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Managing Mold

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Managing Mold

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

Call the Team in Green

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Dane County West, #608-497-3331.  A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment resources and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your commercial or residential property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources.  Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. These conditions may require the partnership of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to test and provide a detailed air quality report.

Mold Containment

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

Air Filtration

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

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

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

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

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

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed.  Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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BE PREPARED FOR COLD WEATHER - Keep moving to keep warm - Frostbite and Hypothermia

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

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BE PREPARED FOR COLD WEATHER - Keep moving to keep warm - Frostbite and Hypothermia

TIPS FOR PREVENTION

  • Pay attention to weather forecasts.
  • Dress in several layers of loose warm clothing.
  • Wear hats that fully cover the ears, warm boots, & mittens.
  • Drink plenty of warm fluids but avoid alcohol & caffeine.
  • Avoid or limit outdoor activities when the temperature nears or dips below 5°F (-15°C). (CDC 2013).
  • Take frequent breaks indoors from the cold.

THE FACTS (CDC 2013)

  • Hypothermia is a medical emergency.
  • In the U.S., an average of 1,300 deaths per year is associated with cold exposure.
  • 67% of hypothermia-related deaths were men.
  • Alcohol and drug use increases the chances of suffering a frostbite injury and/or hypothermia.
  • Those who suffer from diabetes, heart conditions, as well as infants and the elderly, are at greater risk of sustaining hypothermia in cold weather.
  • Signs of hypothermia include slurred speech, shivering, weakness, confusion, drowsiness and/or loss of consciousness. Transfer to a verified Burn Center within 12 hours of exposure for a frostbitten limb offers the best chance of preserving fingers and toes.
  • BE PREPARED FOR COLD WEATHER Keep moving to keep warm

WHAT IS FROSTBITE/HYPOTHERMIA

  • Frostbite is freezing of exposed body parts such as the fingers, toes, nose, or earlobes.
  • The affected area is cold to touch, may appear cherry red, mottled, very pale, or even white.
  • The skin may have a feeling of numbness, “pins & needles,” or is very painful especially when re-warming.
  • Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature cools to a life-threatening level and sometimes accompanies frostbite injury.

THE FIX

  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible!
  • Don’t ignore shivering – it’s the first sign that the body is losing heat. Get indoors!
  • Remove wet clothing and wrap in warm dry clothing.
  • Warm the center of the body first using blankets & warm beverages, if alert.
  • If blisters form, leave them intact

CAR SAFETY Remember to have blankets, water & dried food, shovel, flashlight, mobile phone, & a brightly colored cloth to hang from a car window. If you become stranded, remember to stay in your car, stay awake, run the car 10 minutes every hour opening window slightly to let air in and ensure snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe.

Source: American Burn Association 312-642-9260 www.ameriburn.org Improving the lives of those affected by burn injuries

Note: This material is for information purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, which you should seek from your physician. The ABA does not endorse any specific product, service or. © American Burn Association 2020

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Is Your Property Winter Ready?

Flu Checklist From The Red Cross

1/20/2020 (Permalink)

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Be Red Cross Ready - Flu Checklist

Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious respiratory disease caused by different strains of viruses. In the United States, there is a flu season that begins every fall and ends every spring. The type of flu people get during this season is called seasonal flu. Flu viruses spread from person to person when people who are infected cough or sneeze.

The flu usually begins with the rapid onset of a high fever and body aches. Be aware of other common flu symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children than in adults)

NOTE: Having all of these symptoms doesn’t always mean that you have the flu. Many different illnesses have similar symptoms.

Diagnosing the flu:

  • It may be difficult to tell if you are suffering from the flu or another illness.
  • Your health care provider may be able to tell you if you have the flu.
  • If you develop flu-like symptoms and are concerned about possible complications, consult your health care provider.

Potential risks and serious complications of the flu:

  • Bacterial pneumonia
  • Dehydration
  • Worsening of chronic medical conditions
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus problems

What should I do to avoid getting sick?

  • Get your flu shot every year for the best chance of protection.
  • Always practice good health habits to maintain your body’s resistance to infection.
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Manage stress.
  • Get enough rest and sleep.

Stop the spread of germs:

  • Wash frequently hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid or minimize contact with people who are sick (a minimum of three feet distancing is recommended).
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissues when you cough and sneeze if you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
  • Stay away from others as much as possible when you are sick.
  • Anyone with a fever or other symptoms of the flu should stay home from work or school until at least 24 hours after the fever has gone (without medications).
  • Get a flu shot every year.

What should I do when someone is sick?

  • Designate one person as the caregiver.
  • Keep everyone’s items separate. All household members should avoid sharing pens, papers, clothes, towels, sheets, blankets, food, or eating utensils unless cleaned between uses.
  • Disinfect doorknobs, switches, handles, computers, telephones, toys, and other surfaces that are commonly touched around the home or workplace.
  • Wash everyone’s dishes in the dishwasher or by hand using very hot water and soap.
  • Wash everyone’s clothes in a standard washing machine as you usually would. Use detergent and very hot water and wash your hands after handling dirty laundry.
  • Wear disposable gloves when in contact with or cleaning up body fluids.

Help prevent the spread of flu germs. Homes and businesses can depend on SERVPRO of Dane County West, #608-497-3331, to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces, and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants.

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SERVPRO of Dane County West Cleaning Services:

  • Biohazard, Crime Scene, and Vandalism
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
  • Deodorization

SERVPRO of Dane County West Restoration Services:

  • Fire, Smoke and Soot Damage
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Catastrophic Storm Response
  • Move-Outs and Contents Restoration
  • Electronics and Equipment
  • Document Drying
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service

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For Property Owners, Putting Out a Fire Can Be Worse Than the Fire Itself

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

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The first 48 hours after fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the property owner after fire ravages a home.  Fear, uncertainty, stress, and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the owner long after the flames have been extinguished, and the smoke has been cleared. 

So after the first wave of heroes has rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Dane County West help you restore it. With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology, and open communication, we strive to restore not only your home or commercial property but your peace of mind, as well.   

SERVPRO of Dane County West understands the stress and worry of fire damage and can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  SERVPRO of Dane County West provides timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke, odor, and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings, and memories are restored to their preloss condition when possible.

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives:

  • Limit movement in the property to prevent soot or particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim, and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaces.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery.
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, to help you regain control quickly. We work with your insurance. For a stress-free claims process,  SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call for details.

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Ask about our contents claims inventory service and document restoration services. 

Ice Dams Can Cause Your Roof to Leak

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

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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. The ice dam backflows 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 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. The 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 correctly.
  • 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 apparent indicator of ice dams and possible water invasion.
  • Be extra aware when ice accumulates higher than just the edge of the roof, over the gutters or up onto the roof itself.
  • If ice forms underneath the soffits through the vents, on the wall or under windows, 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 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 technicians 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.

The Water Damage Restoration Process

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2020 Resolution: Plan Ahead

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

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With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life.  This year, resolve to be READY.  No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can prepare for it.  The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens” in 2020.

In the event of a fire or water emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for your facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas.  The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Dane County West as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to a national network of large-loss and storm-team resources.  The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future.  By downloading the free SERVPRO READY App, this information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device, putting help at your fingertips.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a massive fire, or an area flood.  Having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive and get you back in the building following a disaster.  Don’t wait until disaster strikes-resolve to be READY.  Call SERVPRO of Dane County West, #608-497-3331, to establish your Emergency READY Profile (ERP), and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2020. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP):

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile document containing only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of Dane County West today, (608) 497-3331.

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The Science of Drying - Why Choose SERVPRO of Dane County West

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

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The Science of Drying (Psychrometry)- Why Choose SERVPRO of Dane County West 

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

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

Even small water damages from broken water pipes, overflown sinks, and dishwasher or washing machine malfunctions have the potential to cause severe 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. 

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. Our goal is to make it..."Like it never even happened."

Water or Flood Damage?

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Water Damage Repair and Restoration

Saving Hardwood Floors After Water Damage

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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Broken water pipes, overflowed sinks, bathtubs, and toilets can wreak havoc on a home. When unwanted water flows into your home or business, hardwood floors are often affected. If you experience water damage to your hardwood 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 them. Keeping existing hardwood floors and various other structures saves everyone time and money. One great example of this is the floor drying system seen in the picture above that we used to keep a customer's hardwood floors after a recent water loss in Middleton, WI.

Floor-drying mats use the power of a high-pressure blower to vacuum water vapor right up through the floor surface, replacing it with drier air. These drying mats are available in varying sizes that can be configured to fit rooms large and small. With one machine, we can dry multiple areas with much less intrusion than the traditional tenting method.

We were able to save their hardwood floors using our floor drying system. The customer was delighted they didn't need to spend thousands of dollars on replacing their floors!

Why take the risk? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West to help! #608-497-3331.Working to make it, "Like it never even happened."

Your Belongings and Water Damage

If You have questions or need help with water damage, fire damage or mold damage,
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Is Your Property Winter Ready?

12/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Cold weather can have a significant impact on your home or business. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause severe and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take preventative steps to be better prepared.

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

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

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

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Have a Mold Problem? Call SERVPRO, We Can Help.

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

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MOLD

From the Ordinary

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment. Over 100,000 kinds of fungi exist. Fungi produce some beneficial results. Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing bread, 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 types can be harmful. Exposure to these dangerous types may present health concerns for some people. 

The Unhealthy

The 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 water leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not taken care of right away, the resulting damage can present an increased risk of dangerous exposure in most environments. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not 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 have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a higher risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Dane County West for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331. SERVPRO of Dane County West has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem.

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“Mold Removal” vs. Mold Remediation