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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)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin today.

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)

a crew of SERVPRO employees in PPE gear walking inside commercial building If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin to learn more.

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)

heavy rain coming down from dark clouds If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin.

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)

black glasses and pen sitting on top of white insurance policy If your home is damaged due to a disaster, Contact SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin. From start to finish, we will be here to help.

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.

What Steps Should You Take to Lower Your House Fire Risk This Winter? | SERVPRO® Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

large image of red, yellow and orange flames House fires trend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

What Steps Should You Take to Lower Your House Fire Risk This Winter? | SERVPRO® Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog

We’re here to help Franklin homeowners protect their homes during another cold Wisconsin winter.

There’s a lot of information available about preventing house fires. But we wanted to pull together some of the most impactful tips.

The best part about these tips is that you can add them to your daily routine, and they don’t bust your budget.

Important Home Fire Safety Steps

Here are some great tips you can use to make your home a safer place:

Take steps to prevent fires in your kitchen. Grease fires are a common problem in the kitchen. Grease fires can’t be put out with water. It actually makes these types of fires worse. Instead, consider using a fire extinguisher, baking soda or a metal lid to smother the fire. These will put out a grease fire.

Maintain your home’s natural gas furnace. Don’t let your home’s furnace get behind on regular maintenance. Instead, have it checked regularly for issues like clogged vents and rusted parts. That can help prevent your valued heating source from becoming a fire hazard.

Take steps to use your fireplace in a safe, smart way. Clear chimneys are vital to the safety of your fireplace. It would be best if you also were sure your fireplace is cleaned regularly and you’re disposing of the ashes correctly. A fireplace caked in ashes can become a fire hazard.

Be careful with your candles. Candles can be a great way to light up your home. But if they’re knocked over or left burning when you leave your house, they can be a fire hazard. Don’t let that happen. Instead, use your candles safely or consider switching to battery-operated candles.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, 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 your family.

Would You Know If Your Greendale Home Was Suffering Water Damage? | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

1/23/2021 (Permalink)

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Would You Know If Your Greendale Home Was Suffering Water Damage? | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog

Water damage claims are one of the most common types of insurance claims homeowners file. That means if you or someone you know filed one in 2020, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

According to insurance industry experts, the number of fire damage claims have fallen over recent years, but the number of water damage claims are still on the rise.

Homeowners in Wayne, Franklin, Waukesha and other surrounding communities may not be sure when it’s the right time to seek water damage help. Our specialists are here to walk you through figuring it out.

When It’s Not Just a Little Water

Sometimes leaks that are caught early can be cleaned up with a mop. But in more serious circumstances, you may need professional help to set your home back to its original state and prevent further damage to your property.

Here’s what you might notice when you’re dealing with water damage. If you see these signs, you likely need professional remediation services:

You notice issues with the windows or walls in your home. Like your floors, your window panes and walls can start to warp if the water damage is severe enough. Depending on how severe your water issues are, this can be a sign of a major issue.

Your floorboards or furniture are warping. Wood can be damaged within days. If that happens in your home, it’s best to start seeking help from professionals who can help you restore your home.

You smell a musty odor. A musty smell can be among the first signs of mold damage. That means if you notice that scent, it’s time to call in a professional to repair your home.

Your home can start to have noticeable damage within a few hours if the water situation is serious. So if you find any of the signs above, get in touch with our team as soon as you can.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can 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.

We're Here When Waukesha County Residents Need Help With Fire Damage | SERVPRO® Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

12/19/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick home If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin to fully restore your home.

We're Here When Waukesha County Residents Need Help With Fire Damage | SERVPRO® Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog

Waukesha County residents know that when they need us most we’re here to help remediate and repair fire damage.

No one likes to think about fire damage, but it’s a common problem in the United States—something millions of Americans will deal with over the next year. That could include some families and neighbors in our community.

Want to know why so many families trust us in the community? Here’s what makes us different:

We believe in restoration. Our team helps families recover from a fire in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts are there at every step. We’ll help you save money on repairs and insurance premiums.

We can do the entire process for you. House fires can damage upholstery, walls and more. Issues resulting from water and smoke are common problems, too. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues. We’ll make the damage like it never happened.

We are a locally owned business. SERVPRO locations are everywhere—all across the United States. This location is locally owned. It’s staffed by team members who live in Waukesha County and the surrounding communities. But since we are a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a leading-edge company. Our team brings the advantages of that partnership to the jobs we do for our neighbors here.

We’re here 247. Beginning the restoration process quickly is an important step in getting your home back to its original state. When it’s an emergency, we’re available 247. We make sure our team is here when it matters most.

Increased Fire Damage During Winter

Fires aren’t a seasonal hazard, but more of them happen during the winter months. The season’s unique conditions create additional fire hazards homeowners should know about.

Space heaters without automatic shutoff functions can topple over. Candles left burning can fall over when someone bumps a table.

Kitchen fires happen more often, as many people are cooking and baking for the holidays. Christmas tree accidents are a leading cause of fires.

Other threats have little to do with holiday parties and more to do with the home malfunctioning items. Broken furnaces and issues with appliances happen sometimes.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Preventing Excessive Damage From Burst Pipes | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a gray pipe showing signs of erosion If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe, contact us right away. SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin is available 24/7.

Homeowners have good reason to be concerned about water damage, and one of the most alarming types of all is the damage from a burst pipe. Because pipes can pump significant volumes of water into a small area, handling the issue quickly is a must for mitigating damage.

While advanced planning when you are unable to predict when water damage may occur seems useless, having a plan in place is key to reducing damage. Out of every 50 homes, one will incur damage in a given year, but those who have already planned ahead tend to have a much easier time recovering.

How to Reduce the Damage Caused From Burst Pipes

Shut off your water main. An unattended pipe can continue to do damage until the issue is addressed, which is why knowing where your water main is and being able to cut it off quickly is key for reducing damages.

Shut off your electricity. Water and electricity should always be kept far away from one another, so if it is safe to do so, turn off your breaker box so you do not have to worry about the shock and fire risks associated with this.

Contact your restoration company. Picking a restoration company before you need one is helpful, as it will enable you to call them immediately once you discover water damage. This can expedite the process and allow you to have the restoration started much more quickly.

Take a record of the damages. Having a record of what has been damaged can keep you organized throughout the process of recovery, and photos and videos will come in handy if you are able to file an insurance claim.

Contact your insurance company. Every insurance company is different, meaning your policy is specific to your home and coverages. Getting in touch with your provider as soon as you can will ensure you have all the details for keeping track of filing a claim.

Open windows and doors if possible. If you are able to do anything to expedite the airing out of the impacted area, such as opening windows and doors, this can speed up drying time and reduce the overall damages that are caused.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.