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Lightning strikes a roof in Beaver Dam

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

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

Our trained professionals 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.

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

How to protect you home against flooding

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Flash Flood Warning-- the alert that many of us dread. By calling SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin at 608-221-1818, we can help make it "Like it never even happened."

How to Protect Your Property:

  • Keep insurance policies, important documents and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. Make sure you store them where it's least likely to be damaged by a flood.
  • Raise your furnace, water heater 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 to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home. 
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing elements to avoid leakage through cracks. 

If you experience a flood damage, call SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin at 608-221-1818

Bathroom Fire in McFarland

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

This McFarland, WI home experienced fire, smoke and soot damage when a cigarette started this bathroom on fire.  They called SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin to handle the fire restoration.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) smoking materials, including cigarettes, pipes, and cigars, started an estimated 17,200 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2014. These fires caused 570 deaths, 1,140 injuries and $426 million in direct property damage. SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.

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

Water damage cause mold over growth in home

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

This Madison Wisconsin area home suffered water damage and mold growth when their sewer backed up into the basement and was left unnoticed.  Knowing the severity of not properly cleaning and sanitizing a category 2 or 3 water loss, this homeowner called the professionals at SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin.

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – (608) 221-1818

Causes of Sub Pump Failure

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Power Failure

Your primary sump pump should not be treated any different than any other appliance in your home - without power, it is completely worthless.  As a safeguard, invest in a high quality battery back-up sump pump.   A battery kept continually charged by the backup system operates a separate pump linked to the discharge pipe, providing you hours of protection until power is restored. Some backup pumps even monitor the condition of the battery and alert you when it needs to be replaced.

Frozen Discharge Pipe

If the discharge pipe is not installed pitched properly, water will collect and eventually freeze, causing a blockage. 

Switch Stuck in Place

There are several different types of sump float switches.  Vertical and tethered floats are the most common.  Vertical floats seem to work the best as tethered floats are known for  getting stuck on the side walls of the sump pit (resulting in a flooded basement). 

Over-worked / Under-Powered Sump Pump

Not all pumps are created equal.  Make sure you install the correct horsepower pump capable of keeping up with your flow of water.   

Old Age

It is generally recommended that sump pumps should be replaced every five to seven years in order to be reasonably safe. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Have a water damage from a sump pump failure? Call SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin at (608) 221-1818

Faulty Sprinkler System Causes a Water Loss at a Wisconsin Restaurant

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

This Wisconsin Dells, WI restaurant experienced a water damage when the sprinkler system went off unexpectedly.  Water sprayed over the main dining area affecting the ceiling, walls, tables and flooring.  The owner called SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin to handle the mitigation as efficiently as possible to minimize loss of business.

A water loss can strike your commercial property at any time and can sideline your business, regardless if the damage occurs from a major storm event or a broken water line. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when you have an emergency water event, the SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin professionals offer fast, 24 hour emergency services, 365 days per year.

Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (608) 221-1818

Madison house suffers basement flood after storm

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

This Madison WI basement suffered a water damage when water from a heavy rain storm came in from one of their windows. SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin was called into do the mitigation.  After removing this family's belongings, our trained professionals completed moisture checks to evaluate the severity of the situation. Next they extracted the water and removed some of the base trim so our professionals could position fans and dehumidifiers too quickly dry out the remaining water and promote proper airflow .

  • 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
  • Advanced Water Inspection, Extraction, and Drying Equipment

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

Mold Contained

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.  SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin understands mold and mold growth and has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

Our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. We may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Have Mold Related Questions? Call Us Today – (608) 221-1818

Madison commercial property suffers water damage

4/22/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin 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.

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events
  • Disaster Recovery Team

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

Waunakee home suffers smoke damage

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

This Waunakee Wisconsin home experienced fire and soot damage when the owners dryer started on fire.  Smoke and soot traveled throughout the home, leaving an intense smell.  They called SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin to handle the fire and smoke clean up and to get their home back to pre fire damage condition.

If you are dealing with fire damage in your home or place of business, the experienced team at SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin is ready to respond. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quickly. Immediate action and a fast response can limit damage, prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs. Our highly trained crews have the specialized equipment and resources to handle the job, large or small, residential and commercial. 

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