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A Dry Start to the Spring Season

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Danger Map of Wisconsin Over 90% of the state are experiencing abnormally dry conditions.

After our abnormally snowy winter Wisconsin is currently experiencing a drought after a very dry March. According to WISN Channel 12 we saw over 10.1" more snow than normal from December to February; however, we have seen -1.43" less precipitation than normal in the month of March. This lack of precipitation in the month of March has left the state as a whole abnormally dry. According to Drought.gov 90% of Wisconsin is currently experiencing abnormally dry conditions. These conditions can lead to an increased chance of fires as well as a burn ban in areas experiencing extreme dryness. We recommend all remain cautious and while working with fires.

If you or anyone you know have been affected by a fire call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 541-1710

SERVPRO Marketing Team Leads CE Class

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Marketing Representatives Leading CE Class SERVPRO Marketing team leading CE class to room full of insurance agents

The SERVPRO Marketing team recently lead a class in our educational room about Restorative Drying for Water Damage. These classes are important for all insurance agents as they are required to receive 24 credits towards their continuing education requirement. This class helped educate these agents in order to help them be more educated to help their clients. The agents received 4 credits toward their 24 credit requirement. The class was lead by our two marketing representatives Brad and Sarah as they continue to educate all on the many services that SERVPRO handles.

For all cleaning and restoration needs Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 541-1710.

How to Prevent Potential Flooding this Spring

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded Basement Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to take care of all flooding and water damage.

As is the danger in every spring flooding is always a possibility as the snow melts and the spring showers roll around. Flooding is very dangerous for all homeowners if they are not properly equipped to handle the flooding. There are many different ways that you can handle flooding, but it is most important to know how to prevent it, and what actions you can take if you still experience flooding.

Preventative Measures

  • Apply coatings and sealants. A form of "dry flood-proofing," coatings and sealants that you apply to your foundation, walls, windows and doorways help prevent flood water from leaking into your house through cracks.
  • Raise your electrical outlets and switches. All outlets, switches, sockets and circuit breakers should be at least one foot above flood level to avoid significant electrical damage in the case of a flood.
  • Install check valves on your pipes. Make sure that all pipes entering your house have valves to prevent a flooded sewage system from backing up into your home. Gate valves are preferred over flap valves, since they provide a better seal against flood pressure.
  • Grade your lawn away from the house. If your lawn tilts toward your house, rainwater will pool around your home. Use a heavy soil that contains clay and sand to regrade your lawn so that surface runoff empties into an appropriate place, such as a street gutter.
  • Leave space between mulch and siding. Wet mulch can rot your house's siding, which in turn can lead to leaks. Keep space between your mulch and siding so that the base of your house can completely dry after rainstorms.
  • Point your downspouts away from your home. If your gutter runoff is not pointed away from your house in an appropriate direction, it can pool at the corners of your house and may eventually create leaks in your basement.

However these preventive steps are not full proof, and it is important to know how to handle flooding if it does occur.

How to Stop Flooding Once it Starts

  • Turn off the water line, if that is the source of the flooding.
  • Clear out gutters and drains so that water can flow freely.
  • Use sandbags to block any gaps that will lead to flooding.
  • Move rugs, furniture, electronics and other valuables to a higher floor of the home, or elevate them.
  • Shut off your electricity at the breaker panel, if flood water is close to reaching your electrical system.
  • If it's not raining, open windows to allow air flow through your home.
  • Turn on your sump pump or use a shop vacuum to remove water as quickly as possible.

These measures will help minimize the damage that the flooding can cause.

For any flooding and water damage Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 541-1710

How to Make Sure Your Home or Business is Free of Mold

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

House with Mold Mold can spread to all parts of the home if not properly dealt with.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc for all your mold remediation needs at (920) 541-1710)

SERVPRO Crew Takes inventory

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Crew taking inventory SERVPRO Crew taking inventory

The SERVPRO crew was called to help take care of biohazard problem at a client's house. Because of the severity of the issue the crew was forced to remove all items from the infected area.

The crew then disinfects all of the items that they remove from the infected area to ensure they are clean and safe. After this they then take inventory of all items to ensure that all of the items are present, and that they will all be returned safely to the client after the clean is over.

The SERVPRO crew prides themselves on taking caution when working with personal belongings and making sure that nothing is damaged during the clean. 

For any cleaning or restoration needs contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 541-1710

Do's and Don'ts of Replacing Hardware

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

House Bathroom Remember to take caution when changing pipes and other hardware

Everyone gets excited about updating the appliances in our house. However, a lot of us forget that we must also replace the hardware that goes along with our new appliances. If you have not replaced this equipment recently, it is recommended to replace the water supply lines every 5 to 8 years. Tubes, rubber and plastic connectors break down and wear out over time. Just like on your car or even your lawn mower, these require maintenance and repairs in order to avoid major water losses.

Please follow these tips when changing a supply line in your home or business. 

Before you do anything, SHUT OFF your water supply.Turn your water supply valve to the right until it’s tight, then flush your toilet and tank or lines to drain out the water. If you do not have a water supply shut-off valve, contact a local licensed plumber to install one.  If you don’t remember to flush the toilet, you could end up dumping a bunch of water all over your bathroom floor later on the in the process. Also, it may be a good idea to soak up all the water that has leaked out onto your floor if you haven’t already. Bathroom floors can be slippery when wet.

Remove the old supply line. Use a wrench and loosen the hex-nuts that connect the supply line and remove.

Replace the line. With your new supply line attach one of the ends. It doesn’t matter which end you choose to install first. Line it up and use your fingers to tighten the hex-nut into place. Now, attach the opposite end and use your fingers to tighten the hex-nut into place.  Then take a wrench to tighten the hex nut.

Turn the water back on. Now that your supply line is in place, you should be good to go to turn your water source back on. SLOWLY turn the supply valve to the left until you start to hear water running, just be sure to be cautious of any leaks.

If you attempt to replace the hardware on your own and something goes wrong, Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc for all your water damage clean-up needs.  (920) 541-1710.  

How SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Deals with Water Damage

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

Fans Drying the floor Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc for all Water damage needs.

SERVPRO crews implement a course of action for restoring a property that has water damage. A quick response is key to preventing further water damage. 

There are five fundamental principles for water damage restoration which are noted in The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration: 

  • Safety 
  • Documentation 
  • Mitigation 
  • Drying Plan 
  • Cleaning and Repair 

Safety is the primary concern on a job site. It is important to make sure the crews and the occupants are informed and protected from any safety issues. 

Documentation is important to create an action plan for the project. At SERVPRO we use DryBook which is used on iPads that the crews bring on every job. Using DryBook helps our crews document everything that is happening on the job, how to create a drying plan and to make sure the structure is drying properly. 

Mitigation is important because it helps the occupant recover more quickly from the water loss event. 

Drying plan includes removing excess water, extraction, evaporation and dehumidification. Drying equipment is placed to remove moisture through evaporation and dehumidification. Temperature is also important to increase the rate of evaporation. 

Cleaning and repair are done when the drying plan is complete and drying goals have been met. This is to repair and clean the property to preloss condition. 

For all Water Damage needs call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 541-1710

Burn Awareness Week

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

American Burn Association Logo The American Burn Association Offers Help and Prevention

The first full week in February is recognized as Burn Awareness Week.  This is an 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/

By visiting this website you can learn more about the following:

  • 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
  • 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 is here to help.  We recognize 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 the mess, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002 and speak with a trained fire, smoke restoration technician.  We can and will help.

Strategies and Resources For Small Businesses

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is proud to say that we are a small business with approximately 23 employees.  Small businesses is what helps the local economy grow and thrive.  The owners of SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc want to share as much information to help other small business owners.  We know that during this pandemic, times are tough.  Hopefully the following information will help.

As a small business owner and trying to navigate through the challenges and stressful times caused by this pandemic, I appreciate the opportunity to learn about how the State of Wisconsin can help me and other small business owners and community groups.

Therefore, this article was sent to me and I wanted to share it with you.  You can learn about different strategies to help your small business or resources that are available to all of us.  This article is from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.  Please click on the link to learn about different ways that you can help your business grow.

https://wedc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/WEDC_Response-to-COVID_19.pdf

For all your emergency fire & water needs, along with mold remediation, asbestos abatement and duct cleaning needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002

Pipe Wrap In Your Structure Might Contain Asbestos

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Pipes hanging from ceiling wrapped with insulation Asbestos Pipe Wrap

A recent stretch of cold weather and then melting snow from the rooftop caused water damage that even got into the basement in this rental property.  This photo shows pipe wrap that was discovered in the basement that has to be removed because it had gotten wet.

Only a Wisconsin certified asbestos abatement company is permitted to remove asbestos.  Because SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is the SERVPRO certified in the State of Wisconsin to do asbestos sampling or asbestos abatement, they called SERVPRO to take on this project.  

The owner of the property along with the was very happy on how quickly we arrived onsite to take samples and develop an action plan.  Quick response is important because this step can hold up the entire project because most materials can not be demolished or removed until the asbestos sample results come back and if positive, the material must be removed first by a certified abatement company.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is a Wisconsin certified asbestos abatement company.  

If your basement pipes look like this and have this type of wrap, it is very possible that it contains asbestos.  If you would like your pipe wrap or other items tested, please call SERVPRO of SW Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and speak with one of our certified asbestos inspectors or certified asbestos supervisors.  920-674-3002