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Storm Emergencies Require A Lot Of Mitigation Help

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Emergencies Require A Lot Of Mitigation Help Big or small-we're Here to Help.

SERVPRO of La Crosse County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Sometimes, though, there needs to be more.  SERVPRO of La Crosse County is part of a franchise system that allows us to call on our neighbors for help.  With the storms and flooding of 2018, we had storm response teams come in from Mississippi and North Carolina to help.  With the thawing and rain of 2019, we had teams from New York and Texas come in twice to help your #WeAreLocal GREEN Team.  

Having the ability to call on others, makes SERVPRO unique in that we want to help and we are always ready for whatever happens to help make it "Like it never even happened".

Heat and Humidity-How's Your Dehumidifier Holding Up?

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Heat and Humidity-How's Your Dehumidifier Holding Up? One small dehumidifier caused whole home devastation.

Summer is officially upon the Midwest.  Betcha you are running your dehumidifier all the time, aren't you?  Keep an eye on it just like you would any other small appliance.  

Since 2013, mechanical issues with the Gree and Midea built dehumidifiers have been known to overheat and burst into flames.  These were sold under dozens of brand names and the numbers are in the millions.  

The overheating of the units has caused hundreds of house fires according to the Chicago Sun Times dated April 12, 2019. Many people still have these dehumidifiers in their homes and are unaware that they have been recalled.  

SERVPRO of La Crosse County has been to numerous homes after a dehumidifier has caused a fire affecting the whole home.  You should check the recall list to see if yours is on it.  

As always, you can call your #WeAreLocal GREEN #cleanexpert Team for help. 

  • Board-ups
  • Emergency extraction of water
  • Soot and smoke cleanup
  • Content pack out and cleaning

SERVPRO of La Crosse Offers a Thoroughly Post-Construction Cleanup

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of La Crosse Offers a Thoroughly Post-Construction Cleanup Cleanup of a new commercial property takes time and energy.

Recently, SERVPRO of La Crosse County was called into help a contractor with the cleanup process of a major construction project.  This project was just over 90,000 square feet and was still in the works.  

Your #WeAreLocal GREEN Team was approved to come into the facility during the building process to start the cleanup.  The GREEN Team went through every room, every square inch, every window, every outlet, every drawer, and everything in between to get all of the drywall dust, finger prints, and muddy footprints (because this was springtime in the Midwest) cleaned up.

SERVPRO of La Crosse County worked endlessly to get the everything cleaned up.  Overall, the GREEN Team finished in about 8 weeks.  

Need an extra pair of hands or two to help with a cleanup process?  SERVPRO of La Crosse County is #HeretoHelp with the knowledge and products to get it done. 

Got a Job and No Time to do it?

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Got a Job and No Time to do it? Becky, Andy, and Bonnie took some time to do the detailed work of the railing in the dirty stairwell.

Did you know that your #WeAreLocal GREEN Team is #HeretoHelp?  That pesky cleaning job that laughs at you every time you think about having to do it.  

Put a sock in it.  Give your SERVPRO of La Crosse County a call to help.  The GREEN Team was recently spotted cleaning the stairwell of a parking ramp located in the downtown area of La Crosse.  We have the  people, equipment, and product to get jobs like this done. 

Who wants to clean the stink out of your parking garage stairwell?  WE DO! 

Here's to Having a Safe Summer

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Here's to Having a Safe Summer Safety is important during the summer months.

Every year, almost 8,600 Americans are injured by fireworks and almost 5,000 people are injured by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grills.  Summertime should be a time where memories are made and the outdoors are enjoyed.  

Being mindful of the following tips, will help your summer end on a happy note:

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for barbecue grills-DO NOT add fluid once the coals have been lit.
  • When using a gas grill, be sure that connection hoses are intact and tight.  Using soapy water along the hoses is a great way to safely identify any leaks.
  • Be sure to extinguish all smoking materials when finished with them.
  • When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and set it up away from the campfire.  Only use battery operated lights and lanterns inside the tent.
  • ALWAYS build a campfire down wind from the tent area.  Clear vegetation and dig a pit or use a certified fire ring.  
  • Consider leaving firework use to trained professionals and keep a safety area of at least 500 feet from displays.

Your #WeAreLocal GREEN Team wants everyone to have a safe and happy summer!

The Science of Drying

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Science of Drying The standards for drying are set for our industry by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration.

Psychometrics, or the science of drying, is what your #WeAreLocal SERVPRO of La Crosse County uses to ensure that your home or business is properly dried down.  

When water enters a facility, many people think to just throw a few fans on it and call it good, but, more often than not, there is more to it.  Water can seep through pinhole cracks and crevices in floors; surfaces such as wood, drywall, and carpet readily absorb the water, pulling it further into the structure.  With hidden moisture that you cannot see or feel, potential problems can occur creating more damage. 

Your SERVPRO of La Crosse County technician  follows strict, industry approved guidelines to measure the moisture, drying techniques that can be used, deodorization and disinfecting services to help reduce secondary damages.  

They will inspect the structure, measure the moisture levels daily, end set equipment to expedite the drying process.  

Your environment is always seeking equilibrium, and it is because of this, a wet building can often dry naturally.  Wet goes to dry.  The problem with this, is that it takes too long which can pose the threat of secondary damages.  Using our top-of-the line drying equipment and moisture sensors, SERVPRO of La Crosse County is able to speed the drying process up to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire! Fire! Now what??

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire!  Fire!  Now what?? Nobody plans on a fire happening...

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 County 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 County 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 County 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.

Commercial Cleanup is No Easy Task

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleanup is No Easy Task Damage to your business can be detrimental to your bottom line. Let SERVPRO of La Crosse County get you back up and running quickly.

When grime, odor, and other challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, call in the professionals. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or shelving, you can rely on SERVPRO of La Crosse County to make your work space look its very best.

We have been known to complete cleaning services in large warehouses measuring  approximately 8,000 sq.ft.; which included an office, breakroom, and restroom area. Your commercial property’s appearance speaks volumes to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of La Crosse County has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

The Facilities Manager said, "They were able to clean while our staff continued to work on production." SERVPRO offers services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:  Biohazard, Ceilings, Walls, Floors, Drapes, Odor Removal, Sewage, Crime Scene, Vandalism, and more.

Have Questions?  Call today at 608-786-0387  No job is too large or too small.

Spring Storms Sometimes Cause Unexpected Flooding

5/2/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring Storms Sometimes Cause Unexpected Flooding Quick water extraction and proper mitigation serves can help reduce secondary damages.

The following recommendations can help property owners to get repairs completed quickly:

• Hire a Qualified Contractor
The contractor will evaluate damage to the property. This is important since some damage may not be immediately obvious to the untrained eye. The contractor may then inform the insurance adjuster as to the damages that should be covered under the property owner's policy. It is important to get started on loss mitigation efforts as soon as possible after the damage has occurred. The property owner should not wait on their insurance company to act as damage may worsen significantly in a short period. Instead, they should hire a reputable contractor to get started on the work.

It is important to note that unqualified contractors may try to get business by canvassing communities after a destructive storm. Property owners should be on the lookout for scammers and avoid hiring people without examining their credentials. The chosen contractor should be fully licensed and qualified. The property owner should ask to see their credentials and references. It is possible to verify licensing online. The contractor should be willing to provide a written contract that includes start and end times for the work as well as a warranty.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Need an extra pair of hands?  Let us know!


When Nasty Happens...

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial When Nasty Happens... Water damages can happen to anyone and at anytime. Are you #Ready?

Water damage in your building is bad.  Toilet overflows, sewage backups and other intrusions are more than nasty, smelly messes;  these bio-hazardous damages can bring with them harmful microorganisms as well as moisture that can ultimately lead to mold growth. 

Building occupants should exercise precautionary and safety measures during times of "black water" invasions. 

  • They should avoid all contact with sewage and all items contaminated by sewage. 
  • They should wash their hands thoroughly after coming in contact with anything that might be contaminated.   

A mop and common cleaning products may not be enough.  Your #WeAreLocal SERVPRO of La Crosse County is trained to clean and restore your building.  They understand the disruption and will work quickly to minimize any further damage.  

By utilizing the following procedures, and by abiding OSHA guidelines, SERVPRO of La Crosse County, will get you back to business quicker.

  • Identify the source/type of water
  • Measure temperature and humidity for drying analysis
  • Survey the extent of damage and inspect the premises
  • Perform emergency water extraction
  • Move and block furniture
  • Inspect carpet and padding
  • Apply necessary treatments
  • Utilize and monitor drying equipment
  • Dispose of refuse