According to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), 40% of businesses do not reopen following a disaster such as a fire or flood. And of the businesses that do reopen, another 25% fail within a year.
With numbers like that, it’s easy to see the importance of emergency services and mitigating the loss as quickly and efficiently as possible. We here at SERVPRO of Appleton & Winnebago County have experience on both sides of the equation. Not only are we proud to count some of the biggest and best businesses in the Fox Valley among our customers, but we have experienced our own major disaster.
In March 2014 we experienced a fire at our own office/shop, when a truck parked in our shop caught fire overnight due to damaged wiring. While our structure was still standing, we had extensive fire and smoke damage throughout our shop and attached office. Both our shop and our office were unusable and much of the equipment we use to assist our customers was destroyed. We were completely overwhelmed and filled with despair. But we knew better than anyone that a prompt response was what was needed. Within less than 12 hours we had rented space and were able to set up operations in temporary spaces, while new equipment was purchased, and the cleanup began. Three months later we were moving back in to our clean and rebuilt home. Six years later we are proud to have not only survived our disaster but continued to grow our business.
If your business experiences a major loss, we are uniquely equipped to help you make it “Like it never even happened,” so that you can count yourself among the success stories.
Flu Season Cleaning
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of flu cases have recently spiked across Wisconsin, putting Wisconsin at a high flu activity level.
If you've had a significant outbreak at your school or office, SERVPRO of Appleton & Winnebago County can help you clean and disinfect your property to prevent the further spread of disease.
Homes and businesses can depend on SERVPRO of Appleton & Winnebago County to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants. Our professionals are also equipped to clean your HVAC and duct systems to help provide better air quality and help reduce the risk of circulating harmful contaminants.
Call our office today if we can help you! (920) 832-1110
Commercial Water Damage
Last week was very hot and humid in the valley. Many of us welcomed the heat as it was a far stretch from the long, cold winter we recently experienced. It was a difficult winter and many homes and businesses suffered water losses due to the extreme weather we had.
At the end of January, we were called to a furniture store. They experienced a water loss when a pipe on an outside wall, associated with their sprinkler system, froze and burst. Almost 4,000 square feet of showroom became wet as a result. Floors, furniture, area rugs, some walls, all wet.
Our Project Manager Luke quickly arrived on site to assess the situation. In his preliminary investigation he determined that the pipe was still detached or broken, but the water had been shut off at the source. He also determined that power sources were limited. He arranged for an electrician to come in and set up 3 power panels so that our crews would have enough power to run all the equipment (air movers & dehumidifiers) that were necessary to dry out such a large affected space.
Our crews arrived shortly after Luke. While some team members began extracting water from the floors and furniture, other team members began blocking the furniture. This is where we get furniture up on Styrofoam blocks. This not only protects the furniture from sitting in water, but it also protects the flooring from any dyes that may leach out of the wet furniture.
Some drywall was also wet. To dry the drywall, we removed a couple hundred linear feet of baseboard. Approximately 300 holes were drilled in the wall behind the baseboard. This allowed air from our low-profile air movers to get up behind the drywall and properly dry it in place. This is a big savings for the customer versus removing and replacing the wet drywall. Once the walls are dry, the baseboard is put back up and the holes are covered leaving no evidence of the water damage.
In the end we placed approximately 53 air movers, 7 commercial size dehumidifiers, cleaned and saved approximately 400 pieces of furniture and took 28 area rugs back to our shop to be cleaned, deodorized and dried. We had the affected area mostly dried out and back open to customers in less than 3 days.