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What to do When Faced With Water Damage in Your Kitchen

December 19th, 2017 · No Comments

You made it through the big holiday meal. It was your first year hosting in your Le Mars, IA, home, and no one got sick from your cooking and everyone ate way too much. Trying to clean up, you’ve stuffed the dishwasher to the gills with detergent. You go to finally sit for a few minutes in the living room and doze off. When you awake you find that the dishwasher is overflowing with soapy water from too much detergent. The water is now making its way out into the hallway and the carpet feels like a sponge. Do you know what to do when faced with this type of situation?

  1. Make sure that the source of the water has been shut off.
  2. Next, clear the area of anything that could be damaged. Anything that is portable should be removed quickly to reduce the amount of damage. Items that are already wet should be moved somewhere they can begin drying.
  3. Depending on the amount of water, you may need to call professionals for water extraction. Our technicians have the right tools and expertise to remove excess moisture or standing water.
  4. Finally, our professionals will use industrial grade fans to dry the area. We also utilize infrared cameras to detect any lingering moisture that may be hinding in the walls or flooring.

At ServiceMaster of Sooland, we have the tools, the technicians, and the training to help those in Le Mars, IA, with all their water damage restoration needs. We understand the importance of making sure that the water extraction process is complete. We use moisture detection to make sure that once the water extraction has been completed there isn’t any water or moisture left behind the walls or in the floors.

For your water damage restoration needs in Le Mars, IA give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call at (402) 494-3188.

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3 Steps to Take After Your Sioux City, IA, Home Has Suffered Fire Damage

December 11th, 2017 · No Comments

Your Sioux City, IA, home has experienced a fire. Thankfully it doesn’t look too bad, but it’s obvious there’s damage that needs to be repaired. Do you known what to do if your home suffers fire damage? ServiceMaster of Sooland wants to help you be prepared with these fire damage response steps:

  1. Determine if the home is secure and stable.

This step is generally done by the fire department or other qualified professionals. Entering a damaged home that isn’t stable can result in serious injuries or further damage to the home.

  1. Examine the damage.

You need to examine the damage and overall “health” of your home. Is the damage treatable? How many areas need work, and how many have been spared?

  1. Take stock of your belongings.

Make a list of all your belongings, whether they’ve suffered fire damage or not, and if they’ve been damaged, what type of damage they’ve incurred. This is beneficial for your insurance company, and documenting the damage with pictures is also helpful.

ServiceMaster of Sooland is ready to help all Sioux City, IA, area residents when it comes to fire damage restoration. Fire damage restoration needs to start immediately after the fire damage occurs. Smoke clings to the walls and ceilings, settles into the carpet and air ducts, causes discoloration, and creates a smell that permeates the dwelling. Smoke damage cleanup includes HVAC cleaning to ensure the air vents and duct work are cleaned to remove all smoke, soot, and debris.

Soot removal is another service that is critical to fire damage cleanup. As the soot settles into your belongings in your Sioux City, IA, home it combines with the water used to put out the fire. This mixture creates a coating that causes secondary damage to your belongings and home. This coating also causes corrosion to items and creates a thick substance on walls that’s difficult to remove.

Cleaning up fire damage is hard work that requires dedication and the right techniques. For any and all fire damage cleanup needs in Sioux City, IA, give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call immediately at (402) 494-3188.

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How to Survive a Disaster! Disaster Restoration in Beresford, SD

December 1st, 2017 · No Comments

You, your family have survived a natural disaster. Unfortunately, your Beresford, SD, home was not so lucky. What do you do now? How do you and your family get back on your feet?

The following steps will help you and your family get back on your feet:

  • Family First: Before anything else, make sure your family members are alright. Whether there were physical injuries or emotional trauma, the health and wellness of your loved ones is your priority. The first step is to assess your family members and your home.
  • Check Your Home: The damage your home has suffered may be as minor as a few broken windows, or it could be more serious. Do not enter your home until you have been given the clear by safety professionals, such as firefighters or the police. There may be damage that you cannot see, such as exposed electrical wires or structural damage.
  • Call the Professionals: Finally, you need to call ServiceMaster of Sooland to help you with all your disaster needs. Our professionals can restore your home after a natural disaster, whether it be fire, flood, or wind. We will work quickly to help your family return to business as usual quickly.

ServiceMaster of Sooland helps all those in the Beresford, SD, area with all their disaster restoration needs. We can help with the assessment of your home to determine the necessary services to effectively restore it. We have a variety of industrial grade tools to tackle damage from a multitude of disaster scenarios. Our techs can even help with debris cleanup and storm damage cleanup so that your home and yard can start to look like home again.

We offer board-up services to cover any openings or exposed areas of your home so that it stays secured during restoration. To restore items damaged in the home, we provide pack out and content storage services. This allows us to remove damaged items from the home and store them in a secure offsite location where we can restore them. We understand how difficult it can be to see your belongings destroyed, and we will work quickly to restore your Beresford, SD, home.

For your disaster restoration needs in Beresford, SD give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call at (402) 494-3188.

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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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