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A Safety Plan like the Three Ps Can Help Prevent Home Fires

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

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A Safety Plan like the Three Ps Can Help Prevent Home Fires

The best way to protect your family's safety from a home fire is to teach all family members about fire prevention. The three Ps of protection is a plan provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the U.S. Fire Administration.

The three Ps of fire prevention are:

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

Prepare Your Home

There are several situations common to any home or business that could lead to fire damage,

  • Overloaded electrical outlets.
  • Old and damaged wiring.
  • Old appliances.
  • Unattended lit candles.
  • Clutter near a hot stove.

Prepare, Practice, and Prevent the above situations to eliminate the possibility of unwanted and unexpected fire. Involve your children, and the whole will family is safer.

Practice Fire Escape Plans

Establish a fire escape plan for your entire family, then run drills regularly. These drills should include:

  • What to do if the primary escape route is blocked. During these drills, watch out for things such as clutter in the hall.
  • Taking time to practice that if a doorknob is too hot to touch, it is not safe to open the door.
  • Talking about the dangers of inhaling smoke while exiting.

Prevent Fire Injuries

This part of the family plan should include:

  • Discussions with children about not playing with matches or lighters but telling an adult about them.
  • Teaching your family the Stop, Drop, Roll technique in the event their clothing is on fire.
  • Talking about never going back into a building that's on fire.


There are many resources available for your safety practices and fire prevention habits. SERVPRO of Dane County West understands that fire and smoke damage can be devastating to not only a business or home's structure but the property owner especially. We are an IICRC fire remediation certified firm and are here to help.

Consistently review the three Ps of fire safety to protect your family from harm.

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

24-Hour Emergency Service.  Independently owned and operated. We work with your insurance.
For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. Call for details.

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

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

What You Can Do Until Help Arrives:

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

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

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (608) 497-3331

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Fire Safety First Before the Feast

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast. Unfortunately, if you do not practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could quickly become hazardous in a blink of an eye. According to the NFPA, cooking is the primary cause of home fires and injuries, with the Thanksgiving holiday being the peak day for cooking-related fire emergencies. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended—stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. 
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while kitchen equipment is in use. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep small children away from the cooking area. Enforce a "kid-free zone" and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove and oven.
  • Keep anything flammable like potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels away from the stove, oven, or other appliances in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces frequently to prevent grease build-up.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen year-round. Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of ?re extinguishers if you are unsure.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving home to make sure all kitchen appliances like stoves, ovens, and toasters are turned off
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen and on each level of the home. Especially near sleeping areas, and inside and outside of bedrooms. Use the test button to check it is working correctly every month. Replace the batteries at least once a year.

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

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

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Holiday Cooking Disasters

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

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Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As the holiday season begins and you find yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family, fire precautions should be top of mind.

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

After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let your SERVPRO of Dane County West professionals help you restore it to its preloss condition. Combining rapid response, the utmost professionalism, and open communication throughout the entire job process, we strive to restore not only the home or business structure but the customer’s peace of mind as well.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following eye-opening statistics on structure fires.

  • 482,030 structure ?res were reported in the United States in 2018.

  • These ?res caused $9.9 billion in property damages.

  • One structure fire was reported every 48 seconds.

If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes your business or home, give the experts at SERVPRO of Dane County West a call. We will help make it “Like it never even happened.”

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

The Behavior of Smoke and Soot Residue After a Fire

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

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The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke—wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

SERVPRO of Dane County West professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO professionals will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and its contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows your local SERVPRO of Dane County West professionals to focus on saving your precious items.

Your local SERVPRO of Dane County West professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following points are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to colder areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may significantly affect the restoration process.

 TYPES OF SMOKE

  • Wet Smoke. (Plastic and Rubber) Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, and smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.
  • Dry Smoke. (Paper and Wood) Fast-burning, high temperatures; heat rises, therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue. (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot. (Furnace puff backs) While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO of Dane County West professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.
  • Other Types. (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care.

SERVPRO of Dane County West professionals are trained to handle even the toughest of losses. If your home or business suffers ?re or smoke damage, contact SERVPRO of Dane County West to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire, Soot, or Smoke Damage? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West - #608-497-3331.

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Five Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

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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." 

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Fire Damage - What to Do Until Help Arrrives

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage - What to Do Until Help Arrrives

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. 

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

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Keep Fall Fire Free

10/19/2019 (Permalink)

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 ?owers 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 a flame.

  • It is safest to use a ?ashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

Should you experience fire, water, smoke or soot damage, we’re fire and water damage specialists

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

  • Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

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Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

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

Contents Cleaning:

  • All of the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized.  This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery.
  • SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals begin by carefully inspecting and testing all fabrics in the structure to determine which cleaning methods are most appropriate.
  • SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals can provide wet or dry cleaning services.  Additionally, all the other restorable contents will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition.  This includes electronics, art, wood furniture, kitchen items, clothing, bedding, bric-a-brac and much more.  Finally, SERVPRO of Dane County West can provide an inventory list of all "to be claimed" items if requested. 

Deodorization: 

  • SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals provide specialized services that rid your home or place of business of offensive odors left by fire or smoke damage.  SERVPRO of Dane County West Professionals do not merely cover lingering odors with a fragrance, they seek out the sources of odor and remove them.  

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

Fire Damage Restoration Process

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

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

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The Three Ps of Family Fire Safety

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

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A Safety Plan like the Three Ps can help prevent home fires

The best way to protect your family’s safety from a home fire is to teach all family members about fire prevention. The three Ps of safety is a plan provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the U.S. Fire Administration.

The three Ps of fire prevention are:

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

Prepare Your Home

There are several situations common to any home that could lead to fire damage,

  • overloaded electrical outlets
  • old and damaged wiring
  • old appliances.
  • unattended lit candles
  • clutter near a hot stove

Prepare, Practice and Prevent the above situations to eliminate the possibility of unwanted and unexpected fire. Involve your children and the whole will family be safer.

Practice Fire Escape Plans

Establish a fire escape plan and for your entire family, then run drills regularly. These drills should include:

  • what to do if the primary escape route is blocked. During these drills, watch out for things such as clutter in the hall
  • taking time to practice that if a doorknob is too hot to touch it is not safe to open the door.
  • discussing the importance of remaining low to the ground so you don't inhale smoke while exiting

Prevent Fire Injuries

This part of the family plan should include:

  • discussions with children about not playing with matches or lighters but telling an adult about them
  • teaching your family the Stop, Drop, Roll technique in the event their clothing is on fire
  • talking about never going back into a building that's on fire


There are many resources available for your safety practices and fire prevention habits. SERVPRO of Dane County West understands that fire and smoke damage can be devastating to not only a business or home’s structure but to the property owner especially. We are a IICRC fire remediation certified firm and are here to help

Consistently review the three Ps of fire safety to protect your family from harm.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West (608) 497-3331

24-Hour Emergency Service.  Independently owned and operated.

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We Understand the Trauma of Fire Damage

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

We Understand the Trauma of Fire Damage. Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West (608) 497-3331

Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration

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

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

Structural Cleaning:

  • After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO of Dane County West will pretest to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure.  Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Dane County West may 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.  
  • As seen in this video, we use thermal fogging for odor control. Thermal Fogging used for smoke and ash deodorization

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Dane County West (608) 497-3331

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Dry Ice Cleaning is a "Green" Process used for Fire Damage Restoration

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

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Dry Ice Cleaning/Blasting is a "Green" Process used for Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Dane County West uses Dry Ice Blasting to clean up the soot damage from this 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, non-conductive 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.

Video: Dry Ice Blasting Used for Fire and Soot Damage Cleanup 

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO of Dane County 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

SERVPRO Fire Damage Brocure - When fire and water take control of your life, we help take it back.

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The Right Equipment - Fire Damage Restoration

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

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)

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."

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (608) 497-3331

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

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

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

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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.

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Water, Flood, Fire or Mold Damage?
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When a fire loss, like a puffback, takes control of your life, we help you take it back.

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

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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.

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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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Protein Fire Mitigation in Monroe, WI

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

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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Fire Damage Cleanup using Dry Ice Blasting

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

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.

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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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LIGHT THE NIGHT SAFELY

12/14/2017 (Permalink)

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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!

Kitchen Cautions

10/26/2017 (Permalink)

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

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

Keep Fall Fire-Free

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

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.

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Puffbacks - A Messy Furnace Malfunction

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

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

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SERVPRO Understands The Trauma of Fire Disasters

9/12/2017 (Permalink)

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."

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'Tis the season for safety!

12/16/2015 (Permalink)

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.

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