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Fire Damage - The Restoration Process

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage - The Restoration Process soot cleanup from fire. SERVPRO of Dane County West #fire #waterdamage #emergencyservices #restoration #rebuild

Structural Cleaning:

 

  • After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO of Dane County West will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure.  Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Dane County West may be even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing.  In other cases, SERVPRO of Dane County West will clean to "prepare for painting".  This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface.

 

Contents Cleaning:

 

  • All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized.  This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery.  SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals can provide wet or dry cleaning services.  Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to pre-loss condition.  This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac and much more.  Finally, SERVPRO of Dane County West can provide an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items if requested. 

 

Deodorization: 

 

  • SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals provide specialized services that rid your home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.  SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals do not merely cover lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out the sources of odor and remove them.  

 

When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back.

SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

24-Hour Emergency Service.  Independently owned and operated.

The Right Equipment - Fire Damage Restoration

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Right Equipment - Fire Damage Restoration It's imperative to use professional equipment when mitigating a fire loss. FACT: Restoration through mitigation is less expensive than replacing!

SERVPRO of Dane County West understands that using professional equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time maters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform.  SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained, uniformed personnel. Certainly, the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation and restoration, but perhaps more important, SERVPRO of Dane County West fire damage professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration.  For instance, knowing the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

  • Wet Smoke - Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry powdery, no smeary residues.
  • Protein - Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 
  • Fuel Oil Soot - Furnace Puff Backs.
  • Other Types - Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

Pretesting determines the proper cleaning methods and allows SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals to focus on saving your precious items.  Isn't that what really matters?

Deodorizing Equipment:

  • Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to apply fungicides and disinfectants.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles. 

You Have So Much Invested In Your Property; Trust Professionals to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset!

When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back.

SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

24-Hour Emergency Service.  Independently owned and operated.

Is Your Property Winter Ready?

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Your Property Winter Ready? #SERVPROdanecountywest #stormdamage #waterrestoration #watermitigation #floodedbasement #rebuild #restoration #waterextraction #frozenpipe

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your building. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered during the fall. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect that can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate ?ood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If pipes are under a cabinet, leave the cabinet doors open allowing Warm inside air to circulate around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the valve is off, open the outdoor faucet to ensure it drains, preventing any remaining water from freezing in the pipe.
  • Ask SERVPRO of Dane County West about completing an Emergency READY Pro?le (ERP) for your business. The ERP is a no cost assessment to your facility, and provides you with a plan to get back in business fast following a disaster.

When winter strikes, call SERVPRO of Dane County West to strike back.

IT'S THE WATER YOU DON'T SEE

9/21/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage IT'S THE WATER YOU DON'T SEE Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. #servprodanecountywest #608-497-3331

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO of Dane County West will answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO Professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles.

The bottom line? SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals have the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Dane County West - #608-497-3331

SERVPRO of Dane County West

When Storms or Floods hit Dane County, SERVPRO of Dane County is ready!

9/7/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods hit Dane County, SERVPRO of Dane County is ready! Photo Caption: Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in the Dane County area.

SERVPRO of Dane County West specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Madison, Middleton, Fitchburg, Verona, Oregon, Mt. Horeb, Corss Plains, Belleville, Black Earth, Mazomanie and surrounding areas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today #608-497-3331

IICRC Certified Firm

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

General IICRC Certified Firm We are an IICRC Certified Firm. SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331 www.servprodanecountywest.com

SERVPRO of Dane County West 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.

About SERVPRO of Dane County West

SERVPRO of Dane County West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

What do you do if you have water damage?

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage What do you do if you have water damage? If you have water damage call SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331. 24 hour emergency service. www.servprodanecountywest.com

If you have water damage, please call SERVPRO of Dane County West first! These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until your SERVPRO Professional arrives. 

Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. 

If you have water damage DO:

  • Do shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Do turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Do remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Do wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items. 
  • Do remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Do place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Do remove to safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Do use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Do hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting on floors.
  • Do hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
  • Do avoid all contact with sewage items contaminated by sewage.
  • Do wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

If you have water damage DON'T:

  • Don't enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don't leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Don't leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet carpets to cause staining.
  • Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don't use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 
  • Don't spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Don't turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Don't use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants. 
  • Don't use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas. 

When fire and water damage take control of your life, we help you take it back.

SERVPRO of Dane County West 

 #608-497-3331

How Do You Manage Mold?

5/31/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How Do You Manage Mold? Steps to removing and managing mold. The mold remediation process. Call SERVPRO of Dane County West at #608-497-3331. www.servprodanecountywest.com

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Dane County West has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.  The following steps illustrate a "typical"mold removal process. 

Call your local SERVPRO Professional  - SERVPRO of Dane County West

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed. 

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources.  Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

Mold Containment

Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress. 

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears.  Anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to re-mediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO Professionals clean restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment. 

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, sub-floors, and other building materials may be removed. 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. 

SERVPRO of Dane County West understands mold and mold growth and has the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. 

Psychrometrics - Understanding Properties of Temperature, Humidity, Vapor Pressure and Dew Point

5/9/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Psychrometrics - Understanding Properties of Temperature, Humidity, Vapor Pressure and Dew Point When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. SERVPRO of Dane County West. #608-497-3331 #24houremergencyservice

Psychrometry is the study of the air and its properties.  The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure, enabling SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals to create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying. 

Water can damage materials in two ways: first, by absorption through direct contact with water; and second, absorption of moisture from the air. Measuring the moisture content of the air is critical to the drying process. 

Restoration professionals must establish an environment favorable for drying.  The restoration professional must also understand how to manipulate temperature and humidity levels to produce optimum drying conditions, without causing secondary damages through improper drying processes. 

When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. Our goal is to make it...Like it never even happened.

SERVPRO of Dane County West

#608-497-3331

24-Hour Emergency Service.  

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

Build An Emergency Supply Kit

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

Community Build An Emergency Supply Kit When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. SERVPRO of Dane County West. #608-497-3331 #24houremergencyservice

If disaster strikes, will you be ready? It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs; one way to do that is by building a basic emergency kit.  The following items are recommended for your kit.

  • Water, one gallon per person per day
  • Food, non-perishable 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary
  • Cash
  • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • local maps
  • Hygiene items
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property. Contact SERVPRO of Dane County West to learn more and be "Ready for whatever happens!"

    SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

    Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

    24-Hour Emergency Service.  Independently owned and operated. 

    www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com