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When Storms Damage Your Home or Business, SERVPRO is Ready!

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms Damage Your Home or Business, SERVPRO is Ready! Our Highly Trained Crews Are Ready To Respond 24/7 To Storm Or Flood Damage In The Adams, Crawford, Vernon, Monroe, and Juneau Counties.

SERVPRO specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are 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 our local area, we can quickly react and scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We have access to additional equipment and personnel from a network of 1,750 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 608.487.9758

Recently Suffer From Flooding After A Storm...? Now What?!?!

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Recently Suffer From Flooding After A Storm...?  Now What?!?! Warehouse flooding damage that was quickly mitigated.

The following recommendations can help property owners to get repairs completed quickly:

• Hire a Qualified Contractor

The contractor will evaluate damage to the property. This is important since some damage may not be immediately obvious to the untrained eye. The contractor may then inform the insurance adjuster as to the damages that should be covered under the property owner's policy. It is important to get started on loss mitigation efforts as soon as possible after the damage has occurred. The property owner should not wait on their insurance company to act as damage may worsen significantly in a short period. Instead, they should hire a reputable contractor to get started on the work.

It is important to note that unqualified contractors may try to get business by canvassing communities after a destructive storm. Property owners should be on the lookout for scammers and avoid hiring people without examining their credentials. The chosen contractor should be fully licensed and qualified. The property owner should ask to see their credentials and references. It is possible to verify licensing online. The contractor should be willing to provide a written contract that includes start and end times for the work as well as a warranty.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Summer Storms Can Cause Flooding

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Summer Storms Can Cause Flooding Local business has some flooding issues.

Here in our area, torrential rains can often cause flooding especially in the spring and summer times. When floods damage your  home or business, give your locally owned and operated SERVPRO the opportunity to help you throughout the cleanup and restoration process. Our team has the training, expertise, and tools necessary to help you recover quickly from a flood. Cleaning up after a flood requires patience and persistence, and is often an overwhelming task for homeowners and business owners. However, if you decide to do the cleanup yourself, here are our best 7 tips for cleaning up after a flood:

1.      Wear Protective Clothing.  Floodwaters carry potentially hazardous chemicals, bacteria, debris, and even wildlife. It is imperative that anyone starting the cleanup process wears steel-shank and toed boots, mid-arm rubber gloves, eye protection, and heavy clothing.

2.      Use Proper Equipment. As soon as it is safe to go back into your home or business, extract the standing water with a wet/dry vacuum. Using fans and portable dehumidifiers throughout will also help to speed up the process. If electricity has been cut to your home, use a generator and extension cords designed for outdoor use.

3.      Remove Furniture. If possible, place water damaged furniture  outdoors to dry, preferably out of direct sunlight.

4.      Remove Carpet. Carpet that has been saturated by floodwaters will need to be thrown out. Cut into narrow strips, roll, and dispose of properly. Be mindful that carpet and padding will be extremely heavy when waterlogged. Rent a dumpster to aid in the disposal.

5.      Scrub Hard Surfaces. Use a combination of soap and hot water and then a sanitizing mixture of bleach and water to scrub all of the hard surfaces including floors, walls, counter tops, and others items to kill the potentially dangerous bacteria carried by the water. Purchase a large supply of buckets, sponges, stiff scrub brushes, and paper towels.

6.      Apply Mold Inhibitors. In our area, mold starts to develop within 48 hours of  water damage. Once the water has been extracted, the drywall, insulation, and carpeting have been removed, and all surfaces have been disinfected and dried, apply a commercially available mold inhibitor.  This step will help prevent the need for mold remediation in the future.

7.      Research Restoration Tips.  When water damages personal items like photos, antiques, clothing, or fine art, it can be tempting to throw them in the dumpster with the other damaged items. However, there is a chance that with proper restoration, these items can be salvaged. It is important to use the techniques and processes professional emergency flood restoration teams utilize.

Severe weather is common in our area, and SERVPRO ensures that all of our team members have the training and the equipment necessary to restore properties to their pre-flood condition. We are honored to be a preferred service provider for many national insurance companies, allowing us to coordinate directly with them, saving you time and frustration. Call on us whenever disaster strikes; we serve our community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Counties is Faster to Any Size Disaster, helping residential and commercial property owners when natural disasters, water damage, sewage backups, floods, fires, mold infestations, and other events happen. 

...Are You Ready for Whatever Happens?

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage ...Are You Ready for Whatever Happens? Our area suffered after being hit hard by local storms during the Summer of 2017

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home.  Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees.  Some post-damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a plan to deal with the damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately following the storm.  

Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, & So. Juneau Counties  to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe to use. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.

Photograph the Damage

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

Your Restoration Company

  • Whether it is a business or residence, the restoration company will come to your property and their trained experts will do a thorough examination of the interior and exterior of your building. This will help them discover the level of the damage. In many cases, the restoration company will discuss the renovation plans with you and your insurance adjuster.
  • When everything is agreed upon, the work begins. Depending on what type of damage is present, this will determine the type of equipment the professional will use. In the case of flooding, they will use specialized pumps and vacuums to remove water from the affected areas.
  • Generators will be brought in to operate their dehumidifiers and air movers so mold and mildew do not have a change to make matters worse. Using customized cleaners, the specialist will then disinfect hard surfaces and shampoo salvageable carpets as well as apply deodorant to combat any odors.    

IF SERVPRO of Adams, Craawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, & So. Juneau Counties is contacted in time, they will be able to rescue your home from greater structural issues.  Letyour #WeAreLocal GREEN team be your expert storm response team.

Not All Bad Reviews are Necessarily True

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

General Not All Bad Reviews are Necessarily True You can find us on Facebook, Yelp, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

So, as a company, we rely on reviews from our customers, good and bad.  Reviews are like our report cards.  We don't know what to change or how to improve ourselves or our services , if we don't know that we did indeed do something wrong or unprofessional.  

After every job, we ask for a Certificate of Satisfaction.  We want to know how we performed our services.  We pride ourselves on our work.  Sometimes, though, there comes a time when someone is just not happy with us.  Ultimately, we reach out to them and try to correct or fix what went wrong to the best of our capabilities.  We stand behind our work 100%.

Mold Infestation

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Infestation Vandalized home gets help.

A family left to go on vacation over the 4th of July Holiday.  Soon after they flew out, their home was vandalized! Intruders left with their arms full of the family's content.  To make matters worse, they thought it would be funny to leave a "calling card"  like in the movie "Home Alone" and left the faucet running in the kitchen.  The water ran for an undisclosed amount of time, when a neighbor was out in the yard and happen to hear it.

Damage to the home included a flooded kitchen and basement. July happens to be very hot and humid sometimes, which added to the homeowners distress.  The result was extensive mold throughout the entire basement and behind the walls of the kitchen cabinets.  

SERVPRO was called in to:

1) Mitigate

2) Re mediate and

3) Rebuild this home to make it

        "Like it never even happened."

Once the Fire is Out-Who do You Call?

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Once the Fire is Out-Who do You Call? A fire can be devastating to everyone and everything in the home.

Although a fire itself does a significant amount of fire and smoke damage to items touched by flames - smoke, soot residues and water damage or flooding from the fire department will affect other parts of your home. It is important to take all necessary precautions before entering your home after experiencing fire damage.

Besides natural hazards that may exist, entering your house can be 1) unsafe and 2) lead to secondary damages as movement or foot traffic can make some of your personal items unsalvageable. Protect your investment wisely and hire an established restoration contractor like SERVPRO to help get you back on your feet after fire or smoke damage has affected your home.

SERVPRO has 24-hour emergency services available 365-days a year, including holidays. Our technicians have received the necessary IICRC certifications and follow all municipal and OSHA safety guidelines to perform fire damage restoration on your property.

Insurance companies choose SERVPRO  because we offer full-service to our clients. We manage your entire restoration project, providing customers with a detailed scope of work and schedule through each phase of the project while answering any questions you may have throughout the fire restoration process. 

Having a company like SERVPRO on your side after a fire or water damage to your property can make a major difference in not only protecting the value of your investment but ensuring you have the best experience possible in dealing with a fire or water damage.

SERVPRO is a full service disaster restoration contractor serving the Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Counties Area. SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster providing 24 hour emergency service with direct insurance billing. Call us 608.487.9758.

Untreated Fire and Smoke

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Untreated Fire and Smoke Fire damage that did not get cleaned up right away.

Fire and smoke damage can wreak havoc to your personal property and structures. A quick reaction can help you minimize the impact of the destruction as some of your household goods can be cleaned and salvaged if treated immediately. You should, therefore, hasten the process of hiring a professional to help you manage the damage in a correct manner. Conversely, if left untreated, smoke and fire damage can be more devastating in the following ways:

The restoration cost increases

When the treatment process is extended, the damages begin to get worse and more difficult to deal with. If smoke goes untreated for long, the odors become more persistent and more difficult to neutralize. These challenges make the treatment process harder and more time consuming and ultimately more expensive.

Extensive damage

Smoke and ash can mix with water to produce a very corrosive element. If not cleaned quickly, this corrosive substance begins to slowly corrode away walls, floors, ceilings and any other surfaces in your home. Cleaning up quickly with soap and water is not enough. The substance requires proper cleaning with appropriate chemicals to remove it completely in order to contain the damages.

Soot deposits

Neutralizing of soot residual and deposits is an effective first clean up step. If left for long, soot can easily travel and penetrate into other rooms that weren't affected by the fire, staining the wall paint, carpet, furniture, drapes, clothing and any other household items.

Permanent damage

Your property can suffer permanent damage if not treated in a timely manner. Damage begins to set in within hours and prolonged exposure may cause permanent harm to your walls which turns yellow, metal surfaces begins to corrode, clothes stain permanently and wooden furniture which may need refinishing. It also damages the floor which may need replacement.

Following a fire, it is necessary to seek smoke treatment immediately to save yourself from the effects of prolonged exposure to smoke and to make it easier for you to restore your home. In case you suspect some smoke damage in your residence and need smoke cleanup, water damage cleanup or storm damage repair contact your #wearelocal GREEN team, SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Counties.

Have You Checked Your Fire Extinguisher Lately?

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Have You Checked Your Fire Extinguisher Lately? A kitchen fire.

Fire extinguishers last between five and 15 years but they all ultimately expire and become ineffective, no matter what fire-fighting substance they contain. Household fire extinguishers—which are typically filled with dry chemicals (carbon dioxide or halon)—lose their charge over time. Those with compressed gas can leak contents slowly as their seals weaken, while those with ammonium phosphate will solidify over the years, rendering the entire device unusable.

Read on to get a handle on the age and effectiveness of your fire extinguisher, plus tips on how to extend its life, get it serviced, and dispose of it correctly if necessary.

Store a fire extinguisher in a clean, indoor location can help extend its life. Exposure to sun, UV radiation, wind, or rain can cause corrosion, rust, and deterioration. If the canister is dented or bruised, or if the tamper seal and pin are missing, there’s a possibility that it might explode unprompted. Examine the entire unit and if it’s not in good shape, properly dispose of it without delay.

Ready for Spring Showers?

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ready for Spring Showers? SERVPRO's Floor Drying System is a specialty system used to aide in the drying process of wood floors.

Causes of Water Damage

There are many causes of water damage. Leaky dishwashers, clogged toilets, broken pipes, broken dishwasher hoses, overflowing washing machines, leaky roofs, plumbing leaks, and foundation cracks are just some of the possible causes of water damage in homes and businesses. Natural causes also can cause water damage floods, heavy snow, and heavy rain are other possible causes of this type of damage and can lead to having water in basements.

We understand...

SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Countiesunderstands every water damage situation 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” water damage emergency.

Moisture promotes the growth of mold and other organisms, increasing the risk for serious health problems. Mold exposure may aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms, especially in children and people with compromised immune systems. Exposure may also increase the risk for respiratory diseases and other medical problems. Cleaning up immediately can help mitigate the health effects of water damage on everyone in a home or commercial space.

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