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Safety Tips for Turkey Frying Season

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Approaching the turkey frying holiday means we need to educate ourselves on the dangers of frying our own turkeys at home. Deep frying a turkey presents a high risk of fire, one of the many reasons to be careful. Turkey frying oil, even in small amounts, is highly flammable. There is also the risk of the fryer tipping over, possibly causing injuries and even fires. 

Please follow proper safety procedures when frying turkeys this Thanksgiving. Here are a few rules to follow to keep your family and your home safe this fall. 

  • Don’t fry a turkey in an enclosed area, like a porch area or a garage. 
  • Keep a fire extinguisher near the fryer in case of emergency. Make sure the extinguisher is all-purpose. 
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer, even after you are done cooking. It can take a few hours for the oil to cool after cooking. 
  • Never leave the fryer unattended, just as you should never leave the stove unattended when cooking. 
  • Always wear proper safety equipment like oven mitts or use pot holders. Long sleeves and safety goggles will protect you from oil splatter. 

As always, if a fire starts, call 911 right away. 

It’s almost holiday season, is your home ready?

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning It’s almost holiday season, is your home ready? Give your home a nice fall cleaning! Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc today. #fallcleaning #holidayseason

Did you know that SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc offers cleaning services? Treat yourself to a pre-holiday clean home before hosting family holidays. Keep reading for a list of cleaning services SERVPRO offers. 

  • Carpet Cleaning 
    • SERVPRO offers plenty of carpet cleaning services depending on your carpet’s specialized needs. 
      • Bonnet Cleaning for shorter pile carpets
      • Hot Water Extraction for a deeper clean on all carpet types 
      • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse to help restore deeply soiled areas
      • Showcase Premier Cleaning, the most thorough carpet cleaning method in the industry 
      • Dry Cleaning for those color fast carpet issues 
    • For more information about SERVPRO carpet cleaning, click here
  • Air Ducts & HVAC Cleaning
    • Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc today to inspect your ventilation system. We will give you our honest opinion of what needs to be done since duct cleaning is not always needed. We will give you recommendations to help improve the air quality. Without regularly inspecting your HVAC, the system could be circulating dust, pollen, odors, dirt and debris, and other contaminants. 
    • See more about HVAC cleaning here
  • Ceiling, Floor, and Wall Cleaning 
    • Let us give your home a deep clean. Even on hardwood and tile floors, soil can build up over time and require a professional clean. 
    • For more about the benefits of professionally cleaning your ceilings, walls, and floors, check out this page
  • Drapes & Blinds Cleaning 
    • Generally, drapes should be cleaned every two years. Often times, drapes may not show debris build up for two to six years. Drape cleaning can extend the life of your draperies, often much cheaper than paying to replace them.
    • Click here to read more on SERVPRO’s professional drapes and blinds cleaning service. 

Give yourself a present this holiday season by giving your home a deep professional clean. Visiting family will be so impressed with the cleanliness of your home. Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc today at (920) 674-3002 for all of your cleaning needs. 

FEMA Assistance

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage FEMA Assistance #disasterassistance

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker is encouraging individuals, families, and businesses impacted by recent flooding and storms in eight Wisconsin counties to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for possible disaster assistance. Last week, President Donald J. Trump approved federal disaster aid for individuals, families, and businesses in Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon counties.

“We’re encouraging everyone who sustained damage in these eight counties to register with FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov to receive possible assistance,” Governor Walker said. “Even if you’ve already called 2-1-1 to report damage, we still need you to register with FEMA. I thank President Trump for approving the declaration, and we are pleased that FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are ready to provide this much-needed assistance.”

Residents from the counties listed that sustained flood damage at home or at their business can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service, call 800-621-3362 or for TTY call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Governor Walker reminds homeowners and businesses they still must call FEMA to register even if they called 2-1-1 or their county emergency management office initially to report damage or if they met with a FEMA representative last month during damage assessments. “If you are not sure you are registered, call 1-800-621-3362 and a FEMA representative can provide assistance,” Governor Walker continued.

FEMA assistance may include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repairs to primary residences, as well as funding for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or funeral costs. If you have insurance, first file a claim with your agent. FEMA may still be able to assist with disaster-related expenses that were underinsured or not covered by your policy.

FEMA Disaster Survival Assistance crews will begin outreach in Sauk and Dane Counties Tuesday afternoon to explain the program and to encourage flood victims to report damage. FEMA field personnel will be wearing FEMA shirts and carry official badges.

The SBA opened a Business Recovery Center in Madison and will be opening another office in Viroqua on Thursday to help businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by the storms. SBA officials can provide information about applying for disaster loans. The locations are 740 Regent Street, Suite 100 in Madison and 318 Fairlane Drive in Viroqua. Both offices are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Several other counties that also sustained damage from flooding and tornadoes are still under review by (FEMA) for the Individual Assistance Program. The counties under review are Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Ozaukee and Washington. Governor Walker said the state will continue to work with affected individuals and businesses to provide disaster relief.

Information about the various state and federal disaster programs that are available are located at ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov.

SBA Engagement related to Presidential Disaster Declaration

In response to the Presidential disaster declaration made over the weekend, SBA now has disaster assistance staff in place in our Madison office to assist affected businesses (large and small), homeowners, renters, and non-profits. Another location may open next week.

Please share this information in the affected counties: Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Rock, Trempealeau and Wood.

  • Twitterhttps://twitter.com/SBA_Wisconsin/status/1054507392841465857
  • Link to news release for opening of Business Recovery Centerhttps://www.sba.gov/node/1629686
  • Southwestern Wisconsin’s businesses, non-profits, homeowners and renters affected by August and September flooding and storms can now visit the SBA’s Business Recovery Center in Dane County for assistance. The address is 740 Regent Street, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53715. The office is open from 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday. Counties eligible for assistance include: Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Rock, Trempealeau and Wood. Read more about SBA assistance for these counties.

Questions? Contact Robin Dittberner, Economic Development Specialist, Wisconsin District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration, (608) 441-5521 robin.dittberner@sba.gov

PREPARING FOR THE WORST

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

GUIDE FOR FACILITY MANAGERS as provided by Sunbelt Rentals

As job titles go, ‘facility manager’ is a bit misleading.

That’s because a facility manager doesn’t just manage a given school, arena, or conference center. They are also in charge of ensuring the safety and comfort of everyone inside that facility.

If disaster strikes, there’s a lot more at stake than soggy floors or overheated hallways – a good facility manager must be prepared for the worst.

HVAC failure

Every HVAC system seems to break down on the hottest or coldest days of the year.

To avoid as much discomfort and damage as possible, stay on top of regular HVAC maintenance and inspection. If your units are old, start planning for an upgrade. If they’re new, make sure they are serviced regularly to ensure a long lifespan.

Should your HVAC systems fail entirely, you need to understand what you’ll need temporarily until a replacement can be installed. In those cases, we offer a variety of portable air conditioners and heaters, as well as dehumidifiers to guard against the onset of mold.

Security threats

There’s no getting around it: Security is now one of the biggest issues facility managers face.

To prepare for the worst, create an emergency response plan and ensure all building personnel are well-versed in the specifics. Cybersecurity and technology are increasingly being delegated to facility managers, so educate yourself on the available tools and best practices.

One area that’s easy to miss in disaster preparedness is security cameras. They are designed to blend in, but they can’t be forgotten. Check your security cameras regularly to make sure they are functioning properly. If one or more need to be replaced, bring in our mobile surveillance cameras to ensure you are covered until the new equipment arrives.

You can’t be too careful. The safety of your facility and its occupants depends on it.

Sunbelt https://www.sunbeltrentals.com

What is SERVPRO?

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What is SERVPRO? SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is faster to any size disaster! #SERVPRO #fastertoanysizedisaster #fireandwater #cleaning #restoration

SERVPRO® is a cleaning and restoration company dedicated to serving your cleaning and restoration needs, remediating damage “Like it never even happened.®” SERVPRO® of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is an independently owned and operated franchise owned by Todd and Tina Szada, to learn more about Todd and Tina, check out our Company Profile

SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals are leader is fire and water damage cleanup and restoration, as well as mold mitigation and remediation. We are faster to any size disaster, no damage is too small for SERVPRO® of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc. 

Are you in need of any cleaning or restoration services? Call SERVPRO® of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc today! (920) 674-3002

SERVPRO® of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc offers many services, including fire and water damage restoration, mold remediation, as well as various cleaning services. We clean from your flooring to your ceiling. We can help you with any of your carpet, wall, and ceiling cleaning as well as cleaning your HVAC, air ducts, and much more. Visit our Cleaning Services Overview page for more information on SERVPRO® of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc cleaning services.

SERVPRO® of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is Here to Help®. Call Today! 

What to do After a Flood

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do After a Flood Don’t wait, call SERVPRO® of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc to fix your water damage problems right away. #LikeItNeverHappened #waterdamage

If your house has water or flood damage, call SERVPRO® of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc today at (920) 674-3002. SERVPRO® is faster to any size disaster. 

What to do before SERVPRO® arrives

After flooding, the safety of you and your family should be the first concern. Make sure it is still safe to be in your home. Be aware of any electrical hazards and any potential slip and fall hazards. 

Here are a few dos and don’ts post-flooding: 

  • Use a mop or towels to remove excess water. 
  • Pick up loose items off the floor. Remove any colored items like books, magazines, or rugs off of carpeted floors to prevent color bleeding. 
  • Hang or prop any wet fabrics or upholstery/cushions to allow them to dry. 
  • Separate furniture legs from carpet with aluminum foil or wood blocks. 
  • Stay out of rooms where the ceiling is sagging and avoid using ceiling fixtures where the ceiling might be wet.

Let SERVPRO Solve Your Mold Problem

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Let SERVPRO Solve Your Mold Problem Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc today if you experience any of these signs. #moldremediation #bemoldfree

SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc Franchise Professionals are leaders in mold mitigation and remediation. Call us today at (920) 674-3002 to help solve mold problems. 

Mold Remediation

The restoration companies claim that they will remove all the mold from your home; however, removing all mold is impossible because microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals understand mold and mold growth. We know how to properly deal with the problem.

The first step to addressing any mold problems is to first address any moisture problems. Higher than normal humidity in your home can be the cause for mold growth. Indoor humidity should be kept below 45 percent. In the incident of water entering your property, mold growth can occur as soon as 48 hours after. If the mold is taken care of without caring for the water problem first, the mold is likely to return. 

Watch this video to see what you can do while waiting for help to arrive and solve your problem. 

For more information on how SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc fixes your mold problem, click here

Colder Weather Preparation and Cleaning

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

It is starting to get colder as fall approaches, are you prepared for the colder weather? Check out each of the items on this list to prep your home. Planning for harsh weather will help reduce expenses and keep your home safe throughout the winter months 

  1. Keep the heat in
    • Seal off any areas where the heat could leak out, like cracks under doors or around windows. Another cost efficient way to keep the heat from escaping is using a window insulation kit you can set up yourself. 
  2. Don’t freeze the pipes
    • Drain all outside hoses and faucets to keep them from freezing. Water freezing in pipes could cause them to burst, creating a lot of problems. Even if you are away for the winter, keep the heat set above 55? to keep the pipes from freezing. Simply keeping the garage door closed can keep the winter air from getting to pipes that may be running near the garage. 
  3. Give your house a good fall cleaning
    • Get your chimney cleaned out before enjoying your fireplace on a cold day. Built up soot and debris can cause a chimney fire. 
    • Clean out all the dead leaves and other debris from the gutters to prevent them from blocking water from properly draining. Backed up water will freeze and create ice dams, which can cause damage to your home. 

Prep your home for the cold before winter comes. Each little fix could prevent expensive repairs during the winter months. 

Are You Prepared?

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Beginner's Guide to National Preparedness Month 

September is National Preparedness Month so make sure you and your family are prepared for disaster. Having a plan is vital to keeping everyone safe. Check out this list of important procedures to keep your household safe and sound. 

  1. Make an In-Case-of-Emergency Plan. 
  • Create a plan for your family to follow so they know what to do when emergency strikes. Establish the do’s and don’t’s of any particular emergency. It is important that everyone knows where they need to go and how to get there. Make sure children know how to get out of the house in the case of a fire and where they know they can find you once they are out of the house.
  1. Practice your I.C.E. Plan 
  • Practice the emergency plan you created with your family. Practicing ensures that everyone fully understands the plan and helps keep everyone from stressing when an emergency does happen. Don’t be afraid to go through the plan from time to time. It is important to run through everything every few months so no one forgets important parts of the plan. 
  1. Learn basic life-saving skills and procedures (and teach them to the whole family!)
  • Learn CPR and make sure your household knows it, too. Everyone who is old enough to stay home alone should know to perform CPR on themselves and someone else. 
  •   Make sure your home is fully equipped with smoke and natural gas detectors. All detectors should be tested once a month to ensure they work properly and the batteries are not dead. 
  •   Know where the emergency shutoffs are for everything in your home. In the case of an emergency, you want to know where you need to go to shut off the natural gas line in the occurence of a leak, for example.
  •   Teach all members of the family how to use basic emergency equipment, like a fire extinguisher, so they are able to try to prevent major emergencies when they can.
  1. Check your insurance policy to make sure you are covered
  •   It’s better to be safe rather than sorry. Check your policy to see if your house is fully protected against accidents and natural disasters. Keep in mind that home insurance does not cover flooding, a fact most homeowners don’t know until it’s too late. 
  1. Always set aside an emergency fund.
  •   Keep a savings account to save up money in case disaster strikes. Damage done by natural disasters can wreak havoc on your bank account so keep some funds available to get your family and your home back on their feet.

Being prepared reduces the hardship on your home and your family during disaster. Follow these tips to keep your family safe because disaster can happen at any moment. To see more about the tips above and for more ways to prepare yourself, check out Ready.Gov for more information about National Preparedness Month.

Jefferson County Fair

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Community Jefferson County Fair Todd, one of the owners with the SERVPRO logo. #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc @SERVPROjefferson

This past week SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was a sponsor at the Jefferson County Fair.

At the fair you were able to see the SERVPRO logo on the people movers all through the fair.

Some of our staff attended the fair and enjoyed the food and music. The cheese curds were delicious! Randy Houser was amazing!

Hope you were able to get the fair and that you had a great time!