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SERVPRO Restores Home After Furnace Leak

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

an image of a clean room that had been restored after being damaged by water The image shows the bedroom that had been damaged by water after it was restored by SERVPRO professionals.

A furnace leak in this home caused damage to a bedroom, a closet and dining room. Additionally, because the water had been sitting for a while, some mold growth had developed on the flooring. The SERVPRO crew applied anti-microbial mats to aid with hindering the mold growth. When the crews were pulling the carpet and pad out they discovered tile flooring underneath. They tested it and found  asbestos. SERVPRO's asbestos crew was called in to remove it and the floor above was restored in addition to the rest of the property that had been damaged. 

5 Home Features Buyers Are Looking For

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Home For Sale sign Tips To Help Sell Your Home

The real estate market in Wisconsin continues to be very busy.  The objective is to sell your home for the maximum price possible based on comparable prices in your neighborhood.  If/When you consider selling your home, you may want to make an effort to make some repairs or improvements to increase the value of your home.  

If you are considering selling your home, the following are some suggestions on what buyers may be looking for.  

Storage Space 

As a home owner, I find myself often saying that I wish I had more storage space.  Most of my family and friends say the same thing.  Find ways to add additional storage to your home or busince because this will make it more appealing to prospective buyers.  Some examples include adding shelving in rooms, finish the area/space under the stairs or install a closet system to store more items.  

Remember to Be "Health Conscience"

Due to the pandemic, many people are now trying to complete workouts at home.  If there is any way to add an in-home gym or a designated area for exercise equipment, be sure to add it. 

Security To The Home or Building

Security is important wherever you are living.  Your stuff is important to you, and you want to keep it.  But remember that security is also important to the seller as well.  Curb appeal is also important and one item that gets most attention is the garage door.  Consider upgrading your garage door as it makes your building look more modern and it provides adding security.  You may also want to consider adding an alarm system if one is not already present.  Anything that improves the security of your home or building is always important and will help with the sale of the property.  

Click the following to read the full article provided by Dina Hubrich, real estate professional, to learn more tips to successfully selling your home.  Article

If you are looking for home or commercial property restoration, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  We can guide you in the right direction and also provide reconstruction services.  Call us at 920-674-3002.

Considerations When Buying A "Fixer Upper"

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Fixer Upper sign SERVPRO is "Here To Help" When Purchasing A "Fixer Upper"

The real estate market continues to be very competitive in Wisconsin.  Due to this competition, some buyers are considering buying a “fixer upper” home for a lesser price and then invest in remodeling or upgrades.  If you are considering this option, we have some tips for you to consider.

  • Bring a contractor along when you tour the home. This will help you determine what repairs might be necessary and approximately what it will cost to repair.
  • During the repairs, plan on an alternate living space, if needed. You might not want to end your lease or sell your existing home just yet. If the property needs serious repairs or renovations, you’ll probably need to live off-site until they’re complete.
  • You may need an alternative mortgage program. If you want to finance the home purchase and the renovations and repairs the property needs, you might consider loans like the FHA 203(k) loan or the Fannie Mae HomeStyle loan. Your loan officer can help you choose the best option for your purchase.
  • Be prepared for problems below the surface. Not all issues will be visible during the initial scope or tour of the property. There may be other problems, some major, lurking below the surface (like mold or termites, for example) that will not initially be seen or known.  Make sure that you leave some extra money in your budget to account for these unknown or unexpected expenses. 
  • There may be appraisal and inspection issues.  If the home is in disrepair, you might face challenges with your inspection or appraisal. This is especially true if you’re using an FHA, USDA or VA loan, as properties must meet strict requirements with these programs.

Fixer-uppers are just one of the many options you have when buying a home..

If you are considering purchasing a building that may need repairs or reconstruction, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and we can help.  920-674-3002.  

Tips To Get Your Home Ready And Safe For Winter

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Exterior photo of home with fallen leaves on the ground When You See This, It Is Time For Autumn Home Maintenance

Your home is most likely your largest investment and you need to protect it and take care of it.  One very important thing is to properly maintain your home so it will be there to protect you from our Wisconsin weather.  By completing these routine fall projects helps protect your home and keep money in your pocket by doing routine maintenance before the repairs become more expensive.

The following are routine, easy maintenance chores to keep you warm and safe. 

  • Inspect your roof annually. Even small leaks or missing shingles can cause big problems like water damage, mold, mildew and more.  Call SERVPRO right away if water damage occurs.
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This equipment should always be in good working condition. Put them in test mode and make sure they’re all functioning properly. Batteries will usually need to be replaced every six months to a year.  A good tip is to change the batteries when we change the clocks for daylight savings time.  If a fire occurs and there is damage, call SERVPRO for your fire damage restoration needs.
  • Check for (and seal) air leaks around windows and doors. Leaks in these areas can make it hard to control your home’s climate and, as winter approaches, that could mean more costly heating and gas bills. This also will help keep your home cooler in the winter. 
  • Have your furnace inspected. If you heat your home with a gas-powered furnace, you’ll want the unit inspected at least once per year. Furnaces can pose serious fire and safety hazards if they’re not functioning properly.  Call SERVPRO and we can recommend a furnace professional to inspect your equipment.
  • Clean out the gutters. When gutters get clogged with leaves and debris, water can’t drain properly. This might lead to standing water on your roof or eaves, which can cause significant and costly water damage over time, particular ice dams in the winter months.  Call SERVPRO right away if any water damage occurs.

For all your water damage and fire damage clean up and restoration needs, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  .  920-674-3002. 

Fire Prevention Week Tips For Fire Safety

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Black soot on white bedroom door Follow Fire Safety Tips To Prevent This Type of Damage

Every October the National Fire Protection Association recognizes the second week of the month as Fire Prevention Week. The goal of this week is to raise awareness for fire safety and educate families.

This is the perfect time to talk with your family about your fire escape plan. These escape plans should include how to get out of each room in the house and a meeting location in a safe area for the entire family, this should be at least 75 feet from the building. This plan should be practiced regularly, during both the day and at night with everyone in your household, including children and people with disabilities.

This is also a great time to also test your smoke alarms and ensure they are less than 10 years old.

Along with checking your smoke alarms, you should also check your fire extinguisher. These fire extinguishers should have an ABC rating, as this type can be used to put out most fires. It is also important to note that these types of extinguishers do have a lifespan and should be replaced every 6 years.

Hopefully, you take time this coming week to think about how you can improve your fire safety. Remember, every second counts in the event of a fire, so you and your family must always be prepared. 

If you have fire damage, call the certified fire and smoke restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002 

Broken Pipe Causes Flood At Local Hotel

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded carpet in a coat room Water Damage In Hotel Carpet

A prominent hotel in SE Wisconsin had a pin-hole leak in an overhead that caused a flood in their banquet facility.  The before picture shows how much water accumulated in the coat room after the water was turned off.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called to clean up the aftermath.  The maintenance director was very pleased with our prompt service and attention to detail.  This maintenance director has worked in various hotels in Wisconsin over 30 years and has seen many disasters.  He called on SERVPRO because he has used us before and knew the type of quick and professional service he would get. 

For all your commercial water damage needs, please call the certified water restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002

Local Government Calls on SERVPRO To Clean Building

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Dirty HEPA filter with debris SERVPRO Cleans Air Ducts of Government Building and Removes This Dirt and Debris

A local government-employed Facilities Director called on SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County to clean and deodorize a government-owned building in Jefferson, Wisconsin.  This community-based residential facility is currently going through a remodeling project and it was determined that the HVAC ductwork had not been cleaned for a very long time.  They asked SERVPRO to add this service to the work we already had provided.

This after photo shows the dirt and debris that was captured in the filter during the cleaning of the ductwork.  This filter was what as snow before work began.  This is a perfect example of why it is important to get your ductwork cleaned often because this is dirt that the occupants of buildings are breathing in every day.   

For all your commercial and residential duct cleaning needs, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002.

Wind and Rain Storm Damage Leads to Help From SERVPRO

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Fallen tree limb onto rooftop that broke the soffit Wind Damage Leads to SERVPRO Being Called In

A severe rain and wind storm in June 2021 caused this massive tree to fall on this customer's home.  This photo shows the size of the large branch and how it broke the framing of the house and soffits.  This photo does not show a separate branch that penetrated the roof, insulation and drywall where a branch is literally hanging in the kitchen ceiling.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called in to help clean up the mess.  This customer did not have any experience with contractors to repair her home so she utilized our skill and expertise to repair her home and make it "Like it never even happened."  Even though it took time to get the materials and supplies needed for reconstruction, the customer was very happy with the results.

For all your water and fire damage needs caused by storms, call on the certified technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002.

Ways to protect your roof

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

A shingled roof Be sure to take care of your roof to avoid issues.

Is your roof ready for storms?

Here are some ways to take good care of your roof.

Clear out the gutters

The gutters on your home serve a purpose, and it is vital to maintain them. Your drainage system carries water and debris away from your roof and back onto the ground, where it belongs. When your gutters are clogged, water backs up onto your roof and siding. When blocked, they speed up leaks and put you at risk of problems, such as mold and roof rot. Make sure to get up on the ladder at least twice a year—once in the fall and the spring.

Watch out for Ice Dams

Icicles are usually a sign that your home has an ice dam which means there is a buildup of ice layers from snow melting and refreezing. Ice is a lot heavier than snow—a one-inch layer of ice weighs about five pounds per square foot. Multiply that 20 or 30 times, and you have a real problem on your hands. Ice dams often block drainage systems and prevent runoff. Since roofs are not able to withstand standing water and ice, the dams can cause them to buckle, degrade, and leak over time. Ice formations are usually a sign that you have inadequate insulation or poor ventilation in your home. A roofing inspector can check out both problems and assist in solving these issues.

Missing Shingles

A broken or missing shingle will set you up for leaks. Water infiltration can occur in attics or inside walls. You may not see this water leak in your attic or walls until you have a full-blown mold infestation. 

Roofing Inspections

Did you know you should have your roof inspected every three to five years?  A qualified inspector can seek out tiny, nearly-invisible problems like pinhole leaks which can cost you a lot if they are not caught early on. 

Trim Back Nearby Branches

Branches carried at high wind speeds can slam into your roof, causing damages. Trim overhanging branches and inspect for rotting tree trunks that could be knocked over by one heavy wind. If you are not confident in trimming trees, hire a professional to help.

If you feel you may have some water damage in your attic due to these issues, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.

Prevent Injuries by Taking Precautions Against Workplace Falls

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Injuries from a fall can be serious and take a significant amount of time to heal. Here are some easy ways to prevent falls while at work. 

  • Remove clutter from workspace to avoid slipping or tripping
  • Use the proper safety equipment for the job
  • Train all team members to use equipment properly
  • Check all equipment before use including harnesses, anchors, lanyards, etc.
  • Use fall protection when working 6+ feet above the ground
  • Wear non-skid shoes