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Choose SERVPRO for Your Restoration Needs | SERVPRO® of Gillette, Sheridan

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

a group of employees with restoration tools walking away from SERVPRO van No matter what type of disaster you face, SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan is only a phone call away.

We are an independently owned and operated SERVPRO location, so we fully understand the unique struggles business owners deal with on a day-to-day basis. In addition to the intricacies of running a business, having to plan for potential disasters can seem overwhelming as well.

Predicting natural disasters and severe weather isn’t a perfect science, but being prepared for them can help you be ready to tackle any storm or situation.

In addition to sustaining potential damages to your business, the reality of suffering damages to your home is also a possibility. Regardless of your situation, we are here to help.

The first step to preparing your household or business is to create an emergency plan. Creating an emergency plan can help you be ready for any sort of weather we encounter in Gillette, Sheridan.

When creating an emergency plan, doing some research about what could affect us here can also be beneficial. The American Red Cross has built an informative website that gathers data across the region that can help you prepare for different scenarios. In addition, the Wyoming Department of Public Safety has an emergency preparedness website that can help you plan for your response to severe weather more locally.

You are likely to experience some sort of storm damage in your lifetime. In each case, it is crucial to start any sort of needed restoration quickly to make sure that there are no long term damages or issues down the road.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan?

No two weather situations are alike. While severe weather and weather events that require restoration are very common, we know that each situation is unique.

In fact, more than 14 million homes are at risk of experiencing flooding each year, but damages done to homes in every region of our country can vary greatly. This is why our crews are specially trained to handle damages of every shape and size.

We are available 24 hours a day. When it comes to damage restoration, we are serious when we say that it is important to act quickly. The longer you wait to address the issue, the worse the problem can become. That’s why we are available to answer your call day or night.

If you suffer water damage, that timeline is even more crucial. Lingering moisture can lead to mold and mildew and make your situation even worse. If you discover water damage, remove the most fragile and vulnerable items in your home and then call us right away.

We provide more than damage restoration. On top of restoring any damages you incur, we can help share the load of your entire restoration process.

We can help you pack up things to prevent more damage during the restoration process, and we work with insurance companies often to help navigate difficult claims. We want to make the process as pain-free and smooth as possible for you.

No matter what kind of disaster you are facing, your local team at SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan is here for you. Our years of experience and training will leave your home or business in good hands, and we will get you back to normal as quickly as we can.

When you suffer damage to your home or business, it’s important that you know who to call! Contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Faster to any size disaster

8/3/2022 (Permalink)

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For more than 55 years, SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan has held strong to our core value of providing restoration services with the utmost integrity and understanding. We invest in our customer relationships, and work directly and collaboratively with our customers to provide the optimal solution. Available 24/7 every day of the year, the experts at SERVPRO work to get the job done right and stay by your side until you’re satisfied with the results.

We are supportive. We understand that disasters are a time of uncertainty. Since we’ve experienced it all before, we’re proud to help guide our customers through these unsettling times, providing support and guidance from beginning to end, to help customers navigate the solution that's right for them.

We are genuine. We provide the care, understanding, and integrity our customers deserve.

We are committed. We have an unwavering commitment to working with our customers throughout the process, do what we say we'll do, and follow up to ensure satisfaction.

We are accessible. We’re available 24/7 every day of the year to help our customers through the worst, and to ease any confusion and provide understanding throughout every step of the process.

Ensuring Customer Satisfaction

Along with creating industry-leading standards, we’ve developed several programs to help ensure our customers are completely satisfied with our restoration services

Residential Services

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

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As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, you can depend on SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or your upholstery cleaned. We have the training, experience, and equipment to make your house feel like home again.

24-hour emergency service

Highly trained restoration technicians

Faster to Any Sized Disaster

A trusted leader in the restoration industry with more than 1,900 franchises

Advanced restoration and cleaning equipment

Residential Restoration Services

Fire, water, and mold restoration are the cornerstones of our business. SERVPRO is dedicated to responding to your emergency fast. Our focus on training ensures we have the expertise and skills needed to promptly restore your property right the first time. Our restoration services include the following:

Water Damage Restoration

Fire Damage Restoration

Mold Remediation

Storm and Major Events

Residential Cleaning Services

Life happens. Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents, and homes get dirty. SERVPRO offers cleaning services ranging from air duct cleaning to removing biohazard contaminants. Their residential cleaning services will not only ease the burden of the constant maintenance of your home, but will also create a safe, clean, and comfortable living environment for your family. Our cleaning services include the following:

Overview of Residential Cleaning

Air Ducts & HVAC

Biohazard

Carpet and Upholstery

Ceiling, Floors & Walls

Drapes and Blinds

Odor Removal

Sewage and Toilet Overflow

Trauma and Crime Scene

Vandalism and Graffiti

Backyard Fires & Fun This Summer | SERVPRO® of Gillette, Sheridan

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

a close up view of a bright campfire burning at night If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan.

The summer months are sacred in the Midwest, and it is no different here in Gillette, Sheridan. Spending quality time with family in your backyard enjoying bonfires, barbecues and s’mores can make for precious seasonal memories.

We utilize fire often with all kinds of summer activities. We light campfires, grill out for dinner and burn yard debris often—and we need a reliable fire for all of these things.

However, even if we are being responsible with our fire use, there is always the risk of sparking an unwanted fire. The National Park Service estimates that about 85% of wildfires are started by humans.

Armed with this knowledge, you should still be able to enjoy a responsible campfire at Canyon Lake Park, enjoy a summer barbecue or burn your leaf-drop in the fall. You just need to adopt some safe fire practices and you can continue the fun.

Recreational Fires and Their Risks

Whenever a fire is lit, there is always a certain amount of risk associated with it. When it comes to grills, bonfires and fireworks, that risk seems to grow exponentially. Ensuring that all of your equipment is in good shape and not cracked or broken can help reduce your risk, and be sure to always have someone responsible for the fire at all times.

If you have bonfires or campfires often, choose a location that is a safe distance away from buildings or vehicles, and only light your fires with matches or lighters. Avoid using gasoline as a starter or accelerant as that will only increase your risk of starting an uncontrollable blaze.

If you own one of those portable freestanding fire pits, they actually carry a similar risk as a bonfire pit. These pieces of equipment should never be lit on a wooden surface and should not be placed under an overhang or inside an enclosed space.

Once your fire is established, stick to only firewood as your fuel and move all of your furniture out of harm’s way to prevent it from accidentally catching fire.

If you are planning to celebrate anything this summer by lighting off fireworks, keep in mind that all fireworks are prohibited within city limits other than novelty fireworks like sparklers and party poppers.

Yards and Fire Risk

If you are considering burning your yard debris, check the National Weather Service website to see if our county is at a high fire risk or not. It is always important to follow all regulations, even if the risk is low.

Keeping your lawn clear and free of excess grass clippings and leaves actually reduces your risk of contributing fuel to a wildfire. Learn how to burn debris properly and be careful to follow all regulations.

If you are a frequent user of a lawn mower or other gas-using power equipment, chances are that you have a gas can in your garage. Improper storage of these cans is one of the most common reasons for house fires to start. Only use gas as fuel for your equipment, and avoid using it as any sort of fire accelerant.

If you take into consideration all of the suggestions above and decide to continue with your activity or project, do one final check on the weather conditions to make sure it will be safe. Any windy days or really dry conditions should warrant you to choose a different day.

If you do wind up with fire damage for any reason, call us at SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan. We are ready to help you with your fire damage and we will work hard to get your home back to normal as quickly as we can.

Burn safely outdoors. And save some chocolate for us! If you have experienced fire or smoke damage, contact us today to get restoration started faster.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

7/19/2022 (Permalink)

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After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO® of Gillette, Sheridan has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you give us a call. Our specialist will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us arrive quickly with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, SERVPRO can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

SERVPRO uses specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Home Restoration Experts

7/14/2022 (Permalink)

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No one ever wants to think about a fire impacting their home, but it happens all too often. In fact, according to the Insurance Information Institute, one out of every 350 American homeowners files a fire-related claim every year.

And fires aren’t the only reasons that people file claims with their home insurance. Each year, around one out of every 20 American homeowners will file some type of claim, whether related to fire, water damage or even a tree falling on the home.

When disaster strikes, you’ll need a restoration provider you can count on. That’s SERVPRO. Read on to learn why.

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan

When you’re choosing a restoration provider, there are many factors to consider. You logically want a provider that offers state-of-the-art technology and the latest procedures to help restore your property and belongings.

But what truly sets one restoration provider apart from another? It’s the people.

At SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan, we believe we have the best technicians in the business. Not only are they a group of seasoned professionals armed with empathy and compassion for the circumstances you’re facing, but they’re also highly trained.

Our entire technician team goes through intensive training related to all types of home restoration. This includes internal SERVPRO-specific training, but also highly specialized certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. The IICRC is the industry standard for best practices related to restoration.

In other words, when you work with SERVPRO, you should feel certain that your home is in the hands of the best of the best!

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Understanding Different Storm Alerts | SERVPRO® of Gillette, Sheridan

7/12/2022 (Permalink)

a red and white severe weather alert sign f you suspect any damage to your home from a recent storm, call SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan.

Did you know that there are 42 different kinds of weather alerts that can be issued for a variety of different weather scenarios? All of the alerts are also broken down into different subcategories as well.

When you are in the midst of a severe storm or potentially dangerous situation, knowing how to respond to various weather alerts is incredibly important.

Thankfully, we don’t need to know about each of the 42 alerts, as we are landlocked and don’t have marine or tropical storm threats here in Gillette, Sheridan. However, it is important to know the few threats that are the most common in the Midwest so that you can be prepared for any type of severe weather scenario.

Issuing Alerts

Before a weather alert is issued, many different factors and a lot of research goes into creating the forecast. Forecasters use a variety of tools to help create their predictions on the severity, location and length of each storm system.

The National Weather Service is in charge of weather forecasting across the nation and is responsible for issuing any warnings or alerts. In order to help keep the alerts localized, six regional offices across the country are in charge of specific areas. Our forecasts fall under the purview of the Central Region in Kansas City, Missouri, along with sub-offices located closer to home.

Meteorologists and weather forecasters within the NWS utilize all kinds of research from satellite radar, sensors, solar activity and seismic patterns. While not every point of data is used in each scenario, their goal is to be as thorough as possible to provide the most accurate prediction.

The Importance of a Watch vs. Warning

The most basic alerts to understand are watches and warnings. This is a universal language that is used in almost all weather alerts.

When a watch is issued, that simply means that the right conditions are present for a storm to become severe. Watches cover large areas and should make you be aware of any changing weather. When warnings are issued, on the other hand, that means danger is present and you should seek shelter immediately to protect yourself and your family.

In Gillette, Sheridan, we experience severe storms, tornadoes and winter weather most commonly. When you know how to interpret the alerts for these weather scenarios, you are better prepared for each season.

Your Home During Storms

Understanding weather alerts can help keep you safe, but it can also help give you advanced notice to prepare your home and yard for any impending weather.

Clearing your gutters and securing your outdoor furniture are two things you can do to help minimize water damage and reduce the risk of structural damage to your possessions or home. Also take the time to update your emergency plan and add any necessary supplies to your emergency kit.

If you end up suffering any sort of storm damage, take pictures of what you find and call us right away. SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan will answer your call day or night and we will jump right in to create your full restoration plan as quickly as we can.

The more informed you are about our weather, the safer you will be. Take the time to learn about the different alerts for storms and you will be ready to handle anything that comes our way this season!

 Experienced storm damage to your home or property? Contact us today for a quick response!

Commercial Property Damage Risks | SERVPRO® of Gillette, Sheridan

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

a large commercial building with extensive damage to roof and siding SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan is your local commercial disaster team. Contact us to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services

Businesses make up the backbone of our country, our town and our livelihood. Whether you work for one, own one or have a favorite Gillette, Sheridan business, their existence is important to our daily lives.

 If you are a business owner, you know that operating the day-to-day and solving problems comes with the territory of being your own boss. However, that also means you have to be the one that handles things when disaster strikes from either water or storm damage.

 When talking about the sheer cost of damages, it has become much more expensive to recover from damages over the last five years. On average in that time period, disasters cost the United States $158 billion annually, which is a significant increase in cost compared to previous years.

 In Gillette, Sheridan, we witness severe storms, tornadoes and floods on a regular basis. This past fall, we suffered through a large storm system that brought hail damage to a local campground. While the recovery process happened eventually for them, it was still taxing on their business.

 The most likely cause of damages for commercial properties include water damage and storm damage. The better prepared you are for these possibilities, the better equipped you will be to handle them.

 Water Damage

Unwanted water and moisture is a major problem for businesses across the United States. These problems come from excessive rains and even simple internal issues like a plumbing leak. While these problems range in intensity, both types can wreak havoc on your property.

 Flooding that comes from an outside source can often seep down through doors and into the ground where it can degrade the foundation of your facility. Landscape your property to route water away from your facility and keep it dry.

 Water damage can also be a slow, silent problem, stemming from a slow plumbing leak or an appliance failure. Take care to check your pipes on a regular basis to catch any unnoticed problems.

 Storm Damage

Commercial destruction from storms is also a common issue and can be detrimental to your entire building and business. Even something simple like a minor power outage can cause massive problems for you if you rely on power or refrigeration for your product.

 Powerful storms are also capable of taking off roofing and siding, breaking windows and doing irreversible damage to your building.

 Most storms have minimal wind speeds between 10 and 45 mph, but a strong wind over 100 mph can tear through walls, throw debris into windows and sling trees into your business.

 If you are able to invest, install storm-protective window coverings or reinforce your roof to help prevent extensive damage. Thankfully, utilizing even some basic preventive measures can help you avoid costly repairs and potential business closures.

 Call Us at SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan Commercial damage comes in many forms, but water and storm damage can be the most extensive and costly. If your business is forced to close while you deal with the damages, it can disrupt your livelihood.

 Thankfully, we maintain 24⁄7 availability and are proud to answer your call for help, day or night. We jump into action to make sure your business is back to operational as soon as possible.

 If you have experienced damage to your business or want to learn more about our commercial damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 24⁄7.

Preventing Home Fires Starts With You | SERVPRO® of Gillette, Sheridan

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration need.

With the first few months of 2022 under our belts, the American Red Cross has already responded to more than 20,000 house fires. That number only represents a portion of the house fires that have actually occurred in the United States so far this year.

You can reduce the risk of death and total fire destruction most reliably by having fully functioning smoke detectors in your home. Once you have your smoke detector installed, you can also do a few other things around your home to help minimize the risk of a home fire.

Clear Out the Clutter

Minimizing the clutter in your home is beneficial not only to the function of your home, but it can also reduce the amount of fuel a home fire can consume. Keeping common areas clear of unnecessary things and excess belongings can help deter a potential home fire from growing more quickly and intensely.

Keep your water heater clear of any piles of clothing or bulky items. Having flammable things in too close of a proximity to your water heater is actually a fire hazard.

Overloaded extension cords also contribute to a large amount of home fires. Rather than keeping all of your appliances and electronics constantly plugged in, plug them in only when they are in use and remove them when you are finished.

Watch for Outdoor Fire Hazards

Fire hazards can occur outside your home as well. Did you leave any yard debris left over from the fall season?

Spruce needles and other conifer tree needles are highly flammable, so don’t let them pile up in your yard or near any outdoor units like your air conditioner unit. Clear them out seasonally so they don’t pose a fire hazard.

Use Defensible Spaces In Landscaping

The way in which you plant your trees and landscape around your yard can actually help slow fire growth around your home. Planted strategically, they can create barriers between the fire and your home, giving your local fire department valuable time to get to you before the fire breaches your walls.

States in the West like California have actually imposed defensible zone requirements when landscaping or planting new vegetation because of their proven effectiveness. Even though we don’t live on the coast, we can still adopt some of these practices here in Gillette, Sheridan.

Cleaning Can Save

One of the easiest ways to help in the fight against home fires is to stay on top of your house cleaning. Even a simple, consistent dusting of the commonly forgotten spaces in your home (laundry room, on top of furnaces and water heaters) can be very helpful in reducing the fire risks in your home.

Give your stove and chimney some cleaning attention every season, too! Spaces like these that come into contact with consistent and high heat can be the catalyst for a home fire, so don’t leave it to chance.

The more you do in preventive care, the greater chance you give yourself to ward off a potential fire disaster.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Do You Have a Storm Safety Plan? | SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan right away.

Severe weather can be very frightening. When weather brings lightning, heavy rain, damaging winds and hail, it can be dangerous to your home and to your personal well-being. Plus, considering that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, storms are common.

The unique topography of the Black Hills can spin off tornadoes and help kickstart severe weather when the cool air is disrupted. In fact, the Gillette, Sheridan area is known for some unusual weather patterns. When the weather can change quickly like this, it is more important than ever to be sky-aware.

While we know that we cannot control the weather, we can be prepared for it! Having an emergency kit, a communications strategy and a plan for dealing with the aftermath of the storm are all types of things you can do to be prepared for the impact on your home and your life.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

Having a way to communicate with your family is incredibly important during severe weather, and you should always have a way to receive communications from the news or city authorities. It is also important to know the difference between watches and warnings so you can know whether to simply be aware of your surroundings or take shelter immediately.

Secondly, you should have have multiple ways to receive alerts from officials, like your cellphone and an NOAA weather radio.

Lastly, make sure you have a communication strategy for your household. Locate a specific location in your home that will be your safe area (like a basement or a fully enclosed room) that everyone knows is the place to go to when the weather becomes severe. Additionally, make sure you have a plan in place to communicate with family members who are away from your home during and after the storm so you can reconnect quickly when it is over.

What Should Be in Your Emergency Kit?

Plan to pack the essentials that your family will need to sustain them for at least 72 hours of sheltering, and it should be packed and ready to use in your designated safe shelter area of your home. You should have nonperishable food, water, first-aid supplies and a flashlight with extra batteries.

You should also have anything else your family needs to be safe and comfortable, like daily medication or something that is necessary but would not always be easily accessible.

Your Severe Weather Aftermath Checklist

After the severe weather has passed, it is a good idea to review your safety plan and make any necessary changes, as well as assess any damage done to your home. Once it is safe to do so, check your property for damage.

Take a look around at your roof and the seals around your windows and doors, as these areas are the most likely to suffer water damage.

If you do discover damage, calling us at SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan is the necessary first step. We are the trusted team of professionals who will be sure to provide you with a quick response and a reliable timeline to begin the restoration process in your home.

When your household is all together again after the storm has passed, do an audit of your safety plan. Discuss what worked and what needs to be adjusted, repack your emergency kit and edit anything that wasn’t beneficial to your process. Those adjustments will make sure you are better prepared for the next time you encounter severe weather.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.