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Industrial Fire Leads to Major Water Damage

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Industrial Fire Leads to Major Water Damage SERVPRO helps Industrial and Commercial Businesses rebound with minimal business interruptions.

An industry leader in building materials recently experienced a fire on one of their machines inside the factory. Although the fire itself was small, contained, and quickly extinguished, the smoke triggered the automatic water sprinkler system. The result was a very wet building, including their entire inventory of doors, trim, and other wood materials. SERVPRO responded immediately to help extract the water, and set air movers and dehumidifiers. This quick action helped prevent potential secondary damages to their wood products, and ultimately their profits.

Management stated, “We were very satisfied with the overall service provided by SERVPRO.”

In just two days, they were back up and running at 100%. SERVPRO  is always happy to help businesses make it “Like it never even happened”. We offer 24 hour emergency services nights, weekends, and holidays.

What Used to Be...

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 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.

Fire Breaks out in an Apartment Complex

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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?


Check Your Refrigerator

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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 Winter Hits Hard

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Winter Hits Hard Frozen and then broken pipes after a winter storm hits our area can be a cause for concern.

When winter comes and you can have "faith" in SERVPRO.  Frozen pipes that can break and cause flooding as well as other types of water and fire damage that can cause trouble to your home or business are never convenient.  At SERVPRO "We can Manage the Damage" and have been helping customers deal with disaster for over 50 years.  SERVPRO has the Experience, Equipment and Expertise.  Besides water and fire damage we do mold mitigation and remediation.  Move outs and contents restoration.  We do Document drying and we also do carpets, upholstery, drapes and hard floors.  We can tackle  Biohazard, crime scene and vandalism which includes board ups. We service La Crosse, Jackson, Houston, and Winona Counties, and along I-90.  Please call your #wearelocal GREEN team at 608.786.0387 if you have any questions.

Clean is Always in Season

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Clean is Always in Season Brandon working in a commercial building prepping for carpet cleaning.

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 La Crosse County 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.

Mold? What You Need to Know

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold?  What You Need to Know Mold - From The Ordinary To The UnHealthy.

Microscopic mold spores occur naturally. Over 100,000 types of fungi have been identified. Some types of fungi are very useful.  They are used to bake our breads and to ferment alcoholic beverages.  The unique flavor of Blue Cheese and Gorgonzola Cheese is the result of mold; and lifesaving penicillin is also the product of mold.

Although some forms add value to our lives, other forms of mold can be harmful to our health, especially infants, children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with asthma, allergies, and weakened immune systems.

Some companies advertise “Mold Removal” and even go as far as to guarantee that they will remove all mold.  This is a misconception, as it is impossible to remove all molds from a home or business.  SERVPRO of La Crosse County offers Mold Remediation, which reduces the mold spore count back to its “natural” or “baseline level”.

Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professionals will come into your home and evaluate the quality of the air inside a structure.  Using various testing devices and equipment, these professionals collect air and surface samples to compare the indoor mold spore count to the outdoor environment.  

If You Think You See Mold, Call Us Today (608) 786.0387  Our trained professionals will inspect your home or business, and create a scope of work to remediate the mold from the structure.    

SERVPRO is Here To Help

Storm Water Came Rushing In...

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water 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 La Crosse 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.

Home...Er, Mold Invasion

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Home...Er, Mold Invasion Extensive mold damage after a home invasion.

This country home was broken into and vandalized. Intruders took what they wanted, and then left the water running when they left.  Damage to the home included a flooded kitchen and basement.  The end result was extensive mold throughout the entire basement and behind the walls of the kitchen cabinets.  The flooring in the basement had mushrooms growing on area rugs.

Take Precautions

Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. 

Four Things Are Needed For Mold To Become A Problem

-Organic Materials (wood, paper, drywall, insulation)

-Temperature (60* and above)

-Humidity (70% or higher)

-Time (as little as 48 hours)

Our trained professionals will examine your structure, and if they find mold you will be asked to approve and sign work authorization forms prior to any mold remediation being performed.

If You Think You Might Have Mold, Call Us Today 608-786-0387

When Storms Damage Your Home or Business, SERVPRO is Ready!

7/16/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms Damage Your Home or Business, SERVPRO is Ready! A local store suffered a roof leak after a major storm swept through the area.

Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home.  Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees.  Some post-damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a plan to deal with the damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately following the storm.  

Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of La Crosse County  to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe to use. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.

Photograph the Damage

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

Your Restoration Company

  • Whether it is a business or residence, the restoration company will come to your property and their trained experts will do a thorough examination of the interior and exterior of your building. This will help them discover the level of the damage. In many cases, the restoration company will discuss the renovation plans with you and your insurance adjuster.
  • When everything is agreed upon, the work begins. Depending on what type of damage is present, this will determine the type of equipment the professional will use. In the case of flooding, they will use specialized pumps and vacuums to remove water from the affected areas.
  • Generators will be brought in to operate their dehumidifiers and air movers so mold and mildew do not have a change to make matters worse. Using customized cleaners, the specialist will then disinfect hard surfaces and shampoo salvageable carpets as well as apply deodorant to combat any odors.    

IF SERVPRO of La Crosse County is contacted in time, they will be able to rescue your home or business from greater structural issues.  Let your #WeAreLocal GREEN team be your expert storm response team.