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10/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County

2430 10th Ave.

South Milwaukee, WI

414 - 421-3500

General Labor - Starting @ $14-$16hr (based on skill set)

We are a National Water & Fire Cleanup & Restoration Company

This is an Entry Level Position…perfect for those who may be new to the workforce seeking to learn employment skills.

Great opportunity for someone who resides in the South Milwaukee, Cudahy or Oak Creek area - we are a 24/7 Water & Fire Emergency Service & Restoration company... therefore, residing close to our shop is a positive.

The right candidate will be available and willing to be "on-call" (rotating schedule) during non-business hours (overtime is paid after 40hrs). The right candidate will be reliable, honest and highly motivated to learn new things. The right candidate will be physically fit and able to conduct physically demanding demolition and remodeling (i.e. experienced in use of hand and power tools - hammer, pry bar, electric power tools, etc. is a positive)...however, WE HIRE FOR CHARACTER AND TRAIN FOR SKILL & SUCCESS. A plus would be skills and work experience related to water/fire/mold damage restoration, structural drying, controlled demo, flooring, cleaning, etc. Valid D.L. Required - Must be insurable (will drive company vehicles) Drug Screen Compensation: $14-$16hr (based on skill set) E-Mail Resume or come in to our office to complete an application (8am-5pm / Mon-Fri)

How do molds affect people?

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Some people are more sensitive to molds that others.  Those people who are sensitive to mold will have symptoms such as eye irritation, wheezing, skin irritations or nasal stuffiness.  More severe  reactions can include fever or shortness of breath.  In isolated cases, people with chronic lung illnesses may develop mold infections in their lungs.

A 2004 study conducted by the Institute of Medicine found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children.

Here are some specific recommendations to help avoid excessive mold growth in your home:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as you can - no higher than 50%. 
  • Use an air conditioner or a dehumidifier during humid months.
  • Be sure your home has adequate ventilation, including exhaust fans.
  • Add mold inhibitors to paints before application.
  • Clean bathrooms with mold killing products
  • Do not carpet bathrooms or basements
  • Promptly remove or replace previously soaked carpets and upholstery.

Mold can begin to grow within 48 hours.  So, time is important.

If the job is bigger than you want to handle, give us a call!  SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County is here to help.

After the Storm

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

Be careful to take certain precautions after the store has passed.  Damage to your home can have a dramatic, emotional impact, and it's best to have a plan before the store strikes on how to proceed when it's over.  Having a plan, and being aware of certain risks, will minimize the threat to you or your family.

Keep these tips in mind:

  • Have a portable radio with fresh batteries on hand, and stay tuned to local news organizations for important announcements, bulletins and instructions.
  • Remember that you may not have immediate access to your home.  Roads could be blocked and power lines could be down.
  • Make sure you have current identification.
  • Avoid driving as roads may be blocked.
  • Avoid sight-seeing or entering a storm affected area
  • Avoid downed power lines
  • Avoid metal fences and other metal objects
  • Do NOT use matches in a store affected area until all gas lines are checked for leaks - keep flashlights and plenty of batteries on hand.
  • Use a camera to record thoroughly any damage done to you home before any repairs are attempted.
  • In certain areas, the flooding rains that accompany a store can create pest problems.  Be aware of potential pest problems in your area., such as mice, rats, insects or snakes that may have "come with the storm".
  • Use your phone only for emergencies.
  • Assume the water is not safe and use properly store water.

These are just a few ideas to be thinking about before and after a server storm hits.  

A small water leak, may not be small...

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County has crews that are professionally trained to safely clean and restore your home, utilizing the following procedures:

  • Identify the Source/Type of Water
  • Measure Temperature and Humidity for Drying Analysis.
  • Survey the Extent of Damage and Inspect the Premises for Hidden Moisture.
  • Perform emergency water extraction.
  • Move and block furniture and contents
  • Inspect Carpet Pad / Carpet and provide service.
  • Apply necessary treatments (disinfectants/deodorization)
  • Utilize advanced drying and monitoring equipment.
  • Dispose of refuse

Areas that can be affected by a small water leak and you don't even realize it are:

  • Break exterior
  • Sheathing
  • Wall Studs
  • Insulation
  • Interior area
  • Drywall
  • Baseboard
  • Carpet
  • Carpet Padding
  • Bottom wall plate
  • Sub-floor
  • Floor joist
  • sill Plate
  • Basement
  • Foundation

If you notice water, give us a call.  SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County will be out to help!

SERVPRO "Like it never even happened."

Home Sweet Home

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Your home should be your place of rest.  But when water begins leaking - even small leaks in areas your can't see - your home could quickly become a source of stress.  The possibility of harmful mold, rot and unseen damage may affect the value of your home and the health of loved ones.

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County understands how disruptive water damages can be for your entire family and will help ensure the water is identified, regardless of where it hides.  That's why we offer 24- hour emergency response by our trained, uniformed restoration professionals.  With top-of-the line equipment and time-tested cleanup and restoration techniques, SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County has the expertise to help make your house feel like home again.

After all, when it comes to your home and your family, even small disasters can feel like huge problems.  So if a water damage occurs in  your home, just call us at 414-421-3500.  We'll be there to help make it "Like it never even happened"

Peace of Mind

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Peace of Mind Once every three months, drain one gallon of water from your water heater tank to reduce the sediment collecting in the bottom of the tank.

Leaks within a home or business can cause extensive damage if unnoticed for a long period of time.   Leaking water can seep into flooring, carpets, baseboards and walls while moving throughout the structure.  Such a leak not only damages your property, it can also interrupt you day-to-day schedule.

One out of every ten water incidents in a home is caused by a water heater or washing machine.   When you find a leak, you can also find the damage it causes to your home.

It's natural to feel a sense of panic.  SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County can provide peace of mind.  We understand your concerns and are trained in the cleanup and care of your home and property.   Our professional technicians utilize the knowledge and experience only gained by doing hundreds of jobs similar to yours and are prepared to properly clean up damage caused by a leaking water heater or washing machine.

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County is ready to help make it "Like it never even happened"

Reminder to Home and Business Owners

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Recognizes National Preparedness Month with a Reminder to Home and Business Owners:

“Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”

Local disaster restoration specialist offers no-cost tools to help property owners prepare a comprehensive emergency readiness plan

Franklin, WI (Grassroots Newswire) August 23, 2017 - September is National Preparedness Month (, an annual event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to raise awareness about the importance of preparing—in advance—for the unexpected. In support of this initiative, Colette Wallner, owner of SERVPRO® of Southeast Milwaukee County, encourages Franklin property owners to take the following two steps now to protect their family, home, and business in the aftermath of a disaster.

  1. Review and update your emergency preparedness plan, including business and life continuity plans. If you don’t yet have a plan, use the tools provided by FEMA to get started. (
  1. Collect and store time-critical information, like the location of shutoff valves, fire suppression system controls, and emergency contact numbers electronically, where it is immediately available to assist first responders.

“Evacuation plans and emergency supply kits help you survive a disaster, but a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan helps you recover from a disaster,” said Wallner. “The most effective response to any emergency is a fast response. That’s why having critical system and contact information at your fingertips is so important. A quick and effective response helps minimize repairs and downtime, helping both businesses and families get back on track in less time, with less stress.”

SERVPRO offers tools for both commercial and residential property owners to help them minimize damage and recover quickly from emergencies. The SERVPRO READY app stores essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) and storing that profile in the READY app.

“Rapid response from a disaster cleanup and restoration specialist can help the property owner evaluate options, start the insurance process, and take the right steps from the beginning to bring their property back to normal,” said Wallner. “Even in the confusion and panic that often surround a disaster, a property owner or manager using the SERVPRO READY app can reach out for expert help right from the scene, using a cell phone.”

SERVPRO® of Southeast Milwaukee County specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO® of Southeast Milwaukee County, please contact Colette Wallner at 414-421-3500 or For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit


Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO® Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO® System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

"Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!"

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage "Every Second Counts:  Plan 2 Ways Out!" Thank you to NFPA for this Fire Prevention Week Material

In a fire, seconds count.  Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That's why this year's Fire Prevention Week theme:  "Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!" is so important.  It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.  Here's this year's key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home by using the grid available of the NFPA website with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year.  Conduct one at night one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can't help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to fine.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave-this may slow the spread of smoke, heat and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside.  Never go back inside a burning building.

What YOU can do until help arrives

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County can help prevent fire damage from creating long term problems.  

It's hard to wait for help, but what you do and don't do while waiting for help to arrive can make a big difference:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from spreading and additional damage from occurring.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs and high traffic areas and upholstery.
  • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.
  • Do not wash any walls or painted surfaced.
  • Do not shampoo carpet or upholstery
  • Do not clean any electrical equipment.
  • Do not send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

When we arrive, we will help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition whenever possible.

Fire Prevention Week: October 8-14, 2017

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention Week:  October 8-14, 2017 Develop and Practice an escape plan

Consider this scenario:  It's 2 o'clock in the morning.  You and your family are fast asleep when you are awaken to the smoke alarm sounding and the smell of smoke.  What do you do?  If you and your family don't have a plan in place, it could jeopardize your safety, or even prove deadly.

In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds.   That's why home escape planning is so critical in a fire situation.  It ensures that everyone in the household knows how to use that small window of time wisely.

Developing and practicing a home escape plan is like building muscle memory.  That preplanning is what everyone will draw upon to snap into action and escape as quickly as possible in the event of a fire. 

Remember, your one and only goal during a fire is to get yourself and other family members out of the home safely.