10 Home Fire Hazards and How to Avoid Them

In 2014 alone, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported nearly 1.3 millions fires in the United States. Those fires led to 3,275 deaths, 15,775 injuries, and $11.6 billion in property damage. In mere seconds, a fire in the home can turn deadly, so it’s important to prevent them from happening before they ever start by knowing your home’s fire hazards.

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Do You Know Who to Call for Water Damage?

Do You Know Who to Call for Water Damage in Your Home?

If your home’s interior has water damage, it can be overwhelming to know what to do first. Your initial stress will likely come from the awareness that your basement is flooding, your ceiling is bulging, or your toilet is overflowing. Once that sinks in, further anxiety arrives as you try to play damage control and minimize any further destruction to your home.

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How to Clean Clothing and Fabrics After a Fire

How to Clean Clothing and Fabrics After a Fire

A home fire can be a frightening ordeal, leaving a huge burden in its wake. The health and safety of those living in your home–adults, children, and pets–are top priority, followed next by the structural and operational integrity of your home. But once you’re given the OK from authorities to return to your residence, the recovery process may leave you faced with restoration issues you’ve never before experienced. (more…)

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Who to Call for Water Damage in Your Home

Do You Know Who to Call for Water Damage in Your Home?

If your home’s interior has water damage, it can be overwhelming to know what to do first. Your initial stress will likely come from the awareness that your basement is flooding, your ceiling is bulging, or your toilet is overflowing. Once that sinks in, further anxiety arrives as you try to play damage control and minimize any further destruction to your home.

After a deep breath and turning off the home’s electricity and water supply should a burst or leaking pipe be the possible culprit, it’s time to pick up the phone. But who do you call first? (more…)

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Mold and Mildew – What’s the difference?

Mold vs. Mildew: Can You Spot the Difference?

Mold and mildew, while not the same, have a lot of commonalities. Both are fungi, have similar visual characteristics, are drawn to moist spaces, and make for an unsightly mess in a person’s home. However, that’s where most of their likeness come to an end.

While the two can be difficult to tell apart, responding to these household culprits, and the damage they can cause, is an important lesson to learn. (more…)

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How to Respond When Frozen Pipes Burst

How Best to Respond When Frozen Pipes Burst

When the Farmers Almanac uses words like “numbing cold” and “chilled to the bone” on their 2017 Winter Outlook map, you know Madison and Milwaukee are both in for a whopper of a winter. And while we hate to be the bearer of bad news, when winter is again predicted to be a beast, it’s necessary to be prepared. But even in trying to protect your home against the damages that come with frozen pipes, pipe bursts happen. And that’s when you need to respond–and fast. (more…)

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8 Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes cause water damage to your home or business | Here are 8 tips to prevent frozen pipes from A&J Specialty Services Inc DKI of Madison, Sun Prairie, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, Wisconsin8 Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Waking up to a snow-covered picture landscape in Madison, WI may be the winter dream, but in recent years, things like polar vortices has made the cold and freezing temps near unbearable. Snowball that with blizzardy conditions so intense they garner their own names–we’re looking at you Snowmageddon, Snowzilla and Snowpocalypse–and winter can be a stressful time of year.

Making it just a little bit worse? Frozen pipes. When outdoor temperatures drop below freezing, the water inside your pipes can freeze. Water expands when frozen, which increases the pressure on your pipes, causing them to burst. And that leads to home and property damage–not to mention a whole lot of headaches you don’t need.

Before you pack up your sole possessions and head south, the following tips can help prevent bitterly cold temperatures from wreaking havoc on your home or business.

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Holiday House Fire Hazards

Wintertime in Madison – a time filled with the joy of the holidays, hopes for snow days, and dread of just how long this winter might last. Fortunately, before we start getting sick of winter (if you’re like some of us at A&J Specialty Services – that never happens!!), we get to enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, and the wonders they bring. But, holidays don’t come without their mishaps!

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Preparing Your Business for Disaster

Planning for a disaster, when it seems so impossible, is never a fun task. Often, it seems tedious and a waste of time when there are other money-making tasks to be handled. But failing to plan for the worst could end up costing you tenfold when a disaster really strikes Madison. It could be a major flood, tornado, snow storm, or even a heatwave – anything is possible.

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Dangers Lurking After a Sewage Backup

A few months ago, we talked about the possible signs of sewage backup. They are pretty straight forward like a foul odor coming from drains, clogged drains, gurgling and bubbling, and so on. Now, we want to talk a little bit about the hazards lurking in that brown water than comes with sewage backup. After all, that water that has unfortunately made its way into your home is anything but sanitary, which is why it is very important to have the affected areas properly cleaned and disinfected by a sewage cleanup services – like the crews at A&J Specialty Services. But, we digress.

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