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Mold Remediation Services

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Following water damage, mold has a prime opportunity to grow quickly and rampantly in any type of building, from residential to commercial structures. When you suspect mold had infiltrated your property, call Square One Restoration, Inc. immediately for the most competent, professional mold remediation in Northeast Wisconsin.

Extreme flooding, frozen and burst pipes, and unfortunate sewage backup are all gateways to mold growth in your building. Incomplete or delayed water removal can create the perfect environment for mold to expand. If you’ve got a cool, dark, damp area in your home or office, you can be almost positive that there may be mold hiding in its depths.

Mold can cause a variety of problems in your building, especially if it invades your air duct or HVAC system. Some physical symptoms of mold in your building include:

  • A musty, stale odor
  • Discoloration and peeling of the wallpaper
  • Unusual bulging or dampness in walls
  • A white, gray, green, or brown fuzzy substance on surfaces
  • Severe respiratory reactions for those with asthma

Our proper mold remediation includes an inspection to assess the damage and reach of the mold. We then contain the area and remove the damaged property.  Square One Restoration will make sure that no mold spores remain by treating all surfaces with an antimicrobial solution to help in prevention of the return of mold.

Mold can be dangerous and create many complications in your life if not treated immediately and correctly. Square One Restoration offers emergency mold remediation 24/7/365 so that you never have to worry about the prolonged threat of mold. Call Square One Restoration  to schedule your mold inspection and remediation.

Happy 4th Anniversary Amy Ibanez!

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Amy Celebrated her 4th Anniversary with Square One Restoration on April 16th, Congratulations and Thank You for being part of our team!


50 years ago basements weren’t really considered living space. As such, they were mostly unfinished areas with cinderblock walls and concrete floors used primarily to store items and house mechanical systems. But these days, more and more homeowners want to utilize their basements as livable areas. That means spending a lot of money to finish them out. Adding insulation, drywall, carpeting or tile, electrical outlets and wet bars, and of course all of the fun stuff you put into the basement to enjoy the area.  Add it all up, and you could easily spend over $20,000 turning your musty old basement into a great area your entire family can enjoy. But given the costs, doesn’t it make sense to spend a little more to make sure you don’t end up with a flooded basement that ruins your new space?


Investments you should make to prevent a flooded basement



Normally when we discuss measures you can take to reduce the risk of basement flooding, we ask readers to weigh the costs of extraction and drying out a flooded basement (including any restoration services that may be required) with the actual costs of installing the systems that can help prevent the loss from occurring. For some with unfinished basements, the rewards don’t outweigh the risks. But since you have a finished basement, it’s our opinion this system is an absolute no brainer.


Install a sump pump with backup


sump-pump-prevents-basement-floodsIf you’re reading and saying ‘well duh!’ you’d be surprised how many people ignore this step of installing a sump pump. If you’re in the planning phases of a basement remodel, please go ahead and factor in the roughly $1000 you’ll need to spend in order to have this system professionally installed. If you’re not familiar with how these systems work or what function they perform, here is a good summary. Basically, it’s a pump that is installed in a catch basin in the lowest part of your basement. In times of heavy rain, and even when there is no rain at all, the ground outside of your basement absorbs ground water. Sump pumps work by collecting that ground water and then pumping it away from your home towards the street where it can safely enter a storm drain and make its way to a sanitary water source.

One thing that we must point out about sump pumps is that they can fail when you need them the most. So when trying to make sure this shiny new system you installed actually works and prevents a basement flood, you’ll need to consider what risk your home is of suffering a water loss. For most people with proper drainage away from their house, their sump pump won’t need to run often (and maybe never). For others, groundwater is a constant battle and they’ll be relying on their sump pump quite often. If you find yourself in the latter group, spare no expense when it comes to making sure your sump pump actually works. You should consider:

() installing a top of the line system

() installing a backup power generator that will power your sump pump should your home lose electricity

() having the system checked/maintained annually by a licensed plumber

() routinely testing the system

The 3 Types Of Fire Smoke Damage And Residues

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There are 3 main types of smoke and residues that can be left behind by fire damage in your home:

    1. Synthetic: These synthetic residues appear when oil based materials are burned such as plastics and fabrics. This could include everything from window coverings, furniture, carpets, and electronics. When synthetic materials burn they will produce a thick black smoke, leaving behind a smeary residue that can create quite the mess if not cleaned up properly. In these situations avoid touching any of the residue to prevent smearing as vacuuming is the best approach to cleaning the residues left behind, followed by dry-chem sponge cleaning.
  1. Protein: Fires caused by the burning of proteins such as meats and beans for example will leave behind a yellowish brown residue. The texture of which is greasy feeling and can stick to any surface, making it a pain to clean up. Make sure you  head over to your local Home-Depot type shop and ask for the proper fire cleaning chemical that will work well on cleaning up after protein fires.
  2. Natural: These type of fires are caused by the burning of natural products such as wood and paper. They produce dry powdery residue that is greyish-black in colour. These residues are easier to clean up than the synthetic or protein residues. Removing the residues can be done by vacuuming with a bristled brush, followed by dry-chem sponge cleaning.

Now that you are able to identify the different sources of fire smoke and residues you can determine which type you are dealing with in your particular case and apply the appropriate cleaning methods as discussed.

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