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Molds are everywhere

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Molds are everywhere Mold growth

Molds are found everywhere, and can grow on almost any substance when moisture is present.  They reproduce by spores, which are carried by air currents.  When spores land on a moist surface suitable for life, they begin to grow. 

Because common building materials are capable of sustaining mold growth and mold spores are ubiquitous mold growth in an indoor environment is typically related to water or moisture and may be caused by incomplete drying of flooring materials (such as concrete).  

Flooding, leaky roofs, building maintenance or indoor plumbing problems can lead to interior mold growth.  Water vapor commonly condenses on surfaces cooler than the moisture laden air, enabling mold to flourish.  This moisture vapor passes through walls and ceilings, typically condensing during the winter in climates with a long heating season.

Significant mold growth requires moisture and food sources and a substrate capable of sustaining growth.  Common building materials, such as plywood, drywall, furring strips, carpets and carpet padding are food for mold.

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County can remediate your mold.  Just give us a call.

We're Hiring!

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County

2430 10th Ave.

South Milwaukee, WI

414 - 421-3500

SERVPRO9886@gmail.com

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 (http://www.ready.gov/September), 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. (https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan)
  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 https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp. 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 SERVPRO9886@SERVPROsemc.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO® Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.

About SERVPRO®

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.   

Time is a precious commodity

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Time is a precious commodity We are here for your business - big or small

When you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County for all your commercial cleaning needs.  Did you know when you hire SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County for maintenance cleaning, you get around the clock restoration services built with you in mind?  Quality cleaning and quick response - that's the SERVPRO way.

Can't figure out how to get the job done?  Call us for your emergency restoration needs.  Because when you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your facility, you need fast response and expertise to the get the job done right, ensuring your business can get back into operation as quickly as possible.  Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price.

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County's professionals are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and the restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs.

Government Facilities have to stay open

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Government Facilities have to stay open Call the cleanup team that's faster to any size diaster

When disaster strikes a government facility, SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County  answers the call quickly to access the damage and start mitigation procedures, helping ensure minimum service interruption and lower recovery costs.  We understand that when a government facility needs to be cleaned or restored, it needs to stay open and we work with you to ensure you can do just that!

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County responds to disaster situations with the right personnel and equipment to provide timely mitigation - the key to controlling damage, lowering recovery costs and minimizing interruption to the public and employees.  From large disasters to those special cleaning needs that exceed the capabilities of a facility's janitorial service, SERVPRO is committed to a timely response and total customer satisfaction.

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County specialize in:

  • Fire, Smoke & Soot Restoration
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation & Remediation
  • Catastrophic Storm Response
  • Move Outs & Contents Restoration
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service
  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blind Cleaning
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floor cleaning
  • Deodorization

You can trust the team at SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County!

Clean Homes Sell Faster

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Clean Homes Sell Faster Serving Real Estate Agents and their clients throughout Southeast Milwaukee County.

It is a fact:  A clean, fresh smelling home sells faster.  Unfortunately, not all homes are maintained in the same way.  Nearly all realtors are faced, at some point, with a difficult listing to show.

Your sellers may have trouble spots to address before you list or schedule a home inspection.  The clients may choose to handle these issues themselves to avoid filing an insurance claim for the damage because it may not be covered by their policy and can affect the home's CLUE report.  CLUE (Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange) is a database which records reported loss and damage information, and it is utilized by more that 80% of insurance companies.  Unfavorable CLUE reports can lead to increased premiums and policy renewal issues to property owners.

Whether the problem is a water stain on a hardwood floor or a mildew smell in the basement, reassure your clients that SERVPRO can get their home in top show condition and ready to sell.

Veteran realtors encourage clients to keep their homes in top condition for very important reasons:

  • Increased market value
  • Shortened list to sale conversion times
  • Enhanced reputation for quality listings and quick sales.

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County offers a variety of services to help revive your listings to op show condition:

  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapery and Blind Cleaning
  • Ceiling, Wall and Hard Floor Cleaning
  • Deodorization
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation.

Call us today!

Helping Schools

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Helping Schools Call SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County at 414-421-3500

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County is in a CLASS by ourselves when it comes to helping schools provide clean, healthy environments for our children.

Educational institutions can depend on us for fast, thorough service in the vent of fire, water or mold damage.  With 24-hour emergency response, our professionals provide mitigation, cleanup and restoration services to reduce recovery costs and to help ensure minimal interruption to your curriculum.

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County also provides expert cleaning for emergencies or special needs exceeding routine janitorial capabilities, including stain removal, upholstery and drapery dry cleaning, indoor air quality  ad vandalism cleanup.  Our professionals are trained to clean and sanitize building materials, surfaces and contents following restoration industry standards, using professional cleaning products and EPA registered cleaners and disinfectants.

Mold: From the Ordinary to the Unhealthy

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold:  From the Ordinary to the Unhealthy Example of black mold

Fungi and mold naturally occur in our environment.  In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified.  Fungi produce some very useful results.  Yeast is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, including some alcoholic beverages.  The unique flavor of blue cheese is a result of mold.  An edible mushroom is simply a type of fungi, and lifesaving penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum).

Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful.  Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds may present health concerns for some people.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth.  Water intrusions can result from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks and poor humidity control.  When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk of harmful mold growth.  Some amount of mold spores are normally present in most environments.  If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.  Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.  Excessive mold growth can lead to indoor environmental condisitons that pose a heath threat.

Take Precautions

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County has a professional team that can handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth.  Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time.  If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly.  If these is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, it is important to be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold.
  • Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
  • Excessive humidity

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

Labor Day

8/30/2017 (Permalink)

Community Labor Day Have a safe holiday weekend

Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial last weekend of summer.  Many people celebrate the three day weekend with picnics, family get-togethers and end of summer trips before school starts.  Many area pools and beaches close after this weekend.   Some of us like to take advantage of those Labor Day Sales that our local retailers offer.  Government offices are closed, as are many other businesses.  The roadways are busy - so it pays to be extra diligent when driving. 

Labor Day became a federal holiday in 1894 and was intended to recognize the contributions and achievements of American workers - something we should do on a regular basis!  Not everybody enjoys a three day weekend, our police, fire and emergency service professionals are frequently very busy coming to the public's aid.   We should remember to thank them, as well as the cashier who rings up your purchase when your taking advantage of that great sale.

If your celebration results in water or fire damage or if you just want your carpets cleaned before the Fall season begins, give us at SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County a call. 

Watch vs Warning

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Watch vs Warning Photo courtesy of Earth Networks

Based on information provided by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), please be aware of the following distinctions.

A thunderstorm is a rain shower during which you hear thunder.  Since thunder comes from lightning, all thunderstorms have lightning.

A thunderstorm is classified as "severe" when it contains one or more of the following:  Hail (one inch or greater), Winds in excess of 58 mph, Structural wind damage or a tornado.

A severe thunderstorm watch means that the potential exists for the development of thunderstorms which may produce large hail or damaging winds.  A watch is issued by the SPC (Storm Prediction Center).

A severe thunderstorm warning means that a severe thunderstorm is occurring or is imminent based on Doppler radar information or a reliable spotter report.  A warning is issued by the local National Weather Service.

Emergency Supply Kit

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Recommended items to include in a basic emergency supply kit:

  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Food (non-perishable 3-day supply)
  • Manual can opener
  • Battery operated radio, preferably a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries)
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Local maps
  • Hygiene items
  • Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account information.
  • Cash
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container

We hope you never need this list, but it's important to be prepared and make sure everyone in your family knows where to find your emergency kit as well as where your family is going to meet in the event of an emergency.

For Homeowners, putting out a fire can be worse than the fire itself

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage For Homeowners, putting out a fire can be worse than the fire itself Picture courtesy of google

A backdraft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home.  fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.

So after the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County help you restore it.  With the industry-approved training to employ rapid response, the utmost professionalism, cutting-edge technology and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home, but the customer's peach of mind, as well.

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 professionals can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  Our professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  these service help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible,

Should you clean it up yourself?

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Should you clean it up yourself? This water could be contaminated.

There's no such thing as a small disaster.  Especially when the water you don't see contains bacteria - or causes mold, rot and other unseen damage.  Water damage can affect the value of your property.  So before you get out the mop bucket and box fan to try and clean it up yourself, consider how this will affect your property.

A mop and common cleaning products may not be enough for serious water intrusions. 

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County is equipped to safely clean and restore your home or business, 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.
  • Perform emergency water extraction
  • Apply necessary treatments i.e. disinfectants/deodorization.
  • Utilize drying equipment and monitor drying.

So, before you risk further damaging the value of your home or business by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County at 414-421-3500.

"Like it never even happened."

Hurricane Harvey

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Harvey Path of the Hurricane Harvey courtesy of CNN Weather

Harvey is strengthening to a major hurricane with winds approaching 125 mph and is approaching Corpus Christi, Texas.   Residents are being encouraged to evacuate due to record-setting flooding.  Our thoughts are with the residents of Texas and Louisiana as they go through the first major hurricane since 2005.

We had a taste of the damage water can cause when we had our flooding in July down in Burlington and Kenosha.  We have lived through rebuilding our homes and businesses.  We can't even imagine the damage a Class 3 hurricane can cause, but we certainly can understand a little of what those residents and business owners are going through.

SERVPRO of Southeast Wisconsin wants to send our thoughts and strength to everyone.  We want you to know that we care about you and your family and friends that are here and worrying about your safety.

We also know that when it's time to rebuild, SERVPRO will be there to help!

C.E. Classes

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Community C.E. Classes Steve is keeping the group engaged about Ethics

SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County was proud host Two FREE Continuing Education Seminars on August 23, 2017.  We held these seminars at the beautiful Oak Creek Community Center and they went great!   We talked about Ethics in the morning and Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry in the afternoon.   We have about 20 of our area's insurance agents participate - and they really were engaged in what they were learning.   Asking a lot of great questions to ensure that they could assist their clients in the best possible manner.   Our instructor, Steve Deblois made talking about ethics and learning about mold FUN!

Thank you Steve Deblois for traveling all the way from Georgia and thank you to all the insurance agents who attended for your participation and commitment to your clients.   We also want to thank the Oak Creek Community Center for making sure everything ran smoothly!

You have a smell...What could it be?

8/21/2017 (Permalink)

You only have one chance to make a first impression with visitors to your home or business.  If you have a moist basement or even if you had water come through a door or window and it wasn't thoroughly and properly dried out, you could have mold.  One indicator can be the smell, some people describe as "musty".

While molds are found naturally in the environment, an overabundance inside buildings is undesirable; some people can become ill.   People most at risk are infants, children, pregnant women, elderly and people with compromised respiratory systems or weakened immune system.

 Although experts disagree about the more controversial details of mold, they all agree that if you have excessive mold, it needs to be removed.

SERVPRO of  Southeast Milwaukee County has the proper equipment and experience to take care of your mold problem - big or small.  Just give us a call!

Back to School

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

As millions of students (and their parents) are getting ready to go back to school in a couple of weeks, we have a few reminders from the National Safety Council.  It's important for all of us drivers to slow down and keep our eyes open.  We need to be alert to anything and everything.  A reminder for our kids when walking to and from school - Head up, phone down!  There is nothing on your cell phone that can't wait until your safely at home.  Pay attention to who and what is going on around you.   We want to watch out for our neighbors and make sure we have a safe and happy school year.  SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County cares about our community.

Food Truck Friday

8/17/2017 (Permalink)

Don't you love a night at the park with family and friends?   I sure do.  Just a reminder that this Friday, August 18 is Food Truck Friday at Konkel Park in Greenfield.    The weather promises to be perfect and what's better than a nice selection of food trucks to choose from AND live music all for FREE!  The nice part of living in a small community is that we have events like this on a semi-regular basis.  We can spend time with family and neighbors this weekend and support our local community in safe and friendly atmosphere.  Summer is coming to a close - let's all take advantage of these last few weekends.

5:30p - 10:30p @ 5151 W Layton Ave in Greenfield. 

Hope to see you there!

Happy National Tell a Bad Joke Day!

8/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Happy National Tell a Bad Joke Day! courtesy of Meme Center

Let's hope this never happens to you, but if you find yourself with a water problem call SERVPRO of Southeast Milwaukee County.  We have the expertise and equipment to make it "Like it never even happened." #gotta smile ##Happy National Joke Day

Ultrasonic Cleaning

8/14/2017 (Permalink)

Available at our South Milwaukee Location

Ultrasonic cleaning is a process that use 200 gallon tanks, ultrasound and an appropriate cleaning solvent to clean items.  The ultrasound can be used with just water, but use of a solvent appropriate for the item and the soiling enhances the effect.  Ultrasonic cleaning is powerful enough to remove tough contaminants, yet gentle enough not to damage the substrate.  It provides excellent penetration and cleaning in the smallest crevice and between tightly spaced parts in a cleaning tank.

Utrasonic cleaning uses cavitation bubbles induced by high frequency pressure (sound) waves to agitate a liquid.  Cavitation causes micron-size bubbles to form and grow due to alternating positive and negative pressure waves in a solution.

In a nutshell, ultrasonic cleaning is an extremely effective way to clean and sanitize your most treasured belongings.

Wisconsin's Severe Weather Awareness Week

4/8/2015 (Permalink)

Listen, Act and Live! Those words could protect you and your family during severe storm season. Listening to warnings and seeking shelter immediately will save lives. That’s why Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM), ReadyWisconsin, the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) have teamed up for Wisconsin’s Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week from April 13-17, 2015.

Did you know that… 

  • Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.
  • In 2014, 22 tornadoes were reported in Wisconsin by the National Weather Service. Eighteen of those tornadoes occurred in June. The strongest tornado in 2014 occurred on June 17 when an EF 3 tornado hit Verona in Dane County. At least 30 homes were damaged as well as the Country View Elementary School. The tornado traveled about a mile, had wind speeds of 136 to 165 mph and was on the ground for several minutes. An EF 2 touched down that same night in Platteville in Grant County. Several homes and businesses were damaged including the University of Wisconsin–Platteville.
  • In 2013, 16 tornadoes touched down in Wisconsin including six tornadoes during the overnight hours of August 6-7. An EF 2 struck near New London in Waupaca and Outagamie counties injuring two people and caused millions of dollars in damage.

On Thursday, April 16, 2015, a statewide tornado drill is planned. At 1:00pm, the National Weather Service will issue a statewide mock tornado watch and at 1:45pm a statewide mock tornado warning. Many radio and TV stations will participate in the drill. In addition, NOAA weather radios (also known as emergency weather radios) will issue alert messaging. This is an ideal opportunity for schools, businesses and families to practice safe procedures for severe weather. 

Important: The tornado drill will take place even if the sky is cloudy, dark and/or rainy. If actual severe storms are expected in the state on Thursday April 16, the tornado drill will be postponed until Friday, April 17 with the same times. If severe storms are possible Friday the drill will be cancelled. Any changes will be issued to local media as well as posted on the ReadyWisconsin website, Facebook and Twitter pages. 

Additional maps and information are also posted at http://readywisconsin.wi.gov.