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It’s the Water You Don’t See - When Time Matters, Technology and Equipment Must be Counted On To Perform

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

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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 has 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.

How do we detect the extent of water damage from water leaks, bathroom overflows, storm flooding, and the many other causes of water damage? We at SERVPRO of Dane County West use industry-standard scoping tools to detect the moisture levels incurred from water damage. This allows us to effectively dry the affected areas with state-of-the-art drying equipment. 

Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure affected by water damage and defining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. Moisture detection devices are also used to verify that an environment has been dried thoroughly.

SERVPRO of Dane County West uses the following equipment:

  • 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 moisture readings that enable SERVPRO of Dane County West to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermo-hygrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity. Capturing these two readings, a SERVPRO of Dane County West Professional using a psychrometric chart can calculate specific humidity, dew point, and vapor pressure. 

Once the scoping is completed and the affected areas are identified, we use Psychrometry to measure and evaluate air conditions to create the proper atmosphere for optimal drying. Psychometry is the study of the air and its properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure, and dew point. They are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure, enabling SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals to create the proper atmosphere for optimal and 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. 

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals establish an environment favorable for drying. They also understand how to manipulate temperature and humidity levels to produce optimum drying conditions with state of the art detection equipment, without causing secondary damages through improper drying processes. 

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

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Should you experience water or fire damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Dane County West immediately. We are available 24/7 for emergency services.  We are locally owned and operated in the Madison, WI area, and have five-star, A-ratings on Google, Facebook, BBB, and Angie’s List.  Most importantly, we are an IICRC Certified Firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification is a nonprofit that establishes global standards and professional training.

The Water Damage Restoration Process

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About SERVPRO of Dane County West

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

headshots of two people, a dark-haired middle aged man wearing a grey servpro zip down and his partner, a middle aged woman SERVPRO of Dane County West is available 24/7 for emergency services. We work with your insurance. We are an IICRC Certified Firm. 5-star Ratings.

SERVPRO of Dane County West understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. 

We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial properties after a fire, smoke, or water damage. Also, SERVPRO of Dane County West mitigates mold and mildew from your home or business, are General Contractors for rebuild services (license #1317784) and have the experience and certification in bioremediation. We utilize EPA-approved hospital-grade disinfectants and are compliant with CDC standards for COVID-19 disinfection. 

As a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration, our number one goal is returning damaged properties to their preloss condition, doing all we can to make it "Like it never even happened."  

We are an IICRC Certified Firm with fire, water, biohazard, and mold IICRC certifications. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our team is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Dane County West. Whenever SERVPRO of Dane County West steps onto a job site, it's about the total restoration of the damage and helping our customers through a difficult time.  

We're a leader in giving control back to homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities after the ravaging effects of water or fire. So whether you're responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000 - be ready for the worst with the very best with SERVPRO of Dane County West. 

We are locally owned and operated serving the Dane County, Madison, WI area. We live and work in our community and take great pride in living and working here. When fire or water damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back.

We are available 24/7 for emergency services to help you regain control quickly. We work with your insurance for a stress-free claims process. We are an IICRC Certified Firm. 5-Star Google and Facebook Ratings. A+ BBB Rating and Angie's List Recommended.

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Like it was never hazardous, like it never overflowed, like it never caught fire, like it never spilled, like it never smoldered - whatever the case, with SERVPRO of Dane County West, our goal is to make it "Like it never even happened."

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What is an Electrical Fire and What are the Common Causes?

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

charred and burnt exposed ceiling from an electrical fire Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West Today – (608) 497-3331. www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

Types of Fire 

We at SERVPRO of Dane County West deal with many types of fire. The main types of fires are; Class A fires which involve combustible materials such as wood, Class B fires that involve flammable liquids, Class C fires involve flammable gases, Class D fires involve flammable metals, Electrical Fires that are formerly classified as Class E, and Class F fires from cooking oils and fats. 

Electrical fires are one of the more common types of fires we clean up and restore here at SERVPRO of Dane County West. Once the fire has been put out by the Fire Fighters, we are there 24/7 to restore the damage and rebuild a home or business and make it "Like it never even happened."® 

What is an Electrical Fire? 

An electrical fire is a malfunction or failure in electrical components that lead to a fire. These fires typically originate in cables, wires, circuit breakers, or electrical components. When the distribution of electricity is inadequate, panels, circuits, lighting equipment, and various electrical devices become overloaded and overheated and fires can unfortunately start. 

There following are common causes of electrical fires:

  • Old Appliances and Equipment - A staggering number of electrical fires are caused by aging appliances and equipment. 
  • Poor Maintenance – Regular electrical panel maintenance helps reduce fire risk.

Outdated Wiring – Homes that are 20 years and older often do not have the wiring capacity to handle the increased amounts of electrical usage in today’s average home. 

  • Devices such as computers, video gaming systems, air conditioners, and multiple appliances with high electrical needs contribute to increased electrical usage. Also, the deterioration of aging electrical wire’s coating can easily arc and start a fire, especially if the circuit amperage does not match with the existing wire throughout an older home. 
  • Not Staying Up-to-Date with Safety Codes – With electrical usage on the rise, it’s imperative to keep us with current safety codes. 
  • Light Fixtures – Installing a bulb with a wattage that is too high for lamps and light fixtures are common causes of electrical fires. It’s important to check the maximum recommended bulb wattage on any lighting fixture or lamp before installing it. 
  • Extension Cords – The misuse of extension cords is another common cause of electrical fires. It’s important to note that appliances should always be directly plugged into an outlet rather than an extension cord. When in doubt, hire a certified electrician to determine the appropriate type of outlets needed for your appliances. 
  • Space Heaters – Since space heaters are portable, people often put them too close to items that are easily combustible such as clothing, beds, couches, rugs, chairs, carpet, etc. Please use extreme caution when using these! 
  • Electrical panels and circuit breakers – Circuit breakers trip due to overload, power spikes or surges, short circuit, and ground fault. If a circuit breaker fails, it can lead to a fire. Keeping your circuit breaker up-to-date and following current codes helps to reduce the failure rate. 

What Are the Typical Signs of an Electrical Fire? 

  • If you smell a persistent burning smell and can’t figure out where it’s coming from, it’s often a sign of an electrical fire within the walls. If your circuit breakers keep tripping, it could mean that there is a trip to the electrical panel. 
  • If you see outlets and switches that are charred and discolored, it’s often a sign of excessive heat that has caused or could lead to a fire. 

Should you experience any type of fire, SERVPRO of Dane County West understands the trauma that follows a fire loss. When fire damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back. We are available 24/7 for emergency services to help you regain control quickly. We work with your insurance. 

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

We are an IICRC Certified Firm. 5-Star Google and Facebook Ratings. A+ BBB Rating. Independently owned and operated in the Madison, WI, Dane County area. 

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West Today – (608) 497-3331

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Saving Hardwood Floors After Water & Storm Damage

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Saving Hardwood Floors After Water & Storm Damage 

Storms can wreak havoc on a home and hardwood floors are often affected. Should you experience water damage to your hardwood floors, we can often save them with our floor mat drying systems. As with any water loss, it’s imperative to start the restoration process immediately before secondary damage occur. Such as mold, additional structural damage, and potential rot.

At SERVPRO of Dane County West, we utilize the latest in drying technologies to restore damaged materials instead of replacing them. 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. 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! 

How Do Floor Mat Drying Systems Work?

Our Floor Mat Systems use the power of a high-pressure air mover to vacuum water vapor through the surface of the hardwood floor. We have various sizes that make it easy for us to custom fit the system to any floor layout. As seen in the picture above, water-damaged hardwood floors are dried from above! 

Water Damage Emergency Tips - What To Do Until Help Arrives

Should you experience any type of water loss from storms, to broken pipes and water overflows, SERVPRO of Dane County West understands the stress and worry that follows a water loss.We have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Madison home or business to its pre-storm condition.

When water damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back. We are available 24/7 for emergency services to help you regain control quickly. We work with your insurance for a stress-free claims process.

We are an IICRC Certified Firm. 5-Star Google and Facebook Ratings. A+ BBB Rating. Independently owned and operated in the Madison, WI, Dane County area. 

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West Today (608) 497-3331

Water Leaks Unfortunately Happen – Listed are some Common Causes

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Unfortunately, water lines break, clog, erode, leak, and burst. If this happens to you, rest assured, you are not alone. Water damage from leaking and broken pipes is the most common reason we at SERVPRO of Dane County West get called to mitigate and restore water-damaged properties.  Here are some common causes of water leaks that we see in the Dane County area:

  • Faucet Leaks – Corrosion, mineral deposits, or defective parts such as gaskets, o-rings, and washers are typical causes for leaky faucets.
  • Shower & Tub Leaks – Typical leaks occur when the caulking between a bathtub/shower develops gaps and when the mortar grout lines develop cracks. When these gaps or cracks happen, water from the showerhead or splashing water in the tub can infiltrate through the walls into stud cavities and behind wall surfaces. Once water consistently permeates the wall cavities, it can lead to extensive water and mold damage.
  • Toilet Leaks – A worn out flapper, a loose or worn out seal at the base,  loose or worn out tank-to-bowl connections, rusted pipes, crack in the tank or bowl, condensation in the bowl or misadjusted flush valve assembly are common reasons toilet’s leak.
  • Clogged Water Lines – Blockage in the pipeline may cause water to find other ways to seep through which can often result in a water leak. The following are signs that indicate clogging in water pipes; gurgling sounds, slow drainage, unpleasant odor, dirt and dust particles appearing in running water. The site of the leak is not always the problem. Tree roots, grease, inorganic materials, or a combination of things can create major problems in your sewage line. Your plumber will need to inspect your sewage lines for clogs and clear the line if he finds one.
  • Damaged Pipe Joints – Damaged pipe joints can occur from shifting pipes, mistakes made by an inexperienced installer, movements such as a shaking washing machine, or nothing more than a loose connection.
  • Rapid Temperature Changes – Drastic temperature changes can cause your pipes to expand or contract quickly, causing cracks, leaks, and even bursts. One of the first signs of a frozen pipe is reduced or no flow out of a plumbing fixture like your faucet or shower. Here are some steps to help prevent pipes from freezing; open cabinet doors so warm air can reach the pipes under sinks, set fans to blow heat into cold rooms, if you have exposed pipes inside closets or pantries, leave doors open, and always disconnect garden hoses from outside faucets before the first freeze.

Given the significant water damage many of the listed water line leaks can cause, we highly recommend calling a plumbing professional as soon as you notice a problem.

Should you experience water damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Dane County West immediately. We are available 24/7 for emergency services.  We are locally owned and operated in the Madison, WI area, and have five-star, A-ratings on Google, Facebook, BBB, and Angie’s List.  Most importantly, we are an IICRC Certified Firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification is a nonprofit that establishes global standards and professional training. 

The Water Damage Restoration Process

Water or Flood Damage?
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The Mold Mitigation Process – Partnering with Industrial Hygienists / Environmentalists

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

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The Mold Mitigation Process – Partnering with Industrial Hygienists / Environmentalists

We at SERVPRO of Dane County West often partner with Industrial Hygienists/Environmentalists for mold mitigation. An example of one of these jobs was recently completed in Madison, WI. There was visible mold in various areas throughout the basement. The customer initially hired an Industrial Hygienist to thoroughly test for mold. Industrial Hygienists/Environmentalists are specialists who tend to approach indoor mold conditions primarily from a scientific perspective. They are trained to take air samples and surface samples of visually apparent mold and develop a protocol for the remediation process. Once they had the sample analysis completed, the customer called SERVPRO of Dane County West for the mitigation and removal of the detected mold. 

The following steps are involved in the mold removal/mitigation process:

  1. Cleaning all furniture all non-porous furniture in the area and then covering it to protect it from any contamination thereafter.
  2. Removal of all porous material that has been affected by microbial growth.
  3. Setting up containment. We contained this area from the rest of the house and used zippers so that we could gain access to the area.
  4. We then ducted our air filtration devices to the outside to create a negative pressure environment so that any spore contamination would be contained to that area (as seen in the picture). Once all the affected materials were removed, we thoroughly clean the area and treated it with an antimicrobial solution to prevent further microbial growth.

Here at SERVPRO of Dane County West we highly recommend that our customers engage Industrial Hygienists/Environmentalists to detect exactly where microbial growth may be found in their homes. This is a partnership we strongly recommend and is mutually beneficial for our customers.

Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours.

If You See Signs of Mold, 

Call SERVPRO of Dane County West Today – (608) 497-3331

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We Understand the Trauma of Fire Damage

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration

The fire from this particular condo unit affected not only this condo but three other surrounding condo units as well in the Sauk City, WI area. Your home or commercial facility contains many of your most valuable possessions. This particular unit's fire damage was extreme and the contents were burnt beyond repair. This unit required a complete gut and rebuild. The other units, however, were able to be restored with industry-standard fire and soot cleaning methods.

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals understands the trauma that follows a fire loss. When fire damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back. 

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 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 begins 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 preloss 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 provides 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.  
  • As seen in this video, we use thermal fogging for odor control. Thermal Fogging used for smoke and ash deodorization

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Sump Pump Failures - Power Outage from Storms Most Common Failure

6/17/2020 (Permalink)

an overflowing sump pump resulting from it's failure Should you experience water damage from a sump pump failure, call SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331 www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

Sump Pump Failures

The American Society of Home Inspectors did a study that showed more than 60% of American homes suffer from underground wetness or water damage, and there’s a likelihood that an even larger percentage will deal with a flooded basement at some point. It doesn’t always take a large amount of water to create a large amount of damage. It takes very little standing water and relatively little time for mold and mildew to take over and create problems if not treated properly.

At SERVPRO of Dane County West, a significant percentage of water damage in basements is caused by sump pump failures. The popularity of sump pumps has grown exponentially in the past couple of decades, largely in part to a legal amendment to the US Federal Clean Water Act in 1987 that requires certain homes to have a sump pump, even if they are not necessarily high-risk for floods.

Here are some common reasons for Sump Pump Failure:

  1. Power Failure: The most common cause of sump pump failure is an electrical power outage that typically happens during or after storms. To prevent this, have a backup generator that can be manually activated. In the case that your primary pump mechanically fails, though, a generator cannot help in this situation. But in the event of a storm where the power is knocked out for any length of time, a backup generator can be a lifesaver.
  2. The Sump Pump is the Wrong Size: If you have an incorrectly sized pump, or if the pump is not installed properly, there will most likely be a problem.
  3. Improper Installation: Installing a sump pump must be done exactly right. The manufacturer’s instructions must be followed carefully for the installation in order to avoid severe water damage down the road. Most manufacturers recommend or require a check valve to be installed on the discharge line. If not installed, the back-flow of water can cause the pump impeller to rotate backward and unscrew off the motor shaft. In this scenario, you will still hear the pump motor running, but it would not be pumping any water. Most manufacturers require the drilling of a small air relief hole in the discharge line between the pump and the check valve which is intended to prevent the pump from having to overcome the air pressure in the discharge pipe. The discharge pipe must be of the required diameter. Lastly, the sump pump pit should not be set in dirt or gravel. This causes debris to enter into your pump and can result in interference with the pump’s on/off switch or float arm.
  4. Switch Problems: The leading mechanical cause of sump pump problems is a switch problem. This occurs when the pump shifts from its position inside the basin, rendering the float ineffective. Float is responsible for the smooth operation of the on/off switch. Your sump pump relies on both the switch and the float arm mechanisms to operate effectively.
  5. Product Defect: Though rare, product defect is always a possibility and does happen. It is wise to test the pump when it is initially installed to make sure the pump operates properly.
  6. Frozen or Clogged Discharge Lines: The grated covering will not stop the lines from freezing or becoming blocked by ice and snow. A special grated discharge line attachment should help; it is placed near your home on the discharge line. It includes openings that give water a way to flow out of the pipe if the line is blocked further down. If water cannot exit your home through the discharge line, your system will not work. It is important to keep the discharge pipe protected from freezing and free of sticks, dirt, rocks, and other debris. Protecting the water’s exit point of the discharge pipe will keep debris and animals out of the system, making it optimal for your sump pump.
  7. Lack of Maintenance: Some pump manufacturers recommend the pump to be run every 2-3 months. Some recommend a yearly program completed just before the rainy season hits. Here are some additional manufacturer recommendations: 
    • If there is a back-up pump, unplug the primary pump and run the back-up pump to make sure it works properly
    • When testing your sump pump, go outside to make sure it is discharging water
    • Sometimes the pump can run but not pump any water. This means the impeller has disengaged from the pump shaft or the check valve is installed backward.
    • Check the operation of the float to make sure it is not restricted
    • Clean out the air hole in the discharge line
    • Listen for any unusual noises when the motor is running
    • Replace the battery on the back-up sump pump every 2 or 3 years

You can avoid many of these issues, and give a longer lifespan to the equipment by performing regular maintenance.

Should you experience water damage from a sump pump failure, call SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

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Source: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/7-causes-sump-pump-failure-what-do-anthony-rubeo/

Ready to Help After the Storm

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

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What YOU Can Do to Prepare for a Storm Emergency

While it may be challenging to prepare for unpredictable thunderstorms, tornadoes, and flooding, there are steps you can take now to help ensure you are ready if disaster strikes.  Consider the following tips when preparing for an approaching storm.

BEFORE THE STORM

  • Build an emergency supply kit that includes the following recommended items from the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
    • Water (one gallon per person per day)
    • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
    • Manual can opener
    • Battery operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio
    • Flashlight and extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Whistle to signal for help
    • Clothing
    • Dust masks or bandannas
    • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
    • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
    • Hygiene items
    • Relevant documents; copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account information
    • Cash
    • Fire extinguisher
    • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Be alert for environmental or fire hazards around your property.
  • Every adult in your house should know who to turn off electricity, water, and gas in an emergency
  • Unplug any electronic equipment before the storm arrives.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause structural damage.
  • If you are outdoors, get inside a building, home, or hard top vehicle (not a convertible).
  • If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades, or curtains and secure doors.

DURING THE STORM

During a disaster, it may be impossible for family members to return home. Have a plan for your family. Agree where to meet and what family members or friends to notify. Select a meeting point in the community where the members of your household know to come together.

  • Use your battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio for updates from local officials.
  • Avoid contact with corded phones. Cordless and cellular phones are safe to use.
  • Avoid contact with electrical equipment and cords.
  • Unplug appliances and other electrical items, such as computers. Power surges from lightning can cause severe damage.
  • Avoid contact with a plumbing. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.

AFTER THE STORM

Even after an event, there may still be many dangers. What seems like a safe distance or location may not be. Stay tuned to your local emergency station and follow the advice of trained professionals. Unless told to evacuate, stay off the roads to allow emergency vehicles access. What you do next can save your life and the lives of others.

  • Keep children and pets indoors. Dangers (live wires, flooded viaducts, and pollution) can remain after the immediate emergency ends.
  • Never drive through a flooded roadway.
  • Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and always assume that fallen power lines potentially active. Stay away from the area and report any downed lines to authorities immediately.
  • Locate a flashlight with batteries to use until the power comes back on. Do not use candles: this can cause a fire.
  • Do not use the stove to heat your home: this can cause a fire or fatal gas leak.
  • Remain calm, and assist family members or neighbors who may be vulnerable if exposed to extreme heat or cold.

When fire or water damage puts things that matter the most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well.  We at SERVPRO of Dane County West are available 24/7 for emergency services like basement floods after a severe storm, clean up and rebuild, or fire restoration from lightning and many other storm-related causes.  

We are here to help and have the storm damage restoration experience and specialized equipment to restore your Dane County, WI area home or business back to its pre-storm condition.

Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

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Sources: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, NOAA/National Weather Service 

We are an IICRC Certified Firm

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Dane County West is an IICRC Certified Firm

IICRC stands for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. It is a certification program and set of standards to facilitate the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries. These strict standards protect not only the interests of consumers but also compliant restoration industry companies. 

How do Restoration Companies Qualify for IICRC Certified Firm Status?:

There are several steps that restoration companies must take to qualify for IICRC-Certified status, to prove that they are both trustworthy and reliable. Those include:

Proof of insurance

  • For all businesses, insurance is a necessary part of the operation to ensure that the customer, property, and team are properly protected. 
  • An IICRC-certified business must not only provide proof of insurance but also maintain that protection throughout its operating period. This includes retaining and sharing all documentation that relates to insurance coverage, as necessary. If a customer or IICRC representative requests proof, the business must provide it. 
  • Because every IICRC-certified company must provide proof of insurance, customers know coverage is not a concern in the event of an unforeseen accident

Proper documentation that shows the education and training requirements for certification have been met by all technicians

  • An IICRC Certified Firm must offer continuous training for employees and technicians so they maintain their credentials. This allows our SERVPRO of Dane County West employees to stay up-to-date on the latest technologies and procedures for fire, water, mold and biohazard mitigation, and restoration. 
  • This also includes keeping them employed in the field, constantly earning experience, in addition to the course work required to earn a particular certification. 
  • At SERVPRO of Dane County West we are IICRC Certified in the following:
    • Water Restoration
    • Applied Structural Drying
    • Fire & Smoke Restoration
    • Trauma & Crime Scene
    • Restoration Consultants Mold Remediation (Restoration Consultants is an IICRC approved school that work with IICRC to help develop industry-wide standards for water damage and mold remediation)
    • General Contractor License #1317784

Adhere to the IICRC’s Code of Ethics

  • An IICRC restoration company must also adhere to a strict set of codes as set by the IICRC to maintain their certified status. These are often referred to as ANSI or IICRC standards, and they explicitly set the standard state of care which should be given by professionals in the industry.

Customer Trust

The rigid standards of the IICRC are developed by the industry’s top professionals and evolve as necessary with new information and technology. IICRC certifications are considered the “gold-standard” in the restoration industry. By maintaining consistent standards and expectations, IICRC-certified firms protect all parties involved in a related job. It ensures the professionals doing the work have the proper training and safety knowledge. It also ensures they meet other requirements that protect the business and the customer, such as carrying the proper insurance.

The IICRC standards and codes adhered to by the community of the inspection, cleaning, and restoration professionals have power because they require strict adherence and are constantly updated by professionals working within the industry. These standards keep both professionals and consumers in these industries safe.

SERVPRO of Dane County West is not only an IICRC Certified Firm but also has a BBB A+ rating, 5 star Google and Facebook ratings and we're available for fire and water emergencies 24/7. 

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