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The Right Equipment - Fire Damage Restoration

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Right Equipment - Fire Damage Restoration SERVPRO of Dane County West understands that using professional equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense.

SERVPRO of Dane County West understands that using professional equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time maters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform.  SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained, uniformed personnel. Certainly, the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation and restoration, but perhaps more important, SERVPRO of Dane County West fire damage professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration.  For instance, knowing the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

  • Wet Smoke - Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry powdery, no smeary residues.
  • Protein - Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 
  • Fuel Oil Soot - Furnace Puff Backs.
  • Other Types - Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

Pretesting determines the proper cleaning methods and allows SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals to focus on saving your precious items.  Isn't that what really matters?

Deodorizing Equipment:

  • Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to apply fungicides and disinfectants.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles. 

You Have So Much Invested In Your Property; Trust Professionals to Protect Your Most Valuable Asset!

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

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SERVPRO Understands the Trauma of Fire Disasters

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Understands the Trauma of Fire Disasters SERVPRO Understands the Trauma of Fire Disasters

SERVPRO Understands the Trauma of Fire Disasters 

A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. 

So after the first first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals help you restore it. 

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible. 

With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the property, but the customer's peace of mind, as well. 

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

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

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SERVPRO Floor Drying System Used to Save Hardwood Floors

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Floor Drying System Used to Save Hardwood Floors SERVPRO of Dane County West was able to save this Madison homeowner's hardwood floors using our floor drying system. #608-497-3331

At SERVPRO of Dane County West we utilize the latest in drying technologies to restore damaged materials instead of replacing.  This saves everyone time and money. 

One great example of this is the floor drying system we use to save hardwood floors after a water loss.  The attached photo is from a home in Madison, WI that had a water loss from a second floor sink overflow.  We were able to save their hardwood floors using our floor drying system.  Needless to say the customers were very happy they didn't need to spend thousands of dollars to replace their floors! 

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

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Detection Equipment is Used to Locate and Determine the Extent of Water Damage to Affected Areas

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Detection Equipment is Used to Locate and Determine the Extent of Water Damage to Affected Areas SERVPRO utilizes moisture detection equipment to locate the areas affected by water and defining the extent of damage. Water Damage? Call 608-497-3331

Detection Equipment  

SERVPRO of Dane County West understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform.  

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 utilizes moisture detection equipment to locate the areas of various structures affected by water 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.
  • Thermohygrometers 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. 

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.

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Why are Frozen Water Pipes Dangerous?

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why are Frozen Water Pipes Dangerous? The dangers of frozen pipes. Have a problem with Frozen Pipes? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

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

Why Are Frozen Pipes Dangerous?

Frozen pipes are a problem for a couple of reasons.

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

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

Pipes That Are Vulnerable to Freezing

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

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

4 Signs of Frozen Pipes

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

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

Act Quickly

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

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

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Winter Weather Worries

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter Weather Worries winter weather worries. If you have water or fire damage, call SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

WINTER WEATHER WORRIES

Winter weather can bring about more issues than slippery roads and a sidewalk to shovel. If you live where temperatures sink below freezing level, you art also at risk for frozen pipes and ice dams, which can create a major disaster at your home or property.

FROZEN PIPES

Frozen pipes are often those exposed to the cold weather, such as those outside your house or in cold areas such as basements, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. A frozen pipe can burst at the point
where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the back-flow pressure between the water source and the blockage. A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.

To prevent pipes from freezing, here are a few steps you can take, according The American Red Cross:

  • Be sure to completely drain water from swimming pool and sprinkler lines, as well as outside hoses.
  • Open kitchen cabinets no let warm air circulate near the plumbing.
  • When the weather is extremely cold, let water drip from faucets that may come from exposed pipes.
  • Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.

ICE DAMS

Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice. When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can back-flow under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.

Icicles can be an initial sign of an ice dam, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, "check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane." Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melter.

CARBON MONOXIDE: A SILENT COLD-WEATHER KILLER

Carbon monoxide is a gas you cannot see, taste or smell. According to ready.gov, an average of 43O Americans die each year from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Often times, it is the result of faulty, improperly used or vented consumer products like furnaces, ranges, water heaters, room heaters and engine-powered equipment, such as portable generators

However, there are precautions you can take to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees from deadly CO fumes.

Reduce the chance of CO exposure in your workplace by performing regular maintenance on equipment and appliances that can produce CO. Install carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home, including outside of all bedrooms. Consider having all fuel-burning heating equipment and chimneys serviced annually by a professional. Use portable generators only in well-ventilated areas away from doors, windows, vents, and any other openings to prevent fumes from entering the home. For additional CO safety information, visit usfa.fema.gov or osha.gov.

If winter weather causes water damage to you or your insured's property, SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals are only a call away, 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition - 608.497.3331

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Local realtor recommends SERVPRO of Dane County West

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Local realtor recommends SERVPRO of Dane County West Local realtor, Mary Browning of Browning Real Estate Group recommends SERVPRO of Dane County West. Thank you Mary from SERVPRO of Dane County West!

We have just received the honor of being recognized by Mary Lockyer Browning, Realtor on her Facebook page’s new series in which she spotlights local businesses. It is always rewarding when SERVPRO of Dane County West is recognized by our community and especially rewarding as it comes from Mary’s real estate firm. We appreciate Mary’s kind words especially in light of the recent storms that affected western Dane County. SERVPRO of Dane County West strives to mitigate residential and commercial flood issues to make it "Like it never even happened.”

September 27 at 2:13 PM · 

I am pleased to announce the start of a new series, in which I will spotlight local businesses that we support and trust! I hope to bring you interesting and useful information, especially when there is a connection to real estate.

Today, I wanted to pass on some information from a dear friend and fellow business owner, Heather McEllistrem. SERVPRO of Dane County West is locally owned and operated by Heather and her husband Jim. Their highly trained team of restoration specialists are experienced in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. They also hold a General Contractors License, unique from others in this field, so you can be confident in their skills and expertise! SERVPRO has been in overdrive serving those affected by the recent local flooding, and they are available to assist anyone still experiencing water or mold damage. They have also created a blog on their website, keeping the community informed on a variety of issues. Check out their recent posts on extreme flooding and mold, as they are especially helpful to those affected by the flooding!

I also want to add that this flooding will have an impact on local home sales over the next few years. Even if you do not intend to sell your home for some time, I highly recommend that all homeowners document and record any repairs/remediation made during this unfortunate period. Future homebuyers will want to know how this unprecedented event affected your property and what you did to correct any damage. I hope this information was helpful to you and that everyone is having a great day!

Thank you, Browning Real Estate Group! Our SERVPRO of Dane County West Family Sincerely appreciates your endorsement. 

Should you need a trusted realtor in the Dane County area, we highly recommend Browning Real Estate Group.

 Mary Browning Profile

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Sump Pump Failure and Reasons Why They Fail

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sump Pump Failure and Reasons Why They Fail #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage

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 large percentage of water damage in basements is caused by sump pump failures. The popularity of sump pumps has grown exponentially in the past couple 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 7 things that can cause Sump Pump Failure:

  1. Power Failure
    The most common cause for sump pump failure is an electrical power outage. 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. 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 backwards 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 backwards.
  • 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
  1. Frozen or Clogged Discharge Lines
    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.

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.

  1. 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.

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

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

Vapor Barrier

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Vapor Barrier #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage

A vapor barrier is any material used for damp proofing, typically a plastic sheet or as seen in the picture above, Luxury Vinyl Tile can also become a vapor barrier to proper water mitigation.  Many of these materials are only vapor retarders as they have varying degrees of permeability. Vapor barrier is often found behind drywall or between the drywall and studs. Another type of vapor barrier is floating flooring such as laminate or LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tile). When excessive water damage occurs, water can get trapped underneath laminate or LVT, making it impossible to properly dry as it becomes a vapor barrier that traps water underneath. In the event of water damage, they can prohibit drying of wet insulation or sub-floors because the water cannot travel through the plastic vapor barrier. In these situations, we need to remove the vapor barriers so we can effectively dry the insulation in framing and sub-floors.

With regards to floating flooring such as laminate or LVT, often times these new products, that are potentially waterproof, don’t show signs of damage in the event of water loss. However, if there’s been a larger amount of water intrusion into the space, water is most likely trapped underneath this flooring and the flooring will need to be removed in order to dry the structure properly. Some of the Luxury Vinyl Tile flooring types could potentially be reused, but often times they cannot be removed without damaging the flooring.  The LVT adhesive often rips the LVT apart when removing it, thereby requiring new flooring to be placed.

Further explanation of Water Vapor from Wikipedia:

Moisture or water vapor moves into building cavities in three ways: 1) With air currents, 2) By diffusion through materials, 3) By heat transfer. Of these three, air movement accounts for more than 98% of all water vapor movement in building cavities.  A vapor retarder and an air barrier serve to reduce this problem, but are not necessarily interchangeable.

Vapor retarders slow the rate of vapor diffusion into the thermal envelope of a structure. Other wetting mechanisms, such as wind-borne rain, capillary wicking of ground moisture, air transport (infiltration), are equally important.

Usage

The industry has recognized that in many circumstances it may be impractical to design and build building assemblies which never get wet. Good design and practice involve controlling the wetting of building assemblies from both the exterior and interior.  So, the use of vapor barrier should be taken into consideration. Their use has already been legislated within the building codes of some countries (such as the U.S., Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales). How, where, and whether a vapor barrier (vapor diffusion retarder) should be used depends on the climate. Typically, the number of heating degree days (HDD) in an area is used to help make these determinations. A heating degree day is a unit that measures how often outdoor daily dry-bulb temperatures fall below an assumed base, normally 18°C (65°F).  For building in most parts of North America, where winter heating conditions predominate, vapor barrier are placed toward the interior, heated side of insulation in the assembly. In humid regions where warm-weather cooling predominates within buildings, the vapor barrier should be located toward the exterior side of insulation. In relatively mild or balanced climates, or where assemblies are designed to minimize condensation conditions, a vapor barrier may not be necessary at all.

An interior vapor retarder is useful in heating-dominated climates while an exterior vapor retarder is useful in cooling-dominated climates. In most climates it is often better to have a vapor-open building assembly, meaning that walls and roofs should be designed to dry:[6] either to the inside, the outside, or both, so the ventilation of water vapor should be taken into consideration. A vapor barrier on the warm side of the envelope must be combined with a venting path on the cold side of the insulation. This is because no vapor barrier is perfect, and because water may get into the structure, typically from rain. In general, the better the vapor barrier and the drier the conditions, the less venting is required.

In areas below foundation level (subgrade areas), particularly those formed in concrete, vapor retarder placement can be problematic, as moisture infiltration from capillary action can exceed water vapor movement outward through framed and insulated walls.

A slab-on-grade or basement floor should be poured over a cross-laminated polyethylene vapor barrier over 4 inches (10 cm) of granular fill to prevent wicking of moisture from the ground and radon gas incursion.

Inside a steel building, water vapor will condense whenever it comes into contact with a surface that is below the dew point temperature. Visible condensation on windowpanes and purlins that results in dripping can be somewhat mitigated with ventilation; however, insulation is the preferred method of condensation prevention.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vapor_barrier

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11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial You can plan to be "Ready for whatever happens." #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #rebuild #servepro #sootandpuffbackcleanup #d

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a startup approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.  It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.  By working with SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile, your business can receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage:

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.  
  • A concise Profile Document that contains 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.

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Smoke Alarms Save Lives

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms Save Lives Smoke detectors save lives. For fire damage repair and restoration call SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, can reduce the risk of fire injury in half.*

The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house. Business owners should consult the local Fire Marshall to ensure specific building fire codes and smoke detector requirements are met. 

Smoke alarms work best when paired with a fire escape plan. A plan allows your family, employees or clients to escape quickly and safely in an emergency situation.

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.  

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button. 
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year.  If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

*Statistics and tips provided by National Fire Prevention Association. 

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October is Fire Prevention Month

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

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

October is Fire Prevention Month - a perfect time to examine emergency preparedness plans for your home and business, including your fire escape plan.  Do you have a fire escape plan?  Have you changes your smoke alarm batteries within the last year? 

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) designates a week each October to focus on fire prevention awareness.  The 2018 theme is "Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere."  This theme hopes to create awareness in the steps necessary to reduce the chance of a fire and how to react in the event a fire does happen.  The NFPA states the following:

"LOOK" for places fire could start.  Take a good look around your home.  Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them. 

"LISTEN" for the sound of the smoke alarm.  You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds.  Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet. 

"LEARN" two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter. 

Stay safe and prepare now to help ensure you are ready for any disaster.  

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Preparedness For Pets

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparedness For Pets preparedness for pets.

Pets are just as important as any family member to most people, so why would you not make them a part of your preparedness planning?  These are several things you can do to make sure they stay safe as well during an emergency. 

Pet Emergency Kit

Ready.gov/animals lists the below items as essential to building your Pet Emergency Kit. 

Food. At least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container.

Water. At least three days of water specifically for your pet.

Medicines and medical records.

Important documents. Registration information, adoption papers and vaccination documents. Talk to your veterinarian about micro-chipping and enrolling your pet in a recovery database.

First aid kit. Cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, latex gloves, isopropyl  alcohol, and saline solution.  Including a pet first aid reference book is a good idea too. 

Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash. 

Crate or pet carrier. Have a sturdy, safe crate or carrier in case you need to evacuate.  The carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down.  

Sanitation. Pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach. 

A picture of you and your pet together. If you become separated, picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you.  Add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics. 

Familiar items. Familiar items, such as treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet. 

Evacuations

While practicing fire escape or evacuation plans, be sure to include pets.  If an evacuation happens, don't leave pets behind as they can be lost or injured. 

Identification

Micro-chipping pets is a great way to locate them.  Most veterinary clinics and shelters have scanners that will read the microchip information to help find a pet's owners. 

Be sure to take four-legged friends into consideration when planning for emergencies.  Visit ready.gov/animals for further tips and safety precautions to thin about for you or your insured's families' pets, or your tenants pets' during a disaster. 

When Fire and Water Take Control of Your Life, We Help You Take it Back!

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO When Fire and Water Take Control of Your Life, We Help You Take it Back! SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. #608-497-3331

After a water or fire loss, SERVPRO of Dane County West's number one goal is returning affected areas and items to their preloss condition, putting property owners back and control and doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals use specialized test equipment to determine hidden water. By using advanced drying techniques, SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals monitor and ensure your property is properly dried. Mitigation requires quick action. The faster SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals arrive on-site, the better the results – including lower claim costs.

WHAT IS RESTORABLE

Determining exactly what can be saved until everything is dry is usually impossible. We will set a follow-up date so we can monitor the drying process. In addition, the restoration process will be scheduled when the drying is complete. This can include floor preparation, tack strip replacement, carpet and pad installation, seaming, carpet cleaning and restoring, and furniture and contents cleaning. A scope of services will be provided.

PRE-EXISTING OR PRE-LOSS CONDITIONS

During the course of cleaning, it is likely we will remove day-to-day soiling, which existed prior to your loss. We are happy to do so. If, however, the removal of pre-existing soil requires significant extra effort, our crews will be instructed to move on to the next item. Pre-existing damage, including visible mold growth, will also be noted.

PERSONAL ITEMS

In the course of our survey and cleaning, we will sometimes be required to open doors, cupboards, etc. to qualify and/or restore the damage. If any of these areas contain personal items you would prefer to relocate before we start work, please let us know.

  • Guns and Ammunition

Our crews are instructed NEVER to touch guns or ammunition. For this reason, we request you remove any such items from the areas we are cleaning.

  • Jewelry, Valuables, Heirlooms

Please remove any valuable items from the areas we are cleaning before the job is started. We are not responsible for those items.

OVERLOOKED ITEMS

Although our supervisors inspect all work, you should accompany the supervisor on the final walk-through and bring any overlooked items or concerns to the supervisor’s attention.

INSURANCE ADJUSTERS OR AGENTS

We are neither insurance adjusters nor agents. We cannot authorize anything to be replaced, repaired or painted. Our job is to preserve and protect, stop further damage from occurring and to restore damaged items to their prior condition when possible.

EMERGENCY CHARGES

The exact price of restoring your property following a water damage emergency is virtually impossible to determine on our first visit. However, in order to give you an idea, we will review the SERVPRO® Water Damage Emergency Services Report to provide you an initial estimate while on our first visit if requested. The scope of work can change due to unforeseen circumstances. The final bill will be forwarded to you and/or your insurance carrier upon completion.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Maintaining your personal health and safety is of great concern to us. All occupants and pets should stay away from the work areas to protect their health and safety during the work process. Material Safety Data Sheets for our products are available upon request.

APPROXIMATE COMPLETION

The actual time required to complete the restoration process is difficult to estimate. However, the more quickly technicians begin work to limit the damage, the faster the job can be completed. When water has time to absorb, the drying and restoration process can take longer.

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.” We are available 24/7/365 for Emergency Services and are Here to Help! SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-33311. www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. #608-497-3331

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When Time Matters, Technology and Equipment Must be Counted On To Perform

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Why SERVPRO When Time Matters, Technology and Equipment Must be Counted On To Perform SERVPRO of Dane County West understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. #608-497-3331

When Time Matters, Technology and Equipment Must be Counted On To Perform 

THE TOOLS WE USE

At SERVPRO of Dane County West, helping our customers and returning damaged areas and items to preloss conditions is our number one priority.  To do this, SERVPRO of Dane County West understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. With that in mind, we will take you through a behind the scenes look at some of the equipment we use to help get your property and structure to preloss condition. Each machine and piece of equipment has a crucial role in the restoration process. SERVPRO of Dane County West Restoration Technicians are trained to use each piece of equipment to its highest potential. Here are a few of our most commonly seen and used machines, and their purpose.

PORTABLE EXTRACTORS: Extractors are used for cleaning carpets, cleaning upholstery, and removing water from floors after a water loss. An extractor has three major components: a heater, a pump, and a vacuum system. Restoration Technicians use this machine for variable heat-controlled cleaning, including to heat the rinse solutions to clean more effectively. The vacuum system and waste recovery tank remove soils and moisture from the surface and collects it in the tank. With this machine, we can expedite the removal of water and moisture from damaged materials and textiles to help restore it to preloss conditions. In doing this, the potential of having to replace materials or belongings is lowered.

THE OZONE GENERATOR: The portable ozone generator eliminates a variety of odors caused by animals, cigarette smoke, mold and mildew, fire, and water damage. This machine generates “ozone”, which consists of unstable oxygen molecules (containing three oxygen atoms). Ozone chemically reacts with odor-causing molecules to oxidize residues and remove the odors. When using this piece of equipment, we follow the absolute and necessary guidelines of use with the purpose of all people and pets should be removed from the environment during the ozone process for health and safety reasons. Once the deodorization process is complete, ozone quickly reverts to the normal oxygen molecule, leaving no residues. Once the odor is gone, the results are permanent. One of the features of the ozone generator is that it is made to be compact and portable, yet also be a durable and professional unit.

WEARING AND FIT CHECKING OUR RESPIRATORS: Safety for not only our Technicians, but also our customers, is a priority at SERVPRO. We enforce that respirators must be worn during all times by our technicians during exposure to hazardous situations. To be safe, we follow one rule of thumb: if the work environment is unpleasant or if it makes you dizzy, our crew is to wear their respirators. No if’s, and’s or but’s. If we are using respirators, we inform customers in the general area of this and advise them with the necessary precautions associated with the work going on for their safety.

DEHUMIDIFICATION EQUIPMENT: By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. Our Restoration Technicians position dehumidifiers strategically in a water-damaged structure so the moist, humid air moves through the unit while dry, warm air is discharged from the unit circulating back into the wet areas. Did you know that dry air acts like a sponge to absorb moisture from wet materials? Since it does, we use the dehumidifiers especially because it provides a continual source of dry air to enhance the restoration process. Refrigerant dehumidifiers remove water vapor through condensation, and based on the specific job, we will use a small commercial refrigerant dehumidifier because it removes approximately 8 gallons of water per day from the atmosphere, while an extra-large commercial refrigerant could remove as much as 20 gallons per day.

AIR MOVING EQUIPMENT: Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level and reduce drying time. These machines introduce airflow at the surface level and replace the highly saturated air with drier air to enhance evaporation. Our crew has gone through specific training on the science of drying to know how many air movers they will need and how to position them to create airflow across all wet surfaces. In some cases, when the lower portion of multiple walls are wet, involving wet drywall behind baseboards, enough air movers are positioned to create a vortex of circular airflow around the walls. Our technicians operate the air movers in several different positions, offering flexibility in how to direct the airflow with the best possible outcome. 

TRUCK MOUNT EXTRACTOR: A truck-mounted extraction unit consists of several smaller components, which work together to make one of the best pieces of cleaning equipment in the industry. The pieces are made up of the engine, the vacuum, the chemical pump, the water pump, and the heating system. The vacuum system extracts water, soils, and cleaning solutions. The chemical pumping system meters cleaning solution into the extraction tool. The water pumping system pressurizes the water used for cleaning and/or rinsing. The heating system heats the water used for cleaning and rinsing. This equipment setup is crucial and is used for various disaster clean ups. Due to the required training of this equipment our technicians know the specific environment needed for this piece of machinery to work and how to maintain it appropriately for health and safety reasons. 

The SERVPRO® Equipment Department tests all equipment, including the truck mount, before putting the items in the product line. To provide the best service to our customers, we must know how the truck mount works, how to set up and maintain the unit, how to use it safely, how to clean the vehicle interior, unit, tools, hoses, and so forth as needed, and how to inspect all equipment and accessories for any damage, leaks, or wear.

There are many other machines and equipment accessories we use, but for today’s behind the scenes look we are proud to show you some our most commonly used pieces of equipment. These machines help us get your personal disaster back to preloss condition and to make it “like it never even happened!” because SERVPRO of Dane County West is always here to help!

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.” We are available 24/7/365 for Emergency Services and are Here to Help! SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-33311. www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. #608-497-3331

SERVPRO of Dane County West Has Highly Trained Technicians

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

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Science of Drying - Why Choose SERVPRO of Dane County West When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. Water or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West – (608) 497-3331

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. 

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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Putting You Back in Control - Why Choose SERVPRO of Dane County West

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Putting You Back in Control - Why Choose SERVPRO of Dane County West Have Fire, Water or Mold Damage? Call Us Today – (608) 497-3331

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

Whenever SERVPRO of Dane County West steps onto a job site, it’s about total restoration of the damage and about the life of the customer being helped.  

When fire or water damage puts the things that matter the most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well.  That's why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO is so important.  Just go to: SERVPRO of Dane County West or call #608-407-3331 to get the team that's faster than any size disaster.  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; Your trusted, local SERVPRO Franchise Professional, SERVPRO of Dane County West. 

Like it was never dirty, like it was 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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The SERVPRO Difference - The Drying Process

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Why SERVPRO The SERVPRO Difference - The Drying Process Water, Flood, Fire or Mold Damage? Call Today – (608) 497-3331

The SERVPRO Difference - The Drying Process 

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

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

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

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

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

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

Proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. Your SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals will answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. 

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

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge professionals to monitor drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized. 
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles. 

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

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

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

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

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

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

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

Advanced Industry-Standard Drying Equipment

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

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

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

Step 6 - Restoration

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

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

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

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

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

General Contractor License #: 1317784

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Water Damage Restoration

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SERVPRO of Dane County Professionals are Highly Trained - The SERVPRO Difference

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Why SERVPRO SERVPRO of Dane County Professionals are Highly Trained - The SERVPRO Difference Call the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster. SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-515-3121

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals are Highly Trained - The SERVPRO Difference

Our SERVPRO of Dane County West staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

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

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Initial Franchise Training

A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new Franchise owners and covers many restoration topics:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation

e-Learnings

All of our staff have access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a Franchise's employees. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.

Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Dane County West offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation. Courses include:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)

About SERVPRO of Dane County West


SERVPRO of Dane County West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Professional Uniformed Technicians from SERVPRO® of Dane County West offer a variety of services, such as smoke and soot removal, restoration, water removal and dehumidification to help restore your customers’ homes to preloss condition when possible. Proper remediation of fire, smoke, soot and water damage can help prevent further damage such as lingering odors, mold growth and permanent discoloration of items. 

Call the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster. There is no disaster hat hits home quite like a disaster to your property, home or business. When you have suffered a fire, water, or mold damage, you don't have time to waste searching for a company to fix your property. When disaster strikes, depend on SERVPRO of Dane County West. 

Have Questions? Call Today – (608) 497-3331

Highly Trained Professionals

Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #rebuild #sootandpuffbackcleanup #deodorization #FireHazard #HouseFire

Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

  1. Turkey Fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
  3. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire. 
  5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot. 

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires?  As the holidays begin, fire precautions should as well.  

A property owner experiences a flood of emotions when a fire ravages their business or home.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can be overwhelming to the property owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. 

After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Dane County West help you restore the property.  Combining rapid response, the utmost professionalism and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home or business, but to restore the customer's peace of mind, as well. 

If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes, give the experts at SERVPRO of Dane County West a call. We'll help make it "Like it never even happened." 

Fire Damage Tips

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (608) 497-3331

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FLOOD CUT - WHAT IS IT AND WHEN IS IT NEEDED

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

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


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

What determines doing a flood cut?

  1. Contaminated Water

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

  1. Wet Insulation

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

  1. Mold

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

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

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

Prepare for Fall Flu Season

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

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

Flu Season - Prevention Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#608-497-3331

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Is your Commercial Business "Ready for Whatever Happens?"

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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


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

Are You Ready?

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

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

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Mold - What You Need To Know

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

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

Mold has Ordinary Origins

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

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

To The Unhealthy

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

Understanding Mold

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

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

Help Is Here

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

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

What to do in the event of Extreme Flooding

9/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

DO:

  • Do: Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Do: Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Do: Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Do: Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Do: Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do: Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Do: Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Do: Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature. 

Don't:

  • Don't: Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Don't: Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don't: Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Don't: Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don't: Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Don't: Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

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

  • Do: 

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

  • Don't: Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Don't: Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Don't: Use household fans to dry the structure and spread the contaminants. 
  • Don't: Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas. 
  • Don't: Attempt cleanup of any kind.
  • Don't: Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids. 

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

    www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com 

Stop Mold Before It Gets a Start to Grow

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

Take Precautions

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

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

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

Help Is Here

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

Black Mold Defined

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

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

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

Understanding Mold

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

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

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

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

Sump Pump Failure from Devastating Storm

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mold Management - a "typical" mold removal process

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Management - a "typical" mold removal process got mold? call SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

MOLD Management 

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 has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical"mold removal process.

Call your local SERVPRO Professional - SERVPRO of Dane County West

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

Inspection and Damage Assessment

Your 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.

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 technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Anti-fungal 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 re-mediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO 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 deodorization using fogging equipment.

Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, sub-floors, 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.

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

Mold Remediation and Restoration

Anxious eyes turn to skies as possible heavy rain could worsen historic flooding!

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Anxious eyes turn to skies as possible heavy rain could worsen historic flooding! #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #SERVPROdanecountywest #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage

Anxious eyes turn to skies as possible heavy rain could worsen historic flooding!

It is the start of the third week of historic flooding in our SERVPRO of Dane County West territory and we have now received a foot and a half of rain. A state of emergency has been declared by the State of Wisconsin for Dane County. Officials here say flooding has caused more than $100 million in damage locally. And local lakes have reached 100-year levels.

SERVPRO National Storm Team rushed here on the 21st of August and will be here for the foreseeable future. As a host for the National Storm Teams, SERVPRO of Dane County West welcomes SERVPRO Storm Team Franchises from all over the country. SERVPRO of Dane County West thanks franchises from as far away as Texas for coming to Dane County to help mitigate record flooding.

As a host franchise for SERVPRO National Storm Teams, we are able to directly input loss requests into the National Storm Team database for dispatch.  If anyone should require assistance feel free to give them our number and we will do all we can to see that they get help. #608-497-3331

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

Why Choose SERVPRO of Dane County West?

We're Faster to Any Size Disaster

We’re dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

We can access the resources and personnel of 1,700 Franchises to handle major storms and disasters. We also have access to special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to catastrophic storms and events.

Our hearts are heavy for losses in the community we work, love, and live in. Be safe out there!

Sources: https://www.channel3000.com/weather/forecast/t-storms-late-wedwed-evening-then-very-warm-and-humid/155345399

If a Disaster Strikes Will You Be Ready?

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency situation.

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps and/ or check access for wireless emergency alerts
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  • Assemble or update emergency supplies
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.
  • Document property and obtain appropriate insurance for relevant hazards.
  • Make property improvements to reduce potential injury and property damage.

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property.

SERVPRO of Dane County West offers a complimentary Emergency Response Plan to local businesses in West Dane County.

Mold, the good and bad - tips to prevent mold growth

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold, the good and bad - tips to prevent mold growth #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #SERVPROdanecountywest #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage

Mold, the good and bad.

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 spores spread easily and cannot be completely eradicated.

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.

Not only is a mold problem difficult and costly to fix, but mold can also produce allergens and irritants that may compromise your health.

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 up front, 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 a 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 air flow in your home. According to the EPA, as temperatures drop, the air is able to hold less moisture. Without good air flow 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.

Finally, educate yourself on your region's climate — be it the cold and wet Northeast, the hot and wet South, the hot and dry Southwest, or the cold and dry West — and how it responds to moisture. There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to mold prevention. Knowing what works for your climate and your home is an important first step.

*tips from MNN 

Mold prevention tips from mnn

If you have excessive mold, call SERVPRO of Dane County West to mitigate the problem areas. #608-497-3331

SERVPRO of Dane County West Mold Remediation

SERVPRO of Dane County West is an IICRC firm

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Dane County West is an IICRC firm SERVPRO of Dane County West is a IICRC (The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) firm. Call all us at #608-497-3331

SERVPRO of Dane County West is an IICRC firm.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Dane County West
SERVPRO of Dane County West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (608) 497-3331

http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/restoration-training-certifications

Drying Chambers Speeds Drying and Lessens Cost

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Drying Chambers Speeds Drying and Lessens Cost SERVPRO of Dane County West Building and Reconstruction Services #608-497-3331

By using a simple containment system as seen in this commercial property, we can decrease the size of the area we are drying.  This speeds drying and lessens costs to our customers.  In this case we had a saturated floor in one area of a large showroom. By using containment we focused the drying to only the affected areas instead of drying the whole showroom.

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals establish environments favorable for drying. We do this by manipulating temperature and humidity levels with the aide of state of the art monitoring equipment to produce optimum drying conditions.

Building and Reconstruction Services

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.

SERVPRO of Dane County West
#608-497-3331
24-Hour Emergency Service.

Why the Emergency READY Profile?

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

Building Services Why the Emergency READY Profile? #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #SERVPROdanecountywest #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage

National Preparedness Month is the perfect opportunity to share the benefits of having a readiness plan in place with your customers, business and family.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure you and your business are "Ready for whatever happens."

In the event of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (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 contact information, shut-off valve locations and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or tablet; download SERVPRO's FREE Ready Plan app to access this information at any time using your smartphone or tablet.

The ERP establishes your local SERVPRO of Dane County West Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to over 50 years experience and a System more than 1,700 Franchises strong. Knowing what to do and who to call in advance is key to quick response and timely mitigation. 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.

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time to plan for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but now, you can plan for it.

The ERP is a no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save a lot of time in the future. Call your SERVPRO of Dane County West Franchise Professional to establish your Emergency READY Profile - 608-497-3331.

Advantages of the
SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility available as an app on your smart phone.
  • A concise Profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO of Dane County West Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • 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.

We offer a complimentary Emergency Response Plan to local businesses in West Dane County. 

Thank you SERVPRO National Storm Teams who have come to Dane County from across the country

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Thank you SERVPRO National Storm Teams who have come to Dane County from across the country #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #SERVPROdanecountywest #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage

SERVPRO of Dane County West thanks franchises from as far away as Texas for coming to Dane County to help mitigate record flooding on the 20th of August.

As the local franchise servicing the heart of Dane County West, we are a host franchise for SERVPRO National Storm Teams. We are able to directly input loss requests into the National Storm Team database for dispatch.  If anyone should require assistance feel free to give them our number and we will do all we can to see that they get help. #608-497-3331

Our hearts are heavy for losses in the community we work, love, and live in. Be safe out there!

SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team

Record Dane County West Flood - Middleton Disaster Recovery Information

8/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Record Dane County West Flood - Middleton Disaster Recovery Information #SERVPROdanecountywest #24houremergencyservice #stormcleanup #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild

The Middleton Chamber of Commerce emailed the following information on Middleton’s current storm status.

Flood Recovery Information 

August 24, 2018

A few notes and reminders in the flood aftermath:

As of August 23, the City of Middleton had estimated roughly $6 million in public damage and $17+ million in private damage. The early damage assessments were helpful.  Many Deming Way businesses are closed and may remain so for weeks.

While Dane County and Wisconsin have made emergency declarations, FEMA has not yet done so.  FEMA's business aid is typically through low interest SBA loans, not direct payments.  We are starting to see local low interest loan availability and WEDC may have some options that we'll share next week.

Our advise is to start your cleanup and not wait for "aid". Insurance and loans may be the only restoration funding sources. We wish we had better news.

Transportation:

Highway 14 is now open to Pleasant View Road.

Century Avenue is currently closed (8/24 11:00am) between Branch Street and Old Fork Rd in both directions for sinkhole repairs in the roadway. Use detours.

General Information:

Dane County Emergency Management (DCEM) has set up a web link specific to Dane County Flooding at: https://dcflood.countyofdane.com/    Sandbags, road conditions, resources and more. 

WI Emergency Management has a web site as well:http://ready.wi.gov/flooding/AUG2018.asp 

The City of Middleton is coordinating some volunteer efforts, contact Michelle Marx at   mmarx@ci.middleton.wi.us   

MOM will be offering emergency food bags and one-time use clothing center vouchers to anyone that has been affected by the flood.  

United Way 2-1-1 will have up-to-date information about services and available resources. For anyone calling from a landline, you only need to dial 211. If calling from a cell phone that does not have a 608 area code, the phone number is 877-947-2211.    

 DCEM also has set up a Multi-Agency Resource Center at Blackhawk Church in Madison for Saturday, August 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Blackhawk Church - 9620 Brader Way, Middleton 

You may have seen fundraising for flood assistance posted on social media.  If you are willing to donate to the City of Middleton's work to restore the Pheasant Branch Conservancy, including the creek corridor and trails, please send a check (with a note to Flood Relief PBC Work) to City of Middleton c/o City Administrator at 7426 Hubbard Avenue, Middleton, WI 53562.  

SERVPRO of Dane County West is actively working with SERVPRO National Storm Teams to mobilize crews to effectively respond to as many losses as possible 24/7.  

SERVPRO Storm Teams

SERVPRO Storm Teams are crews from across the country that travel when disaster strikes. As the local franchise servicing the heart of Dane County West, we are currently at capacity. However, as a host franchise for SERVPRO National Storm Teams, we are able to directly input loss requests into the National Storm Team database for dispatch.  If anyone should require assistance feel free to give them our number and we will do all we can to see that they get help. #608-497-3331 Our hearts are heavy for losses in the community we work, love, and live in. Be safe out there!

Record Dane County West Flood - Madison Potential Flood Damage

8/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Record Dane County West Flood - Madison Potential Flood Damage #SERVPROdanecountywest #24houremergencyservice #stormcleanup #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild

The City of Madison, WI has launched a website showing the potential flooding for the next two weeks. “Rising lake levels are causing flooding in the Madison, WI isthmus that may continue for one to two weeks. Roads will be flooded and personal property is at risk. If you live or work in the areas highlighted on this map, your property is in danger of flooding.” http://www.cityofmadison.com/live-work/extreme-weather/flooding/flood-map

SERVPRO Storm Teams

SERVPRO Storm Teams are crews from across the country that travel when disaster strikes. As the local franchise servicing the heart of Dane County West, we are currently at capacity. However, as a host franchise for SERVPRO National Storm Teams, we are able to directly input loss requests into the National Storm Team database for dispatch.  If anyone should require assistance feel free to give them our number and we will do all we can to see that they get help. #608-497-3331

Our hearts are heavy for losses in the community we work, love, and live in. Be safe out there!

SERVPRO of Dane County West National Storm Resources

8/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO of Dane County West National Storm Resources #SERVPROdanecountywest #24houremergencyservice #stormcleanup #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Teams can provide help during flood events. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.

As a host franchise for SERVPRO National Storm Teams, SERVPRO of Dane County West is able to directly input loss requests into the National Storm Team database for dispatch. If anyone should require assistance feel free to give them our number and we will do all we can to see that they get help. #608-497-3331

Local Dane County resources:

https://dcflood.countyofdane.com/

http://www.cityofmadison.com/live-work/extreme-weather/flooding/flood-map

http://www.cityofmadison.com/live-work/extreme-weather/flooding/how-to-prepare

Dane County, WI Launches Disaster Information Website

8/25/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dane County, WI Launches Disaster Information Website #SERVPROdanecountywest #24houremergencyservice #stormcleanup #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild

In an effort to keep up with record rainfall in Dane County West that happened Monday night, 20 AUG 18, Dane County, WI has launched a website to post updates and resources.  https://dcflood.countyofdane.com/

SERVPRO Storm Teams

SERVPRO Storm Teams are crews from across the country that travel when disaster strikes. As the local franchise servicing the heart of Dane County West, we are currently at capacity. However, as a host franchise for SERVPRO National Storm Teams, we are able to directly input loss requests into the National Storm Team database for dispatch.  If anyone should require assistance feel free to give them our number and we will do all we can to see that they get help. #608-497-3331

Our hearts are heavy for losses in the community we work, love, and live in. Be safe out there!

Are you “Ready for whatever happens?” An ERP can help you plan for disaster.

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Are you “Ready for whatever happens?” An ERP can help you plan for disaster. #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #servep

The Emergency Ready Profile is a complimentary assessment complete with documents that provide vital information in the case of an emergency - like shut-off valves and phone numbers of emergency contacts.

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


Are you “Ready for whatever happens?”


It is estimated that up to 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and water damage never reopen! Of the businesses that survive, over 75% of them had a preparedness plan in place.


We are a national leader in fire and water clean-up and restoration ready to serve you on a local basis.


By working with SERVPRO® of Dane County West to develop your personalized Emergency READY Profile your business will receive the experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. 

SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

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Keep commercial and residential occupants safe from fire this summer.

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Community Keep commercial and residential occupants safe from fire this summer. #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #servep

Keep commercial and residential occupants safe from fire this summer. Structures are even more vulnerable to fire damage in the summer months.

Nearly 5,000 fires take place per day during the summer, which ranks second in fire incidence rates compared to other seasons, according to the United States Fire Administration. The National Fire Protection Association recommends smoke alarms be installed in every bedroom, outside all sleeping quarters and on every level of the house.

Smoke alarms work best when paired with an emergency plan. A no cost SERVPRO Emergency Response Profile (ERP) gives your family, employees or clients the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm "chirps," the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old. Statistics and tips provided by National Fire Prevention Association.

SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

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Make sure your home is properly protected while you’re away

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Community Make sure your home is properly protected while you’re away #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #servep

According to a study by AAA, thirty-five percent of Americans plan on taking at least one family vacation every year. If you plan on traveling for more than a couple of days, then you should make sure your home is properly protected while you’re away. Of course, you already know to check and double check that each window and door is properly locked, but you may be missing a couple of steps that will ensure your home is truly safe while you and your family are elsewhere.

Don’t let people know your home is empty.

  • Suspend mail and newspaper services. You can sign up online to suspend USPS mail service and have your mail delivered to a local post office for up to thirty days. For trips longer than thirty days you should ask a neighbor or friend to pick up your mail. Contact your newspaper provider and ask them to temporarily postpone deliveries.
  • Arrange for lawn care services while you’re gone. This will help make your home seem less abandoned to strangers.
  • Install exterior lighting or motion detectors to deter burglars.
  • Wait to post vacation pictures on social media. I know this is almost impossible for most people, but resist the urge to let the world know you’re not at home. Enjoy the time with your family or friends and post pictures when you return.

Accident proof your home.

  • Check the batteries in home security devices, including motion detectors, cameras, and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace them if necessary.
  • Shut off the main water supply. Often times a homeowner will call us upon returning from vacation because they have learned a broken pipe or malfunctioning appliance has caused water damage. If you would like to leave the water on for an automated sprinkler system, then at least turn off the water supply to the dishwasher, washing machine, and to each toilet. You may think this is an uncommon event, but trust me, this happens all too often. You don’t want to come home to a disaster. Save yourself time and money by being just a little overcautious.
  • Conserve energy. Switch your water heater to vacation mode or turn it off completely. Most water heaters now have a pre-programmed vacation mode. If yours does not, then you should be able to manually adjust the temperature. Another way to conserve energy is to set your thermostat to either four degrees above or below your normal temperature. For summer months, set the thermostat in the upper 70’s. For winter months, set the thermostat in the upper 50’s.
  • Prevent a power surge by unplugging your electronics or make sure they are plugged into a surge protector.
  • If you often loose power during a storm or day of heavy rain, then before you leave for vacation freeze a cup of water, place a penny on top of it, and leave it in your freezer. When you return home check to see if the penny is frozen on top of the cup. If the penny is not frozen on top, then this means your house lost power sometime during your trip. Inspect the food inside your refrigerator and freezer. You may need to throw several items away.


I hope these tips help to protect your home and give you more peace of mind during your next vacation.

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

Thorough Sanitizing Brings Your Property back to its Pre-Loss Condition

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thorough Sanitizing Brings Your Property back to its Pre-Loss Condition #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #servep

There is never a convenient time for fire of water damage to strike your home or business. When you need thorough sanitizing call SERVPRO of Dane County West and we'll be there fast with the help to get your property back to its preloss condition. 

We are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. Our technical expertise and industrial grade air scrubbers and fogging equipment go well beyond simply masking odors and other shortcuts that don’t work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by fire or 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.

SERVPRO of Dane County West understands that using professional equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. The right tool for the right job is vital to timely mitigation and restoration. 

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals have the right equipment to Sanitize your property:

Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid disinfectant agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. Low pressure is applied to a high volume of air to push solution through a nozzle to create precisely sized tiny droplets.  The purpose is to create and disperse a disinfectant aerosol to reduce the numbers of airborne micro-organisms and also to apply disinfectant to surfaces that may be difficult to reach.  Ultra low volume sprayers, are lightweight, portable aerosol sprayers that allow you to disinfect areas quickly. The disinfectant hangs in the air before settling on and disinfecting the objects in the room.

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume creating dense fogs suitable for sanitizing confined areas.  The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles. When properly created and applied, thermal fogging delivers excellent sanitation and odor control.

Thermal Fogging Devices quickly penetrate hard to reach areas with thermal fogging. Thermal fogging devices use heat to create a visible, fog-like dry mist. These fogging machines produce a large amount of fog, and are useful in a large variety of settings. The heat from the device does not affect the chemicals in the disinfecting solution, so it does not lose effectiveness. Thermal fog reaches difficult areas such as cracks in the ceiling and crevices in furniture, walls and the floor. Use thermal foggers without risking exposure to the chemicals by standing in one location and allowing the fog to spread into the room.

Ozone Generator: The portable ozone generator eliminates a variety of odors caused by animals, cigarette smoke, mold and mildew, fire, and water damage. This machine generates “ozone”, which consists of unstable oxygen molecules (containing three oxygen atoms). Ozone chemically reacts with odor-causing molecules to oxidize residues and remove the odors. When using this piece of equipment, we follow the absolute and necessary guidelines of use. Once the deodorization process is complete, ozone quickly reverts to the normal oxygen molecule, leaving no residues. Once the odor is gone, the results are permanent. One of the features of the ozone generator is that it is made to be compact and portable, yet also be a durable and professional unit.

SERVPRO Professionals utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 
  • Antimicrobial and Antibacterial Treatments - Depending on the scenario, we may use antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant treatments to clean your property.

To learn more, click here:

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

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

Record May Rainfall Creates Flood Potential

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Record May Rainfall Creates Flood Potential #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #servep

It is only the middle of the month of May and Dane county has already received 7.5 inches of rain, well above a normal one-and-a-half inches for this month. Ironic that this month follows a record snow fall for April but two wet months together can have an impact on spring flooding on  your property.

Advance Preparation

Prepare in advance with a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile  (ERP). Our convenient mobile app stores all your utility and emergency response information in one place, so you can access this information from your smartphone or computer.

Watch for Pooling Water 

Look for places around your property where water pools and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris so they can direct water as intended.

Maintain Sump Pump 

If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 

Raise Storage Goods 

Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 

Cut Power if Necessary 

As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.

Keep Storm Drains Clear

If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.

Consider Flood Insurance 

Homeowners insurance will not cover floods; you must purchase a separate policy for flood protection. When all else fails, flood insurance will provide you the means to respond to a catastrophic flooding event.

Be Aware on the Road 

Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

Act Fast 

When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. Call SERVPRO of Dane County West at 608-497-3331 to extract water and mitigate any mold growth

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

Restoration is the Final Step in Making It “Like it never even happened.”

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoration is the Final Step in Making It “Like it never even happened.” #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #servep

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 cost  low. Restoration versus replacement of contents and property saves money. For example, using advanced drying techniques like floor drying mats SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals monitor and ensure your property is properly dried without having to replace costly hardwood flooring.

Fire Damage Mitigation Experts

Having the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation and restoration, but perhaps more important, SERVPRO of Dane County West fire damage professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration.  For instance, knowing the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

  • Wet Smoke- Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke- Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry powdery, no smeary residues.
  • Protein- Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 
  • Fuel Oil Soot- Furnace Puff Backs.
  • Other Types- Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

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

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

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

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

Water Damage Mitigation Experts

Here are a few of the tools used by your local SERVPRO® Dane County West to mitigate water damage. 

PORTABLE EXTRACTORS: Extractors are used for cleaning carpets, cleaning upholstery, and removing water from floors after a water loss. An extractor has three major components: a heater, a pump, and a vacuum system. Restoration Technicians use this machine for variable heat-controlled cleaning, including to heat the rinse solutions to clean more effectively. The vacuum system and waste recovery tank remove soils and moisture from the surface and collects it in the tank. With this machine, we can expedite the removal of water and moisture from damaged materials and textiles to help restore it to preloss conditions. In doing this, the potential of having to replace materials or belongings is lowered.

THE OZONE GENERATOR: The portable ozone generator eliminates a variety of odors caused by animals, cigarette smoke, mold and mildew, fire, and water damage. This machine generates “ozone”, which consists of unstable oxygen molecules (containing three oxygen atoms). Ozone chemically reacts with odor-causing molecules to oxidize residues and remove the odors. When using this piece of equipment, we follow the absolute and necessary guidelines of use with the purpose of all people and pets should be removed from the environment during the ozone process for health and safety reasons. Once the deodorization process is complete, ozone quickly reverts to the normal oxygen molecule, leaving no residues. Once the odor is gone, the results are permanent. One of the features of the ozone generator is that it is made to be compact and portable, yet also be a durable and professional unit.

WEARING AND FIT CHECKING OUR RESPIRATORS: Safety for not only our Technicians, but also our customers, is a priority at SERVPRO. We enforce that respirators must be worn during all times by our technicians during exposure to hazardous situations. To be safe, we follow one rule of thumb: if the work environment is unpleasant or if it makes you dizzy, our crew is to wear their respirators. No if’s, and’s or but’s. If we are using respirators, we inform customers in the general area of this and advise them with the necessary precautions associated with the work going on for their safety.

DEHUMIDIFICATION EQUIPMENT: By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. Our Restoration Technicians position dehumidifiers strategically in a water-damaged structure so the moist, humid air moves through the unit while dry, warm air is discharged from the unit circulating back into the wet areas. Did you know that dry air acts like a sponge to absorb moisture from wet materials? Since it does, we use the dehumidifiers especially because it provides a continual source of dry air to enhance the restoration process. Refrigerant dehumidifiers remove water vapor through condensation, and based on the specific job, we will use a small commercial refrigerant dehumidifier because it removes approximately 8 gallons of water per day from the atmosphere, while an extra-large commercial refrigerant could remove as much as 20 gallons per day.

AIR MOVING EQUIPMENT: Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level and reduce drying time. These machines introduce airflow at the surface level and replace the highly saturated air with drier air to enhance evaporation. Our crew has gone through specific training on the science of drying to know how many air movers they will need and how to position them to create airflow across all wet surfaces. In some cases, when the lower portion of multiple walls are wet, involving wet drywall behind baseboards, enough air movers are positioned to create a vortex of circular airflow around the walls. Our technicians operate the air movers in several different positions, offering flexibility in how to direct the airflow with the best possible outcome. 

TRUCK MOUNT EXTRACTOR: A truck-mounted extraction unit consists of several smaller components, which work together to make one of the best pieces of cleaning equipment in the industry. The pieces are made up of the engine, the vacuum, the chemical pump, the water pump, and the heating system. The vacuum system extracts water, soils, and cleaning solutions. The chemical pumping system meters cleaning solution into the extraction tool. The water pumping system pressurizes the water used for cleaning and/or rinsing. The heating system heats the water used for cleaning and rinsing. This equipment setup is crucial and is used for various disaster clean ups. Due to the required training of this equipment our technicians know the specific environment needed for this piece of machinery to work and how to maintain it appropriately for health and safety reasons. 

Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.A Moisture Meter is used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO Dane County West to monitor the drying process. 

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO Dane County West can calculate and create an environment most conclusive 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 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. 

Your complete source for restoration services

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

When a fire loss, like a puffback, takes control of your life, we help you take it back.

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When a fire loss, like a puffback, takes control of your life, we help you take it back. #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #servep

In this before picture is a type of fire damage called a puffback that occurred in Barneveld, WI.  A puffback 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 a grimy film or a puffback can leak soot particles more gradually.

The aftermath of a puffback is usually the main problem. Walls, ceilings, carpets, furniture and curtains are coated with a fine film of soot and smoky streaks that look like spider webs, known as “soot webs” in the restoration industry. As a rule, the damage is worse with a forced-air heating system or central air-conditioning, because the duct work provides a path through the house, even into closets.

Cleaning up the mess is not a job for the amateur, but rather a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Dane County West. We use special techniques and materials. For example, attempts to wash soot off a flat-painted wall or ceiling usually leave greasy smears. At SERVPRO of Dane County, we use water-less rubber sponges and specialized vacuums that work like erasers and absorb the soot without spreading it.

What to You Can Do Until Help Arrives:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot 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 boil 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 sent clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Equipped with the training, tools and experience to quickly and efficiently clean and restore your home or business after a fire loss, SERVPRO of Dane County West can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.

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

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. #608-497-3331

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals Use Highly Technical Equipment to Mitigate Your Loss

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals Use Highly Technical Equipment to Mitigate Your Loss #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #servep

SERVPRO of Dane County West was able to extract over and inch of standing water in an unfinished basement in Verona, WI.  Using the portable extractor, we were able to remove over 100 gallons of water from the structure. 

The benefit of portable extractors is that we can use them anywhere and are not limited by the length of hose on the truck mount.  The portable extractor can store up to fifteen gallons of water at a time. This unit also has an auto discharge that allows us to extract uninterrupted until the water is removed.  With a portable extractor, we can expedite the removal of water and moisture from floors and carpet to help restore it to preloss conditions, reducing the potential of having to replace damaged materials or belongings.

An extractor has three major components: a heater, a pump, and a vacuum system. Our technicians use this machine for variable heat-controlled cleaning, including to heat the rinse solutions to clean more effectively. The vacuum system and waste recovery tank remove soils and moisture from the surface and collects it in tank.

THE TOOLS WE USE

At SERVPRO of Dane County West, helping our customers and returning damaged areas and items to preloss conditions is our number one priority.  To do this, SERVPRO of Dane County West understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. With that in mind, we will take you through a behind the scenes look at some of the equipment we use to help get your property and structure to preloss condition. Each machine and piece of equipment has a crucial role in the restoration process. SERVPRO of Dane County West Restoration Technicians are trained to use each piece of equipment to its highest potential. Here are a few of our most commonly seen and used machines, and their purpose.

PORTABLE EXTRACTORS: Extractors are used for cleaning carpets, cleaning upholstery, and removing water from floors after a water loss. An extractor has three major components: a heater, a pump, and a vacuum system. Restoration Technicians use this machine for variable heat-controlled cleaning, including to heat the rinse solutions to clean more effectively. The vacuum system and waste recovery tank remove soils and moisture from the surface and collects it in the tank. With this machine, we can expedite the removal of water and moisture from damaged materials and textiles to help restore it to preloss conditions. In doing this, the potential of having to replace materials or belongings is lowered.

THE OZONE GENERATOR: The portable ozone generator eliminates a variety of odors caused by animals, cigarette smoke, mold and mildew, fire, and water damage. This machine generates “ozone”, which consists of unstable oxygen molecules (containing three oxygen atoms). Ozone chemically reacts with odor-causing molecules to oxidize residues and remove the odors. When using this piece of equipment, we follow the absolute and necessary guidelines of use with the purpose of all people and pets should be removed from the environment during the ozone process for health and safety reasons. Once the deodorization process is complete, ozone quickly reverts to the normal oxygen molecule, leaving no residues. Once the odor is gone, the results are permanent. One of the features of the ozone generator is that it is made to be compact and portable, yet also be a durable and professional unit.

WEARING AND FIT CHECKING OUR RESPIRATORS: Safety for not only our Technicians, but also our customers, is a priority at SERVPRO. We enforce that respirators must be worn during all times by our technicians during exposure to hazardous situations. To be safe, we follow one rule of thumb: if the work environment is unpleasant or if it makes you dizzy, our crew is to wear their respirators. No if’s, and’s or but’s. If we are using respirators, we inform customers in the general area of this and advise them with the necessary precautions associated with the work going on for their safety.

DEHUMIDIFICATION EQUIPMENT: By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. Our Restoration Technicians position dehumidifiers strategically in a water-damaged structure so the moist, humid air moves through the unit while dry, warm air is discharged from the unit circulating back into the wet areas. Did you know that dry air acts like a sponge to absorb moisture from wet materials? Since it does, we use the dehumidifiers especially because it provides a continual source of dry air to enhance the restoration process. Refrigerant dehumidifiers remove water vapor through condensation, and based on the specific job, we will use a small commercial refrigerant dehumidifier because it removes approximately 8 gallons of water per day from the atmosphere, while an extra-large commercial refrigerant could remove as much as 20 gallons per day.

AIR MOVING EQUIPMENT: Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level and reduce drying time. These machines introduce airflow at the surface level and replace the highly saturated air with drier air to enhance evaporation. Our crew has gone through specific training on the science of drying to know how many air movers they will need and how to position them to create airflow across all wet surfaces. In some cases, when the lower portion of multiple walls are wet, involving wet drywall behind baseboards, enough air movers are positioned to create a vortex of circular airflow around the walls. Our technicians operate the air movers in several different positions, offering flexibility in how to direct the airflow with the best possible outcome. 

TRUCK MOUNT EXTRACTOR: A truck-mounted extraction unit consists of several smaller components, which work together to make one of the best pieces of cleaning equipment in the industry. The pieces are made up of the engine, the vacuum, the chemical pump, the water pump, and the heating system. The vacuum system extracts water, soils, and cleaning solutions. The chemical pumping system meters cleaning solution into the extraction tool. The water pumping system pressurizes the water used for cleaning and/or rinsing. The heating system heats the water used for cleaning and rinsing. This equipment setup is crucial and is used for various disaster clean ups. Due to the required training of this equipment our technicians know the specific environment needed for this piece of machinery to work and how to maintain it appropriately for health and safety reasons. 

The SERVPRO® Equipment Department tests all equipment, including the truck mount, before putting the items in the product line. To provide the best service to our customers, we must know how the truck mount works, how to set up and maintain the unit, how to use it safely, how to clean the vehicle interior, unit, tools, hoses, and so forth as needed, and how to inspect all equipment and accessories for any damage, leaks, or wear.

There are many other machines and equipment accessories we use, but for today’s behind the scenes look we are proud to show you some our most commonly used pieces of equipment. These machines help us get your personal disaster back to preloss condition and to make it “like it never even happened!” because SERVPRO of Dane County West is always here to help!

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.” We are available 24/7/365 for Emergency Services and are Here to Help! SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-33311. www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. #608-497-3331

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SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals Put Property Owners Back in Control

4/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals Put Property Owners Back in Control #SERVPROdanecountywest #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild

After a water loss, SERVPRO of Dane County West's number one goal is returning affected areas and items to their preloss condition, putting property owners back and control and doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals use specialized test equipment to determine hidden water. By using advanced drying techniques, SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals monitor and ensure your property is properly dried. Mitigation requires quick action. The faster SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals arrive on-site, the better the results – including lower claim costs.

WHAT IS RESTORABLE

Determining exactly what can be saved until everything is dry is usually impossible. We will set a follow-up date so we can monitor the drying process. In addition, the restoration process will be scheduled when the drying is complete. This can include floor preparation, tack strip replacement, carpet and pad installation, seaming, carpet cleaning and restoring, and furniture and contents cleaning. A scope of services will be provided.

PRE-EXISTING OR PRELOSS CONDITIONS

During the course of cleaning, it is likely we will remove day-to-day soiling, which existed prior to your loss. We are happy to do so. If, however, the removal of pre-existing soil requires significant extra effort, our crews will be instructed to move on to the next item. Pre-existing damage, including visible mold growth, will also be noted.

PERSONAL ITEMS

In the course of our survey and cleaning, we will sometimes be required to open doors, cupboards, etc. to qualify and/or restore the damage. If any of these areas contain personal items you would prefer to relocate before we start work, please let us know.

  • Guns and Ammunition

Our crews are instructed NEVER to touch guns or ammunition. For this reason, we request you remove any such items from the areas we are cleaning.

  • Jewelry, Valuables, Heirlooms

Please remove any valuable items from the areas we are cleaning before the job is started. We are not responsible for those items.

OVERLOOKED ITEMS

Although our supervisors inspect all work, you should accompany the supervisor on the final walk-through and bring any overlooked items or concerns to the supervisor’s attention.

INSURANCE ADJUSTERS OR AGENTS

We are neither insurance adjusters nor agents. We cannot authorize anything to be replaced, repaired or painted. Our job is to preserve and protect, stop further damage from occurring and to restore damaged items to their prior condition when possible.

EMERGENCY CHARGES

The exact price of restoring your property following a water damage emergency is virtually impossible to determine on our first visit. However, in order to give you an idea, we will review the SERVPRO® Water Damage Emergency Services Report to provide you an initial estimate while on our first visit if requested. The scope of work can change due to unforeseen circumstances. The final bill will be forwarded to you and/or your insurance carrier upon completion.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Maintaining your personal health and safety is of great concern to us. All occupants and pets should stay away from the work areas to protect their health and safety during the work process. Material Safety Data Sheets for our products are available upon request.

APPROXIMATE COMPLETION

The actual time required to complete the restoration process is difficult to estimate. However, the more quickly technicians begin work to limit the damage, the faster the job can be completed. When water has time to absorb, the drying and restoration process can take longer.

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

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.” We are available 24/7/365 for Emergency Services and are Here to Help! SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-33311. www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals are available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help you regain control quickly. #608-497-3331

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Saving hardwood floors after water or storm damage

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Saving hardwood floors after water or storm damage We were able to save their hardwood floors using our floor drying system. Why take the risk? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West to help! #608-497-3331.

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

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

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

Working to make it "Like it never even happened."

April snowstorm hits the Madison, WI area with 7.2 inches of snow

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage April snowstorm hits the Madison, WI area with 7.2 inches of snow Should you experience water damage from the snow melting this week, call SERVPRO of Dane County West. #608-497-3331

Biggest storm of the season hits Madison, WI. 

From Wisconsin State Journal:

If April showers bring May flowers, what do April snowstorms bring?

The biggest snowstorm of the snow season dumped a record 7.2 inches of snow on Madison Wednesday, but that very likely will be the last snow we see in this very unusual spring.

The heaviest snow fell in a narrow band from Wisconsin Dells to West Bend, with the Dells getting almost 8 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

The snow, combined with rain and sleet, made for harrowing driving conditions during the Wednesday evening commute, with crashes and slide offs reported throughout south-central Wisconsin.

The state highway travel map shows slippery stretches throughout southern Wisconsin Thursday morning, but roads were in fairly good shape for the commute.

About 30 school districts and private schools were opening later than usual Thursday morning, and the Wisconsin Dells School District cancelled classes for the day.

Besides setting a record for April 18 snowfall in Madison, another record was set when the thermometer only got up to 33 degrees, making it the coldest high temperature on April 18 in the capital city, the Weather Service said.

A total of 13.5 inches of snow has fallen this April at the Dane County Regional Airport, the official weather site in Madison. That's the second highest snowfall on record for the month, the record being 17.4 inches in 1973.

With the snow finally moving on, we should see a pretty good stretch of weather, with no snow in the extended forecast.

27 Storm Track meteorologist Guy Brown said sunshine and warmer temperatures are forecast through Monday, with highs of 43 on Thursday, 51 on Friday, 57 on Saturday, 58 on Sunday and 62 on Monday.

The Weather Service said there's a slight chance of rain showers Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs of 62 and 55, respectively.

Brown said it could be colder next Thursday at 48, under mostly to partly sunny skies.

Wednesday's high of 33 was a record coldest high, 26 degrees below normal and 54 degrees below the record high of 87 for April 18, set in 1977.

The low was 27, 10 degrees below normal and 9 degrees above the record low of 18 for the date, set in 1983.

The mixed precipitation totaled 0.77 inches at the airport, bringing the April precipitation (rain and melted snow) total up to 2.12 inches, 0.10 inches above normal.

The record precipitation total on April 18 was 2.15 inches in 1880.

For the meteorological spring (March through May), Madison has received 2.86 inches of precipitation, 1.36 inches below normal.

Since Jan. 1, Madison has received 7.04 inches of precipitation, 0.14 inches above normal.

The record 7.2 inches of snow smashed the old record of 3.4 inches for April 18, set in 1912.

Madison has received 13.5 inches of snow this month, 11.5 inches above normal; 16.9 inches for spring, 7.9 inches above normal; and 44.4 inches for the snow season (July to June), 5.7 inches below normal.

Source: Wisconsin State Journal

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

Storm & Flooding Restoration

Call the Cleanup Team that is Faster To Any Size Disaster

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Call the Cleanup Team that is Faster To Any Size Disaster #SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #servep

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Recently in Monticello, WI, SERVPRO of Dane County West was called to a local café to mitigate extensive water damage from flood damage caused by the Sugar River overflow.  The café was next door to the river and despite having a 5-foot berm protecting the structure, water unfortunately still got in.  Up to 8 feet of water flooded their business and SERVPRO of Dane County West is diligently working “to make it like it never even happened”.

https://www.channel3000.com/news/flooding-at-little-sugar-river-leaves-monticello-underwater/704893013

Fema.gov reports in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash ?oods. Just because you haven’t experienced a ?ood in the past does not mean you won’t in the future. In fact, nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas.

According to the American Red Cross, floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other Weather-related disaster. The American Red Cross offers the following ?ood safety tips.

  • Stay away from ?oodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around, and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
  • If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are s rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out or the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.

If a flood does strike your home or business, contact your local SERVPRO of Dane County Professionals. Even minor ?oods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task. The SERVPRO System is prepared to handle any sized disaster. When ?re and water take control of your life, your local SERVPRO of Dane County Professionals will help you take it back. 

*Facts and figures provided by www.fema.gov

Why Are Frozen Pipes Dangerous?

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

Why Are Frozen Pipes Dangerous?

Frozen pipes are a problem for a couple of reasons.

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

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

Pipes That Are Vulnerable to Freezing

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

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

4 Signs of Frozen Pipes

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

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

Act Quickly

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

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

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

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (608) 497-3331

Note: some information provided by www.thesource.com

Have Storm, Ice or Flood Damage?

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

Types of Storm Damage

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

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

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

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

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

Steps of Storm Damage Repair

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on storm damage, please click on the link below.

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

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

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

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

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

Proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. Your SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals will answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. 

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

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge professionals to monitor drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO of East Baton Rouge professionals can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized. 
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles. 

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

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

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

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

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

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

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

Advanced Industry-Standard Drying Equipment

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

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

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

Step 6 - Restoration

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

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

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

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

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

General Contractor License #: 1317784

To learn more, click here:

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

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

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

2/4/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

We are proud members of the following Chambers:

The Middleton Chamber of Commerce:

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

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

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

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

The Verona Chamber of Commerce:

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

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

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

http://veronawi.com/index.php

The Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce:

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

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

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

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

http://www.fitchburgchamber.com/

The Mount Horeb Chamber of Commerce:

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

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

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

http://trollway.com/business/

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

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

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/disaster-recovery

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

http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/company-profile

Protein Fire Mitigation in Monroe, WI

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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Fire Damage Cleanup using Dry Ice Blasting

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

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

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

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Ice Dams Can Cause Your Roof to Leak

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Consider these tried and true preventative measures:

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

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

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

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

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

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

24/7 Emergency Services, 608-497-3331

http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/blog

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

LIGHT THE NIGHT SAFELY

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frozen Pipes Cause Water Damage

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

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

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


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

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

Monitor Freezing Pipe Conditions

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

If a Pipe Freezes

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

If a Pipe Bursts

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

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

24/7 Emergency Services, 608-497-3331

http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/blog

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

Prepare Your Property for Winter!

12/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Property for Winter! #winterize #frozenpipe #waterrestoration #watermitigation #floodedbasement #rebuild #restoration #waterextraction #24houremergencyservice #restoration

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder 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. Gutter downspouts should be directed 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 simply 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 around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the 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.

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells.  This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets.  Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to off. 
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off. 
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure.  Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. 
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks. 

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

24/7 Emergency Services, #608-497-3331

http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/blog

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

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources Rebuilding After Baton Rouge's Great Flood of 2016

Stories of The Storm

SERVPRO recently published an online interactive video titled “Rebuilding After Baton Rouge's Great Flood of 2016. Episode 1’” It originally appeared on CNN.com and is available at this link:

http://sponsorcontent.cnn.com/interactive/SERVPRO/Storiesofthestorm/

This series was inspired by SERVPRO'S dedication to service—of rolling up their sleeves and embracing their community in the aftermath of the unexpected.

We at SERVPRO of Dane County West are proud to be part of the 1700 country wide network of franchises with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

Regardless of the Storm Damage, SERVPRO of Dane County West Can Scale Our Resources to Handle Any Size Disaster

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals can scale our resources to handle any size storm or disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources to:

SERVPRO of Dane County West Technicians are Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

We are storm and water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-storm condition. Using advanced equipment and scientific drying techniques, our technicians document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready:

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

What Happened, The Thousand Year Storm

SERVPRO’S online interactive video explains it this way,

“Extreme weather in the Baton Rouge area has taken its toll on towns like Denham Springs, where 77% of the town’s buildings were devastated by last year’s Great Flood. One year later, the community is still on the path to recovery. 

When the rains came, SERVPRO was just as exposed as everyone else.

While several of the SERVPRO buildings in Baton Rouge were still pumping water from their warehouses, teams from Franchises as far away as Idaho and Wisconsin showed up at the Louisiana border ready to serve.

SERVPRO’S Spirit of Service

Flood waters inundated the SERVPRO Franchises, and owners and employees alike were faced with the daunting task of rebuilding once the waters receded. For every member of the SERVPRO family, recovery became personal.

There is a determined spirit of service at SERVPRO, a spirit that inspires us all to serve together.”

SERVPRO of Dane County West is proud to be part of that spirit.

Kitchen Cautions

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage  Kitchen Cautions Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. The leading cause? Unattended cooking. It's important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.

Families gather in November for Thanksgiving and spend time preparing a delicious feast, but it you don't practice safe cooking habits, your holiday could become hazardous very quickly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. The leading cause? Unattended cooking. 

It's important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.

  • Be on alert! 
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling, or broiling food.
  • If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the kitchen while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  • Keep anything that catch fire away from the stove top - such as oven mitts, towels, curtains, wooden utensils, food packaging, etc.

If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocols to help keep you and your family safe. 

  • Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
  • Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
  • For an oven fire, keep the door closed and turn off the heat.
  • Keep a lid nearby when your cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove-top. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

A deep-fried is turkey delicious, but worth it? if you've seen any of the numerous videos of turkey fryer explosions and fires online, you may have asked yourself this question before. Running the risk of bodily injury or property damage is something to consider when menu planning this holiday season. 

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot. 
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  • Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

November is Military Family Month

SERVPRO of Dane County West would like to thank all service members and their families during Military Family Month and all year-round. These families have made numerous sacrifices to support their military service member, and we acknowledge their dedication.  November 11 is also Veterans Day.  Thanks to all veterans and active duty military, who have fought for our freedom, and those who have lost their lives fighting for their country. We salute you! 

If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Dane County West to make it "Like it never even happened."

24/7 Emergency Services, #608-497-3331

http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/fire-damage-tips

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

Shocking Facts About Lightning

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Lightning is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities. Though the odds of being struck by lightning in a given year are only 1 in 500,000, some factors can put you at greater risk for being struck.  Here are a few lightning safety tips.

Be aware. Check the forecast before participating in outdoor activities.  If it calls for thunderstorms, postpone your trip or activity, or make sure adequate safe shelter is available.

Go indoors.  Remember the phrase, "When thunder roars, go indoors." Find a safe, enclosed shelter when you hear thunder.  Safe shelters include homes, offices, shopping centers, and hard-top vehicles with the windows rolled up.

Avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete.  Do not lie on concrete floors and avoid leaning on concrete walls.  Lightning can travel through any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring. 

Avoid water.  Do not bathe, shower, wash dishes, or have any other contact with water during a thunderstorm because lightning can travel through a building's plumbing.

Avoid electronic equipment.  Do not use computers, laptops, game systems, washers, dryers, stoves, or anything connected to an electrical outlet.  Lightning can travel through electrical systems, radio, and television reception systems, and any metal wires or bars in concrete walls or flooring.  Equip homes and offices with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances. 

Whether you have damage caused by a storm, tornado, flash flood, or any other reason, SERVPRO of Dane County West has the resources, experience and training to help get your doors reopened for business or home as soon as possible. 

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

#608-497-3331

Keep Fall Fire-Free

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keep Fall Fire-Free If you have a fire or water emergency, call SERVPRO of Dane County West. #608-497-3331. #SERVPROdanecountywest #spdcw #fire #waterdamage

The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead 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 material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or 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. 

*Facts and information provided by National Fire Protection Association, nfpa.org.

If you have a fire or water emergency, call SERVPRO of Dane County West. #608-497-3331.

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

Flu Season - Prevention Tips

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Flu Season - Prevention Tips Homes and businesses can depend on SERVPRO of Dane County West to clean and sanitize building materials. #SERVPROdanecountywest

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

1. Avoid close contact.

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

2. Stay home when you are sick.

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

3. Cover your mouth and nose.

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

4. Clean your hands.

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

5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

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

6. Practice other good health habits.

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

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm

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

SERVPRO of Dane County West

#608-497-3331

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

Be "Ready for whatever happens" with the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program (ERP)

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Be "Ready for whatever happens" with the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Program (ERP) The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place. #608-497-3331

In the even of an emergency, the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (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 contact information, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP is also accessible online using your computer or smart phone. 

Advantages of the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise Profile document that contains 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. 

To schedule your no-cost ERP, call SERVPRO of Dane County West. #608-497-3331.

http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

What is Black Mold?

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Black Mold? Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called black mold, and it does produce allergens and irritants.

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

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

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

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

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

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

Understanding Mold

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

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

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

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

It's the Water You Don't See

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage It's the Water You Don't See Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time.

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 Professionals have 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. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO of Dane County West will answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals.

  • 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 Dane County West Professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO 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.

The bottom line? SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals have the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Dane County West - #608-497-3331

SERVPRO of Dane County West

What do you do if you have water damage?

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What do you do if you have water damage? If you have water damage, such as an overflowing toilet, sink or burst pipe, please call SERVPRO of Dane County West to helpr. #608-497-3331

If you have water damage, please call SERVPRO of Dane County West first! These Emergency Tips will assist you in taking the proper action until your SERVPRO Professional arrives. 

Please follow these DOs and DON'Ts to help reduce damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration. 

If you have water damage DO:

  • Do shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Do turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Do remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Do wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items. 
  • Do remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Do place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Do remove to safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Do use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Do hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting on floors.
  • Do hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
  • Do avoid all contact with sewage items contaminated by sewage.
  • Do wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

If you have water damage DON'T:

  • Don't enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Don't enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water.  Always avoid electrical shock hazards.
  • Don't leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Don't leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet carpets to cause staining.
  • Don't use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Don't use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 
  • Don't spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Don't turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Don't use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants. 
  • Don't use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas. 

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

SERVPRO of Dane County West 

 #608-497-3331

If disaster strikes, will you be ready? One way to prepare is to build an emergency supply kit

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO If disaster strikes, will you be ready? One way to prepare is to build an emergency supply kit Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property. #SERVPROdanecountywest #608-497-3331

If disaster strikes, will you be ready? It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs; one way to do that is by building a basic emergency kit.  The following items are recommended for your kit.

  • Water, one gallon per person per day
  • Food, non-perishable 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary
  • Cash
  • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • local maps
  • Hygiene items
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property. Contact SERVPRO of Dane County West to learn more and be "Ready for whatever happens!"

SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

24-Hour Emergency Service.  Independently owned and operated. 

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Was your home flooded? If so, and you were not able to dry your home within 24-48 hours, you should assume you have mold. #SERVPROdanecountywest

Homeowner’s and Renter’s Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/pdfs/homeowners_and_renters_guide.pdf

Cleaning up after a flood can pose health risks. You and your family should wait to re-enter your home until professionals tell you it is safe, with no structural, electrical or other hazards.

Before you start cleanup activities, contact your insurance company and take pictures of the home and your belongings. Remember – drying your home and removing water-damaged items is your most important step for preventing mold damage.

Is There a Problem?

Was your home flooded? If so, and you were not able to dry your home (including furniture and other items) within 24-48 hours, you should assume you have mold growth. You need to completely dry everything, clean up the mold, and make sure you don’t still have a moisture problem.

You may see or smell mold on clothing, drywall, furniture, cardboard boxes, or books, but it may also be hidden under or behind items like carpet, cushions, or walls.

Mold Basics: How Molds Can Affect Your Health

Key Messages

  • Wear personal protective equipment. Wear an N-95 respirator at a minimum, goggles, and protective gloves.
  • Use portable generators carefully, outside and away from the home, to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and fires.
  • Ensure the mold cleanup is complete before reoccupying your home.

Exposure to mold can lead to asthma attacks, eye and skin irritation, and allergic reactions. It can lead to severe infections in people with weakened immune systems.  Avoid contaminated buildings and contaminated water as much as you can.

Flood water may have carried sewage or chemicals into your home. This could expose you or your family to viruses, bacteria, disease carriers (such as mosquitoes), and parasites, as well as mold. To learn more about cleaning and disinfection go to: www.cdc.gov/healthywater/emergency/flood/standing.html.

You can protect yourself and your family from mold exposure by following these steps.

Before You Enter Any Moldy Site:

  • Protect yourself and loved ones against hazards. People with breathing problems like asthma or who have weakened immune systems should stay away from moldy sites. Children should not take part in disaster cleanup work. Check for loose power lines or gas leaks. Make sure the electricity and gas are turned off. Look for sagging ceilings or floors or other structural problems. Watch out for wet, muddy, or slippery floors.
  • Protect your mouth and nose against breathing in mold: wear at least an N-95 respirator. If you plan to spend a lot of time removing moldy belongings or doing work like ripping out moldy drywall, wear a half-face or full-face respirator. Basic information on using it is in OSHA’s general respiratory protection guidance.
  • Protect your skin. Wear protective gloves (non-latex, vinyl, nitrile, or rubber). Do not touch mold or moldy items with bare hands.
  • Protect your eyes. Wear goggles that provide complete eye protection. Choose goggles designed to keep out dust and small particles. Safety glasses or goggles that have open vent holes will not protect you against dust and small particles.

After You Leave a Mold Site:

  • Protect yourself and loved ones. Shower and change your clothes.  This will help you avoid carrying mold and other hazards back to your current living quarters.

Should I Do This Myself?

This job may be too difficult or dangerous for you. It may be best to get help from experienced and qualified professionals if you can.  Hire a mold inspection or remediation professional affiliated  with or certified by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), or American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) to inspect, repair, and restore the damaged parts of your home. Your state also may regulate mold remediation.

Sampling for mold is not usually recommended. Understanding the results can be difficult, and no matter what kind of mold is in your home, you need to clean it up and fix the moisture problem.

For more information from the CDC about mold, please visit their website:

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

Don't Let Mold Grow

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Don't Let Mold Grow mold growth after water damage. #SERVPROdanecountywest #spdcw #608-497-3331

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

Take Precautions

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

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

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

Help Is Here

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

Fire Damage - What to Do Until Help Arrives

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage - What to Do Until Help Arrives fire damage - what to do until help arrives. #SERVPROdanecountywest #spdcw #608-497-3331

A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning.  If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals arrive. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration. 

Do's:

  • DO: Limit movement of people in the structure to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • DO: Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • DO: Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • DO: If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely, and prop doors open to help prevent odors.
  • DO: Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances.  
  • DO: Pour antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs if heat is off during freezing season.
  • DO: Gently wash both sides of leaves on indoor plants.
  • DO: Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until checked by a trained professional.
  • DO: Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 

Don'ts:

  • Don't: Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Dane County West.
  • Don't: Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Dane County West.
  • Don't: Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, computers, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service person.
  • Don't: Consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Don't: Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock. 
  • Don't: Send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor. 

SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

24-Hour Emergency Service. Independently owned and operated.

Hidden Water Damage

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hidden Water Damage hidden water damage #SERVPROdanecountywest #608-497-3331

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® 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. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO® Dane County West will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by your local SERVPRO® Dane County West. 

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® Dane County West to monitor the drying process. 

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® Dane County West can calculate and create an environment most conclusive 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 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. 

The bottom line? Your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals have the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Dane County West is proud to serve our local communities. #608-497-3331 

Puffbacks - A Messy Furnace Malfunction

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Puffbacks - A Messy Furnace Malfunction A puffback is a messy furnace malfunction. SERVPRO of Dane County West can help make it, "Like it never even happened." #608-497-3331

A puffback 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 puffback can leak soot particles more gradually.

Puffback 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 is usually the main problem. 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 duct work provides a path through the house, even into closets.

Cleaning up the mess is not a job for the amateur, but rather a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Dane County West.

We use special techniques and materials. For example, attempts to wash soot off a flat-painted wall or ceiling usually leave greasy smears. At SERVPRO of Dane County, we use water-less rubber sponges that work like an eraser and absorb the soot without spreading it.

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 puffback "Like it never even happened." 

SERVPRO of Dane County West

#608-497-3331

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

SERVPRO Understands The Trauma of Fire Disasters

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Understands The Trauma of Fire Disasters SERVPRO of Dane County West Understands the Trauma of Fire Disasters. 24 Hour Fire & Water Emergency Services. #608-497-3331

A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. 

So after the first first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals help you restore it. 

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible. 

With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the property, but the customer's peace of mind, as well. 

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

#608-497-3331

24 Hour Emergency Service 

Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of West Dane County

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage? Call SERVPRO of West Dane County Have storm or flood damage? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West 24/7/365 for Help #608-497-3331

SERVPRO of Dane County West specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Madison, Middleton, Fitchburg, Verona, Oregon, Mt. Horeb, Cross Plains, Belleville, Black Earth, Mazomanie and surrounding areas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

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

Understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup. 

There are three types of water.

  1. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean. The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.
  2. Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous.
  3. Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more. Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster. Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

When you have a water damage, don't leave your property to chance. Call your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals. Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive:

DAMAGE FROM CLEAN WATER

Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so. 
Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist. 
Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items. 
Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying. 
Move any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place. 
Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining. 
Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner. 
Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water. 

DAMAGE FROM CONTAMINATED WATER

Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items. 
Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas. 
Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air. 
Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminants. 
Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

SERVPRO of Dane County West 

#608-497-3331

Got Mold?

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

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

MOLD

From the Ordinary

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

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

To The Unhealthy

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

Help Is Here

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

Drying Chambers Speeds Drying and Lessens Cost

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Drying Chambers Speeds Drying and Lessens Cost drying chambers speeds drying and lessens cost

By using a simple containment system as seen n this commercial property, we can decrease the size of the area we are drying.  This speeds drying and lessens costs to our clients and customers.  In this case we had a saturated floor in one area of a large showroom. By using containment we focused the drying to only the affected areas instead of drying the whole showroom.

SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals establish environments favorable for drying. We do this by manipulating temperature and humidity levels with the aide of state of the art monitoring equipment to produce optimum drying conditions.

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.

SERVPRO of Dane County West
#608-497-3331
24-Hour Emergency Service.

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

Restoration Versus Replacement Saves Money

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration Versus Replacement Saves Money Floor mat system #spdcw #SERVPROdanecountywest #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #SERVPROdcw #SERVPROdaneco

Mitigation requires quick action. The faster a SERVPRO® of Dane County West Professional arrives on-site to perform floor drying, the better the results – including lower claim costs. Lower Recovery Costs – The SERVPRO® System Helps Save Money Emergency Mitigation Services help minimize additional property damages. 

SERVPRO® of Dane County West Professionals use specialized test equipment to determine hidden water. Restoration versus replacement of contents and property saves money. By using advanced drying techniques like these floor drying mats SERVPRO® of Dane County West Professionals monitor and ensure your property is properly dried.  SERVPRO of Dane County West is proud to serve west Dane County. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals have the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Dane County West - #608-497-3331
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Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration When fire damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Dane County West helps you take it back. www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com #608-497-3331

Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration

Your home or commercial facility contains many of your most valuable possessions. SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals understand the trauma that follows a 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 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 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.  

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

SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

24-Hour Emergency Service.  Independently owned and operated.

Have Storm or Flood Damage in West Dane County? - Call SERVPRO of Dane County West to Help

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Have Storm or Flood Damage in West Dane County? - Call SERVPRO of Dane County West to Help When storms hit west Dane County, SERVPRO of Dane County West can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. #608-497-3331

SERVPRO of Dane County West specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Madison, Middleton, Fitchburg, Verona, Oregon, Mt. Horeb, Cross Plains, Belleville, Black Earth, Mazomanie and surrounding areas, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

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

Faster to Any Disaster

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

General Faster to Any Disaster One, Four, Eight - SERVPRO® of Dane County West has the equipment and personnel.

Service Response Guidelines

  • Within one hour from notice of loss, a SERVPRO® of Dane County West Professional will contact you to arrange for service. 
  • Within four hours of loss notification, a SERVPRO® of Dane County West Professional will be on-site to start mitigation services (if necessary).
  • Within eight business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to you by a SERVPRO® of Dane County West Professional.
 

About SERVPRO of Dane County West

SERVPRO of Dane County West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.


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SERVPRO Professionals make fire and water damage "Like it never even happened."

5/30/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Professionals make fire and water damage "Like it never even happened." Professional Uniformed Technicians

Professional Uniformed Technicians from SERVPRO® of Dane County West offer a variety of services, such as smoke and soot removal, restoration, water removal and dehumidification to help restore your customers’ homes to preloss condition when possible. Proper remediation of fire, smoke, soot and water damage can help prevent further damage such as lingering odors, mold growth and permanent discoloration of items. 

About SERVPRO of Dane County West


SERVPRO of Dane County West specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Call the cleanup team that is faster to any size disaster. There is no disaster hat hits home quite like a disaster to your property, home or business. When you have suffered a fire, water, or mold damage, you don't have time to waste searching for a company to fix your property. When disaster strikes, depend on SERVPRO of Dane County West. #608-497-3331

Is Your Property Winter Ready?

12/1/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Is Your Property Winter Ready? #SERVPROdanecountywest #stormdamage #waterrestoration #watermitigation #floodedbasement #rebuild #restoration #waterextraction #frozenpipe

Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain, freezing temperatures, damaging winds, sleet or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. While you cannot control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared and help take the sting out of winter weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder 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. Gutter downspouts should be directed 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 ?ood 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 simply 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 around the pipes. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space. Once the 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 Pro?le (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.

Build An Emergency Supply Kit

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

Community Build An Emergency Supply Kit When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. SERVPRO of Dane County West. #608-497-3331 #24houremergencyservice

If disaster strikes, will you be ready? It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs; one way to do that is by building a basic emergency kit.  The following items are recommended for your kit.

  • Water, one gallon per person per day
  • Food, non-perishable 3-day supply
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary
  • Cash
  • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information
  • local maps
  • Hygiene items
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property. Contact SERVPRO of Dane County West to learn more and be "Ready for whatever happens!"

    SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

    Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

    24-Hour Emergency Service.  Independently owned and operated. 

    www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

    Spring Flood Tips

    4/27/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Spring Flood Tips Call SERVPRO Dane County West asap when water creeps into your dwelling. #608.497.3331 Madison, WI, Middleton, Verona, Mount Horeb, Oregon,

    Spring snowmelt often leads to flooding conditions in Wisconsin. This year’s snowfall could make the spring thaw very wet. The following tips will help reduce the impact spring floods have on you and your property.

    Advance Preparation

    Prepare in advance with a SERVPRO® Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP). Our convenient mobile app stores all your utility and emergency response information in one place, so you can access this information from your smartphone or computer.

    Watch for Pooling Water 

    Look for places around your property where water pools and channel it away from buildings. Make sure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris so they can direct water as intended.

    Maintain Sump Pump 

    If you have a sump pump, check to be sure it is operational before water starts rising. Consider a back-up generator to ensure your pump works when you need it most. Contact your insurance agent to add coverage in case your sump pump fails. 

    Raise Storage Goods 

    Use shelving and/or pallets to keep storage items off the floor to reduce the impact of small floods. In many situations, raising boxes just a few inches will be enough to keep storage goods above the water line. 

    Cut Power if Necessary 

    As rising water approaches the level of electrical outlets, you risk having a live current flow through all the water. Cut the power if you can safely do so without standing in water. Otherwise, evacuate and contact an electrician to cut the power before you go back in for recovery.

    Keep Storm Drains Clear

    If you see water pooling around a storm drain, the drain may be clogged with debris. Clearing the debris will help keep the water flowing away from your neighborhood.

    Consider Flood Insurance 

    Homeowners insurance will not cover floods; you must purchase a separate policy for flood protection. When all else fails, flood insurance will provide you the means to respond to a catastrophic flooding event.

    Be Aware on the Road 

    Be careful when driving during spring storms, especially when you hear flash flood warnings. Never drive into fully submerged roadway. The water surface will be at the same level as the pavement you can see. This view can deceive you into thinking the water is shallow because you cannot see how the road dips under the surface. 

    Act Fast 

    When a flood happens, you need to act fast to dry out any wet items, particularly structural materials like walls and flooring. Call SERVPRO® of Dane County West at 608-497-3331 to extract water and mitigate any mold growth. Our franchise professionals have the training and experience to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” 

    Frozen Pipes can Burst

    2/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Frozen Pipes can Burst Frozen Pipes - Faster to Any Size Disaster - SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

    A frozen pipe can burst at the point where the ice blockage inside the pipe is located, but typically the rupture is caused by the backflow pressure between the water source and the blockage.  A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly.  SERVPRO of Dane County West is faster to any size disaster, bringing the latest equipment and training to help make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

    SERVPRO of Dane County West 

    #608-497-3331

    24-Hour Emergency Service.  Independently owned and operated.

    www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

    Ice Dams

    2/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Ice Dams Ice Dams - Faster to Any Size Disaster - SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

    Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season.  They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into water dammed behind still-frozen ice.  When the trapped water cannot safely flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof's shingles and into the structure's interior areas.  SERVPRO of Dane County West can help mitigate water damage caused by ice dams and help you get your structure back to preloss condition. 

    SERVPRO of Dane County West

    #608-497-3331

    www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

    'Tis the season for safety!

    12/16/2015 (Permalink)

    Fire Damage 'Tis the season for safety! Think of your families safety this season.

    Stay warm and stay safe this winter! 

    If you are planning on using a fireplace, take a quick look at some tips we've put together.

    • Burn only dry split firewood. Avoid chemically treated wood.
    • Install a chimney cap.
    • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
    • Close damper when fireplace is not in use. 
    • Schedule a yearly fireplace and chimney inspection.

    #‎SERVPROdanecountywest #‎fireandwater #‎24houremergencyservice

     www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

    Detection Equipment - Locating Areas Affected by Water

    11/16/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Detection Equipment - Locating Areas Affected by Water When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. SERVPRO of Dane County West. #608-497-3331 #waterrestoration #waterdamagerest

    Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure affected by water 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.
    • Thermohygrometers 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. 

    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.

    SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

    24-Hour Emergency Service.  

    www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

    Deodorization Equipment

    11/16/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Deodorization Equipment When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. SERVPRO of Dane County West. #608-497-3331 #cleanup #restoration

    SERVPRO of Dane County West understands that using professional equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. The right tool for the right job is vital to timely mitigation and restoration. 

    Deodorization Equipment:

  • Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to apply fungicides and disinfectants.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas.  The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles. 
  • SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained, uniformed personnel. 

    SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

    www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

    24-Hour Emergency Service.  Independently owned and operated. 

    Do's and Don't after vandalism damage

    11/13/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Do's and Don't after vandalism damage When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. SERVPRO of Dane County West. #608-497-3331 #waterrestoration #waterdamagerest

    What to do until help arrives:

    Do:

  • Do: Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • Do: Vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
  • Do: Save containers which reveal the ingredients of spilled ink, cosmetics and paints.
  • Don't: 

  • Don't: Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains.
  • Don't: Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
  • Don't: Discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces from porcelain, furniture or art objects. 
  • Help is on the way!

    Call SERVPRO of Dane County West - Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration. #608-497-3331 www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

    Putting You Back in Control

    11/11/2015 (Permalink)

    General Putting You Back in Control When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. - SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

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

    Whenever SERVPRO of Dane County West steps onto a job site, it’s about total restoration of the damage and about the life of the customer being helped.  

    When fire or water damage puts the things that matter the most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well.  That's why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO is so important.  Just go to www.SERVPROdanecountwest.com on your mobile phone or call #608-407-3331 to get the team that's faster than any size disaster.  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; Your trusted, local SERVPRO Franchise Professional. 

    Like it was never dirty, like it was 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."

    Testimonials From Our Customers

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

    Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

    11/11/2015 (Permalink)

    General Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather - SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331
    • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells.  This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
    • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
    • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets.  Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to off. 
    • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off. 
    • Ensure gutters are clean and secure.  Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage. 
    • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks. 

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    #608-497-3331

    www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

    Flu Season

    11/11/2015 (Permalink)

    Cleaning Flu Season Prevent the spread of germs - SERVPRO of Dane County West uses professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants.

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

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    #608-497-3331

    www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com

    Saving Hardwood After Water Damage

    3/17/2015 (Permalink)

    Water Damage Saving Hardwood After Water Damage Floor drying system in use. When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. SERVPRO of Dane County West #608-497-3331

    At SERVPRO of Dane County West we utilize the latest in drying technologies to restore damaged materials instead of replacing.  This saves everyone time and money.  One great example of this is the floor drying system we use to save hardwood floors after a water loss.  The attached photo is from a home in Madison, WI that had a water loss from a second floor sink overflow.  We were able to save their hardwood floors using our floor drying system.  Needless to say the customers were very happy they didn't need to spend thousands of dollars to replace their floors! 

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