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Getting Rid Of Smoke Odor

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

Getting Rid of Cigarette Smoke Odor

It's obvious to a non-smoker when a home smells like cigarettes.  The smell of tobacco and/or cigarette smoke and tar is stubborn because it "sticks" to all surfaces as it spreads through the air. So, how do you get rid of the cigarette odor? 

The short answer is that it's very difficult.  ALL surfaces in the home need to be scrubbed and deodorized, including the: flooring, walls, furniture, appliances, knick-knacks, and clothing. Even the air in the home needs to be deodorized during the process.  It's not an easy task, but the experts at SERVPRO® of Rapid City have done it many times and are more than willing to help you.  We have several techniques and a qualified crew to help you, help your customer sell their property faster.  Give us a call today at 307-228-155 and help your customer start breathing easier about selling their home.

Common Home Water Damage Culprits

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

a fridge icemaker that is making ice and overfilling Our team is always ready to help you after busted pipes or other water related issues.

If you think most water damage is caused by storms, think again. While severe weather and floods do damage millions of homes every year, insurance claims from pipes, water heaters and appliance failures outpace those caused by natural disasters.

How do we know? Companies like iProperty Management and home insurers research common claims. And they’ve found that water damage that’s not related to severe weather is the second most common claim homeowners file.

Water damage claims caused by issues in the home account for billions of dollars in damage every year. An estimate from 2017 found that insurance companies paid out $13 billion in water damage claims. And some of the property damaged can’t be valued at all—things like wedding photos, baby books and heirlooms that money can’t replace.

Tips for Protecting Your Home

Sometimes accidents happen, and careful people can still suffer water damage from an appliance malfunctioning or a pipe bursting. But you can lower your risk by taking part in preventive home maintenance.

Busted pipes are one of the biggest culprits for flooding inside a home. The good news is that most plumbing has a long lifespan. (Galvanized steel pipes can last up to 70 years.) But even if you’re in a new home with new plumbing, watch your water bill. Spikes in your bill can indicate there’s a leak somewhere in your home.

Water heaters can last for 10 to 20 years—and cause a lot of damage if they bust. Do you know how old your water heater is? Or how frequently it needs to be replaced? If not, it’s easy to find out by taking a look at the label on the unit.

Your kitchen appliances are staples you use every day. But they do cause water damage—especially dishwashers and refrigerator ice makers. You can watch for early signs of leaks by checking out your refrigerator’s water supply line when you clean behind it. Also, inspect your dishwasher occasionally to look for signs of water leakage.

What happens if you can’t catch the leak?

Even the most diligent homeowners can sometimes miss a leak. Accidents happen. And when they do, it’s important to have your home professionally cleaned to protect you and your loved ones from mold and other issues that can arise after a water leak. That’s where our team of experts can help you.

Our team is always ready to help you after busted pipes, water heater leaks or appliance malfunctions damage your home. We’re here to talk with you 247 if you need to learn more about our water restoration process.

Certified and Ready to Serve

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Gillette, Sheridan is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today!