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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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.
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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Water-Damaged Papers and Books?
Document drying at SERVPRO is one of four located in the country.
SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Counties offers Vacuum Freeze Drying that is the most efficient and effective way to salvage water-damaged documents.
The Document Restoration Team uses sublimation-turning a solid directly into a vapor, skipping the liquid stage to avoid causing more damage to the documents.
This state-of-the-art technology used by SERVPRO technicians is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration and has been used by the Library of Congress.
All employees of the Document Restoration Team are HIPAA Master certified. Once your items arrive at our SERVPRO facility, 24/7 video surveillance is guaranteed.
Standard drying time is 7-10 days. The time frame can vary, though, based on moisture content and backlog. SERVPRO's goal is to make the process as simple as possible for our customers.
Have you recently suffered a water damage in your home or business? Were tax records or human resource files affected? Call your local SERVPRO today to get them well on their way to recovery. 608.487.9758
Melting Snow and Rain Means Higher Water
Water where and when we least expect it.
When disaster strikes a business or commercial property SERVPRO has scored high ranks with our clients and we understand the importance of ensuring a business or commercial is in operation as soon as possible.
In many cases we are able to isolate the area where the disaster has struck and the business can remain in operation. Recently we were called to a disaster at a hotel where water from the melting snow in addition to persistent rainfall flooded the lobby.
Upon arrival our first goal was to clean and restore as much of the lobby as possible. We knew that by doing so we could allow the hotel to operate and service their customers as we continued to mitigate and dry the public areas of the business. Our team built temporary barriers to block the view of the equipment and the crew as the mitigation work was underway, 24/7 until the lobby was 100% recovered.
With the changing of the seasons, SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Counties is your helping hand when disaster strikes. 608.487.9758
Water Categories and Classes...What does this all mean?
Water, water everywhere!
Despite what many people think, not all home water damage is created equal. There are actually a number of different classes and categories of water damage. According the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification), there are three categories of water/liquid and four classes of the damage.
Category 1 – This is basically any liquid from a clean and/or sanitary source like a faucet, a toilet, or fountain.
Category 2 – This refers to liquid/water that used to be called grey water, which can potentially cause illness if ingested. This includes things like dishwasher or washing machine overflow, toilet overthrow or sink drains.
Category 3 – This category used to be called black water; it is extremely unsanitary. This includes sewer backup, flooding from rivers, and stagnant liquid that has fostered bacterial growth.
Now let’s examine the classes;
Class 1 – This is very easy to deal with and only affects a part of a single room, with little to no wet carpet, with water only on surfaces like wood or concrete.
Class 2 – This class effects and entire room, and wetness has went up the walls about 12” or more, with moisture still in the structure.
Class 3 – This class basically means that ceiling, walls, carpet and insulation are all saturated with liquid or water. This is often due to water coming from overhead.
Class 4 – This class means that there has been enough water or time to saturate materials with very low levels of permeation, like hardwood or stone.
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Call SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Counties at 608.487.9758 for all of your restoration needs!
Commercial Cleaning From Your #wearelocal GREEN Team
Big or small, your #WeAreLocal GREEN team can handle it all.
The same people you trust after a fire or water disaster, can also keep your business clean year round.
Why is that?
The specialists at SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Counties are trained in every category of clean.
From mold remediation to the cleaning of carpets, upholstery to general and routine cleaning - including floors, tiles, partition walls, internal walls, suspended ceilings, lighting, furniture, window cleaning, and deep cleans of washing facilities-- SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Counties is here to help protect every square foot of your business!
Our comprehensive system takes the task of maintaining a clean work facility out of your hands, allowing you to work more effectively on your business.
Need an extra pair of hands?
SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Counties is your #wearelocal #1 GREEN team to call in 24/7/365
Clean is Always in Season
Clean carpets are appealing in commercial operations.
Carpet cleaning should be done every year especially following the spring rains. Stains in your carpet can happen at any time. If you have the right tools, you can get some nice results on your carpet at home or business. Keep these tips in mind the next time disaster strikes!
- Always blot spills and liquid stains. NEVER scrub. Scrubbing just pushes the stain particles further in the carpet fibers, making the stain harder to remove and accelerates deterioration. Blot the stain starting from the edges and much of the stain can be removed without other cleaning supplies.
- Club soda works wonders in the event someone spills beer or wine on your carpet. Blot club soda on the stain. If club soda does not do the trick, mix it with a bit of white vinegar and spray the solution on the stain. Let sit for 15 minutes and then blot it up.
- Scrape off stuck on debris. Families with kids need the best arsenal of carpet cleaning tips because children can do a lot of damage in a short period of time. When candy or gum are stuck to the floor, try scraping it off with a knife before applying any moisture.
The best carpet cleaning tip, is to call SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, So. Monroe, and So. Juneau Counties for regular deep cleanings. This can help protect the integrity of the flooring and ensure that any stains or soil will not cause any permanent issues.
Hospital Needs Our Help
A local hospital needed SERVPRO's help with the cleaning of the exterior of the building.
SERVPRO cleans the exterior of this local hospital once every other year. After the typically long winters, there always seems to be an infestation of spiders and their webs, bird nests and their feces, as well as bee hives. SERVPRO is called in to power wash all the windows, sills, brick, and fixtures on the roof of the building. They recently added their clinic, administration building, and doctor's house to their list of cleaning.
No job is too big for your #wearelocal GREEN team to handle. Due to the fact that we are a franchise, we have the capability to call in other franchises should we need additional help.
SERVPRO is your helper with all the mud and muck of the seasons. Call us today for your free commercial estimate.