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Why Are Frozen Pipes Dangerous?

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Are Frozen Pipes Dangerous? #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #servep

When the temperatures drop, one major issue that could come up is a frozen water pipe and it’s potential to bust, leading to flooding and water damage in your commercial or residential property. Learn why frozen pipes are so dangerous, the types of pipes that are most vulnerable to freezing and four signs that a pipe is actually frozen.

Why Are Frozen Pipes Dangerous?

Frozen pipes are a problem for a couple of reasons.

They can create an inconvenience but, more seriously, can cause major damage to your property.

  • Lack of Running Water– The most obvious danger of a frozen pipe is the inability to access running water. This can interfere with your ability to do everyday tasks such as washing the dishes or taking a shower.
  •  Potential to Burst- The second problem that can occur when a pipe freezes is that the pipe actually bursts. Once the actual water in the pipe freezes, pressure is created between the closed faucet and the blockage that can build up to a point that causes the pipe to explode and extensive water damage to your property can occur.

Pipes That Are Vulnerable to Freezing

There are some pipes that are more vulnerable to freezing than others:

  • Exterior Walls- Water pipes that are located along the exterior walls of a home can be vulnerable to freezing. This is because they may not have the adequate amount of insultation protecting them from the exterior temperatures.
     
  • Attics and Basements- Pipes that are located in attics or in basements may also have a greater tendency to freeze. These pipes may not receive the same amount of heat as the rest of the property. If these areas are not used as living space, they also may not be properly insulated.

4 Signs of Frozen Pipes

There are a few clues which can help you determine if you have frozen pipes at your property:

  • The Temperature Is Right- Pipes cannot freeze if it is not cold enough outside for them to do so. Water does not freeze when it is 60 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and neither do pipes. When the temperature falls to 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, you should begin to take precautions to prevent vulnerable pipes from freezing.  
     
  • There Is Frost on the Pipe- For pipes that can actively be seen, such as those under sinks, you may be able to see frost that has accumulated on the exterior of the pipe. This can serve as a warning sign that the pipe is frozen before you ever try to turn on the faucet.
     
  • No Water Is Coming Out of the Faucet- Another sign that you may have a frozen pipe on your hands is lack of running water. If you or a tenant turn on a kitchen or bathroom faucet and only a slight trickle of water or no water at all comes out, the water pipe leading to the faucet may be frozen.
  • Strange Smells- A forth potential sign of a blocked pipe is an odd smell coming from a faucet or drain. If the pipe is partially or completely blocked, the only way the odor can escape is back up in the direction of your property.

Act Quickly

Once you are aware that a pipe is frozen, you must act quickly to thaw the pipe. Depending on the location of the pipe and your level of expertise, you can attempt to thaw the pipe yourself or you can contact a licensed plumber to thaw the pipe for you. It is imperative to thaw the pipe as soon as possible, because it has the potential to burst and cause extensive damage to your property.

If a frozen water pipe bursts and you experience flooding, turn off your water shut-off valve to prevent further water damage. Contact a professional water restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Dane County West, to extract and mitigate the water loss and restore your property to it’s preloss damage.

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For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO of Dane County West can help manage the insurance paperwork and process.

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Have Storm, Ice or Flood Damage?

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Have Storm, Ice or Flood Damage? have storm, ice or flood damage? SERVPRO of Dane County West is available 24/7/365 for emergency storm damage services. #SERVPROdanecountywest

If you live in an area that has recently experienced storm damage, wind damage, hail damage, ice damage, frozen pipes that busted, or river flooding you aren't alone. Many homeowners experience storm damage at some point, and while it's a stressful experience, there are several things you can do to minimize storm damage to your home and to quickly perform storm restoration after sustained damage.  Here's what you need to know.

Types of Storm Damage

Windstorms, micro-bursts and tornado damage can cause a roof leak, standing ground water, and intense flooding. If you have storm damage in your area, make sure you check for roof damage and a roof leak. You may notice flooding and ground water in your home.  The evidence of a roof leak could be more discreet and may present itself as stains on your ceiling. A roof leak is something you shouldn't ignore. Always contact a professional as soon as you realize you may need a roof repair.

Hail damage may also require a roof repair. Roof damage can occur when hail hits your roof during a particularly bad storm. In addition to a roof repair, hail damage can require siding repair for your home, as well. Hail damage can present immediately after a storm and may be accompanied by ice and wind damage.

Flooding is a major issue that can lead to extensive water damage. Flooding can occur after a severe storm, when you have frozen pipes break and when a sump-pump fails. These can create standing flood water in your home and if this water isn't properly extracted, it can lead to other issues in your home, including mold growth. 

River flooding also can impact both the interior and exterior of your home and also requires water restoration. River flooding occurs after periods of extreme rain and lead to ground water standing outside of your home, as well as possibly flood water inside your home. 

Finally, ice damage can occur from Ice dams. Typically, an ice dam forms near or in your gutters. An ice dam can cause incredible damage to your home. While most homeowners are concerned about frozen pipes, not all realize just how much ice damage can occur with ice damming. If you notice an ice dam beginning to form, don't wait to get help for it.

Steps of Storm Damage Repair

Whether you have frozen pipes that busted, hail damage, ice damage, or flooding, water restoration is an essential part of storm remediation. SERVPRO of Dane County West will work with you to restore your house to it's preloss condition. The goal is to fix your home as quickly and efficiently as possible so you can continue living your life after storm damage occurs.

Storm and flood damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your Madison home, you need the company with storm damage experience and expertise.

SERVPRO of Dane County West can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Water Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Water Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated

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

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SERVPRO of Dane County West Uses Advanced Industrial Equipment for all Restoration Jobs

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Dane County West Uses Advanced Industrial Equipment for all Restoration Jobs #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #servep

When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property.

Every water damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will guide you through the crisis and may ask several questions to help us better understand the equipment and resources. 24/7/365 #608-497-3331

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of your water damage at this stage. We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

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. Your SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals will answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. 

Here are a few tools used by SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals for Water Damage Assessment:

  • 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 East Baton Rouge professionals to monitor drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge 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. 

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property, which helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

SERVPRO of Dane County West's highly trained technicians will begin the water removal process almost immediately. Depending on the amount of water, they may use powerful submersible pumps in addition to industrial strength, wet/dry high-volume Extractors, like the one shown in this picture. This step helps to reduce drying time and helps to prevent mold and secondary water damage.

  • Remove Excess Water
  • Use Submersible Pumps and Industrial Wet/Dry High-Volume Extractors (HVE) can be portable or truck-mounted. The former can be taken into the building and allows access to hard-to-reach areas, but the latter is more powerful and has its own power sources. Truck-mounted extractors are designed for both restorative cleaning and water removal in a water damage scenario.
  • At SERVPRO, we have a team of highly trained, IICRC-certified technicians who can relieve you of that stress.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

We use specialized equipment to remove the remaining water that is harder to access. Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home or business. We’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.

Advanced Industry-Standard Drying Equipment

  • Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture. The industrial-grade dehumidifiers SERVPRO of Dane County Uses can remove hundreds of pints of water per day depending on the room’s relative humidity.
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.
  • High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which cause moisture to evaporate at a faster pace.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We are adept at cleaning contents using a number of techniques. Our professionals are trained to provide sanitizing treatments and to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Dane County West can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Dane County West can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Dane County West can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Document Drying
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Drywall Installation
  • Drywall Removal
  • Electronics Restoration
  • General Contracting
  • Move Out
  • Painting
  • Portable Power
  • Tile Floor Repair

General Contractor License #: 1317784

To learn more, click here:

http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/water-damage-restoration

Water, Flood, Fire or Mold Damage?
Call Today – (608) 497-3331

SERVPRO of Dane County West is a proud member of: The Middleton Chamber of Commerce, The Verona Chamber of Commerce, The Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Dane County West is a proud member of: The Middleton Chamber of Commerce, The Verona Chamber of Commerce, The Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce SERVPRO of Dane County West is a proud member of the following chambers: #middletonchamber #veronachamber #fitchburgchamber #mounthorebchamber

SERVPRO of Dane County West is locally owned and operated - so we’re a part of this community too.

We are proud members of the following Chambers:

The Middleton Chamber of Commerce:

The Middleton Chamber of Commerce works to promote a strong economy and a high quality of life for the greater Middleton Community. The Middleton Chamber of Commerce also serves as an excellent resource for learning and sharing best practices, they offer a variety of programs to help guide and develop leaders, and they provide excellent advocacy and community engagement.

SERVPRO of Dane County West is 1 of nearly 700 businesses that are a part of the Middleton Chamber of Commerce. For 67 years the Chamber has served the greater Middleton community. For the past 4 years, SERVPRO of Dane County West has been a proud member of the Middleton Chamber of Commerce. Through many different events, from Get Moving Middleton, Ask the Expert, Business Social Hours, to the Annual Celebration, we have had a fantastic experience with the Chamber. On behalf of SERVPRO of Dane County West, and nearly 700 local business we would like to say "THANK YOU" for all your help and support. 

To learn more about the Middleton Chamber and its members, please see link below:

http://business.middletonchamber.com/list/?_ga=2.228143573.999812713.1517441518-1178350018.1517349724

The Verona Chamber of Commerce:

The Verona Area Chamber of Commerce is a partnership of businesses and professional people working together to build a healthy Verona economy and continually improve the quality of life in the greater Verona community. The Verona Chamber’s mission is to proactively promote, support and enhance economic growth and community well-being.

SERVPRO of Dane County West is 1 of nearly 300 businesses that are a part of the Verona Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber fulfills many roles - economic development and planning, tourist information center, business advocacy, economic counseling, referral service and more. For the past 4 years, SERVPRO of Dane County West has been a proud member of the Verona Chamber of Commerce. SERVPRO of Dane County West has been happy participants in the Chamber’s following events; monthly Networking Lunch, Business Before 9, various Lunch and Learns and the Annual Meeting.

To learn more about the Verona Chamber and its members, please see link below:

http://veronawi.com/index.php

The Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce:

The Fitchburg Chamber Visitor + Business Bureau provides leadership for the advancement of the city’s economic vitality and quality of life for businesses, residents and visitors. The Fitchburg Chamber Visitor & Business Bureau’s mission is to provides tools, resources and opportunities to support the success of their members.

The Fitchburg Chamber provides programs and services to expand and mature investments, job opportunities, support business networks and build tourism and community assets. 

SERVPRO of Dane County West is 1 of nearly 400 businesses that are a part of the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce.  SERVPRO of Dane County West is a proud member of the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce and appreciates the many networking events, information and educational programs that The Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce offers.  On behalf of SERVPRO of Dane County West, and nearly 400 local business we would like to say "THANK YOU" for all your help and support. 

To learn more about the Fitchburg Chamber and its members, please see link below:

http://www.fitchburgchamber.com/

The Mount Horeb Chamber of Commerce:

The Mount Horeb Area Chamber of Commerce mission statement is to promote the economic well-being of all member businesses as well as to enhance the image of Mount Horeb as a great place to live, work and visit. The Mount Horeb Chamber has a Connect, Impact and Thrive focus to create opportunities for meaningful business connections and marketing, to promote the economic well-being of all member businesses and to enhance the community brand and image. 

SERVPRO of Dane County West is 1 of nearly 300 businesses that are a part of the Mount Horeb Chamber of Commerce. For the past 3 years, SERVPRO of Dane County West has been a proud member of the Mount Horeb Chamber of Commerce.  On behalf of SERVPRO of Dane County West, and nearly 300 local business we would like to say "THANK YOU" for all your help and support. 

To Learn more about the Mount Horeb Chamber and its members, please see link below:

http://trollway.com/business/

We Are Locally Owned and Operated and support the communities we work and live in!

SERVPRO of Dane County West is locally owned and operated - so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country. 

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/disaster-recovery

SERVPRO of Dane County West takes great pride in being a part of the Dane County West community including Madison, Middleton, Verona, Cross Plains, Black Earth, Mount Horeb, Blue Mounds, Montrose, Belleville, Oregon, and Fitchburg. We understand that communities like ours hold America together. We want to do our part to ensure that our communities thrive by helping those less fortunate, keeping the area safe and making our community the best it can be.

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Protein Fire Mitigation in Monroe, WI

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Protein Fire Mitigation in Monroe, WI Service Technicians, Brandon and Keegan, removing soot from ceiling and furniture.

A protein fire is smoke damage resulting from the extreme burn of a protein enriched fibre. Most common protein fires are from burnt food. SERVPRO of Dane County West was recently at one of these types of fire in Monroe, WI. Turkey stock was accidentally left on the range and unfortunately burnt down to a crisp. Thankfully, the fire was contained in the pot on the stove and the home did not suffer a full-blown fire loss. Unfortunately, protein fires leave a caustic smell behind and every surface of their home had to be cleaned and treated.

At first glance, protein fires do not appear to cause any damage to your home and contents. However, the aftermath of a protein fire is an invisible and often sticky, foul smelling residue that coats the many surfaces throughout your home.

SERVPRO of Dane County West has the technology, training and experience to mitigate various types of smoke damage. Our trained technicians use ozone treatments and thermal fogging to mitigate protein odor. An ozone treatment can deodorize, disinfect, and remove smoke particles in an indoor environment. Ozoneis formed in thegeneratorand dispersed in a room where it oxidizes organic smoke and odor particles. A thermal fogger emits a cloud of particles that are similar in composition to smoke then penetrate a structure's cracks, crevices and surface pores neutralizing any smoke particles they come in contact with.

If you have a kitchen fire and/or odor damage from burnt food and smoke damage, SERVPRO of Dane County West is here to help!

Watch our video on Thermal Fogging at http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/video-content.

To learn more about deodorization equipment, click the link below: http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/blog/post/8974/cleaning/deodorization-equipment-

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Utilizing Specialized Equipment to Save Hardwood Floor After Storm/Water Damage

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Utilizing Specialized Equipment to Save Hardwood Floor After Storm/Water Damage The Mat Drying System from a home in Madison, WI that had a water loss from a recent storm.

Storms can wreak havoc on a home. Hardwood floors are often affected. If you have water damage to your wood floors, we can often save them with our floor mat drying systems.

At SERVPRO of Dane County West we utilize the latest in drying technologies to restore damaged materials instead of replacing. This saves everyone time and money. One great example of this is the floor drying system we use to save hardwood floors after a water loss. Mats are attached to the floor and high-pressure blowers deliver warm dry air to the floor for fast, effective drying. The attached photo is from a home in Madison, WI that had a water loss from a recent storm. We were able to save their hardwood floors using our floor drying system. Needless to say the customer was very happy they didn't need to spend thousands of dollars to replace their floors!

Why take the risk? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West to help! #608-497-3331.

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Fire Damage Cleanup using Dry Ice Blasting

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Cleanup using Dry Ice Blasting Dry ice blasting uses compressed air to accelerate solid carbon dioxide (CO2) dry ice pellets to clean a variety of surfaces including those from fire

SERVPRO of Dane County West used Dry Ice Blasting to clean up the soot damage from a fire in Monroe, WI. Dry ice blasting uses compressed air to accelerate solid carbon dioxide (CO2) dry ice pellets to clean a variety of surfaces including those from fire damage. 

Dry ice cleaning is a "green" process that uses small pellets of recycled carbon dioxide to clean a surface. The pellets sublimate (turn from solid directly to gas) during the cleaning process. That rapid change in state from solid to gas causes microscopic shock waves which assist in removing the contaminant. Dry ice blasting is nonabrasive, nonconductive and nonflammable. Dry ice blasting generates no additional waste or secondary contamination unlike media and water blasting.

Dry ice blasting does not contribute to greenhouse gasses and no hazardous wastes are produced. The carbon dioxide gas is absorbed by trees and plants and converted into carbon (plant growth) and oxygen. With basic safety precautions, the work process is safe. No ozone-depleting chemicals are used and there is no exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). Dry ice blasting is really "green" recycling at its best.

http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/fire-smoke-damage-restoration

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

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Ice Dams Can Cause Your Roof to Leak

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ice Dams Can Cause Your Roof to Leak #icedams #frozenpipe #winterize #waterdamage #brokenwaterpipe #floodedbasement #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw#SERVPROdaneco #24houremergenc

A roof leaking water into your structure’s interior walls, ceilings and floors is not a pretty picture. Ice dams are a leading culprit for water leaks during the winter season.  They  form when heated air melts roof snow above and behind the dammed up ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run off the roof, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas.  

SERVPRO of Dane County West can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition. 

Prevent Ice Dams from forming on your roof in the first place.

Consider these tried and true preventative measures:

  • Start by just removing the offending culprit in the first place. Shovel or use a snow rake to remove the snow from your roof.
  • Make sure your attic and rafter space is adequately insulated. Insulation is a first line of defense consideration.
  • Make sure your attic and crawl spaces are well ventilated. Buildup of warm air in open areas above the layer of insulation is what causes snow on the roof to melt then freeze into ice dams in the first place.
  • Make sure exhaust fans, plumbing vents recessed ceiling fans and anything penetrating through your roof are sealed and insulated.
  • Add properly installed heat tape to the lower few feet of roof in areas where ice dams are likely to occur.
  • Recessed lighting in a ceiling such as in an attic, truss cavity or soffits can create a tremendous amount of heat that rises and melts snow on the roof. Recessed lights are seldom insulated and sealed properly.
  • Replacing heat-generating incandescent and halogen bulbs with compact florescent or LED bulbs is an easy way to reduce the amount of unwanted heat in your attic or truss cavities.
  • Try to keep vaulted ceilings cooler than the rest of the home if possible.

When should I be concerned about water coming inside my structure?

  • Icicles forming on the edge of your roof are the most obvious indicator of ice dams and possible water invasion.
  • If ice accumulates even higher than just the edge of the roof, over the gutters or up onto the roof itself; be aware.
  • If ice forms underneath the soffits through the vents, on the wall or under windows that is a pretty good sign water is invading your structure.

What do I do if I think I have water damage?

Call SERVPRO of Dane County West. We have staff that will assess your damage and advise you on what steps to take next. SERVPRO of Dane County West has the expertise, the equipment and highly trained techicians to mitigate any devastating effects water damage can have and preserve and restore your property. We can dry, deodorize, and disinfect the damaged areas and make it “Like it never even happened.”

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

24/7 Emergency Services, 608-497-3331

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SERVPRO of Dane County West wishes you a safe and happy holiday season! 

LIGHT THE NIGHT SAFELY

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage LIGHT THE NIGHT SAFELY #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #servep

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday seasons—however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.

The American Red Cross says, “Stay safe while you celebrate.”

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like ?replaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

The National Safety Council says, “Watch Out for Those Fire-starters.”

The National Fire Protection Association reports 12% of home candle fires occur in December. A higher risk of fire during the holiday season comes with fireplace and candle usage. The National Safety Council and The National Fire Protection Association offers the following tips:

  • Never leave burning candles unattended or sleep in a room with a lit candle
  • Keep candles out of reach of children
  • Make sure candles are on stable surfaces
  • Don't burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
  • Don't burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in the fireplace
  • Check and clean the chimney and fireplace area at least once a year

Your SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals Wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

Frozen Pipes Cause Water Damage

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Frozen Pipes Cause Water Damage #frozenpipe #winterize #waterdamage #brokenwaterpipe #floodedbasement #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw#SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice

Pipes can freeze and eventually burst in below freezing temperatures. Water has a unique property of expanding as it freezes causing pipes to crack and then burst. The ensuing rush of water can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.  SERVPRO of Dane County West is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage "Like it never even happened."
 
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure


Take a few simple steps now to prevent suffering and grief down the road.

  • Inspect outdoor faucets Now.  Find the indoor shut off valve for the outdoor faucet in basement or crawl space and shut it off. Then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it relieves pressure and drains completely.
  • Second, make sure that your heating system is checked regularly. Also, inspect the insulation on all of your plumbing as well as your cold water tank. Units located in the attic and other vulnerable locations should be protected with insulated sleeves. 
  • During severe cold snaps, open cabinets where pipes are located so warm air can circulate.
  • Third, keep your heat on throughout the winter months. During harsh, cold months, the chances of your pipes freezing get greater as the temperature plummets. 
  • Clean your gutters so melting snow and ice can flow freely
  • Turn on your faucets and allow them to drip slowly. Moving water will prevent freezing.
  • Open cabinet doors below sinks. It will help allow warm air to circulate.
  • Drain your water system if you’re away for an extended time.
  • Disconnect all gardening hoses and install covers on all outside faucets.
  • Wrap pipes nearest exterior walls and in crawl spaces with pipe insulation or with heating tape.
  • Close all windows near water pipes; cover or close open-air vents. Freezing temperatures combined with wind drafts can cause pipes to freeze more frequently.
  • Heat your basement and consider weather sealing your windows.
  • Insulate outside walls and unheated areas of your home.
  • Identify the location of the main water valve. SWERVPRO of Dane County West can

Monitor Freezing Pipe Conditions

  • Allow a faucet to drip slightly (lukewarm water) in order to minimize freezing.
  • The first sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.
  • Check your faucets for water flow and pressure before you go to sleep and again when you wake up.
  • Check pipes around your water meter, in unheated areas, near exterior walls and in crawl spaces.
  • Identify cold air drafts coming in from a flue or chimney chase and caulk gaps that are near pipes.

If a Pipe Freezes

  • If a faucet or pipe inside your house freezes, you can thaw it using a good hair dryer. (For safety purposes, avoid operating a hair dryer around standing water.)
  • To thaw a frozen pipe, heat water on the stove, soak towels in the hot water and wrap them around cold sections of the pipes.
  • When thawing a pipe, start thawing it nearest to the faucet. Make sure the faucet is turned on so that melted water can drip out.

If a Pipe Bursts

  • Shut off water at the main valve.
  • If the break is in a hot water pipe, the valve on top of the water heater should be closed.
  • Contact Us

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

24/7 Emergency Services, 608-497-3331

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SERVPRO of Dane County West wishes you a safe and happy holiday season!