure the area around the candle is clear of anything that’s flammable. Instead of using a match to light the candle, use a long lighter. By doing this you eliminate the hot match as a potential source of fire. If you need to use a match, make sure you run water over the match before throwing it away. For smaller candles, it’s a good idea to put them on a small ceramic plate. That way, if the container the candle is in gets hot, the surface beneath will not ignite and cause a fire. If you wish to keep the ambiance of a flickering candle without the flame, switch to an LED candle.

When preparing your soups and chilis it’s important to pay attention as they’re cooking. If you decide to cook them on the stove it’s important to make sure to use the right size burner for the pot. Using a burner that’s too big for the pot leave part of the burner exposed. If items such as paper towels come into contact with the exposed burner they can ignite. If using a crockpot, it’s important to inspect it prior to using it to make sure that all parts are in good working order to reduce the possibility of an electrical fire.

If you’re faced with fire damage in your Dakota City, NE home, your first call should be to ServiceMaster of Sooland. Our technicians are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you with all your fire damage restoration needs. If the water, smoke, and soot sit too long after the fire has been put out, they can cause secondary damage requiring far more extensive fire damage repair. That’s why it’s important to call us immediately. For fire damage cleanup needs in Dakota City, NE, give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call at (402) 494-3188.

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What to Do in Case of an Evacuation: Disaster Restoration in Cherokee, IA

September 18th, 2017 · No Comments

With Hurricanes Harvey & Irma in the news, the possibility of a natural disaster is foremost on everyone’s mind. Do you know what to do if you are faced with an evacuation or disaster? While your Cherokee, IA, home will probably never be subject to the disastrous effects of a hurricane’s strength, wind, and flooding, you may be faced with other disasters such as tornadoes and summer storms.

What do you do if your Cherokee, IA, home is threatened by disaster and you’re told to evacuate? First, you need to remember not to panic and follow instructions. Determine how much time you have before you need to be out of the area and use that information to decide how much of your belongings you can pack or save. Things that are the most important or can’t be replaced but are small enough to fit in a bag should be packed and taken with you. If you’re facing a situation where flooding is going to be an issue move as much of your larger furniture to higher levels to keep it as dry as possible.

You also want to make sure your home is secure when facing a disaster to increase its likelihood of surviving the storm. At ServiceMaster of Sooland, we can help you with our emergency board up services to get your home boarded and secured. Along with boarding up your home, you should make sure that your gas is shut off and that the electricity to your home is also cut off. By shutting off both the gas and electricity you are ensuring that another disaster doesn’t happen after the initial disaster.

ServiceMaster of Sooland is here to help those in the Cherokee, IA, area with all of their disaster restoration needs. We can help with storm damage cleanup as well as pack out and content storage of items that you can get out before evacuation. For your disaster restoration needs in Cherokee, IA, give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call at (402) 494-3188.

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What You Can Do to Start the Water Extraction Process in Sioux City, IA

September 7th, 2017 · No Comments

You’ve been working hard in your Sioux City, IA, fields all day. Harvest time is fast approaching and before it gets here you have to get everything in place to make it go quick and easy. It’s hard work that starts as soon as the sun comes up and often ends as the sun is leaving the sky. All you can think about as you head inside is a nice cold shower. As you head in through the garage and into the basement your thoughts are bouncing back and forth between the cold shower and your to-do list for tomorrow. You’ve made it halfway into the basement before you realize you’re almost ankle deep in water. You scan the basement and quickly find the source, a small pipe running along the far east side has burst.

When faced with a burst pipe or flood damage in your Sioux City, IA, home the first thing to keep in mind is to not panic. If you can stop the flow of the water that’s the first thing you should do. You have a couple different options to stem the flow: either cap the pipe that has burst, shut off the water that goes directly to that pipe, or shut off the main water line. Regardless of the option chosen the quicker the water is shut off and the flow of water stemmed the quicker the water extraction process can begin.

The size of the room or area that has been afflicted with flood damage will determine the water extraction technique that is used. If the area is large and there is an outside door or window that can be opened using a water pump to pump the water out would be a good start. If the area is smaller or the water isn’t as deep using a wet/dry shop vacuum may offer a good solution.

ServiceMaster of Sooland helps those in the Sioux City, IA, area with all their flood damage and water extraction needs. Once you’ve started the water extraction process we can help you finish up the water removal and get your home dried out.

For your water damage cleanup needs in Sioux City, IA, give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call at (402) 494-3188.

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Disasters Are Stressful; Disaster Restoration in Beresford, SD, Doesn’t Have to be

August 17th, 2017 · No Comments

Disasters can happen quickly and without warning, and they can come in all sorts of different forms. Disasters can be manmade or natural and can range from vandalism to flooding or storm damage. Regardless of the type of disaster, cleanup usually includes a two-prong approach for the water that may have found its way into the basement or the fire that scorched the kitchen. At ServiceMaster of Sooland we help the Beresford, SD, area clean and fix up after any type of disaster with our disaster restoration services.

If your Beresford, SD, home experiences a disaster and needs disaster restoration, your first call should be to us. Before calling us, however, you want to survey the area and look for anything that is potentially dangerous. If you feel parts of your home may be unsafe, your first priority is to get away from the home and to safety.

Once the home is safe to enter the cleanup can be begin. ServiceMaster of Sooland can perform the debris cleanup required to get the damaged items removed from in and around your home and disposed of properly. We can also provide board up services to cover any potential entry points that can’t otherwise be secured.

Often, one of the last things people think about when they experience a disaster is their furniture or other large belongings. We offer pack out and content storage services to the Beresford, SD, area to safely remove large items from your home for storage in a secure location during the restoration process. Our technicians will work hard to ensure this traumatic situation is handled as stress-free as possible.

When a disaster strikes your home, let ServiceMaster of Sooland do the hard work so you don’t have to. Our trained and experienced technicians are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help when you need it. For any and all disaster restoration needs in Beresford, SD, give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call at (402) 494-3188.

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Mold Cleanup and Water Removal in Elk Point, SD

August 9th, 2017 · No Comments

Mold removal and mold cleanup in Elk Point, SD, can be hazardous to your health and difficult to perform. It requires that the parts of your home affected are removed and/or sanitized with bleach or detergent to kill and remove the mold and keep it from returning. It isn’t difficult for mold to grow and become a problem. When something is exposed to water or excessively high moisture and the problem isn’t immediately corrected, mold can be the result. The concern for mold growth and infestation is the main reason you quickly remove standing water or water damage and get it cleaned up right away. The water removal process is critical in the fight against mold and mildew growth.

If you find yourself in a situation where you need water damage cleanup due to a burst pipe, or flood damage cleanup because of an overflow from a bathtub, dishwasher, or washing machine, your first call should be to ServiceMaster of Sooland. There are, however, some things you can do to start the water removal process to reduce the chances of mold growth:

  • Try to remove as much water from the area as possible. Use a pump, a vacuum specifically designed for wet/dry usage, or mop and bucket to try and remove the standing water
  • Use dehumidifiers and fans to start drying the larger items such as furniture and walls
  • If there’s carpeting or rugs that can be removed, remove it to expose the flooring underneath to help it dry faster. If the carpeting can’t be removed, blot it with towels to draw out the moister, and use fans, dehumidifiers, and other devices to aid in the drying process

For any and all types of water damage cleanup needs in Elk Point, SD, give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call immediately at (402) 494-3188. We’re the professionals you can count on for quick, thorough, efficient, and reliable water damage cleanup services!

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Expediting Cleanup – Why You Need to Hire Professionals for Fire Damage Restoration in Wayne, NE

July 25th, 2017 · No Comments

A fire can be quite destructive, and restoring your home to its pre-loss state afterwards can be a herculean task. If a fire damages your home, contact a professional fire damage restoration firm, like ServiceMaster of Sooland, in Wayne, NE.

Today we’d like to discuss the reasons why handing over this responsibility to professionals is the best choice you can make.

Why fire damage remediation should only be performed by professionals

Fire damage restoration firms have the required manpower, equipment, cleaning products, and expertise to expedite the cleaning process.

It’s worth mentioning here that it’s necessary to conduct clean up and restoration work on an urgent basis since the extent of damage increases as time passes.

The following information details why it’s necessary to perform fire damage clean up as soon as possible after the fire is extinguished.

  • Within a Span of Few Minutes: Fire will result in different residues, and the most concerning of them all will be the acidic soot that starts discoloring and yellowing items made of plastic. Similarly, soot residues will result in the discoloration of small appliances. Moreover, materials like marble and alabaster will be marred because of acidic soot. By quickly initiating fire damage clean up, the fire damage mitigation professionals can prevent additional damage to your property
  • Within a Span of Few Hours: As time passes, acidic soot will continue to damage your belongings. For instance, bath fixtures will start turning yellowish, metals that are not coated will tarnish, and discoloration will take place on appliances as well as the finishing on furniture
  • Within a Span of Few Days: Permanent discoloration will take place due to acidic residues. Such discoloration will be clearly visible on walls. Additionally, corrosion, as well as rusting, will occur. Another problem is irreparable soot staining on different textile materials such as clothing and furniture upholstery
  • Within a Span of Few Weeks: After a few weeks, it’ll become impossible to salvage synthetic carpets exposed to fire damage due to the extent of discoloration that will occur. Similarly, silver plated fixtures will be affected by corrosion, and it’ll be necessary to replace glass items due to the severe etching that will take place resulting from long term contact with acidic soot

If your home has suffered fire damage, you can count on ServiceMaster of Sooland to perform fire damage restoration in the best possible manner.

Our experts have years of experience in fire damage restoration, and we’re equipped with the required industrial grade equipment to expedite the cleanup and restoration process. As soon as the fire is extinguished at your home in Wayne, NE, contact us on our emergency helpline number – (855) 560-7999.

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Rain Water in the Basement Window Well! Water Damage Restoration in Dakota City, NE

July 11th, 2017 · No Comments

The rain clouds have been something of a permanent fixture in Dakota City, NE. The only real plus side is your grass hasn’t looked so green in a long time. As you pull into the driveway you notice there’s a waterfall spilling from your rain gutter. “That’s odd…” you think, as you don’t remember seeing it this morning when you left. As you sit and stare you realize this waterfall is pouring right into the basement window well. Normally you wouldn’t be too concerned, but this window well is for the window you haven’t been able to close tightly since opening it a few weeks ago to air out the family room.

You hurry inside, face the door to the basement, and take a deep breath. “How bad can it be?” you think to yourself. After all, you don’t remember the waterfall being there this morning, and it wasn’t there last night, so that’s less than 24 hours. You make your way to the basement, and to your dismay, find an identical waterfall cascading from the window to the floor below! The floor is covered with water, and the couch, carpet, and everything else in the room is totally soaked! You quickly make your way to the window, and after a herculean effort and a few choice words, you manage to force the window closed. Mission accomplished, but now what? How do you go about cleaning up this horrific, sloppy mess? Who in the Dakota City, NE area knows what needs to be done for water damage restoration?

ServiceMaster of Sooland is here for those of you in the Dakota City, NE area. Our technicians have top-of-the-line technology and the latest training at their disposal to help with all your water damage restoration needs. We’ll work rapidly to ensure thorough water extraction happens as quickly as possible to return your home back to normal. Once the water removal is completed we’ll use our state-of-the-art drying techniques to ensure your carpet and everything else impacted by the water is completely dried to your satisfaction.

For your water damage cleanup needs in Dakota City, NE, regardless of the scope or cause, give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call at (402) 494-3188.

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House for Sale! Residential Cleaning Services in Cherokee, IA

June 23rd, 2017 · No Comments

It’s been a big year for you in Cherokee, IA. You married the man of your dreams, found the perfect job, and are now preparing to move to a beautiful new home. As you stand in your current home, you need to start packing and getting the house cleaned for selling. You spend the weekend hard at work packing boxes and getting the rooms emptied. Your agent told you the more things you could move out of the house, the faster the house would sell. You were lucky you could buy the new house first so you actually have somewhere for the furniture and boxes to go!

As you pack each room your family helps move it to the new house, and finally you’re in an empty home. As you stand there you realize the floors are filthy in every room, and the home needs a thorough, deep cleaning. All you’ve ever done is the traditional house cleaning, so you don’t have a clue how to go about doing a deep cleaning. Where in Cherokee, IA will you find someone that does residential cleaning?

ServiceMaster by Sooland is here to help Cherokee, IA area residents with all their residential cleaning needs. We can clean your home from top to bottom and everything in between. Our technicians are trained in the latest techniques and technology for residential floor cleaning. We can help with pet odor removal so your home will smell like new. We can also perform air duct cleaning and furnace duct cleaning to ensure the air quality in your home is top notch.

We can help you by setting up home cleaning services so we can come in on a regular schedule to keep your home clean. We’re here for your special projects and deep cleaning needs. When you’re in need of home cleaning services in Cherokee, IA, give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call at (402) 494-3188.

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