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Vehicle Biohazard Remediation

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Services provided by SERVPRO of Rock County range from homes to cars and beyond. Vehicle biohazard remediation is necessary when cleanup requires more than a surface wipe down of visible biohazards and debris. Vehicles require a thorough chemical treatment to properly disinfect lingering pathogens and prevent recurring odors.

We respond quickly and are able to clean it up good as new to help get the owner back his vehicle. 

When you think of auto clean up make sure you remember SERVPRO of Rock County. 

We have all the necessary tools to help get your car cleaned up, whether it be leather or cloth upholstery. If you have a weird smell or any type of biohazard damage we are the company to call. 608-754-7202

Commercial Restoration Cleaning

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration Cleaning, it is our specialty at SERVPRO of Rock County.  If you have had a water damage or a fire event happen or even storm damage; your equipment might not be how it used to be and instead of throwing it away, we want to help you restore it!  It takes time and money for a new one, so instead of waiting to place the order and wait for the new equipment to come, we want to speed up the process where we are able to and save you time and money!  Even if it is something obscure that you are unsure about, we are always willing to come out to your commercial property and take a look.  Give us a call to schedule an appointment today. 608-754-7202

Water Damage from Washing Machine

4/16/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage from washing machines is one of the leading sources of residential water losses. The good news is that preventing water damage from washing machines is not as hard as you may think. Follow these tips to avoid water damage issues caused by a washing machine malfunction in your home.

-Regularly check water supply hoses (both hot and cold) for blisters, worn tubing, stress cracks or loose connections. Replace damaged hoses with newer types that are made of flexible plastic tubing encased in a stainless-steel braided exterior.

-Replace hoses every five years even if they don’t seem damaged to prevent water damage from washing machines. Deterioration may occur on the inside of the hose and may not be visible until it’s too late.

-Check the drain hose for wear and tear and to make sure it’s tightly inserted into the main drain line. Ensure it doesn’t dislodge when the washer agitates or drains.

-Leave at least four inches of space between the wall and your washer to prevent the supply and drain hoses from becoming kinked.

-Don’t overload the washing machine with laundry. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how full your washer should be. Distribute clothes evenly and loosely inside the machine.

-Use the right detergent for your washing machine in the correct amount to avoid suds and bubbles that can cause the washer to overflow. Read the instructions manual to learn which type of detergent is best for your machine and how much to use each wash.

The Living Room

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

Take a look at your living room. You may not think of the living room as a place where home fires are likely to start. It depends on how your family uses this area of your home. The biggest danger is usually the fireplace. Properly attended and maintained, a fireplace is safe to use. However, you’ll need to follow these rules:

  • Only burn firewood that is properly seasoned
  • Never ever use combustible or flammable liquids to start or maintain a fire
  • Never leave your fireplace unattended
  • Inspect and sweep your chimney
  • Watch out for “popping” sparks

You should always be aware of other hazards. Use candles safely. Never leave them unattended and extinguish them all when you go to leave your house or go to bed. Regularly inspect electrical cords to make sure they aren’t frayed or damaged.

The Kitchen is one of the Most Common Places for a Fire

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

The heart of the home, kitchens are also the most common spot in the house for fires to start. Specifically, unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires and fire-related injuries.

These man-made fires are also easily preventable: Keep an eye on the stove, oven, and other appliances like toaster ovens, and move combustible items away from the stove. Never leave the kitchen when you’re working with high heat during preparations like frying, boiling, or broiling—fires need only seconds to go from a small flame to an out-of-control blaze.

A few more tips for safe cooking:

  • If someone else can’t watch things while you step away for a bathroom break or to help the kids, turn off the cooking appliance while you’re in the other room.
  • Turn off the stove and all appliances once you’re done cooking.
  • Keep everything off hot surfaces. Pay close attention to where you set dish towels or hot pads. Designate a spot, like a hook, to practice putting them back between each use.
  • Careful with what you are wearing to prevent singeing you clothing.
  • Do not heat your home with your oven.
  • Keep a  Fire extinguisher handy in case of fire. Water will only spread oil or grease and feed the flames.

Dryer Fires

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Clogged vents, ducts, and filters are the primary causes of dryer fires. Usually, this is a result of a buildup of lint, but can certainly be caused by an accumulation of dirt, grass, or anything else that remains after the washing process. 

In addition to the lint filter, the outside vent can also become clogged, which prevents airflow and potentially leads to hazardous conditions. Again, this could be a result of lint making its way through the duct and collecting on the screen. However, it can also become obstructed by pesky birds, insect nests, or rodent nests. 

How to prevent dryer fires:

1. Make sure it's properly installed

2. Clean lint screen after each use

3. Clean the vent and duct

4. Replace ducts

5. Have your dryer routinely inspected

6. Make sure you are using your dryer correctly

Why SERVPRO of Rock County?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

When we are in the face of disaster clean up, it’s easy to become focused on the major issues at hand. Instigating problems need immediate attention such as the pipe that burst and flooded your basement, or a fire that ravaged your facility and triggered the sprinklers to soak your electronics. Dealing with the source is of utmost urgency. What we don’t always take into consideration are the possessions that sustain damage with those disasters. Photographs, prized family possessions, important documents and digital items can all become exposed and become destroyed in a short frame of time. That’s where SERVPRO of Rock County comes in to play.

SERVPRO uses state of the art equipment and implements the same freeze drying system as The Library of Congress. Our technology and techniques remain the only methods approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA). With water damage runs the risk of contamination and exposure to bacteria and viruses, making your items potentially dangerous. Fortunately, our team uses gamma irradiation to safely sterilize your property.

With these amazing pieces of technology we are able to preserve your most precious items and give you the safety of being able to keep them in your home or in storage. SERVPRO of Rock County is always here to help and would love to answer any further questions you may have. Give us a call today 608-754-7202.

Why call SERVPRO of Rock County in Stressful Situations?

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

When you come across stressful situations involving damages to your home or business, you may not know what to do or who to turn to first. That is why SERVPRO of Rock County is here for you! From the moment we answer your call you are our top priority. We understand how a flooded basement or a dryer fire can completely put your life on hold and know how important it is to get you back on your feet. Covering a wide range of tasks, we can almost always finish a job from start to finish and if we can’t, then our next step is to locate the SERVPROs who can come in and help complete it with us. Some jobs are bigger than others but we arrive and assist both large and small scale occurrences with both compassion and skill. When choosing SERVPRO of Rock County you can always expect the best. Be sure to call us directly at 608-754-7202.

Tornado season is approaching

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Both tornado watches and tornado warnings are issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/ National Weather Service. However, there are critical differences between the two alerts. 

Tornado Watch 

Conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop. Be alert to changes in the weather, account for all family members, and listen to local radio and TV stations for updated storm information. Move cars inside and keep car and house keys with you. If time permits, move lawn furniture and equipment inside to minimize flying debris. If a tornado siren sounds, stay inside and take cover.

Tornado Warning

A tornado has actually been spotted or is indicated on weather radar in your area. This means danger is imminent and you may only have seconds to take cover.

In the event that your home or business sustains damage caused by the high winds of a tornado, SERVPRO of Rock County can help!  24/7/365 emergency service is available for board up, tarp up, and water mitigation.  Call us for help at 608-754-7202

Believe it or not, Spring is Coming!

2/1/2022 (Permalink)

Evaluate your home’s exterior

Your home is designed to shelter you from the weather. To keep it in tip-top condition, do regular walk-arounds and inspect for issues. Keep an eye out for the following things:

  • Loose shingles
  • Loose siding
  • Tree branches extending over your house or driveway
  • All unattached structures like sheds or gazebos should be bolted securely to their foundation
  • Loose patio furniture that should be secured
  • Loose gutters and missing/detached downspouts
  • If you have shutters, make sure they’re secure and clear of debris
  • Check to see if your fence needs repair

Check your sump pump

As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.” And with all that rain, your risk of flooding increases. If you have a sump pump, it’s a great idea to run through an annual sump pump maintenance list.   

You’ll want to clear all debris so it doesn’t impede function and ensure your back-up is in working order. With added sump pump failure and water backup coverage on your homeowner’s insurance policy, you’ll have better protection that can bring real peace of mind when the rain starts to fall.

Weather can be unpredictable, but you can still prepare for the unexpected.  Talk with your local insurance agent to review your homeowner’s coverage, and call SERVPRO of Rock County in the event your home sustains damage.  We are available to take your call 24/7/365 at 608-754-7202