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Faulty Sprinkler System Causes a Water Loss at a Wisconsin Restaurant

3/31/2020 (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

Causes of Sump Pump Failure

3/20/2020 (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

Commercial Property in Madison WI Suffers a Water Damage

3/3/2020 (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

Electrical Equipment Causes Fire in Madison, WI Property

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

This Madison, WI commercial property suffered smoke and water damage when some electrical equipment started on fire.  Smoke and soot filled this room and several of the adjoining rooms in addition to water from the sprinkler system.  They called SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin to handle the water and fire mitigation.  

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.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation.

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

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Cold temperatures are inevitable in Wisconsin.  When freezing temperatures hit, here are some helpful prevention tips:

  • When you know temperatures will be dipping below freezing, allow water to run in all the sinks at a slow, constant drip. It only needs to trickle, and that tiny amount of water will keep the water moving through the pipes and prevent them from freezing.
  • Open up the cabinet doors in the bathrooms and kitchen. This will allow the heat from the home to circulate and warm up the pipes.
  • Keep the garage door closed to keep garage pipes from freezing.
  • Keep your house at a warm, consistent temperature both day and night.
  • If you leave your home for extended periods of time, do not set your thermostat lower than 55 degrees.
  • If you do end up with frozen pipes, a hand-held hair dryer or heat lamp can thaw them.

Have water damage from a frozen pipe? Call SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin (608)221-1818

Basement floods in Madison Wisconsin

3/3/2020 (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

Protecting Your Property From a Flood

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Flash Flood Warning-- the alert that many of us dread because of the concerns that our homes will be affected by it. SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin understands that your home is more than a structure: it's your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings that help transform a house into a home.  Here are some helpful suggestions on how to protect your property just in case disaster happens.

 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 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 top prevent flood water from backing up into drains of your home. 
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing elements to avoid leakage through cracks. 

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

Heavy rain causes damage to local Madison area businesses

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rain storms caused several water damages to Madison Wisconsin area homes and businesses.  This Madison business called SERVPRO of Madison when they needed help fast to minimize the time that their business was not able to serve their customers.

SERVPRO of Madison will respond immediately to the storm or flood event affecting your commercial property, regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

We are proud to be a part of our Madison Wisconsin community and strive to provide the residents and business owners in our area the fastest response times and our best work each and every day.

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (608) 221-1818

Sewer back up affects Madison business

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

This Madison Wisconsin commercial property called SERVPRO of Madison when their toilet became clogged and overflowed onto the bathroom floor contaminating the surrounding area.  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 has highly trained professionals that are trained in water damage restoration with specific training and expertise to safely restore your Madison Wisconsin home or business.  When challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you can always feel confident when you call SERVPRO of Madison for prompt service. 

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

Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same.  SERVPRO of Madison 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