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Do's & Don't after water damage from contaminated water & harmful waste

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Do's & Don't after water damage from contaminated water & harmful waste If you have water damage from storm damage, flooding, broken pipes or toilet and bathroom faucet overflows, here are some useful tips.

Do's & Don't after water damage from contaminated water & harmful waste 

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

If you have water damage from storm damage, flooding, or sewage overflow, here are some useful tips. 

What to do until help arrives:

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!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (608) 497-3331

Water Damage Process - SERVPRO of Dane County West

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. 

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.”

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 

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

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.

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!

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

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

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.

http://www.SERVPROdanecountywest.com/storm-flooding-restoration

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.

#SERVPROdanecountywest #SERVPROdcw #spdcw #SERVPROdaneco #24houremergencyservice #restoration #firedamage #cleanup #waterdamage #mold #rebuild #servepro

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.

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

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

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

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

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.