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Tips If you have a Fire in your Home

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a fire in your home we understand you won’t be out there on the web looking for tips, but maybe by reading these ahead of time some of these will stick in your head if you do fall into this unfortunate position.

At SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties we have to goal in mind to make it “Like it never even happened” in your home. Whether it smoked or smoldered we will make sure our professionally trained crew will be there for you.

Here are a few Do’s and Don’ts if you have fire and smoke damage.


  • Limit movement of people in the structure to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely, and prop doors open to prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances. Then protect with a light coat of lubricant.
  • Pour RV antifreeze into sinks, toilet bowl, holding tanks, and tubs if heat is off during freezing season.
  • Gently wash both side of leaves and indoor plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until checked by trained professional.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.


  • DON’T attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties Professional.
  • DON’T attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties.
  • DON’T attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service person.
  • DON’T consume any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water. They could be contaminated.
  • DON’T turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock.
  • DON’T send garments to the dry cleaner, Improper cleaning may set the smoke odor.

Let SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties help you out by contacting us at 715-643-7171.

SERVPRO Understands the Trauma of Fire Disasters

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Every 18 seconds a fire occurs in the U.S. but only one matters to you! We are here to make it “Like it never even happened.”

We at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties have service response guidelines to better serve you in your disaster.

1-    Within 1 hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties will contact you to arrange for service

4-    Within 4 hours of loss notification, our SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties will be on-site to start mitigation (if necessary)

8-    Within 8 hours business hours, a verbal briefing of the scope will be communicated to the adjuster by our SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties Professional

Give us a call at 715-643-7171 if you fall to this situation we will be faster to your fire disaster.

Conditions In your Rice Lake Home Might Be Right For Mold

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 715-643-7171.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties for mold remediation services.

Menomonie Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Menomonie Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties specialize in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –715-643-7171.

Rice Lake Area Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Rice Lake basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • Frozen Broken Pipes
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 715-643-7171

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 715-643-7171

Helping Schools

2/1/2018 (Permalink)

Helping schools provide clean, healthy environments for our children is one of our priorities at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties. Educational institutions can depend of SERVPRO Professionals for fast, thorough service in the event of fire, water or mold damage. With 24-hour emergency response, SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties provide mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your curriculum. We at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties provide expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality and vandalism cleanup. Our Professionals at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties are trained to clan and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.

Give us a call for your school cleanup at 715-643-7171.

SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties is ready to help!

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

Restoring Your Rice Lake Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Rice Lake Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Rice Lake commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that 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.

About SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties

SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties specialize in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew

Check out Our Certifications

SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties are IICRC Certified

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the IICRC logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise. All IICRC Certified Firms must:

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC actively has relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.

If you have storm damage make sure the company you call you can trust.

Give us a call at 715-643-7171.

Winter Weather Tips

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn and Rusk Counties care about you, we know that with this time of year with temperatures constantly changing it can wreak havoc on your home. Give us a call if there are any services we can help you with at (715)643-7171.

Make sure you also know how to handle these rapidly changing conditions, here are a few tips:

Know winter weather terms

  • Watch=winter storm is possible in your area.
  • Advisor=conditions expected to cause major delays and may be hazardous. Use caution.
  • Warning=winter storm is occurring or will occur soon in your area.

Winter storm tips

  • Prepare for possible power loss: add warm clothes to emergency kit, check flashlight(never use candles) &radio batteries charge mobile devices, fill car tank, take cash out
  • Only use generators in open areas away from windows & home to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Bring pets/animals inside and move livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
  • Travel only if necessary. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle
  • Let family and friends know where you are. Check on neighbors before, after, and during the storm to make sure they are OK.

Always follow local official’s directions and warnings! Once again please know that your local SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties are here to help.