Recent Fire Damage Posts

Sun Prairie home experiences fire damage in garage

10/24/2021 (Permalink)

This Sun Prairie home experienced damage when a grill caught on fire spreading throughout the garage.  Smoke filled the entire area causing damage to the inside and outside of the home.

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

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

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

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

Fire caused by malfunctioning electrical equipment

3/23/2021 (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

Kitchen Fire causes smoke damage

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

This southern Wisconsin home experienced a kitchen fire when a grease fire started on the stove.  The owner used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire but smoke and soot still traveled throughout the house.  They called SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin to handle the fire and odor clean up.

When your home or business suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time.

We’ll treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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

Lightning strikes a Madison home

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

This Madison Wi home experienced smoke, electrical and water damage when lightning struck their home.  When the lightning struck the house, it caused damage to the siding, outside water downspout, electrical and broke a copper water pipe in the basement.  They called SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin to handle the smoke and water damage.

Since each smoke damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure.  By using air scrubbers, thermal foggers and deodorization agents our technicians are able to remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

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

Cross Plains Business Suffers Fire Damage

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

This Cross Plains grocery store experienced a small fire in their back room storage area causing smoke damage and soot that needed to be professionally cleaned and restored.  They called SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin to handle the fire damage repair and restoration.

SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin training and certifications.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Commercial Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin Today – (608) 221-1818

Bar Suffers Kitchen Fire

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

This Madison bar experienced fire damage when  the grill caught on fire causing smoke and soot to travel throughout the building.  They called SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin to handle the fire restoration.

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.  

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin Today – (608) 221-1818

International Firefighters Day

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the entire world’s population can recognize and honor all the sacrifices that firefighters make for their communities and environment so we are safe. Please remember to thank any current and past firefighters for their contributions.

In honor of International Firefighters Day, here are some helpful suggestions from SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin on what to do and what not to do after a fire.

What to Do:

    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
    • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
    • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
    • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
    • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
    • Change HVAC filter.
    • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT to do:

    • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
    • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
    • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
    • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Madison Wisconsin (608) 221-1818

Fire in McFarland home starts in bathroom

4/30/2020 (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

Dryer Causes Smoke Damage in Waunakee Wi Home

4/8/2020 (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

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

Wisconsin home experiences fire damage

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

This southern Wisconsin home experienced a kitchen fire when a grease fire started on the stove.  The owner used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire but smoke and soot still traveled throughout the house.  They called SERVPRO of Madison North and East to handle the fire and odor clean up.

When your home or business suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Madison North & East has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time.

We’ll treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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

Lightning strike causes damage in Madison home

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

This Madison Wi home experienced smoke, electrical and water damage when lightning struck their home.  When the lightning struck the house, it caused damage to the siding, outside water downspout, electrical and broke a copper water pipe in the basement.  They called SERVPRO of Madison North and East to handle the smoke and water damage.

Since each smoke damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure.  By using air scrubbers, thermal foggers and deodorization agents our technicians are able to remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

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

Business in Cross Plains experienced smoke damage

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

This Cross Plains business experienced a small fire in their back room storage room causing smoke damage and soot that needed to be professionally cleaned and restored.  They called SERVPRO of Madison North & East to handle the fire damage repair and restoration.

SERVPRO of Madison North & East has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about SERVPRO of Madison North & East training and certifications.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today – (608) 221-1818

Fire Damage in Restaurant Kitchen

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

This Madison bar experienced fire damage when  the grill caught on fire causing smoke and soot to travel throughout the building.  They called SERVPRO of Madison North & East to handle the fire restoration.

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.  

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Madison North & East Today – (608) 221-1818

International Firefighter Day is on May 4th

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD) is a time where the entire world’s population can recognise and honour all the sacrifices that firefighters make for their communities and environment so we are safe. Please remember to thank any current and past firefighters for their contributions.

In honor of International Firefighters Day, here are some helpful suggestions from SERVPRO of Madison North & East on what to do and what not to do after a fire.

What to Do:

    • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
    • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
    • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
    • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
    • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
    • Change HVAC filter.
    • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT to do:

    • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
    • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
    • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
    • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
    • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Madison North & East (608) 221-1818

House Fire Starts in Bathroom

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

This McFarland Wi home experienced fire, smoke and soot damage when a cigarette started this bathroom on fire.  They called SERVPRO of Madison North & East 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 North & East 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

Dryer causes fire damage in Waunakee home

4/5/2019 (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 North & East to handle the fire and smoke clean up and to get their home 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 North & East 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

Sun Prairie home fire caused by faulty vent

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

This Sun Prairie home caught on fire due to a faulty bathroom vent.  Smoke and soot  affected several rooms in this home.  SERVPRO of Madison North & East was called in to do the mitigation on this home.  SERVPRO of Madison North & East specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.  

In addition to removing all smoke and soot for all areas of your home, we clean, sanitize and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. Our professionals use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They are also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

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

What to do in case of a Fire

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can be devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Madison North and East has specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

Board-ups - In some cases firefighters may break windows and cut holes in the roof in order to vent the fire. It is extremely important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders.

Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot

Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.

Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs. Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

What to do after a fire:

  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

What NOT to do after a fire:

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Madison North and East.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may damage garment further.

SERVPRO of Madison North and East has what it takes to restore your home back to pre loss condition.

SERVPRO of Madison North and East (608) 221-1818

Grease Fire on Stove causes smoke and soot damage

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

This Wisconsin home experienced a fire damage when a grease fire started on the stove.  The owner used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire but smoke and soot still traveled throughout the house.  They called SERVPRO of Madison North and East to handle the fire and odor clean up.

When your home or business suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Madison North and East has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time.

We’ll treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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

Smoke and Soot Facts

7/1/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, “SERVPRO of Madison North & East”will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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

Fire Damage in Cross Plains Business

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

This Cross Plains business experienced a small fire in their back room storage room causing smoke damage and soot that needed to be professionally cleaned and restored.  They called SERVPRO of Madison North & East to handle the fire damage repair and restoration.

SERVPRO of Madison North & East has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about SERVPRO of Madison North & East training and certifications.

  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician

Commercial Fire Damage? Call Us Today – (608) 221-1818

May 4th is International Firefighter Day!

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Madison would like to that all the past and present Firefighters for your service!

What to do After a Fire:

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Madison (608) 221-1818

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Fire damage in Madison apartment building

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

This Madison Wisconsin 8 unit apartment building experienced a fire which forced the evacuation of the building and displaced all of the residents.  Even though the fire was put out in minutes, there was extensive fire damage on the first floor and smoke damage on the second floor keeping the residents from returning home until it was safely taken care of.  They called SERVPRO of Madison North & East to handle this restoration project.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Madison North & East can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

SERVPRO of Madison North & East can provide this continuity by supervising a full range of restoration services that will bring a building back to full functionality.

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

Apartment Fire in Madison Wisconsin

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

This Madison Wisconsin apartment building caught on fire causing severe damage to the dwelling.  Residents were relocated to other living situations until restoration of this property is complete.  SERVPRO of Madison North & East has the knowledge, experience and equipment to handle this mitigation and restoration process.

When your home or business has been damaged by fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern should be temporary protective measures such as placing roof tarps to prevent additional damage, and boarding up to secure the building and remove water and debris.

After protecting and securing the structure, professionals at SERVPRO of Madison North & East can begin the restoration process. Your home or business may need reconstruction work to get your property back to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Madison North & East can simplify the restoration process by handling both the initial damage mitigation and rebuilding the affected areas. Having one qualified company for the entire process can save time and keeps costs low.

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

Bathroom fire in McFarland, Wi

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

A cigarette started this McFarland bathroom fire.

This McFarland Wi home experienced fire, smoke and soot damage when a cigarette started this bathroom on fire.  They called SERVPRO of Madison North & East 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 North & East 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

Fire in McFarland Home

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

A cigarette caused a fire in this McFarland, WI bathroom

This McFarland Wi home experienced fire, smoke and soot damage when a cigarette started this bathroom on fire.  They called SERVPRO of Madison North & East 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 North & East 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

Ventilation Fan Causes Fire in the Sun Prairie Home

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

This Sun Prairie home caught on fire due to a faulty ventilation vent.  Smoke and soot  affected several rooms in this home.  SERVPRO of Madison was called in to do the mitigation on this home.  SERVPRO of Madison specializes in fire and water damage restoration. We have the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition.  

In addition to removing all smoke and soot for all areas of your home, we clean, sanitize and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. Our professionals use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They are also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

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

Safely Enjoying your Summer

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

There are many great things that come along with the great thrill of summer like swimming, many outdoor activities, but most importantly cook outs and campfires. Using the grill and campfires are huge instigators for house fires. Here are some safety tips on preventing this...

Grilling Safety Tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outside.
  • The grill should be placed several feet away from the home, deck railings and out from under leaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep caution of children and pets around the grilling area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill's lid is open before lighting it.

For charcoal grills...

  • There are many ways to get charcoal ready for use. Chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If using starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Campfire Safety tips:

  • You should keep your fire 8 to 10 feet away from anything such as your house, chairs, food, etc.
  • Have water nearby. Controlling a fire can be just as important as putting it out.
  • Safety proof your pit:
  1. Clear all debris from around the pit like garbage and grass. A 5-foot perimeter of soil around the campfire space is recommended.
  2. If there isn't a metal ring, circle the pit with rocks or stones. It will help keep the fire in it's borders.

SERVPRO hopes everyone has a great summer! Remember to call SERVPRO at 608-221-1818 if an accident happens.

#Likeitneverevenhappened #SERVPROofMadison #firesafety

Attic Fire Caused by Lightning Strike

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Hole on roof caused by lightning strike

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

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

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

We 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.

Fire in Monona Home

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire started in the laundry of this Monona home

A fire started in the laundry room of this Monona home.  After the fire department put out the fire, SERVPRO was called in for the mitigation on the home and cleaning of this family's contents.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Madison North & East specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (608) 221-1818

Fire Damage in Dodge County home

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire damage in this 5,000 square foot home is the result of a dehumidifier catching on fire causing smoke and soot to bellow through out this residence.  This before picture shows the soot covering this family's personal belongings, walls and ceilings.

SERVPRO of Madison was called in to handle the fire and soot damage.

As water and fire damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

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

Proudly serving our local counties: Dane, Columbia, Sauk, Richland, Iowa, Grant and Vernon.

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What to do in case of a fire

5/8/2017 (Permalink)


A fire can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Madison has specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.


Board-ups - In some cases firefighters may break windows and cut holes in the roof in order to vent the fire. It is extremely important to secure openings to your home or structure using sturdy, durable materials designed to protect it from both weather intrusion and intrusion by outsiders.


Types of Fire/Smoke/Soot


Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.


Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, non-smeary residues.


Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.


Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs. Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.


What to do after a fire:



  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.


What NOT to do after a fire:



  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting SERVPRO of Madison.

  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.

  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may


SERVPRO of Madison has what it takes to restore your home back to preloss condition “Like It never even happened.” 


SERVPRO of Madison (608) 221-1818


May 4th is International Firefighters Day!

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Madison would like to thank all past, future and present firefighters all around the world!

What you can do until help arrives


After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:



  • Is it safe to stay in the house?

  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.

  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!


Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Madison (608) 221-1818


What To Do After A Fire



  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.

  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.

  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.

  • Change HVAC filter.

  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.


What NOT To Do After A Fire



  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.

  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.

  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.

  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.

  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

City of Madison Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your City of Madison Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of MADISON will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

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

First Day of Summer

6/22/2016 (Permalink)

The first day of summer. There are many great things that come along with the great thrill of summer like swimming, many outdoor activities, but most importantly cook outs and campfires. Using the grill and campfires are huge instigators for house fires. Here are some safety tips on preventing this...

Grilling Safety Tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outside.
  • The grill should be placed several feet away from the home, deck railings and out from under leaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep caution of children and pets around the grilling area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Always make sure your gas grill's lid is open before lighting it.

For charcoal grills...

  • There are many ways to get charcoal ready for use. Chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If using starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing in a metal container.

Campfire Safety tips:

  • You should keep your fire 8 to 10 feet away from anything such as your house, chairs, food, etc.
  • Have water nearby. Controlling a fire can be just as important as putting it out.
  • Safety proof your pit:
  1. Clear all debris from around the pit like garbage and grass. A 5-foot perimeter of soil around the campfire space is recommended.
  2. If there isn't a metal ring, circle the pit with rocks or stones. It will help keep the fire in it's borders.

SERVPRO hopes everyone has a great summer! Remember to call SERVPRO at 608-221-1818 if an accident happens.

#Likeitneverevenhappened #SERVPROofMadison #firesafety