Recent Posts

Desiccant Dehu vs. Low-Grain Refrigerant Dehu

8/31/2022 (Permalink)

Two types of dehumidifiers in front of SERVPRO work truck Various types of desiccant dehumidifiers used at SERVPRO

Desiccant dehu vs Compressor dehu

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and SERVPRO SW Waukesha County use both types of dehumidifiers on our jobs.  The commercial grade Phoenix D385 dehumidifier units are used for large jobs or cold temperature situations.

A desiccant dehumidifier functions by drawing air through an intake duct, where it is then passed through a large rotating wheel composed of a water-absorbing material (desiccant). This is a material that absorbs the humidity from the air. The air is then pushed by a fan operated by an electric motor and the air is blown back out into the room. The air duct is often kept hot by an electric heating element, which also heats the airspace within the rotating wheel to dry it out. Excess moister is ran through a drain line or directly outside through lay flat ducting creating a negative air process if viable. In some cases, a desiccant is ducted directly into a standard compressor dehumidifier. This is a viable option for above average moister levels accompanied by a secondary heat source to get rapid drying done in large spaces.

When it comes to using a standard low-grain refrigerant dehumidifier in an area such as a basement, garage, or space below 60 degrees, it is important to know that these dehumidifiers will often have trouble working to their full potential. This is due to the fact that the inside of a compressor dehumidifier needs to be colder than the ambient air in the space it is occupying in order for it to work efficiently. If the room temperature falls below 50°, it means that the components within a compressor dehumidifier will be close to freezing, which means that ice could form on the cooling coils. Most compressor dehumidifiers will spend the majority of their time defrosting themselves when faced with temperatures below or around 50°.

With this being said it is important to know when it would be better to implement the use of a desiccant dehumidifier vs a standard compressor dehumidifier.

For all your water damage questions or needs, please contact a certified water restoration technician.  The SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc location is 920-674-3002 and the SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County location is 262-542-0900.  We help make it "Like it never even happened." 

Fire Damage? Here's What YOU Can (and Can't) Do

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

After a fire causes damage to your home, we understand that you want to restore everything from your home to your possessions to "normal" as soon as possible. Here are some active steps you can and can't take following a fire

  • DO make sure everyone in your family is safe, including all beloved pets. 
  • DON'T enter the fire-damaged structure until the fire department deems it safe.
  • DO document the damage with pictures once you have permission to reenter the home.
  • DON'T turn on gas, water or electric utilities until a professional has deemed them safe.
  • DO call insurance and utility providers to inform them of the fire. 
  • DON'T wash smoke-damaged clothing yourself. This can set the smoke odors or stains and ruin them. Smoke-damaged clothing should quickly be taken to the dry cleaner. 
  • DO Call SERVPRO: If you experience fire damage, call the cleaning and restoration pros at SERVPRO to restore your home to its normal as soon as possible.

Got Storm Damage? We Got You.

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Natural disasters are never planned, but when they do occur they can cause damage to your business and slow down operations while your property is being restored. With over 45 years in the restoration industry and top of the line equipment, the professionals at SERVPRO provide a quick response to any disaster. From restoring water damage from leaks to repairing your building, we aim to help you avoid revenue loss and minimize inconvenience to your business. Our quick response can help you resume normal business functions quickly while avoiding costly construction downtime. 

For a quick response to any disaster give the professionals at SERVPRO a call to restore your property and its contents to their preloss conditions and return your business to its normal function as soon as possible. 

Clean Homes Sell Faster

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Get it clean, get it sold! Selling a house can be stressful, and SERVPRO is here to help get your home in condition to sell without the hassle.  

Duct and HVAC Cleaning: Dirty ducts can circulate odors and allergens in your home. Duct and HVAC cleaning can reduce allergens and pet dander, eliminate smells and improve operating conditions and efficiency.

Control Moisture and Mold: Mold can be found in any environment and can affect decrease property appeal. With top-of-the-line equipment and training, SERVPRO professionals can clean existing mold so that your property retains its value.

Pass More Home Inspections: SERVPRO professionals are prepared to resolve any issue from water stains to mildew smell to get your home in condition to sell. 

A clean, fresh-smelling home sells faster, and SERVPRO is here to help you get there, no matter the starting condition. For all your cleaning needs give the professionals at SERVPRO a call. 

Tornado Safety - What to do BEFORE a Disaster Strikes

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

Spring is tornado season in the midwest. Over half of tornadoes occur between April and June due to cold fronts and warm ait meeting and forming a vortex. Did you know that most tornadoes occur between 4 and 9pm? Here are our top tips at SERVPRO on how to prepare your family and home in the event of a tornado. 

  • Set your phone to get alerts from the weather channel when a tornado watch or warning occurs. 
  • Make a plan with everyone in your household of what to do in the event of a tornado- agree on the safest room and who will bring pets to safety. 
  • Stock your safe room with a first aid kit, portable phone charger, and battery operated radio so that you can get weather reports during a weather emergency. 
  • If extreme weather is likely store patio furniature and outside appliances. Put cars in a garage if poissible. 
  • Trim trees to prevent damage to your property from falling branches.

The best way to minimize the dangers of a tornado is to thouroughly prepare for it. If damage due to inclement does occur our SERVPRO team is here to help restore your home and property. 

Spring Thunderstorms and How to Prepare

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

Spring can bring lots of rainy weather and thunderstorms. Here are our top tips on how to prevent water damage and ensure your safety.

To keep your property safe:

  • Keep up with your home maintenance- replace missing shingles and loose siding to prevent water from leaking in and damaging your home. 
  • Check your sump pump- make sure it is in working order to prevent basement flooding.
  • Check for loose fence posts- anything that's not secured can be blown into your house by the wind and cause damage.
  • Trim your trees- make sure dead branches are removed to prevent them falling on your home or car. 
  • If bad thunderstorms are in the forecast, have a generator on hand for the event of a possible power outage and prepare and emergency kit with flashlights, batteries and a first aid kit. 

To keep you safe:

  • Check the forecast- be aware if a bad thunderstorm is predicted for your area.
  • When thunder roars, go indoors- try to get out of the storm and find shelter inside in the event of a thunderstorm.
  • Stay dry- do not shwer, wash dishes or run water during a thunderstorm and avoid bodies of water.

Got Water Leaks?

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

An image of a burst pipe spraying water Regularly checking for water leaks can help to catch leaks early before they cause further damage to your home.

As spring comes around, be sure to check for water leaks around your home. Water leaks can be caused by many factors both inside an outside your home, but regardless of their origin they can cause damage. Although SERVPRO is always here to help in the wake of water damage, damage can be prevented by checking for causes of leaks. Some of the most common water leak causes include:

  • Clogged gutters and drains - water trapped in gutters can casue wood in the structure of your home to rot, allowing water to enter in. Its recommended that you check your gutters every month to remove andy blockage or debris and prevent water from poolong and damaging your home. 
  • Runoff near house foundation - rainwater can accumulate at the foundation of your home and seep in through cracks. The best way to avoid this is to direct rainwater away from your home with downspout extensions. 
  • Damage to your roof - missing shingles and other rot or damage can allow water into your attic or home. 
  • Broken Appliances - malfunctioning appliances and utilities are the leading cause of water damage in homes. Washers, refridgerators, freezers and sump pumps should all be checked regularly to spot any issues before greater damage is caused. 

Preventing Springtime Water Damage

3/31/2022 (Permalink)

April showers bring May flowers, and also the potential for water damage to your home and property. Melting snow and rainfall in spring can cause costly damage. Check out our top tips to prevent water damage this spring:

  • Clean your gutters to prevent blockages from build up of debris.
  • Direct rain water away from your house with downspout extensions.
  • Keep water out of window wells (and your basement!) with plastic covers.
  • Replace missing shingles and repair damage to structure and seals in your attic and roof.
  • Use your green thumb wisely, slope the soil away from your foundation and plant shrubs 3+ feet from your home .
  • Fill any cracks or holes in your home's foundation.

Even when precautionary measures are taken, water damage can still occur. If you experience property damage due to water this spring the experts at SERVPRO are here to make it "Like it never even happened."

What is Asbestos?

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

An image of asbestos in an attic Insulation containing asbestos such as this can be dangerous. Luckily, SERVPRO professionals are here to help with all your removal needs.

As a property owner you may find yourself asking, What is asbestos? Asbestos is fiberous crystals of silicate that are often used in atic and wall insulation due to its strength and ability to resist heat.

Ok, but why is it dangerous? Asbestos is dangerous because the long fiberous crystals that it is comprised of have the ability to break down into microscopically thin fibers. These fibers are so small they can remain airborne for days if they are disturbed. While airborne, individuals can breathe these fibers in. Since the fibers are so small, they can travel deep into a person’s lungs, where they may eventually lodge in the lung tissue. Once there, these fibers can cause several serious medical issues including asbestosis. For this reason, it is important to identify and remove asbestos in your home or workspace.

With our cutting-edge equipment and comprehensive training, the professionals at SERVPRO are here to help with all your asbestos removal needs.

Storm Damage Ruining Your Carpeting? SERVPRO Can Help

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

Storms can cause a variety of damage to your home and property, Luckily SERVPRO professionals are here to help you recover from any weather disaster. 

High winds can cause damage to roofing, allowing water to leak in from thunderstorms or melting hail or snow. This water damage can affect the structural integrity of the building and cause damage to flooring, carpeting, furniture and ceilings. SERVPRO has the service, training and equipment to restore any of these damages. Our professionals have the tools to clean and restore carpeting that has been soiled to any degree, from light staining to moderate to heavy soiling. SERVPRO professionals will take the time to determine and communicate which cleaning option is best for your carpet's level of soiling, provide and estimate of the time and cost of the job, and explain how to prolong your carpet's appearance and quality following restoration.

Remember, for all you your carpet cleaning needs SERVPRO is here to make it "Like it never even happened."