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A Certified Clean Your Clients Can Trust | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, reach out to the SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin team.

Things are changing in a good way, and areas across the country are starting to experience major turnarounds.

With the return to some level of normalcy and hopes of a brighter future also brings new expectations for businesses. Because customers are now more aware of how fragile their health is, they expect that companies they work with will prioritize their safety and wellness.

How can your business keep up with those expectations? SERVPRO can help.

What a Certified: Cleaned Program Is

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program gives you and your customers peace of mind by taking on the time-consuming job of sanitizing and cleaning your facility. But our services go well beyond basic cleaning!

Our focus is to provide your facility or retail space with a level of clean your customers and employees can count on. To do this, our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program uses advanced biohazard techniques and technologies that go beyond the traditional cleaning and janitorial services.

Here’s how the program works:

Consult. Every business is unique. That means that your business has distinct and unique cleaning needs. The fact that SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin is locally owned and operated helps because we are already in tune with the needs of the area. But we’ll also meet with you to talk through other needs specific to your business.

Clean. Our technicians are available 247, so when they show up on site with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions you know the job is going to be done right. Using these types of products gives your building the clean of a lifetime, always adhering to (or exceeding) the CDC standards. Even better news? This cleaning technology doesn’t simply protect against COVID-19. It also clears your space of other germs that cause illnesses such as the common cold and the flu.

Certify. Once the work is done, you can proudly display the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield on your front window. This proves to people that they are about to walk into a business that cares for them, as well as everyone who comes inside. You’ll also receive a digital emblem that can be placed on your website and social media accounts.

*If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side. *

Warm Weather Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin to learn more.

The warmer weather months are starting to roll in, and we are thankful! Warmer months means life slows down and lots of time spent outdoors with family and friends.

When you think of warmer days, you don’t typically think of fires, but believe it or not, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year. The good news? You can take steps to lower your risk.

Be proactive about these three main sources of fire risk:

The grill. This is the most common source of fire risk during the warmer months. Grills create the perfect combination of flames, heat, grease and gas, which can make things escalate quickly. Make sure you are prepared so nothing will go wrong. Verify that the grill is in good working condition, have it placed at least three feet away from everything and clean it before each use. Cleaning the grill before each use is especially important because almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

Fire pits Enjoying friends, the smell and the sounds of a fire is something that will never get old! But while doing these things, we might get lost in the moment and lose track of our safety. Be sure to never leave your kids unattended around the fire. You should also keep a bucket of water nearby, or drag a water hose close to the pit. Never add leaves or pine needles to the fire, and finally, put the fire out slowly to avoid scattering embers.

Chimneys and dryer vents. Yearly maintenance on your home is crucial and save you time and money in the long run. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned out on a regular basis to help avoid a dangerous buildup of ashes. The spring or summer is a great time to do this since you won’t be using your fireplace. Another maintenance tip is to clean your dryer vent pipes for trapped lint. It’s a great tip for fire safety, but it also helps in maintaining those expensive appliances!

At SERVPRO, we have technicians on hand 247 should an emergency occur! While fire is unavoidable sometimes, no matter the cause, SERVPRO is here to help you. Contact SERVPRO of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin to experience the SERVPRO difference.

 

How to Identify Water Damage in Your Basement | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

a grey basement showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin is a local restoration company. Our team is ready to help you determine the best course of action.

A basement can be a great resource for your home. Homeowners can finish and furnish them, make a game room or “man cave,” use them for extra play space or take advantage of the extra storage room.

However, basements are unfortunately prone to water damage, because they are dug into the ground and surrounded by moist soil. This can mean water leakage into your basement over time.

While not an absolute certainty, it’s very likely that at some point you’ll encounter a water issue in your basement, and in any case, it’s good to know what to be on guard for.

Below, we will look at some of the signs that water damage is present in your basement—and if you decide you need a more professional set of eyes, your local SERVPRO technicians are a click or call away.

Signs You May Have Basement Water Damage

Unpleasant, musky odors. The smell that many people associate with basements is not a pleasant one, but because it’s so common, many people have the misconception that it’s not a problem. This isn’t the case. This smell will only arise when mold and mildew are present in the environment,, often caused by water leaking in and evaporating over time, creating mold spores in its wake—and while these are often hard to see, they are easy to smell.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Homeowners will sometimes apply a coat or two of waterproof paint to basement surface, with the thought that it will permanently create a barrier between the interior and the outside moisture that so often becomes an issue. However, this paint will simply mask the problem for a while, eventually leading to a compounded issue down the road. Water that seeps in eventually overcomes the paint, waterproof or not, and the paint begins to bubble, crack and peel, while the water continues to find a lower place into which to settle.

Foundational cracks. Cracks in one’s foundation can be a major sign that there’s a water leak, even though homes do occasionally shift over time as well. Cracks can show up in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls, and they often indicate that structural pressure on your home is being applied by weakened beams due to leakage. Foundation cracks need to be addressed immediately, because depending on their severity they could portend an unstable living environment.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

What Makes a Thunderstorm a Thunderstorm? | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

5/23/2021 (Permalink)

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When it comes to weather, different parts of the country are affected by types of weather unique to their environment. Coastal areas, for example, face the threat of hurricanes, while areas in the middle of the country often deal with tornadoes.

But there’s one type of weather situation common everywhere—thunderstorms. These storms happen so often that we often take them for granted, but we shouldn’t.

While a lot of thunderstorms pass through without significant damage or even disruption to daily life, some storms can cause high winds, lighting, hail, flooding and other issues.

So, what is a thunderstorm exactly? A thunderstorm is defined as any storm that includes thunder, which by extension means it also has lightning.

There’s a distinction between your everyday thunderstorm and the kind more likely to cause damage. Severe thunderstorms are defined as storms that contain hail that is one inch or larger and straight-line winds of 58 miles per hour or more.

Knowing how thunderstorms might impact your home and your family is a good first step toward protecting yourself and your property.

Thunderstorm Hazards

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. We mentioned above that where there is thunder, there is also lightning. That’s because the two weather hazards go hand-in-hand. And lightning can be particularly dangerous. It is reported that lightning strikes result in around 300 injuries every year. In addition, lighting strikes can also cause damage to homes by starting a fire or felling trees that can then fall on structures.

Property damage due to hail. When you think of hail, you may naturally think of damage to cars. But that’s far from the only hazard hail presents. Hail can range in size, from tiny to substantial, and the larger it gets, the more danger it presents. In a severe storm, where hail is larger than one inch, it may damage roofs and siding on homes and cause injuries to people and pets who are unable to seek cover in time.

Harm from flash flooding. You know that major flooding is a danger, but have you ever considered how dangerous flash flooding can be? This type of flooding can appear in a flash, hence the name. That means it can quickly overwhelm roads and structures, presenting a danger to anyone trying to drive.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Contact SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin today. We work with you and your insurance company to get things back to normal quickly.

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Is Different—and Better | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog

When you’re planning out your budget and goals for the year, you probably didn’t consider what to do if disaster strikes. But home damage is strikingly common, so it’s a good idea to have a contingency plan in mind.

In fact, the Insurance Information Institute reports that one out of every 350 American homeowners will file a fire-related claim this year.

And that’s only taking fire into consideration! In total, one in 20 households will have to file a homeowners claim for some type of damage this year, whether it relates to water damage, storm damage or even a tree falling on your house.

It’s always a good idea to plot out in advance what you’d do if disaster strikes. Here’s why we think you’ll want to have SERVPRO’s number ready to go.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart

When you’re choosing a restoration provider, you’ll want to consider all sorts of factors. Does the provider handle all types of damage, or only specialize in one or two? Does the company have access to advanced technologies and techniques? Can you reach the provider 247?

When it comes to SERVPRO, the answer to all three of those questions is yes. But we think there’s another factor that truly sets us apart—our people!

When you partner with SERVPRO for restoration work, you gain access to a team of technicians with highly specialized training. They’re armed with advanced technologies, but also have kindness, empathy and a sharp knowledge of our community.

To prepare for handling any type of restoration, our technicians go through both internal SERVPRO-specific training and obtain specialized certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, which sets the industry standard for best practices related to restoration.

That means that if you need restoration after disaster strikes, you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

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Use These 3 Simple Steps to Prevent Heavy Rain Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

4/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Use These 3 Simple Steps to Prevent Heavy Rain Damage at Home | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog

Dealing with home damage can feel lonely. But you aren’t alone. In fact, statistically, you won’t even be the only person you know who has to file a water damage claim.

We know this because, statistically, most of us will know someone who has to file a water damage claim this year. The numbers show that one in every 50 Americans will need water damage restoration this year.

That translates into millions of homeowners. So, if you have to file a water damage claim, you’ll have plenty of company.

How Water Damage Happens

What’s on your list of things that can cause water damage? Natural disasters, flooding and other storm-related issues are probably at the top of your list. Those things happen, as does water damage caused by home accidents and appliance malfunctions.

You likely haven’t given a lot of thought to the damage just simple heavy rain can cause. But they can be a real problem for homeowners, and if your home is not properly maintained, these rains can cause costly damage.

Maintaining Your Home to Withstand Rains

Check out these projects below. If they’re done right, your home and yard will look better because of them. And they’ll be better protected, too!

Learn about yard drainage issues. A yard that drains correctly protects your home. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Find ways to make your landscaping work for you. Landscaping can help you protect your home. Make your landscaping more than something that just looks nice by researching local native plant varieties and using them to help prevent water issues in your yard.

Look into new ways to protect your roof from battering rains. Almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles. Sealing your roof can be a good way to prevent this problem and save yourself from expensive repairs.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

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New Berlin Businesses Can Call on Us for Support | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

3/27/2021 (Permalink)

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New Berlin Businesses Can Call on Us for Support | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog

Have you worked hard to get your New Berlin business up and running? We don’t even really have to ask you for an answer. We know that you have.

How do we know? Because we understand what it’s like to open a business. Our SERVPRO location is locally owned and operated.

It takes a lot of planning and preparation to be successful. If you’re like most business owners, you’ve done a lot to ensure your business has the best possible chance for success.

But the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made many business owners rethink how they operate.

Though many businesses are already open, it’s still difficult to navigate the waters of running a business during the pandemic. You’ll want to ensure your space is safe for your customers and employees, and you’ll want to tweak your business model to meet changing needs and desires.

Resources You Need for Safe Operations

You can access a wide variety of tools to ensure you have what you need to stay open and operating. You can learn more about available business loans and get tips, advice and more from trusted local and national resources.

Having a clean and safe business is vital, too. That’s where we come in.

Our team can always help you get your business “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” That means a team of experts will use the latest technology to ensure your space is sanitary. Here’s what the process involves:

First, we’ll consult with you about ways to help you clean and prepare your business.

Then, our technicians clean your space using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

Finally, we’ll certify your business. That means you can rest assured that you’re ready to be open for business.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

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Get Your Home Ready for Spring Thunderstorms | SERVPRO® Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

3/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Get Your Home Ready for Spring Thunderstorms | SERVPRO® Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog

Is your family ready for spring yet? If so, no one could blame you. Another cold and snowy Wisconsin winter has many of our friends and neighbors in Big Bend and the surrounding communities dealing with a serious case of spring fever.

It’s March now, though, and spring will (finally) be here before you know it. While we’re waiting for the last bit of winter to leave the area, many of us are spending time planning the projects we want to complete when spring comes.

It’s a good idea to add some basic home maintenance projects to your list, especially those that are designed to help protect your home against the threat of spring thunderstorms.

There’s nothing we can do to stop a strong or severe thunderstorm from hitting our neighborhood. But there’s plenty we can do to make sure our home is in the best position to weather these storms. Here’s how.

Projects You Can Add to Your Spring To-Do List

Spend one of the upcoming warmer weekends knocking these important projects off your list:

Get your roof ready for stormy weather. Don’t let the first time you realize your shingles are loose or your roof is leaking be when it starts storming. You can take steps to prevent this by checking your roof on a sunny Saturday. Look for missing shingles and signs of leaks. Then you can repair them.

If you have a sump pump, check it sooner rather than later. If your home needs one of these to keep water out of your basement, then it’s a good idea to be sure it’s working before you need it.

Be sure your gutters aren’t cluttered with winter debris. Clean gutters allow water around your home to flow the right way. When they’re full of trash, they can overflow and cause water damage.

Check your home and garage for overhanging limbs. Mature trees are beautiful, and many people enjoy having them in their yards. But they can cause damage if limbs are overhanging your home or garage during heavy winds. Cut them early.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

What You Need To Know Before Starting a Restoration Project at Your Franklin Business | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

2/27/2021 (Permalink)

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What You Need To Know Before Starting a Restoration Project at Your Franklin Business | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog

If you’re a business owner in Franklin or the surrounding communities, we have an important question to ask you: Are you prepared if a natural disaster strikes your business?

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many business owners now say they learned that you can’t always predict what events will impact your business. Others will say that they’ve sought new and innovative ways to reach customers and connect with potential new business.

No one saw a pandemic coming, but you can have a plan in place to deal with more common disasters. These include problems like fires, flooding, severe storms or unpredictable winter weather.

Because your local SERVPRO team wants to be a resource for business owners in our area, we’ve put together some powerful advice to help you if you ever need commercial restoration services.

Preparing for Your Commercial Restoration Project

You can open your business and find success after a disaster. Here are some tips to help you get started with the process:

Your disaster plan is vital. Prepare for disasters before one strikes, and you’ll be more prepared for the aftermath of a fire, flood or another natural disaster. It will help you feel less overwhelmed when dealing with the process if you’ve already planned what you’ll do. You may want to think about moving your business to a backup location so you can continue operating.

Make documentation a priority. You’ll want to take plenty of pre-cleanup photos of your property to show your insurance company. Build an inventory of all destroyed, damaged or compromised items. It’s also good to include the value of these items.

Keep valuable community members in the loop about your progress. Providing your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your wider community with regular updates about your progress, a temporary location or your reopening is important.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

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We Can Move Fast When Your Home Is Damaged | SERVPRO® Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

2/20/2021 (Permalink)

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We Can Move Fast When Your Home Is Damaged | SERVPRO® Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog

People file homeowners insurance claims for a wide variety of reasons. Just like no two homes are alike, there are no two identical claims.

Sometimes homeowners suffer damages that are the result of natural disasters and storms. Severe weather issues, like wind, hail and rain are commonly listed as the reason homes are damaged. These events can result in multiple claims in the same neighborhood. On occasion, claims are filed due to damage caused by home accidents and appliance malfunctions.

The types of damage that homeowners need help with can vary, too. In some cases, minor repairs or restoration work can put your home back to its original condition. Sometimes homes need more intensive work and repair, though.

It doesn’t matter the reason for the damage or how severe it is; all these homeowners have one thing in common. It’s timing. The sooner you’re able to begin repair work, the easier it is to make the damage right.

Timing Is Everything When Your Home Is Damaged

We know that water damage can start to warp wood in your home and damage fabric within hours or days. The beginnings of mold damage can be noticed just as quickly.

Our team understands this, so we’re always available to help when you need us. We are available to you 247, even on nights, weekends and holidays.

Beyond speed, there are plenty of other reasons, so many residents trust us to do their restoration work.

Our business is local. When you call us, you’re talking with friends and neighbors. Our local team is here to help you, and we know the work we do in our community matters.

Our technicians are highly trained experts. The people who staff our teams have all the latest training and certifications needed to provide the highest quality restoration services we can. Our technicians are proud of the work they do.

We have the latest technology available to our teams. We have all the backing that comes from being a SERVPRO location, meaning we have access to the latest equipment and technology in our field.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.