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Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable.

SERVPRO National Disaster Recovery Teams are composed of the best of the best in restoration. Our elite National Disaster Recovery Specialists (also known as National Storm Teams) are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

SERVPRO of Dane County West now a Host Franchise for SERVPRO National Storm Teams 

During the massive flooding in the Dane County area from the August 20th storms, SERVPRO of Dane County West became a host franchise for SERVPRO National Storm Teams that came to Dane County from across the country to help.  We were able to directly input loss requests into the National Storm Team database for dispatch during that storm disaster.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big. Recent mobilizations of the Catastrophic Storm Response Teams include:

  • 2018 Florence
  • 2017 Harvey & Irma
  • 2017 Findlay Ohio Floods
  • 2016 Houston Floods
  • 2016 Matthew
  • 2016 Denham Springs Louisiana
  • 2014 Polar Vortex
  • 2012 Sandy
  • 2010 Nashville floods
  • 2008 Ike
  • 2007 Chicago floods
  • 2007 Ohio floods
  • 2007 California wildfires
  • 2005 Katrina/Wilma/Rita

Should a storm or major event strike, call (608) 497-3331

http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/disaster-recovery

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals can make it "Like it never even happened.”

FLOOD CUT - WHAT IS IT AND WHEN IS IT NEEDED

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial FLOOD CUT - WHAT IS IT AND WHEN IS IT NEEDED #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild

When extreme storms leave you basement or building flooded and damaged, SERVPRO of Dane County West can perform a flood cut to start the restoration process. A flood cut involves removing a minimum of at least 12 inches and sometimes up to four feet of drywall starting above where water damage ends. This procedure opens the structure so that walls may be dried and it ensures that all contaminants are removed both internally and externally. The contaminated insulation has to be removed to get rid of accumulated bacteria. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals can then bring in industrial fans and dehumidifiers to dry interior wall structures. Once dried we can repair the wall to it’s preloss condition.


A flood cut is not always necessary, but it is common. Usually, professionals recommend flood cuts when flood water is categorized as two or three flood water. Category two water refers to water that contains known contaminants, such as water from a dishwasher or washing machine. Category three water refers to black water, or water from sewage backup. The goal of drywall cut is to get rid of contaminants and ensure that a home or building is safe to return to after a flood. 

What determines doing a flood cut?

  1. Contaminated Water

When contaminated water invades your home from storm damage flooding it may contain sewage, chemicals and/or biological contaminates. This water is known as black water, the most severe category and requires a flood cut.

  1. Wet Insulation

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals will perform a flood cut if they believe any insulation behind your home’s walls has water damage. Because insulation cannot be properly dried a flood cut will be needed to remove any wet material. Once the interior wall is cleaned and dried, new insulation can be installed.

  1. Mold

After flooding, mold can begin to grow behind interior walls and spread quickly if it is not addressed. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals will perform a flood cut to check for mold and treat the area if any is found. Because mold does not need sunlight to grow, it can spread from interior walls to other areas. A flood cut is the first step to mitigating the issue and restoring your home or business to preloss condition.

http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/disaster-recovery

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals can make it "Like it never even happened.”

Prepare for Fall Flu Season

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Prepare for Fall Flu Season #flucontrol #fluseason #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #rebuild

Flu Season - Prevention Tips

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinatedeach year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.

1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.

3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

6. Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.

Check out the Center For Disease Control and Prevention's web page Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs

Help prevent the spread of flu germs. Homes and businesses can depend on SERVPRO of Dane County West to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants.

SERVPRO of Dane County West

#608-497-3331

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

Is your Commercial Business "Ready for Whatever Happens?"

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is your Commercial Business "Ready for Whatever Happens?" #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild

Emergency Ready Profile - We offer ERPs at no-cost to commercial businesses in our area

A no cost SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile assessment of your facility contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. A SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.


Whether you are away for lunch, on vacation or it’s after hours, wouldn’t it be nice to have access to your vital building data and emergency contact information directly from your smart phone, 24/7/365? Now you can with the FREE SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile!

Are You Ready?

As many as 50% of business close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

By developing a complimentary SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Call Today to Get Started!

SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

Mold - What You Need To Know

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold - What You Need To Know #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild

Mold has Ordinary Origins

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum).

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

To The Unhealthy

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat.

Understanding Mold

Some restoration companies advertise “mold removal” and may even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy because removing all mold from a house or business is impossible; microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. Here are the facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Help Is Here

If You See Signs of Mold,
Call Us Today – (608) 497-3331

https://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/mold-remediation

What to do in the event of Extreme Flooding

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What to do in the event of Extreme Flooding #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild

Historic flooding occurred on August 20th in our SERVPRO of Dane County West territory from over a foot and a half of rain in six hours. A state of emergency was declared by the State of Wisconsin for Dane County. Officials here said flooding caused more than $150 million in damage locally. And all local lakes reached 100-year levels.

What to do after clean water floods your house or business! 

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: 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 carpet.
  • Do: Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Do: Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Do: Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature. 

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: 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. 

What to do after  contaminated water or harmful waste floods your house or business! 

  • Do: 

  • Do: Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. 
  • Do: Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items. 
  • Do: Stay out of affected areas of harmful waste (sewage, blood borne pathogens, etc.)
  • Do: Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Do: Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Don't: 

  • 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 the contaminants. 
  • Don't: Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas. 
  • Don't: Attempt cleanup of any kind.
  • Don't: Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids. 

    Help is on the way! Call SERVPRO of Dane County West - Fire and Water Cleanup & Restoration - #608-497-3331 

    www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com 

Stop Mold Before It Gets a Start to Grow

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Stop Mold Before It Gets a Start to Grow #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild

Intrusions of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. 

Take Precautions

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems. 

Help Is Here

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Dane County West, #608-497-3331. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals care about proper restoration of your structure. In most water damage situations excessive mold growth is not a problem and SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals can safely restore your building to preloss condition. 

Mold - Ordinary to Unhealthy

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold - Ordinary to Unhealthy #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild

MOLD

From the Ordinary

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. Fungi produce some very useful results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages. The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold. An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum). 

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people. 

To The Unhealthy

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth. Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth. Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply. Organic materials found inside building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish. Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental conditions that pose a health threat. 

Help Is Here

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331. 

Black Mold Defined

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Black Mold Defined #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild

You may have seen sensational news reports that warn about the dangers of “black mold” or “toxic mold”. These reports can be alarming and confusing so it’s beneficial to get the facts to better understand mold.

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants. However, many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants. Treat any mold with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives by visiting Mold Damage Tips

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold may exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect you have a mold problem, contact SERVPRO of Dane County West immediately. 

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (608) 497-3331

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/black-mold

If you have a water and/or mold issue, call SERVPRO of Dane County West for help. #608-497-3331

Sump Pump Failure from Devastating Storm

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Sump Pump Failure from Devastating Storm #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #stormdamage

A Verona, WI residence had a sump pump fail causing extensive loss. Over a foot of rain in six hours on August 20 caused the pump to fail consequently flooding the basement and ruining fifteen hundred feet of carpet. SERVPRO of Dane County West mitigated the water damage by removing the carpet and pad, removing baseboard and drilling holes in the drywall to allow ventilation into drywall. We positioned fans and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture content to acceptable levels.

Sump pumps can also fail from mechanical failure, improper installation or even clogged pipes. Sump pumps are often taken for granted but like a furnace or appliance requires timely maintenance.

There are several reasons a sump pump can fail and what you can do to prevent it:

1.) Loss of Power: When the power goes out during a storm or a heat wave, the sump pump will not be able to drain water. Having a back-up generator specifically for the sump pump will keep water from pooling.

2.) Improper Installation: Following manufacturer instructions when installing the sump pump or bringing in a professional is key! Making sure the sump pump is the correct size and properly installed will make a huge difference with how it functions in the long term.

3.) Age: The average life of the sump pump is about 10 years. As it ages, the efficiency of the pump starts to become reduced.

4.) Clogged Pipes: The discharge pipe can become clogged with debris. Installing a grate or protective cover can keep the pipe clear and prevent overflow.

5.) Maintenance: Regular maintenance on the sump pump is key to keeping performance at peak efficiency. Cleaning the unit 3 to 4 times a year and having the unit checked by a professional bi annually can greatly reduce the chance of failure. Also, be sure to check the position of the float and adjust it as necessary to avoid any jams with the switch.

Should you experience water damage from the recent abundance of rain, SERVPRO of Dane County West is here to help for and make it "Like it never even happened."  #608-497-3331