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...
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Once the Fire is Out-Who do You Call?
A fire can be devastating to everyone in the home.
Although a fire itself does a significant amount of fire and smoke damage to items touched by flames - smoke, soot residues and water damage or flooding from the fire department will affect other parts of your home. It is important to take all necessary precautions before entering your home after experiencing fire damage.
Besides natural hazards that may exist, entering your house can be 1) unsafe and 2) lead to secondary damages as movement or foot traffic can make some of your personal items unsalvageable. Protect your investment wisely and hire an established restoration contractor like SERVPRO of La Crosse to help get you back on your feet after fire or smoke damage has affected your home.
SERVPRO has 24-hour emergency services available 365-days a year, including holidays. Our technicians have received the necessary IICRC certifications and follow all municipal and OSHA safety guidelines to perform fire damage restoration on your property.
Insurance companies choose SERVPRO of La Crosse because we offer full-service to our clients. We manage your entire restoration project, providing customers with a detailed scope of work and schedule through each phase of the project while answering any questions you may have throughout the fire restoration process.
Having a company like SERVPRO of La Crosse on your side after a fire or water damage to your property can make a major difference in not only protecting the value of your investment but ensuring you have the best experience possible in dealing with a fire or water damage.
SERVPRO is a full service disaster restoration contractor serving the La Crosse Area. SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster providing 24 hour emergency service with direct insurance billing. Call us 608.786.0387.