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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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An Overloaded Garage Outlet! Fire Damage Restoration in Sioux City, IA

June 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Finally, there’s a rain free weekend in the forecast, the first in about a month, for Sioux City, IA. Your plan is to get outside and get all the yard work done. The grass is almost a mile high and the weeds look like they own the yard. You head into the garage to survey the state of your tools. You get the weed trimmer out and realize it hasn’t been charged so you plug it in while you go mow the lawn. Once you’re done mowing you see that the weed trimmer still isn’t fully charged.

You get the electric pruner out, plug it in, and go work on the bushes and trees that you didn’t get a chance to get to earlier. It doesn’t dawn on you at the time but the power strip you’ve been using is plugged into the garage outlet that is used for everything. While you’re out pruning the pruner suddenly stops. You try unsuccessfully to get it started again. You tug on the extension cord to see if it’s stuck or has been unplugged but it seems fine.

You look back toward the garage and see smoke pouring out and flames licking the ceiling. Once the smoke and dust have cleared you find that the cause of the fire was an overloaded outlet—the same overloaded outlet that you have been relying on since forever to run everything in the garage. Where in Sioux City, IA, can you find fire damage restoration services?

ServiceMaster of Sooland is the best place to turn if you’re in the Sioux City, IA, area. We can help you with your fire damage clean up and get it done as quickly as possible. Our technicians are extensively trained in fire damage repair.

We use the latest technology to get the job done correctly. Along with soot removal, we also work hard to help with smoke damage cleanup. We’ll work hard to get the smell and residue out of your

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Tree Roots in the Sewer Line! You Need Sewer Damage Cleanup in Beresford, SD

May 31st, 2017 · No Comments

You’ve been working hard in your attic office in your Beresford, SD home all morning. It’s a beautiful Saturday, and your husband is downstairs keeping the kids occupied so you can work in peace. Suddenly you hear shouting, and not the “fun” type that comes with them goofing around. This is a different kind of shouting; more urgent, less fun.

You listen for about a minute or two and contemplate if you really need to descend the stairs. You then realize the shouting isn’t just random sounds but frantic words. Your husband is anxiously calling for you while also telling the kids not to go into the basement. With great urgency you quickly make your way to the top of the basement stairs, and to your horror, the basement is flooded! As you look closer you realize it isn’t just regular water…it appears to be sewer water. This is confirmed by a strong stench that wafts its way up the stairs and hits your senses.

Apparently the sewer line is clogged again. You can’t help but think the tree roots you had removed a couple of years ago have returned, and with a vengeance. The first thing you do is call the plumber and get the line cleared. After that, you need someone in the Beresford, SD area that can help with the sewer damage cleanup and sanitization.

ServiceMaster of Sooland happily helps the Beresford, SD area with all its water damage cleanup needs. Anytime you watch your belongs go under water is stressful, and we’re here to make the cleanup as stress free as possible. We can help with all types of water damage cleanup and water damage repair.

We can help you with flood damage cleanup, water removal, and sewer backup cleaning and sanitization. Whenever water finds its way to places it’s not supposed to be, you need professionals to clean it away and put everything back together. We have expertly trained technicians that use the latest technology to make the water extraction process quick and easy.

For water damage cleanup and sewer damage cleanup needs in Beresford, SD, give ServiceMaster of Sooland a call immediately at (402) 494-3188.

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You Let Your Aunt House Sit and Now You Need Fire Damage Restoration in Elk Point, SD

May 10th, 2017 · No Comments

You’re finally returning home to your Elk Point, SD, home after spending the week away for a work conference. You feel extremely lucky because your aunt said that she would house sit for you and watch your dog while you were gone. You made her a list of rules before you left and are hoping that she followed it. You’ve arrived home and are making your way up the driveway. As you open the door the first thing you notice is that your aunt and dog are not home. She must be out for a walk you think to yourself. As you get further into the house and begin to put your things away you notice that there is a different smell in the air. It takes you a minute to figure it out, but then you realize the house smells like cigarette smoke. You begin to look closer and now notice that there are burn holes in some of the furniture. When you make it to the guest’s room you see that there are singe marks on the side of the bed and the floor. It appears that there was a small fire in that room and that your aunt put it out. One of the top rules on your list was that she not smoke in the house, but not only did she smoke, she may have also started a small fire. Before you go back to work you need to find someone in the Elk Point, SD, area that can help with fire damage restoration.

At ServiceMaster of Sooland, we’re here to help those in the Elk Point, SD, area with their fire damage restoration needs. We get to work quickly to help you get your home back to its original condition. We can help with odor removal and cigarette smoke cleanup to get these smells out of your home quickly. The longer the smoke and soot are around the more likely it is that secondary damage will set in. Because of this we are available 24/7, 365 days. We can perform soot removal on your most valuable belongings, treating your home and belongings as if they are our own.

For your fire damage cleanup and cigarette smoke removal needs in Elk Point, SD, give us at ServiceMaster of Sooland a call, (402) 494-3188.

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