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Water Damage Cleanup in Madison, Wisconsin

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Restoration Process Near You

When your Madison home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, SERVPRO of Dane County West has 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. 

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

SERVPRO Water Damage Repair and Restoration

SERVPRO of Dane County West can help manage the insurance paperwork and process 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. 

Water Damage, Flood Damage, Fire Damage or Mold Damage?
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Fie Damage Prevention Tips Near You

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Take Precautions in Madison, WI, to Prevent Fire Damage 

As temperatures drop in the Madison, Wisconsin area, take precautions so you can prevent serious problems such as smoke and fire damage.

Here are four tips that will help you feel safer when you need to turn up the heat.

  1. Check Your Space Heater

Small space heaters are typically used when the main heating system is inadequate. They can also boost the temperature of rooms used by individuals who are sensitive to cold.

Safety is a top consideration when using space heaters. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that more than 25,000 residential fires every year are associated with the use of space heaters.

When using a space heater, make sure there is at least three feet of clearance around it and that it’s placed on a level surface. Keep children and pets away and always unplug the heater when you are not in the room.

  1. Test All Emergency Detectors

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are typically battery operated and it’s important to check them regularly. These warning devices will alert your family to fire and dangerous smoke if working properly. It’s generally best to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors every time the clocks change—twice a year.

  1. Schedule a Fireplace Inspection

Chimney fires are mainly caused by creosote, a highly flammable residue that builds up in the flue of a fireplace. Buildup inside the chimney can easily cause a fire and lead to smoke damage. Cracks in the chimney liner could also cause carbon monoxide to spread throughout the home. Given that this is an odorless and colorless gas that can be fatal, it’s critical to make sure the fireplace is safe before you start using it. It’s important to sweep chimneys at the beginning of winter to prevent the buildup and ignition of creosote and other debris.

  1. Create a Family Plan

Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP.

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. 

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Process

SERVPRO of Dane County West can help manage the insurance paperwork and process 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 Questions About Fire Damage, Smoke Damage, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West Today – (608) 497-3331

Plan for a Fire-Free Fall in Madison, WI

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Keep Madison, Wisconsin Fire-Free this Fall

The Fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free.

  • Fall decorations, like dried flowers and cornstalks, are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep emergency exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire.
  • Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabric. If you are making your costume, choose a material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

Should you experience a fire, water, smoke, or soot damage, we’re fire and water damage specialists in the Dane County, Madison, WI area. 

We specialize in fire and water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive fire damage cleanup and restoration training to get your property back to pre-fire condition.

  • SERVPRO of Dane County West is an IICRC Certified Firm including technicians certified in the following:
    • Fire & Smoke Restoration
    • Odor Control
    • Water Damage Restoration
    • Applied Structural Drying
    • Biohazard
    • Mold remediation
  • In addition to IICRC Certifications, we have licensed General Contractors specializing in rebuilding water or fire damaged homes back to their preloss condition. General Contractor License #1317784

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Process

The best way to protect your family’s safety from a home fire is to teach all family members about fire prevention.

The three Ps of safety is a plan provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the US Fire Administration.

The Three Ps of Fire Prevention Are:

  •  Prepare – This step focuses on reducing the risk of fire damage situations.
  •  Practice – This step covers conducting fire drills and overall fire safety habits
  •  Prevent – This final step includes teaching your family about getting out safely

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Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened." 

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • General Contractor License #: 1317784
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Here to Help with Fire Damage or Water Damage Near You

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Dane County West cares about readiness for our Dane County, Madison, WI, community

SERVPRO is the trusted leader with a Here to Help customer service philosophy that involves listening to our customer and providing solutions in a variety of ways, and we validate industry standards through DryBook™ and DryBook™ Mobile.

Here are the four Key Differentiators, READY, FASTER, HERE TO HELP, and PROOF that set us apart in the industry.

READY

SERVPRO’s Brand and reputation is largely based on readiness. SERVPRO® is always ready to help when disaster strikes, but also knows the importance of ensuring home and business owners are “Ready for whatever happens.”

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile (ERP) is a no-cost readiness plan that is designed to help home and business owners recover from a disaster faster, which saves both incident response time and recovery costs. The no-cost ERP mobile app allows ERP data to be stored on a smartphone, allowing for quick access to help.

FASTER

With over 1,700 Franchise locations, SERVPRO® is strategically positioned throughout the nation to be faster to any-sized disaster. More locations mean faster response! SERVPRO® is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The SERVPRO® DryBook™ and DryBook™ Mobile is a tool that manages industry requirements on drying to validate restoration is done to standard. This improves results, restores property faster, and gets the customer back in their home or business sooner.

HERE TO HELP

SERVPRO’s commitment to being Here To Help is founded on a philosophy of deeply understanding the consumer’s wants and needs, resulting in tailored customer solutions and training excellence.

Communication is the most important part of the restoration process in order to keep everyone involved in a job informed. SERVPRO accomplishes this through an online Here To Help Connection portal. The Here To Help website gives customers protected access to daily updated job progress, mitigation tips, and offers solutions to common questions related to work being performed on their home or business.

PROOF

SERVPRO’s training background includes an IICRC-approved training school with a state of the art corporate training center including full-sized fire and flood properties. SERVPRO has drying down to a science. Science of Drying was developed out of the need to further validate the drying process and use more precise documentation on defining when a structure is dry.

When it comes to water damage, there is nothing more important than making sure the job is done right the first time. SERVPRO is on the front-line of training, technology and technique.

Should you home or business experience a water damage or fire damage emergency, we are here to help. 

What our Customers Say...Testimonials

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Best Water Damage Restoration Services in Madison, Wisconsin

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

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We are thrilled to be recognized by Expertise as one of the “Best Madison Water Damage Restoration Services” with an A+ reputation rating. 

Expertise added, SERVPRO of Dane County West is a fire and water cleanup and restoration company offering service to residential and commercial customers with 24/7 emergency service available. Using thermographic imaging to detect moisture in walls, carpets, and structural elements along with high-end drying and dehumidification equipment, the company's trained restoration technicians rapidly remove water caused by leaks, backups, broken fixtures, and natural disasters. Carpet reinstallation, drywall replacement, and painting services are available to restore affected areas to their pre-damage state."

SERVPRO of Dane County West understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire damage 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. SERVPRO of Dane County West also mitigates mold and mildew from your home or business. We are General Contractors for rebuild services (license #1317784); also, we have 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."  

SERVPRO of Dane County West is 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. 

We are locally owned and operated serving the Dane County, Madison, WI area. We also 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
  • 24/7 Emergency Services

Have Fire, Water, Biohazard, or Mold Damage?
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(608) 497-3331

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Have Fire Damage Near You? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Cooler Temperatures in Madison, WI, Bring Furnace Malfunctions Like Puff Backs

A puff back is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout your home or business. It can happen all at once, covering an interior in grimy soot, or a puff back can leak soot particles more gradually.

Puff backs can also be caused by a partly clogged or cracked nozzle, improper nozzle angle, cracked electrodes, poor adjustment of the air-fuel mixture, a defective spark transformer, shorted ignition cables, or dirty or low-grade fuel.
The aftermath of a puff back is messy. Walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture, and curtains are coated with a fine film of soot and smoky streaks. As a rule, the damage is worse with a forced-air heating system or central air-conditioning, because the ductwork provides a path through the house, even into closets.


Cleaning up the soot mess is not a job for the amateur, but rather a professional fire restoration company like SERVPRO of Dane County West.
We use special techniques and materials. For example, attempts to wash the soot off a flat-painted wall or ceiling usually leave greasy smears. At SERVPRO of Dane County, we use water-less rubber chemical sponges that work as an eraser and absorb the soot without spreading it. As an IICRC Certified Firm, we are fire damage experts with the training, specialized equipment, and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Equipped with the training, tools, and experience to quickly and efficiently clean and restore your home or business, SERVPRO of Dane County West will help make your puff back "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Tips - What you can do until help arrives

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Mold Prevention Tips in Madison, Wisconsin

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold, the Good and Bad Near You

Mold can be good — it's essential in making brie and penicillin, for example, and necessary for the decomposition of organic matter in nature — but it can also be bad, especially when it grows undetected in your home or business. 

Mold can grow anywhere: on carpet, clothing, food, paper, and even in places you can't see, such as the backside of drywall, areas inside walls around leaking or condensing pipes, and above ceiling tiles.

If mold is left untreated, it can may cause health effects.

So what can you do if you're concerned about mold growing in your home?

The best approach is preventing mold before it becomes a problem. The key to mold prevention is simple: moisture control.

Here are nine ways to curb moisture indoors, and the mold that thrives on it.*

1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. You can't mold-proof your home, but you can make it mold-resistant. Do an audit of your home: where are the problem areas? Does the basement flood? Do you notice frequent condensation on an upstairs window? Is there a water stain on the ceiling from a persistent leak? Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp basement, installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters. Or it may be a matter of major excavation and waterproofing. Whatever the case, address the problem now. It might cost some money upfront, but it will surely be more costly down the road if mold continues to grow unchecked.

2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. Seepage into the basement after heavy rainfall, accumulation from a leaky pipe, even a spill on the carpet should be dried within 24 to 48 hours. If you've experienced a flood, remove water-damaged carpets, bedding, and furniture if they can't be completely dried. Even everyday occurrences need attention: don't leave wet items lying around the house, and make sure to dry the floor and walls after a shower. Don't leave wet clothes in the washing machine, where mold can spread quickly. Hang them to dry — preferably outside or in areas with good air circulation.

3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. It may be that your routine domestic activities are encouraging the growth of mold in your home. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. Vent appliances that produce moisture — clothes dryers, stoves — to the outside (not the attic). Use AC units and dehumidifiers (especially in humid climates), but make sure they don’t produce moisture themselves by checking them periodically and cleaning them as directed by the manufacturer. Your energy-efficient home may be holding moisture inside, so open a window when cooking or washing dishes or showering, or run an exhaust fan.

4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. Traditional drywall is composed of a gypsum plaster core pressed between plies of paper. Mold-resistant drywall is paperless — the gypsum core is covered in fiberglass, making the surface highly water-resistant. Moisture-resistant drywall is especially valuable in areas prone to wetness, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, basements, and kitchens. Not only is traditional drywall more susceptible to mold than the paperless kind, but it is also difficult to rid of mold. Mold-resistant gypsum board is also available; the core of the drywall is developed in such a way to prevent moisture absorption, and thus prevent mold growth.

5. Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You'll also be able to detect high humidity by simply paying attention to potential problem areas in your home. Telltale signs of excessive humidity include condensation on windows, pipes, and walls. If you notice condensation, dry the surface immediately and address the source of moisture (for example, turn off a humidifier if water appears on the inside of nearby windows).

6. Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.

7. Clean or repair roof gutters. A mold problem might be a simple matter of a roof that is leaking because of full or damaged gutters. Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.

8. Improve airflow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air can hold less moisture. Without good airflow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows, and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

9. Keep mold off household plants. They're beautiful and help keep your indoor air clean — and mold loves them. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house. Instead of getting rid of your plants, try adding a bit of Taheebo tea to the water you give to your houseplants. The oil of this tree, which withstands fungi even in rain forests, helps hinder mold growth in plant soil and can be found at natural food stores.

*tips from MNN 

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Water Damage Near You Timeline

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Timeline for Water Damage Near You

The longer water damage sits, the more damage it causes. Every water damage should be treated as an emergency and it’s important to get water damage mitigated immediately. The following timeline shows how fast water damage water damage occurs, and why water damage mitigation needs to happen as possible:

Within Minutes

Water spreads and saturates the property quickly and is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery and belongings. Porous materials, like paper goods begin to absorb water immediately.  

1-2 Hours

Drywall and insulation swells, carpet and upholstery have absorbed water and become heavy and sodden. Metals begin to tarnish.  

48 Hours – 1 week

Mold grows; doors and furniture warp; metal begins to rust. Wood floors and wood furnishings also begin to swell, and furniture begins to warp/mold. Mold growth begins in as little as 24 hours after moisture has been present, so now there will be a major concern for mold.

Over 1 week

Water contamination becomes Category 3, with bio-hazardous contaminants that pose serious health effects. Few items are salvageable and structural damage is likely to occur. Mold growth and other harmful bacteria are now major risks.

No matter the size, scope, or length of water damage to your Madison, WI, home, SERVPRO of Dane County West is Here To Help® make it “Like it never even happened.”®

  • 24-Hour Emergency Services
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • Locally Owned and Operated – Proudly serving Dane County, Madison, WI
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Highly Trained Fire Restoration Technicians – IICRC CERTIFIED FIRM
  • 5-Star Google Rating, and A+BBB (Better Business Bureau) A+ Rating

The SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Process

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Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration Near You

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Your Madison, WI, property contains your most valuable possessions

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals understand the trauma that follows a fire damage 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 pre-test to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure.  
  • Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Dane County West may be even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing.  
  • In other cases, SERVPRO of Dane County West will clean to "prepare for painting".  This process deodorizes and ensures the new paint will adhere properly to the surface.

Contents Cleaning:

  • All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized.  This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery.
  • SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate.
  • SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals can provide wet or dry cleaning services.  Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to 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 provide specialized services that rid your home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire damage 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.  

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Process

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

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24-Hour Emergency Service.  Independently owned and operated proudly serving Dane County, Madison, WI. IICRC Certified Firm.

Common Causes of Water Damage near You

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage in the Madison, WI area

Water can damage floors, drywall, kitchen, and bathroom cabinets as well as spread contamination. 1 in 50 homeowners files water damage claims each year, according to a report prepared by Verisk Analytics’ ISO unit. 

The good news, according to these sources, is that 93% of all water damage could have been prevented. 

Here are some ways to protect your home or business from water damage.  

  • Appliances: As appliances age, their hoses can weaken, and their pipes can rust. Common causes of refrigerator, dishwasher, and washing machine leaks include worn gaskets, broken doors, and clogged drains. If the water pools are without immediate discovery, a great deal of damage to the kitchen can occur from this water damage.  
    • A great way to prevent buildup in your dishwasher is to add lemon juice, vinegar, or baking soda in the dishwasher during a cycle.  
    • When refrigerators leak they typically produce a lot of access water that can pool on the bottom of them. The refrigerator leak may be caused by high humidity, leaving the refrigerator door open for long periods, or a clogged defrost drain tube that causes the water to overflow and leak out of the bottom of the refrigerator. To prevent your refrigerator from flooding, be sure that it is well insulated, and avoid moving it from its typical position too often.
    • Washing machine drainage issues and leaky hoses can often cause flooding. A shutoff kit can often prevent water from flooding into your home.
  • Damaged Pipes: The sudden changes to the direction of water flow can be too much for pipes to bear, eventually resulting in leaks. To prevent plumbing problems before they start, be on the lookout for cracks, bulges, stains, and other signs of moisture on your ceiling or floors. If you spot a leak, it could be a sign that there is damage in other areas as well. 
  • Clogged Drains: Drains frequently clog with dirt, grease, hair, and other substances. If sink drain clogs are left unchecked, clogged drains can cause unwanted water damage from overflow. Pouring boiling water down your drain once a month can help dissolve grease, soap scum, and other debris before it clogs your pipes.
  • Sump Pump Problems: If your sump pump stops working, you could have a major flood in your basement. While there are many ways a sump pump can fail, loss of power, an overworked pump, and a defective sump pump are the most common reasons for failure. To keep your sump pump working optimally, always make sure that it is standing upright, keep up with preventative sump pump maintenance, and be sure to check your pump regularly to make sure it’s working.
  • HVAC Units: Your Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system can cause extensive water damage if it’s not maintained. The common causes of HVAC water leaks include improper interconnection of pipes, clogged drains, and frozen evaporator coils. Be sure to have these systems inspected and cleaned regularly.
  • Structural Damage: Check your home regularly for signs of moisture dripping through your concrete and crawl spaces. Cleaning your gutters regularly and maintaining your trees and vegetation will help keep unwelcome water from damaging your walls and foundation. 
  • Natural Disasters: Floods, breaking dams, and snowstorms can all bring excessive and unwanted water into your home, causing a great deal of water damage. A flood alarm and warning system can help you protect your home against a natural disaster. You can also grade your lawn away from the house. Know where the water main is and shut it off when you leave for an extended period to prevent coming home to flooded property.

Preventing Residential and Commercial Water Damage

Appliance failures, broken pipes, clogged drains, sump pump failures, HVAC system malfunctions, and structural property damage are a handful of reasons water damage happens. Taking the proper precautions will likely prevent water damage from occurring. 

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.

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