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Upcoming Events In Jefferson

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Bridge over a river Beautiful Jefferson, WI Bridge

As a proud member of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, we at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc like to share events that are scheduled in the near future within the community.  These events are hosted by local businesses, churches and many volunteers who live in our area. We want to promote these events and encourage community participation.   Please review the following link to learn about the upcoming events:

What's Happening and Events In Jefferson, WI

One of the events listed is our 4th Annual Bean Bags Tournament.  This is a fun fundraiser where all proceeds will go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  As a fire mitigation company, we want to recognize those first responders, particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.  Click on that link to learn more about our event or how you can donate to our event.

For all your fire cleanup and restoration needs, call the certified fire and smoke restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc (920) 674-3002.

SERVPRO's Annual Fund Raiser Tournament Grand Prize

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Set of cornhole bags with red ax and firefighters U.S. Flag along with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation logo Grand Prize of the 2020 Bean Bag Tournament Fund Raiser

As a continuation of our promotion of SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc 4th Annual Bean Bag Tournament Fund Raiser, we want to share some photos of the set of boards that will be given to the tournament winners.  The winning team of our fund raiser tournament will win this set which is honoring the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation with a red ax and a fire fighters U.S. Flag.

We are very proud of this prize and would like to again thank the designer and manufacturer of the boards, Tim Jandt.  Tim is a friend to SERVPRO and he has designed the previous 3 years winning set of boards.  To see more of Tim's creations, please visit his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TIMSHW/

All proceeds of this annual fund raiser will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  

As you an see in this photo, these are the boards taken at different angles.  You are able to see the two sponsors of these boards; SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and Clark Chiaverotti, a local State Farm Insurance Agent. 

To learn more about this event or to make a donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, please call our Marketing Department and ask to speak with Brad and he will assist you.  920-674-3002.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County Donates To Homeless Shelter

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wearing winter coat carrying a bag filled with hot food walking up a sidewalk Tina, From SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, Delivers a Freshly Prepared Meal To a Local Shelter

Giving back to those in need is very important in every community.  The team at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc recognizes that giving back to the communities that we serve is not just a duty, but also an obligation.  The Executive Leadership team believes that God wants us to help those in need and one great way to do that is providing a hot meal to those that are homeless.  

The employees at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc were split into two teams and had a contest to see which team would donate the most money during the last quarter of 2019.  The money raised has been and will continue to be used to purchase food for the shelter.

Twice already the employees at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc purchased and prepared meals for the shelter.  One time a taco bar was prepared with hot ground beef and all the related items.  For the most recent donation groceries were purchase in order to prepare a fresh and hot lasagna meal with mixed salad, bread and dessert.  The photo shows one of the SERVPRO employees proudly delivering the hot meal.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is proud to be able to help our communities and neighbors during challenging times. 

To learn more about SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and the services that we provide, please call at (920) 674-3002.    

 

Some Raffle Items At SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Fund Raiser

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

Collage of 3 photos showing different items to be raffled, including movie passes, pizza parties, Culvers gift certificates Just a Small Sample of the Donated Items For Raffle

The leadership team at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc continues to promote the 4th Annual Bean Bag Tournament Fund Raiser. All proceeds will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  This is one way that SERVPRO wants to give back to the communities that we serve, particularly the first responders that have died in the line of duty.

As you an see in this photo, these are just some of the 80+ items that have been donated by local businesses and friends of SERVPRO to help support this wonderful event.  We have movie night themed baskets, pizza themed baskets, delicious food items and toys from Culvers, and  plenty of donated adult beverages. 

The event in 2019 raised over $4,000 and we are hopeful that we will exceed that amount this year. 

To learn more about this event or to make a donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, please call our Marketing Department and ask to speak with Brad and he will assist you.  920-674-3002.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Hosts Annual Fund Raiser

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation logo with a blue badge and rose in the middle National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

The Executive Leadership Team at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc believe that we have been blessed by God with SERVPRO being a part of our lives.  Because of SERVPRO, we have been able to help countless numbers of people dealing with dire damage, water damage, mold remediation, asbestos abatement, etc. 

We also feel that we have a duty and a commitment to give back to our community and the communities in which we serve.  As a result, on March 7, 2020 we are hosting our 4th Annual Bean Bags Tournament.  All proceeds will be given to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, to help support the families of firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty. 

Our goal for this year is to raise $4,000.  In the previous three years that we have held this fund raising event, we have raised over $10,000.  With your help we hope to add to that.  

We often help people who have had fires in their homes or businesses.  We want to express our gratitude to those who also help those same families, the firefighters, particularly those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.  

If you would like more information about National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, please visit https://www.firehero.org/

If you are unable to be a part of our event on March 7, 2020 but would still like to make a monetary donation, please visit https://remember-the-fallen.everydayhero.com/us/SERVPRO

If you would like to learn more about this fund raising event, or if you have questions about fire damage cleanup and restoration, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002

Burn Awareness Week - Observed The First Week Of February

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Website Screenshot Of Burn Awareness Week Burn Awareness Week at SERVPRO

Burn Awareness Week, observed the first full week in February, is a window of opportunity for organizations to mobilize burn, fire and life safety educators to unite in sharing a common burn awareness and prevention message in our communities.

Learn more about Burn Awareness Week by clicking on the following link provided by the American Burn Association.  

http://ameriburn.org/prevention/burn-awareness-week/

When you visit this website, you can learn about opportunities for burn care organizations, burn survivor support groups, public safety, and injury prevention professionals to increase awareness among the general population of the frequency and causes of burn injury in America, and the advances in and sources of burn care available today.  You can also learn about ways to prevent contact burns with safety fact sheets.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc recognizes that when fires occur and people get hurt, resources are needed to heal both the physical and the mental wounds.  

If you had a residential or commercial fire and help is needed to clean up after the devastation, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002 and we can help.

 

Improve Quality Of Life In Your Home With Wellness-Focused Interior Living Space

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Man and woman and 2 children sitting in living room and kitchen Enjoy Your Home

The team at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc often receive phone calls from home owners or real estate agents to help improve a structure before putting it on the market.  In many of those instances we are called to help rid the home of mold.  But there are things that you can do in your home to improve your personal wellness while also preventing mold growth. 

When you think of wellness, does your living space come to mind? Today, people are taking wellness beyond diet and exercise and into their homes. So, if you want to improve your quality of life, you might be interested in wellness-focused interior design.

This style of design uses natural elements to boost your mood, increase your productivity and influence your mental well-being.

Four ways to improve your quality of life in your home:

1. Let in the light. The sun’s light can elevate your mood and promote alertness. Take advantage of daylight by arranging workspaces near windows, using light-filtering curtains or strategically hanging mirrors to reflect more light. Natural light can recenter your sleep cycle and promote vitamin D production — two keys to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

2. Promote air circulation. Proper air circulation provides a regular temperature, removes impurities and that “stale” feeling, and prevents mold. For better air quality, use ceiling fans, open the windows and install attic vents. The more space there is in a room, the more air can circulate.

3. Add more plants. Being close to nature can improve your overall well-being. Plants add color to your home, purify the air and may even reduce stress. Bring the outside in by adding plants to every room in your home, especially the spaces where you spend the most time.

4. Design a calming space. Create a private sanctuary that’s free of distractions, like clutter and electronic devices. Dedicate time to this space so you can calm your mind, gain a fresh perspective and reflect on your day.

Call the restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc with all your mold remediation needs or property improvement questions.  920-674-3002

Additional Power Is Sometimes Needed on Job Sites. So What Do We Do?

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Person hold drying plug next to dryer outlet SERVPRO of Jefferson County Uses Dryer and Range Outlets For More Power

When SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc gets called out to an emergency water situation, the first thing we do after meeting the property owner is to do a complete and thorough "walk-through" of the property to assess the extent of the damage.  After that walk through it is time for our team to think about how to efficiently dry the wet materials.  Our crew chiefs will need to account for the proper amount of drying equipment needed. We have industrial dehumidifiers, air movers and axial fans that we can use to help dry wet materials. In addition, we may use several other types of equipment depending on the type of job, air scrubbers and hydroxyl machines, just to name a few. Many homes only support either 100 or 200 amps.  What do we do if our team needs additional power to run more equipment? There are 2 options that we typically utilize.  

  1. We may call in a licensed electrician to install a temporary power panel to allow our team of professionals to place more equipment in the home. This option is perfect for large losses that have multiple levels affected or that have many rooms affected.  
  2. We possibly can utilize an existing electric dryer or stove outlet like the one seen in the photo to allow us to install a power distribution box. We can plug our equipment into this box to allow us to use an additional 50 amps of power. This option is most common and these power distribution boxes are always on our trucks to ensure our team can help quickly and efficiently. 
 No matter how big or small your disaster is, you can count on SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to have the proper equipment to get you back to preloss condition as quickly as possible.  Call us to with all your water damage needs and speak with a certified water restoration technician.  920-674-3002.

Local SERVPRO of Jefferson County Celebrates The Holidays As a Team

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Group of various people sitting at a restaurant table or standing to socialize celebrating Christmas The Employees At SERVPRO of Jefferson Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Celebrate the Holidays With Each Other

The Holidays are a time to spend with family and friends.  The management team at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc tries to instill a family environment with our employees.  We work with each other and we have to count on each other to help when needed, just like a family. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc took the time to celebrate the Holidays together, just like a team.  The management team treated all the employees to an afternoon of good fun, good fun and team building.  Employees ate together, played darts together, played billiards and had a few laughs along the way.  We even did a team building activity together where all employees were placed onto two different teams and competed against each other to get out of an escape room by solving clues and puzzles.

When you have fire or water damage and you want to meet one of the happy technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, call us at 920-674-3002 and one of our certified technicians will be happy to assist you.

Tips to Prevent Chimney Fires

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

Flames Coming Out of the top of the chimney If This Happens At Your Home, Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc

Wisconsin winter weather is upon us. And with colder temps comes an obvious increase in the use of fireplaces. For many of us, our fireplaces/chimneys haven't been touched in months. However, chimneys account for 75% of home heating fires - meaning homeowners should actively maintain and follow the necessary upkeep.

Property Casualty 360 provides the following tips to prevent chimney fires in your home.

  1. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year by a professional, and more than that if creosote builds up on the chimney walls more rapidly.
  2. Consider installing a stainless steel liner that will withstand even the highest temperatures and will keep the embers contained.
  3. Watch out for soot buildup. Soot is softer than creosote, but is also flammable and should be cleaned up regularly. 
  4. Between the professional inspections / cleanings, be sure to check and monitor your wood-burning fireplace for signs of buildup or other problems.
  5. Clean the interior of your fireplace, including the floor, regularly. Sweep or vacuum up ONLY COLD ashes.
  6. Your chimney has a cap on the top of it with open sides (usually covered in mesh to keep rain, birds, squirrels, and debris out). Make sure this cap is regularly inspected and replaced when necessary.
  7. Check the interior of your fireplace for creosote buildup. It is flammable, therefore too much buildup is a fire hazard and should be cleaned away with a creosote remover as soon as possible. 
  8. Anytime there is smoke indoors from your fireplace, troubleshoot and immediately correct any problems you find. Possible causes are a dirty chimney, soot or creosote buildup, other debris, a sample that isn't open or fully opened, or wood not building completely.
  9. To improve your fireplace's efficiency, you should also consider installing heat-proof glass doors to protect against heat loss and a fan or blower to direct heat into the room.
  10. If possible, burn hardwoods like oak, maple, ash, and birch. These woods burn hot and long, are cleaner to handle, and have less pitched sap. They also tend to leave less creosote buildup but can be more expensive.

In the event that you experience a fire in your home, call the certified fire and smoke restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 674-3002.  We are here to help make it "Like it never even happened."