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Ways to Guard Your Home From Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

As a homeowner, there could come a time that you encounter a water damage situation to your home as it can be one of the most common and costliest disasters homeowners face. From a burst pipe to a malfunctioning dishwasher or storm damage, there are countless ways water damage could strike your home.

While water damage is common, there are plenty of ways you can help protect your home from some trying scenarios.

Guarding Your Home From Water

Not only is water damage a hassle to deal with, but it can have a long-term impact on your home, namely, mold. Mold begins to grow within 48 hours of moisture exposure and is one of the most common side effects of water damage.

When you are thinking about ways to protect your home, don’t be overwhelmed. Break it down by areas of impact, such as basements, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and ceilings.

You can help prevent water damage in the basement by preventing water seepage. To do this, start by resealing vulnerable areas of the basement, making sure water drains away from your home’s foundation and installing a backwater valve.

Your kitchen and bathrooms may experience water damage due to plumbing issues and backups or by appliance failures.

Be sure you regularly:

  • Inspect all appliances, looking for issues with hoses and faucets
  • Check seals and caulking around your showers and tubs, looking for any leaks
  • Know where the main shut-off valve is in your home
  • Don’t leave the house while the washer or dishwasher is running

Protecting your possessions in the home from water damage is not always possible, but there are waterproof storage bins that can be used for storing items to at least decrease the amount of destruction. Also, keep items stored up off the floor on shelves—which is especially recommended when using your basement for storage.

How to Recover

If you find yourself and your home in a water damage situation, you’ll can stand a good chance at salvaging items if they can be dried out within 48 hours.

Make sure to immediately contact your insurance company, evaluate the extent of water damage to your home and identify the type of water that is involved as well.

The three types of water involved include:

  1. “Clean” water. Can be from rain, condensation, leaky pipes, etc.

  2. “Gray” water. Slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets, etc.

  3. “Black” water. Water from sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers, etc. This water can cause serious health problems.

After a water damage disaster strikes, remove all wet items, dry your home out and dehumidify the area. Then be sure to clean and disinfect any remaining materials.

Pro tip: You can freeze wet books, photos and papers in a frost-free freezer to buy some extra time. This prevents mold and mildew from developing and causing more deterioration. Once able, you can remove them from the freezer and air-dry or fan-dry the pages.

It may seem like recovering from water damage is an overwhelming and slightly impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. You can call on the highly trained experts at SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin, who are here to make it "Like it never even happened."

Prepping for Severe Weather With Your Family | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepping for Severe Weather With Your Family | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin If a storm causes damage to your home, SERVPRO of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin is #heretohelp

Prepping for Severe Weather With Your Family | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

While there is often advanced warning for some types of severe weather, there are also times when Mother Nature can manage to catch us off-guard.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take and safety tips to follow to prepare your family for various severe weather occurrences.

Where to Begin

One of the best ways to be prepared in severe weather situations is to have a family emergency plan established.

If your family does have an emergency plan in place, be sure to discuss it, review it and have drills at the onset of various weather seasons, making sure that everyone knows exactly what to do at a moment’s notice.

If you’ve not yet created a family emergency plan, here are some things to take into consideration when creating it:

1. How will you receive emergency alerts?

Thanks to technology today, it is easy to receive emergency alerts and warnings in the palm of your hand by way of smartphones, as well as receive alerts through radio and television broadcasts. If you have a weather app or Google on your smartphone, you will quickly receive emergency alerts, which can provide you with valuable time in severe weather situations.

2. What storm shelter options are available?

Taking shelter in areas where tornadoes are common means you’ll want to be in the lowest part of your home, preferably a basement if you have one. If that is not possible, choose an interior room on the lowest level of your home or building that is away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Be sure to visit ready.gov for other situations that may require a storm shelter or basement.

3. Do you have evacuation routes mapped out?

Evacuations are stressful so you should always have evacuation routes mapped out in advance. It’s wise to have multiple routes just in case one is impassable, and make sure those routes will have places to stay with your pets along the way if you have furry family members to evacuate with.

4. How will everyone keep in touch?

When there is an emergency, communication is key. It is easy to rely on cell phones to keep in touch with your family, but in some circumstances, that just isn’t feasible. Cell phone towers can incur damage, phones could be lost or left behind, and batteries will die if there is a power outage and there is no power source for recharging.

Hence, it is wise to have an emergency communication plan in place for your family and a safe meeting place for your family to meet should family members be separated during the emergency.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

Creating a Disaster Plan Is Vital for Your Business | SERVPRO® of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes seem to fill the news, proving that Mother Nature can be quite a formidable foe. The key to being able to roll with the punches, so to speak, is to be prepared for a multitude of worst-case scenarios.

Being prepared for those scenarios involves creating a natural disaster plan for your business. This blog is dedicated to laying out some considerations for designing a disaster plan for your business.

<h4to-consider:1d1f3614d19ffbcd99c992c0a6ca3f5e">Things to Consider

There are many things you will need to consider when creating a disaster plan for your business.

Included in those considerations should be:

  1. Protecting your employees
  2. Securing your assets
  3. Getting your business up and running again

Many checklists are available from different agencies like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov that will assist in identifying areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources can also help let you know how prepared you truly are.

<h4to-protect-your-employees:1d1f3614d19ffbcd99c992c0a6ca3f5e">How to Protect Your Employees

If a disaster were to strike without warning, having a plan that lays out procedures and safety measures for your human assets, employees and visitors, will be extremely important. Ensure that all evacuation routes and exits from your facility are clearly marked and visible, provide an area that can serve as shelter, look into installing emergency lighting, and have designated staff “safety wardens” properly trained and ready to guide and assist with all emergency efforts.

A basement is the ideal location when looking for a space to provide shelter in tornadoes or high-wind situations. However, if this is not possible, find a small interior room, closet or interior hallway on the lowest level of the building.

<h4your-assets:1d1f3614d19ffbcd99c992c0a6ca3f5e">Protecting Your Assets

If you have a brick and mortar location for your business, you’ll have to make mindful choices about how to protect the assets that are inside the building. With the equipment and/or merchandise inside, your business stands to lose thousands of dollars when a natural disaster strikes.

It is always wise to put together comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of these items, and keeping photographs prior to a disaster whenever possible is always helpful if insurance claims will need to be made. If your assets are based on a computer server, take the steps necessary to ensure that the backup system is working and the storage system cannot be damaged.

If you own the building where your business is located, talk with a contractor to uncover areas that may need structural integrity improvements. This contractor should be able to walk you through possible safety upgrades and advise on any areas that may not make the grade in certain weather situation.

<h4disaster-to-back-to-business:1d1f3614d19ffbcd99c992c0a6ca3f5e">From Disaster to Back to Business

When a natural disaster does occur, it is possible that your business will need repairs and be shut down as of a result of damage. This is when it is wise to have a fund set aside for additional non-covered insurance expenses because every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits.

Make out a list of reliable contractors who would be readily available for construction and repairs, and get to know which cleanup and restoration service will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

With SERVPRO® of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.

Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin to be there for you.

January Is The Deadliest Month For Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO January Is The Deadliest Month For Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Common Sources of Carbon Monoxide.

According to a new study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first month of the year is the worst for carbon monoxide poisoning. At least two people die each day from carbon-monoxide poisoning in the month of January.

It should come as no surprise that carbon monoxide deaths are the highest in winter (with December being the second highest month). Cold weather increases the use of gas-powered furnaces, portable generators, charcoal briquettes and propane stoves/grills during power outages.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning (headaches, nausea, dizziness or confusion) can often be mistaken for the flu or fatigue.

Safety tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

  • Have your heating system, water heater and any other gas, oil, or coal-burning appliance inspected and serviced by a qualified technician every year.
  • Install battery-operated CO detectors on every level of your home.
  • Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside the home, basement, garage or outside the home near a window.
  • Don’t burn anything in an unvented stove or fireplace.
  • Don’t let a vehicle idle inside a garage attached to a house, even if the garage door is left open.
  • Don’t heat a house with a gas oven.

If a CO detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911 from outside. Seek prompt medical attention if you suspect CO poisoning and if you or someone in your household is feeling dizzy, light-headed or nauseated.

Learning about Mold Remediation | SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is something that can be found everywhere, but in some instances, it can develop into quite a major problem for homeowners and business owners. Excess moisture, such as water from a flood, can increase the growth of mold.

If you are faced with a mold issue, it is vital you know what steps to take next.

Mold Remediation 101

If you have seen ads for mold removal, know this: It is a fallacy. To remove all mold from a home or business is simply not possible.

This is because mold spores are naturally occurring almost everywhere, both inside structures and outdoors. The issue arises when a minor problem is left untreated, leaving it to become a major mold infestation.

A qualified restoration company’s focus is mold remediation and bringing mold levels back to a normal and natural range.

During mold remediation, technicians isolate all contaminated areas either by closing all doors and windows or effectively sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting. The dust in the contaminated areas is then suppressed through a misting process.

The wet and mold-damaged materials is removed and discarded through the use of plastic bags. After that, all areas that have been exposed to and affected by the mold are then thoroughly cleaned and dried. A HEPA vacuum is sometimes used to aid in the removal of contamination and debris.

The mold area will then be treated using a biocide and left to cure overnight and destroy the mold spores. The next day, the mold remediation crew will return to encapsulate all of the affected and surrounding areas.

Here’s What to Do If Mold Has Become an Issue

If you suspect your home or business may have a mold problem, it is important that you act quickly. If the size of the affected area is more than 10 square feet, it is time to call in the professionals.

These professionals you bring in need to be highly trained and certified in the following areas:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

There have been times where some minor mold issues have been successfully resolved by homeowners and business owners on their own, but the best way is to use a professional remediation company to ensure the quickest and safest resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

Common Causes of Water Damage in Your Home

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Have you ever stopped to consider the causes of water damage? When thinking about water damage, severe weather is usually one of the first things that comes to mind for many.

While storms and flooding can cause an enormously overwhelming amount of water damage, they are often not the main culprits. Often, various items in your home can be responsible for many incidents that result in water damage.

Gradual Water Damage Is Problematic

Water damage is the third most common reason that many homeowners faced that resulted in homeowners insurance claims between 2011 and 2015, with an average payout per claim of $8,861.

But do you know the difference between water damage and gradual water damage, which can impact insurance claims? Examples of gradual water damage are things that have been happening over time, such as plumbing issues in the walls causing damage to walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation of the home. However, unfortunately, many aspects of gradual water damage are not covered by homeowners insurance, while storm-related water damage usually is.

Identifying The Culprits

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the leading causes of water damage are:

  • Plumbing supply system failures. This involves frozen pipes that may burst due to water pressure building up caused by freezing water or when the materials used in the supply system fail resulting in a leaking or burst pipe. Per IBHS, these supply system failures are the leading source of residential water damage losses, and claims cost an average $5,092 per incident after the deductible. Also, according to IBHS, it was found that a larger group of supply system material failure claims were made on homes over 16 to 40 years of age.

  • Plumbing drain system failures. This occurs when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home or when the materials used break down or become damaged. In their study, IBHS found that 52% of drain system failures were caused by sewer backups and 37% were related to material breakdown issues. In their study, IBHS also found that the average drain system failure claim was more expensive in southern region states than in the northern region states.

  • Toilet failures. Toilets come in as the second largest source of residential water damage loss after plumbing supply system failures, and can stem from faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines. A toilet failure on the first floor of the home causes more extensive damage than those in basements or upper floors, according to IBHS.

  • Water heater failures. If your water heater has reached its life expectancy, the tank begins to rust and corrode, which can result in leaking or bursting issues. IBHS found that 69% of all water heater failures resulted from a slow leak or sudden burst and, on average, cost $4,444 per incident following the deductible.

  • Washing machine failures. These failures are typically caused by supply hose failures, machines overflowing and drain line failures, and are one of the top 10 sources of residential water damage losses. Per IBHS, supply hose failures accounted for over half of all washing machine-related losses.

If your home falls victim to water damage, the team at SERVPRO® of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin is available to help with cleanup and restoration and make it “like it never even happened.”

Is Your Business Ready?

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is Your Business Ready? The SERVPRO Ready Plan App lets owners prepare before a property crisis occurs to help minimize business interruption.

No one plans on a disaster, but you can plan to be “Ready for whatever happens.” As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a great supplement to your existing Disaster Recovery/Contingency Plan.

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage:

  • A NO COST assessment to your facility
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information

SERVPRO of Southeast Waukesha West Franklin is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs.

Call us today to get started!

SERVPRO of Southeast Waukesha West Franklin #262-895-5540

www.SERVPROsoutheastwaukeshawestfranklin.com

Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin Smoke and Soot Cleanup

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin Smoke and Soot Cleanup Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Southeast Waukesha County/West Frankin Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 262-895-5540

For Immediate Service in Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin, Call SERVPRO

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

General For Immediate Service in Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin, Call SERVPRO Southeast Waukesha County/West Frankin Residents: We provide immediate service day or night! 

SERVPRO of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 262-895-5540

Residential Services

Whether your Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROsoutheastwaukeshacountywestfranklin.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in 

SERVPRO of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 262-895-5540

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

We specialize in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.