Giving sprit is the way we are here at SERVPRO of Barron Dunn and Rusk Counties. We love to see the smiling faces in our communities (even through the masks) We serve over 13 counties in northern Wisconsin. Our main goal is to make sure our customers are always happy. This year even with the COVID-19 pandemic that has been going on for over a year now, our marketing team has been able to make our rounds. We did have to stay in the office for about eight months but right before Christmas we were able to go out and deliver some wonderful cookies to our clients. We were also able to help our local communities with a couple donations. They were very appreciative! We always want to bring smiles to as many people as we can through these dark times.
When doing winter storm damage repair or even inspections there are a few things to do.
- Wear two layers of clothing. Our guys are trained to wear more clothing for better insulation out in the colder temperatures of the great northern Wisconsin winters. There first layer should be a thick insulation layer and the second should be a waterproof layer. Waterproof is because getting wet from the rain or snow can cause your body temp to drop and cause hyperthermia.
- Wear slip- resistant boots while checking roof tops. Its very common for snow to build-up on rooftops in the winter. It is also very important to clean them off. Heat from inside your home can cause the snow to melt and then refreezing causing ice to form, that is why is very important to wear slip- resistant boots.
- Account for temperature correction when testing for moisture. Moisture meters are a critical tool for building restoration, helping our technicians pinpoint moisture intrusion sources so they can properly be remediated. Pin-type meters are very popular because they work in a verity of building materials.
- Bring spare moisture meter electrodes. Meter electrodes can be very brittle especially when working outside in freezing temperatures.
- Check meter calibrations before each shift. It is very important to calibrate everyday to insure you are getting the correct reading. A correct reading helps make sure the job is done correctly.
Do's and Don'ts
Any kind of water lose is never fun! SERVPRO is always here to help and here are a few do’s and don’ts when damage does happen.
- If the outside temperature is above 65 degrees, use dehumidifiers if available.
- Use fans to circulate the air and assist in drying.
- Remove as much water as possible by mopping and blotting.
- Wipe furniture dry.
- Lift draperies off carpet, loop through a coat hanger, and place the hanger on the drapery rod.
- Prop up wet furniture cushions for even drying and place small wood blocks or aluminum foil under furniture legs.
- Remove wet area rugs or other floor coverings.
- Open furniture drawers, closet doors, and luggage to enhance drying.
- Move guns, photos, paintings, and art objects to a safe, dry location.
- Remove wet fabrics and dry them as soon as possible. Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.
- Remove damp books from shelves and spread out to dry.
- If damage occurs during a cool season, leave heat on; if in summer, use an air conditioner if available.
- Do not use an ordinary household vacuum to remove water.
- Do not use electrical appliances while on wet carpet or wet floors.
- Do not go into rooms with standing water if the electricity is still on.
- Do not lift tacked down carpet without help from a professional carpet cleaning service. Lifting the carpet incorrectly could promote shrinkage and create damage.
- Do not wait before calling SERVPRO and beginning the water damage restoration process. Water damage, as well as and bacteria and mold growth can begin within hours.
Covid-19 and the 3C's
As this world unfolds into the crazy place of the unknown. SERVPRO wants to do everything they can do to make you feel as safe as possible. We have a specialized viral pathogen-cleaning program that prevents the spread of COVID-19. We something just for you, our COVID-19 cleanings. It all starts with the 3 C’s:
- We assign you a cleaning protocol specialist who understands your home or business
- These programs are based on a range of factors: type if industry, type of business, size of space, amount of high frequency touch points, foot traffic, and congestion points
- Trained and experienced in biohazard cleaning and decontamination for porous and non-porous surfaces. We are always adhering to cleaning and sanitization standards set by the CDC
- Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!! Our team is committed to the comfort and security of not only our employees but also our customers and our community
If you have any questions about our COVID-19 cleanings, please give us a call. 715-643-7171
Some kind of special CLEAN
Over the years SERVPRO has evolved from just a restoration company to being able to clean just about anything in your home or business. SERVPRO also knows you do not have the time to wait and want to get back to regular business as soon as possible. We have specialized training and product in many different commercial cleaning areas, including:
Air duct and HVAC
Carpet and Upholstery
Ceilings, floors, and walls
Drapes and blinds
Trauma and crime scene cleanup
We still do all of our original restoration cleaning such as:
We are here to help 24/7 365 days a year. There is not job too big or too small we can make it "Like it never even happened."
Winter Storm Damage
There are 3 common types of winter storm damage.
- Flooding caused by freezing pipes that burst
- Fires caused by unattended fireplaces, improperly cleaned chimneys, or space heaters that overload and outlet or that are unattended and tip over
- Roof leaks caused by ice that melts, ice dams that block drainage pipes, snow and ice breaking through the singles, and heavy winds from winter storms
What to do if your property does get damaged?
- Stay calm
- Make sure everyone is safe
- Turn off water and power if safely possible
- Document anything you have lost
- Contact your insurance
- Remove and property you safely can
- Keep all receipts and documentation
SERVPRO strongly recommends and ERP (Emergency Ready Profile) so in the case of anything terrible happening we can act as fast as possible. To set up a meeting with our marketing team or if you have any questions on setting up an ERP please do not hesitate to call us! 715-643-7171
For the most part everyone has either seen or heard of mold. Mold can wreak havoc on your health and home. Mold can start developing in as little as 24 hours. Musty odor, discoloration, water damage, and allergic symptoms are all signs mold growth. To get rid of mold it takes more that just soap and water. Some steps include:
- Finding and stopping the source of the moisture that has allowed mold to grow
- Sealing off mold-infested area to prevent further contamination
- Taking our or cleaning mold-infested baseboards, sheetrock, carpeting, and wood
- Apply anti-microbial treatments to prevent further growth
- Installing preventive measures such as humidity controls and proper ventilation
SERVPRO is always willing to help and give out and ideas we can. We are available 24/7 and 365 days a week so help wherever we can.
Snow and a leaking roof
While most of us thing the snow is beautiful to look at through a window, the below freezing temps and heavy snow can be devastating to your home or business. We at SERVPRO have some suggestions of what to do and not to do for your home or business this winter.
- Preventing a roof collapse
Get yourself a roof rake, it can save your roof from ending up inside your home or business. Most roofs can handle about 20 pounds of snow per square foot before becoming weak. You want to do what you safely can to keep your roof as clean as possible, that is where a roof rake comes in handy. You can reach most of your roof safely from the ground or not to far off the ground.
Clean any debris out such as twigs and leaves. The gutter and down spout clear at all times for any melting snow to be able to run away from the building. If they are blocked in any way, it can cause a devastating ice damn.
- Insulate your attic or roof line
Ice damns happen when heat escapes from your roof, melting the snow and freezes around the water. Leaking roof can damage walls and ceilings which than in turn can cause a mold issue. So, make sure your roof is in good working order and you have plenty of insulation in the attic. Do not keep the attic anymore than 5 to 10 degrees warmer than your home.
If you have any questions regarding roof damage or ice damns feel free to give us a call 24/7
Septic systems and deep frost? Not a good combination
Lack of snow cover and dropping temperatures can spell trouble for homeowners with septic systems. Snow helps to insulate septic systems and keep them from freezing.
- Place a layer of mulch 8 to 12 inches thick over the pipes, tank, and soil treatment system to provide extra insulation. This can be straw, leaves, hay or other loose material that will stay in place and not become compacted. This is particularly important for new systems that were installed so late in the year that vegetative cover didn't get established. If the system is currently frozen, don’t add mulch now; it will delay thawing in the spring.
- Use water—the warmer the better—if you’re worried your system is starting to freeze. Spread out your laundry schedule so you run one warm/hot load a day. Use the dishwasher and take hot baths. Do not leave water running all the time—this will overload the septic system.
- Going away for an extended period? Have someone use warm water in the home regularly or pump out your tank before leaving.
- Fix any leaky plumbing fixtures or appliances in your home. This will help prevent freezing problems and help your system perform better all year.
- Keep all vehicle, animal, and people traffic off the system. This is a rule to follow all year as compacted snow and soils cause frost to go down deeper and faster. Pay special attention to the area between the house and tank.
- Keep an eye on your system. If any seeping or ponding occurs, contact an onsite professional to help determine the cause and remedy.
- Add more insulation to your system. This could include replacing pipe with insulated pipe, adding expanded foam panels over septic tanks, or adding more soil cover.
A septic system that is frozen can than back up into you home and cause a huge amount of damage! If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call 24/7. 715-643-7171
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715-643-7171 at SERVPRO of Barron Dunn and Rusk Counties
We offer Commercial and Residential Services.
Whether your home in Barron, Dunn, or Rusk Counties need emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
We are here to help you and we are faster to any size disaster. We will get your home or business back to the preloss condition and make it "Like it never even happened."
Please give us a call for your commercial business and our Marketing Representatives will meet with you and set up an Emergency Readiness Plan. This will help if you do have a disaster and we will be able to assist you in your restoration.