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How to Protect Your Basement from Melting Snow This Spring

Spring in South Dakota can be extremely unpredictable. One day it’s 60 degrees and sunny, the next it’s a snowstorm. C’est la vie, right? One thing we can predict is that the weather will eventually warm up. And when it does, all that snow will start to melt. And for some unfortunate souls, all that melted snow will [...]

The 4 Main Causes of Sump Pump Failure in Sioux Falls

With spring on its way, it’s time to start preparing your home for all those April showers. One of the best ways to guard against basement flooding in Sioux Falls is by making sure your sump pump is working properly. Sump pumps automatically push water away from your home, so they’re crucial for preventing water damage and [...]

Dryer Vent Cleaning 101: Why, When, and Warning Signs

If your clothes dryer has been acting up, don’t just blame it on old age. It could be trying to tell you something — like, “Clean my vents . . . now!” Dryer vent cleaning might seem like a dull task, but if you haven’t done it in a while (as in, over a year), it’s [...]

Fire Safety Tips for Wood Furnaces and Stoves

There’s something so cozy about a wood-burning stove, isn’t there? During these cold winter months, nothing sounds better than curling up in front of your wood stove, furnace, or fireplace while the snow falls outside. But if you’re not careful, that cozy evening could come crumbling down — quite literally. Protect your home from fire damage [...]

Three Health Symptoms of House Mold in Sioux Falls

Have you been experiencing some out-of-the-ordinary health symptoms lately? Not to scare you, but those symptoms might be warning signs that your house has mold. House mold can occur for a variety of reasons, including humidity, flooded basements, and wet drywall. Because it typically grows in dark, hidden spaces, mold can go unnoticed for a long time — until you [...]

Can You Remove Pet Smells from Carpet?

Ah, pets. They’re furry and cute — until they stink up your home. If you’ve ever dealt with pet smells in carpet, you know that undoing the damage is no joke. No matter how often you scrub, it seems like you just can’t get rid of that icky smell of urine. So we’re here to answer [...]

Does Your Homeowners Insurance Cover Disaster Restoration?

You might have homeowners insurance in Sioux Falls — but just how good is your coverage? Not all homeowners insurance policies are the same. Even if you think you’ve got a decent policy, it might not offer complete coverage for disaster restoration. At INTEK, we’ve seen too many homeowners experience the devastation of fire or water damage [...]

Wet Drywall in Sioux Falls? Here’s What to Do

What happens when drywall gets wet? If you recently experienced flooding or other water damage in Sioux Falls, you might be concerned about your drywall — and rightfully so. Wet drywall can be dangerous. Avoid the horrors of house mold in Sioux Falls by learning what to do if (God forbid) your drywall gets wet. What Happens when [...]