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Why SERVPRO? Let Us Count the Ways...

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

"Like it never even happened."  These five words are so much more than our company tagline at SERVPRO—they define what every one of our thousands of locally owned and operated teams do every day. From air duct cleaning to water damage restoration, there are several ways and reasons why your neighborhood SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County is the only call you need to make for complete cleaning and restoration services…

Cleaning and Restoration is Our Specialty

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business. On top of that, we also provide a whole host of residential and commercial cleaning services—anything from carpet and upholstery cleaning, to vandalism and crime scene cleanup, to COVID-safe commercial cleaning.

Your Local SERVPRO Team is Highly Trained

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training: Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.
  • Employee Certification Training: After completing a comprehensive program,  our employees earn certifications in crew training, fire restoration, water restoration, and carpet & upholstery cleaning.
  • Initial Franchise Training: Our new franchise owners attend a 15-day , hands-on course covering many restoration topics such as fire restoration, water restoration, carpet & upholstery cleaning, and mold mitigation.
  • e-Learnings: All of our staff have access to web-based training to keep them up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.
  • Continuing Education Classes: SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation.

We Use Advanced Cleaning and Restoration Technology and Techniques

The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County Professionals to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of practical standards that incorporate the field of psychometry, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively. From specialized water extraction and mold detection to deodorizing, learn more about what makes our technology and techniques an industry “gold standard.”

We’re There Immediately in a Property Damage Emergency

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.

Watch This Why SERVPRO? Video to Learn More

For an overview of who SERVPRO is and what our national company provides through our network of expert cleaning and restoration teams, check out this brief video.

You Know Why to Call Us—Here’s How

As we mentioned, your local SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County team is here for your cleaning and restoration needs 24/7. To learn more about our offerings, please contact us online or call us anytime at (414)-421-3500.

5 Ways to Protect Your Property from Storm Damage

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Springtime in Wisconsin marks the start of storm season. You never know how severe the storms will be from year to year, but damaged property can be a costly consequence.

Luckily a little bit of planning  goes a long way when it comes to minimizing the damage to your home or business. Here are five ways you can keep your property as safe as possible when a storm hits:

  1. Check for Dead, Decaying, or Untrimmed Trees

Any trees in your yard that are dead, hollowed, or decaying from disease are easy targets for strong winds and rains during a storm.­ Falling trees can cause significant damage to your property. If you have several trees in your yard, it may be best to hire a tree expert to inspect them.

  1. Inspect Your Foundation and Roof

Check your home or building’s foundation for any cracks or areas where storm water could seep in. It’s also wise to inspect your roof each year to make sure you catch any minor damage before it can get serious. Do it yourself if you have a proper ladder and safety equipment, or hire  a professional. Check for any damaged or missing shingles; if you have siding, it’s good to check and replace any loose pieces, too.

  1. Clean Your Gutters

Dirty or clogged gutters are a main culprit of water leaks into your basement or home. Make sure they are free from debris so the storm water can safely flow away from your home or building’s foundation.

  1. Check You Water Flow, Sump Pump, and Shut-Off Situation

Make sure your property is graded to allow water to flow away from your home or building during a storm. It’s good to check that your sump pump is in working order; if it backs up it can cause basement flooding. Know ahead of time how to shut off utilities like your water or power to ensure you’re ready and safer during a severe storm.

  1. Seal Your Doors and Windows

Keep your doors and windows sealed, as they can be a gateway to major damage in the event of a storm. Severe winds from a tornado can cause a tiny opening in your windows or doors to enlarge and let enough wind inside to cause damage to your walls and roof.

After a Storm Hits, SERVPRO is Here for You

If your property incurs any damage or flooding after a severe thunderstorm or tornado, SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County is here to help. Our team is dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies—this helps lessen the damage, limits further damage, and reduces your costs. Trust our 24/7 service whenever you need us at (414) 421-3500.

How basements can flood during the winter?

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

With the temperatures dropping and things freezing over, how is it that basements can spring leaks and flood still?

The most common causes of basement flooding and the resulting water damage during the winter months include ice floes and blocked drains due to snow. When a major snowstorm or ice storm happens, all of the surrounding area melts, and the water needs somewhere to go. If a portion of your yard has melted and the rest has not, the water might find its way into your basement or home as a result of the ice blocking typical drainage methods. Whenever a snowstorm happens, you should always make sure that gutters and drains are clear of ice so that all water can drain as it needs to.

the #1 priority is this still mitigating the damage and limiting the amount of restoration involved. As always, professionals should be called and involved as soon as possible. 

February in Wisconsin and how to be ready

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Winterize Your Home

Winter storms can range from a brief period of extreme cold temperatures, to days of snow, blowing wind and white-out conditions. Preparing in advance helps you tackle winter weather before it even begins. Two of the biggest safety issues as the winter season approaches is knowing how to deal with power outages in cold weather and understanding how to drive (or when not to drive) in snowy conditions. 

Get Your Home Winter Ready

  • Winterize your home to extend the life of your fuel supply by insulating walls and attics, caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic
  • Winterize your house, barn, shed or any other structure that may provide shelter for your family, neighbors, livestock or equipment
  • Clear rain gutters; repair roof leaks and cut away tree branches that could fall on a house or other structure during a storm
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year
  • Insulate pipes with insulation or newspapers and plastic and allow faucets to drip a little during cold weather to avoid freezing; Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts)
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out

The impact of a having a business close due to Unforeseen Circumstances

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

The pandemic has hammered small businesses across the United States — an alarming trend for an economy that’s trying to rebound from the deepest, fastest recession in U.S. history. Normally, small employers are a vital source of hiring after a recession. They account for nearly half the economy’s output and an outsize portion of new jobs. 

Roughly one in five small businesses have closed, according to numerous surveys. Restaurants, bars, beauty shops and other retailers that involve face-to-face contact have been hardest hit at a time when Americans are trying to keep distance from one another.

From personal experience, watching friends and families struggle with shutting down their businesses every other week due to possible exposure has been rough. Not only does a business have to worry about the normal causes such as water/fire damage and mold, but with the current pandemic, anytime an employee gets sick; the majority of small business owners choose to close from anywhere from a day or two to a week or more. 

Thankfully, SERVPRO can help with the reopening process. Our Covid clean ups involve using hospital-grade disinfectants and thoroughness; thus, reassuring the customer base and employees that all is well, and it is safe to come back. 

Being Emergency Ready in Current Times

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. On top of that, the current pandemic has left a lot of places uncertain of their future so any shutdown would be devastating.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for you business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action.  Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water, fire, and Covid-19 can affect your business.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.  It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information.  By working with SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.  SERVPRO is a leader in water and fire response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County to get started at a no cost assessment of your facility!

HVAC Cleaning for a business...Why it is Necessary?

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

HVAC Why Clean your Air Ducts?

With everything that’s involved in the maintenance of a commercial building, cleaning an air duct system that’s not showing any obvious problems can seem like an unnecessary expenditure of time and money. While air duct cleaning isn’t a job you need to do every year, it’s not something you can afford to ignore entirely.

Why Air Ducts Need Cleaning

Poor indoor air quality, inefficient air filtration, and duct leaks can all result in dust entering the duct system. This dust can accumulate to the point that it starts to break off and re-enter your air. When this happens, you may notice your workspaces become dusty faster.

High humidity in the building or water leaking into the ducts provides the moisture needed for mold to develop. Mold in the ducts releases tiny spores that will end up circulating through your whole building.

Pest infestations are another reason to have your ducts cleaned. It’s not uncommon for mice, squirrels, bees, and other pests to find their way into a duct system. Once inside, they leave behind nesting material, hair, and dead insects. Particles of these are then blown out into your rooms.

If the air quality in your building is high and you use high-efficiency HVAC air filters, your ducts could stay clean for years. Even in the ideal situation, though, there’s always a chance of unexpected issues. At least once every three or four years, have your duct system professionally inspected to check if it’s due for a cleaning.

How Air Duct Cleaning Benefits You

Keeping your building’s ducts clean protects the heating and cooling system.

Improved indoor air quality — When your ducts are clean, you’ll have less dust, mold spores, pollen, and pest debris floating in your air. 

Greater HVAC system efficiency — Debris in the ducts impairs airflow through your system, so the fan motor has to work harder to distribute conditioned air to your rooms. With the ducts clean, the air will flow freely and the motor will consume less energy moving it. Clean ducts deposit less dust on your air conditioner’s evaporator coil. Even a millimeter of dust on the coil reduces its efficiency, so clean ducts really pay off in summer.

Longer HVAC component lifespan — Dust and debris blowing through your ducts can find its way into your system’s fan motor and other components and cause excess wear. Keeping the ducts clean prevents this wear, helping the components last longer.

Professional Duct Cleaning Makes the Difference

Duct cleaning isn’t a job to leave up to a regular building maintenance crew armed with a few vacuums. Attempting to clean the ducts without the right tools can worsen your indoor air quality because the debris dislodged will end up floating away into your rooms. You’re also likely to miss a lot of the debris.

A professional like SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County has all the tools and knowledge to restore any HVAC system to 100%

Why Storm Damage is Devastating

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

Storms and Floods devastate different regions every year. Unfortunately, some of the biggest dangers caused by storms can occur after the storm has already passed. In addition to a lack of supplies and road closures, the standing flood water resulting from storms can cause serious health risks. Here are some of the most severe problems floods can bring.

Health Dangers

Standing flood water is teeming with health risks. The CDC has a section detailing all of the possible diseases that become more likely in the event of a storm disaster, including Norovirus and the West Nile Virus. Bacterial infections and diseases become a greater possibility because flood water can infect everything it touches. This can include anything from articles of clothing to the toys that children play with. For this reason, it is incredibly important not to drink or eat anything that has been contaminated by standing flood water, and to always wash hands as often as possible- especially before meals. In addition, open wounds pose a far greater risk of becoming infected as a result of storm waters. If at all possible, keep open wounds out of the water or cover with waterproof bandages. 

Physical Hazards

Disease isn't the only invisible hazard that can exist within standing water. Murky water can conceal dangerous insects or even threatening animals beneath the surface. Much of this depends on the location of the storm, but it's not unheard of for alligators to make use of a new habitat resulting from a storm. In addition, much of the physical damage caused by a storm is still present in the water. This can include broken glass or sharp metal which might be impossible to see before it causes injury. On top of that, storms frequently cause damage to power lines. These can lead to a risk of electrocution in standing water. 

It's Cold Outside....Why are House Fires starting?

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

It's January in Wisconsin....A question we are asked about a lot is "Isn't it too cold for fires to begin?". Well, there are other things besides heat that attribute to future disasters. Listed Below are the most common causes:
Heating

Heating is the second leading cause of US home fires and home fire injuries and third leading cause of home fire deaths. December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires. Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires, accounting for more than two of every five fires (44%), as well as the vast majority of deaths and injuries in home fires caused by heating equipment.

Carbon Monoxide

Often called the invisible killer, carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas created when fuels such as gasoline, wood, coal, propane, etc. do not burn completely. In the home, heating and cooking equipment that burn fuel are potential sources of CO. Carbon monoxide incidents are more common during the winter months, and in residential properties. 

 Winter storms

Most of the U.S. is at risk for winter storms, which can cause dangerous and sometimes life-threatening conditions. Blinding wind-driven snow, extreme cold, icy road conditions, downed trees and power lines can all wreak havoc on our daily schedules. Home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season, and heating equipment is involved in one of every six reported home fires, and one in every five home fire deaths.

Generators

Portable generators are useful during power outages, however, many homeowners are unaware that the improper use of portable generators can be risky. The most common dangers associated with portable generators are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electrical shock or electrocution, and fire hazards. According to a 2013 Consumer Product Safety Commission report, half of the generator-related deaths happened in the four coldest months of the year, November through February, and portable generators were involved in the majority of carbon monoxide deaths involving engine-driven tools. 

Candles

December is the peak time of year for home candle fires; the top two days for home candle fires are Christmas and Christmas Eve. Each year between 2013-2017, an average of 7,900 home candle fires were reported each year.

Electrical

Electrical home fires are a leading cause of home fires in the U.S. Roughly half of all home electrical fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment, while nearly another half involved other known types of equipment like washer or dryer fans, and portable or stationary space heaters. More statistics on electrical fires.

Assessing Damage and the Decision Making Afterwards

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

Typically, when dealing with fire damage, it’s the smoke that leads to the most contamination. Smoke contains methane, carbon monoxide, benzene, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde, formic acid, acetic acid, and traces of heavy metals. This is quite a toxic combination of chemicals, which can lead to severe health complications.

Unfortunately, smoke and soot residue can travel through almost any opening, then settle on every surface in the house. You might even find smoke contamination in a room unaffected by the fire.

Some other ways which smoke can damage your Hawaii home include:

  • Discoloration – After the fire, the smoke damage will immediately become visible on the walls, ceilings, and hard surfaces. You’ll notice stains and discoloration, including a yellowing effect that is tough to remove.
  • Odor – Many surfaces within your home, especially fabric or furniture, will contain a smoky odor after a fire. Smoke produces carbon in the air, which turns into soot. These particles then settle into the fabrics of your carpet, clothing, and furniture.
  • Electrical – A little-known aspect of smoke damage is damage to the electrical system. The smoke damage can compromise wiring, cords, switches, fuses, and breaker boxes.

Removing both smoke and soot requires advanced restoration equipment and expertise. You are likely not equipped or trained to handle the situation.

Hence, here at SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County... We are one call away from making things "Like it never even happened."