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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)

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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.

Be Certain Your Storm Restoration Company Is the Right One | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Be Certain Your Storm Restoration Company Is the Right One | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog

There is no way to determine when a storm could cause damage to your home or business, but if it happens, it is important to know who to call. The damages that are caused by storms are severe and can be quite stressful to handle—but knowing what to do can help you be certain that you are handling it correctly when the time comes.

Picking a restoration company you can count on is one of the main things that will impact your recovery experience. Not only will they be handling your damages, but they can also reduce your stress by helping to assure you throughout the process. To make sure you are choosing the best company for you, here are some tips to keep in mind.

<h3to-make-sure-you-choose-a-quality-storm-restoration-provider">How to Make Sure You Choose a Quality Storm Restoration Provider

Do research into their reputation. Because storms cause damage to a wide section of an area and many people will be in need of restoration, scammers will often move into a neighborhood and take advantage of people’s desperation. We always recommend checking on the reputation of any company before you have them work on your home, making sure they are both locally and nationally respected.

Be certain they will be able to handle increased demand. Because so many people will sustain damages when a storm comes through, there will generally be a large spike in demand for restoration services. That is why we have a national SERVPRO® network behind us—we can always call in backup and extra resources so we can guarantee you get exceptional service regardless of how impacted the area is.

Make sure they will be there any time. Storms can happen at seemingly the worst time, and if you can’t get in touch with your restoration company when you discover damage, there can be added, unnecessary stress involved from the beginning. For that reason, we have a 247 emergency line, so you can call us any time you have damages to your home or business and know we will respond quickly regardless of the hour.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

Getting Employees to Safety in the Event of a Fire | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Making long-term plans for the future of your business is an exciting thing for an owner to be able to do, but it is important to also plan for pitfalls and emergencies. Commercial fires occur frequently, and being unprepared for them can lead to a devastating outcome. By increasing your fire preparedness efforts, you can be certain that you are planning for long-term success through the good and the bad.

Figuring out where to start when boosting your fire planning is a common deterrent for people, but we always recommend starting with safety first. Equipping your staff with the knowledge that enables them to get to safety is a great first step in your fire planning, so hosting regular workplace evacuation drills is a must.

How to Host Regular Workplace Evacuation Drills

Consult with your local fire officials. You can find so many tips regarding fire safety online, but do not forget about making use of the local resources you have at hand. You can typically get in touch with your nearest fire department and have them visit to provide personalized recommendations regarding your evacuation route options and preparedness plans.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. After you have made decisions regarding what fire escape routes make sense, mark them clearly and brief staff regarding the upcoming drill. Keeping everyone on the same page will make sure they have time to prepare and understand what to do when the mock fire alarm sounds.

Have fire drills frequently. Performing drills on a regular schedule is the best way to be sure the knowledge is solidified in everyone’s minds. Make sure you are scheduling drills often enough that everyone—including new hires—is reminded of the procedure and knows exactly what to do.

Run different fire scenarios. Fires do not always start in predictable ways, which means the nuances of your drill should be unpredictable as well. Make sure to mix up the scenarios of your drills to reflect different fire origins and blocked exits, so that way there will be no real-world scenario that might catch your staff off guard.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.

How to Handle the Time Period After a House Fire | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

woman with hands covering face upset with burnt house in background If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin is here to help.

Making sure your family is able to withstand a house fire is extremely important. Not only is it vital to plan for the moment the flames begin so you can evacuate to safety, but you should also be certain that you are prepared for the recovery process after a house fire as well.

Handling insurance and restoration can feel overwhelming, but you can do these things with more ease if you know just what to expect.

Preparing for the Recovery Process After a House Fire

Prepare yourself for what to expect. Fires can cause household damage in unprecedented ways. Smoke and soot can travel to far reaches of the home, and firefighters may cause water or structural damage in their efforts to extinguish the flames. Preparing yourself for what to expect is the best way to lessen the emotional impact of re-entering your home for the first time.

Wait to enter your home. When it comes to any element of house fire planning, safety is of the utmost importance. That is true for the time period after a fire as well, which is why you should always confer with officials before re-entering your home in order to make sure it is safe. Fires can cause extreme damage throughout a home, and it is important to not put yourself in harm’s way.

Contact your insurance company. The process of filing a fire damage claim can vary by provider, so in order to make sure you are following your insurance company’s protocol, it is best to contact them early on in the process to get the details of how to file.

Document the damages. Staying organized throughout the recovery process is key to making sure that nothing accidentally gets forgotten, and this applies to damaged items as well. Make a complete list of all that has been damaged in the fire, and take plenty of photos to provide evidence of the damages. Oftentimes, your insurance will ask for documentation like this to bolster your claim, and it can come in handy for personal use as well.

Contact your restoration company. A restoration company you can trust can make a big impact on the overall recovery process, making it less stressful so you can focus on healing. Knowing your home is in good hands will help you stress less throughout the process, and a reputable company will restore the damage as quickly as possible.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.

The Reasons a Flash Flood Can Be So Dangerous | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

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The Reasons a Flash Flood Can Be So Dangerous | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog

Any type of severe weather event can present dangers, but in the event that flash flooding is possible, it is extra important to take the proper precautions. Floods cause the second-highest rate of weather-related deaths in the United States, and flash floods are the most dangerous weather event of all.

If a flash flood becomes a possibility, it will generally come about extremely quickly—meaning knowing exactly what to do is key. That is why we have assembled some must-know facts and safety tips in regards to flash floods so you can protect your family.

How Do Flash Floods Become So Dangerous?

Flash floods are the most dangerous type of flooding event that can occur because they happen with little notice or warning. After it rains, a flood must start within six hours to be considered a flash flood, but it often happens much more quickly than that. This is why it is important to stay tuned into weather alerts so that you have as much notice as possible.

What Alerts Will Be Sent out Before a Flash Flood?

Keeping up with your local weather alerts is always important when severe weather strikes, especially if heavy rains are making flash floods a likely event. When officials issue a flash flood watch, that is an indicator that you should stay tuned.

If there is a flash flood watch, act quickly to execute your evacuation plan and get to safety. For a flash flood emergency, get to higher ground as fast as you are able, as this is the rarest and most dangerous level.

How Can I Better Protect Myself From Flooding Dangers?

Being able to act quickly and under pressure is so important when a flash flood becomes a possibility, so we have included some of the most important safety tips to keep in mind below.

  • If rainfall becomes heavy, have a reliable system to receive emergency alerts.
  • Be sure your family is aware of the evacuation plan.
  • Never attempt to cross water, either on foot or in a car.
  • Do not allow children to go near floodwater.
  • Have more than one evacuation route in mind in case your primary way becomes blocked.

If your home or business has been damaged due to a flood or other severe weather, you can depend on us. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damage to your property.

Put a Stop to Wintertime House Fires | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

multicolor strand of lights on wood floor Make sure your fire risk is low during the holidays. If you experience any damage, SERVPRO of SE Waukesha County/West Franklin will be here to help.

Put a Stop to Wintertime House Fires | SERVPRO® of Southeast Waukesha County/West Franklin - SERVPRO OF SE WAUKESHA COUNTY/WEST FRANKLIN Blog

No matter what the season is, fire safety is an important focus. However, as we approach the winter season, it is something that should be put in even more focus. Winter house fires are common according to the Red Cross, and many traditional winter and holiday activities are easily conducive to an accidental fire starting.

With more people utilizing their kitchen, it is no surprise that kitchen accidents are the top cause of house fires both in winter and during the rest of the year, but there are also heating and electrical accidents to contend with, too. Fortunately, with the following tips you can still celebrate your holidays safely.

Celebrate the Holidays Without House Fires

Keep safe when cooking. Getting together for large meals or enjoying baked goods as a family is quintessential to winter, but it can also mean more cooking and baking incidents have the chance to occur. Whenever you are in the kitchen, practice safety by being cautious about what is near the stove that could be flammable and always have a fire extinguisher within reach in case things get out of hand.

Heat the house with proper precautions. When there is a chill in the air, most of us like to supplement our central heating systems with space heaters or fireplaces, but these can present hazards if you are not careful. For space heaters, be sure you are using a current model with built in safety features to avoid issues with overheating or tipping. For fireplaces, always get your chimney inspected before your first fire of the season and never leave on burning unattended.

Decorate with care. Holiday lights and other decorations are fun and festive, but as they sit in storage for the rest of the year, they can develop problems. Around 25% of Christmas tree fires are due to lights, often because of fraying that develops when they are stored. Additionally, fires can start if too many decorations are plugged into a single power strip or if they are left to burn overnight or when otherwise unattended.

If you have damage due to a house fire, you can depend on us to help. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.