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How to protect your property before a flood

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Flash Flood Warning-- that alert that a lot of us dread. Why you may ask? Flooding of your home. By calling SERVPRO at 608-221-1818, we can help- Like it never even happened.

How to Protect Your Property:

  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and oter valuables in a safe-deposit box. Keep them in a place where it's least likely to be damaged by a flood.
  • Raise your furnace, water heather, and electric panel to higher floors if there are areas in your home that are capable of being flooded. 
  • Install check valves in building sewer traps top prevent flood water from backing up into drains of your home. 
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing elements to avoid leakage through cracks. 

#likeitneverhappend #SERVPROofMadison #waterdamage

Safely Enjoying your Summer

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

There are many great things that come along with the great thrill of summer like swimming, many outdoor activities, but most importantly cook outs and campfires. Using the grill and campfires are huge instigators for house fires. Here are some safety tips on preventing this...

Grilling Safety Tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outside.
  • The grill should be placed several feet away from the home, deck railings and out from under leaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep caution of children and pets around the grilling area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill's lid is open before lighting it.

For charcoal grills...

  • There are many ways to get charcoal ready for use. Chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If using starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Campfire Safety tips:

  • You should keep your fire 8 to 10 feet away from anything such as your house, chairs, food, etc.
  • Have water nearby. Controlling a fire can be just as important as putting it out.
  • Safety proof your pit:
  1. Clear all debris from around the pit like garbage and grass. A 5-foot perimeter of soil around the campfire space is recommended.
  2. If there isn't a metal ring, circle the pit with rocks or stones. It will help keep the fire in it's borders.

SERVPRO hopes everyone has a great summer! Remember to call SERVPRO at 608-221-1818 if an accident happens.

#Likeitneverevenhappened #SERVPROofMadison #firesafety

Long Term Water Leak Causes Mold

8/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Long Term Water Leak Causes Mold Mold discovered in wall of Dane County home

This Dane county resident noticed a water leak behind her washer.  The leak had gone unnoticed for some time and effected the wall of the kitchen that is adjacent to the laundry room.  When SERVPRO did the initial assessment, they discovered some substantial mold growth affecting both walls.  

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

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

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call SERVPRO of Madison Today – (608) 221-1818

#fastertoanysizedisaster #moldremediation #proudtoserveourlocalcommunities #likeitneverhappened 

Attic Fire Caused by Lightning Strike

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Attic Fire Caused by Lightning Strike Hole on roof caused by lightning strike

This Beaver Dam home started on fire when a lightning bolt struck the peak of the house.  Firefighters extinguished the fire and SERVPRO was called to do the fire and water mitigation on the home and contents.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (608) 221-1818

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.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Fire in Monona Home

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire in Monona Home Fire started in the laundry of this Monona home

A fire started in the laundry room of this Monona home.  After the fire department put out the fire, SERVPRO was called in for the mitigation on the home and cleaning of this family's contents.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Madison North & East specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use 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.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (608) 221-1818

Flooded basement in Dane County home

7/26/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Flooded basement in Dane County home Commercial fans and dehumidifiers are positioned in basement

This basement became flooded when water seeped in after several days of heavy rain.  The customer unfortunately was unable to pin point how the water came in.  SERVPRO of Madison was called in to do the mitigation.  

In this picture, our professionals positioned our commercial fans and dehumidifiers throughout the basement for best air flow.

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!

SERVPRO of Madison North & East is locally owned and operated—so we are part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today – (608) 221-1818

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

f you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

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

What Not to Do:

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

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of MADISON specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (608-221-1818)

Madison Commercial Property Suffers Water Damage

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

This Madison commercial property suffered water damage after severe storms hit the Madison area causing flooding in Dane County and it's surrounding areas .  As you can see in the picture, the water seeped in on the first floor and began to flow down the wall into the basement.  SERVPRO of Madison was called to do the mitigation.

Water Damage Repair and Restoration

Have Water or Flood Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Madison Today – (608) 221-1818

#fastertoanysizedisaster #SERVPROofmadison #waterrestoration 

Proudly serving our local counties: Dane, Columbia, Sauk, Richland, Iowa, Grant and Vernon.

Leaky roof causes water damage in commercial property

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Leaky roof causes water damage in commercial property Roof leak causes water damage

A leaky roof caused water damage in this commercial property in Watertown, Wi. During a storm, water came in from under the roof, damaging ceiling tiles and flooding the carpet.

SERVPRO of Madison was called to do the mitigation.  Within 3 days, this business was back to normal "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Restoration Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

If your business suffers a major loss, call (608) 221-1818.

Protecting your Property

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Flash Flood Warning-- that alert that a lot of us dread. Why you may ask? Flooding of your home. By calling SERVPRO of Madison at 608-221-1818, we can help- "Like it never even happened."

How to Protect Your Property:

  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. Keep them in a place where it's least likely to be damaged by a flood.
  • Raise your furnace, water heather, and electric panel to higher floors if there are areas in your home that are capable of being flooded. 
  • Install check valves in building sewer traps top prevent flood water from backing up into drains of your home. 
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing elements to avoid leakage through cracks. 

#likeitneverevenhappened #SERVPROofMadison #waterdamage

Proudly serving our local counties: Dane, Columbia, Sauk, Richland, Iowa, Grant and Vernon.