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Recovering From Commercial Property Damage Reliably | SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties

2/15/2024 (Permalink)

business man in office talking to female SERVPRO rep SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties is here for your business every step of the way, from ERPs to disaster recovery.

What business owner wakes up one morning determined to suffer through a disaster at work? We would hope no one is thinking or assuming the worst every day!

Unfortunately, disasters happen to businesses across the country every day, so having a plan in place ahead of a fire, flood or storm situation can help you navigate the unknown a bit more smoothly. SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties is here to help you plan, but also here to help you recover from any disaster situation.

Preparing Ahead of the Disaster

The best disaster is the one that didn’t happen, right? In order for that to be true, it’s also important to have a plan in place so you can react immediately when something goes awry. If your team is prepared for what could happen, they are much more likely to respond appropriately.

Once your basic emergency plan is formed, create a clear line of communication so your team knows where information is going to come from and who is in charge of what during an emergency. You should also be taking the time to show your staff where fire extinguishers, water valves and emergency kits are located.

While it may be true that your custodial staff are in charge of responding to situations like this, it is always helpful for your other staff to be able to help in a true emergency situation.

In addition to explaining what should happen before and during a disaster, your team also needs to understand where to go and what to do afterward. Remote work policies need to be in place or an alternate location needs to be secured for your team to continue working in an adjusted way while your repairs are taking place.

Your Personalized Recovery Process

When you have a plan in place and you use it during an emergency, you are much more likely to come out the other side without having to worry about long-term or permanent closures. The faster you can react by calling SERVPRO®, the better your chances will be at a full recovery.

While we work on restoring and repairing your home, you will need to focus on keeping your staff in good spirits while also communicating to the public about your restoration process. Let everyone know how the restoration is coming and offer up tentative re-opening dates to keep people informed throughout the process.

Depending on your type of restoration, you and your team may be able to remain in your building while we work, albeit in an adjusted way. We can oftentimes secure areas or block off sections while we work so you can still operate in an abbreviated capacity during your recovery. We will work with you to find the right balance that you need.

Planning ahead and executing a quick recovery is exactly what your business deserves when it comes to recovering after a disaster. We are here to help you so you can open back up for business faster with a smile on your face!

Has your business experienced a disaster, or do you want help building an emergency plan? Contact us to find everything you need.

Dealing With Multiple Kinds of Home Damage, Confidently | SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties

2/1/2024 (Permalink)

heavy rain pounding down on a blacktop surface SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties is Here to Help® when any disaster strikes!

When the rain comes pouring in or a house fire starts in the middle of the night, it can leave you with serious damage and a lot of questions. It always seems like the most unsuspecting situations are the most frustrating to deal with!

That is especially true when it comes to home damage as you always have to take action right away to stay in control of the situation. Whether Mother Nature caused structural damage to your roof during a tornado or your old dishwasher leaked yet again, dealing with the aftermath quickly is what will help you recover more confidently.

That’s why SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties is here to help! With one simple phone call, all of your home damage woes will be taken care of as we get started on your entire recovery.

The Facts of Worsening Damage

The toll that disasters can take on communities can range from minor inconveniences to total emergencies, especially when it comes to serious storms or unexpected natural disasters.

For example, heavy rain can lead to flooding, which can be dangerous if you are out and about or can lead to mold growth in your home. Strong wind can knock out power for days or rip shingles off of your roof. A house fire can cause structural damage in the room that the fire occurred in, but it can also lead to soot and smoke odors all over your home.

The longer the damage sits in your home, the worse the situation can become. This is why a quick call to us will get the ball rolling and you will be able to recover faster and more completely!

Restoring With Confidence

When disaster strikes, we want you to pick up the phone no matter what time it is or what day it happens to be. We are here 247, 365 days a year to respond to your emergency. We will get right to work by gathering a team and supplies and then be on our way to you quickly.

Our highly trained team members have years of experience helping our community overcome disaster. We are all trained on the latest and most advanced restoration techniques and we will tailor our plan to fit your home’s individual needs. We will be with you from start to finish no matter what.

Damaged roofs will be tarped and secured, flooded rooms will have the standing water removed and the walls repaired, and fire-damaged spaces will be cleaned, sanitized and restored with confidence.

We are even confident enough in our skills to tackle entire rebuilds of sections of your home! If a water disaster or fire caused too much damage to be repaired, we can tear down that section of your home and build it back up for you with precision.

One of the best things about working with us is that you are only ever working with us! It can be exhausting dealing with multiple different contractors and agreements, but you are only working with our team for every aspect of your restoration. That can make your recovery process much smoother and much more relaxing for your family.

When the rain pours in or a house fire takes you by surprise, call SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties for a faster and more reliable recovery. We can help you find sunnier days in no time at all.

Have you experienced a disaster and need restoration? Make one call to our office to start recovery fast.

Tips for Staying Toasty and Fire-Safe This Season | SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn and Rusk Counties

1/16/2024 (Permalink)

brick chimney with lit fire logs Fire safety is a top priority for us at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn and Rusk Counties this winter. Keep your home safe with these helpful tips!

We are in the heart of cozy season right now, and we are cuddled up with blankets and enjoying the cooler weather right along with you. While you dust off your fireplace and bust out your space heaters on the coldest of nights, make sure you are being safe!

The number of house fires skyrockets in the winter season, and most of them are caused by preventable accidents with space heaters, fireplace issues or other electrical troubles. Our SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn and Rusk Counties team explains some easy ways to stay safe while also staying warm this season below.

Addressing Your Fireplace

The ambiance and warmth that a fire provides can’t be beat, but fireplaces can also be downright dangerous if not used properly. If you have a wood-burning fireplace, make sure to clean out ash from previous fires, and be sure your chimney is cleaned regularly to remove creosote buildup.

Keep flammable materials and decor far away from the flames and off the mantle, and make sure your smoke detectors have fresh batteries. If you have an electric or gas fireplace, check the connections regularly to ensure you don’t have a small leak happening and clean it off to remove dust buildup. Make sure your fire extinguisher is always close at hand as well.

Space Heater Safety

Did you know that space heater mishaps are responsible for 1,700 house fires every year? The best part about space heaters is their ability to easily move around your home to provide warmth wherever you need it.

However, that is also what makes them fire hazards! Choose a hard, level and nonflammable surface to set yours up on, and check the cord for any fraying or loose wiring before plugging it in.

Create a three-foot barrier around your space heater to keep out kids and pets, and make sure things like curtains, couch cushions and bedding are nowhere near the heater. Never plug a space heater into an extension cord, and always turn off your space heater before going to bed.

Suggested Safety Features for Your Space Heater

Not all space heaters are created equally, and cheaper doesn’t always mean a good deal or good value. You need to do your research before choosing the right space heater to ensure your safety while you are using it.

First, make sure you are purchasing from a certified and reliable company that has passed all of the necessary safety certifications. Next, you should make sure it has a shutoff feature that can take over after a certain period of usage. Space heaters should never be left unattended, but the automatic shutoff switch can add another level of protection.

Finally, inspect the cord that comes out of the heater. It should be sturdy and well-made, and it should be at least six feet long so you can easily set up your space heater in a safe location in your room.

Stay safe, stay warm and call us right away if you suffer a house fire this season! We will remove damaged debris, tackle smoke odors and repair your home from top to bottom.

A quick fire damage restoration is just a phone call away. Call SERVPRO® for immediate assistance.

Sneaky Places for Water Leaks to Start | SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties

1/2/2024 (Permalink)

close up of condensation on window pane and ledge Water damage can happen anywhere in your home. Call SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties to restore water damage on your property 24/7, 365.

Water is a necessary part of our lives, and we use it every day in a variety of ways. Water flows into our homes every time we run a load of laundry, wash our hands or clink ice into our glasses. While most of the time the water stays where it should, water leaks can happen at a moment’s notice and wreak havoc all over the place.

We can’t always predict or prevent water leaks, but knowing where they happen the most can help you take action quickly and track down the source of a leak faster. Catching one quickly can help you avoid serious damage and a longer repair process.

Under the Sinks and Taps

Where there’s a sink, there’s a water line. We often don’t think twice when the water flows down the sink and into the drain, but that water has to go somewhere! If a water line is loose or a seal has started to break down, that water can easily leak onto your floor.

If the leak starts under your sink, it will start to seep into the cupboards, get onto your floors and leak behind your walls. Check your water lines often and don’t forget to pay special attention to the water lines coming from your dishwasher! Tighten loose connections and recaulk old seals as you discover potential problems.

Under Your Water-Reliant Appliances

Which appliances do you rely on the most during your daily life? Chances are they are the ones that use water to function. Water heaters, washing machines and dishwashers are essential parts of our households nowadays, but they also have the potential to leak at any time.

Get into the habit of pulling them away from the wall often to check for moisture issues. Water spots, mold or new puddles should quickly be investigated before the problem gets worse. Try to do this every time you deep-clean your home because water leaks tend to get worse the longer they are left unaddressed.

Behind Any Wall

Your water lines run behind your walls, so unfortunately, water leaks can happen behind your drywall without you even noticing! A single drip will probably not be noticed for a while, but sudden gushes of water from a burst water line will quickly become obvious.

If you start to smell something musty or earthy or one of your walls is starting to feel soft, it is time to call in the professionals so we can check it out for you and address any necessary repairs.

Exterior Windows and Doors

As condensation forms on your windows, it can easily leak down your windowpane and settle on your sills. It can also get under your trim and leak behind your walls. Over time, this lingering moisture can lead to structural damage and mold growth.

Moisture can also sneak into your home through any gapping or cracks around your windows and doors. If you have a draft problem or your home is getting older and your windows are starting to sag, you should be checking these spaces often for signs of water damage.

If you do suffer from water damage, call SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties for a faster and more reliable restoration. We will quickly remove standing water while handling your repairs with confidence.

Don’t ignore signs of water damage! Call SERVPRO® for a quick restoration.

The Importance of Relying on Your Local Restoration Team | SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties

12/15/2023 (Permalink)

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When disaster strikes, it can cause all kinds of overwhelming feelings to take over, and it can seem like an insurmountable task to look around your home after suffering from a water, fire or storm disaster.

While disasters can certainly be scary, having a reliable team to help you recover can make all of the difference. That’s where SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties comes into play!

Our talented and local team will be able to help you recover faster and more efficiently no matter what your situation is.

Choosing the Right Team

It can be a really vulnerable experience to suffer through disaster, especially when you have strangers in your home working on your recovery at all hours of the day. Thankfully, when you work with SERVPRO®, you can rest easy knowing that we will treat your home like it was our own.

The restoration company you choose should be trustworthy, kind and highly knowledgeable about your particular restoration project. They should also be available to take your call 247 or whenever you need them.

At SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties, we pride ourselves in providing all of that and more for our customers. We are also locally owned and operated, which makes us uniquely connected to our community. It is our job and our duty to help our fellow community members overcome disaster.

A History of Reliable Experience

While having a friendly and local team is crucial to your comfort and your confidence in your restoration, you also want to make sure that the team you choose knows what they are doing. SERVPRO comes with the backing of a national brand that ensures we have the tools and the staff needed no matter the size of your project.

SERVPRO has also been in business for years and has grown from one branch in 1967 to over 2,000 today, including ours here in the Barron County area.

When you work with our team, you are working with professionals with years of experience who will help you recover faster and more confidently. We are trained and certified in every applicable area of disaster recovery, and we can handle your situation, too.

We will handle everything from the initial tarping of your roof and securing your home all the way to rebuilding entire sections of your home. Every SERVPRO employee will ensure to use the top-of-the-line equipment and only the latest recovery methods so we can help you put your life back together faster.

Want to learn more about everything we can do for you? Contact us to be prepared for anything.

Taking Control of Your Flooded Business | SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties

12/1/2023 (Permalink)

concrete floor tiling with large cracks and water on it Has water damage infiltrated your business? Give SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties a call to get that resolved!

We all have those morning routines we stick to when arriving at work. Unlocking doors, turning on lights, getting the mail…so when the unexpected happens, it can throw us off our routines entirely. This is especially true when you come upon a developing problem or a disaster situation, like a flooded room or water leaking from the ceiling.

If you get to work one day to find your lowest level flooded or your storefront’s carpet soaked through, what do you do first?

Having a plan in place ahead of any potential floods can help you stay in control and respond quicker in an emergency situation. Get to know what to do below so you can overcome this frustrating situation faster.

The First Few Steps

When your business is flooded, it will take precedence over everything else for the time being. Try to stay calm and follow these simple steps to help get things cleaned up right away.

1. Stay safe. Your top priority is always safety when it comes to situations like this. Keep your employees out of the area, and avoid walking through the water. Stay on higher ground as you assess the situation and then get SERVPRO® on the phone right away so we can get started on your recovery plan.

2. Control the disaster. If the water is still actively pouring out of a burst pipe or is still flowing into your space, stopping the flow of water should be your next step. Locate the appropriate water valve and shut it off to stop the water from rushing in. If you can’t locate it quickly, shut off the water for your entire building to be on the safe side.

3. Start the drying process. We will be on our way to you as soon as you call, but you can still start the drying process while you wait for us to arrive. Open some windows and turn on a fan to start circulating air in the area.

Recovering After a Water Disaster

Once we arrive at your building, we will get right to work removing the standing water. We will also complete a total assessment of your building so we can make sure to get all of the water cleaned up and address the damage thoroughly. This is the point where we also make contact with your insurance company!

While we focus on your recovery, we want you to focus on finding ways to keep your business running smoothly. We can oftentimes secure the location of the flood so you can continue to operate in any capacity that you can.

We will make sure that your business is clean, dry and repaired as quickly as possible so you can open back up completely faster. Call us 247 for immediate assistance.

Do you need repairs after a water disaster in your commercial building? Contact us to get dried out quickly.

Possible Home Damage in the Rice Lake Area | SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

residentail home with roof destroyed and debris falling down If you discover damage in your residence, call SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties right away.

We rely on our homes to support us and keep us safe on a daily basis, and that takes a lot of work! Severe weather, house fires or even mold infestations can impact your daily life in a split second and leave you with significant damage.

By understanding the kind of damage that is possible in our community, you can take steps to reduce your risk of suffering extensive damage whenever the unexpected occurs.

SERVPRO® of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties is here to make sure you recover faster and more efficiently if disaster strikes. We explain some of the ways your home can be damaged below and what we can do about it.

Common Home Damage Scenarios

We experience all kinds of weather conditions here in western Wisconsin, which means that we can suffer from storm damage at any point in the year. Strong storms can bring tornadoes in the summer, and snowstorms can bring damaging winds or other dangerous conditions through town in the winter. In addition, general damage like house fires and water leaks can pop up at any time and cause a large amount of damage.

Water damage is often associated with rain or flooding, but it can also happen from a simple household accident like a burst pipe or leaking appliance. Fire is also unpredictable, but oftentimes house fires are started by human error or negligence.

When the Damage Compounds

It can be really scary to suffer through a disaster situation, and unfortunately, it can lead to even more damaging situations after the disaster is over. For example, floods can soak through your home and cause extensive water damage, but that lingering moisture can eventually lead to a mold problem that impacts your home’s foundation.

Another example of compounding damage is the residual fire damage after the fire is out. Soot and smoke can travel to areas of your home that the fire never spread to and leave stubborn odors and stained walls behind. Water damage can also be present due to the chemical agents and water used to put out the fire.

No matter what happened, your home deserves a complete recovery. That’s why we are here! We can help clean, restore and repair your home faster and more efficiently.

We will arrive right away to your water disaster to dry up the excess moisture and tackle repairs. The faster we get to you, the better chance you have of avoiding mold issues or musty odors in your home.

The same holds true for house fires! Our team will arrive quickly to make sure the damaged debris is removed and your entire space is cleaned and sanitized. We will remove smoke odors and restore your home from start to finish.

When you work with us, you can rest easy knowing that the job will get done exactly when we say it will and we won’t stop until you are 100% satisfied with the final product. We are always here for you!

Does your home need restoration and you don’t want to make more than one call? Contact us to get everything handled by one team.

Planning for Emergencies at Your Business | SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

clip board with a disaster preparedness checklist and emergency supplies in the background Are you prepared for disaster? SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties is here for you when disaster strikes!

Have you been wondering why you have seen so many natural disasters on TV lately? You aren’t just seeing things! Natural disasters have slowly been increasing over the last five years. Not only are they happening more frequently, but they are also getting stronger and causing more destruction.

While natural disasters can’t be controlled or prevented, you can be prepared for them when they affect your business.

Creating a plan for how to handle emergencies is crucial! We explain more below about the different reasons why having an emergency plan can help mitigate damage at your business.

When a Plan Is Important

Having a plan is important every day, but especially lately. With the rise in natural disasters, the chance that your business will suffer through some sort of disaster has increased. If you know how to respond ahead of time, you can reduce your risk of extensive damage from situations like floods, strong storms or fire.

Disasters certainly cause extensive physical damage to your property, but they can also lead to serious financial struggles for yourself as well as your employees. Long-term closures can lead to lost revenue and lost wages, but having a recovery plan can help you get back on your feet faster.

Some disaster situations can be severe enough to cause you to close your business while the repairs are taking place. It is also always a possibility that your business will close and never reopen again.

The Benefits of SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan

We have the perfect solution to all of your emergency planning needs! Our Emergency Ready Plan is a comprehensive guide that explains the different threats to your business and how to respond to them when they occur. It can help you keep a clear head and a clear direction as you navigate through a specific disaster.

Our team will assess the different risks that could impact your business, and we will lay out your response to each of them. Your plan will include steps on what to do before, during and after a disaster. Details for planning may include organizing your office to protect important paperwork from water damage, gathering electronics in a certain area that your staff can grab and go in an emergency or determining places to position your fire extinguisher for easy access.

Having a way to communicate with your team during an emergency is also crucial. We will help identify a chain of command that will lay out who is in charge of what during each emergency situation. Having people responsible for certain tasks will ensure your team’s response will go smoothly.

Our Emergency Ready Plan is comprehensive enough to walk you through whatever disaster situation you are faced with. We will help you prepare for and prevent damage, but we are also dedicated to helping you clean up after a disaster event as well. We are always here for you.

Ready to create your Emergency Ready Plan for your business? Contact us for your free assessment to start the plan you need.

Fire-Safe Cooking Tips for the Holiday Season | SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

pan on kitchen counter in residence ablaze while unattended Fire damage in your home? Not for long with SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties on the case!

The temperature outside has dropped, the leaves have changed and fallen and the holidays are right around the corner! It’s officially fall here in the Barron County area, and we are excited about it.

While you are busy making your holiday plans and pulling out your decorations, you will most likely be diving into the kitchen to whip up your favorite holiday treats and dishes.

Delicious food is part of what makes this time of year so great, but it is also the time of year when house fires (and kitchen fires in particular) spike. We want you to stay safe while making your famous pies or while trying your hand at a new turkey hot dish, so read on to learn some fire-safe tips for your kitchen.

Keep Your Kitchen Clear

Preparing your space before you even turn on the stove or preheat your oven is always recommended. Keep your kids and pets out of the kitchen, and remove as much clutter as possible from the ground and countertops.

Flammable materials should be put away or moved far away from your burners. Pot holders, oven mitts, holiday decorations and even wooden utensils can catch fire if left too close to the flames or heat.

We also want you to dress safely before you get started! Loose clothing or apron strings from a seasonal holiday apron can become fire hazards in the blink of an eye, so keep loose clothing to a minimum and always roll up your sleeves.

Stay Close By

Don’t leave the kitchen while your food is cooking, even if it is just in the baking stage or doesn’t need your immediate attention. Leaving for any period of time is enough to allow a wandering spark or flame to catch and spread. It might be too late to save your kitchen by the time you get back.

If your holiday traditions this year include deep-frying a turkey, extra precautions and safety measures need to be taken. Choose a flat, non-flammable surface for the fryer, and follow all instructions when it comes to pouring in the oil.

Set out your turkey to thaw completely a few days in advance, as even a partially frozen turkey can react with the oil and cause it to splatter and pop.

Check on Your Smoke Alarms

While kitchen fires aren’t completely preventable, these strategies can keep you safer while you are cooking. You should also make sure that your smoke alarms are installed and working properly.

Each level of your home should have one, and ideally, there should be one directly in your kitchen. Test them monthly to ensure the batteries don’t need to be replaced.

You will also need to keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Having an extinguisher dedicated to staying in your kitchen can help you knock down a few wandering flames quickly before it turns into a large blaze.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season! Remember that we are always here for you if you do suffer from some sort of fire damage. Our restoration team will be there right away to clean, sanitize and restore your home from top to bottom.

House fires can happen in the blink of an eye. Contact us for a quick restoration day or night!

Tips for Preparing for Winter Storms | SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties

11/17/2023 (Permalink)

snowy highway with vehicles driving in a squall The winter season is almost upon us! SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties has your back with these helpful tips.

It’s that time of year again for blizzards, sub-zero temperatures, strong wind and sleet. The winter season is coming fast and furious, which means that the winter weather is coming right along with it.

We can experience some pretty intense winter weather in western Wisconsin, so knowing what to do before a storm hits can help you stay safe, warm and dry.

Getting Your Home Ready

We always advise that you wait to travel until conditions improve. Sleet, slick roads and heavy snow can make travel dangerous or even impossible if you end up getting stranded. Stay home and prepare your home instead.

Grab your weather radio and gather your supplies to ride out the storm safely. Blizzards and strong winter storms can knock out power for hours or even a few days, so have multiple different ways to stay warm, like making sure your gas fireplace ready to use.

Include flashlights with extra batteries, blankets, first-aid supplies and safe drinking water in your kit, along with some candles and matches to help light your way. In addition, have a backup location in place if your home does get too cold to stay in. The local library, a friend’s home or a warming center can all be good options.

Addressing Damage After the Storm

Once the snow has stopped falling and the storm has blown on, take a look around your property and make some necessary adjustments to ensure your family’s safety and to reduce your risk of serious home damage.

If you have a roof rake, use it to pull as much snow off of your roof as possible. A shovel can also do the job in a pinch! Removing snow from your roof reduces your risk of experiencing ice dams, but it can also lighten the load of snow on your roof. Heavy, wet snow can easily weigh up to 20 pounds per cubic foot. That’s a lot of weight bearing down on your roof that could easily collapse.

It is also important to walk around your property and check your vents. Ice buildup around any vents or snow covering the opening can be dangerous or even deadly if carbon monoxide is not able to escape properly.

What We Can Do

We know that suffering home damage can be frustrating, which is why we are here to help. We can help you overcome damage from heavy snow, ice buildup or any structural issues left behind by the storm. We will dry out everything and tackle repairs right away.

Our team will work hard to keep that cold winter wind out of your home and bring your property back to its preloss condition faster so you can continue to enjoy whatever the winter season has in store for you.

Our team is always ready for anything! Contact us at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn & Rusk Counties for a quick restoration after suffering damage from a winter storm.