Have You Checked Your Fire Extinguisher Lately?
Different types of fire extinguishers are required for different types of fires.
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.
What Used to Be...
Local store front gets some much needed help.
Once upon a time not so long ago, there was a quaint little store located in a quiet little town. The store was doing great and was a nice addition to the down town area.
One day, the owner's husband passed away unexpectedly, leaving her in shambles. She began to move on by putting all of her energy and focus into her store. Soon, she had begun to acquire so much merchandise, that she had run out of shelf space.
Boxes and totes, even closets began to expand with all of the stuff that she was bringing in. The little town's people became concerned. They called in their #WeAreLocal SERVPRO to help with the situation. Not only were all three floors of this once beautiful building full, but the basement and the garage were also filled to the brim!
When traumatic things happen, some people are unsure of how to cope. This owner bought things to fill the emptiness inside and created for herself a very dangerous living situation. With the help of SERVPRO, we were able to save the building and the woman's home.
Who Can Clean Our Bell Tower?
Local bell tower needs a GOOD cleaning.
Did you know that your #WeAreLocal GREEN team can do just about anything...? Even church bell towers..? Our team is qualified and professional when it comes to these type of cleaning situations.
The church had done everything that they could think of to keep those pesky pigeons out of the tower. Some how, they just kept getting in and made the worst mess. Not knowing where to turn or who to ask, the church put it out to their parishioners for ideas. Someone suggested SERVPRO.
After a thorough investigation, it was found that our team members were going to need full PPE to include respirators, tyvek suits, rubber gloves, and boots, shop vacs, shovels, scrapers, and plenty of product to be rid of the debris and odor. The church could not have been happier with the service.
Fire Breaks out in an Apartment Complex
Fire caused major damage in an apartment complex.
Once the fire is out and all the firemen have left, you are alone and unsure of your next step. Where do you turn? Who do you talk to? Let SERVPRO help you. We work with insurance to make your claim as stress free as possible.
We are here to help make it "like it never even happened" and to put your home or business back to preloss condition. This particular fire started due to a lightening strike to the roof. The tenants are escaped unscathed, but a lot of their belongings did not.
Thanks to your #WeAreLocal GREEN team, we were able to go in and do the water mitigation first, then followed up with the cleanup from the fire itself, which affected three apartments. Cleanup was slow and tedious, but everyone was patient and we finished the whole project from start to finish in about 8 weeks.
Fire damage? Water damage? Storm damage?
Storm Water Came Rushing In....
Basement flooding caused some major damage.
After the recent heavy down pours that our area suffered from this last summer, we are happy to say that things are slowly getting back to normal.
This basement was at one point filled with two feet of water during this horrific time period. Once the water receded, the building was left with a not-so-great mess to clean up. To make matters worse, they were having a get together soon after. They needed all the mud and debris cleaned up right away.
The building owner reached out to SERVPRO of Adams, Crawford, Vernon, SO. Monroe, and SO. Juneau Counties for assistance in getting this all done.
The Marketing Team geared themselves up with their work boots and hit the road. They were able to scrap and clean the whole basement in just a few hours. The building owner could not have been happier-noting that the space now "smelled clean."
The tile floor will have to be replaced at another point in time, but for now, everyone was happy and the festivities went on without a hitch.
Is it Soot or Mud?
Toilet discovered in a local business after the flood waters receded from August's storms.
This toilet happens to be located in Coon Valley and we came across it while doing a walk through after the storms earlier this past August. It is hard to believe that the flood waters came through this building at three feet and higher. The cleanup for this building is still going on-six weeks later.
We began, once the rain had stopped, with moisture checks and finding that the space was severely affected. We set drying equipment in hopes that we were able to dry it out. After five days, not much progress had been made. It was then decided to start removing the wet materials. Our team made four foot flood cuts to aide in the drying process.
After a few more days, drying moved along much quicker. We are now in the rebuild process. The insulation was removed and replaced, the drywall was replaced and the baseboards and floor were all repaired or replaced.
We are here to help-no matter how big or small. Residential or commercial-we've got you covered.
Check Your Refrigerator
Water damage caused by an unseen source-the refrigerator water supply line.
Is your refrigerator running?
Then you should go after it...
You cannot go into a home nowadays that does not have a refrigerator sitting in the kitchen. Sometimes, there is one in the rec room or even out in the garage. This one thing that people forget to do routine checks on.
Were you aware that your refrigerator can have a leak and go unnoticed for months? Almost all have a drip pan and some even have a water line-both of which can cause problems.
This refrigerator was leaking and left alone for almost two weeks when the family went on vacation. Heat and humidity with the added water were trapped between then sub floor and the vapor barrier. Upon returning home, not only was the distressed floor a cause for concern, but the smell emanating from the kitchen also got their attention.
Upon calling their #WeAreLocal GREEN team, we arrived on site and ready to get to work. We extracted what water was left over, removed the floor, baseboards, cabinets, and set equipment. The homeowners could not have been happier with SERVPRO's quick response to helping them get their home back.
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.
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?!?!
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
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.