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Moving into a New Home? Here's How SERVPRO Can Help

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

Restoring and moving into a home can be exciting, stressful, and a lot of work! SERVPRO's cleaning services are here to help.

  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning - SERVPRO professionals use the latest Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training and state-of-the-art equipment to remove soils and stains from deep within your carpet's pile and backings. 
  • Stain Removal and Stain Resistance Application - Using IICRC standards, SERVPRO professionals determine which cleaning method is best for each stain and soil as well as providing soil protection. 
  • Odor Identification and Deodorization - What's that smell? We can help determine the source of odors and use the best method to neutralize and eliminate them. 
  • Upholstery and Drape Cleaning - We will test and inspect fabrics to determine the safest and most effective wet or dry method of cleaning.

We are here to help. Call SERVPRO for all your home cleaning needs. 

Well Pump Causes Water Damage To Local Rental Property

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Well pump located under kitchen sink Even a Well Pump Can Cause Water Damage

A well pump that failed led to significant water damage at this property on Okauchee Lake.  This picture shows the new well pump that was installed by a licensed plumber because the former one developed a crack and slowly leaked water into the kitchen.  This kitchen was recently remodeled and the cabinets were installed on top the new vinyl tile.  Because the water migrated under the vinyl tile and there was no way to dry the floor through the vinyl, the sink had to be removed, granite countertops removed, cabinets detached and flooring removed so that the subfloor could be dried.

SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County was called in to clean the disaster and coordinate the demo and dry out the structure.  The property owner was happy with SERVPRO because we were able to begin the same day and his tenant would be inconvenienced for as short a time as possible.

Please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc or SERVPRO of SW Waukesha Count for all your water damage needs, both commercial and residential.  920-674-3002 or 262-542-0900.

SERVPRO Provides "Deep" Cleaning Commercial Services

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Dirt on a hardwood floor SERVPRO Provides Floor Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County and SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is called to perform all types of cleaning services, in addition to fire and water damage clean up and restoration.  In this case, a local restaurant owner called on SERVPRO to do a "deep" cleaning of the hardwood floors.

The normal wear and tear of this of this hardwood floor was beyond cleaning with traditional methods.  As a result, it was recommended that the floors be sanded and refinished, which would make these floors look shiny and new.  In this case the restaurant owner elected for our standard floor cleaning services but she will be using us in the spring when she will be ready for a complete sanding and refinishing of the entire restaurant.  SERVPRO works with numerous subcontractors in many different industries to accomplish the task at hand.

Please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc or SERVPRO of SW Waukesha Count for all your cleaning nees,  both commercial and residential.  We offer more services beyond fire and water cleanup and restoration.  920-674-3002 or 262-542-0900.

Watch or Warning - What is the Difference?

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Watch or Warning...what is the difference? When storms begin to brew, terminology may begin to sound confusing. Storms can go from light to heavy within the blink of an eye. If the weather becomes dangerous, here are some definitions to help distinguish the severity of them.  

Flash Flood Watch: A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.  

Flash Flood Warning: A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.  

Flood Watch: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.  

Flood Warning: A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring. 

SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County and SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is here to help in any case of flooding or water damage that may occur due to a storm. In the event you have a flooding situation in your home, please call us. We are here to help. 262-542-0900 of 920-674-3002

Watch or Warning - What is the Difference?

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Watch sign on road caused by flooding Heavy Rains May Cause Flooding On Roads And In Structures

Watch or Warning...what is the difference? When storms begin to brew, terminology may begin to sound confusing. Storms can go from light to heavy within the blink of an eye. If the weather becomes dangerous, here are some definitions to help distinguish the severity of them.  

Flash Flood Watch: A Flash Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible.  

Flash Flood Warning: A Flash Flood Warning is issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring.  

Flood Watch: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.  

Flood Warning: A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring. 

SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County and SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is here to help in any case of flooding or water damage that may occur due to a storm. In the event you have a flooding situation in your home, please call us. We are here to help. 262-542-0900 of 920-674-3002

Containment Speeds Up Drying In Water Damaged Areas

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Plastic wall hung with poles Building Temporary Plastic Walls Helps With Drying

By using a simple containment system, as seen in this commercial property in Oconomowoc, WI, we can decrease the size of the area we are drying.

Setting up plastic containment walls allows the dry, dehumidified air to focus on the affected area, in a smaller cavity.  This process speeds drying in the areas that have water damage and lessens costs to our clients and customers.  In this case we had a saturated water damaged floor in one area of a large showroom from a broken water pipe. The water leaked onto a large carpeted area. Using containment, we were able to focus the drying to only the affected areas instead of drying the whole showroom. This process is simple but effective and is used often with great success.  

For all of your commercial or residential water damage needs, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002 or SERVPRO SW Waukesha County at 262-542-0900. We are here to help. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Establishes Environments Favorable For Drying

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo with House SERVPRO Uses Latest Technology to Dry Structures

Why and how does SERVPRO establish environments favorable for drying  

We do this by manipulating temperature and humidity levels with the aid of state of the art monitoring and drying equipment to produce optimum drying conditions. 

Psychrometry is the study of the air and its properties. The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure, and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions in the structure, enabling SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc professionals to create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying.  

Water can damage materials in two ways: first, by absorption through direct contact with water; and absorption of moisture from the air. Measuring the moisture content of the air is critical to the drying process.  

Even small water damages from broken water pipes, overflown sinks, and dishwasher or washing machine malfunctions can cause severe structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc has the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss.  

When fire and water take control of your life, we help you take it back. Our goal is to make it...”Like it never even happened.” 

We are locally owned and operated serving the Jefferson and Waukesha County, WI area. We also live and work in our community and take great pride in living and working here. When fire or water damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back. We are available 24/7 for emergency services to help you regain control quickly. We work with your insurance for a stress-free claims process.  

  • We are an IICRC Certified Firm 
  • 5-Star Google and Facebook Ratings 
  • A+ BBB Rating 
  • 24/7 Emergency Services 

Have Fire Damage, Water Damage, Biohazard, or Mold Damage?
Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Today – 920-674-3002
 

Why Choose SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc?

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Employees group photo Wonderful SERVPRO Team Members

Why choose SERVPRO Of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc? First of all, we live in the community. We care about our local community. We take pride in our community. We build trust and relationships with our customers in any situation we are called out to. Here is just one example of us helping out a fellow community member:A customer called us out for a sewage back up in their parents home. Once we arrived, we discovered this home was a hoarding situation. The home needed content removal that was heavily affected from sewage. Jobs such as these can be very emotional for the customer as they can be very sensitive, emotional situations. Our production manager and team created a safe relationship through communication and trust. We talked the parents through each item and completed the removal. At the end our customer was in tears of joy and happiness and understood that the situation was not just a disaster but a blessing as well.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc truly cares about our customers and our goes above and beyond to ensure ALL our customers needs are met.  If you want a caring, compassionate team to handle your unfortunate disaster, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to discuss your unique needs. We are always here to help our fellow community members. Any we enjoy it.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc 920-674-3002.

SERVPRO's Annual Holiday Party!

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

This past Wednesday was our annual company holiday party. Our SERVPRO family came together for a fun day of food, bowling and festivities before the holidays. We are so thankful for our amazing team here at SERVPRO and we wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

SERVPRO is Here for All Your Commercial Cleaning Needs

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and Southwest Waukesha County offers commercial cleaning services for virtually every commercial business. 

  • Carpet Cleaning - One of the best ways to welcome new customers or clients into your commercial building is to clean the carpets regularly. 
  • Ceiling and Wall Cleaning - Ceiling and walls are regularly exposed to dirt, dust, and restaurant cooking oils and grease, as well as other contaminants.  Cleaning should be part of the cleaning maintenance of your business. It would help to clean the walls before painting so that the primer and paint can adhere properly. 
  • Vandalism and Graffiti Cleaning - Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed promptly. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry.
  • Odor Removal - Your basic cleaning service will not have the expertise to deodorize your property effectively. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s cleaning services to remove unwanted odors using professional-grade clean-up products and equipment.
  • Sewage and Biohazard Clean Up - Our experts are ready to assist in the clean-up of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your business.
  • COVID Disinfections - Unfortunately, these types of cleanings have picked back up for us recently. If your commercial building has any bacteria or disease outbreak, we can disinfect. We offer two types of cleanings: preventive and confirmed cases. 
    • Certified: SERVPRO Clean, our new defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning utilizing EPA-approved products. 

If your commercial building requires any of our cleaning services, please reach out to us, and we will be happy to provide a free estimate!   

If you have questions about our commercial cleaning services, please reach out to us at 920-674-3002 or 262-542-0900.

Wind Storm Damage

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

Wind storms are common in the Midwest and can cause severe damage to property. They are caused by differences in atmospheric pressure and overhead jetstream winds. Although they can be difficult to predict, there are a few ways to prepare your home and property for a windstorm:

  • Remove dead tree branches that may break off and fall on your home during a wind storm. 
  • If you know that a wind storm is coming, move garbage cans and patio furniture into the garage and close and secure outdoor pools. 
  • If you know that the storm will be severe, board up windows and glass doors to minimize damage from broken glass due to high winds. 
  • Always have batteries, a flashlight, a first aid kit and other essentials on hand in case of power loss. 

After the storm, if you property has been damage or is in need or restoration, SERVPRO professionals are here to help with all your restoration needs. 

Christmas Light Safety

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

It is the holiday season. Some of us love to decorate our home or business with lights. Decorations can be like Clark Griswold or just a Christmas tree with lights. Understanding some essential safety tips can keep you and your family safe this holiday season.

Turn off the lights. If you’re leaving your home to run errands or even going to bed, it’s a good idea to turn off your lights. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 40% of Christmas tree fires are caused by the lights. It is a good idea to use timers, remotes, and smart outlets to make turning off your lights easier.

Buy the proper lights. Check if the lights can be used indoors, outdoors, or both. One important tip is never to use indoor lights outside. Winter weather can cause damage and lead to an increased risk of fire. If you have lights older than five years, it is a good idea to buy new lights.

Extension Cord. Like your lights, extension cords are rated for indoor or outdoor use. Indoor cords should never be used outside. Please be sure to secure cords by using staples to keep cords in place. Inside make sure to tape them down, so they are not a tripping hazard. Another essential tip is to watch your pet around cords. Make sure they are not chewing the electrical cords.

Don’t be like Clark Griswold. Too many strings plugged into one outlet could cause them to overheat. Using a power strip with a circuit breaker is a good idea. The power strip’s circuit breaker can detect heat and will shut down. Plugging outdoor lights into a GFCI outlet is essential. The outlet can detect wet conditions and shut off to prevent electrical shock. Keep your outdoor lights dry as well with a protective plastic cover. GFCI outlets are also found inside your home, usually in a kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom.

Take them down. Usually, in January, we experience a slight increase in the temperate. Use this to your advantage and take down your lights. Lights left up for a significant period can be damaged by inclement weather.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County – (262) 542-0900 Fire Damage Emergency Tips - What you can do until help arrives

Ice Storm Safety Tips

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

Ice storms can be dangerous so it's necessary to understand them to properly prepare for the threats they can bring.

Here four things you need to know about ice storms and how to prepare.

  • Ice forms when freezing rain accumulates on surfaces and the ground, creating a layer of ice and making roads slick. Avoid driving if possible during an ice storm.
  • Heavy ice buildup on tree branches and power lines can cause them to fall. Be aware of the hazards formed by downed branches and powerlines and move cars and other property out of harm's way before the storm if possible.
  • Be aware of your area- places where the temperature drops below freezing in winter are most likely to experience ice storms, however ice storms that strike farther south can be especially dangerous where there are limited supplies to treat roadways and deal with cold conditions.
  • It's best to be prepared- make sure you have enough non-perishable food and any supplies you may need including water, prescriptions and a first aid kit. If you lose power. it is a good idea to have flashlights, batteries or candles on hand. 

After the storm, if your home or property has been damaged SERVPRO is here to help with your restoration needs.

Ladder Safety

12/5/2021 (Permalink)

After your Thanksgiving dinner, you may get the itch to put up those holiday decorations. With the dark days of winter here, it is nice to see the lights of the holidays.

If you’re getting ready to hang your outdoor decorations or putting up a tall Christmas tree, here are some safety tips to make sure your holiday season is spent safely with family and friends.

Ladder Safety Tips

1. Check the weather.

Standing on a ladder in high winds could cause you to lose your balance. In addition, a drizzle can cause your ladder to become slippery. Make sure you pick a dry day with calm winds.

2. Inspect the ladder.

Before using your ladder, make sure it’s in good working order. There is nothing broken, or the ladder is not locking into place.

3. Use a ladder that is right for the job.

Different jobs require different-sized ladders. If you use the top step of a ladder to reach the gutters, you need to buy a more extended ladder to be safe. Be sure

the ladder extends three feet above the roof elevation when hanging those lights on the gutter.

4. Don’t over-reach.

Over-stretching on a ladder could cause it to kick out from under you and leave you hanging on the gutter.

5. Watch out for doors.

Remind your family that you are on the ladder by a door, so they do not open the door into the ladder. One idea is to put a note on the door they would open into the ladder so no one goes out the door.

6. Think before you move.

Before making your next move, think about what you want to do and move slowly. Sudden jerks can cause you to lose balance. Don’t do this:

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

The Do's and Don'ts of Water Damage

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know the do's and don'ts if you discover what damage is in your home or business?

Here are some tips on what to do if you have a water intrusion

Do: Find the source and shut it off, if possible

Do: Contact plumber or qualified personnel to fix the intrusion source

Do: Shut off circuit breakers to affected areas

Do: Get as much standing water as possible using a shop vac, towels, mops, etc.

Do: Remove furniture and electrical items such as lamps, computers, and TVs

Do: If unable to move furniture, place wood blocks under legs to prevent staining on the carpet

Do: Place a dehumidifier, if possible, to begin to dry out the area

Do: Call SERVPRO and utilize trained water damage technicians to assist you.

Don't: Enter affected rooms with standing water if electrical shock hazards exist.

Don't: Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shock hazards.

Don't: Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining

Don't: Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.

Don't: Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially on wet concrete floors.

Don't: Turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Call on SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County (262) 542-0900 or SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc (920) 674-3002 for all your water damage needs. Speak with certified water restoration technicians who can help you.

Warehouse Maddness

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

In Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, a local warehouse recently reached out to our SW Waukesha County franchise to assist them with a post-construction cleaning. This consisted of three levels of approximately 30,000 square feet of steel flooring, cage fencing, steel framing, and custom racks that all required hand dusting. This was a large job that with the planning and coordinating with a production manager and a cleaning crew chief, and our franchise owner, the job was successfully completed. Due to the large number of surfaces that needed to be cleaned, SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County buckled up and completed the job in only three days. You may ask yourself, "how were they able to complete this extensive job in only three days?". Our dedicated staff, which included the production members and our office staff, worked long and hard for 12 hours a day. By completing this job, the customer was ecstatic with the determination of SERVPRO's employees and the attention to detail shown to produce a clean work area for the warehouse.

For all your commercial cleaning or emergency needs, call on SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County (262) 542-0900 or SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc (920) 674-3002 and speak with professionals who can help you.

Mold Prevention Tips

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

An image of a heating duct covered in brown mold SERVPRO is here to help restore your property in the case of mold damage such as this.

Tips to prevent mold in your home:

To begin, you should know that not all mold is harmful to you. There are some helpful types of mold. These are used for food techniques and medical purposes. Most mold you may find in your home, however, ARE not beneficial.

Here are some tips to help you prevent mold

1. Moisture control - Mold likes dark, wet places. One way to combat mold growth is to identify any moist areas in the house and place a dehumidifier in that area. Most household dehumidifiers are very helpful in helping prevent mold growth if they are used consistently.

2. Check your home's foundation - Make sure the landscaping around your home is sloped away from the house. Water likes to sit in low areas and can seep into basements.

3. Monitor your gutters and roof – Sometimes, a mold or water issue is caused by a leaky roof or clogged gutter line.

4. Lastly, make sure your home has sufficient airflow - This is particularly important in attics. Check with a roofing professional to make sure your attic is well ventilated. Cold, stagnant air can build up in attics and cause excess moisture, leading to mold growth.

Call on SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County (262) 542-0900 or SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc (920) 674-3002 for all your water damage and mold remediation needs and speak with certified water restoration technicians who can help you.

Oh No!! Frozen Pipes!

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

Now that the weather is getting colder and dropping below freezing, some people may experience frozen pipes.  You may notice that little to no water is coming out of the faucet when turned on.  There are things that you can and should do at home before calling SERVPRO.  The American Red Cross has compiled a list of things to do if you find a frozen pipe in your home or business.

  • Identify whether the problem is throughout the house or in one area.
  • If the problem is isolated, the pipe may be able to be thawed by opening the cabinets and allowing warmer air to circulate around the pipes.
  • You can also use towels soaked in warm water to wrap around the frozen pipes.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area and help melt ice in the pipe.

As a reminder         

~ Never thaw a pipe with an open flame.  It is very dangerous and can start a fire.            ~Avoid using electrical heaters if there is standing water.  This creates fire and electrical shock dangers. 

~Keep portable heaters at least 3 feet away from flameable materials (anything that can burn)For all your water damage clean up needs, call SERVPRO at 262-542-0900 or 920-674-3002.

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Keeping Outdoor Pets and Your Home Safe This Winter

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

an image of debris and a burnt side of a house. SERVPRO restored this damage caused by a fire that started in a chicken coop in winter.

As winter approaches, temperatures are dropping rapidly! As we all know, humans aren’t the only ones who need warmth. As we head into the holiday season, many homeowners throughout the area may need to be sure that their outdoor fluffy pals can live comfortably. This can include the use of heat lamps or other heating sources. Our production crew worked on a home fire this past spring which was caused by a chicken coop heat lamp that shorted out and eventually burned up a portion of a home. SERVPRO was called and on site ready to help restore their home to a living condition. Here are some tips to remember to keep your home and your animals safe and warm this winter. 

  • Ensure if extension cords are needed that any grounds are not disconnected, falling apart, or too old

  • Inspect all heating equipment for any frayed, kinked or worn out wires

  • If possible, make sure there is enough separation from the home to the heated area incase of a fire to avoid spreading of the fire to the home

  • If using a space heater or heat lamp, avoid placing dry wood, hay, straw, rope or any other flammable item directly in front of it. These heating machines must have at least 3 feet of space between it and anything that could potentially spark a fire

  • Do not leave the heated area without supervision for extended periods of time

  • Maintain and monitor your heated area to avoid any potential fire hazards as listed above 

Contact SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc for all your fire and smoke damage clean up needs.  262-542-0900 or 920-674-3002.

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Thanksgiving Fire Safety

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

An image of a turkey in a pot that is in flames Deep frying a turkey can easily result in a fire like this if proper precautions are not taken.

It is that time of the year again, Thanksgiving.  Many people are preparing to spend the day in the kitchen cooking meals and making treats.  The kitchen can become a very hectic place during these joyous times.   Thanksgiving day has more home cooking fires than any other day of the year (about 3 times the daily average).  In 2019 there was an estimated 1,400 kitchen cooking fires reported in the US. Unattended cooking is the leading contribution to cooking fires and deaths. By following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy your day as well as keep yourself and your family safe.  

  • Deep frying a Turkey is extremely dangerous and can easily cause a fire. 
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter, near the stove or near water.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Never leave a burning candle unatended in your home.
  • Never use water to put out an oil fire. 
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • Create a fire safety plan with your family.  Make sure to review it from time to time so that everyone knows the plan. 
 Please contact SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc for all your fire and smoke damage clean up needs.  262-542-0900 or 920-674-3002.   Leave SERVPRO of Jefferson County a 5-star review

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

Common Causes of Water Damage in Your Home

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

Three of the most common sources of water damage in a home stem from plumbing issues, appliances and weather or natural disasters. Any of these can cause costly damage to your home. 

Plumbing issues including clogged or burst pipes can quickly flood a room or floor. Additionally, water from pipes containing sewage or waste can contain harmful bacteria. checking periodically for leaks or pooling water can help you detect problems before they cause too much damage. 

Malfunctioning appliances can also cause damage. Faulty seals on dishwashers, washing machines, and refrigerators can cause damage. Checking regularly behind, underneath, and around appliances can help you catch leaks before they cause damage. 

Although you cannot control weather circumstances, inspecting your home after severe weather can help you minimize water damage. 

Obviously, prevention is the best solution, but if you do have problems, water damage restoration services from SERVPRO can help. 

SERVPRO is working to restore Pick 'n Save that was damaged in a fire

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

An image of a firetruck putting out the fire in the Pick 'n Save A fire in the Delafield Pick 'n Save caused damage to the store that SERVPRO is working to restore.

SERVPRO crew members are on the job working to restore the Pick 'n Save that was damaged in a fire this September. The fire started in a truck at a loading dock and quickly spread to the rest of the store. Thankfully, there were no injuries, however the fire caused damage to both the interior and exterior of the store. SERVPRO's team is working to restore the damage caused by the high heat of the fire, the smoke, and the sprinkler system inside. 

SERVPRO says thank you to clients

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

A woman wearing a blue SERVPRO polo and a man wearing a black SERVPRO polo Brad and Sarah are saying "thank you" for your business with a summertime treat.

Thank you for your business

Every year SERVPRO goes out to the community in the summertime to say "thank you" to our clients for their business. Today was SERVPRO marketing representatives Brad and Sarah's last day of going out to say "thank you". Brad and Sarah made ice cream floats for the  for our clients. They could choose between a root beer float or an orange float.
This summer they have visited 300+ people in the community and made 245 ice cream floats.
Every year they visit more businesses, hopefully they will stop at yours next year!  

SERVPRO Donates to Local Animal Shelter

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Thank you letter from HAWS to SERVPRO Charitable Organization Thanks SERVPRO For Its Monetary Donation

SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County and SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc strongly believes in giving back to the communities in which we serve.  One way is by hosting an annual beans bags tournament fund raiser.

In March of 2021 we hosted our 5th annual event.  Over the last 5 years, we have raised and donated over $20,000 to non-profit organizations that also serve our communities.  This year, we raised money for the Humane Society of Jefferson County and the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County.

These animal welfare organizations are very important to what we do because, sometimes, when we have a customer dealing with severe fire or water damage, they are not able to properly care for their animals and will need the assistant of a local organization.  We can refer our customers to organizations like this when they need help to provide care of their pets.

The letter in the photo is from the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County thanking us for our donation of $2,300.  Another $2,300 was also given to the Humane Society of Jefferson County.

For all your water or fire damage needs, please call the trained professionals who care about not just your home and belongings, but also your pets.  Call us in Waukesha at 262-542-0900 or in Jefferson County at 920-674-3002

Fire Prevention From ATV Riding During Droughts

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Blue ATV on fire in a yard Tips To Prevent Fires Related to ATV's

Many of the people working at SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County and SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc enjoy riding ATV's and UTV's on our free time.  What a great way to enjoy the outdoors of Wisconsin and spending quality time with family and friends.

The following is an article about protecting ourselves and the environment while riding ATV's and UTV's during a drought.

Riding during drought season. What to know.

Recent drought conditions across the country require us to sharpen our focus on challenges for off-roaders.

To protect yourself, the environment, and the trails we all share, we've gathered some important information we should all keep in mind as we seek out summer's great adventure.

KEEP THE FUEL CANS AT HOME AND PLAN YOUR FUEL STOPS

For your safety and the safety of the environment, do not carry reserves that could combust. This applies every time you ride throughout the year. Failure to follow this instruction could lead to serious injuries. 

PARK IT IN RED FLAG CONDITIONS

A red flag warning means conditions are ripe for a wildfire, so consider taking a break from riding until the risk has passed. Be sure to check conditions and flag warnings in your area by visiting your state's natural resources department or weather.gov

RIDE WITH A FIRE EXTINGUISHER  

Be prepared for the unexpected by keeping safety close at hand, even after the dry season by carrying a fire extinguisher in your vehicle. Use a fire extinguisher holder, mounted directly inside your cab frame to keep a fire extinguisher within reach.

KEEP IT CLEAN

Minimize fire risk by removing all grass, weeds and brush that may have collected on or around the exhaust system. Be sure to wait until the exhaust system cools down before removing brush to prevent burns and always keep family and friends away from the hot metal.

OUTDOOR TEMPERATURE

As a final reminder, when it's hot out, it’s best to ride early in the morning or late at night to avoid the worst of the conditions and always bring along extra water to stay hydrated. If you’d like more off-road safety tips, follow the link below.

***This article was found on Polaris.com

RIDER SAFETY TIPS

If you experience damage to your home or business or other personal property caused by a fire, please contact SERVPRO.  We are here to help.  

SERVPRO SW Waukesha County 262-542-0900

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc 920-674-3002

Fireworks Safety Tips

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Various colored ground fireworks Ground Fireworks Are Typically Legal in Wisconsin

Every year in the United States there are about 19,000 fires that are related to fireworks. Please plan accordingly and follow these safety tips to keep your property and your loved ones safe this upcoming Independence Day.

Most important, ALWAYS follow local law in regards to what fireworks are legal in your area


• Never allow young children to handle fireworks
• Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
• Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
• Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
• Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
• Never light them indoors
• Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
• Never point or throw fireworks at another person
• Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
• Never ignite devices in a container
• Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
• Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
• Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
• Never use illegal fireworks
• Verify that conditions in the environment are appropriate for fireworks use. Do not use during a drought.


In the event that your property should experience fire damage, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc 920-674-3002 to assess the damage and help you get back to celebrating safely.

5 Fun (and Useful) Summer Home Trends

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Backyard with grill, chairs, pergola and fire pit.  Summer Fun Backyard Living Space

We are SERVPRO believe in not just offering fire and water damage advice, but also fun home tips as well.  

Summer is a great time to improve your home’s exterior. 

And whether you’re interested in enjoying your space a little more or you want to boost your home’s value, it makes sense to find inspiration by taking a look at what other homeowners are doing.

Are you thinking about updating your yard or patio this summer? Here are five popular trends to consider trying for yourself.

Install a workout or play area. Make the most of your property by building a swing set or sandbox, adding a horseshoe pit or investing in a small climbing wall or some gym equipment that the whole family can use. 

Build a front yard social spot. Want a casual outdoor spot that’s welcoming to your friends and neighbors? Think about setting up a social area in the front yard — one with benches, swings and comfortable places to sit and chat.

Focus on backyard entertainment. For more private gatherings, focus on guest-friendly features in the backyard. Movie screens, fire pits and hot tubs are a few popular options. 

Add an outdoor kitchen. Love to cook? Just want to eat alfresco? Install an outdoor pizza oven or invest in a smoker or grill. Be sure to set up a roomy (and durable) dining area, too.

Plant a vegetable or herb garden. It’s never too late to improve your landscaping with something functional. Consider planting a few of your family’s favorite veggies or herbs in a small garden out back.

Click the following link to read the full article and discover some other helpful hints.  Full Article

Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc for all you fire and water damage needs.  920-674-3002

Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Event

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

A table with small cups of red and white wine SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc were proud to be a sponsor of the Wine Walk

Wine Walk

On May 14th, from 4:30-8:30pm, Jefferson Chamber of Commerce hosted over a dozen local Jefferson businesses along the Rock River for the 1st Annual Wine Walk.  There were over 300 participants in the downtown Jefferson area.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc had a table where we offered a red wine and a white wine. We also provided popcorn as a snack to cleanse the palate.

Our marketing team enjoyed being a part of this event. 

Here to Help

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

Yellow. orange and green colors with words Thank you to our crews!

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called to do a cleanup of smoke smell at a residential property. The customer was so grateful for our crew she wrote a review and gave a shout out to two of our crew members.

Thank you to Rosa and Travis for doing a great job! They went above and beyond to help a customer. Both Rosa and Travis received a gift card for a job well done.

Jefferson Chamber Welcomes Jefferson County Board of Realtors

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Marketing Rep Sarah with Jefferson Board of Realtors Welcome to the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce!

The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce welcomed the Jefferson County Board of Realtors to its business organization. The Jefferson County Board of Realtors is made up of local Realtors working together to better our communities through fundraising participation in many non-profit organizations. The Board strives to continually strengthen the skills of its Realtor members through workshops, seminars, guest speakers and technology instruction.

The Board is the oldest chartered Board in the state and proudly services Jefferson County’s unique rural and growing demographic, located between two of Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan areas. Buyers interested in purchasing a home in Jefferson County will benefit from choosing a local Realtor who lives and specializes in the area. The Jefferson County Board of Realtors has a list to choose from.

Realtors interested in joining the Jefferson County Board of Realtors can find a dues schedule and application online at www.myjcbr.org. Buyers and Sellers alike can find more information on local, experienced Realtors at the same website. Don't forget to follow them on Facebook!

How to Help

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc for all your cleaning and restoration needs.

SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County gets called in when people are often going through a rough time. Whether it is for a sewage back up, a fire, a water pipe leak or a mold issue, we are here to help. We will often start with coming on site to assess the situation and see what needs to be done. We will contact your insurance company for you and determine if you have the proper insurance coverage. This gives you piece of mind and allows us to determine who will receive the invoice for services. After those basic things are addressed, the work can begin.  

We come prepared to help, but what can YOU do to help us? 

First, we will ask you to remove any high value or sentimental items from the work area. This is because we want you to be confident that those specific items are safe and secure in an area of your choosing. We pay close attention to your belongings because they are important to you. And that is important to us.  

Next, we may ask you to remove any breakable items from the work area. For example, if you have a large hutch full of china or crystal, we would prefer if you could move those belongings out of the work area.  

Finally, we will ask you to make sure your home is available to our crews once every 24 hours or so in order to monitor the areas. We may need to monitor moisture levels, or we may need to remove deodorization equipment that we set up. 

Having access to your home every 24 hours while the work is being performed helps us to make sure the work is completed properly.  

We respect our customer's properties and belongings and we GREATLY appreciate you trusting us to help you in your time of need.  

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

How to Deal with that Gross Smell in your House

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Woman plugging her nose Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 541-1710 to handle all odor problems

Fire, mold or pet urine odors are among the top 3 reasons our customers call us. One of the most frequent questions we get asked after an incident that involves odor is "Will it still smell?" 

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc deals with odor in various way depending on your specific situation. The process in which we tackle the odor is multi-faceted. It is important to follow the below steps to successfully remove the odor you are dealing with. 

1) Analyze the materials that are affected. 

2) Remove the source of the odor if possible. This could include removal of fire damaged, moldy, urine affected materials. Carpet, drywall or insulation for example can hold an odor. If those materials are not removed, the odor may still remain. 

3) Clean the affected surfaces with the proper chemical(s) to ensure the removal of the odor source. 

4) Deodorize the affected area with an ozone treatment if appropriate

5) Follow up with the customer in a few days to confirm the odor has been removed to their satisfaction.  

With the steps above being followed, the odor will likely be eliminated and you can get back to living your life without worry. 

We take pride in our 90% rate of removing odors from homes and businesses. If you have an odor concern, please call us for a walk through of your structure to evaluate how we can help.   Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 541-1710 to handle all odor problems

How to Improve the Health of your Home

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

A Clean Home A Healthy Home Leads to a Healthy Family

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 remove mold from a home. However, there are things that you can do in your home to improve your personal wellness while also preventing mold growth.

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

1. Create a calming space. Come up with 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.

2. Let in the natural light. The sun’s light can elevate your mood and promote alertness. Take advantage of daylight by arranging work spaces near windows, using light-filtering curtains or strategically hanging mirrors to reflect more light. Natural light can re-center your sleep cycle and promote vitamin D production.

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. Promote air circulation. Proper air circulation provides a regular temperature, removes impurities, and can help prevent mold. Use ceiling fans, open the windows, and install attic vents. The more space there is in a room, the more air can circulate.

Call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc with all your mold remediation needs! (920) 541-1710

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

The Importance of Wellness at Home

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Home owners or real estate agents often call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to improve a structure before putting it on the market. In many instances it involves mold remediation.  There are things that you can do in your home to improve your personal wellness while also preventing mold growth, or to get your home ready for the open market.

Ways to improve your quality of life in your home:

  1. Let in natural light. The sun’s light can elevate your mood and promote alertness. Take advantage of daylight by arranging work spaces near windows, open the curtains or use light-filtering curtains or strategically hanging mirrors to reflect more light. Natural light can promote vitamin D production.
  2. Include live 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.
  3. Create a calming space. Come up with 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.
  4. Promote air circulation. Proper air circulation provides a regular temperature, removes impurities, and can help prevent mold. Use ceiling fans, open the windows and/or curtains, and install attic vents. The more space there is in a room, the more air can circulate.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc has restoration professionals that can help with all your mold remediation needs! (920) 670-3002

Frozen Pipe Prevention Tips

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen exterior faucet Exterior Frozen Pipes Can Cause Interior Water Damage

The winter months, especially the bitter cold stretches of weather, lead to emergency water losses caused by frozen pipes that burst. The following are six helpful tips to help combat the cold this winter:

1. Keep Water Faucets Running
If it is extremely cold outside, always keep one or two faucets running, very slowly. Water moving through the system should prevent the line from freezing.

2. Disconnect Your Hose From The Outside Faucet
Be sure to disconnect your hose from the outside faucet. If you leave your hose connected, water is not able to drain out of your hose bib which can cause it to break.

3. Turn The Water Off To The Outside Faucet

4. Install Heat Tape
Heat tape is a great tool to use when it is extremely cold. Homeowners can install this tape themselves and it will warm pipes as needed during cold weather.

5. Seal Leaks That Allow Cold Air Into Your Home
Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze in your home.

6. Check Your Home's Temperature
Prevent temperatures from dropping below 32 degrees in any area of your home where water lines are located.

The certified water restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc are help you with all of your emergency water damage needs, particularly ice dams and melting snow. Call (920) 674-3002 and speak with a trained water restoration technician!

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Hosts 5th Annual Fund Raiser Event

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Jefferson County Humane Society Logo Come and Play or Donate

The ownership team at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc (Todd and Tina Szada) believe that they have been blessed with SERVPRO and the employees being a part of their lives. Because of SERVPRO, we have been able to help countless numbers of people dealing with fire 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 6, 2021 we are hosting our 5th Annual Bean Bags Tournament Fund Raiser. All proceeds this year will be given to the Jefferson County Humane Society and the Waukesha County HAWS.    

We often help people who have had fires or water damage in their homes.  Not only does it impact the people living there, but the animals/pets as well.  When animals are hurt or are given up for adoption because of a catastrophe and the family can no longer afford a pet, we want to helps those organizations that help the pets, which is an extension to any family. 

If you are interested in playing in this tournament or unable to be a part of our event on March 6, 2021 but would still like to make a monetary donation, please contact Brad at 920-674-3002.    

If you questions about fire or damage cleanup and restoration, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002 to speak with a certified professional today!

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Congratulates Tina Szada on Being Named President of the Board of Directors for the Jefferson Chamber

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of Tina Szada Congratulations to Tina Szada on being named President of the Board of Directors for the Jefferson Chamber

Happy 2021 Jefferson! It is a new year, which will bring changes and challenges but also excitement for the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. This year I am excited to serve as the President of the Board of Directors for the Jefferson Chamber. I am looking forward to new and exciting events and opportunities for our Chamber members this year.
 
2020 was a year of reflection because we were not able to all meet face-to-face and spent a lot of time at home. Because of this time, it gave the board an opportunity to look at how the Chamber can grow, engage and retain new and current members. The Chamber is working on offering opportunities for our businesses and community to connect and promote. The Chamber is committed to serving our members and we all want the best for Jefferson. The Chamber will continue to offer Business at 5, Annual Dinner (which is tentatively scheduled for this summer), Golf Outing and Holiday Parade. We are looking forward to new events like Wine Walk and Coffee & Conversation. I am hopeful that I will get to see all of our members at some of these events to learn more about you.
 
I wanted to share a little bit about myself. I have been married to my husband Todd for 25 years and we have a 17-year-old son, Ethan. I have two dogs, Marvel and Atti as well. When I have free time, I enjoy taking walks in nature, golfing and traveling.
 
On a business side, in 2010, Todd and I purchased and opened SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County. SERVPRO is a fire & water cleanup and restoration company.  In 2018 we purchased another SERVPRO territory, SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc. Todd and I were impressed with the Jefferson community when we started to do work in the area. The community is full of amazing people and businesses. We are so grateful that we were provided the opportunity to be a part of the Jefferson community.
 
I believe the Jefferson community offers so much potential. I am looking forward to seeing how Jefferson grows and I am proud to be a part of that.

Congratulations to Tina we are so proud to have you as a part of our team.

Exterior Electricity Causes Fire to Deck of Fort Atkinson Home

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Black soot and charring on exterior wood framing Outdoor Electrical Wire Fire Lead to Home's Exterior Damage

This damaged Fort Atkinson, WI home was the result of a faulty electrical wire connected to the wood deck.  Notice the extent of the fire damage; the vinyl siding has melted away and soot and charring are present on the wood framing.  Even though the wiring was outside, it still caused damage to the home and lead to an interior fire.  The technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc used a very powerful air compressor and sodium bicarbonate to remove the black charring. 

This method of media blasting also helps in deodorization after the fire.  This process helped save thousands of dollars in repair on this claim because the materials were able to be salvaged.  SERVPRO has used this method on numerous fire jobs throughout the country so our expertise is helpful in restoring property.

For all your fire and smoke related issues, call on SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to help make it "Like it never even happened."  Call us at 920-674-3002.

Popular Restaurant Has Kitchen Fire

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Debris from ceiling and walls laying on the ground after a fire in a commercial kitchen Resulting Damage From Commercial Kitchen Fire

A kitchen fire in a popular SE Wisconsin  restaurant caused this damage.  This before photo shows the mess and debris left behind after the fire was extinguished.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called by the owner to clean up.  The owner is a previous customer who was happy with our services then and this gave him confidence in calling us on this job.  He even turned away two competitors because he wanted SERVPRO!

The odor and soot was so severe that it caused the business to be temporarily closed so that the certified fire and smoke restoration technicians could get in there and clean and deodorize the entire structure, including important kitchen tools needed for food prep.  This job also included HVAC ductwork cleaning and deodorization, which is another service that we offer.

For all your fire and smoke and water damage needs, call on the certified trained professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002

SERVPRO Helps Flooded Tri-Level Home

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

SERVRO drying equipment placed on floor Proper Drying Equipment Placed After Sewage Water Intrusion

A backed-up sewer line caused this tri-level basement and attached garage in Waukesha, WI to flood.  Due to the graphic nature of this loss, we are showing this picture which is what the recreation room looked AFTER the contents were moved out, the laminate floor removed, the contaminated drywall wall cut out and the floor cleaned and disinfected.

When a sewage back-up occurs, anything that is porous (soaks up moisture) must be considered non-salvageable.  Non-porous materials (such as plastic) can be cleaned and disinfected as well as structural items that can not be removed.  If this contamination is not removed and the structure disinfected, it could lead to people getting sick.

Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc for all your water damage and sewage back-up needs.  We have certified water restoration technicians available to assist you to make sure that your home or business is cleaned and disinfected properly.  920-674-3002.

Emergency Board-Up Provided by SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Plywood hanging in exterior doorway Safely Hung Plywood Protects Contents and Structure From Outdoor Elements After a Fire

A recent fire started when a tenant in an apartment building was smoking on his second floor wood balcony.  The fire completely burned the exterior door and sections of the interior wall in the bedroom.  In order for the flames to be put out, the fire firefighters had to quickly tear down the door frame and header and remove sections of drywall to access the insulation. 

By the time the fire was out, the inside of this room was completely exposes to the outdoor elements.  An emergency board-up was needed in order to prevent moisture from outside (rain/snow) and animals from entering the building.  The property owner called on SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to assist her.  The after photo shows the same door way with a sheet of playwood safely hung in place to help protect the building.  This is an important service to provide when your personal belongings are at risk.

For all your emergency board-up needs and fire mitgation cleanup services, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and talk with fire and smoke trained professionals who have many years of experience dealing with fire and smoke damage.  920-674-3002

Proper PPE Is Important When Disinfecting for COVID-19

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Person wearing full personal protective equipment SERVPRO Technician Is Fully Protected Using PPE

Since the pandemic started, SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc has been called to help many residential and commercial customers where people were exposed or confirmed to have COVID-19.  In order to help prevent the spread of the virus, SERVPRO is asked to properly clean and disinfect high touch point areas and to fog the structure with a EPA approved hospital-grade disinfectant.

While providing this service, it is critical that we at SERVPRO protect our technicians as best we can to prevent them from contracting the disease.  This photo shows a SERVPRO technician wet cleaning high touch point areas in this office setting.  To protect this employee, he is wearing a full-body protective suit.  You can also see that he has his head covered and face protected with a full-face mask and respirator.  Both his hands and shoes are also covered.  This PPE is vital in protecting our staff so that we are available to other customers who need our services.

For all your biohazard cleaning and disinfecting needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002.  When we are done cleaning and disinfecting, it will be "Certified SERVPRO Cleaned"

SERVPRO does Commercial Cleaning

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Air duct Register before it was cleaned This is a photo of an air duct register before our crew started their clean.

SERVPRO® of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc offers large commercial cleans to help your business stay safe and clean. One of the most important cleans especially in this day and age is ensuring that your air ducts are are clean and free from harmful debris.

Odors and Air Quality

SERVPRO® of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Professionals are experts at odor removal. We are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors from the source, instead of trying to mask it. 

If you haven’t had your air ducts or HVAC, give us a call to inspect your system. Duct cleaning is not always necessary but your HVAC unit could be circulating dust, pollen, and other debris around your home. Cleaning your unit will help improve the air quality in your home and can actually extend the life of the equipment. It also helps restore your system to peak efficiency. 

For more information on these or any of our other cleaning services, check out our cleaning webpage or give us a call at (920) 541-1710 today! 

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Donates to Oconomowoc Organization

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Winners of the Bags Tournament Pictured (from left to right) Tournament finalists Al W. and Jason R., SERVPRO owners Todd and Tina S. and finalists Cliff C. and Gary G.

Due to the increased stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19, the census in hospitals across the country are busier than normal.  We at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc know that more children would be hospitalized over the Holiday season so we wanted to do something to bring some joy to those patients.

On November 7, 2020, we hosted a small bags tournament fund raiser.  All proceeds went to the Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation located in Oconomowoc, WI.  The Foundation was then able to use the proceeds to purchase Christmas gifts for the children that were hospitalized during the holiday season.  

We are very proud to say that our two final teams decided to donate the winning prize money back to the fund raiser so that our donation to Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation would be even bigger.  Thank you to those 4 players and to all the donors and players of this event.

This is one way that SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc can give back to the community that we serve.  We feel that it is very important to give during the holiday season and there is no better need than children in the hospital.

If you want to be a part of our annual bags tournament, please contact our Marketing Department for the different ways that you can donate or participate.  920-674-3002

SERVPRO Disinfects Rental Property Due to COVID-19 Concern

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Employee Spraying Chemical To Disinfect Due to COVID-19 SERVPRO Technician Spraying Chemical To Disinfect Due to COVID-19

There are many types of services that SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County perform. Some examples include fire and water damage cleanup and restoration, reconstruction, carpet cleaning, air ducts and HVAC cleaning and deodorization. SERVPRO is often called upon to disinfect after biohazard contamination, which also applies to COVID-19 disinfecting.


Throughout 2020 and continuing into 2021, SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc has been called on numerous commercial and residential properties to clean and disinfect after suspected and confirmed COVID-19 exposures. In this photo, a SERVPRO technician is fogging an EPA approved hospital-grade disinfectant into the air to neutralize any potential coronavirus airborne droplets. This rental property can send in their new tenants knowing that the property is Certified SERVPRO Cleaned.


If you are in need of any COVID-19 disinfecting needs, or any other services listed above, call on the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc. 920-674-3002

Local Post Office Calls on SERVPRO For Smoke Damage Mitigation

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Black dirt on ceiling tiles Ceiling Tiles Affected From Neighboring Business Fire

A neighboring business that had a fire caused significant smoke damage to a local United States Post Office.  The roof-top furnace was on at the time of the fire and sucked in large amounts of smoke and fumes, leaving the post office dirty and smelly.  This before photo shows the ceiling register and the black soot surrounding it.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was call in to clean up the mess.  This job required technicians to clean and deodorize the structure and contents.  Imagine cleaning every individual P.O. Box and each individual mail slot?  Significant time and labor was needed to accomplish this task.  The postal carriers were very happy with our services and impressed with how quickly the job was completed.  SERVPRO also provided ductwork/HVAC cleaning and deodorization to eliminate that smoke odor.

For all your fire and smoke damage mitigation needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002.  We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Hotel Calls SERVPRO After Flood

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Drying Equipment Placed in Hallway SERVPRO's Drying Equipment Used to Dry After Hotel Flood

An Oconomowoc, WI hotel was recently going through some renovations when new plumbing that was being installed broke during the middle of the night.  This caused significant water damage to three levels, including guest rooms, banquet facilities and mechanical rooms.  After water was extracted and drywall was removed, the task of drying out the structure could begin.  This photo shows the drying equipment that was placed in the hallway to dry the carpet and the ceiling.  

The certified water restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc arrived within one hour to begin assessing the damage.  After 4 days of drying the project was completed and the renovation work could continue.  

For all your water damage mitigation needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002.  

The History of Bags

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Man playing Cornhole We encourage everyone to please donate.

US at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc do a bags tournament every year in order to raise money for different charities. This winter we held a tournament where all the earnings were donated to the Rodgers Behavioral Health Foundation. In total we raised $950 that will be donated to the Rodgers Foundation.

In honor of our upcoming fundraiser for HAWS and the Jefferson County Humane Society we have decided to look back on the history of how the game of bags was created.

Legend has it that a fourteenth-century cabinet maker by the name of Mr. Matthias Kuepermann created the game after watching children toss rocks into a nearby groundhog’s hole. Kuepermann was said to have been so concerned for the safety of the children that he utilized his carpentry skills and designed a safer game for them to play.

So, where does the “corn” come into play? Well, during this time, corn was utilized more often as a weight rather than a food because of its abundance. Kuepermann determined a bag of corn was much safer to throw than a stone. 

(This information was found from https://www.cornholeworldwide.com/play-cornhole/history-of-cornhole/#:~:text=As%20Cornhole%20has%20become%20such,into%20a%20nearby%20groundhog's%20hole.)

We Encourage anyone to please join us as we raise funds for HAWS and the Jefferson County Humane Society at our bags tournament on March 6th, 2021. For more information about the tournament please contact us at (920) 541-1710.

5 ways to have a dog and a clean home

1/7/2021 (Permalink)

Dog Marvel SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is used to cleaning up after our favorite office pup Marvel.

With the large surge in new dog owners because of the quarantine I am sure everyone is starting to notice the mess that they leave behind. However, it is possible to own a dog and keep a clean house even with the hair and mud that they leave behind. 

The keys to keeping a clean house are being able to prevent them from occurring in the first place as well as have a strategy to deal with them when they inevitably happen.


1. Create an outdoor dog-cleaning station. 

How intensive your station needs to be depends on the breed of your dog and how much it enjoys rolling around in the mud. Owners of large dog breeds know firsthand that the larger the dog, the bigger the mess. But even smaller breeds can track plenty of dirt and much into the house.

Stop the mess before it goes through the door by cleaning your dog outside after it’s gotten itself dirty. Sometimes this will be as simple as dunking your dog’s paws in water; for more substantial messes, you’ll need a hose, kiddie pool, and patience.

It’s also always a good idea to have towels on hand to dry off your pup before going inside.

2. Eliminate odors at the source. At some stage in their lives, dogs will have accidents in your house. Urine, feces, or vomit on your furniture or the floor doesn’t mean you have to replace the whole carpet for it to be clean again.

If your dog has an accident inside, it’s important to eliminate the smell completely so your dog doesn’t think that your rug is it’s new toilet. There are many enzyme-based cleaners on the market to choose from.

3. Invest in hair-removal strategies. The first item you’ll need is a solid vacuum cleaner. Usually, you get what you pay for, but if your dog is a heavy shedder, you’ll need a model with strong suction and a high-quality filter. To keep your living space in tip-top shape, vacuuming will become a daily routine. And by staying on top of the fur rather than letting it accumulate, this should only take a few minutes a day.

A second tool worth keeping on hand is lint rollers. Every pet owner knows the value of these small-but-mighty sticky brushes. Lint rollers are a great way to quickly brush off your furniture and clothes to address surface-level pet hair before it becomes a bigger problem.

4. Stick to easy to clean supplies. When it comes to pet supplies like toys, leashes, beds, and other items your dog uses regularly, you should find options that are easy to clean and won’t hold onto odors or stains.

Machine-washable toys are easy to toss in the laundry, and you don’t need to deal with the hassle of washing them by hand. And water-resistant collars and leads are easy to quickly wipe down in between deeper cleanings.

5. Control the clutter. If your dog has what seems like dozens of different toys it leaves lying around the entire house, wanting to contain them is an understandable impulse. You have a few options for how to go about this.

One is to buy a basket or two for toy storage. With some practice, you can even train your dog to put it’s toys in the basket!

Another option, though not feasible for everyone, is to create a “dog room” of the house dedicated to your dog’s toys and playtime. With a separate room, you can simply close the door when play is over and let the clutter stay out of sight.

Dogs are a great addition to any family and perfect for keeping everyone happy and entertained. That being said they are a large responsibility that will require some cleaning up after. However, if you follow these steps it will make having a dog much easier and a lot cleaner.

If you ever have a need for cleaning or restoration give SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 541-1710

Sleep: How To Get Better At It

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Blue geometric depiction of a person sleeping with a crescent moon over head SERVPRO cares about our communities more now than ever. Follow these tips for better sleep and overall health!

The health, wellbeing, and safety of our communities here at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc matter more now than ever. We are always looking to share health related information, an especially during a pandemic. The following list gives tips and tricks for better sleep, which can lead to less stress and a better over all bill of health. This list comes from this link.

  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Spend some time outside during the day.
  • Let the daylight into your home.
  • Walk, exercise, read or engage in a hobby to relieve stress on a daily basis.
  • Limit caffeine, especially after lunch time.
  • Limit alcohol use, especially after dinner time.
  • Limit electronic device screen time, especially in the evening.
  • Use the bedroom only for sleep.
  • Limit the amount of light in the bedroom, or use a sleep mask.
  • Keep the temperature in your bedroom in the lower 60s at night.
  • Ensure that you will not be disturbed by noises, or use earplugs.
  • Choose preferred bedding that helps you sleep well, such as flannel sheets, a down comforter or a weighted blanket.
  • Keep pets in their own safe space at night, and out of the bed.
  • Avoid using over-the-counter sleep aids. Instead, try 5mg of melatonin before bed, if needed.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is currently doing cleanings to disinfect after a covid case (or cases). As we said, community health and safety is so important to us, please reach out with any questions regarding our covid cleaning process. Or any of our other services for that matter and STAY SAFE. Call us at 920-674-3002.

Avoid Winter Slip-ups and Injuries

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

Man falling on ice SERVPRO wishes everyone a safe winter season

Avoid Winter Slip-ups

The winter provides many hazards that can bring danger to everyday people and employees working outdoors. These hazards include slipping and falling. With snow and ice covered conditions, you run the risk of taking major falls, which can lead to serious injuries.

Prevention

Education is essential in preventing winter weather-related injuries. Consider the following recommendations to prevent slip and fall injuries during the winter months:

  • Wear the proper footwear that provides traction on snow and ice. Footwear should be made of anti-slip material; avoid plastic and leather-soled shoes or boots.
  • Exercise caution when entering and exiting vehicles, and use the vehicle for balance and support.
  • Try to walk only in designated areas that are safe for foot traffic. If you notice that a walkway is covered in ice, walk on the grass next to the sidewalk, which will have more traction.
  • Avoid inclines that are typically difficult to walk up or down as they may be more treacherous in winter conditions.
  • Take small steps to maintain your center of balance, walk slowly and never run. When possible, walk with your hands free to maintain your balance. And despite the cold temperatures, avoid putting your hands in your pockets. This will help you better maintain your balance and allow you to break a fall should you slip.
  • Use handrails, walls or anything stationary to assist in steadying your feet.
  • Look ahead to the path in front of you to avoid hazards.
  • Test a potentially slippery area before stepping on it by tapping your foot on the surface first.
  • Remove debris, water and ice from all working walkways.
  • Steer clear of roof edges, floor openings and other drop-offs to avoid slipping hazards.
  • Sand or salt surfaces covered by ice or snow to provide traction.
  • Dry your shoes or boots on floor mats when entering a building.

If You Begin to Slip…

  • Twist your body and roll backward to avoid falling forward and injuring your face.
  • Try to relax your body when you start to feel your legs give way.

If you are carrying a load, throw it off to the side so it does not land on you when you fall. This will also free your arms to help break your fall.

These are some tips and tricks to help keep yourself safe this winter season. SERVPRO wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable winter, and hopefully these tips can keep you all free of injuries.

Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc with any fire, water, mold, or cleaning needs! (920) 541-1710

Are Sprinkler Systems As Complex As They Seem?

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

A classic sprinkler head with a red glass bulb SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is certified for fire and water restoration. Don't hesitate to call!

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc sees a lot of water damage and a lot of fire damage. Sometimes these two go hand in hand. The fire department using water to put out a house fire, or a sprinkler system being triggered by a fire. Obviously, the fire department shows up and uses firetrucks/fire hydrants for water. So, how do sprinkler systems work?

Most sprinkler heads feature a glass bulb filled with a glycerin-based liquid. This liquid expands when it meets air heated to between 135 and 165 degrees. When the liquid expands, it shatters its glass confines, and the sprinkler head activates.

Each sprinkler head is attached to a pipe that connects to a reliable water source outside the building. When heat activates a sprinkler head, a valve opens, allowing pressurized water from the pipe system to flow out and trigger the rest of the sprinkler heard on the building.

Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc with any fire, water, mold, or cleaning needs! 920-674-3002

Source: 

https://www.guardianfireprotection.com/blog/how-do-fire-sprinklers-work#:~:text=Fire%20sprinklers%20work%20because%20high,it%20triggers%20a%20chain%20reaction.

What is Asbestos?

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Lots of little white fibers are shown, it almost looks like animal fur but is actually asbestos SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc along with SERVPRO of S.W. Waukesha County are the only two asbestos certified franchises in WI!

What is Asbestos?

Everyone has heard the commercials, “If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma; you may be entitled to compensation.” Those commercials target asbestos as the culprit but, what is asbestos?

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and SERVPRO of SW Waukesha (these franchises are owned and operated by the same people) are the only two Asbestos certified SERVPROs in the state of WI. We would like to think we are qualified to give you a peak into what asbestos is and how it can hurt you. The following information comes from the minds and knowledge of our asbestos manager, Justin, along with information gathered by our blog writer, Alli.

BASICS

The first thing you should know is that asbestos is a general term for six naturally occurring minerals. These minerals are made of fibrous crystals and the crystals themselves are made of microscopic fibrils. These fibrils are what can enter the respiratory system and implant themselves causing diseases and cancers. These six minerals occur in six colors:

  1. Green
  2. Red
  3. Yellow
  4. White
  5. Blue
  6. Gray

Along with the six colors, there are six types of asbestos (Not in order of the corresponding colors):

  1. Actinolite
  2. Amosite
  3. Anthophyllite
  4. Chrysotile (the most common form in the US)
  5. Crocidolite
  6. Tremolite

HISTORY

Archeologists have found evidence that asbestos may have been used by humans as far back as the stone age. One of the first description of asbestos could have been made by Theopharstus in around 300 bc, although this has been challenged by historians and archeologists. One of the first confirmed uses was in Eastern Finland to strengthen clay pots and cooking utensils. Wealthy Persians would use cleaning cloths, that were made of asbestos, to amaze their guests. The Persians would take the cloths and expose it to fire. Seeing as asbestos is fire resistant, this would knock their guests off their feet.

Large-scale use/mining did not begin until the late 1800s and widespread consumption did not begin until the early 1900s. Asbestos was ban in the US relatively shortly after in the 1970s. The last US based asbestos mine closed in 2002.

To date, 67 countries and territories have ban asbestos use, with few exceptions being granted. Although its ban in 67 countries, 1.3 million tons of asbestos was mined worldwide. 53% of that was mined by Russia, that is nearly 689 thousand tons. As far as consumption is concerned, Asia consumed 70% of the worlds mined asbestos in 2017.

DISEASES

Asbestos has been linked to:

  1. Lung cancer
  2. Ovarian cancer
  3. Laryngeal cancer
  4. Asbestosis
  5. Pleural thickening
  6. Pleural plaques
  7. Mesothelioma

Asbestosis (scaring of the lungs) and lung cancer both have a dose response relationship with asbestos. This means the more exposure someone has to asbestos, the more likely they are to develop these ailments. Although, no amount of exposure is considered safe. Mesothelioma (cancer of the pleura, which is the membrane that houses the organs) does not have a dose response relationship with asbestos; therefore, one single exposure can lead to developing mesothelioma.

As mentioned before, asbestos’ microscopic fibrils can attach themselves to the inner lining of the lung and can not be removed. They are shaped similarly to fishing hooks and will create microscopic abrasions in the lungs lining when disturbed. This is one of the things that makes asbestos so dangerous.

As always, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc with any concerns, needs, or questions regarding asbestos! 920-674-3002

Ozone vs. Hydroxyl; Is There A Right Answer?

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

A ozone machine is on top of a ladder surrounded by fans on the floor SERVPRO has the skills needed to effectively circulate ozone through the whole structure.

Odor removal is an essential component of almost every restoration job. There are a variety of options available from masking agents to foggers to ozone and hydroxyl generators, and so on. In our industry, we have noticed a rather large debate being waged over the benefits and dangers of these two options. There is a clear advantage to using machines to eliminate odors from spaces and items rather than simply just trying to mask them.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc technicians are highly trained to recommend the best method for your odor neutralization.  

It is VERY IMPORTANT to know that both ozone and hydroxyl will remove odors – hydroxyl will just take longer.

Differences Between Hydroxyl and Ozone

  1. Hydroxyl is not harmful to plants and fish.
  2. Hydroxyl does not leave behind a chemical smell.
  3. Hydroxyl works on a larger variety of odors.
  4. Hydroxyl can be used in wet areas to help deodorize. Ozone machine used in wet areas can bleach a material.
  5. Hydroxyl machines will typically take longer to deodorize.
  6. Ozone can possibly damage rubber or leather goods.
  7. Ozone is to be used in unoccupied areas with return to the area at least one hour after the machine has turned off.
  8. Ozone is much stronger and faster and must be closely monitored.  

Both options are very effective and have their time and place on when to be used. Depending on the type of odor and the amount of time allotted will dictate what option you should choose. Be sure to only use experienced technicians when using equipment such as these. Supervision of both methods is necessary to affectively remove the odor. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc office staff, and technicians, are trained to know which method will be most effective for your situation

Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc 920-674-3002 for all your deodorization needs and questions.

Why Should You Trust SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc? For Starters, We An IICRC Certified Restoration Company

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

IICRC logo with IICRC Certified Firm in white lettering SERVPRO has been trusted by many, not just because we are IICRC certified, but it sure does help impress!

In the 1990s and early 2000s, restorative drying science was in its infancy but was evolving as some leaders in the restoration industry began taking a more scientific approach. Restorers were rapidly becoming restoration specialists, and in the process, they were learning what worked and what did not work. Those restorers worked to understand the science that impacted their business and developed the technology still used today.

As restorer confidence began to grow, the training needed to grow as well.  The term Applied Structural Drying (ASD) became known in the industry as a drying course. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) stated in its IICRC S500 V3-2006 standard, “Currently, among the IICRC’s 38,000 registered technicians, approximately 24,000 are IICRC-certified as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT), with approximately 4,500 of those being certified in Applied Structural Drying (ASD). This number is growing daily. ASD is primarily a hands-on course in which demonstration houses representative of standard residential construction are flooded, extracted, monitored, and dried throughout the three-day course – although three-day drying cannot be guaranteed.”

Everyone was going to these classes, from contractors to adjusters to property managers. The fact that a restorer could reduce the cost of rebuilding a structure substantially impacted the bottom line of the final customer, reduced cycle time, and decreased rebuild costs.

The untold truth was that even with a sanitary environment with limited contents, more than enough power and with known quantities, known saturation times, and a repeatable process, these buildings still required additional days to dry. 

Some contractors and adjusters believe contractors are in possession of technology, equipment, and training that can dry structures in three days. The fact remains that these sceptics are hard pressed to substantiate their comments. Moreover, publishing erroneous materials can lead to serious conflicts between contractors and adjusters rather than assist in fair and scientifically sound practices.”

Drying Science in 2020

In 2020, the science has evolved, the equipment has evolved, and restorative techniques have dramatically improved. But with all this improvement and knowledge one thing is true – three-day drying is not the norm. Stephanie Beattie of the Center for Disaster Recovery in Barrier, Ontario stated the best statistics show we went from an average of 6.2 days in 2016 to 4.9 day in 2018.

There has been plenty of research by the restoration community and building science (engineers) community to substantiate the fact that not all materials can be dried in a specified, arbitrary time of three days. As a matter of fact, many structural materials will dry in varying degrees, depending on saturation time, atmospheric conditions, and the material’s location in the building composition.

For the most part, today’s insurance adjusters do not look at the goal of the drying project; they look at the costs of the job. The measurable cost of the job is more important than the successful drying of a project. But are those clients saving money? Did you help them understand the true savings?

Today, the indoor environmental profession knows more about the effects of contaminated indoor environments and the effects of mold on occupants and highly sensitized individuals. If contractors and their customers are not aware of these risks and do not address properly drying a structure, it can dramatically increase the potential for litigation and there is no limit on that liability.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is an IICRC Certified Firm.  Contact us for all your water damage needs or inquiries.  920-674-3002

Working Safely in Cold Weather

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Window with ice frosted over SERVPRO wishes everyone a safe and healthy winter season

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there is no exact temperature at which the environment becomes hazardous. Instead, factors such as low temperatures, wind speed and wetness contribute to cold-induced injuries and illness.

  • Exposed skin freezes within one minute at -20° F when the wind speed is five miles per hour (mph), and will freeze at 10° F if the wind speed is 20 mph.
  • When skin or clothing is wet, injury or illness can occur in temperatures above 10° F, and even above freezing (32° F).
  • When the body is unable to warm itself, hypothermia and frostbite can set in, resulting in permanent tissue damage and even death.

Signs of Injury and Illness

These are some of the very common symptoms that show that you are experiencing illness due to the cold. If you notice that these symptoms do not go away go inside, or call for medical attention.

  • Uncontrollable shivering
  • Slurred speech
  • Clumsy movements
  • Fatigue
  • Confused behavior
  • White or grayish-yellow area(s) of the skin
  • Skin that feels “waxy”
  • Numbness

Make sure to look out for these symptoms for not just your self but your fellow co-workers. 

Safety Considerations

These are some of the easy ways to reduce the risk of cold-induced injuries and illnesses:

  • Layer clothing to keep warm enough to be safe, but cool enough to avoid perspiring excessively. It should also contain the following:
    • Inner layer – a synthetic weave to keep perspiration away from the body
    • Middle layer – wool or synthetic fabric to absorb sweat and retain body heat.
    • Outer layer – material designed to break the wind and allow for ventilation.
  • Wear a hat. Almost 40 percent of your body heat escapes from your head. If you wear a hard hat, add a winter liner that covers your neck.
  • Place heat packets in gloves, vests, boots and hats to add heat to the body.
  • Watch out for the effects of cold temperatures on common body functions, such as:
    • Reduced dexterity and hand usage
    • Cold tool handles reducing your grip force
    • The skin’s reduced ability to feel pain in cold temperatures
    • Reduced muscle power and time to exhaustion

(This information has been provided by: Mid-State Insurance)

For all your fire damage, water damage, mold mitigation, asbestos abatement, deodorization and other general cleaning services, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 541-1710

SERVPRO wishes all a safe and enjoyable winter season.

Rain Storms Leads To Undetected Water Damage

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage to ceiling Undiscovered And Unknown Water Source Leads to A Need For Water Restoration With SERVPRO

This bathroom has had a leak of some sort for some time, but the owner was never able to identify the cause.  The bathroom floor and the ceiling/drywall in the garage have visible damage.  It was only determined that the damage seemed to slowly get worse each time that a rain storm had passed through after calling out SERVPRO to inspect it after a recent storm. 

This before picture shows the damage left behind on the ceiling after the storm had passed.  A leaking section of roof slowly tricked down through the attic an onto this ceiling causing water damage.  Due to the amount of time that it was wet, secondary damage (aka mold) set it and caused more damage above the ceiling.

SERVPRO of Jeffferson County/Oconomowoc was called to help determine the cause and clean up the aftermath.

For all your emergency water damage needs, either residential or commercial, call the certified water restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jeffferson County/Oconomowoc 920-674-3002

Wisconsin Winters Can Cause All Kinds of Damage, Don't Fall For Preventive Measures That Don't Work

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

Cracked glass is forming a spider web pattern that is the focus of the photo Glass can be damaged in a winter storm for many reasons, call SERVPRO for your storm damage needs!

We all know that Wisconsin weather in the winter can be brutal and cause ample amounts of damage. And there are plenty of ways to avoid damage to cars, houses, and other building out there for everyone to access. We would like to address one of those methods: Taping your windows can protect against a storm or strong winds. Well, this is just a myth and can provide zero protection against any aspect of a storm. Taping your windows does not keep them from shattering, so save yourself the time and frustration this season, and do not do it.

The best protection for windows is making sure that you have up to date, safety certified windows that have been installed by a professional installation company.

As always, please feel free to contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc with any questions, concerns, or issues regarding your home. Not only do we clean up fire and water, but we handle broken glass, vandalism, and all kinds of storm damage! Call us at 920-674-3002.

Menorah Safety During Hanukkah

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

A menorah with all 9 candles burning SERVPRO wishes your family a happy holiday season, no matter how you celebrate!

During this holiday season, SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc wants all families in all communities to stay safe. This blog will give tips on staying safe while using a menorah for your celebrations. If your family celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, or anything in-between SERVPRO cares about your family and safety. Please keep the following tips in mind while you celebrate!

(The following information comes from https://www.cheshirefire.gov.uk.)

Menorah candle fire safety

  1. No matter how beautiful your child’s or grandchild’s “arts and crafts” menorah may be, please do not use it.  These menorahs are not suitable for lighting and may burn down when used.

  2. Never leave a lit menorah unattended.

  3. The menorah should be made of non-flammable material only.

  4. Never place the menorah near or under flammable material such as papers, curtains or books.

  5. Do not walk around while holding a lit candle.

  6. Put out candles before you leave a room and before you go to bed

  7. Keep matches and lighters away from children - out of reach.

  8. Supervise any child that lights a menorah. Place their menorah close to the child so they don't have to reach over another menorah.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc wants you to be as safe as possible, but in the event of a fire give us a call at 920-674-3002.

Best wishes this holiday season from the team here at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc :)

Christmas Safety For you and Yours

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

A decorated Christmas tree has presents underneath it SERVPRO wishes you and yours a happy holiday season, no matter how you celebrate!

During the holidays, many people try to fit as many lights and other electrical devices to accommodate holiday lighting, decorations and cooking appliances, unknowingly increasing the potential for electrical fires and outages, says Joel Worthington, president of Mr. Electric, a Neighborly company which is one of the nation’s leading residential and commercial electrical service providers. Since 25 percent of Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems, always follow this checklist.

Inspect lights first. Before plugging in a strand of lights, examine the cord for damage. Throw away any frayed, kinked or worn light strands.

Turn off all lights and decorations before leaving the house or going to bed. To avoid braving the cold every night, install a timer to automatically turn on the lights at dusk and turn them back off at dawn (or earlier if you prefer).

Keep your tree hydrated. Just two or three days without water could be enough to dry out a Christmas tree, so water it every day. Once a tree is dry, it can catch fire easily so it should be discarded.

<h2endmarkEnabled">Candles may provide a festive ambiance and delightful fragrance, as well as providing a count down to Christmas with your Advent wreaths, but they’re also responsible for starting two out of every five home decoration structure fires each year. This is especially true during the holidays when the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Christmas Eve.

Get flame without the fire. Consider replacing traditional candles with flameless, battery-operated types, but don't forget to turn them off when leaving the house as LED lights do get hot.

Don't leave the room. Never leave a candle burning unattended and, if you're going to be stepping away from the candle for several minutes, it's safer to blow it out rather than risk a potential hazard.

Use caution when decorating with candles. Always use a sturdy candle holder to keep it from tipping over or touching flammable surfaces. When decorating, keep candles at least 12 inches away from all flammable items.

According to a 2016 report from the National Fire Protection Association, a leading factor contributing to home heating fires was the failure to clean chimneys. Since this chore involves more than sweeping soot, it’s best to hire a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, says Ashley Eldridge, education director for Chimney Safety Institute of America.

Fireplaces and chimneys should be inspected by a professional chimney sweep every year — and again halfway through the season for new wood-burning installations, such as fireplaces or wood-burning stoves.

Take great care as well with your decorations around the fireplace. Make sure that all decorations are clear of the fireplace in order to avoid your stockings or Christmas wreaths catching fire.

Finally, clear out the debris and ash from your fire pit to ensure for a safe and controlled fire.

(This information is from https://www.today.com/home/best-fire-safety-tips-holiday-season-t120303#anchor-strongChimneyandfireplacesafetystrong)

We wish everyone a safe and healthy Christmas season. Feel free to contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002.

Preventing A Fire, Especially During The Cold Wisconsin Winter

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

A home has been burned due to a space heater; everything is charred and in very poor condition Please remember to always use space heaters properly. Space heaters cause around 25,000 fires a year!

House fires are extremely dangerous and can cause expensive damages. The following are fire prevention tips.

  1. Install and regularly test and maintain smoke alarms.  Monthly tests should be performed and replace the smoke detector every 10 years.
  2. Clean the dryer.  Dryer lint is the perfect combustible material when combined with the heat from the dryer. The lint tray should be cleared after each load to avoid a build-up of lint.
  3. Watch open flames.  Candles, cooking, and fireplaces are just some of the reasons most people are exposed to open flames.  Never leave them unattended.
  4. Maintain wiring.  Household wires and cables can become a fire hazard if they are used when frayed or otherwise compromised. Check them often and replace once they become worn.
  5. Store household chemical in proper locations.  Keep these products protected from sunlight or heat to avoid combustion.
  6. Make sure to follow instructions on space heaters closely. Failing to follow proper care and operation instructions on space heaters can create very large scale fires.

Get in touch with SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc with any questions, or in the unfortunate circumstance of a fire. 920-674-3002

Common Causes of Water Damage That We See Here At SERVPRO

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Two buckets sit below a radiator catching water leaking from it Even here at SERVPRO we have water issues. Don't be afraid to call, we are here to help.

When a person thinks about water damage, they often think of severe weather conditions.  However, there are many other items in your home or business that may be a cause of water damage.  Water damage is something that many homeowners will face. 

There is a significant difference between water damage and gradual water damage, which has an impact on homeowner’s insurance claims. Examples of gradual damage are circumstances that have been happening over time, like plumbing issues in the walls causing damage to the walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation.  Unfortunately, many gradual water damage issues are not covered by homeowners insurance, while storm-related water damage usually is.

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the leading causes of water damage are:

  • Plumbing supply system failures. This involves frozen pipes that can burst because the water pressure builds up due to freezing water in the pipes or when the supply system materials fail, causing pipes to leak or burst. They also found that homes with ages of 16 to 40 years made up a larger portion of supply system material failure claims.
  • Plumbing drain system failures. This can occur when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home, or from material performance issues. 
  • Toilet failures. Toilets cause the second highest number of residential water damage losses after plumbing supply system failures and are the result of faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines. 
  • Water heater failures. If your water heater has reached its life expectancy, the tank begins to rust and corrode, which can result in leaking or bursting issues. 
  • Washing machine failures. These are typically caused by supply hose failures, machine overflows and drain line failures. 

If your home or business has experienced water damage, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002.

SERVPRO Thanks Our Veteran!

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

A man with SERVPRO apparel poses for a photo  Thank you Steve!

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc would like to thank our military veterans and first responders for their service to our country and to our community.  We would also like to thank our SERVPRO of our employee (Steve) who is a veteran of the United States Army!

Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have service in the United States Armed Forces. Being a federal holiday of the US, the greatest event of Veterans Day is celebrated with huge respect, happiness and acknowledgement throughout the country.

Veterans day will look a little different this year with COVID-19, but here are some ideas on how to celebrate while staying safe:

  1. Ask a Veteran about their time in the military, and really listen to the answer.
  2. Hang a U.S. flag in your yard.
  3. Hug a veteran (only if they live in your home) and thank them.
  4. Ask an aging Veteran to share with you their favorite military story.
  5. Visit the gravesite of a Veteran.
  6. Send supplies to a local Veterans Support program for homeless veterans.

Asbestos is The #1 Hidden Killer! Call SERVPRO to Help Remove it Safely

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Asbestos spores, a mask, and safety goggles are on atable together with a black backroad SERVPRO has asbestos certifications and will gladly remove it from your home and business. Just call!

After a leaking pipe in a dishwasher burst and flooded the kitchen and basement of a residence, an ambitious homeowner decided to remove wet floor tiles from his basement with an ice chipper.  This homeowner did not think of the possibility of the tiles containing asbestos fibers.  After speaking with a friend and being warned about the possibility of that floor containing asbestos, he received a recommendation to call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  A Wisconsin state certified asbestos inspector with SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc inspected the project and took a sample of the material to be analyzed in an accredited lab.  The result was positive for containing chrysotile, the most common form of asbestos.  The homeowner did the floor removal without containment or proper equipment and potentially may have contaminated the entire home through the running HVAC system.  The homeowner is now responsible for the cost to decontaminate all the drying equipment that was put in place by another restoration company, and the cost of an entire asbestos abatement throughout the affected area.  

If your home was built prior to 1990, and you have an original floor covering like vinyl, linoleum, floor tile, etc., it is highly recommended you have the flooring tested for asbestos before disturbing or removing the material. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is is fully asbestos certified, and the only one in Wi! Don't be afraid to call at 920-674-3002.

Avoiding Frozen Pipes When You're away From Home

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

A burst copper pipe is spewing water Burst pipe this winter? SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is always here to help.

Anyone that has lived in Wisconsin knows how brutal our winter months can be.  We all look forward to vacations to escape the cold weather and dreary days.  However, before you leave for that vacation you have been patiently waiting for, be sure to protect what is probably your biggest asset, your home.  Many times each year SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is called to properties during the winter months that were not properly prepared for the cold weather before the occupants left.  Please read the other blog about Tips to Prevent Pipes from Freezing, but the following are tips to follow before going on that vacation.

WAYS TO AVOID FROZEN PIPES WHILE ON VACATION

  • Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Be sure to replace the battery in your thermostat
  • Ask a friend or neighbor to check your house daily to make sure it is warm enough to prevent freezing
  • Shut off the main water supply and drain the water system.  (Be aware that if you have a fire protection sprinkler system in your house, it may be deactivated when you shut off the water)

Feel free to call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc with any questions, or when issues arise. 920-674-3002

Disinfecting Equipment is Just One of the Ways We Help Protect Our Community

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO green equipment is placed in a basement to dry the flooring SERVPRO is always taking all the steps we can to help protect out communities.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc utilizes the latest, state-of-the-art equipment on our fire damage, water damage, mold remediation and asbestos abatement jobs.  In order to protect our equipment and prevent cross-contamination and to protect our customers, we make sure that our equipment is properly cleaned and thoroughly decontaminated before being used on another job site.

After each job, our technicians disinfect all equipment with antimicrobial cleaning supplies. This not only eliminates biohazard spores, but any bacteria as well. The equipment is also cleaned with an air hose, forcing any bacteria or mold spores out of the internal workings.

This is just one of the ways SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc works to keep our communities, employees, and customers safe.

For your cleaning, disinfecting, water, and fire needs call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc. We are here to help under any circumstances. 920-674-3002.

Should You Throw Out Your Belongings After Fire or Water Damage? SERVPRO Can Help You Make The Right Call

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

A dumpster is in a driveway and is very full SERVPRO always respects a customers wishes. We also try to help our customers make safe informed decisions whenever possible.

An overflowed washing machine caused this room in a Delafield, WI home to flood.  This picture shows an air mover placed under the carpet with the intent to "float" the carpet by blowing air under it to promote drying.  The purpose of this activity is to reduce the cost of having to tear out the carpet and eliminate the need to purchase new carpet.  At the time of this photo it was unknown if the property owner would be filing an insurance claim. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc’s certified water restoration technicians will make recommendations to property owners in order to help them make informed decisions.  However, SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc’s technicians are not licensed agents and we cannot interpret insurance policies nor can we determine what is and is not covered.  Unless something is obviously non-salvageable, we will advise property owners to "play it safe" with their decision making.  In this example, it was recommended to try and salvage the carpet until a decision is made to file an insurance claim.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc will work WITH the customer so that as a team we all can make it "Like it never even happened."

If you have water or fire damage and you are not sure what to do, call SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002 and we will help you make an informed decision. 

Frying a Turkey and Staying Safe this Thanksgiving

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

A turkey looks very delicious sitting on a platter with garnish SERVPRO is here to help you keep your home, and Thanksgiving turkey, in good condition.

The Holiday Season, in particular turkey frying season, is a time to think about fire safety.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc wants to remind everyone on the dangers of frying a turkey. Deep frying a turkey is very delicious, but it can be very dangerous for many reasons, including the high risk of fire. The oil used to fry the turkey is highly flammable and can lead to large fires, even with small amounts of oil. There is also a risk of tipping the fryer over, possibly causing fires and injuries.

Please follow proper safety procedures if you are planning on frying a turkey this Thanksgiving. 

TURKEY FRYING SAFETY TIPS 

  1. Do not fry your turkey in an enclosed area. 
  2. Keep a fire extinguisher near the fryer. Be sure it is an all-purpose extinguisher that can handle fires from the heat source and from the grease.
  3. Never leave the fryer unattended.  
  4. Don’t let children or pets near the fryer, even after you are done cooking as the oil could still be hot hours later. 
  5. Use proper safety equipment when frying, like potholders/oven mitts, wear long sleeves, and safety goggles to protect yourself from oil splatter. 

If a fire does start, call 911 right away. 

For all your fire damage questions call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002

Why You Should Go With SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians are cleaning in a home with SERVPRO equipment SERVPRO has the professionals you trust with the service you expect.

From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex, fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc professionals know that there is no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenants and the revenue of the property owner or the business.  SERVPRO professionals can provide you assistance with all your emergency needs.

  1. 24 Hour Emergency Response: SERVPRO will work to meet and hopefully exceed your expectations.
  2. Communication: SERVPRO will keep you informed on the status of your project.
  3. Reduce Recovery Time: SERVPRO will help minimize business interruption.
  4. Lower Recovery Cost: SERVPRO will help you save money.
  5. Emergency Ready Profile: SERVPRO will help you plan for recovery before disaster strikes.  
  6. Full Line of Service: SERVPRO will help to solve your cleanup needs.
  7. A Leader in Storm Response: SERVPRO will help when you need it the most.
  8. Over 50 years of business in the cleanup and restoration industry.
  9. More than 1,700 locations that we can call in to help on those large projects.
  10. Experience and training in mitigation damages ranging from single family home to skyscrapers.

For all your fire damage, water damage, mold mitigation, asbestos abatement, deodorization and other general cleaning services, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002.

SERVPRO Is Raising Money For Hospitalized Children Over the Holiday Season, Come Join Us!

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

A flyer with a green banner on top gives information for the Nov. bag toss SERVPRO is always looking for ways we can improve and support our communities. This is just one way we are doing just that!

I think we all can agree that 2020 has been a horrible year for most people locally, regionally, nationally and across the globe.  Unemployment is at record highs, businesses are closing all around us and hospitalizations related to depression and other behavioral health issues related to COVID-19 are skyrocketing.

What makes things worse, many children are struggling dealing with these challenges related to the pandemic.  Kids are having difficulties coping with problems caused by the pandemic and hospitalizations are projected to be very high over the Christmas season.

Many families have lost their job and are struggling to make ends meet.  Some children from these families have been or will be admitted to the hospital where the families can not afford a hospital stay, let alone a Christmas gift for their child.  We are SERVPRO felt compelled to help.  So, we are hosting another bean bags tournament fund raiser where all proceeds will be donated to the Rogers Behavioral Health Foundation to purchase Christmas gifts for children who will be hospitalized over Christmas and the family can not afford to purchase a gift for their child. 

Help us to bring some joy to these children.  And YOU can help us make a difference by either playing in the tournament or by making a monetary donation to this cause.

If you are interested in playing or making a donation, please give us a call and we will gladly accept your money.  We want to put as many smiles on the children's faces as possible.  It has been a terrible year, but please help us end it on a good note and pray that 2021 will be MUCH better!

Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to be a part of this fund raiser.  920-674-3002.

Todd & Tina Szada

SERVPRO Is On the Front Lines Of COVID-19 Decontamination

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO employee is in PPE cleaning a desk area for COVID contamination SERVPRO is always trying our best to keep you, and ourselves, safe.

The year of 2020 has been very challenging for most people.  Business owners and employees have been impacted in numerous ways as well.  With the COVID-19 pandemic, SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is being called upon to clean and disinfect after an exposure.  Even though businesses are taking extra and special pre-cautions, this virus is still finding ways of getting into both commercial and residential settings.

This photo shows a SERVPRO employee wearing personal protective equipment while wiping down with a hospital-grade disinfectant an office that recently had 2 confirmed employee cases of COVID-19.  Not only are the horizontal and vertical surfaces cleaned and disinfected, a disinfectant is sprayed into the air to knock down any virus that might be in the air.

If you are concerned about a possible exposure to COVID-19 and would like your place of employment or home disinfected, call on the professionals who have been cleaning and disinfecting since the 1960s.  Call on SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002 and speak with a member of the management team who can assist you in making your structure Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Managing Finances during Covid-19

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Multiple bubbles with cut outs of people are connected to one central one by lines SERVPRO always tries to support and educate our community and will always continue our dedication to education and safety.

Here at SERVPRO, we deal with all kinds of disasters. From a flooded basement, to a warehouse fire, and everything in between SERVPRO Of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is Here to Help. So, why should an economic disaster be any different?

SERVPRO helps with both national and natural disasters, such as hurricanes and tornadoes, so here at SERVPRO Of Jefferson County of Oconomowoc we figure it's only appropriate to inform our community about a national economic disaster.

The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country. We found a government website that aims to provide information regarding the fiscal side of dealing with Covid-19. The article provides a generous number of links to separate articles for different situations you may potentially be facing. 

Please feel free to contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc with any of your fire/water, general cleaning, or Covid cleaning needs at 920-674-3002. We hope everyone in our community is staying safe and educated during these times, especially in our community.

Spooky Season is Upon Us, SERVPRO Might Be Able To Help With The Eerie Feeling In Your Home

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

An eerie mansion is surrounded by a gloomy sky and slight fog Is your house feeling a bit creepy? SERVPRO might be able to help you with that.

With October already here, Halloween just around the corner, and spooky season coming to its peak, we thought it would be appropriate to share some reasons your house might feel a little creepy. 

The following comes from "October 2020 Talking Real Estate ENewsletter.” Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

Have you ever toured a home and just wanted to run right back outside? Maybe something hit you negatively, but it could be easily fixed. If the location and price are good, updates could be the answer. Ask yourself: what would you do to make a creepy home warm and inviting?

Improve lighting –Dark rooms can be spooky. Low light, especially from too few windows, can also be depressing. Can windows be enlarged? Can the electrical be updated to allow for the installation of sconces and ceiling lights? 

Re-design living areas – Low ceilings, awkward layouts, or rooms too small for their purpose can make a home feel claustrophobic. Can the ceilings be raised into the attic? Can a wall or two be removed? Can space be “borrowed” from another room for better flow?  

Simple maintenance – Keeping a home in good condition shows that it’s loved, while neglect makes homebuyers feel uncomfortable. Can obvious flaws be fixed and at what cost? 

Freshen - If the problem is odor, it could be pets, smoking, old furnishings, or musty spaces. Dampness can suggest a leak in bathrooms or kitchens.  Can the smell be identified and eliminated through cleaning or remodeling?

Modern updates – Homes stuck in the past need updating which can eliminate a lot of problems? Is there enough room in the budget to remodel to get the home to meet your criteria?

You could turn the spookiest house in the neighborhood into the home of your dreams.

If your home is feeling a little creepy because of odor, water damage, pet and child created flaws, or simply the need for a good cleaning, give us a call. SERVPRO Of Jefferson County/Oconomowocs office number is 920-674-3002 for all of your spooky maintance needs. 

Source:

  1. Hubrich , Dian. “October 2020 Talking Real Estate ENewsletter.” Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Oct. 2020, bhhsmarketingresource.com/p/9f60b389d6754032b1de30fca1af1b40/8916920/?rxid=13414208441827544136820.

SERVPRO Is Coming In

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Lots of equipment sit in a school room for drying SERVPRO is coming in! And you are going to want to let us help.

SERVPRO is the largest restoration company in the United States and that means we are in a lot of buildings, both residential and commercial.  

We admit that sometimes we get in the way. We ask invasive questions about your personal spaces. We bring in loud equipment. It seems like we are always invading our customer's spaces.  

While we are sorry for this inconvenience, at the same time we aren't because we know that this is the best way to mitigate your problem.  Without us walking through all the affected areas, asking questions, looking in closets, checking inside shower stalls, etc., we can't do our job thoroughly and efficiently.  Our job is to take care of the issues that come with mitigation work. Water, fire or mold mitigation, even asbestos abatement, requires thorough inspections. It requires our employees to ask tough questions to get to the best solution for YOU, our customer.  

Our loud equipment is often left for several days and we will ask you to allow us access every 24-36 hours to ensure that the equipment is doing what is supposed to. Our visiting every day can get annoying, but it is necessary.  

SERVPRO is the number one restoration company and we got there by being annoying. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are HERE TO HELP.   

We GREATLY appreciate our customers putting up with our invasions. And we want you to know we do it because we love helping others.   

Please call our office at 920-674-3002 to schedule SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to come and invade your home or business. You'll be glad you did. 

Toxins In The Air After A Fire: Hidden Hazards

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

The following comes directly from RandR

This also Includes RandRs references. 

After a structure fire, restoration contractors are often on scene within hours to perform emergency services.  This usually begins with boarding up windows and doors and covering holes in the roof cut by the fire department. This is intended to protect properties from further damage as well as prevent unauthorized entry, theft, or spoiling of evidence. However, what many restoration contractors may not realize is that boarding-up a fire damaged structure can create an extremely hazardous environment.

Although the flames have been extinguished, the smoke has cleared, and the fire department removed the yellow tape, the fire scene isn’t as safe as one might think. Toxic volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) created by the vast array of materials and products that, after being burned, are now in a state of off-gassing, saturating the indoor air with poisonous gases and particulates. The combination of the lack of ventilation after a board-up and the toxicity of the combustion byproducts created classifies this environment as immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH). The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) states that a respiratory hazard exists when a toxic contaminant is present in the air at a sufficient concentration to cause harm when inhaled. The damage may occur immediately, or it may take days, weeks, months, or years for effects to surface.

The types and quantities of materials and products that combust, their chemical reactions, heat, time, and other factors, make each post-fire environment unique.  The vast array of toxic chemicals, VOC’s, and particulates are limitless and exposure to them can have immediate and/or long-term health effects.  Fire investigators know all too well the dangers of post-fire environments and many are sickened and die from exposure to fire toxins.

One example of this occurred when a fire chief in California walked through a residential fire to assess the damage. A short time later, as he was returning to the fire station, he became ill and his aide transported him to a local hospital. The hazardous material response team was called to the scene and located several glass containers of a substance later identified as liquid sodium cyanide. The chief was subsequently transported to a medical facility equipped with a hyperbaric chamber for treatment and fully recovered. Physicians and investigators eventually determined that he had inhaled near-lethal doses of sodium cyanide from a jewelry refinishing business that was operated from the home. (1)

Restoration contractors face similar dangers in structure fire settings, where they may spend days performing emergency services, mucking out debris, estimating, and inventorying personal property.

Smoke, Toxic Gasses, & Chemicals

Considering that cigarette smoke alone contains over 7,000 chemicals, with 70 identified as cancer-causing, the products and materials that burn in a structure fire produce innumerable toxins. These products may include plastics, fiberglass, fabrics, fire retardants, electronics, pesticides, cleaning solutions, automotive fluids, solvents, chemicals used to manufacture illicit drugs and a host of others.

Currently, the EPA has over 85,000 chemicals registered in its inventory of substances that fall under the Toxic Substances Control Act and approximately 2,000 new chemicals are introduced each year.(2) The Chemical Abstracts Service is the world’s authority on chemical information and it has over 100 million registered chemical substances in its registry.(3)  These chemicals are combined in more than 7 million mixtures formulations that are found in homes and buildings across the U.S.(4) The majority of the chemicals currently in commercial use haven’t been evaluated.(5)

Some of the most toxic chemicals and gases found in smoke include: hydrogen cyanide, phosgene, dioxins, furans, sulfur dioxide, PCB’s, hydrochloric and sulfuric acid, and arsenic. Other toxins may include benzene, lead, chromium, and other metals, toluene, acrolein, mercury, formaldehyde, phenol, styrene, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

To give you an idea of how toxic some of these chemicals are, phosgene and hydrogen cyanide were used in World War I as chemical warfare agents, resulting in thousands of casualties. Both hydrogen cyanide and phosgene are commonly found in structure fire smoke. 

Dioxins – The Worst of the Worst

Restorers are well aware of hazardous materials such as asbestos, lead, and mold, but few realize how toxic  smoke particulates and soot can be. The dioxin named 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) has been called the most toxic man-made compound on Earth.(6) Scientists say it is exceeded in toxicity only by radioactive waste.(7) Certain dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) with similar toxic properties are also included under the term dioxins.(8) A characterization by the National Institute of Standards and Technology of cancer causing potential evaluated dioxin as over 10,000 times more potent than the next highest chemical (diethanol amine), half a million times more than arsenic and a million or more times greater than all others. (9) TCDD has also been extensively studied for health effects linked to its presence as an ingredient in Agent Orange, which was used as a defoliant during the Vietnam War.(10)  Dioxins are formed when products containing carbon and chlorine are burned, such as plastics containing PVC. (11)

Even in picograms (parts per trillion), dioxins are associated with severe health damage that can shorten the lives of people exposed to it, and potentially that of their offspring and future generations. The genetic effects may skip a generation and reappear in subsequent generations. (12) Ingesting dioxin can also result in congenital malformations and a slow wasting syndrome followed by death similar to the AIDS. It is strongly suspected of contributing to pathology of the urinary and hematological systems, growths in the colon, gall bladder complications, multiple myeloma, and lung, larynx and prostate cancer. According to researcher Joe Thornton, “Dioxin’s health effects include endocrine disruption, reproductive impairment, infertility, birth defects, impaired neurological development, damage to the kidneys, and metabolic dysfunction...There is no evidence that there is a safe level of dioxin exposure below which none of these effects will occur.” Dioxin is tied to such a large number of diseases because it intensifies cancers which other toxins begin.

Particulate Exposure

Particle exposure leads to around 20,000 premature deaths in America each year. Inhaled particles that are less than 5 microns travel to the lower lung where the gas exchange occurs in the alveoli. The particle size of soot is approximately 2.5 microns or less and to offer some perspective on the size of these particles, a red blood cell is approximately 7 microns in size. 

Smoke particles--approx 2.5 microns (left); Red blood cells--approx 7 microns (right)

The smallest ultrafine particles are so minute they behave like gases, passing through the lungs and directly into the bloodstream. Ultrafine particles also travel up through the nose and, rather than passing down into the lungs, they are delivered directly into the brain and central nervous system via the olfactory nerve, bypassing the body’s protective blood/brain barrier. Once in the bloodstream, these particles carry toxins around the body where they promote inflammation, disease, and even death.

Safety Considerations

The importance of wearing proper protective equipment when working in or around fire debris or a fire damaged structure cannot be understated. Restorers should consider the following safety tips:

  1. Establish a safety and site assessment protocol to determine what type of PPE should be worn. The highest level of respiratory protection should be considered.
  2. Have all workers fit tested to ensure their respirators function properly.
  3. Conduct air, VOC, and surface sampling to determine what types and quantities of hazardous chemicals may be present. (See OSHA Regulation 1910.134(d)(1)(iii)
  4. Obtain a soot and particulate remediation protocol that details the proper steps of cleaning and/or decontamination.
  5. Ventilate enclosed areas unless doing so will expose others to health hazards.
  6. If workers experience any adverse health symptoms from exposure to smoke odors or soot, seek medical attention immediately. 

References

  1. FIRE SCENE INVESTIGATION: A “CAUSE” FOR CONCERN? http://www.fireengineering.com/articles/print/volume-157/issue-6/features/fire-scene-investigation-a-cause-for-concern.html
  2. It could take centuries for EPA to test all the unregulated chemicals under a new landmark bill By Mark Scialla: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/it-could-take-centuries-for-epa-to-test-all-the-unregulated-chemicals-under-a-new-landmark-bill
  3. http://support.cas.org/news/media-releases/100-millionth-substance
  4. Characterization of fire Investigators Exposure During Fire Scene Examination By: Dennis L. Rogers – DuPage County Arson Task Force (page 19)
  5. https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Education_Employment_and_Workplace_Relations/Completed_inquiries/2010-13/firefighters/report/c02 
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10794914
  7. Medical Effects: Dioxin and PCB’s From Wood Burning http://burningissues.org/carwww/medical_effects/dioxin.htm
  8. World Health Organization http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs225/en/
  9. A Guide to Living Plasticless http://plasticisrubbish.com/2008/06/03/dioxins-poisons-contamination/
  10. Dioxins and their Effects on Human Health http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs225/en/
  11. Dioxins Produced by Backyard Burning https://www.epa.gov/dioxin/dioxins-produced-backyardburning
  12. and http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs225/en/
  13. The Aspen institute https://www.aspeninstitute.org/programs/agent-orange-in-vietnamprogram/health-effects/

Please feel free to call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc with any fire or water needs. 920-674-3002. 

Proper Containment: Why It's So Important

9/28/2020 (Permalink)

Plastic sheeting creates a small room of containment in a home SERVPRO is always prepared for asbestos and mold containment for any job.

The following come from RandR. Their website is linked at the end of this blog. 

Containment in remediation protocols is an industry staple. But all too often mold specialists are missing the point and failing to be effective in their containment efforts.

Many of the traditional protocols and methods currently associated with, what may be termed as “traditional mold remediation methods”, were borne from the asbestos abatement industry. Once a problem area is identified, one of the first steps is to set up containment around the affected area.

This is entirely appropriate and necessary for asbestos work as the harmful by products of the abatement do not become airborne until after the containment is set up and the remediation has begun.

Mold is a different beast. It is a living organism. As such, it is actively seeking to expand its environment beyond its present location. As remediators, we may conscientiously set up containment around a visible mold bloom the moment we step onto the jobsite. But long before our arrival our musty friend has been hard at work (often times with the help of we humans) sending its spores throughout  the building environment, potentially starting new colonies in unseen locations and most assuredly compromising the quality of the building’s breathable air supply. Therefore our true containment in an effective mold remediation is the entire building envelope, not just the immediate area or room where we have visible growth.

Keep in mind that many contractors would have been content in merely treating the area within containment, and no doubt would have passed any Industrial Hygienist written protocol or post remediation testing. But the real culprit, the air borne spores that had already spread throughout the building envelope, would have been left behind to create further havoc.

Please give us a call for any mold or asbestos needs at 920-674-3002. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc has certifications in both areas so don't hesitate to get in contact.  

Source:

https://www.randrmagonline.com/

Recognizing Hidden Hazards of Fire Soot on Electronics

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

The following blog comes directly from https://www.randrmagonline.com/articles/88660-recognizing-hidden-hazards-of-fire-soot-on-electronics?oly_enc_id=5235J0800912E7Y

Have you ever tried fixing your own electronics and appliances and ended up with extra parts? In the beginning of my career, I probably broke more electronic equipment than I ever repaired, but over the years I developed the skills needed to properly disassemble electronics and appliances as well as restore them to preloss condition. Also, along the way I learned a thing or two about the hidden hazards of fire soot.

According to the insurance industry, about one in 325 insured homes has a property damage claim related to fire and lightning, and on average, Americans own approximately 25 electronic products per home. Although most of the time electronics can be restored by a professional after a fire and returned to the home afterwards, there are a lot of hidden hazards of smoke and soot damage that are commonly misunderstood and pose certain health risks when not handled properly.

A typical structure (residential home or business) contains various materials such as plastics, elastomers, foams, polymers, adhesives, fabrics, wood products and asbestos containing materials. The incomplete combustion of these materials as a result of fire can produce an array of toxic organic compounds such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), semi-volatile organic compounds (SOVCs), and polycyclic aromatic compounds (PAHs).

Exposure to these compounds during a fire may exhibit both acute and chronic toxicity. Some of the other chemicals and gases found in smoke are carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, water vapor, hydrogen cyanide, carbon particles, aldehydes, nitrogen oxide, benzene, toluene, styrene, metals, and dioxins. The size, quantity, character, and type of particles, gases, and chemicals in smoke varies depending on what is burning and whether it was complete or incomplete combustion.

When different types of items burn, various types of soot residue and smoke are produced including wet smoke, dry smoke, plastic or rubber smoke, protein smoke, furnace soot, and candle smoke. When restoring or cleaning electronics, it is important to be able to recognize the difference in various types of soot and smoke as they pose different risks and implications.

Wet smoke is thick, smeary, sticky, has a pungent odor, and is prone to discoloration. It is very difficult to clean and requires specialized products and techniques. Wet smoke must be addressed quickly.

Dry smoke typically involves smaller, non-smeary particles, and is usually a result of hot, fast burning fires. The odor is usually not as strong as wet smoke.

Burning Plastic, foam, rubber, and polymers produce plastic or rubber smoke and burn with high energy at low temperatures. The particles produced have a high degree of ionization, therefore are attracted to other materials and form smoke webs. The smoke produced can potentially be acidic, if it is not addressed soon enough or treated properly with specialized products, bare metal surfaces can corrode and pit.

Protein smoke residue is a result of slow burning food such as meat and poultry. The particles are usually invisible and have a particularly strong pungent odor. A slow burn allows the protein to disperse and attach to everything, tends to stain painted and varnished surfaces, and is typically very difficult to clean.

Furnace soot or puff-backs result from the misfiring in a furnace or when an older furnace is replaced with a newer, high efficiency furnace. The ventilation system will aid in the distribution of the soot and can send it throughout the entire home, covering drapes, bedding, furniture, cabinets, walls, and everything in between. It is possible that before the malfunction occurred, the furnace may have been emitting small quantities of soot over an extended length of time. When this occurs, the soot bonds to the surfaces making it more difficult to clean.

Candle soot residue AKA “dirty house syndrome” is visible residue without a recognizable fire source. Studies show that it is very possible to be a result of burning cheap scented decorative candles. Candle soot production normally begins when the particulate matter produced reaches .06 to 0.1 microns in size. Because the particles are so fine, they lodge in irregular surfaces and are held by electrostatic bonds requiring complete disassembly of the item.

Smoke aids in the distribution of soot and travels to cooler areas and continues until the fire is extinguished, thereby causing soot to be distributed everywhere in its path.

When it comes to restoration, electronics are very sensitive and when compromised by smoke and soot, become a safety hazard. Damage from smoke and soot primarily stems from increased resistance in circuits and connections by corrosive metal loss, short circuiting caused by current leakage, and overheating. Cleaning smoke and soot damage on electronics and appliances requires learned skill sets, professional cleaning products, and techniques. It is important to take the complexity of effective electronics restoration into consideration before letting your team disassemble a computer or flat screen TV and hope for the best. 

In the unfortuante event of a fire, do be sure to give SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc a call at 920-674-3002.

Source

  1. Copeland, James. “Recognizing Hidden Hazards of Fire Soot on Electronics.” Restoration Remediation Magazine RSS, Restoration & Remediation Magazine, 24 Oct. 2019, www.randrmagonline.com/articles/88660-recognizing-hidden-hazards-of-fire-soot-on-electronics?oly_enc_id=5235J0800912E7Y.

     

Is It Time For a Duct Cleaning?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

A green machine sits on a basement floor and is connected to a furnace SERVPRO has equipment for almost any task!

So, you're trying to decide whether a duct cleaning is for you. In this blog we will be giving you some facts to try and help you decide whether or not it's time.

Before we start with the facts, you should know it's recommended ducts be cleaned about every five years. There is no magic number that determines whether or not your ducts in particular need to be cleaned, so these facts may help you determine if you think it's time based off of what is happening in your home. 

Fact #1: Having a duct cleaning done can save you energy.

  • Obstructions can create reduced airflow; obstructions include dirt, dust, cobwebs, pest droppings and biological growth
  • Cleaning duct work creates an easier job for your HVAC system. A system that doesn't have to work as hard, lasts longer
  • Removing obstructions and debris reduces risk of damage to essential parts of an HVAC system

Fact #2: Duct cleanings create a better indoor air quality 

  • Air duct cleanings remove contaminants from your duct work. These contaminants include pollen, dirt, dust and cobwebs. For some people, contaminated air ducts can create allergic reactions, or even asthma attacks
  • Duct cleanings can result in a lower amount of duct accumulating on horizontal surfaces, creating less irritants sitting in the open home

Fact 3: Comfort

  • A duct cleaning can identify leaks in your duct work that could be causing drafts or excessive noise

If you are having low air flow, unusual allergies or respiratory issues, or leaks and noise a duct cleaning may help. Reach out to medical professionals about serious health effects and if you believe they are related to something in your home, please contact an indoor air quality specialist to identify those problems. If issues are identified, SERVPRO is always here to help you resolve them.

As always please feel free to contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc with any further questions, comments, or to seek services at 920-674-3002.

Hydrostatic Pressure Causes Flood Water to Leek Into Jefferson County Home

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Multiple large axial fans sit on a hard wood floor SERVPRO is always prepared to assist you with storm damage needs.

A strong rainstorm in July 2020 hit Jefferson County and this basement in Jefferson WI  got severely flooded due to the hydrostatic pressure in the ground and the water having no where to go except into the basement.

Because this was rain water, SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was able to save this new carpet.  The carpet pad had to be removed in order to dry out the structure and the carpet more efficiently.  After lifting the carpet and removal of the carpet pad, the technicians at SERVPRO extracted the remaining water from the concrete and laid the carpet back down.  Then, specialty drying equipment designed to direct air flow down, was set up to dry that carpet and, believe it or not, the concrete underneath it.  Also, as the air flow hits the carpet, it will bounce off the floor and blow onto the drywall.  As a result, We can dry the carpet, concrete and drywall with one fan.

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

SERVPRO Has Many Options Regarding Cleaning Services. Do You Know The Difference?

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Three SERVPRO technicians are working with machinery used to clean carpets SERVPRO has many options in regards to your cleaning needs. Need a carpet cleaning? Give us a call at 920-674-3002.

Because SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is known as a professional cleaning and restoration company, we often get calls to do household cleaning. Sometimes, our customer is moving into a new home and wants to make sure it is clean before their belongings get moved in. Other times, an executor of an estate is handling a loved one's home that needs to be ready to put up for sale.

These examples require different cleaning needs. If you call our office at 920-674-3002 we will ask you questions to determine what type of cleaning is best for your situation.  

In the case of someone moving into a new home, typically the home is vacant. This makes our cleaning process more efficient as we don't have to move any items to clean behind, or move dishes out of the way to clean cabinets. Our services will include wiping down horizontal surfaces in the home, cleaning the outside of cabinets and appliances, cleaning and dusting light fixtures and vacuuming visible cobwebs. We can also provide carpet cleaning services or duct cleaning services for added peace of mind that you are moving into a clean home.  If there are any odors present, we can also offer deodorization services to go along with the cleaning.  The previously mentioned is what we would consider a "general cleaning."  

Should you need a "deep cleaning" performed on your property, our job becomes a little more time consuming. We will ask you many questions so that we have clear expectations on what is to be done while we are at the property.  In the case of a loved one passing away, there are often belongings that will need to be sorted through. After the family decides what to do with the items that are left, SERVPRO can help remove the ones that are not to be kept. We have working relationships with many companies that will accept donated, gently used belongings so they do not go to waste. The deep cleaning is more detailed since the belongings are also to be cleaned or removed. We can also coordinate dumpsters for removing debris if needed.  Just like the above, we can also offer the other cleaning services such as carpet cleaning or deodorization. 

In either case, we will request an in-person inspection of the property. This is to make sure all of your needs are clearly communicated and can be included in our initial estimate.  

Please give us a call today at 920-674-3002 for your cleaning needs.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, "Like it never even happened."

Keeping Children Safe

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Several National guardsmen stand in red hats and in uniform  SERVPRO is always aiming to help get you important information from officials, such as the National Guard.

The following is a release directly from the WI National Guard. 

Disasters don’t wait — make sure children are prepared

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by ReadyWisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — Disasters can be difficult for kids to deal with, which is why ReadyWisconsin is encouraging families to take the time to make sure their youngest members know how to respond when the unexpected happens. September is Preparedness Month in Wisconsin, which is a reminder to everyone that disaster don’t wait, so make your plan today.

“Children may not fully understand what’s going on during a disaster or what steps they should be taking to remain safe,” said Dr. Darrell L. Williams, Wisconsin Emergency Management administrator. “During Preparedness Month, we encourage families to spend time going over emergency plans with kids and making sure they understand what to do.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought much uncertainty for families across Wisconsin, while the start of the school year has resulted in changes to the regular routines of many. Regardless of where they are spending their days, parents should talk to their children about what to do if there is an emergency at home, school, or daycare. Make sure they know who to contact and identify a safe meeting place. Put together a supply kit with your kids and include them in the process of creating an emergency plan for your family.

“Preparedness is a life-long effort, and even adults should spend time this month learning more about what they can do to help keep them and their loved ones safe,” Williams said. “Taking just a few minutes out of your day to discuss the types of disasters that could effect your community and how to react could make all the difference when facing an emergency.”

While many students started the year virtually due to COVID-19, educators looking ahead to the spring should consider helping their students prepare for disasters by offering the Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP) program. Designed for fourth and fifth-grade classrooms, this curriculum developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is made available by the state at no cost to educators. The program teaches important preparedness lessons to children and encourages them to take that information home.

“Since it began in 2011, STEP has helped over 80,000 children in Wisconsin learn about the importance of being prepared for the unexpected,” said Dr. Williams. “We are proud and excited to once again make this free program available to classrooms across the state.”

Fourth and fifth-grade teachers and school administrators interested in offering the STEP program in their schools or to virtual classrooms during the spring of 2021.

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Here at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, we believe the health and safety of all community members should always be the #1 priority. When it comes to the safety of children, we take particular interest seeing as they are more susceptible to illness, injury, and trauma. Getting you information on how to stay safe is just as important as helping you get back to normal after an accident. In the unfortunate event of an accident, give us a call at 920-674-3002.

Portable Storage Benefits During Restoration and Remediation

9/21/2020 (Permalink)

Multiple large tan storage units SERVPRO only uses vendors we trust, so you're always in good hands.

Remodeling, restoration, and remediation projects don’t stop during the pandemic. Contractors and mold removal specialists are essential workers. Remediation and restoration projects cannot wait for the pandemic to end.

Safety and sanitation are always of the utmost importance, particularly when it comes to mold removal or any type of remodeling project. However, safety and sanitation may take different forms right now, and they are very much on the minds of clients and homeowners.

That’s why it’s important to ensure every aspect of your project is safe, and this starts when our crew clears out a room or building before the real work begins. From the pack-out to what would be the final handshake, SERVPRO and the storage unit vendor must try to provide a safe environment for the crew and clients. This includes placing the items that need to get out of the way in a clean storage unit.

Companies that provide portable storage units are putting a major emphasis on how they protect the health and safety of their customers in several areas. This, in turn, helps the SERVPRO crew and the clients stay safe on the job.

New Cleaning and Disinfection Methods

As scientists continue to learn more about the novel coronavirus, they are discovering its ability to live on surfaces for several hours, if not days. Cleaning and disinfecting the containers has become a top priority for portable storage vendors and they are using some interesting methods to keep their containers clean.

Portable storage vendors are using all different kinds of disinfectants on these boxes.  Most disinfectants are non-toxic and bleach-free and only needs four minutes of wet time. The quick-drying agent is critical for companies hoping to get the containers for use on renovation and remediation jobs without having to worry whether or not the cleaning agent will soak through boxes. 

Some other disinfectants have been selected because of its known safety, efficacy, and environmental impact by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). One of the major benefits of botanical ingredients is that it doesn’t require any rinsing or wiping after use.

Contactless Service

Right now, many people are concerned about the safety of having workers come into their  homes and offices. The idea of moving someone else’s belongings out of their home or office to make room for remodeling projects does not have to cause any extra stress. When we work with a portable storage vendor, social distancing comes easily. The vendors offer contactless service, so SERVPRO can focus on the work that we are doing and not have to worry about the storage unit.

Our customers do not need to be present when a driver delivers a storage container, and no contact is necessary. The storage box container can be left onsite for storage, be picked up and stored it in a warehouse, or they can even move it to another location if needed.  The entire process is scheduled at your convenience and can be done without contact.

The Pack-Out

We are SERVPRO must be mindful of how you pack. This may go without saying, but now is not the time to visit the emergency room. We use bubble wrap and packing paper freely to make sure everything that’s fragile stays protected. This will prevent any possible cuts and damage down the road.

Every new packing project requires new boxes, especially right now. The COVID-19 virus can live on cardboard for up to 24 hours, so it’s best that we provide new moving boxes for every pack-out.

By using boxes specifically designed for particular objects (like lamps and paintings), we will have an easier time packing the items in a storage container. This will maximize the space and make it easier to load and unload. We load heavy boxes and furniture on the bottom and try to create a path. This will make it easier to retrieve an item without needing to unload the entire contents of the container.

For your emergency service or restoration needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002

Sources:

Lorensen, Eric. “Benefits of Portable Storage During Remodeling and Remediation Projects.” Restoration Remediation Magazine RSS, Restoration & Remediation Magazine, 27 May 2020, www.randrmagonline.com/articles/88939-benefits-of-portable-storage-during-remodeling-and-remediation-projects?oly_enc_id=5235J0800912E7Y

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Cleans Air Ducts At The Jefferson County Fair Grounds

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Furnace and air duct system in a commercial building SERVPRO Of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Cleans Air Ducts at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc offers many services; sometimes services that people would not think of.  One of the services we offer is duct cleaning, both residential and commercial.  

We are very proud that we had the honor of cleaning and disinfecting the air duct system in the Activities Building at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds.  This task was particularly important because the facilities people needed to get this building prepped in case a field hospital needs to be created due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The trained technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc were able to complete that project, which was quite large, in 2 days.  The Facilities Manager was quite happy with the speed at which we completed the project and was shocked to see how dirty our HEPA filter was after we were done. 

For all your duct cleaning and deodorization needs, contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002. 

SERVPRO Owner Highlighted in Recent chamber News Letter

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Tins holds a sigh and smiles. The sign reads "I belong" SERVPRO owners are always looking to improve their relationships with their communities and fellow businesses.

In the latest release of Wake Up Wednesday, by the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, one of our owners was given a spotlight section. Under the I Belong portion of the news letter, Tina was given the opportunity to express her feelings towards being a member of the Chamber. Tina wrote:

"My business is new to the Jefferson area, so I feel it is important to belong to the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. The chamber offers so many opportunities to connect with local business and create partnerships. Being a part of the chamber I have formed so many business relationships. I am proud to belong to the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce because hey care about their community and strive to help local businesses."

As we try and build relationships with other businesses, we are also trying to build relationship with the community members. Don't hesitate to call us a 920-674-3002 with any questions, emergencies, or comments.

Use of Ozone After Nicotine

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Ozone machine sits on a ladder SERVPRO places ozone machines on ladders and uses other measures such as air movers to keep what comes out off of the floor as much as possible.

Ozone is one of the most effective ways at neutralizing smoke odor.  When we are asked to clean and deodorize after cigarette/cigar odor, or after a fire, we we will use an ozone generator.

Ozone is a colorless gas with a pungent odor and powerful oxidizing properties, formed from oxygen by electrical discharges or ultraviolet light. It differs from normal oxygen (O2) in having three atoms in its molecule (O3).

Ozone has existed on Earth for as long as oxygen has been here- about 500 million years. It has existed in our universe for billions of years. Wherever oxygen comes into contact with an electric arc, such as lightning and/or a particular wavelength of ultraviolet rays, like those from the sun around which the planet orbits, ozone will be created.

How is ozone generated?

During an electrical storm, bolts of lightning in the atmosphere rip oxygen molecules apart, leaving single oxygen atoms in their wake. These single atoms quickly bond with surrounding O2 molecules, creating O3, or ozone.

This is why the air smells so fresh right after a lightning storm. Lightning is nature’s air purifier.

The ozone layer in the lower stratosphere is also generated by molecular fission and fusion, but by the sun’s short wave ultraviolet rays rather than by electricity. Coincidentally, it’s this ozone layer- created by short UV waves, that protects life on our planet from the longer UV waves within the spectrum.

Ozone generators manufacture ozone by applying either of these same two principles:

1. Corona Discharge

Ozone generators that utilize the electric arc method of generating ozone are referred to as corona discharge ozone generators. High voltage (2,000 volts and up) is passed through a dielectric material (material that transmits electrical force without conduction), while being fed and cooled by ambient air supplied by a fan located at the rear of the unit. 

This sustained electric arc is what severs the O2 molecules, resulting in the manufacture of ozone.

2. Ultraviolet Light    

Waves of ultraviolet (UV) light are what ‘slice’ O2 molecules in half in UV ozone generators. UV bulbs are mounted inside the generator which emit certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light which, in turn, separate the atoms of passing O2 molecules. This is how our sun creates and maintains the protective ozone layer between the troposphere and stratosphere.

UV is much less effective at generating ozone than corona discharge. Generators of this type typically have a much lower ozone output as a result.

How does ozone destroy odors?

Ozone reacts with odor molecules by transferring the “extra” oxygen atom of the ozone molecule to the odor molecule, changing its composition so it no longer has the same chemical makeup. This chemical reaction is called oxidation.

In a nutshell, through the oxidation process, what was formerly an odor-causing molecule is now an entirely different compound, and therefore does not possess the odor of its preceding form. A simple example of this molecular restructuring is the addition of an oxygen atom to a molecule of H2O to form H2O2 (which is the conversion of water to hydrogen peroxide).

Is Ozone Dangerous?

The most important thing to remember when generating ozone in a space is to evacuate the premises during the treatment. This includes the removal of humans, pets, fish (as there is oxygen in the water) and in the case of high levels generated over a period of several hours, removal of houseplants is suggested. It’s a good idea to post “Do Not Enter- Ozone Area” (or similar message) signs on all entrances of a space as well.

After the treatment time is complete, either enough time should pass for the ozone to revert to oxygen (O2), or the space should be circulated/vented with fresh air before people and animals are reintroduced.

And here’s one of the most beautiful things about using ozone in the restoration industry - the only residue resulting from the generation of ozone is oxygen (O2).  When used properly and a few simple rules are followed, ozone can be a safe and effective tool.

In this photo, you will see an ozone generator on top of the ladder.  We purposely put the generator up high because ozone is heavier than oxygen and it falls to the ground.  Also, you will see 3 fans pushing air/ozone back up toward the ceiling.  Because ozone is heavier than oxygen, the fans are used to re-circulate the ozone to make the deodorization process more efficient.

For all your nicotine odor and other deodorization needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002

Balancing Your Life During a Pandemic

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

A pink heart with multiple thin black outlines SERVPRO cares about everyone in our community and their safety.

Right now, people are more valuable in their jobs than ever before. We wanted to share some tips on keeping your life balanced during these times, and we also want people to know that no one is alone. We are all in it together. Even if you have an emergency during a pandemic, SERVPRO is still here to help. Just like grocery stores are still providing people food, and doctors are still providing medical care.

First, take care of yourself. Try and eat 3 meals a day, with some snacks. Drink lots of water and get out for a bit, even if its for a walk around your neighborhood. If you are a smoker, you are more at risk for contracting Covid-19.

Second, make sure your family (or the people you live with) knows how to be safe with you. Always make sure small children are being careful and learning to wash hands. Limit the number of people in your home unnecessarily, including family. If you do not have to leave, do not.

Third, do things you enjoy. Safe hobbies include painting, playing instruments, gardening, cooking, taking baths, and talking on the phone with friends/family. Obviously, there is more than just this short list of things to do. The general rule to follow is if its in your house, it is probably safe. Take care of your mind and your body because they are both important.

We understand this has been a long process, everyone is tired of not being able to hug family or give your friend a handshake in the grocery store. Or even the fun things, like seeing movies and going out for dinner.

Finally, if you go out, wear a mask, wash your hands often, practice social distancing, and avoid touching your face. Make sure to monitor children closely if you bring them and enforce the previously mentioned precautions for children who can walk freely.

If you have water issues, mold, a fire, or if you just want a deep clean do not hesitate to call SERVPRO at 920-674-3002. Never forget that we are in this together.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Adds Media Blasting Equipment

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of blast device mentioned in blog SERVPRO has acquired new equipment!

Now SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc can provide even faster service.  With the purchase of the IBIX Pro 40 Wet/Dry Abrasive Blast System, we can now provide faster service without having to rely on a sub-contractor to help.

Th wet/dry abrasive blast system uses compressed air mixed with an abrasive material to provide a pressurized stream of media capable of cleaning a variety of surfaces.The blast gun and hose have integrated wet/dry connections allowing for Low Dust Emission blasting when needed.

Abrasive blasting is an effective cleaning method for fire & smoke restoration, mold mitigation & remediation, graffiti removal, surface prep & cleaning, and odor elimination.  It also can be used to help remove oil stains on concrete and asphalt.  This equipment will allow SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to better meets the needs of the customers and communities that we serve.

If you have a project that would require media blasting, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to help clean up after that spill or mess.  Different types of media are used for different purposes and on different types of materials.  We look forward to being your vendor of choice.

Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002 for all your emergency and non-emergency needs. 

Space Heater Causes Fire in Rental Property

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Damage is shown from the space heater. There is a lot of soot SERVPRO can help with even the most extreme amounts of damage.

A space heater used by a tenant renting a room in a basement caused this damage to a local home.  This before photo, taken from the main level of the home, shows the mess and damage and how the fire burned away the flooring and you can see all the debris that fell into the basement.  

Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called in to clean up the debris and to deodorize and get this home prepped for rebuild.  The challenge with this loss was the owner of the property had recently passed away so before the assets could be transition to the benefactor, the Trust of the estate had to make the temporary decisions.  Not only has SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc worked with insurance agents, insurance adjusters and property owners, but we also have experience working with attorney's that are involved when a family Trust exists.  

At SERVPRO, if you have a unique situation and you are not sure where to turn for help, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc as we have the abilities to work with all different types of customers and people with a vested interest in a property. SERVPRO of 920-674-3002

Hot Fireworks Shell Placed In Plastic Dumpster Ignites and Causes Fire

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

A damaged garbage can sits in another garbage can Sometimes fun can also be very dangerous!

A hot fireworks shell from a local home's July 4th Celebration, that the homeowner thought was cooled off, was placed into a plastic dumpster inside the garage.  Unknowing to the home owner, the shell was still hot enough and ignited rags and debris inside the plastic dumpster.  This photo shows the remaining portion of the dumpster and the melting that occurred during the fire.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called by the homeowner to help them clean up the mess this small fire caused in their garage.  The owner was happy that we could get the mess cleaned up quickly since she was having a party the following weekend.  This was to celebrate their brand new home, which they just moved into the previous month.

For all your emergency fire and smoke damage, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County?Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002

We Always Try Our Best To Protect You and Your Family From Mold and Asbestos

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Plastic is set up to contain an asbestos abatment SERVPRO will always do our best to protect you, even in dangerous situations.

Water can and will cause severe damage if not treated timely and correctly.  Specifically, secondary damage, aka mold, is a problem that can cause severe health problems as well.  Also, there have been many instances when insurance carriers will not cover mold remediation as part of your claim, so be sure to review your policy and know what your coverage provides.

When the technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc are asked to remove mold or asbestos, we must taken into account the property and the people, pets and personal items and protect them as much as possible.  This picture shows a plastic containment that was built to prevent mold spores, which are extremely light and become air borne very easily, from migrating into other unaffected areas of the home.  The last thing that we want is for mold spores to travel to unaffected areas.

For all your mold remediation or asbestos abatement projects, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and we will help make it "Like it never even happened."  920-674-3002

Dehumidifier Uses Here at SERVPRO

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

An LGR and  a Desiccant Dehumidifier sit side by side to show size difference The LGR is on the left and the Desiccant is on the right in this photo. Did you expect this much of a difference?

What is a desiccant dehumidifier?

  • A Desiccant dehumidifier is similar to a standard grade dehumidifier in the sense that they both bring down moisture levels in a contained structure, but are very different in the process they use to do so. They can be the same size as a low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifier but as big as a semi-trailer. Because of their unique ability to dry already dry air, and be used in extremely difficult to dry materials even at below 60 degree temperatures (were a standard grade or even LGR would go into defrost mode), these desiccant dehumidifiers are a very useful tool in our SERVPRO inventory. With our Franchise being located in Wisconsin, about half our year is under 60 degrees.  As a result, we need to use these desiccant dehumidifiers quite often.

What is the difference in a Desiccant vs Standard dehumidifier ?

  • A standard grade dehumidifier (also known as a compressor based dehumidifier) uses a compressed refrigerant to cool metal coils (evaporator coils). The humid air that enters the dehumidifier condenses on these cool coils. This leaves the air that exhausts out of the dehumidifier warm and drier than when it entered. Desiccant dehumidifiers work quite differently. Instead of using condensation on cold evaporator coils to remove humidity from air, desiccant dehumidifiers use a chemical called a desiccant to do so. The chemical in our desiccants, once heated, release the moisture into a condensed form so they can be purged or ran through a LGR dehumidifier for better efficiency.

Why would SERVPRO use a desiccant in my home or business?  

  1. Ambient air temperature.  As written earlier, standard LGR dehumidifiers have a hard time running at their max efficiency below 60 degrees fahrenheit. Now in most cases we can bring in portable electric heating or turn up the heat in the house to get us in the range where an LGR could run at their full potential.  What about when we can’t? This is where we would run a desiccant dehumidifier to begin drying out the structure until we were able to bring the heat up to an appropriate level.
  2. Size of loss. In commercial situations or large residential homes and garages we are always trying to get our drying process done as thoroughly and quickly as possible. In these cases running multiple LGR dehumidifiers and air movers may not be enough or the most cost effective way to dry a structure out in a timely manner. This is when we start to think about desiccant dehumidification.
  3. Saturation of the structure. This bring us back to drying in a timely manner.  If structural building materials have reached their max saturation, and have remained at that level for some time, the materials become harder to dry and bring them down to drying goals. These instances are perfect opportunities to build temporary containment chambers and run our desiccants to drying things thoroughly and quick.

Never be afraid to give us a call at 920-674-3002 with any questions regarding equipment (or anything else). We are always here to help.  

SERVPRO Celebrates and Recognizes September As Chamber of Commerce Month

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

September is Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Month Logo September = Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce Month

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has proclaimed September as Chamber of Commerce month in our State! Now more than ever, we believe that businesses need their chamber members. At SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and a proud member of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, we and other members remain committed to making our region the best place to do business. Relationships with local public officials ensure that policies that affect businesses in Jefferson County will help, not hinder, them. Relationships with educational institutions ensure that students are being prepared for real-life, family-sustaining jobs right here in our community. Relationships with business leaders in industries such as restoration, manufacturing, construction and health care chambers of commerce to facilitate best-practice sharing and growth. Relationships with chamber members, who represent companies of all sizes and industries across southeast Wisconsin, ensure that we are truly the unified voice of business in our County. Chambers of Commerce are a key driver of business relationships in our communities.  We believe that relationships built on integrity and trust drive growth. These chambers will continue to connect local business people to support lasting, meaningful relationships. And to our local chamber partners from each of the municipalities in Jefferson County, thank you for all you do! Together we can make Jefferson County the best place to live, work and play. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is a restoration company that is proud to be a member of the Jefferson Chamber and other chambers within the communities that we serve. For all your fire and water damage needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002

SERVPRO Helps Family With Child Who Has Health Conditions

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

Piece of drywall with obvious contamination SERVPRO is always prepared to help any family, in any situation. Don't hesitate to call!

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was recently called to a property with concerns of mold.  Upon arrival and after the scope, it was determined that a fair amount of mold was discovered under 3 windows in 3 different bedrooms.  The major concern for this family was that their youngest daughter has a rare heart condition that does not interact well with mold.

After assessing all the rooms and developing an action plan, all the affected rooms were sealed up with plastic, the contaminated drywall and insulation was removed and air scrubbers used to clean and decontaminate the air.  In this photo, you will see the amount of growth that was discovered on the drywall in the bedroom.

The owner was very happy with our services, our knowledge and professionalism.  

For all your water damage and mold related issues, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc. 920-674-3002

Removing Stains from Hardwood Floors

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

White marks from water are very visible on a dark stained wood surface Not all water marks will look like this, but this is a common occurrence in many homes on many different wooden surfaces such as floors or tables.

If you have hardwood floors and kids, or even pets, it is almost guaranteed that you have had a mess at some point. Getting those stains off/out are normally easy cleans, but for the odd stain, or stubborn one, this blog should help you figure out the best steps to removing it.

First, you are going to need to know what kind of floor you have. There are three basic types of floor finishes: wax finish, penetrating stain, surface finishes. A stain/finish sits on top of the wood, whereas wax and penetrating finishes go deeper into the wood. The latter are usually found in older homes. After determining the type of floor, you need to determine the stain type. We will cover both kinds of water stains, non-greasy stains, and greasy stains in this blog.

Lest start with water stains. You will need to identify if the stain is a white ring type stain or a dark (possibly even black) stain. There are two different methods for the respective stain types.

White stains:

  • Wax/penetrating:
    1. Genteelly rub with #000 steel wool and a floor wax
    2. Go on with a #00 steel wool and a mineral spirit/wood floor cleaner
  • Surface finish:
    1. Use a cleaner for urethane finishes, this will most likely take anything right off
      1. Scrubbers can be bought specifically for urethane finishes as well, sometimes extra elbow grease can do the trick for stubborn stains
  • If the previous methods do not work (for any finish type) you can try
    1. Placing a damp towel on the floor and placing a hot iron (not on a steam setting) on top of it for a few seconds. Then wipe the area down with a clean dry towel
    2. Try rubbing the spot with a toothbrush and some rubbing alcohol for a few seconds in small areas at a time

The second type of stains, dark/black stains, can be trickier. Generally, these stains have penetrated the wood, but you really have two options (with no variation depending on the finish type):

  • Dip a toothbrush in bleach and rub the stain. Repeat once more after a few hours, then wait over night to see if the stain is gone
  • You can always strip, sand, and reseal the area if all else fails

For non-greasy food stains/nail polish and the like, you should be able to remove the stains with warm water, dish soap, and a rag.

For greasy stains, such as butter or oils, the method of removal will again be determined by the type of finish on the floor:

  • Wax/penetrating:
    1. Use a dish soap with a high lye content, warm water, and a rag
  • Surface Finishes:
    1. Use the steps above for removing white stains from surface finished wood

When removing stains from wood always go east on moisture and let the area thoroughly dry before doing anything more. Only ever use cleaners for your specific floor type when possible to avoid unnecessary damage. When in doubt, or if you have a very large stain, call a professional such as SERVPRO. We have seen a lot of different situations and are always here to help. Feel free to give us a call at 920-674-3002 with questions or comments.

Sources:

  • Kelly Roberson Updated April 10, and Kelly Roberson. “How to Remove Stains from Wood Floors So It Looks Like That Spill Never Happened.” Better Homes & Gardens, www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/surface/how-to-remove-stains-from-wood-floors/.

SERVPRO is Always Ready For Whatever the Weather Throws Our Way

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Two photos sit side by side. One is a path to a shed and the other is the demolished shed SERVPRO is always ready for even the most challenging jobs.

During a straight line wind storm in August, a homeowner's shed was knocked down when several trees blew over onto the shed. This location proved more difficult to handle due to the 100 foot steep slope the property is located on and the slippery and overgrown path.

Removing heavy debris by hand up a steep grade is demanding physical labor that some companies may not want to take on.  However, SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc welcomes challenging job sites like these. Our staff has the willingness and ability to meet challenges from a logistic standpoint that other companies may not be properly prepared for.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc takes into consideration all aspects of challenging job sites.  The safety of our crew is paramount, and we take every precaution and plan ahead in these unique situations to avoid any injuries to our crew or damage to our customer's property.

The next time you have a challenging job that requires a company who "thinks outside the box" to complete, please consider SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc. Give our office a call today to help with your unique situation. 920-674-3002

SERVPRO is Here to Help During These Challenging Times of Covid-19

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Black and orange bio hazard sign SERVPRO is always available for bio hazards, even outside of a pandemic.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc gets called to many different scenarios every week. We have helped clean up after broken pipes, kitchen fires, chemical spills and septic tank back-ups. One type of clean-up that we deal with but often goes unnoticed but takes special care and requires a special crew - the clean up & disinfecting and deodorization after a death or suicide.  

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc recognizes this is an unplanned and unfortunate circumstance that no one is prepared to handle, but we are here to help. Our company treats each case with confidentiality, dignity, respect and compassion.  Our trained team of professionals follows OSHA and EPA protocols to transform the environment back to a clean and safe area. We work directly with the family and clearly communicate the process to ensure their satisfaction. We sympathize that these particular jobs often need to be done quickly and safely and strive to complete them within the expectations and timeline of the family.  

With these sensitive situations, you can be confident that SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc has the ability to help you through your difficult time so you can focus on other details. Call us and let us help you and your family through this stressful time. 920-674-3002

Commercial Fire In Jefferson County Causes Over Million Dollar Damage

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Insulation and other debris hanging from ceiling after a fire in a commercial building Severe Fire Damage In Commercial Building

A hot glue gun at the end of the shift sparked a flame in this Jefferson County commercial building.  The heat was so intense that it actually bent some of the I-beams used to support the roof.  In this photo, that was taken two days after the fire, you can see how the ceiling insulation is damaged and all the sections where the roof had caved in and exposed the electrical wiring.  

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called by the building owner and was onsite while the fire department was still present.  SERVPRO was not there to get in the way, but rather to answer questions that the owner had about what to do with filing an insurance claim and what to expect.  

SERVPRO was there for the clean-up and deodorization needs.  But we can also be there as a consultant to help guide you when you are so overwhelmed that you just don't know where to begin.

The fire & smoke restoration technicians are certified and experienced to help in situations like these.  Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc with your emergency fire damage needs.  920-674-3002

SERVPRO Helps Local School With Water

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment sits in a school classroom SERVPRO helped a local school within an hour, we could help you too. Never hesitate to call!

A local private school recently had work done to prepare the classrooms for the new school year.  Little did the contractor know when he drilled into the wall that a water supply line was right behind it, causing the mess seen in this photo.  This emergency event happened on a Saturday night as the contractor was done to the last weekend to get all the work completed.

The water intrusion started in the band room and migrated down into the kitchen area where lunch is served.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County was called to clean up the aftermath.  The Director of Facilities called SERVPRO at 6:35 p.m. and SERVPRO was onsite by 7:20 p.m.  The Director was very happy with our quick response and the owner of the construction company was impressed with the equipment that was used to remove the excess water.

Consumer Shopping Trends for 2020 Holiday Season

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Jefferson Chamber of Commerce is written out in blue and white lettering The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce sends out a weekly news letter every Wednesday. Be sure to check out the chamber website linked in the blog.

This blog comes directly from the Wake Up Wednesday e-Newsletter from the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. Visit the chamber website at https://jeffersonchamberwi.com/

As we hear about more of our districts planning for the holiday season, the following statistics from a google consumer survey might be of interest:

  • Nearly 75% of shoppers who plan to shop this season said they will shop online more for the holidays than they did in previous seasons, and a similar number said they would first browse for gift ideas online and not in-store.
  • Local is important!! 66% of shoppers said they plan to shop more at local small businesses.
  • 47% of planned shoppers said they’ll use options to buy online, pickup in store/curbside pickup.
  • And regarding shopping timing: 70% of shoppers said they intend to plan their shopping earlier to avoid crowds (Last half of October into November), and 80% of planned shoppers will consolidate their shopping to make fewer trips than they did in previous years.

Businesses are welcome to take advantage of and market the mainstreetwi.com portal, and also revisit our 'e-commerce strategies' webinar archives in the resources folder at www.wedc.org/downtownresources.

As a proud member of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is always looking to maintain the satisfaction of out customers. One way we can do this is by looking at the trends you create being in our consumer base. As always, don't hesitate to call our office at 920-674-3002 with any questions or comments. 

SERVPRO Is Ready to Help You After Any Disaster That May Occur

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

A dirty toilet with soot on it SERVPRO has many chemicals to help with all kinds of situations you may have arise, including soot damage from fires.

A recent thunderstorm with lightning caused this structure in Milwaukee, WI to have a fire with significant smoke damage.  The energy in the lightning caused a power surge in this business and the dehumidifier could not handle that surge and a fire began.  This before picture shows the soot and mess left behind after the fire was put out and the smoke cleared.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County was called to scope the damage and clean up the mess.  You can see in the photo how the soot fell onto the gallon jug and on the water bottle.  All horizontal surfaces, including the carpeting, had this same heavy soot fall.

The first step in this process was to speak with an insurance adjuster and develop an action plan.  SERVPRO, along with the owner of the building and the contents, worked together to help determine what items would be salvageable and what items would be considered a total loss.  Then the items that are non-salvageable are inventoried and photographed and discarded.  All remaining items are inventoried and photographed and then cleaned and disinfected by the certified fire & smoke restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County.

For all your fire damage needs, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to help make it "Like it never even happened."  920-674-3002

Spider Webs/Cob Webs or Soot Tags: What is the difference?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Soot Tags are in the corner of two walls and a ceiling very visible due to white paint Cob webs? Nope! Soot tags can look like cob webs but are very different.

As fire restoration specialists, we have seen a lot of fire damaged homes and businesses over the years in various parts of Wisconsin.  Sometimes the extent of the damage is very obvious especially when the damage is on the walls and ceilings of homes and personal contents. Other times the most damage is in the attics, or trapped between walls where it is unseen until we dig in with our inspection. 

One of the most common visible forms of fire damage are the black "spider webs" that seem to spring out of nowhere after a fire. These spider webs are actually called “Soot Tags” and actually don’t have anything to do with spider webs. Many times are customers are embarrassed because they feel these soot tags makes it look like spider webs and they feel like they did not keep their home clean.  So don't you worry because your house cleaning skills were not the cause.   

Soot Tags form in areas of low circulation when petroleum/synthetic based sources burn. In a fire, the heat of the fire moves into colder areas since the air seeks to create equilibrium. Since that soot is riding the air with that heat, soot particles follow the air into those colder areas with low circulation and are able to concentrate in certain areas. Since that soot is a product of combustion, the particles themselves are charged which makes it quite easy for them to create long chains of soot or soot tags. So while it looks like a lot of soot got stuck on pre-existing spider webs, it is actually a whole new structure. Spiders did not leave them.

Cob webs and spider webs are defined the same:  Noun. a web spun by a spider to entrap its prey. A single thread spun by a spider. Something resembling a cobweb; anything finespun, flimsy, or insubstantial.

Spider webs are called cobwebs because the old English word for spider was coppe. ... Spider webs do not all look the same, there are orb, sheet, tangle, funnel, lace, radial and purse.

If your home of business in Wisconsin is affected by smoke or fire damage give us a call so we can start making it “Like it never even happened.”  Our certified fire & smoke restoration technicians are here to help.  920-674-0900.

Combating Covid-19: Disinfecting Railway Maintenance Equipment

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Multiple pieces of large equipment are lined up for cleaning Disinfecting this large machinery is just one more way SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is contributing to slowing the spread of Covid-19.

This coronavirus pandemic has created problems and concerns for everyone across the globe.  In our opinion, all legal businesses are essential, but one of the most important ones is the transportation industry.  We give thanks to those professionals who move our supplies and goods across the country either by water, rail or truck.

In this case, in order to keep our supplies moving over the rails, the railway professionals need to repair the sections of track wherever needed.  In order for that to occur, the railway company recognized that keeping their equipment clean and disinfected will increase the chances of their employees staying healthy and safe, ultimately allowing the rails to get repaired faster so you and I can get our supplies when needed.

In this photo, you will see some of the railway repair equipment that is used to repair the rails that are damaged or need upgrading.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was asked to clean and disinfect, on a daily basis, to keep this equipment safe and usable for their employees in order to keep the supply chain moving.  

For all your COVID-19 cleaning and disinfecting needs, both commercial and residential, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to help you be safe. 920-674-3002.

Experience a Fire? Thankfully the Majority of Your Electronics Can be Saved

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

An Xbox controller sits on an Xbox Expensive items such as an Xbox can be a scary thing to think about replacing. Thankfully you more than likely won't have to after a fire

Fire and smoke damage can obviously cause many problems for a structure, both inside and out.  However, smoke damage can also be an issue with electronic equipment, even if a fire did not physically reach the items.

Smoke carries soot, which is a fine powder carbon residue that is often sticky and can easily damage electronics. Even light soot has the capability to short out electronics by bridging circuits and providing an insulated covering on the heat producing components, eventually leading to premature failure. Fire and smoke restoration technicians certified in electronic equipment can clean and restore affected items, saving electronics that most agencies would deem a total loss.

The Process To Salvaging Electronics Removes:

  • Soot deposits
  • Aggressive deposits from smoke and chemical vapors (hydrochloric acid)
  • Deposits from water (lime, sludge, mud)
  • Residues of chemical extinguishing powders
  • Dust deposits
  • Other pollution (environmental, operational, etc.)

Most of our customers that experience a fire want all new stuff.  However, that usually is not approved by the insurance company because we can salvage so many things if the proper procedures and timing are followed.  These customers often ask why we attempt to salvage items and our answer is simple; the insurance carriers know that we can adequately and appropriately save the electronics while saving the insurance company with lower claim amounts.  Based on data provided by the insurance carriers, many times the restoration costs of electronics are a fraction of replacement, by as much of an average of 62%.

If you have recently experienced a fire and you need assistance in cleaning and disinfecting and trying to salvage your personal items, including electronics, please call the certified professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002

Fire Safety in the Workplace

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

A red fire extinguisher sits on a white background Fire extinguishers should be a last resort, keeping a workplace fire free should always be the goal.

A fire can wreak havoc on practically any building—including your workplace. And because fires can develop at such a rapid pace, failure to follow effective prevention and response techniques can further exacerbate the spread of the flames, resulting in employee injuries and—in some instances—death.

That’s why it’s vital for workers like you to play your part in promoting proper fire safety measures on the job. Be sure to utilize these tips to help prevent workplace fires and mitigate the damages in the event that one does occur:

  • Stay informed—Make sure you pay attention during any workplace fire safety training. This might include fire drills, instructions on when to pull the fire alarm or best practices for using a fire extinguisher. In addition, regularly review any written resources, such as the building’s emergency evacuation plan or the company smoking policy.
  • Keep it clean—Cluttered work areas create fire hazards for multiple reasons. First, workplace clutter (e.g., extra papers, empty containers or overflowing garbage cans) can easily add extra fuel to an existing fire. Second, excess clutter can restrict or block emergency exits, making it difficult for employees like you to escape in the event of a fire. With this in mind, try to keep your work area as clean and organized as possible. Encourage your co-workers to do the same.
  • Reduce electrical risks—Electrical issues are another common fire hazard, especially in workplaces that rely heavily on various forms of technology (e.g., computers, printers and copy machines). As such, make sure you avoid overloading electrical outlets in the workplace and report any damaged wiring or technology malfunction issues immediately. Doing so will allow electrical hazards to be fixed before they become severe.
  • Beware of equipment hazards—Equipment breakdown incidents are also key workplace fire hazards. To reduce the risk of equipment-related fires, follow inspection and maintenance requirements for all equipment, and inform your supervisor if you notice any concerns. Never use damaged equipment.
  • Know how to respond—In the event that a fire does occur in the workplace, be sure to follow the building’s emergency evacuation plan. Stay calm and listen to your supervisor for further instructions.

For more workplace fire safety guidance, talk to your supervisor.

For all your workplace (or residential) fire damage clean-up needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  Then you will speak with a trained and certified fire & smoke restoration technician who has the appropriate experience cleaning and deodorizing after a fire, plus experience dealing with your insurance company.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002.  "Like it never even happened."

Protecting Your Eyes

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Safety glasses sit in a white back round Did you know there are different types of safety glasses for different situations?

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, nearly 2,000 U.S. employees across industry lines experience work-related eye injuries that require medical treatment each day. These injuries can stem from a variety of hazards—including projectiles (e.g., dust, metal or wood), chemicals, radiation, blood borne pathogens and even electronic devices.

Nevertheless, eye doctors confirm that utilizing proper safety precautions can help prevent or reduce the severity of 90% of work-related eye injuries. With this in mind, consider the following guidance for protecting your eyes at work and avoiding painful injuries:

  • Know the risks—Make sure you are fully aware of any eye-related hazards within your workplace. Knowing the potential dangers that come with your specific job responsibilities is important to help you understand how to reduce your unique risks.
  • Utilize proper protection—Be sure to wear adequate eye protection for the task or hazard at hand. Potential protective eye wear options include safety glasses, goggles, face shields and helmets. Regardless of which form of protective eye wear is required, ensure you know how to properly put on, use, store and maintain it. Inform your supervisor if your eye protection gets lost or damaged.
  • Follow workplace safety measures—Apart from wearing eye protection, it’s also crucial to follow any workplace policies and procedures regarding eye safety. This includes using machine guards or any other engineering controls.
  • Avoid eye strain—Especially if you work in an office setting and utilize electronic devices throughout the day, be sure to take routine breaks away from the screen to avoid digital eye strain.
  • Be prepared—If you or a co-worker experiences an eye-related injury on the job, inform your supervisor and seek medical attention immediately.

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding eye safety at work, consult your supervisor.

When accidents or disasters or trauma occurs, call on SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to help clean up and disinfect.  We specialize in fire and water damage, along with mold remediation, asbestos abatement, trauma cleanup and many other forms of specialized cleaning.  If a disaster or or accident occurs, even emergency response, call SERVPRO at 920-674-3002

SERVPRO.  "Like it never even happened."

Staying Safe While Grilling

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

A black grill sits with nothing else surrounding it Grilling can produce very delicious food as well as some serious safety hazards.

There’s nothing like outdoor grilling. It’s one of the most popular ways to cook food. But, a grill placed too close to anything that can burn is a fire hazard. They can be very hot, causing burn injuries. Follow these simple tips and you will be on the way to safe grilling.

Safety Tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Charcoal Grills:

  • There are several ways to get the charcoal ready to use. Charcoal chimney starters allow you to start the charcoal using newspaper as a fuel.
  • If you use a starter fluid, use only charcoal starter fluid. Never add charcoal fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire.
  • Keep charcoal fluid out of the reach of children and away from heat sources.
  • There are also electric charcoal starters, which do not use fire. Be sure to use an extension cord for outdoor use.
  • When you are finished grilling, let the coals completely cool before disposing of in a metal container.

Propane Grills:

Check the gas tank hose for leaks before using it for the first time each year. Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your grill has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, and there is no flame, turn off the gas tank and grill. If the leak stops, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again. If the leak does not stop, call the fire department. If you smell gas while cooking, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. This goes for gas stoves as well as outdoor grills. Smelling gas is never a good sign and action should be taken immediately. Do not move the grill.

Facts:

  • In 20014–20018 fire departments responded to an average of 7,700 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues, including 4,500 outside fires and 3,200 structure fires.
  • July was the peak month for grill fires in 20014–20018.
  • More than half of home grill structure fires begin on either a courtyard terrace or patio, or an exterior balcony or open porch.

Copyright 2020 IMT Insurance

For all your fire damage and clean-up needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and speak with a certified fire and smoke restoration technician.  920-674-3002

Annual Bean Bag toss Sponsors

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Two Nationwide Flooring corn hole boardssit on brown carpeting SERVPRO had a fun day with our annual bean bag toss competition thanks to Nationwide Flooring

At the conclusion of our latest annual fund raising bean bags tournament in March 2020, SERVPRO management had the idea to ask local businesses if they would like to sponsor a set of boards to be used at each future event.  This would allow the businesses the opportunity to showcase their business to all tournament participants and visitors on tournament used boards for all to see and photograph. 

We would like to thank Nationwide Floor & Window Coverings for being a sponsor of this great event and now having the opportunity to advertise their business at each fund raising event that we hold. Please visit their website to learn more about what this business can offer you with new flooring and window coverings.  http://www.floorsandwindows.com/

If you are interested in being a sponsor and advertising your business on a set of boards to be used at each annual event, please contact Todd at 920-674-3002 for more information. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is proud to have hosted fund raising events for Susan G Komen and the National Fallen Firefighters Association.  Please consider being a part of these great events to help provide support for organizations that need our financial assistance.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Fire & Water Clean-Up and Restoration.  "Like it never even happened."

Ribbon Cutting at Stable Rock

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

Nine people stand behind a ribbon preparing for it to be cut by a man in the middle holding large scissors. See the 'Pictured above" Section of the blog to learn who the people in this photo are and what positions they hold.

August 8, 2020 was a great day to celebrate the official Grand Opening of chamber member Stable Rock: Riverfront Winery & Distillery.  The long awaited reveal was enjoyed 
Stable Rock is open year round serving craft wines, beers and distilled spirits with a German influenced food menu. Event space for weddings, receptions, reunions and more.  Like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/stablerockwinery/
http://www.stablerockwinery.com

Feel free to contact our office any time at 920-674-3002 with any questions, comments or restoration/mitigation needs!

Pictured above: Steve Adams, Planning Commission; Alder person Peg Beyer; Mayor Dale Oppermann; Rob Lewis, Owner; Bill Pinnow, City Engineer/Public Works Director; Jen Pinnow, Executive Director; Lyla & Julia Chady, INDECO Chamber Ambassador; Sarah Anderson, SERVPRO of Jefferson County & Oconomowoc Chamber Ambassador; and Tim Freitag, City Administrator.

Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Thanks SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

A piece of letterhead from the Jefferson Chamber has a letter on it SERVPRO was thanked by the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce for donations made to new district teachers.

SERVPRO received a letter from the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce that reads as follows:

Dear SERVPRO Friends,

Thank you so much for donating items for the swag bags given to the new teachers of the School District of Jefferson during the new Teacher Breakfast on August 17, 2020. Your generosity was greatly appreciated by each of them! This also goes a long way in building partnerships with SDoJ for creating a network for apprenticeships, internships, job shadowing, along with classroom visits. 

Thank you again for your generosity and continued support of our awesome teachers!

Sincerely,

Jen Pinnow, Executive director

SERVPRO offers a wide variety of services from fires, to mold, water and general cleanings. Our services are offered to residential and commercial properties, such as schools. Feel free to contact our office at (920) 674-3002!

Removing Candle Soot From Walls

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

A burning candle sits in the background of a single burning candle in the foreground Candle Flames Can Have Many Hazards And Consequences Associated With Them.

So, you’ve got some candle soot on your walls? The good news is that it's probably manageable. Any kind of candle can leave soot on a wall if it's too close, left burning for too long or in the direct line of a draft. The scented candles are the real culprits because the oil used to scent them can create an oilier soot, which can be a little more difficult to remove. In any case the following bulleted lists should help you remove, or get started on removing, candle soot.

Things to keep in mind about burning candles:

  1. If there is soot viable on surfaces, there’s probably soot in the duct work. Keep a high-quality filter in your HVAC system to minimize the amount of soot, among other things, getting into your ducts.  You may consider getting your air ducts cleaned and duct cleaning is a service that SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc offers.  
  2. Some people have sensitivities to candle scents so be careful when burning scented candles with guests over.
  3. Heat from candles can peel paint under the right circumstances. Make sure you’re keeping any flames far enough away from painted surfaces to avoid that.

Avoiding candle soot on walls:

  1. Don’t place candles too close to walls.
  2. Trim the wicks of candles before burning them. The wick should be about ¼ inch long. This is a good habit to be in anyway because candles with wicks that are too long are fire hazards.
  3. Don’t place candles near a draft.
  4. Try placing the candles in a fireplace if you have one.

Removing candle soot from walls

  1. Vacuum off the wall before applying anything to the area. Try vacuuming with an upholstery attachment to avoid causing further damage to the wall.
  2. Before you wet the paint, which can cause more damage, try using a dry sponge to remove as much of the soot as possible. Soot can be oily, which is another reason getting the area wet should be a last resort. Whenever applying anything wet to a wall you should be prepared for further damage to occur, in which case the wall will need to be repainted.
  3. If the dry sponge doesn’t work, you can try the following method:
    1. Dish soap and warm water can be used with a rag. Remember that getting certain paints wet can cause damage, so be careful using this method. Place many drops of dish soap in a quart of water. Don’t dip the dirty rag back into the clean water to clean it off, instead rinse it under a faucet. This helps keep the water clean and avoids spreading the mess further and should be done any time you’re using a bucket and rag to clean. Work in small areas to avoid spreading the soot further and rinse the rag often.

Hopefully you have a better idea of how to take care of soot on walls. It's not a perfect process and can cause further damage even if done properly. It's always recommended that soot be cleaned from a wall before it is repainted because the smell can seep through new paint. So, the damage you could potentially cause is more than likely worth it in the long run. 

Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc for all your cleaning and duct cleaning needs.  920-674-3002.

Sources:

  1. Heloise, Helosie. “Cleaning Candle Soot.” Good Housekeeping, Good Housekeeping, 21 Mar. 2018, www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a20727/candle-soot-cleaning-aug05/.

  2. Solos, Heather, et al. “Clean It.” Home Ec 101, Home Ec 101, 1 Oct. 2010, www.home-ec101.com/removing-candle-soot-from-paint/.

Structure Fire Causes Smoke Damage For The Neighbor

8/19/2020 (Permalink)

Soot That Settle on a TV Stand Neighboring TV Stand Affected From Smoke Originating From Fire Down the Block

Many times people think of a fire as only affecting the building owner or the tenants or people living or working in that structure.  People do not realize that fires can cause smoke damage to neighboring structures.

A recent commercial fire in Jefferson County caused smoke damage to the neighboring house.  This damage was created by the wind.  During the actual fire, the winds were quite significant and caused the smoke to flow directly at the neighbors house.  The soot then settled on all the horizontal surfaces within the structure.  This photo shows how the soot settled on their TV stand.  

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called to clean and disinfect the entire structure.  This meant that all countertops, tables, chairs, desks, toilets, etc., had to be cleaned.  SERVPRO even cleaned all carpet and other flooring surfaces.  

If your neighbor experiences a structure fire, please keep an eye on your property because you may be directly impacted by the damage.

For all your emergency fire damage cleaning and deodorization needs, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Responds To A Residential Fire in Watertown

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Debris from residential fire Space Heater In The Basement Causes This Fire That Burned Away The Entire First Floor and One-Half of This Home

A space heater in a basement bedroom caused this fire in Watertown, WI.  This photo shows the mess left behind after the firefighters left the structure and the insurance adjuster gave us permission to access the building.  This photo was taken from the main level of the house looking down at the bedroom in the basement.  In order to photograph the basement bedroom from the first floor means that the entire floor had burned and no longer exists.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County was called in to help clean up the mess and deodorize the structure for repairs.  This house was currently part of a trust as the owner had recently past away.  SERVPRO had to work with the attorney and the family who will inherit the property to get all appropriate approvals and create a finalized action plan.

For all your fire damage and deodorization needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and speak with an IICRC certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician.  920-674-3002

SERVPRO of Jefferson County and the Jefferson Chamber Attends Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Line of people holding a ribbon and people cutting Congratulations to The Riverside Lofts

SERVPRO of Jefferson County would like to congratulate The Riverside Lofts on their open house.  The Riverside Lofts on Candise Street, a Gorman Development, is a $10 million project that includes 36 units with affordable one, two- and three-bedroom options. A riverwalk also will be created along the Riverside Lofts, linking a walking and bicycle path to the downtown to further spur revitalization of downtown Jefferson. 

This project included many collaborators to repurpose this historical building. These collaborators were honored at the commencement before the ribbon cutting on August 8th, 2020, followed by an Open House. Our marketing representative from SERVPRO, Sarah, was in attendance and took the photograph of the honorable guests cutting the ribbon.

Please contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County for your property restoration needs.  920-674-3002

SERVPRO of Jefferson County Attends GOAT Fest 2020

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Banner hanging over attending people welcoming them to GOAT Fest People enjoying the 2020 Goat Fest Fund Raiser

Food, Fun and Goats!  The pandemic couldn't stop the enjoyment of being with our beloved goats.  The 2020 Goat Fest had hot, sunny weather to enjoy food, drinks and music. The live music was provided by The Van Eskes and Myles Wangerin Band.  The food included bbq provided by Jerry Haferman and Doyles Dogs. 

The goats were the star attraction, but there were other celebrities in attendance, including the Brewer's Running Sausages and Bernie Brewer.   This great event is a fundraiser for the care and maintenance of the goats on Jefferson’s “Goat Island”.

If you are interested in making a donation, please call our office at 920-674-3002 and ask to speak with Sarah, who is our representative on the Jefferson of Chamber of Commerce.  

SERVPRO Employees Enjoying a Little Time Off

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

4 SERVPRO employees playing bean bags SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Makes Time for Our Employees to Have Fun

At SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, we take pride in the hard work that we put in for you, our customer.  As we are a 24 hour/ 7 day per week service provider, we are continually helping our customers with fire and water damage, mold remediation, deodorization issues and asbestos abatement.

But with all that hard work we know that we have to occasionally take off and enjoy some free time or fun time with co-workers.

One thing that we do at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is have an annual summertime picnic for our employees.  We like to give them a paid day to enjoy some traditional summer foods and play some fun games.  In this photo four of our employees are playing bags as a way to unwind.  Even though it rained and COVID-19 is still an issue, it still couldn't stop our staff from having some well-deserved and earned time off inside the shop.

For all your emergency water and fire damage needs, or mold remediation, asbestos abatement or deodorization issues, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002

SERVPRO of Jefferson County Participates in CA$H Mob to Help a Neighboring Business

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

6 people, properly social distancing, standing in front of a business SERVPRO Participates In The Latest Local CA$H Mob

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, also a proud member of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, was pleased to participate in the latest CA$H Mob to help support a business in Jefferson, WI.  Over 30 customers came out to support Brickhaus Cafe on July 24th for the Jefferson Chamber's CA$H MOB event from 8-9am. #cashmobjeffersonwi #buylocaljeffersonwi #weloveourmembers #jeffersonwichamber Brickhaus is a fast casual restaurant with cozy interior seating and spacious outside patio dining. They offer fair trade organic coffee, great paninis, fresh salads and soups. They are also open for take-out, Tues-Sat 7am-1:30pm. You can now either call-in or order online at https://www.brickhauscafe.com/ Please help support a local Jefferson business.   If you are interested in joining the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, call us and ask for Tina or Sarah. If you have questions about fire or water damage, call us and speak with a Certified Water Restoration Technician.  920-674-3002. 

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Congratulates its High School Graduate Employee and all Students

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Female leaning up against a statue smiling for photo Congratulations Alli! SERVPRO's latest Graduate

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc would like to congratulate all 2020 graduates.  It is unfortunate that due to the current pandemic we can not celebrate as normal, but we can honor you.

In particular, SERVPRO would like to congratulate Alli, a 2020 graduate from Jefferson High School.  Alli has been employed as a part-time employee and we would like to honor her in this blog.  Please enjoy what Alli wrote about herself.  

As a recent high school graduate, I have a lot of learning to do. SERVPRO has helped me since I was 15 and has taught me many life lessons I would have never learned otherwise. I’m very grateful to have so many people who are supportive of my endeavors in my career and personal life. The amount of life knowledge I’ve gained from my time here is invaluable.  Not only do I know how to immediately respond to a disaster should it happen, but I’ve also learned how to help stay hydrated when it's extremely hot. Or that occasional light-headedness can often be combated with eating more greens. I've learned that sometimes life isn't pretty, but it doesn’t last forever. The lessons you learn at work don’t have to be based on your job title, they can be based on life skills and experiences as well. Throughout the character developing experience we call high school I've also been involved in the character developing experience of working for SERVPRO, and for that I can't express my level of gratitude. 

Congratulations Alli!  We are very proud of you and glad that you are part of the SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc team!

SERVPRO Recommends Sump Pump Endorsement On Your Homeowner's Insurance Policy

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Corner of basement with water on the floor near the crock for the sump pump Sump Pump Failure Can Lead To Significant Water Damage and Costly Repairs

Pretend that it is March. The winter snow is beginning to melt and the weather report is calling for a lot of rain. Or pretend it's summer and a very heavy band of rains travels across your area.  Your newly finished basement remodel has everything you wanted, new plush carpet, a high end theater system, beautiful paint on the new walls and your furniture is perfect for the space. You can hear your sump pump kicking in as it should and you think everything is safe. The next morning, you wake up to your spouse saying "There's water in the basement." How much do you know about your homeowner's insurance policy? When was the last time you actually went through the policy to see what is covered and what isn't? Most of the time, homeowners just pay their bill and never look at their policy. In the case of a sump pump equipment failure it is imperative to know what coverage your homeowner insurance includes (or doesn't!)  

Typically, an insurance policy comes with "basic" coverage. Things like a broken pipe in the wall or a roof leak are usually a covered loss. When it comes to sump pumps or sewage pipe backup, you will most likely need a special endorsement on your homeowners policy in order for insurance to help you with the cost.

A common endorsement is a Sump Pump endorsement. This is something that is an add-on to most basic insurance policies. If you don't know to ask about, it can often be overlooked. Sadly, once SERVPRO gets on site, the damage is already done and if there is no insurance coverage, the cost will be out of pocket.....your pocket.  A common Sump Pump endorsement will come with a set coverage limit. Generally the limits will be in increments of $5,000. This results in the homeowner having $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000 insurance coverage for a sump pump failure type of loss. This seems like a lot of money but in reality, the loss could exceed $5,000 easily.  

First, SERVPRO will come to the house and assess the damage.  We will then take out all the wet materials in the area if needed. Then the area needs to be thoroughly dried to avoid any future damage from moisture, (ie, mold). An average water loss for SERVPRO ranges between $2,500 and $3,000. If your insurance endorsement has a $5,000 limit, that means you only have $2,000 to put the basement back together again. New carpet pad, new carpet, new insulation, new drywall, paint on the drywall, new furniture if necessary, etc. $2,000 isn't a lot left over. And if your policy has a limit, that means, that's the MOST that insurance will pay.  

Historically, SERVPRO has found there is an above average amount of homeowners that find out they do NOT have proper coverage or any coverage AFTER they need help. Once SERVPRO does an assessment of the damage, those homeowners are met with a very real situation that could make a large financial impact on them.  

SERVPRO recommends reviewing your insurance policy annually to ensure you have coverage you need. Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you have the information, you will be better prepared in the event of a water or fire emergency in your home.  

For all your emergency water damage or fire damage needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002 and speak with a certified water restoration technician.

Breathe Salt & Sauna Joins the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Group of People welcoming a new chamber member who is holding a plaque Pictured above in the front row: Laurie Adams, Owner and Stephanie Juhl, Marketing Manager. Back Row: Mark Catton, PremierBank Chamber Ambassador; Sa

Join SERVPRO of Oconomowoc/Jefferson County in welcoming Breathe Salt & Sauna, our newest chamber member.  Breathe Salt & Sauna offers a series of wellness services for guests seeking additional relief from illnesses as well as those looking for a day of relaxation while easily improving their general health & well being. They are a health and wellness facility. They offer medical grade salt therapy and infrared saunas with medical grade chromotherapy.

Check out Breathe Salt & Sauna located at 480 B Village Walk Lane, Johnson Creek during their hours of operation: Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday 8am-6pm, Saturday 7am-4pm, Sunday closed. Explore their services at breathesaltandsauna.com and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/breathesaltandsauna/  Or call (920) 699-9399 to book an appointment today!

If you are interested in learning more about joining the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002 and ask to speak with Tina or Sarah.

Social Distancing Cash Mob Held at Neighbors at 13 East

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Group of people standing at the front of a restaurant representing the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Manager Jenni Seisser holds a "I've Been Mobbed" sign surrounded by a few of the attendees showing their support for their local business

The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce held it's first ever Social Distancing CA$H MOB on Tuesday, June 30 from Noon-2:00pm at Neighbors at 13 East.  Social distancing was encouraged, hand sanitizer was provided at the front door and face masks were a personal choice.  There was also a carryout option.  We also held a 50/50 raffle, and the winnings were generously donated back to the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.

The concept of a CA$H MOB is to infuse cash into a local business quickly by a group of people via shopping or dining on a predetermined date and time.  This is an opportune way to show support for our local businesses, especially during these difficult times.

CA$H MOBS are also a networking opportunity for chamber members to connect with new faces.  

The next CA$H MOB will be announced on the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Facebook page soon!  Stay tuned!

Please contact Tina or Sarah at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc if you have an questions about our Chamber.  920-674-3002

Important home safety tips for older adults

6/26/2020 (Permalink)

This year’s theme focuses on how everyone can make a difference in the lives of older adults. If you have elderly parents, you know that it’s important to them to continue to live independently in their home.

If they’re in overall good health, there are many things that can be done to help them continue to live independently while staying safe.

1. Declutter. Decluttering helps clear out rooms and walkways giving them more room to move, hopefully reducing the possibility of trips and falls. If your parents are decluttering, or need to start, consider lending them a hand when you’re able. Decluttering can be an overwhelming and cumbersome project.

2. Tighten handrails. Whether you’re young or old, everyone needs to use a handrail on occasion. Finding out the handrail is loose or broken when you need it most can result in serious injuries. Check the hardware that supports the handrail to make sure it’s tight and in good condition. If replacement parts are needed, make the repairs a priority.

3. Remove large rugs. While rugs can add to the décor, they can also be very dangerous. Seniors using walkers, canes, or shoes with inserts can get tripped up easily. By removing the rugs, your parents will be able to navigate their home more easily and safely. If you can’t convince your parents to remove them, make sure rugs are tacked down or have anti-slip pads.

4. Inspect the stairs. A thorough inspection of the stairs is important. Stairs can have several issues that may have been overlooked when your parents were younger. Things to look for include:

  • Uneven steps
  • Loose or wobbly floorboards
  • Worn, ripped, or loose carpet

Depending on what’s wrong with their stairs, you may need to contact a professional to fix them.

5. Help with changes to their bathroom. Bathrooms can be extremely dangerous. Water, rugs, slippery surfaces, and small spaces can make it difficult for them to maneuver which can lead to slips and falls. Here are some things that can improve safety.

  • Install grab bars. Grab bars should be installed in and around their shower or tub. If they have a slight balance problem, this can give them the appropriate support they need. Never rely on towel bars to do the same job. They’re not designed to support that much weight. If your parents don’t have good upper-body strength, then a different solution is needed.
  • Install a shower chair. A shower chair can be taken in and out of a shower or bathtub or it can be permanently installed. A shower chair is a nice option for any senior who doesn’t have balance issues and can safely get in and out. If they can’t get in and out safely, this isn’t an option for them. For additional options click here.
  • Install a raised toilet seat. A raised toilet seat offers many benefits. Most raised seats can add 3-6 inches of lift. This makes it easier to sit and stand. This lift reduces falls and prevents uncomfortable movements. Adding optional arm supports can provide needed assistance while they’re using the toilet.
  • Use non-slip mats or rugs. Proper placement in the bathroom can help eliminate falls on slippery surfaces.
  • Consider a walk-in tub. If the options mentioned above don’t work and your parents are adamant about staying in their home, it may be time for them to install a walk-in tub. While walk-in tubs are expensive, the swinging door allows seniors to navigate in and out easily.

6. Help them rearrange their kitchen. It’s tough to re-arrange their kitchen when they’ve been going to the same drawer or cupboard for many years. However, moving frequently used items to lower shelves can prevent your parents from reaching and losing balance or trying to use stools or stepladders.

7. Install a ramp. If your parents have stairs in their home and limited mobility, it’s important to take measures to ensure that any and all accessibility needs are met. This means finding and implementing the proper wheelchair ramp for maximum maneuverability, ease of use, and safety.

8. Install smart devices. Smart devices allow us to be more connected to our homes. Adding smart devices to your parent’s home can allow them to age gracefully in the comfort of their own home. It also can provide you with peace of mind. Check out these five devices that can improve their safety.

9. Encourage your parents to hire professional services. If lawn maintenance or snow removal is becoming difficult for them, encourage them to hire a service.

It’s important that we all lend a helping hand when we can.

Source:
https://acl.gov/oam/2020/older-americans-month-2020

Posted by Scott Stueber on May 5, 2020 11:41:29 AM

Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and SERVPRO Welcomes New Chamber Member

6/5/2020 (Permalink)

2 people presenting a plaque SERVPRO Employee and Jefferson Chamber Member Ambassador Sarah Welcomes New Member With Plaque

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is a proud member of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.  We are equally proud to be represented by Sarah A., a Marketing Representative for SERVPRO, who is also a Chamber Ambassador and in the photo.   On June 5, 2020, a dedication program was held for a new Jefferson Chamber member, Photo Dr. Kevin Gess is the owner of Photo Dr.  The other person in the photo, all properly social distancing, is Ralph Lasso from Premier Bank.  He is also a chamber ambassador. Photo Dr. does all kinds of photo work, including restoration, retouching and specialty manipulation. Each photo will get personalized attention and your satisfaction is guaranteed.  The website is http://www.photodr911.com/ For all your fire and water damage needs, or mold remediation or deodorization issues, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc 920-674-3002.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/15/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc today at  920-674-3002 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Additional Ways To Prevent Fires

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Multiple extension cords plugged into a power strip Fire Hazard Just Waiting to Happen

Often we will see "how to prevent fire" information during the holiday season. Between deep frying a turkey for a holiday meal, to extra electricity being used to light holiday lights and trees, it is a popular time to remind people to be aware of fire hazards.

The same truth holds for the spring and summer seasons. During the time that homeowners are installing window air conditioners or using fans to circulate air in order to cool homes, there is a greater risk of electrical fire.

One precaution that is easy to make part of your regular routine is NEVER plug an extension cord into a power strip or surge protector strip. The misuse of extension cords and power strips cause more than 3,000 residential fires a year, according to US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Another good tip to remember: NEVER plug high capacity appliances (space heaters, air conditioners, etc) into power strips. Always plug them directly into a wall outlet.

These two simple steps can help protect you, your loved ones and your home all year around. 

For all your professional fire damage cleanup and deodorization needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  We are an emergency cleaning company near you.  920-674-3002.

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Providing Peace of Mind with Vehicle Disinfecting Services

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Flyer from SERVPRO promoting vehicle disinfecting service Vehicle Disinfecting Is Important to Help Prevent The Spread of a Virus or Bacteria

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is here to help during these unprecedented times by now offering vehicle disinfecting services.  While the "safer at home" order is in effect, essential workers and those people at home have needs to travel to work, the grocery store, and pharmacies.  We can help provide a peace of mind by disinfecting any type of vehicle.  SERVPRO professionals are trained in adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Our disinfecting services are available to purchase as gifts as well.  This can help bring peace of mind to family, friends, co-workers, and yourself.

For any questions regarding disinfecting services please call us at 920-674-3002.  Our certified technicians are here to help answer your questions and provide the disinfecting services to keep you and your family safe.

When you are looking for a deep cleaning santitation company or a local or emergency cleaning company near you, think of SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.

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Reasons to Have Renters Insurance

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Soot on couch Soot that has fallen on the back of a couch

If you are a renter, have you thought about what might happen if there is a fire or water damage at your residence? What will happen to all your belongings? Will they be able to be saved? If so, how will they get cleaned and deodorized to get rid of the fire odor? These are just a few of the questions you may have never thought about.  

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc  recently got called to help at a farmhouse that had a kitchen fire. The landlord called us to help her clean and deodorize the house but the renters' belongings were affected as well. The soot was everywhere. The odor had permeated into all surfaces and rooms of the house including on the renter's clothes, bedding, dishes and furniture. Our customer (the landlord) needed her house cleaned but all the renter's personal belongings were in the house. The renters did not have renters insurance so that creates challenges for SERVPRO to get the building cleaned and deodorized while at the same time the renter needed to move the items out of the way.  

Unfortunately, we come across this way too often that the renter does not have renters insurance. People do not think to protect their belongings until AFTER something drastic happens. By then, it's too late.  The process for a company like SERVPRO to help with a structure fire is greatly dependent on what types of personal contents are inside that structure.   Most times, a landlord will not want dirty/contaminated/smelly items being brought back into a freshly cleaned and deodorized structure. If the affected items are brought into a clean structure without being properly cleaned and deodorized, those items can cause the structure to be re-contaminated with smoke odor.  

Below are just a few things that renter's insurance can help you with in the event of a disaster: 

1) Inventory of your personal belongings. This includes photographing, packing and transporting your affected items to a secure storage facility to get them out of the affected structure so the fire clean up and restoration can begin.  

2) Cleaning of you personal belongings. This is done with the proper care, chemicals and industry standard cleaning and disinfecting practices to ensure your items are clean and deodorized thoroughly.  

3) Storage of your items until you are ready to move back in. 

4) Help finding temporary housing if the damage does not allow you to stay in your residence.  

5) Possibly replace non-salvageable items at no expense to the insured other than your deductible. 

In order to get renter's insurance you will need to think about what you own. Remember to include EVERYTHING you own from your television to your last pair of socks. Then you add that up and decide how much coverage you need for your items.  Any local insurance agent or online insurance companies can answer questions about renter's insurance and can help you decide on what the best coverage is for you and your situation. A basic renter's insurance policy will likely include $10,000 coverage for your belongings and $100,000 of liability coverage. The average cost for a basic policy is $15.00 PER MONTH. For the cost of two trips to a fast food drive through, you can have piece of mind that your personal belongings will be covered should a disaster strike.  For a very small fee, renters insurance is the best and smartest money you will ever spend.    

For all your emergency fire residential needs or emergency fire commercial needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and speak with a certified Fire & Smoke Restoration Technician.  920-674-3002 

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Return-to-Work Strategies for Safely Re-Opening

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo stating that we are always open and here to help when you need us SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is Always Open For Business and Here to Help

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconowoc, as a small business, wants to do whatever we can to help other small businesses during these unprecedented times.  As we, hopefully, are approaching the end to the "Safer At Home" orders that many of our States have gone through, there are tips to share with business owners on how to prepare for that.

Please know that SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is here to help and we can help by being the deep cleaning sanitation company that you may need.  We are a professional commercial cleaner and emergency cleaning service that is local.

As states begin the process of opening their economies following shelter-in-place orders during COVID-19, the American Society of Safety Professionals is recommending return-to-work strategies and best practices that make safety and health a priority for employers in every industry.

Some states and metropolitan areas have instituted their own rules – such as requiring masks or cloth face coverings in certain industries – but you still need to address engineering and administrative controls and add a risk assessment to your return-to-work plan.  Facilities may start using a physical distancing approach. 

Other suggestions include the need to conduct symptom checks, design work areas to limit exposure, use barriers to improve physical distancing and maintain a policy on visitors entering the workplace. 

For more information about ASSP and its widespread efforts to keep workers safe today and post-pandemic, visit www.assp.org. To view this entire article, click on the following link

Return-T0-Work Strategies for Safely Re-Opening

If you are looking for an emergency cleaning company near you or a local commercial cleaning company, then call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002.  We are here to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Local SERVPRO of Jefferson County Helps Jefferson County First Responders

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Employee Spraying Disinfectant In The doorway to a bus SERVPRO of Jefferson County Technician Spraying Disinfectant in a First Responder Vehicle

On April 30th, SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc hosted a free First Responders Emergency Vehicle cleaning and disinfecting.

We are proud to say that we disinfected vehicles from the City of Jefferson Police Department and the Command Center bus for the Jefferson County Sheriff.  This will help give these first responders piece of mind knowing that their vehicles have been disinfected and that SERVPRO is here to help!

We want to thank the staff at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds for donating the use of their building for this very important event.  

Please call 920-674-3002 if you are interested in having your personal vehicle or work vehicle (or fleet) cleaned and disinfected by SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  Call to learn about the various types of cleaning and pricing options available to you.  

Customer Calls SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to Handle Chemical Spill

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Black chemical spilled on hardwood floor in closet Liquid Drain Chemical Spilled on Floor in Closet Lead to Permanent Floor Damage

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was recently called to a home after a highly caustic chemical was accidentally spilled in a walk in closet. The homeowner was moving the sealed chemical container when it was accidentally dropped, spilling the entire one gallon onto the hardwood floor in a large pattern. During the splash, the homeowner was burned badly as well.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc has the experience you need to properly clean up almost every spill. We take the time to research each chemical we are asked to clean up if we aren't familiar with it in order to avoid any additional problems.

This particular chemical was extremely difficult to clean up and our hard work did get rid of the chemical reaction.  However, the floor damage was not able to be reversed. This floor will have to be taken out and replaced in order to get rid of the damage.

You can trust that SERVPRO will handle any hazardous job with knowledge, skill and understanding that will leave your home or business safe. 

If you are looking for a professional residential or commercial cleaning company or you have an emergency cleaning need, call the professional and trained technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002.

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Designing a Post-coronavirus Office

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Thank you to our partners at Midstate Insurance for sharing this important article designed to help employers get their office ready for when employees return back from the post-coronavirus safer-at-home orders.

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has changed many aspects of the current workplace, and soon, employers should begin planning for what their post-coronavirus office will look like. Previously, social distancing and COVID-19-related best practices hadn’t been a topic on the mind of most employers or employees. By updating office layouts, encouraging new behaviors and expanding remote work options, employers can help prevent the spread of future diseases, and protect the health and safety of employees.

Physical Changes to Workplaces

As employers prepare for employees who will be returning to the office, organizations can consider the following best practices for their office space:

-Increasing each employee’s personal space, and ensuring desks are 6 feet or more apart

-Creating walls and barriers between cubicles

-Creating a walk-traffic flow that discourages congestion

-Updating air-filtration systems

-Installing automatic doors

-Installing UV lighting systems

-Installing no-touch soap dispensers and sinks in bathrooms

-Making hand sanitizer and cleaning products readily available

While updating practices to best prevent the spread of illnesses will also require changes in behavior, employers can take a step in the right direction by ensuring their physical office space is aligned with encouraged behaviors of employees.

Behavioral Changes

While every business is different, there are practices many organizations can implement and behaviors they can encourage. Common post-coronavirus adjustments may include:

-Create expectations for handwashing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one of the best actions to prevent the spread of coronaviruses is washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Encourage employees to do so often, and consider creating policies to reinforce this behavior.

-Ban or discourage shaking of hands. While shaking hands is an instinct in many cases, this practice can spread germs, diseases and illnesses at an expedited rate.

-Increase cleaning schedules. According to the CDC, COVID-19 can remain on hard surfaces for up to 12 hours, creating a potential risk of transmission. Review how cleaning schedules can be more frequent and thorough.

-Adjust meeting practices. Encourage limited amounts of participants in meetings, and advise them to spread out and avoid sharing multi-touch devices.

Technology Considerations for Employers

Beyond updating office layouts and encouraging virus resistant practices, some employers are considering how the use of technology can aid in efforts to prevent the spread of diseases. Some organizations are tracking employees’ distances through cellphones or other devices, and even screening employees and guests for high body temperatures. Employers can also consider installing or expanding the use of hands-free voice assistants, such as Amazon, Google or Apple devices, with the intent of reducing the use of shared technology surfaces used by multiple employees. While not all of these changes will make sense or be feasible for all organizations, employers can consider how updated business practices can encourage social distancing, and reduce the touching of shared surfaces—both during and even after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expanding Telecommuting Options

According to a survey of U.S. employers by the Computing Technology Industry Association conducted in 2019, more than two-thirds of respondents across a range of different industries and professions reported increased productivity when workers telecommuted full- or part-time. While the feasibility of remote work varies depending on an employee’s job responsibilities, expanding remote work options offers other benefits as well. These additional benefits can include:

-Increased flexibility

-Increased retention

-Reduced greenhouse emissions

-The ability to tap into a broader talent pool

-Fewer opportunities for diseases such as coronaviruses to spread

Notably, by expanding remote opportunities postcoronavirus, employers can reduce the amount of human interaction that takes place at a physical location. Also, by allowing remote work, employees who are sick are less likely to physically attend the office. Best practices for expanding remote work include creating outlined companywide remote practices, rather than leaving remote work approval requests up to the subjective opinion of a manager. As employers consider how they can best create remote work policies, many considerations factor into the equation. 

Preparing for Future Pandemics

Even after reopening, health experts warn that businesses should also be prepared for future pandemics. Additional waves of COVID-19 could reemerge in the near future, and employers should create plans that account for partial or full closings of office locations.

Prepare Your Post-coronavirus Office

As employers plan for how to operate post-coronavirus, creating preventive best practices can set up organizations for success. While the easy return-to-work procedure will be to fall back on existing practices, the COVID-19 pandemic allows an opportunity for organizations to consider how creating an updated workplace with virus-resistant practices, as well as expanding remote work opportunities can prepare them for future pandemics.

As employees reenter the job market, post-coronavirus practices will be top of mind. By being proactive and establishing appropriate measures and practices, employers can not only help prevent the spreading of diseases—but put employees at ease, knowing that necessary steps are being taken to ensure the health and safety of those who will be spending time at the office.

As laws and guidelines related to COVID-19 change, employers should consult with legal counsel when updating or changing policies. 

For all of your professional commercial cleaning service needs or if you are looking for an emergency cleaning service, call SERVRPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc 920-674-3002.

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Get Ready Jefferson County; SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Is On The Way to Help with Virus Cleaning

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Two people in full personal protective gear disinfecting a fire truck SERVPRO Technicians Disinfecting a Local First Responder Vehicle

On April 23rd, 2020, SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County and SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc hosted a free First Responders Emergency Vehicle cleaning and disinfecting.

We are proud to say that we disinfected over 30 Waukesha County Sheriff vehicles, 14 City of Waukesha Fire Department Vehicles and 8 Town of Waukesha Fire Department Vehicles.  Over 50 vehicles were cleaned and disinfected by SERVPRO.  This will help give these first responders piece of mind knowing that their vehicles have been disinfected and that SERVPRO is here to help!

Get Ready Jefferson County because we are getting ready to help you!  We will be providing this same free service for Jefferson County First Responder Vehicles on Thursday, April 30th at the Jefferson County Fair.  The following are the details:

Join us at:

Location: Jefferson County Fair Park

(Cleary Building)

503 N. Jackson Ave.

Jefferson, WI  53549

Dates: April 30

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Please call 920-674-3002 to RSVP if you would like to participate.  This will help us track the amount of vehicles so we can staff the event appropriately.  

Tips for Working From Home With Family

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Various Tips to Social Distance At Home Social Distancing Can Be Accomplished At Home

How To Make Physical Distancing Work For Your Family

Physical distancing has presented parents with challenges that most of us have never faced before. Adjusting to working at home can blur the line between family life and work life.

Many of us at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc are parents, so just like you, we’ve been looking for strategies that will work for our families. Below are just a few approaches we’ve found so far. While we realize every family has unique circumstances, we hope you’ll find something here that’s helpful.

Communicate, collaborate, and coordinate.

If both parents are trying to work from home, remember that you’re on the same team together. Try to set up a schedule that suits everyone. Some of us are taking shifts, where one parent works from 8:30am to 12:00pm, while the other cares for the kids, then switching from 12:30pm to 5:00pm. Make a plan, but leave room to be flexible.

…Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults…

EPHESIANS 4:2

Include your kids.

Ask your children to “help” in ways that make sense for their ages. You might help them make a “Time to Work” sign for you, then explain that when you hang it on the door, that means you need to concentrate. Help them make special artwork for your workspace—especially if you’ll be in video meetings. Your kids are more likely to respect boundaries between work time and family time if they feel invested in both.

Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds… Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

DEUTERONOMY 11:18-19

Set realistic expectations.

“Productivity” looks different right now than it did three months ago. And, most of the people you work with are likely dealing with issues very similar to yours. Be a living example of the things you hope to receive from others. Give grace to your coworkers, to your children, and to yourself.

The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Galatians 5:22-23

As much as you can, enjoy this time you have together. It may be hard to remember right now, but just a few months ago, many of us were trying to find ways to spend more time with our kids. It’s true that our current circumstances come with real challenges. But, it’s also true that we have the power to choose how we respond. We can see them as setbacks that are causing us pain, or as opportunities to draw our families closer than ever. If you are looking for a deep cleaning sanitation company who specializes in both professional commercial cleaning and professional residential cleaning, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc 920-674-3002.  You can search for emergency cleaning company near me or local commercial cleaning company and you should find SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  Visit us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram!

Things To Do Right Now to Fuel Future Business Growth

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Sample to do list Things To Do For Your Business

The COVID-19 crisis has hit small business owners in a variety of ways, and many of you likely have more time on your hands than you did before.  We at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc are always looking for tips as well to improve.  And when we see good information, we want to pass it along.  

Here are some ideas to help maximize your future productivity and ensure you hit the ground running when you are able to work at full throttle again.

1. Take time to learn

There are many opportunities to up your game right now. Participate in webinars or do research to learn about new skills or how to improve on what you are currently doing.  There are many free online skill development opportunities that will paint your path to further career growth.

Additionally, look over the curriculum at your local education institutions, including the community colleges that can offer custom online learning and certification opportunities, particularly as they apply to business education.

2. Stay in “shape”

No one has to tell you about the physical toll being "safer at home" can take on your body. Consider an exercise program that can keep you in “shape” so your body doesn’t scream for mercy once you put it back to work.

You’ll find all kinds of stretches, yoga exercises and workouts online and in a variety of magazines. Don’t own equipment? No worries. As the old saying goes, “All you need is sticks and bricks,” and you don’t even need those to do a pushup. 

3. Shine up your billboards

Whether you own one pickup or a fleet of vehicles, your vehicle makes a statement, much like a billboard does, on the road and in the driveways and parking lots of the places you work. And that statement is particularly relevant in your line of work.

So now’s the time to do the minor body repairs, detail your vehicles, wax them up, and be sure they send a positive message about your company out in public.

Additionally, how about creating a logo for your door panel, or upgrading your current logo? Consider getting the input of a professional graphic designer, many of whom, like you, have some free time on their hands these days.

4. Catch up on maintenance

While you’re considering how to use your vehicles as billboards, use this time to make sure they stay in peak operational shape. Check tires, change the oil and do the preventive maintenance things you otherwise don’t have time for when you are doing your regular work.  

Your work equipment could be in line for some attention, too. If you’ve noticed a leak in something, consider getting that fixed.  

5. Assess your website, social media presence

It’s time to reach out to your markets. Let’s start with your website. Is it working as hard as it could be? It might be five years old or more by now — is it representative of you and your business today? It may look functional to you, but try to see it through the eyes of a prospect who’s checking you out for the first time. Is it painting a picture of your business that you want a prospect to see?

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn — get out there, make friends and show off your capabilities. Now is the time to make a video or simply post photos and show some of the room and building transformations that you have authored.

And while you’re on the computer, check out the website of SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc. Or for information on our social media pages, visit us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram!

6. Clean up your lists

Your databases are like that junk drawer in the kitchen. There are things you put in there 10 years ago and haven’t thought about since. Use this time to perform database hygiene and weed out information that is obsolete.

And while you’re in there, make a note of which past customers may want additional services.  Once you’ve identified a target list, consider what might be the most effective means of reaching out and reminding them that you are “their restoration provider.”

7. Check out some new tools

Communication tools such as Zoom and CompanyCam are game changers for contractors who are juggling multiple projects at once and are often faced with the need to share photos or videos as quickly as possible.

Additionally, take time to bring yourself up to speed on some of the tools available to make building estimates easier. Learn about different estimating programs to help build estimates, in addition to access to data sheets and product information.

For all your fire and water cleanup and restoration needs, or mold remediation or asbestos abatement, SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is here to help.  We will help make it "Like it never even happened."  Call us today 920-674-3002.

But we also offer so much more.  With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we want to be known as your:

"Deep cleaning sanitation company" or your "Professional commmercial or residential cleaner" or your "Local commercial or residential cleaning company."  If you do an online search for "emergency cleaning service near me" or "emergency cleaning company near me," we are hopeful that you will find SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.

SERVPRO Has Air Scrubbers (Negative Air Machines) For Rent

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Air scrubber machine encassed in green plastic Negative Air Machines (Air Scrubbers) Available For Rent to Improve Air Quality

COVID-19 is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

In any commercial business setting where the work being performed is an essential service, you want to ensure that the air quality within your facility is as safe as possible.  The use of an air scrubber/negative air machine will help.  An air scrubber is used for cleaning and controlling air quality and creating negative pressure in a work area.

How It Works: Potentially contaminated air enters the unit and passes through three-stage filtration capturing respiratory droplets (aerosols), viral particles, smoke, fumes, mold spores, dust and other types of particulates. Clean air is returned to the environment. When larger areas are to be cleaned, multiple units can be strategically placed for optimum cleaning. A 12" exhaust flange allows an operator to exhaust to a remote area or create controlled negative pressure in a contained area.

Each unit features:

  • 3-stage filtration with 99.97% 0.3 micron HEPA filter.
  • Dent & corrosion proof durable polyethylene cabinet.
  • Two speed blower.
  • Built in 12” exhaust duct flange.
  • Filter monitor gauge.
  • Hour meter.
  • Heavy duty locking caster wheels.
  • Lifting handles.  
  • Stackable for transport and storage.

The specifications are:

  • Power: 115 v, 60 hz
  • Amps: 6.5 low speed/10.2 high speed
  • CFM: 1250 low speed/1650 high speed.w/ filters
  • Cord: 25’, 14/3 gauge, safety yellow
  • Dimensions: 38” x 27” x 32½ ”
  • Weight: 120 lbs.
  • ETL listed for US and Canada.

If you are interested in improving the quality of air at your place of business and renting any of these units, please contact us at SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is hear for all your decontamination needs, both commercial and residential.  We are also here for all your water damage, fire damage, mold remediation and asbestos abatement needs.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County Continues to Offer Residential Disinfecting Services

4/16/2020 (Permalink)

Flyer from SERVPRO promoting residential disinfecting services SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Is Still Here to Offer Residential Disinfecting Services

During these where the way we live our lives is changing on a daily basis, and businesses have been closed and the children are being home schooled, please remember that SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is still here to help.  During these times of stay-at-home orders and self-quarantine, it is important that structures, particularly homes, are disinfected to help prevent the spread of bio contaminants, including coronavirus.  

Our services offered and scope go beyond the work environment; we also continue to provide residential cleaning and disinfecting.  For 50 years SERVPRO has been going into people's homes to disinfect after a sewage water intrusion, or to do mold remediation, or disinfect after insect infestations and virus exposure.  These same services are offered today as well.  As the #1 restoration company in the United States, our professional services remain the same.  We would not be considered #1 if we were not knowledgeable at what we do. 

Our trained technicians will provide you with security that your home and your family are protected.  We will enter your home with full personal protective equipment on to not just protect themselves, but to protect all the people and the pets living there.  Our technicians will be wearing full body suits, heavy duty gloves, respirators/masks, eye protection, etc.

If you need SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to disinfect your home due to the current coronavirus concern, remember that we are here to help.  Call us at 920-674-3002.

Flooded Basement in Helenville

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Basement filled with personal contents and a SERVPRO technician working to move the items out of the way SERVPRO of Jefferson County Cleans Contents and Home after Sewage Back-up

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc takes pride in helping people. During a recent sewage drain back up at a property in Helenville, WI, we helped with both removal of contaminated water clean up and reorganizing our customer's basement. 

It is very important for SERVPRO to be thorough when we are cleaning up after an emergency water/sewage back up. We want to make sure to get every contaminated area and item cleaned and disinfected properly. 

Often when we get calls for water in someone's basement, we find piles of personal belongings that have been placed haphazardly over the years.  These items may have come in contact with the contaminated water. If that is the case, it requires our crews to move and rearrange people's belongings. We will take the time to go through the belongings and ensure they are completely cleaned and disinfected if they were affected. We work directly with the homeowner to recommend if any items should be cleaned or possible disposed of if the contamination is too excessive. Once we are ready to put disinfected belongings into a clean area, that is when our customer benefits from us helping move and reorganize long forgotten items. This service is included with most insurance claim jobs.

Just another reason SERVPRO service standards shine above and beyond competitors. We often provide service with extra perks that we are proud to offer our customers. 

For any emergency water damage or sewer backups, please call the certified water restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  920-674-3002

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Cleans and Disinfects a Home in Fort Atkinson After Sewage Backup

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen with drying equipment from SERVPRO placed on the floor Floor Drying Equipment From SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is proud when we get calls from repeat customers! Even though we understand most people don't want a disaster in their home or place of business, we appreciate the fact that customers call us back when disaster strikes more than once to use our services.

This job in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin was a customer who used our services in 2019 for a broken pipe. He was so happy with our service that when he moved into a new home in 2020 and had a sewage back up, he called us again.  Nothing makes us happier than being able to provide exceptional customer service! A repeat customer shows that SERVPRO goes the extra mile to make sure our customers get the great service they deserve.

Thank you to the many customers that continue to contact us for each unfortunate incident. We appreciate you!

If you have any type of emergency damage, such as those caused by fire, water, mold, etc., please call the professionals at SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  Speak to certified technicians when you call 920-674-3002.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Helps a Retirement Community in Watertown, WI

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen wall with some drywall removed and carpet on floor peeled back Post Mitigation at Apartment in a Retirement Community

A retirement community in Watertown, Wisconsin experienced a pipe leak in a second floor apartment and the water leaked down into a first floor apartment. From the customer's past experience with SERVPRO, the maintenance manager knew SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc would give them again the service they needed in order to get their residents back to normal quickly.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is a preferred service provider for many large commercial facilities in our area. We strive to help our commercial clients efficiently and thoroughly to keep business interruption to a minimum. This is all the more important when your tenants homes are affected.  Your tenants want to have their home back to normal as quickly as possible.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc has emergency crews on call 24/7/365 to enable us to help you whenever disaster strikes. Give us a call at (920) 674-3002 to make sure your tenants are taken care of quickly by certified technicians that take pride in their work. 

Invitation: SERVPRO of Jefferson County To Disinfect First Responder Vehicles

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

Announcement Flyer for First Responder Vehicle Disinfecting SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Teams Up with the Jefferson County Fair Grounds to Help Local First Responders

During this unprecedented time and the concerns of COVID-19 continue to be both local and global issues, we at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc would like to give something back to our local first responders.  As a way of saying "Thank You" to them for their service and putting their own safety at risk to protect us, SERVPRO has teamed up with the Jefferson County Fair Grounds to host an event where we will clean and disinfect first responder work vehicles of biohazards, including coronavirus and various types of bacteria.  This is all done free of charge to our service people.  We want to make the people in these vehicles feel safe while they are serving our community.  

For all First Response Vehicles, we offer towel surface disinfecting and microbial misting.  If you are interested in having your vehicle disinfected, please call the office to RSVP so we can assign you a specific time.  This event will be held on April 30, 2020 at the Jefferson County Fair Grounds from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

If you have concerns about virus exposure and a need to have your home or business cleaned and disinfected, please call the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc 920-674-3002.

INVITATION: SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County To Disinfect First Responder Vehicles

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

We at SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County would like to give something back to our local first responders during this COVID-19 pandemic.  As a way of saying "Thank You" for their service and putting their own safety at risk to protect us, SERVPRO will host a free event where we will clean and disinfect first responder work vehicles of biohazards, including coronavirus and various types of bacteria.  This is all done free of charge to our service people.  We want to make the people in these vehicles feel safe while they are serving our community.  

For all First Response Vehicles, we offer towel surface disinfecting and microbial misting.  If you are interested in having your vehicle disinfected, please call the office to RSVP so we can assign you a specific time.  This event will be held on April 23, 2020 at our Waukesha location from 10 am until 2 pm.  

If you have concerns about virus exposure and a need to have your home or business cleaned and disinfected, please call the trained professionals at SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County 262-542-0900.

Recommended COVID-19 RESPONSE PLAN for Essential Businesses

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Bridge in Jefferson, WI over the Rock River SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is a proud member of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

During these very challenging times, most people and organizations are doing their best to try and help the community in many wonderful, heart-felt and encouraging ways.  We are SERVPRO of Jefferson County also want to help.  Therefore, we will be sharing what we feel is important information and articles that can help the communities that we serve.  Sometimes it may be re-posting an article or sometimes it may be passing along an entire link to a website.  This week, we want to share information about a recommended COVID-19 response plan for businesses that were determined to be "essential businesses."

By implementing a COVID-19 Response Plan, an “essential” company pledges to dedicating resources immediately to identify and mitigate situations in the workplace which may introduce, expose or spread COVID-19. Each company’s written plan, unique to the operations under its control, will document the identification and mitigation measures taken, including all engineering controls, administrative controls and safe work practices, and will update that plan on a regular basis for the duration of the COVID-19 Situation.

• Ban in-person meetings (internal or external) and employee convenings (formal or informal) of any size. Employee communication handled virtually wherever possible.

• Regular body temperature scans performed and logged for all on-site employees (contingent on availability of scanning devices, which are in short supply due to acute global demand).

• Immediate workflow audit that removes instances of employees being within 6’ of each other.

• Reduction of on-site work hours to minimum needed to sustain operations.

• Staggered shifts and work hours to minimize on-site human presence at a given time.

• Staggered use of all shared spaces, including bathrooms, breakrooms and lunchrooms.

• Staggered facility entry and exit procedures.

• Mandatory work at home for all employees except the absolute minimum required for baseline production and logistics functions.

• Sanitary processes implemented throughout facility (soap, hand sanitizer, single-use gloves, doors propped open, hands-free capabilities, no shared food).

• Blue tape marking of surfaces that receive frequent human contact; disinfection of these surfaces multiple times daily.

• International travel ban – business and personal.

• Domestic business travel bans except for critical operations (with senior management approval). Domestic personal travel requires employee to self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.

• Any employee returning from a Level 2 or 3 CDC travel country must self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.

• No deliveries except those that support production activities or emergency building maintenance.

• No visitors (including suppliers and customers) except those approved by senior management.

• Employees must immediately report symptoms associated with COVID-19 exposure.

• Employees must report contact with any person who tests positive for COVID-19; employee must subsequently self-quarantine for 14 days and be symptom-free before returning to work.

• Essential manufacturing personnel should be evaluated in the testing queue, especially in circumstances in which employers would request workers to be sequestered on site, Certify clean and then shelter in the workplace.

Please remember that SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomwoc is an essential business and here to help.  If you have fire or water damage, mold remediation or asbestos abatement, call us at 920-674-3002.

Also note that SERVPRO is Here to Help with all types of disinfecting servicesWe use hospital-grade disinfectants to help clean and disinfect structures in buildings with a concern about exposure to various types of viruses.  

SERVPRO Is Here to Help - Strategies and Resources for Small Businesses and Community Groups

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Logo of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation SERVPRO Is Here to Help with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

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.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Disinfects After Possible Virus Exposure

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Two people wearing personal protective equipment cleaning in a reception area SERVPRO Technicians Disinfecting a Medical Clinic

A local Oconomowoc, WI business recently had a concern that an elderly customer came into their clinic that may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.  Because this clinic is considered an essential business as they serve the elderly population, they needed to ensure that their work environment was properly cleaned and disinfected quickly so that they could re-open their doors and service other customers.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called to help them.  The clinic manager knew that SERVPRO was a reputable organization and was willing to do the type of disinfecting and had the proper chemicals.  The SERVPRO technicians followed proper safety protocal and work all required personal protective equipment to protect themselves.

This photo shows two technicians wet cleaning with a hospital-grade disinfectant and fogging with the same chemical.  Fogging is used to reach small openings or crevices where traditional wet cleaning methods may not access.

If you have a concern about a bio or virus exposure and you are considering a professional company to clean and disinfect your home or business properly, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002.

Mold Remediation Services Performed by SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee using a ULV fogger to spray a disinfectant in the attic SERVPRO Technician Applying An Anti-Microbial Using a ULV Fogger

A bathroom van/vent that was not vented properly to the outside but was vented to the attic caused this mold growth in a home in North Prairie, Wisconsin.  A real estate professional friend of the home owner recommended SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to do the work.  This realtor had used SERVPRO in the past and was very happy with the results.

This picture shows a technician using a ULV fogger to "mist" an anti-microbial disinfectant to treat the affected roof decking.  By misting this anti-microbial, the smaller droplets will penetrate into tiny cracks and crevices that may not be reached by other types of sprayers. 

The photo was taken only minutes after the mold spores were vacuumed up using a special HEPA vacuum, which is designed for mold remediation.  Our customer was very happy with the results. 

For all your mold remediation needs, please call the trained technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc 920-674-3002

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Hosts Another Successful Annual Fundraiser

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

Sets of Bean Bags and Boards and sponsor Banner Sponsors Banner and Winning Set of Boards

On March 7, 2020 SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County and SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc hosted their annual fund raising event.  This year was our most successful event where almost $7,000 was raised!  All proceeds went to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Over 100 people attended the event which equated to 39 teams of two, sponsors, donors and spectators.  In addition to the fun bean bags tournament, participants enjoyed a bloody mary bar, snacks, music, hamburgers, italian sausages and brat sandwiches.  

SERVPRO would like to thank all our sponsors.  Our sponsors include:

Gold Level:

  • Alexander Plumbing & Associates
  • Certified Restoration Drycleaning Network
  • Gordon J. Meier
  • Guardian Credit Union
  • Homesite Property Inspections
  • Kohl's Corporation
  • Nonn's Flooring
  • Smoke-Out Cleaners
  • Woodstock Properties Maintenance

Silver Level:

  • Bob Adams Employee Benefits Consultant

Bronze Level:

  • Clip Art Hair Studio
  • Emperor's Kitchen
  • Encompass Realty
  • Express Care Walk-In Clinic
  • MicroAnalytical
  • Nationwide Floor and Window Coverings
  • R&R Insurance Services
  • Wood Specialties

SERVPRO® is the Cleaning Expert

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Green van with SERVPRO logo #cleaning #heretohelp #weareopen

SERVPRO® is always Here to Help

We are experiencing an unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus. We want to  remind our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Trained Crews

At SERVPRO® we are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants. We will go beyond the scope of work that regular cleaning or maintenance staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

We use Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, (920) 674-3002.

Most Loved Award

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

An award symbol that states 2020 most loved 2020 Most Loved Company #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc

Congrats to Our 2020 Winners!

Parents of Hulafrog voted & SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc rocked it. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc received  the Most Loved Business in the cleaning category. 

Hulafrog is a great site to visit to get information about community events. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc loves to be a part of community events, so we use to the website to see how we can get involved.

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is very honored that Hulafrog voted us the most loved in the cleaning category. SERVPRO is always striving for the great customer experience.

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."

Space Heater Safety Tips From SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Space Heater on fire resting next to a couch Use With Caution: Portable Space Heaters Can Cause Fires

Wisconsin winters are known to be cold, long and dreary.  Many of us will use portable space heaters to add additional warmth during those long, cold wintry months.  However, please use these devices very carefully as these pieces of household items are known to cause thousands of fires per year totaling millions of dollars worth of damage.  

SPACE HEATER SAFETY TIPS

  • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.
  • Always keep away from children and pets.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep, and don't let pets or children play too close to a space heater.
  • Space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.
  • Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
  • Locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire.
  • Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.
  • Always allow heater to cool before safely storing it.
  • In the event that you experience fire, smoke or soot damage, call the certified fire and smoke restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc. 

    (920) 674-3002.

    Tips from SERVPRO on How To Prevent Frozen Pipes and Bursting

    12/27/2019 (Permalink)

    Plumbing pipes that have frost on it and frozen water hanging from the valve Frozen Pipes Like This Can Be Prevented

    Our long, cold and dreary Winter months lead to many emergency water losses caused by frozen pipes that burst.  As a general rule of thumb, in order for your home's water pipes to freeze, the outside temperature needs to be below 20 degrees, for a total of at least six consecutive hours.  The following are some helpful tips to help combat the cold this winter:

     Tips To Prevent Frozen Pipes and Bursting

    1. Keep Water Faucets Running

    If it is extremely cold outside, always keep one or two faucets running, very slowly. Water moving through the system should prevent the line from freezing.

    2. Direct Warm Air To Cold Areas Of Your Home

    Often, the pipes that freeze are located near an outside wall or a window, so be sure to direct warm air to any colder areas of your home. (Start in your basement and look for any pipes near the exterior of the home).

    3. Leave Your Cabinet Doors Open

    If your kitchen sink is on an outside wall (as it usually is), be sure to leave cabinet doors open to allow warm air into the cabinet. Your kitchen faucet is usually a good water source to leave on, but very slowly, during extremely cold weather.

    4. Disconnect Your Hose From The Outside Faucet

    Be sure to disconnect your hose from the outside faucet. If you leave your hose connected, water is not able to drain out of your hose bib which can cause it to break.

    5. Install Heat Tape

    Heat tape is a great tool to use when it is extremely cold. Homeowners can install this tape themselves and it will warm pipes as needed during cold weather.

    6. Seal Leaks That Allow Cold Air Into Your Home

    Sealing leaks that allow cold air into your home where pipes are located is very important. Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze in your home.

    7. Check Your Home's Temperature

    Prevent temperatures from dropping below 32 degrees in any area of your home where water lines are located.

    8. Call An Expert Plumber

    An expert licensed plumber will be able to locate weak spots in your plumbing lines and hopefully prevent potential pipe bursts from happening.

    The certified water restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc are help to help you with all of your emergency water damage needs.  Call (920) 674-3002 and speak with a trained professional who can help you get the process going.  

    Local SERVPRO Franchise Conducts Wellness Challenge To Promote Healthy Eating and Exercise

    12/18/2019 (Permalink)

    Facts about workplace wellness such as increasing job satisfaction and increased productivity Facts About Workplace Wellness

    Some people will think of SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc as another restoration company.  However, we are not just another restoration company.  We take pride in what we do, we truly care about what we do and we are confident in what we do and we strive for those things to help make happy customers.  Happy customers starts from happy employees.  If our employees are not happy and just "going through the motions," then the customer service experience may not be positive.

    It is not just about the money that the employee earns, but also caring about their job and caring about the customer experience.  In order to help keep our customers happy, the Executive Management team at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc encourages our employees to live happy and healthy lifestyles.  One way we do this is by having a "Wellness Challenge" which all employees are encouraged to participate in.

    We feel that the Holiday Season actually begins with Halloween and ends after New Years Day.  All employees are encouraged to limit their candy consumption, particularly after Halloween.  Employees are encouraged to watch what they eat over Thanksgiving and the other Holidays.  We encourage each other to no overeat during these celebrations.    

    This Wellness Challenge included weekly weigh-ins and the winner is determined by the highest PERCENT weight loss over the designated time period.  This challenge created friendly competition amongst the SERVPRO staff and light-hearted teasing.  We are happy to say that ten SERVPRO employees participated in this recent 12-week Wellness Challenge.  Even though the results varied from person to person, the encouragement that was given and received from each participant to do their best and avoid eating poorly was great to witness.  Employees took pride in their exercise routine and shared stories of success with each other.  To see their faces after a weigh-in that led to a loss of weight was very rewarding for management.

    Thank you to all the SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc employees who participated.  We are proud of all your individual accomplishments!

    A special thank you to Sarah, a SERVPRO Marketing Rep. who also was a form weight coach in her past.  With Sarah's leadership and experience, these employees had a wonderful experience!

    If you have any questions about fire or water damage, please call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc (920) 674-3002.

    Tips To Prevent Package Theft

    12/18/2019 (Permalink)

    3 boxes left at a home front door Prevent These Delivered Boxes From Being Stolen From Your Home

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc cares about you, your home or business and your contents.  Unfortunately, there are some people out there that do not care and will steal packages from your doorstep.  The following are tips from our insurance provider that we thought should be passed on to our customers.

    This holiday season, you may find that online shopping is a convenient way to check items off your list. While shopping from the comfort of your couch has its benefits, have you considered the risks involved with having a package delivered to your front door? Package thieves, sometimes referred to as “package pirates”, are stealing millions of packages every year. According to a study done by C+R Research, 31% of individuals had a package stolen last holiday season. On average, stolen packages can be an expensive loss. According to a study by Ring last year, the median value of a stolen package was about $250. With the Holiday season among us and online shopping on the rise, you and your family may want to discuss some options to keep your gifts and deliveries safe. 

    Tips To Prevent Package Theft

    1. Outdoor Security Camera

      Installing a camera at your front door is a great way to provide piece of mind, and can deter a thief from attempting to steal your package. Doorbell camera systems such as Nest and Ring are user-friendly and easy to install. These home security systems will allow you to view a live stream of your home from your personal smart phone, so you always know who is knocking at your door. Most doorbell camera systems will notify you when activity is detected, so you’ll know exactly when your item is delivered (even if they don’t ring the doorbell!). Use this function to prevent a package theft by stopping at home to bring your item inside, or even teaming up with neighbors by asking them to hold your package temporarily.
    2. Ship to Work or to Friend/Family’s Home

      For some individuals, stopping at home in the middle of the day might not be an option. A great alternative is to have your item shipped to your workplace. Speak to your manager and see what your company policy is- most employers understand that you spend most of your time at work therefore it may be acceptable to receive deliveries there. Sometimes workspace is limited though, so brainstorm people you know that are usually home during the day. Family members who are retired or friends that work from home would be great people to reach out to! The more the merrier when it comes to preventing package theft in our community.
    3. Amazon Hub Locker or In-Store Pick Up

      If you are shopping on Amazon, there is now an option to ship packages under 20lbs to an Amazon Hub location. Instead of having your package shipped to a home or business, you can select a “Pickup Point” in your area and have your item shipped to a secured locker kiosk. These Kiosks are located in more than 900 cities and towns across the U.S.! You can use an easy online locator tool to find one near you. They tend to be at neighborhood grocery stores, banks, pharmacy and other easy to access locations. You will receive an email when your item is delivered, and you must pick it up within 3 days of delivery. When you arrive for pick up, just enter your unique pick up code, retrieve your item from the locker, and you are good to go!

      Alternatively, if you are shopping at an online retailer other than Amazon, check to see if there is an “in store pick up” option. Insider tip: call the store directly if you do not see a “ship to store” option online. Often times, stores will offer free shipping when you ship to their location!

    Online shopping has become a common part of our lives, and its safe to say its here to stay. That being said, porch theft has become all too common as well. Being aware of the risk is the first step to protecting your deliveries. Taking a few moments to consider the above tips may save you from being a part of the staggering porch theft statistic. We hope that these tips were helpful, and wish you have a very happy Holiday season!

    Damage of all kinds, whether from burglary, fire, water or mold can be cleaned up by the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  (920) 674-3002.

    Carpet Cleaning Tips

    12/17/2019 (Permalink)

    A machine cleaning a beige patterned carpet SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc cleans carpets. #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc #carpetcleaning

    Carpets that are cleaner last longer and just look better overall. Here are five new ideas you can use to keep your carpets clean.

    1. Spot Cleaning. See this tips on cleaning stains. Shaving cream can be used for most carpet stains and sometimes it works even better than other methods out there. Apply shaving cream to the stain and let it sit for about 30 minutes. Once you’ve let the shaving cream sit for long enough, you can blot it up with a dry cloth. Follow that up with a few spritzes of baking soda and vinegar mixed together in a spray bottle. You don’t need to soak your carpet but make sure the stain still feels damp. After five minutes you can blot that up too.

    After you blot up the vinegar and water mix, you should be able to see that your once-stained carpet is looking much better. If the stain was particularly set in, you may have to repeat the process once or twice to get your carpet back to normal. Baking soda is great, but shaving cream can be a super handy second option. Give it a try next time.

    If you are unable to get the stains out of the carpet and you call a profession be sure to let the professions know what chemicals you may have used already. The reason for this is a chemical that the professions use may counteract when you have used on the carpet.

    2. Give steam cleaning a try.

    If you’re wanting to save some money, you can alternate deep cleaning with professional cleanings. Doing some of the steam cleaning yourself will make the time between your professional cleanings last longer.

    You can rent a steam cleaner at most supermarkets, and the detergent is usually pretty inexpensive too. You won’t need much of the cleaning solution, but if you haven’t used it before, give it a test on a small patch of carpet first. Sometimes certain detergents and carpets don’t mix well, and you don’t want to find that out by starting somewhere highly visible.

    3. Ice to remove gum.

    One of the most dreaded things you might find stuck in your carpet is gum. Gum is much less sticky once frozen, so you have a better chance of getting it out of your carpet once it’s one solid mass. After it’s been sitting with ice on it for a few minutes, remove what’s left of the ice and try prying the gum up with a butter knife or spoon. 

    4. Apply heat.

    Another sticky situation for your carpets is wax from something like a candle. Wax can get stuck in your carpet fibers easily.

    Try to scrape up the wax or pull it out when it’s cold, cover it with a towel and heat it up with an iron. The wax will soften under the towel and lift up into it. If there are any larger chunks still left under the towel, they should lift up more easily now that they aren’t hardened and stuck to the fibers.

    5. Change up when you vacuum.

    If you vacuum every week on the same day, try changing things up and choosing a different day of the week. 

    Keep what you’ve read here in mind and use these tips the next time you need to do a deep clean or deal with a stain.

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    What To Do After the Fire Is Out

    12/13/2019 (Permalink)

    Room with drywall burned and fallen to floor and soot-filled insulation on walls.  Also black smoke damage on ceiling joists SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Is Here to Help Clean and Deodorize and Restore This Structure

    Home fires can leave homeowners at a misfortune when trying to figure out what they should do after the fire is out. Despite its size, fire drastically affects your life and derails your sense of normalcy.  When disaster strikes, you settle on choices that effect your well-being and your finances. It is difficult to know whether you are settling on the correct decision. One of the first things to do is call your insurance agent and discuss the situation with that person. 

    Once it is determined that help is needed, an essential step is picking between complete replacement of your belonging or hiring a professional restoration company. As a rule, an expert restoration group will demonstrate to be more cost effective than replacing all your furniture, cabinets, flooring, etc. as well as your personal belongings.  Also, insurance carriers will usually recommend restoration over replacement.  Please keep in mind that many insurance policies have limits which means that a typical insurance carrier will only pay out a specific amount.  

    If this cautionary tale applies to your Jefferson County home, you are not the only one. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is your local, family owned resource to work with both you and the insurance carrier to restore and reestablish after the flames have been put out.

    Our goal, like yours, is to restore as much as possible before suggesting that you replace an item. This approach helps you save time and money in the aftermath of a fire. 

    At the point when you enroll the services of an expert group like SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, you can believe that we apply all of our years of experience and care in restoring your property. 

    Remember, when firefighters extinguish the last flame, take a deep breath, and consider your next step carefully. Leave your restoration needs to a caring and professional restoration company.  Call SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc (920) 674-3002.

    Safe (Real) Christmas Tree Burning Tips from SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc

    12/13/2019 (Permalink)

    Two people around an outdoor fire pit burning a Christmas tree Proper Way to Burn Old Christmas Tree

    If you have a real Christmas tree and wanting to burn it for disposal, please follow these safety tips.

    • Check local ordinances and requirements for outdoor burning.
    • Burn only if significant rainfall has occurred in the last three or four days or there is snow on the ground.
    • Never burn on dry or windy days.  Winds should not exceed 10 mph.
    • Select a burn location that is at least 25 feet away from natural areas, 25 feet from your home, 150 feet from other occupied buildings and 50 feet from any paved public roadway.
    • Remove all decorations from the tree before you burn.
    • Cut the tree into manageable sections, as necessary.
    • Clear the burn area free of other flammable materials, such as leaf litter and pine straw.
    • Keep a shovel and water hose handy (with the water turned on) in case the fire starts to escape containment.  Consider having a fire extinguisher near by.
    • Never leave a fire unattended, and make sure it is COMPLETELY out before leaving.
    • Never burn a Christmas tree in a fireplace or wood stove.

    If you experience damage due to a fire in your home or business, call the certified fire and smoke restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and we can help with your clean-up and restoration needs.  (920) 674-3002.  

    Industrial Cleaning Services Performed by SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc

    12/12/2019 (Permalink)

    Warehouse with cleaned floor and an empty mezzanine after post cleaning 40-Year Old Industrial Building Post-Cleaning Performed by SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.

    Industrial cleaning is a service that SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc provides and we are proud to say, quite good at it.  This industrial building in Jefferson County, Wisconsin needed to be cleaned before the new tenant moved in.  The landlord wanted the area to be as nice as possible because the previous tenant was there over 40 years so dirt and grime will add up over time.  The objective was that the new tenant would move into a clean and fresh environment in which to operate their small business.  The landlord called on the cleaning professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to provide these industrial cleaning services.

    The landlord had received a recommendation from a friend that previously used SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc for their industrial cleaning needs and was very happy with the services.  The landlord spoke with the Production Manager at SERVPRO and after answering some questions, an appointment was scheduled.  After the walk-thru was completed, the Production Manager put together an action plan and estimate.  This plan and amount was agreed upon by the landlord.

    This project was scheduled for 3 days but we are proud to say that SERVPRO came in underbudget and only took 2 days to complete.  The customer was extremely happy with the end result. 

    In this photo you can see a section of the warehouse after it was thoroughly cleaned and organized after all the contents were moved out.

    For all your commercial and industrial cleaning needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc (920) 674-3002 

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Presents to Shorewest Realty

    12/11/2019 (Permalink)

    Man standing in front of TV hung on wall with a woman listening Co-Owner of SERVPRO Jefferson County Presenting to Shorewest Realty

    On November 19, 2019 SERVPRO had the privilege and opportunity to present to approximately 15 different real estate professionals with Shorewest Realty and educate them on all the different services that SERVPRO provides and how we can help them sell homes faster.  Todd, the owner of SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and his Marketing Representative Dayle conducted a "Lunch & Learn" for these professionals.  We talked about how SERVPRO can help them during times of need, such as a storm event or a catastrophe, that occurs on a property that they currently have listed.  Topics included mold remediation, odor issues and how to eliminate them, water damage, fire damage, asbestos abatement, nicotine clean-up and hoarder clean-up and organization.  

    Thank you to all the Professionals at this local Shorewest Realty office for allowing us to present our information!  A few realtors commented on how much they enjoyed and learned from the presentation and had no idea that SERVPRO could help them in so many different ways!  SERVPRO of Jefferson County can be a source if additional help or resources are needed.

    If you are interested in having SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc present at your next meeting or would like to get more information, please call and speak with one of our marketing professionals.  

    For all your commercial needs, fire, water, mold, deodorization, asbestos abatement, etc., call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc (920-674-3002.  

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County Welcomes New Chamber Member

    12/11/2019 (Permalink)

    Female presenting a plaque to two males with a Thrivent Financial sign hanging on the wall behind them Sarah From SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Welcomes Thrivent Financial to the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

    Sarah, a Marketing Representative for the team at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, who is also a Jefferson Chamber of Commerce volunteer Ambassador, would like to welcome Michael Stade and Brian Dostelak as the newest members of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.  Michael and Brian are with Thrivent Financial.  

    Thrivent connects faith and finances for good.  They are ready to help you, your family and your community thrive.  To find out more about their services, please visit their website: Thrivent 

    To visit them in person, stop by their office located at 426 McMillen Place, Fort Atkinson.

    By joining the Chamber you can utilize all the benefits such as advocacy, professional development, community events, public visibility, awards & incentive programs. 

    This photo shows Sarah presenting Michael and Brian with their Jefferson Chamber plaque.  

    Wind From Tornado Causes Damage to Home

    12/6/2019 (Permalink)

    Front of home with tree limbs broken off and leaves laying on the ground all over the property Wind Damage From a Recent Storm Requires SERVPRO's Services

    A recent tornado that passed through Dousman, WI and Wales, WI caused this home some water and structure damage.  This before picture shows some of the mess left on the front yard after all the storms passed through.  You can see all the tree limbs and leaves left scattered throughout the property.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called in to clean up the water damage left inside this home.  Drywall to the ceiling and insulation in the attic were all affected and had to be removed.  The owner was happy that we could get out quickly, within a few hours after the storm, to begin the structure dry out.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is here to help with all your storm damage clean up.  Call (920) 674-3002 and speak with a certified water restoration technician.

    Christmas Tree Safety Tips

    12/6/2019 (Permalink)

    Decorated Christmas tree with lights on resting near a fire place with flames and sitting next to candles Beautiful Christmas Tree and Decorations But Safety Is Still Important

    Christmas trees help enhance the beauty of the Holiday Season and we encourage you to celebrate with family and friends and continue the family traditions handed down from generation to generation.  However, we want you to celebrate and enjoy your Christmas tree safely. 

    Luckily, Christmas tree fires and not common, but they usually cause serious and costly damage.  Between 20014 and 2018, about 230 home fires per year were responded to by U.S. fire departments, killing an average of four people each year and injuring many more.  Eighteen percent of these fires were caused by a heat source too close to the tree.

    Tips To Prevent Christmas Tree Fires

    1. Choose a fresh tree over cheaper and drier trees. The fresher the tree, the less likely it will pose a fire hazard. Look for flexible needles that don't break, and a trunk with sap.
    2. Keep the water coming. The tree stand should contain a continuous source of water and be sturdy enough to resist toppling by kids or pets.
    3. Don't choke the cord. Attach only three maximum strings of lights to any one extension cord, then place cords along walls to prevent a tripping hazard. Never run them under rugs or carpets.
    4. Trees don't need warmth. Keep the tree away from heat sources such as fireplaces, candles and even a TV.
    5. Not any lights will do. Use low energy, safe lighting that's been certified by a safety testing lab. Don't use damaged or frayed cords.
    6. Shut off the lights. Never leave the lights on overnight. Same goes for any appliances not in use when you are home or away.
    7. Don't keep a dry tree around. Dispose of trees properly. Don't even keep it in the garage.
    8. Artificial tree safety awareness. Artificial trees should be flame resistant and have a seal for an approved safety testing laboratory if the tree contains a built-in lighting set.
    9. Death by artificial tree. If the tree is metal, never use electric lights, as they can charge the tree and lead to electrocution.
    10. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Make sure everyone knows its location and how to use it.

    In the event of a fire, immediately call 9-1-1.  If you decide that you need help with the fire damage clean-up, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 674-3002 as we are here to help.  Call and speak with a certified Fire and Soot Restoration Technician.  

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to Host 4th Annual Fund Raiser

    12/6/2019 (Permalink)

    Set of bean bag boards with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation logo on it and a sign with all 2019 sponsors Last Year's Winning Bean Bag Boards Set and All 2019 Sponsors

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is pleased to announce that we are again hosting our annual fund raising event.  We are hosting a bean bags/cornhole tournament on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

    This is our 4th Annual Fund Raiser and like last year, our proceeds will again be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  In the 3 years combined, we have raised over $10,000.  

    In the restoration industry, we often are one of the first on site to help clean up after a fire.  It is the first responders who take the risk to help the people living in their community, and sometimes that get hurt or make the ultimate sacrifice while on the job.  By supporting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, this is our way at SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to show appreciation and give back to those families who are dealing with the loss of a fire fighter.

    If you are a first-responder who is interested in registering to play in the tournament, or you would like to make a contribution, please call our Marketing Department at SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 674-3002.

    We are also looking for local businesses to help support this event by donating a prize or by becoming an official sponsor.  If you are interested in being a sponsor or donating a prize, call us at (920) 674-3002 and ask to speak with one of our Marketing Team members.

    Facts About Candle Fires and Candle Fire Prevention

    12/5/2019 (Permalink)

    4 lit candles surrounded by festive decorations Festive Candles Are Beautiful, But Use With Caution

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc wishes everyone a Happy and Fun and Safe Holiday Season.  During the Holiday Season, candles can be very festive and smell nice and enhance the décor of your Holiday event.  However, please be careful when using candles.  December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.  In an average December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year. 

    From 2012-2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 9,100 home structure fires that were started by candles per year. These fires caused an annual average of 80 deaths, 770 injuries and $264 million in direct property damage. 

    Candle Fires by the Numbers (During the five-year period 2012-2016): 

    • Candles caused 3% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 7% of home fire injuries, and 5% of the direct property damage in home fires.
    • Roughly one-third (37%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 32% of the associated deaths and 47% of the associated injuries.
    • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths.
    • On average, 25 home candle fires were reported per day.
    • More than half (58%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.

    Candle Safety Tips

    • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
    • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
    • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
    • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.
    • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
    • Use candle holders that are sturdy and won’t tip over easily.
    • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
    • Don’t burn a candle all the way down – put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.

    Alternative Option:  Consider Using Battery-Operated Flameless Candles.  These candles can look, smell and feel like real candles. 

    Contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc for all your fire and smoke damage clean-up.  920-674-3002 

    Meet Misty - SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc's Office Manager

    12/5/2019 (Permalink)

    Head shot of female employee standing in front of wall Misty - Office Manager

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is pleased to welcome Misty as our newest team member!  Misty is the Office Manager who oversees all office procedures and policies.  Misty is dedicated to giving exemplary customer service and leading her staff to the same level.  Some hobbies she enjoys includes off-roading, riding the Harley and crocheting.  (Little known fact, Misty is a certified crochet instructor from the American Crochet Association)

    The office staff at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc start the customers experience with responsive service.  They listen to recognize what the customer needs are and gives the customer the comfort they have called the best company for their needs.  They are organized to take your call when you need them.

    To learn more about any of our services, such as fire and water damage needs, or asbestos abatement, deodorization or general cleaning needs, call Misty or one of her knowledgeable office staff at 920-674-3002.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  

    Budget Planning For An Emergency

    12/5/2019 (Permalink)

    Hand hold $10 bills and $100 bills with bills falling from the sky in the background Emergency Situations Can Be Expensive! #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc

    Emergency Budget Planning

    If you are like most people, you try to be prepared for when an emergency might happen, but most people are not prepared.  Do you try to budget for the unexpected, and it never seems to be enough? Here are a few things to take into consideration when making an emergency budget.

    1. What are my monthly bills – mortgage, electric/gas/water, phone, groceries, vehicle gas, insurance home/auto. Take the monthly total x 6 and that should be your emergency savings. The better prepared you are will make the emergency less stressful.
    2. Where will the family stay in case of an emergency? Plan with family or friends for a place to stay and check to see what local hotels charge by the week so you have a plan B. It’s always good to have a backup plan, don’t forget to add this coast to the emergency budget.
    3. What about your pets, the furry family members? Where will they stay? Will family or friends welcome your pets in their home? Is there a boarder that you trust? What is the food coast for a month or an emergency vet visit? When making the emergency budget don’t forget to add the furry members coast into your total as well or have a separate budget just for them.
    4. What will insurance cover? As a homeowner you should know what your insurance will cover and what they won’t, if you use a broker make an appointment to talk about it. A few questions for your broker are – Do I need to increase my limits? Do I need to add an umbrella to my policy? If you don’t use a broker maybe investigate to find savings and to know that you truly are covered for those unexpected moments.
    5. Who to call when an emergency happens? If an emergency happens, do you have a plan on who to call?  SERVPRO is the leading restoration company nationwide. Our crews are trained and ready to help you when emergencies happen to your home and make it "Like it never even happened".

    As the nationwide leading restoration company, you should call SERVPRO of Jefferson County for all your emergency cleanup needs.  Call (920)674-3002 for more information and to speak with a trained professional.  

    Sometimes delays happen with mitigation

    11/25/2019 (Permalink)

    Mechanical equipment in a room Commercial loss in a mechanical room. #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc #commercial #waterdamage

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc understand the urgency of our commercial customer's needs.

    Once we are on site for our inspection, we work up a plan that we go over in detail with our contact on site to ensure they have a clear understanding of our process. However, once we begin our mitigation work we may find something that puts our work on hold. An example of this would be the need to detach a water heater or a water softening system. Since we are not licensed plumbers, we will need to call in help in order for our mitigation work to continue. Since we can't always guarantee the licensed contractors we will call on for help can get to the job immediately, we may have to delay the mitigation process in order to get our contractors on site to safely and properly continue on with the mitigation. We try our best to keep the delays to a minimum but sometimes they are inevitable. 

    Our commercial clients have a different set of priorities that we always take into consideration. In order to minimize business interruption, SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc only calls in reliable professionals to help. We have been working with these professionals for years.  As business owners themselves, they understand how important it is to get back to business quickly but safely. 

    If you find your business or commercial property has a water or fire emergency, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002 so we can help get your business back up and running as quickly as possible. 

    Tips to Help Prevent Pipes From Freezing

    11/20/2019 (Permalink)

    Concrete Floor With Oil Stains Frozen Pipe Leads to Oil Leak and SERVPRO Is Called To Help

    The recent cold weather that came through most of the U.S., including Wisconsin, affected this building in Lake Mills.  The single digit temperatures caused this oil pipe to break and leak.  While trying to repair the pipe, droplets of oil dripped onto this concrete floor.

    TIPS TO PREVENT PIPES FROM FREEZING

    • Insulate pipes.  Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. The more insulation used, the better protected the pipes will be.
    • Heat tape or thermostatically controlled heat cables can be used to wrap pipes.
    • Seal leaks that allow cold air inside near where pipes are located.  Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, etc.  With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let enough cold air in to cause a pipe to freeze.
    • Disconnect garden hoses and, if possible, use an indoor valve to shut off and drain water from pipes leading to outside hose faucets.
    • Keep your thermostate set at the same temperature during both day and night.
    • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to un-insulated pipes under sinks and appliances near exterior walls.

    For all your frozen pipe and other water related damage, call the certified water restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to help.  (920) 674-3002

    Preparing Your Home During Your Vacation

    11/20/2019 (Permalink)

    Two bamboo chairs sitting under an umbrella on a sandy beach next to the ocean with boats floating by This Is NOT Wisconsin!

    We all look forward to vacations to escape the cold weather.  Anyone from the Midwest knows that the cold weather can cause all different types of damage.  In the restoration industry, water damage is very common due to cold weather.  Many people look forward to vacations but they often forget one important thing; preparing your home while you are away on vacation.  For most people, their home is their most expensive asset.  Why not do whatever you can to take care of it and prevent water damage during those cold months? 

    If your home has water damage while you are on vacation, be sure to call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and we can help you.  However, here are some simple tips to follow before leaving on that vacation.

    WAYS TO AVOID FROZEN PIPES WHILE ON VACATION

    1. Check the battery in your thermostat and replace it if needed.  If it has been more than six months, we recommend that you replace the batter.
    2. Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit
    3. Have someone, a neighbor or friend, a trust-worthy person, to check your house daily.  
    4. Shut off the main water supply and drain the water system.  (Be aware that if you have a fire protection sprinkler system in your house, it may be deactivated when  you shut off the water)

    Water restoration technicians are available at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc when you have water damage to your home or business.  Call us (920) 674-3002

    Storm Water Causes Flood in Finished Basement

    11/20/2019 (Permalink)

    Moisture sensor resting on wood sill plate where drywall was cut away Moisture Detection Equipment Used at SERVPRO

    Heavy rains caused this basement in Fort Atkinson, WI to flood.  This picture shows the moisture sensor determining how much was absorbed into the sill plate on this wall that the drywall had to be removed.  

    If your home or business suffers water damage, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) cautions you to act within 48 hours because water damage may possibly lead to secondary damage knows as mold and it could begin to develop within 48-72 hours of water exposure. 

    Among some modern technology and technical advancements at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc are:  

    Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment
    Too often people think they’ve removed all the water from a flood or water event and repaired the damage when they have actually missed critical steps in restoring their property. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc follows the high and strict standards for restoration and cleaning of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We follow the IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide, a specific set of practical standards and techniques that incorporate the advanced field of psychometry. Psychometry is the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively. What looks dry to the eye and feels dry to the hand is often still holding enough moisture to create mold and to further damage property.

    We employ advanced scientific drying principles and specialized equipment. A SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc crew can detect, measure, and monitor your property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor. We also use sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters to precisely measure the extent of moisture saturation.

    If a catastrophe happens in your home or business, call on the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 674-3002 to help make it "Like it never even happened."  

    Employees at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Take Tour of Local Manufacturer

    11/19/2019 (Permalink)

    Two men and two women listening to women giving a tour and presentation Two SERVPRO of Jefferson Employees Getting Tour of Local Manufacturing Plant

    At SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, we encourage our customers and potential customers to "be prepared" for any type of disaster.  Would you know what to do if a tree fell on your home or business and you could not get in?  What would you do if you had water spraying out of a pipe above your expensive equipment?  These are all the types of questions that we can help you answer by us completing a free Emergency Ready Plan.  

    From a burst pipe in an office building to faulty wiring in an apartment complex, fire and water losses are never planned, but they do occur.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc knows that there is no such thing as a small emergency when it threatens the welfare of the tenants and the revenue of a property owner.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc can provide you FREE assistance in developing an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP).  As part of a well thought-out contingency plan, your ERP will contain information you need in the event an emergency situation occurs.

    This photo shows two SERVPRO employees getting a tour of a local Jefferson Business and with this information, an Emergency Ready Plan can be created.  

    Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002 about an Emergency Ready Plan for your facility.

    How To Avoid And Remove Window Condensation

    11/19/2019 (Permalink)

    Water droplets on glass window and window sill Condensation And Mold On Window and Sill

    Here at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, we are often asked to come into a property and conduct mold remediation, particularly caused by condensation around windows.  As you know, this only happens in the colder months when the temperature drops to about 40 degrees F.  The following are tips that we found from Family Handyman on how to avoid and remove that pesky window condensation.

    1. Check the humidity level in your home; it is probably a bit too high. With double-pane windows, you should be able to sustain somewhere around 50 to 55 percent relative humidity indoors on a 40-degree night and not get condensation on your windows. That means that if the relative humidity in your home is higher, say 60 or 70 percent, your windows will become dehumidifiers and condense water from the air until the relative humidity level inside drops to the 55 percent range.
    2. Buy an inexpensive hygrometer to monitor your indoor relative humidity. This will allow you to track the problem and watch the effects of changes.
    3. Gas and propane release a lot of moisture when they burn, so the fireplace will increase the moisture level in your home if you use it extensively. Watch your hygrometer to see if running the fireplace causes a significant increase in indoor relative humidity.
    4. It's also possible that your new home is still drying out: New concrete, wood and other materials usually take 12 to 18 months to dry, depending on drying conditions. You can't control this, but on cold evenings you can open your doors and flush the warm humid air out of your home for 10 to 15 minutes.

    Again, once the indoor temperature returns to normal, your hygrometer should tell you that the relative humidity has dropped, and the problem may disappear after another heating season. Sometimes this problem occurs only at the beginning of the heating season, when materials are drying out after a humid summer, and disappears after a few weeks.

    If neither of these seems to be the problem, look for other sources of excess moisture. Some common sources, like lots of green plants, can be easily controlled. But other common ones can't, like ground moisture moving up through the concrete slab. If you can't diagnose the problem, talk with your local building inspector about the moisture problems common to your area. Or call in a home inspector who understands condensation (and mold) issues for a home inspection and diagnosis.

    For all your mold remediation issues, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc (920) 674-3002

    Water Damage to Vacant Property

    11/19/2019 (Permalink)

    Person with hose connected to carpet wand removing water from the carpet SERVPRO Technician Extracting Water From Carpet

    This vacant property was on the market at the time of the water intrusion.  The home furnace was not turned on and with our cold Wisconsin winters and no one checking on the property, a water supply line broke pouring thousands of gallons of water into this home.

    Water Extraction Technology
    Our advanced and powerful water extraction equipment speeds the drying process. It quickly removes the bulk of the water from your home or business to help prevent further damage. A SERVPRO truck-mounted or a portable extraction unit performs efficient water removal.

    Modern Drying Equipment
    But water extraction isn’t enough. You need to dry anything that’s been partially saturated by water. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc uses industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers. The typical drying technology available to consumers isn’t powerful enough for big jobs. Our advanced drying equipment is needed to remove the remaining (and often undetected) moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

    Why use our high-speed air movers? Because the technology behind them means more moisture evaporates at a faster pace. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc's industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

    Technology That Removes Odors And Deodorization
    Water, chemical, fire, or other natural disasters often cause powerful odors. These odors are not healthy or safe. We use special techniques and technology (like air scrubbers, thermal foggers, and deodorizing agents) that removes airborne contaminants and restores air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.

    Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc for all your water damage drying needs (920) 674-3002.

    Co-Owner of SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Is Elected As President-Elect to Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

    11/18/2019 (Permalink)

    Female standing in front of SERVPRO sign Co-Owner of SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc - Tina S.

    Please join us in congratulating Tina as the newly elected President-Elect to the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.  We are proud that Tina will continue to be representing SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc on this Board.  Tina has been highly active on this Board and is proud to have been nominated and voted for this new role.  Her colleagues felt that she is worthy and capable of handling these additional duties.  Tina will be spending this next year learning from the current Board President and will assume the role as President in the Fall of 2020.

    Tina has already been involved in numerous projects for the Chamber and she will be able to translate that experience over into being their next Board President.  Look for Tina at many of the Chamber events.

    Congratulations Tina!

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Sponsors Annual 5K Run

    11/18/2019 (Permalink)

    Group of people standing at the finish line of a race dressed in cold weather clothes Even The Cold Could Not Stop The Annual "Thankful 5K Run"

    The annual Thankful 5k Run was held in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was proud to be one of its sponsors.

    The race began at 9:30am with food and fun that followed.  There was also a silent auction and raffle.

    This is the 2nd annual fundraiser for the Crown of Life Academy.  The purpose of the event is to run in Thanksgiving for all the blessings God has showered upon the Academy.  

    It is also a community outreach event to show collaboration and partnership with the community as the Academy looks to grow in the future.

    Sarah, a Marketing Representative from SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was present for this fun event.  Sarah represented SERVPRO as we were one of the primary sponsors of the event.  

    Local Chamber of Commerce Spotlights SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc

    11/18/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO orange house with the words water cleanup and restoration and the phone number SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Is A Proud Member Of The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

    The Jefferson Chamber of Commerce has selected SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to spotlight on their own website.  

    Click the following link to view the video interview that was done with Sarah, a Marketing Representative with SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  Sarah does a great job explaining why she loves her job with SERVPRO and her role as Ambassador with the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.  You will also learn more about some of the services that SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc can provide.

    http://jeffersonchamberwi.com/?p=3515

    To learn more about the Jefferson Chamber, click on the following:  http://jeffersonchamberwi.com/

    Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc for all your fire damage, water damage, mold remediation, deodorization and asbestos abatement needs at (920) 674-3002

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Marketing Representative Is Chamber Ambassador

    11/18/2019 (Permalink)

    Female shaking hands with male who is presenting him with a Chamber plaque Sarah from SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Welcomes New member to the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce

    The team at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc would like to thank Sarah for volunteering to be an "Ambassador" with the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.

    In her voluntary role as Ambassador, Sarah's primary duties with the Chamber are: 

    1. Promote member benefits to current members.
    2. Help grow the Chamber by encouraging new members to join.
    3. Participate in Chamber events such as ribbon cutting ceremonies and plaque presentations.

    By joining the Chamber you can utilize all the benefits such as advocacy, professional development, community events, public visibility, awards & incentive programs.  

    You may see Sarah driving around one of our SERVPRO vehicles within Jefferson County.  Sarah has worked for two different SERVPRO businesses so she is very familiar with the restoration industry and will answer many of your questions.  

    This photo shows Sarah welcoming a new member to the Chamber.

    Contents Pack-Out And Returning Items Back

    11/15/2019 (Permalink)

    Green wooden crates that are individually numbered sitting in warehouse SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Storage Crates for Customer's Contents

    Fire and water damage can leave people scrambling to make decisions about their property on a whim.  Thunderstorms are one example of how it can lead to severe water and tree damage.  A very large tree that fell on a home was declared a total loss by the insurance adjuster because the entire frame of the home shifted due to the weight of the tree and the force it created.  This total loss required that a full contents pack-out be completed in order to save all salvageable items and document all non-salvageable items.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was given the task to complete a full pack-out, which requires that our technicians examine EACH PIECE for damage and determine if it can be salvaged.  Each piece is then photographced and documented accordingly. 

    For items that are determined to be salvageable, the SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc technician must wrap the item in bubble wrap and document in which box that item is being kept in.  This is important because if the owner of that item needs access to it before the contents are delivered back to the owner, SERVPRO must have a way to easily identify that item and know what box it is kept in.

    For all your fire and water damage needs or questions about doing pack-outs, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002.

    Meet Deanna - SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc's Production Manager

    11/15/2019 (Permalink)

    Female employee wearing black baseball cap and black sweatshirt Deanna - SERVPRO Production Manager #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc 

    Congratulations to Deanna on her recent promotion from Office Manager to Production Manager.  Deanna's almost 10 years of service to SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc plus her previous experience as a licensed insurance agent have made her very valuable to this organization.  Deanna is also a long-term resident of Jefferson County and her knowledge of the communities and familiarization with the people make her a significant benefit to this organization.

    Thank you, Deanna, for all your years of service and congratulations on your promotion!

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc always encourages our employees to be cross-trained and apply for open positions within the organization.  

    Interested in being a part of the wonderful team at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc?  Call (920) 674-3002 and learn how to apply.

    Safety Tips When Deep Frying a Turkey

    11/15/2019 (Permalink)

    Turkey fryer on fire with the grease with contents near also on firespilled over also on fire Turkey Fryers Are Highly Dangerous

    Deep frying a turkey can be fun and delicious, but also extremely dangerous, especially because of the high risk of fire.  The oil used to cook the turkey is highly flammable and there is a risk of tipping the fryer over spreading causing the fire to spread and possibly cause injury.

    If you plan on deep frying a turkey, please follow the following safety tips.

    TURKEY FRYING SAFETY TIPS

    1. Be sure to dry the raw turkey thoroughly with a paper towel to remove all the water to prevent splashing when lowering in the bird into the hot oil.
    2. Do not fry your turkey in an enclosed area. 
    3. Keep a fire extinguisher near the fryer. Be sure it is an all-purpose extinguisher that can handle fires from the heat source and from the grease.
    4. Never leave the fryer unattended.  
    5. Do not allow children or pets near the fryer, even after you are done cooking as the oil could still be hot hours later.
    6. Do not play games (like catch with a football) near the fryer 
    7. Use proper safety equipment when frying, like potholders/oven mitts, wear long sleeves, and safety goggles to protect yourself from oil splatter. 

    If a fire does start, IMMEDIATELY call 911!

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

    SE Wisconsin home suffers fire damage due to microwave

    11/13/2019 (Permalink)

    Kitchen cabinets next to a black, charred microwave and stove Kitchen fire #firedamage #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc

    A home recently experienced fire, smoke and soot damage when the electrical wiring for the microwave oven started on fire.  The fire damage will require the kitchen to be completely gutted down to bare studs.  Smoke and soot traveled throughout the home and attic, leaving an intense smell.  The damage will also require that all insulation in the attic be removed and replaced.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called to handle the fire and smoke clean up.  This job will also require that all salvageable contents and the home be cleaned and deodorized to pre-fire damage condition.  All non-salvageable items were documented and photographed for reimbursement purposes and sent to the insurance carrier. 

    If you are dealing with fire damage in your home or place of business, the experienced team at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is ready to respond. We are locally owned and operated and able to respond quickly with trained employees who have experience mitigating after a fire. Immediate action and a fast response can limit damage, prevent further damage and reduce restoration costs. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc has the specialized equipment and resources to handle the job, large or small, residential and commercial. 

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County Helps Neighboring SERVPRO

    11/12/2019 (Permalink)

    Asbestos containing tile floor Flooring tile that has asbestos containing material in it

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was contacted by a neighboring SERVPRO to help them with a water loss.  This loss required that asbestos flooring be removed.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County is the only SERVPRO in the State of Wisconsin that is certified to do asbestos abatement.  We believe in helping our neighboring SERVPRO franchises as much as we can.  We all help each other when additional resources are needed. 

    The photo is the floor tile that has asbestos containing material in it.  

    Please note that you can not determine by just looking at some material if it contains asbestos.  A sample must be examined under a microscope to determine the presence of asbestos.  Many times customers will ask us to tell them if asbestos is present just be looking at it, which we can not.  Testing is the only way to verify if asbestos is present.  

    Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc if you have a floor that looks like this and you are interested in having it tested.  Or call us with all your asbestos questions.  920-674-3002

    Owner of SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Presents to St. Coletta Facilities Department

    11/12/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO franchise owner is standing and giving a presentation while three other men are sitting and listening SERVPRO Franchise Owner Giving Presentation To The St. Coletta Facilities Department

    The owner of SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc (Todd) and his Commercial Marketing Representative (Brad) and the SERVPRO Marketing Representative (Sarah) conducted a "Lunch & Learn" for the facilities department staff.  The primary objective was to inform them how SERVPRO can help them during times of need, such as a storm event or a catastrophe.  Topics that were discussed included the following: water damage, mold remediation, fire damage, asbestos abatement, deodorization, nicotine clean-up and contents pack-out.

    Thank you to Craig and his Facilities Department staff for allowing us to present our information!  SERVPRO of Jefferson County can be a source if additional help or resources are needed.

    For all your commercial needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002 to get more information and to find out how we can help make it "Like it never even happened."

    If you are interested in having SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc present at  your next meeting, please call and let us know.  

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County Helps Home Builder With Mold Remediation

    11/12/2019 (Permalink)

    Mold Growth On Drywall SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconowoc Removes Mold

    A local custom home builder recently built a new home for a customer with a finished basement.  Before the customer had moved in to their new home, mold was discovered on the backside of drywall near the sump pump and the furnace.  The owner of the building company, who is a previous customer, knew to call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.

    A technician was sent who set up an air scrubber, built proper containment, HEPA vacuumed the affected areas with surface mold growth, used a detergent to clean the area and the applied an anti-microbial.  The owner of the home building company was very pleased with how quickly we were able to complete this mold remediation.  From the initial call to the completion of the job, only three business days had passed.

    For all your water and mold related questions, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002

    Asbestos Abatement Needed in Jefferson County Residence

    11/12/2019 (Permalink)

    Asbestos Containing Duct Tape Furnace Insulation Made With Asbestos Fibers Needs SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to Remove It

    A big storm that produced heavy rain came through SE Wisconsin and caused flooding to a Jefferson, WI home.  The water migrated through the floor and dripped into the furnace that had asbestos insulation inside of it.  In order for the furnace to be cleaned, the furance technician knew that the asbestos containing insulation had to be removed.   This technicians also knew that he was not certified to abate the asbestos.  He called SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconowoc, becuse he knew that we are the only certified asbestos abatement SERVPRO franchise in Wisconsin.  He called us to handle this part of the project so he could complete his portion.

    Please call SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and speak with a Wisconsin state certified asbestos technician about all your asbestos related questions.  Our number is 920-674-3002

    Fire Damage in Kitchen

    11/11/2019 (Permalink)

    A black, charred microwave A kitchen fire damage as a result of a microwave that started on fire. #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc #kitchenfire #firedamage

    Kitchen fire leads to asbestos abatement

    A home located in Delafield, WI recently experienced fire, smoke and soot damage in the kitchen.  The training that the crews at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc received instructs them that if a material is suspected to contain asbestos fibers, those items are to be tested before any demolition begins.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc follows their training because one of the items in the kitchen (joint compound) did test positive for asbestos.  The Production Manager knows to inform the home owner and the adjuster immediately so appropriate action can be taken to abate this problem.  Required permits will be obtained from the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and once approved, specially trained employees certified to do asbestos abatement in Wisconsin will build appropriate containment and follow all regulations in removing the damaged asbestos containing material from the structure. 

    If you are dealing with fire damage in your home or place of business, and there may possibly be asbestos containing material in the structure that needs to be abated, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc because we are ready to respond. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quickly and obtain samples for asbestos testing. Our highly trained crews have the specialized equipment and resources to handle the job, large or small, residential and commercial. 

    SERVPRO provides "Lunch And Learn" To Real Estate Professionals

    11/9/2019 (Permalink)

    A group of people listening to a presentation SERVPRO Lunch n' Learn #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc

    Jefferson Area Realtors learn about SERVPRO 

    On October 10, 2019 SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc had the pleasure of hosting a lunch and learn session for the Jefferson County Board of Realtors.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was given the opportunity to discuss the services that are offered that can be a benefit to the realtors selling or buying both residential and commercial properties.  These are highly respected, leading real estate professionals in the area who sell many properties. Topics discussed included: water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, hoarder clean-ups, estate clean-ups, nicotine/pet and other deodorizations, asbestos abatement and general cleaning services. 

    If you are interested in selling a property and feel that you need assistance in preparing it for the market, please call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc and speak with a professional that can assist you.  920-674-3002

    Community involvement

    11/9/2019 (Permalink)

    A photo of a woman, wearing a blue striped shirt and a army green jacket Tina Szada, Co-owner of SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is very proud of our employees, not just for their daily service and dedication to SERVPRO, but for what they do outside of their normal activities. Tina Szada is co-owner and Vice-President of SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc. Tina is also a proud board member of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce. Tina helps plan and organize special events in order to promote businesses and help the community. Some events that Tina has been involved with include the Annual Jefferson Golf Outing, National Night Out and her favorite, the Jefferson County Home Expo. Even one person can make a difference. Thank you to Tina for her voluntary efforts and for being a great employee at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/ Oconomowoc. 

    Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing

    11/9/2019 (Permalink)

    A green SERVPRO tent with a man and a woman standing behind a table. Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc #jeffersonchamberwi

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Count/Oconomowoc was again a proud sponsor of the annual Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing that held on June 21, 2019. All proceeds went toward the promotion of chamber businesses. Brad Richert and Sarah Anderson, both Marketing Representatives for SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, attended the event. They were available to talk with golfers and real estate professionals and share information about how SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc can help the community when they have fire damage, water damage, mold remediation or other related needs.  

    Learn more about fire damage and water damage, mold remediation, deodorization issues, asbestos abatement, carpet cleaning or other general cleaning services by calling our office and speaking with one of our trained professionals.  We can be reached at 920-674-3002

    Asbestos Training

    11/9/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc Hosts Asbestos Awareness Training


    Asbestos is a hazardous material and professionals in the restoration industry are often exposed to asbestos containing material.  Therefore, it is a common practice to continually train our technicians about asbestos and how to identify something that may be asbestos containing.

    Close to 30 people from four different Wisconsin SERVPRO franchises visited SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc on October 2, 2019 to learn about asbestos awareness.  Asbestos abatement is highly regulated by the government and restoration professionals need to be informed about it and the hazards that go with it.  Because SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is the only SERVPRO franchise in Wisconsin certified to do as asbestos abatement, we feel it is important to share our knowledge with our neighboring SERVPRO employees.


    If you have any asbestos abatement questions or concerns due to water damage or fire damage, or just general needs, please contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at 920-674-3002.  Let a trained technician remove the asbestos for you so that your property will be "Like it never even happened."

    Kitchen Water Damage

    11/9/2019 (Permalink)

    A light color wood floor in a kitchen Wood flooring damaged in a kitchen #waterdamage #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called out to assess water damage at a home. It was discovered that a refrigerator had a leak from a water supply line to the ice maker.  This led to a slow leak that went for days without being found. Upon arrival of the SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc professional, it was determined that the beautiful hardwood floor was beyond repair.  In the photo you can see that the floor has buckling. SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc worked with the home owner and adjuster to develop an action plan to mitigate the damage.  In this case, it required the affected hardwood flooring to be tore out and replaced with new. It also required that all continuous hardwood flooring be sanded and refinished. The water damage started in the kitchen but because it was not discovered right away it affected room underneath the kitchen. There was drywall and cabinets that were affected. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc brought in fans and dehumidifiers to dry the structure.    If you have water damage,  call SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc as we have trained professionals to handle this type of loss. 

    Overflowed washing machine causes water damage

    11/9/2019 (Permalink)

    A beige carpet that is wet. An extraction tool is used to extract the water from the wet carpet. #waterdamage #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc

    Overflowed wash machine causes water damage in Oconomowoc home

    This Oconomowoc, WI home called SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc because of an overflowed washing machine that did not drain properly.   Within minutes a crew of certified water restoration technicians from SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was dispatched to this property.  The laundry room, hallway and living room all were affected by the water.  Carpet and pad were soaked along with the gypcrete subfloor.  The crew extracted the water, lifted the carpet and removed the wet pad and set up drying equipment.  The carpet was “floated” by using appropriate drying equipment.  The gypcrete subfloor was a challenge to dry due to its thickness and because it was a porous material.  Overall it took 5 days to dry the structure.

    Bags Tournament

    11/5/2019 (Permalink)

    Logo of National Fallen Firefighter Foundation on a set of bags boards Annual Fundraiser #nationalfallenfirefighterfoundation #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc

    SERVPRO Jefferson  County/Oconomowoc Hosts Annual Fund Raiser

     SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, along with their local business partners and sponsors helped raise $4,000 in Support of National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  “Giving back to our community to support the families who lost a loved one that was a first responder is very important,” says Todd Szada, co-owner of SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc.  “We see fire losses every day and we know how important the first responders are to putting out these fires. We see the sacrifices that the firefighters make to do their job.  But sometimes the ultimate sacrifice happens and we want to help those families who hav ego cope with that loss forever,” said Szada.  SERVPRO hosted their third annual bean bag tournament in March 2019 to help raise funds for this very worthy cause. They received donations and sponsorships from local businesses and had over 70 items donated to put toward raffles. 34 teams played in the event and over 100 people attended. Fox 6 News was also in attendance to record the event.   The money raised was given to the National Organization. Please visit their website to learn more about the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation or to make a donation https://www.firehero.org If you have questions about the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation or have a fire loss that needs professionals to help with the clean-up, please call SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc at (920) 674-3002. 

    Fire Damage in Jefferson County

    11/5/2019 (Permalink)

    A corner of a garage that is black from a fire Fire Damage to a garage in Fort Atkinson #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc

    Jefferson Home Experiences Fire Damage

     This Fort Atkinson, WI home experienced a fire that damaged the garage while enjoying fire works on July 3rd. It affected the framing, drywall ceiling, contents in the garage, the overhead door, the exterior siding and there was plenty of smoke odor inside the living areas of this two-story home. They called SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to handle the fire mitigation.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc are fire damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your Jefferson County home or apartment building back to pre-fire damage condition. We quickly scope the extent of the damage and work withe the property owner and the adjuster to determine what is salvageable and what is not. SERVPRO will clean and deodorize your property using state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc follows industry-approved procedures to effectively clean and deodorize the structure and contents to ensure your property is odor free and safe. We also utilize professional-strength cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products to clean and deodorize the affected fire damage area for your comfort and safety.  Have fire or smoke damage?  Call Us Today – (920) 674-3002

    Local Jefferson Bank needs SERVPRO's help with a vacant home

    11/5/2019 (Permalink)

    A group of people with respirators on Our crew wearing respirators #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc

    Local Jefferson County Bank Requests SERVPRO

    A trust department of a local bank called SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to a vacant house where the owner had passed away. The home needed to be cleaned before it could be listed for sale. In addition to a general cleaning of the home to make it presentable, there was a large chest freezer in the unfinished basement of this home. The freezer had been brought in to the home while the addition of the basement was being built; essentially building the basement around the freezer.  This meant there was no way go get the freezer out of the basement without destroying it or the structure.  This freezer would not fit up the narrow stairs.  This challenge alone was unique but an added twist was the fact that this freezer had not been plugged in for 10 years and was full of food prior to it being unplugged. Our technicians were prepared properly with respirators and protective gear due to the nature of the material inside the freezer. The smell was terrible. The freezer needed to be emptied and then cut in half in order to get it out of the basement.  It is in these types of situations that SERVPRO Of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc will go the extra mile to ensure each job is completed.

    Apartment complex in Lake Mills experiences a water loss

    11/5/2019 (Permalink)

    Wet towels covering a carpeted hallway Water Damage at an apartment complex #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc

    This Lake Mills, WI apartment complex experienced water damage that flooded two units (upper and lower) that affected carpeting and drywall in the upper unit and the entire unit below, including the ceiling, walls, cabinets, contents and appliances of the apartment below. This water loss was caused by a washing machine that was running for over an hour. They called SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to handle the water mitigation.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc  are water damage restoration specialists and are ready to restore your Jefferson County home or apartment building back to preloss water damage condition. We quickly extract the water and then dry your property using state-of-the-art equipment. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc uses moisture monitoring equipment to effectively measure and document the drying process to ensure your property is dry. We also utilize professional-strength cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products to clean and sanitize the affected water damage area for your comfort and safety.

    Delafield Chamber of Commerce

    11/5/2019 (Permalink)

    Banner of a harvest moon with information about Delafield Fall Fest Delafield Chamber of Commerce Fall fest

    SERVPRO Participates in Local Fall Festival

    Tina Szada, co-owner of SERVPRO Southwest Waukesha County and SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is a proud Board Member on the Chamber of Commerce for Delafield, WI.  As a board member, she was a full participant in the annual Fall Fest held on October 5, 2019.  The event included a chili cook-off, serving craft beer and great food along live music by two local bands.  Tina is proud that SERVPRO is a Chamber member and enjoys being an active member on the Board to help plan special events in the community. According to Tina, “This is a great way to meet other local business owners and spend money that stays within the community.”

    Please join Tina and other members of the SERVPRO family for other special events that the Delafield Chamber is hosting.  Check out the website at https://delafieldchamber.com/

    Breakfast with Reindeer:  December 7, 2019 8 a.m. to Noon (SERVPRO is a proud sponsor)

    Ladies Night out:  November 7, 2019 and December 12, 2019 beginning at 5 p.m. (SERVPRO is a proud sponsor)

    Delafreeze:  January 11, 2020

    Lake Country Community Fest:  March 14, 2020 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Tri-Chamber Golf Outing:  June 5, 2020 @ Western Lakes Golf Club

    Asbestos Abatment

    11/5/2019 (Permalink)

    Cream color tile with asbestos Asbestos Abatement #asbestos #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc

    SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc called out to do asbestos abatement in a school

    A large Southeastern Wisconsin school district has a plan to remove asbestos each year from existing structures.  The elementary school had 5 classrooms, approximately 4,000 square feet in total, of asbestos containing material in the tile flooring. The local high school had approximately 1,000 square feet of tile flooring that needed to be removed from a hallway.  SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called out to remove this contaminated flooring.  SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is the only SERVPRO certified in the State of Wisconsin to do asbestos abatement. 

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc can respond quickly to your commercial and residential asbestos abatement needs and has the training, experience and equipment to handle large commercial or residential asbestos abatement caused by water damage, fire damage or just choosing to remodel.  Whether your emergency or removal project occurs in an apartment building, school, office building or your home, we will respond quickly to conduct a hazardous assessment and manage the removal and restoration project through to its completion. 

    Tree Damage and Asbestos Abatement

    11/2/2019 (Permalink)

    Large tree with leaves leaning on a cabin Due to a storm a tree fall on a cabin. #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc #stormdamage #asbestosabatement

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was called out to a property by an insurance adjuster. This insurance adjuster received a call from his insured stating that a large tree fell on their lake cabin. When SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc arrived, the crew saw a large tree had fell onto the house. The tree fell through the roof breaking the shingles and the roof decking then also went through the second story floor and into the main level kitchen and living room.   This tree is an estimated 2 to 3 tons of weight resting on the house, making it a very unsafe structure to be inside. 

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc began working with the large loss property adjuster and recommended that a structural engineer be brought in to assess the structural stability of this building. 

    Due to the location of this cabin on the hill that was built next to, there was no way for a large enough crane to access this home in order to lift the tree off of the home. Therefore, a carpenter was hired to build a temporary structure underneath the tree to support the weight so then the tree could be cut in sections and removing the weight from the cabin.  Now that the tree challenge was met, the next challenge was to figure out how to get all of the contents out of the cabin and up the steep hill, which had approximately 55 stairs. Utilizing the ATV, SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was able to not only move boxes and other contents but also move the refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, and two mattresses. Because SERVPRO had the idea of using the ATV we had this pack-out accomplished in six hours.   

    Another factor that SERVPRO had to think about was due to the age of the home a hazardous assessment had to be performed.  This assessment is done to determine if any asbestos is in the structure because any asbestos containing material must be removed prior to the structure being razed.  Because SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc is the only SERVPRO in the State that is certified to do asbestos abatement, we were asked to perform the hazardous assessment.  About 30 different materials were sampled in this structure and 6 items tested positive for asbestos.  The hazardous assessment report was completed by SERVPRO and because the customer was very happy with our services so far, they asked to bid on the asbestos abatement project as well.  The SERVPRO Asbestos Division Manager then wrote an abatement estimate which was submitted to the home owner.  The home owner approved and the job was scheduled.  This abatement was completed in two days.  On the third day, air quality was sampled and then tested at an accredited laboratory.  The results came back with a passing grade.  The air quality is now safe.   

    Furnace closet containing black mold

    11/2/2019 (Permalink)

    A small closet that has black mold where a furnace once was A closet that has black mold due to moisture from a furnace. #blackmold #moldremediation #SERVPROjeffersoncountyoconomowoc

    Mold Remediation in Furnace Closet

    We will get called a few times a year to do mold remediation in a furnace “closet,” which is commonly found in condominiums.  If the closet is very small (and most of the time they are) and mold is discovered to be growing on the sides or behind the furnace, there is typically not enough room for the SERVPRO technicians to be able to complete the mold remediation.  Unfortunately, this requires that the furnace be detached, which will then free up the space that is needed in order for SERVPRO to remove the contaminated drywall and usually the insulation.  Once the contaminated material is removed and the mold mitigation is completed, then our structural repairs vendor installs the new insulation, drywall, mud, tape, texture and paint.  Finally, when all structure repairs are complete, the furnace vendor can come back to the property to re-install the furnace.

    This may not sound like a lot of hard work, and it typically is not.  The challenge is that this is very time consuming.  First, to detach an average furnace takes approximately 4 to 6 hours.  So, this equates to a full day.  Then, SERVPRO goes in the next day to do the mold remediation and dry out the structure.  Our average dry time is 3 days.  So far, 4 days have been used.  Then, structure repairs can begin and that usually takes 2 days.  Time is needed to install new insulation, hang the drywall, tape and mud the drywall (and let the mud dry) and then sand and texture and then paint.  So now we are up to 6 days.  Then, the furnace vendor needs to come back to re-attach the furnace.  That task is between 4 to 6 hours, so that is basically another full day.  So, if the math is correct, a small project like this takes on average about 7 days.  Now, add in the weekend and we are looking at a project like this to be about 9 days!!!!! 

    For this particular job, I was first notified about this job the first week of August.  By the time everything was negotiated between the buyer’s and sellers’ agents and the work schedule put together, the entire project was completed on 9/16/19. 

    Often times we do projects like this for properties that are being sold and the mold was discovered during a routine home inspection as a condition of sale.  When we do projects like these for the realtors, we must first do a scope and write an estimate for the project.  This includes sharing details with all my subs to obtain their list of charges.  Then, once the estimate is written and eventually approved by the realtors, we must coordinate with the realtors and then coordinate schedules during the agreed upon time prior to or after the closing.  We also have to coordinate the different trades that are needed on projects like these so that schedules can match up to minimize the amount of down time.  To do a project like this in the warm months is a challenge.  However, in the winter time and the colder Wisconsin months, this becomes a bigger challenge because these properties can not be without heat.  In situations like that, then temporary heat needs to be installed.  This adds more cost and time to the project.  So what seems like a simple task is quite a challenge and it requires a bunch of coordination.  The cooperation we receive from our vendors and realtors is key to the success of projects like these.

    Helping a Veteran in Need

    10/29/2019 (Permalink)

    A U.S. flag We like to recognize our Veterans and thank them for their service.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc was contacted by a customer that required biohazard cleanup from his mother’s untimely passing.  The accident within the home required the removal of contaminated items such as content removal, carpet and pad removal and mattress removal.  SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc professionals disposed of the contaminated materials properly according to OSHA, EPA, and State and local health regulations. SERVPRO Of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc professionals are trained to conduct biohazard and trauma scene cleanup so it is safe and free from odor.   

    During the duration of this project, it was discovered that our customer was a currently active Army Officer.  SERVPRO Of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc appreciates the sacrifices that our U.S. Armed forces make on our behalf.  As recognition for his service to our country, SERVPRO provided him with a discount to help him with the cost of these services during this difficult time. 

    From all of us here at SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc, we want to thank all military veterans, both active and retired for your service.

    Wisconsin Home experiences fire damage

    10/28/2019 (Permalink)

    This Wisconsin home in SE Wisconsin experienced a kitchen fire when a grease fire started on the stove. The owner used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire but after smoke and soot traveled throughout the house. Each room of this two-story home was affected in various ways. Even the attic insulation had soot on it that required it all to be removed. They called SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to handle the fire clean up and deodorization. 

    When your home or business suffers fire damage, it can be especially devastating. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, your property may have substantial water damage from firefighting efforts. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a compassionate and understanding expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this difficult time. We understand that you may not have ever experienced a situation like this. So call on the professionals that deal with these situations all the time. If you have an insurance claim, we can help with that too. We have worked with most insurance carriers and are preferred vendors to many of them. If you have questions about fire or odor damage, Call Us Today – (920)674-3002

    Storm causes fire damage

    10/28/2019 (Permalink)

    Lightning strike causes fire to residential dehumidifier and plenty of damage in Jefferson home This Jeffeson, WI home experienced smoke, electrical and soot damage when lightning struck near their home and the energy surge sparked their residential dehumidifier to catch fire. When the lightning struck, it caused the dehumidifier to burn which was next to the furnace in the basement. Because the furnace was on, the in take sucked in the air that had soot and odor particulates and dispersed it throughout the entire home. This caused damage to every room in the home. Every single item and every wall and ceiling was affected. They called SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to handle the smoke and water damage. Since each smoke damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue, they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. By using air scrubbers, thermal foggers and deodorization agents our technicians were able to remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process.Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (920) 674-3002

    Commercial Cleaning

    10/28/2019 (Permalink)

    Prospective Client Inspection Requires Cleaning to Commercial Property

    A facilities tour for a potential client required that the warehouse of this Oconomowoc, WI manufacturer be cleaned so the customer could present themselves to the best of their ability. The general manager of this plant called on SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc to clean commercial property.   Within 7 days, this business was clean and tidy and ready for the tour to their prospective customer. There is never a convenient time for this type of business interruption, but in some instances time must be given. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of potential lost revenue and productivity. So when a routine inspection or an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need. Commercial Water Damage Restoration, Commercial Fire Damage Restoration, Commercial Mold Remediation, Commercial Storm and Major Events Disaster Recovery do happen, along with routine inspections Call our team to help if general cleaning is needed or if your business suffers a major loss. Call (920) 674-3002

    SERVPRO is a Preferred Vendor

    10/3/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO is a preferred vendor to most of the well-known insurance carriers in the United States. 

    Why is SERVPRO a preferred vendor? What makes SERVPRO stand out? Here are some reasons to help answer those questions.

    As the largest restoration company in the United States, we have access other SERVPRO franchises through the country to help us in times of high demand or in times where a job is just so big that we need additional reinforcements to help us get the job done quickly. 

    Because SERVPRO is the largest in our country, we can get additional resources to job sites in a matter of hours, not days.  In emergency situations, like storm events, time is of the essence to help our customers.

    We use technology in the field to document each loss is extremely important to the science of drying and what we are attempting to do.  This software, called DryBook, is proprietary to SERVPRO Industries, Inc.   The crew chief's use iPads on jobsites to enters in all the data about the loss (rooms, dimensions, category of water, class of water), it tells us a specific range of drying equipment to place on that specific job.  Most insurance adjusters do not question the amount of drying equipment that we place on jobs, as long as they fall within the range that DryBook recommends.

    There truly is a science to the drying, not just placing a fan and hope it dries out.  We MUST monitor the drying progress along with the temperature and relative humidity to document that our drying efforts are working as they should.

    Our crews are certified through IICRC. They provide over 30 certifications to technicians that provide knowledge and resources to help with losses. We want to provide the best service to our customers, so we provide the proper training to our technicians.

    Homeowners Insurance Policy

    10/3/2019 (Permalink)

    Homeowners Insurance Policy

    Getting the right homeowners’ policy is not an easy task. You see many commercials that are telling you their company will provide the “best” coverage and price. Below are some tips to think about when looking for insurance for your home.

    Your home is a big investment and you want to make sure it is cover when you have any losses and/or damage to your home.

    Do some comparison shopping of policies.

    Look at four to five insurance companies to get the price that works for you with good coverage for your home.

    Ask questions about their various offerings, look at the different aspects of each policy, specifically the limits, deductibles, and exclusions.

    Most standard homeowner’s insurance policies include:

    Dwelling – this type of insurance covers structural damage of your home, costs to repair or rebuild your home after a covered peril, like a fire.

    Other Structures – this insurance would provide coverage for structures like a workshop, shed, garage, etc., this is a structure that is not attached to your home.

    Contents – this insurance covers the replacement of items specified in the policy in case of theft or loss.

    Liability – this type of insurance provides protection against claims resulting from damage to other people and/or properties, or legal and medical costs from accidents and injuries that occurred on the property.

    Aside from those types of insurance you can get add-ons that would cover flooding, mold damage and land movement

    Some insurance companies can offer discounts on your premium, you would just need to ask the agent what that insurance company offers. This can help you save. Know that the cheapest premium does not always mean you are getting the best coverage for your insurance. Look for policies that will offer you the best coverage, it is about quality insurance to cover ones of your biggest assets.

    Be sure you are covered

    When reviewing options of your insurance policy it necessary to answer any inquires as accurate and detailed as possible. This will help make sure you have an accurate policy. It is very important to know and understand all of what your policy will be covering. You don’t want to have a loss/claim occur and then find out you don’t have coverage and needing to spend extra money at that time.

    Consider customer satisfaction.

    It is important to know your insurance company and what their reputation is. Knowing how the insurance company handles claims, what is the customer satisfaction of the insurance agent and their agency. Look at the company’s testimonials, look on social media, ask others what they know about that company.

    The homeowner’s insurance comparison shopping process can be very challenging. You will be required to take time, have patience, and persistence to find the right policy for you, your family and your home.

    So many homeowners make the mistake of merely comparing the premiums and not the type of coverage that it will offer you. It may be easy to go online and find the least expensive premium but will that give you the right coverage your home will need in the event of a claim.


    This blog was created citing Rachael Harper, Content Marketing Strategist of Bennett & Porter, a wealth management and insurance firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona. The article was found on West Mutual’s website. is the.

    Returning to College tips

    8/23/2019 (Permalink)

    Items that were damaged in a fire. These items are too burnt to description what the items are. Contents that were damaged in a fire.

    College can be an exciting time for families and their children. College is a stepping stone into adulthood and allows freedom to make decisions and pursue dreams of a career.

    With excitement of classes, moving into a dorm and meeting new people, very few people will think about fire safety. As a fire restoration company SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc think about fire safety a lot. We want to help you be safe this school year.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), from 2011 – 2015, U.S. fire departments were called to an estimated annual average of 4,100 on-campus structure fires. These fires occurred in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and other properties.

    The peak months for dorm fires are September and October. The peak times for these fires are between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Here are some of the causes of those fires.

    • Cooking appliances, like single burner hot plate or hot pots
    • Smoking materials
    • Power cords that have too many items plugged into it
    • Space heaters
    • Candles

    Here are some tips to prevent accidents from happening:

    1. Understand all evacuation routes.Evacuating quickly is the key to survival. Have them review and become familiar with evacuation routes before an emergency. During a fire, one of their routes could be blocked. If this is the case, they’ll have to find another way out.
    2. Be aware of the closest fire alarm.Should a fire start in their dorm or apartment, make sure they’re familiar with where the closest fire alarm is located. The quicker they pull the alarm, the better. 
    3. Don’t tamper with smoke detectors.Working smoke detectors are key in alerting of a fire and starting the evacuation process. If they disable a smoke alarm due to a problem, they should contact their college’s safety or maintenance department promptly. 
    4. Don’t block fire exit doors.In many college dorms and apartments space is limited. They should never block entrances/exits with bikes, boxes, or furniture. In an emergency, they won’t have much time to move items.
    5. Report damaged fire equipment to the appropriate staff.Fire equipment may be damaged accidentally or by vandalism. If your students see damaged equipment, make sure they report it to resident hall staff or safety department.
    6. Be familiar with how to use a fire extinguisher.While a student’s priority should be to evacuate the building, there may be a time that a fire extinguisher could be helpful. Trying to read the instructions during a fire isn’t a good idea.
    7. Don’t be a practical joker.While pulling a fire alarm as a joke, may seem harmless, it can have serious consequences. When a real fire starts, students may not take it seriously.

    Here are some things your college students can do to prevent starting a fire.

    1. Keep an eye on small appliances.While most college students are enrolled in a meal plan, common appliances that can be kept in a dorm room include microwave, coffee maker, and toaster. When using these appliances, they should stay close by. Also, before rushing off to class, they should make sure they have turned it off or unplugged it. Don’t forget about the curling iron or hair straightener.
    2. Use candles with extreme care.Candles are prohibited in most college dorm rooms. However, if they’re living off campus, candles can provide some amazing scents and a way to relax. However, they should never leave candles unattended or near clutter. Fires can start and spread very quickly.
    3. Take it easy on power strips and surge protectors.With all of today’s devices, outlets are usually at a premium, so power strips and surge protectors come in handy. However, they should never connect multiple power strips together to increase the number of outlets available. In addition, they should never use power strips or surge protectors for high-power capacity items such as, space heaters, dehumidifiers, or other high capacity appliances. Have them plug those items directly into a wall outlet.
    4. Keep decorations to a minimum.If you’ve been in a college dorm, you probably noticed that dorm room decorations can be elaborate. While it’s fun to furnish and decorate the new room, keeping things to a minimum is much safer. Share these suggestions with them when it’s time to decorate. Never hang things from a smoke detector or sprinkler. Avoid running extension cords in front of a doorway or under a rug. Don’t block a doorway or window with furniture.
    5. Don’t smoke indoors.They should smoke outside or in designated smoking areas.

    For a fire safety checklist for your student click here.

    Insurance Coverage

    Parents and students alike may be under the misconception that their current homeowners policy provides protection for their property that’s kept at school. This may not be the case. A homeowners policy may have different deductibles, limits, and eligibility requirements or it may exclude certain claims.

    If they’re renting an apartment or home off campus, consider buying a renters policy.

    Before your student goes off to college, talk to your independent insurance agent to see how your policy provides coverage.

    Source:

    https://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/Staying-safe/Safety-in-living-and-entertainment-spaces/Campus-and-dorm-fires

    https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/college.html

    Our Fire Restoration Process

    12/2/2018 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc provides service 24/7 so we can be Faster to Any Size Disaster. #fire #restoration #remediation

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc professionals are trained in fire remediation to help restore your home to pre-fire conditions “Like it never even happened.” Every fire is different but below are the steps for a “typical” fire remediation. 

    1. Calling an Emergency Contact
      • The fire restoration process begins as soon as you call us. You will first speak to our representative who will as a few questions regarding the fire to help us respond with the right equipment and resources.
    2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
      • Our trained professionals will carefully inspect the damaged area and its surroundings to determine the extent of the damage. From the assessment, we will develop a plan for remediation. 
    3. Board-Up and Tarp 
      • Windows, walls, and roofs can all be compromised in a fire. We can board up missing windows or walls and tarp the roof for security and to prevent further. 
    4. Water Removal and Drying, if necessary 
      • Removing the water from your property will begin right away to remove most of the water. Dehumidifiers and air movers will help remove the rest of the water to dry quickly and prevent the growth of mold. For more about the water damage repair and restoration, click here.
    5. Smoke and Soot Removal
      • SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc uses specialized equipment to help remove smoke and soot from your home. 
    6. Cleaning/Sanitizing 
      • All restorable items and structures in your home will then be cleaned and sanitized. Our professionals are trained in a variety of techniques to help restore your belongings. 
    7. Restoration! 
      • Now that everything else is taken care of, restoration can start. This is the final step in the process to getting your home back to pre-fire conditions. This might include repairs from drywall replacement to reconstruction of certain areas.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc will help restore your home start to finish back to pre-fire conditions “Like it never even happened.”

    Give us a call today if you are in need of fire or water damage restoration at (920) 674-3002.

    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)

    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)

    #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)

    SERVPRO Logo stating that we are ready and faster 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)

    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)

    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)

    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!

    Difficult Messes

    1/25/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is committed to clean up any size disaster.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc cleans up the most difficult messes every day. We can take on anything you've got. Everything under your roof, everyone under ours.

    About Those Icicles...

    1/22/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows they look nice, but is also aware they can cause damage as well.

    Icicles are pretty, but they can cause damage, too. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc happens to see this quite often. Call us, if you experience water damage in your home or business.

    Frozen Pipes

    1/21/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to prevent you having water damage this winter.

    Frozen pipes cause many a headache every winter. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to make sure your pipes are properly insulated or consider running taps at a trickle to prevent freezing.

    We Help You Take Back Control

    1/20/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has the equipment and know how to get the job done.

    With over 5,000,000 square feet of building space, housing over 140,000 pieces of cleaning and restoration equipment, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc trained professionals have the resources to help you take back control of your life.

    Got the Winter Blues?

    1/19/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like for you to keep it clean to reduce stress and depression.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to let you know that studies show keeping a clean home correlates with a reduction in stress and depression. #KeepItClean

    Did You Know?

    1/18/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to be able to contact emergency services in your time of need.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc Smart Tip: Did you know that many old cellphones can still be used to call 9-1-1 even without a connected service? Just make sure the phone is charged and within range of a signal.

    Our Trained Professionals

    1/15/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has trained professionals that are here 24/7/365 when you need us the most.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc trained professionals carefully inspect your property, determining the type of damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

    When Disaster Strikes

    1/14/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is here 24/7/365 to help you in your time of need.

    When disaster strikes your business, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will be here to make it "Like it never even happened."

    Animals & Cold Weather

    1/13/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows pets and livestock need shelter during the winter months, just as much as people.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests to bring pets and animals inside during cold weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with access to drinking water.

    Window Frost

    1/12/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows staying warm and dry is the key for having healthy windows.

    Window frost, while sometimes beautiful, can also be damaging and even cause mold. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests to follow these tips to keep your windows warm and dry.

    Winter Weather

    1/11/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows winter weather can sneak up and catch you off guard.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to know, is anyone ever truly prepared for winter weather? Researchers say that 70 percent of the fatalities related to ice and snow occur in automobiles, and about 25 percent of all winter related fatalities occur when people are caught off guard in a storm.

    Trees

    1/8/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows clearing away weak trees will make your property safer.

    The best way to minimize damage from a disaster is to prevent it from happening. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that by having a professional remove any weak trees from your yard before heavy snowfall accumulates, you could save yourself a lot of stress (and not to mention money).

    Icicles

    1/7/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to be safe and warm during the winter months.

    Got icicles? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc thinks it could be a sign that heat is leaking from your home into the attic, and it's probably a good idea to check for cracks or gaps.

    A Clean Home for 2016

    1/6/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will get your home clean in 2016.

    Dream of keeping a cleaner home in 2016? Start off on the right foot with a deep clean by SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc.

    A Very Happy Customer

    1/5/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is always here 27/7/365 to help you out with your water and fire mitigation needs.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc was very fortunate to be called on from local State Farm agent Eric Felth to help out one of his clients when they had a fire in their kitchen. Unfortunately smoke damage affected most of their home, so SERVPRO was called in to make it "like it never even happened". His client was so happy with our service that he took out an ad in a local newspaper to show his appreciation. Thank you Sherwood "Deadwood" Holmes for letting the community know that we helped you out in your time of need.

    Heating Preparedness Tips

    1/4/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like for you and yours to stay warm and safe this winter.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows turning on the stove for heat is a safety hazard. Stay warm and safe this winter with these preparedness tips.

    Happy New Year!

    1/1/2016 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wish you and your loved ones have a GREAT 2016!

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2016. Please remember, if you experience any water or fire damage, contact us so that we can clear things away quickly and get your life back to "like it never even happened".

    Holiday Safety Tip #12

    12/31/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that a clean refrigerator could be a good way to start off the New Year!

    Holiday leftovers overwhelming your refrigerator and perhaps getting a little smelly? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows the end of the year is a great time to give it a deep clean. Follow these simple steps for a spotless fridge. #12DaysOfSafety

    Holiday Safety Tip #11

    12/30/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc even knows how to dispose of your Christmas tree properly.

    Time to throw out your Christmas tree? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like for you to remember to never put any part of a tree - especially dry ones - near the fireplace. To dispose of it properly, take it to a recycling location or make sure it's picked up by the appropriate service. #12DaysOfSafety

    Holiday Safety Tip #10

    12/29/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to help us spread as much holiday cheer as possible.

    Happy Holidays from our entire team at SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc. Here's a tip that EVERYONE can get involved in: Spreading holiday cheer! #12DaysOfSafety

    Holiday Safety Tip #9

    12/28/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants everyone to enjoy tasty food without any danger present.

    If your holiday plans include eating a lot of food, be mindful that cooking is the number one cause of home fires and injuries. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to please pay attention while cooking this year. #12DaysOfSafety

    Holiday Safety Tip #8

    12/25/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows it's safer to see clearly this holiday season.

    Got an iced windshield? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests to use lukewarm, NOT HOT, water to de-ice. Hot water can cause your windshield to crack. #12DaysOfSafety

    Holiday Safety Tip #7

    12/24/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc likes to try to be inventive with helping, as suggested here.

    Got an icy deck or driveway? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests to keep your family and guests safe by using salt or kitty litter to add traction to icy surfaces. #12DaysOfSafety

    Holiday Safety Tip #6

    12/23/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc want your holidays to be filled with happy smells, not stinky ones.

    Believe it or not, sewage backup is a common holiday problem. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to be smart and dispose of trash properly, or you may find yourself in a stinky situation. #12DaysOfSafety

    Holiday Safety Tip #5

    12/22/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you, your pets and children to have a fun and safe holiday season.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows they may make great holiday decorations, but keep in mind mistletoe, poinsettias and holly berries can be toxic, especially to children. #12DaysOfSafety

    Holiday Safety Tip #4

    12/21/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like for BOTH you and your pets to have a joyous holiday season.

    Trees and pets. Both of them can add a lot of joy to the holiday season, but sometimes, they don't mix well. Check out the SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc Pet/Tree Safety tips here. #12DaysOfSafety

    Holiday Safety Tip #3

    12/18/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants your lights on so all can enjoy them. But be safe with them while sleeping or while away from home.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows holiday lights are beautiful, but by turning yours off when you leave the house and go to sleep, you can both minimize your bills and reduce the risk of fire. #12DaysOfSafety

    Holiday Safety Tip #2

    12/17/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like for you and your family to enjoy candles and be safe around them as well.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to handle holiday candles with care! Remember to keep the flame far away from decorations, ornaments and especially trees. #12DaysOfSafety

    Holiday Safety Tip #1

    12/16/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants to make sure your decorations look good and are safe.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows trees, though festive, can be the cause of serious fire damage.

    • Keep your tree away from fireplaces
    • Avoid high-traffic areas
    • Don't forget to water it!

    #12DaysOfSafety

    12 Days of Safety

    12/15/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will be giving you the 12 days of safety.

    Decorating your home or have loved ones coming to visit? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will be gathering a tip a day to help you get in the holiday spirit safely. So come back every day for the next 12 days to see what they are! #12DaysOfSafety

    Holiday Travel Plans

    12/14/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to have peace of mind this holiday season.

    If you're going out of town for an extended period of time this holiday season, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has compiled a list of tips to keep your home safe. #HolidayHomePrep

    Outdoor Faucets

    12/11/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc doesn't want your pipes to freeze. But if they do, we'll be here.

    #DidYouKnow disconnecting garden hoses from outdoor faucets will keep water in the hoses from freezing up the pipe? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests after disconnecting the hose, cover the outdoor faucet with a foam cover or cotton sock, shirt or towel to protect it from the cold winds.

    Fireplace Safety

    12/10/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to be warm and safe during the winter months.

    Stay warm and stay safe this winter! If you are planning on using a fireplace, take a quick look at some tips SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has put together for you. #HereToHelp

    Candle Fires

    12/9/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to not only enjoy candles, but be safe around them as well.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows more than half of home candle fires occur when something flammable is too close to the candle. Please keep a one foot clear around any candle you have lit. 

    Winterizing Your Home

    12/8/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to avoid a winter disaster.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests to winterize your home by adding insulation or newspapers and plastic around your pipes. Avoid freezing pipes by letting your faucets drip.

    Winterize Your Vehicle

    12/7/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to be prepared for every season.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows Winter can take a nasty toll on your car. Follow these simple tips to make sure your vehicle is adequately prepared for the cold.

    A Roof Over Your Head

    12/4/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants to make sure you and your family are covered at all times.

    Remember to be thankful for the shelter above your head that keeps you warm and dry. And if disaster ever strikes, don't hesitate to give SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc a call. Everything under your roof, everyone under ours. #RoofOverYourHeadDay

    Preventing Ice Dams

    12/3/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants to make sure you stay dry and safe this winter.

    To lessen the risk of ice dams forming this winter, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests ventilating your attic to help maintain a temperature close to that of the outdoors.

    'Tis the Season

    12/2/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will always be here for your cleanup needs, no matter the season.

    'Tis the season for staying in with the people you love most. No matter how big or small your cleanup needs are, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is here to make your house feel like home for the holidays.

    Holiday Obstructions

    12/1/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that safety is as important as beautiful decorations.

    When setting up a holiday display, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to remind you to make sure you do not block or obstruct doors and passageways.

    Our Employees & Customers

    11/30/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is thankful everyday for what we have and what we can give back.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is very thankful for all of our hardworking employees and our wonderful customers who trust us to make it Like It Never Even Happened.

    40+ Years

    11/27/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is very thankful to be here to serve you in your time of need.

    Today, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is thankful for 40+ years of dedicated employees who've worked hard every day to make it "Like it never even happened." We're very  thankful for the amazing opportunity to serve our customers & neighbors these last 48 years. #HappyThanksgiving

    Giving Thanks

    11/25/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wishes you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

    We give our thanks to YOU for letting us serve you year after year. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc.

    A Moving Plan

    11/24/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants your move to be as stress-free as possible.

    Moving to a new home or office soon? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests to minimize your stress by creating a moving plan. #TipTuesday

    Glass Clear of Smear

    11/23/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc likes to keep cleaning as simple as possible.

    Looking for a way to clean your windows without leaving streaks? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests using a sheet of newspaper next time instead of a paper towel. It's a simple way to keep the glass clear of smear. #HolidayHomePrep

    Your Furry Friends

    11/20/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc tries to make your holiday home prep faster and easier.

    Got a furry friend who doesn't watch where he takes off his coat? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests using a damp rubber glove to remove pet hair from furniture. It's easy! #HolidayHomePrep

    Smelly Garbage Disposal?

    11/18/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows a nice smelling home is important, especially during the holidays.

    Garbage disposal causing a stink? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has an easy fix for you: Toss in an occasional lemon or orange to eliminate odors and keep it clean. #‎HolidayHomePrep?

    Peace of Mind

    11/17/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc thinks that peace of mind goes a long way when disaster strikes.

    Have peace of mind when a disaster strikes and create your evacuation and emergency communication plans. For more tips and information SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to visit: www.ready.gov/make-a-plan #NatlPrep

    Space Heater Safety

    11/16/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you and your family warm and safe this winter.

    Space heaters, though beloved for the warmth they provide, can be extremely dangerous if not used properly. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to make sure you are keeping your family safe.

    Preparation

    11/13/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests getting a FREE E.R.P. set up so you can be better prepared.

    SERVPRO Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is no stranger to preparation. We encourage you to put the proper steps in place should an emergency arise. Need help? Call us today to set up an Emergency Ready Plan!

    Thank You For Our Freedom

    11/12/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that our freedom isn't free, it's paid with a price. We are eternally grateful.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc salutes all those who have fought for the freedom Americans cherish and enjoy every day. All of us here owe you our gratitude and heartfelt thanks.

    Preparing for a Natural Disaster

    11/10/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you and your family to be prepared at all times.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to prepare for a natural disaster by stocking up on emergency items such as a first aid kit, non-perishable foods and water, a battery operated radio with extra batteries and personal hygiene necessities.

    Pretesting Your Items

    11/9/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will ALWAYS take the necessary precautions to prevent secondary damage to your items.

    Should your personal belongings need professional care after a flood, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will pretest your items to be sure they are safe to clean without causing secondary damage.

    Business Disaster Tip

    11/6/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to be prepared at home, at the office or while on the road.

    Being prepared in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored versus replaced. Call SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc to set up your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens."

    Fall

    11/5/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc loves to give back to the community and to those who are in need.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that fall is a great time to clean out your unwanted/used items and donate them to Goodwill, Easter Seals or the charity of your choice.

    Burning Candles Longer

    11/4/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that fall lighting and scents create a warm mood. Try the tips above to make your candles last longer.

    Whether you are burning candles for fun, fall scent or for lighting your home during a power loss, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has ways to make them burn longer by following these simple tips.

    Fire Wood

    11/3/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants to make sure you have fun too.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that sometimes it's more fun to play than to clean up.

    Happy Halloween

    11/2/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc hope you received more treats than tricks this Halloween.

    To all of the heroes out there, both in costume and in uniform, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc hope you had a #HappyHalloween.

    Halloween Bonfire

    10/30/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to be save and have fun this Halloween.

    Thinking of having a bonfire for Halloween? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to please follow these simple tips to have fun and stay safe.

    House to Home

    10/29/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will make sure that your fire or water damage will be "Like it never even happened".

    Afraid of returning to your house again after a scary fire or water damage? Give our experts at SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc a call, and we'll make your house feel like home again.

    We're Your Cleanup Team

    10/28/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will help out when you're in a pinch.

    The first game of the #WorldSeries calls for a bad baseball pun: When you've had fire or water damage, let SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc be the cleanup. We'll knock it out of the park.

    Commercial and Residential

    10/27/2015 (Permalink)

    Commercial or residential, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will make sure your disaster is taken care of "Like it never even happened".

    Whether your cleanup needs are commercial or residential, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is faster to any sized disaster, and we're always #HereToHelp.

    Shatterd Windows Myth

    10/26/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc not only wants you to be safe, but smart as well.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc thinks you might of heard the common myth: Taping your windows can protect against a storm or strong winds? Well, it's just that--a myth. Taping your windows doesn't keep them from shattering, it still can happen with or without taping them, so save yourself the time and frustration. #HurricaneSafety #HereToHelp

    Candles

    10/23/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to enjoy using candles. Please be responsible when using them.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that candles look and smell nice. But if left unattended can have devastating effects that can result in fires that can change lives. Below are five facts about candles we think you should be made aware of.

    • During 2007-2011 candles caused 3% of home fires, 4% of home fire deaths, 7% of home fire injuries, and 6% of direct property damage from home fires.
    • On average, there are 29 home candle fires reported per day.
    • More than one-third of these fires (36%) started in the bedroom; however, the candle industry found that only 13% of candle users burn candles in the bedroom most often.
    • Nearly three in five candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.
    • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% of the home candle fires and 37% of the associated deaths.

    Electrical

    10/22/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that proper education is the key to safety.

    Below are a couple facts about electrical fires that SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc believes you should be educated on.

    • About half (48%) of home electrical fires involved electrical distribution or lighting equipment. Other leading types of equipment were washer or dryer, fan, portable or stationary space heater, air conditioning equipment water heater and range.
    • Electrical failure or malfunctions caused an average of 47,800 home fires per year in 2007-2011, resulting in   an average of 450 deaths and $1.5 billion in direct property damage.

    Smoking Materials

    10/21/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that some habits are hard to break, fire safety shouldn't be one of them.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that people still like to have a cigarette or cigar among other "smoky treats" from time to time and either forget to extinguish the butts or perhaps the matches as well. Below are 5 facts about smoking materials we think should be known.

    • Smoking materials started an average of 17,900 smoking-material home structure fires per year during 2007-2011. These fires caused an average of 580 deaths, 1,280 injuries and $509 million in direct property damage per year.
    • Most deaths in home smoking-material fires were caused by fires that started in bedrooms (40%) or living rooms, family rooms or dens (35%).
    • Sleep was a factor in roughly one-third of the home smoking material fire deaths.
    • Possible alcohol impairment was a factor in one in five (19%) of home smoking fire deaths.
    • One out of four fatal victims of smoking-material fires is not the smoker whose cigarettes started the fire.

    Heating

    10/20/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to be warm and safe when the temperature drops.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to be nice and toasty warm when the temperature drops, but we want you to be safe as well. Below are 4 facts about heating we think are important that you should know.

    • The leading factor contributing to heating equipment fires was failure to clean. This usually involved creosote build-up in chimneys.
    • Portable or fixed space heaters, including wood stoves, were involved in one-third (33%) of home heating fires and four out of five (81%) home heating deaths.
    • Just over half of home heating fire deaths resulted from fires caused by heating equipment too close to things that can burn, such as upholstered furniture, clothing, mattresses or bedding.
    • In most years, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires, fire deaths, and fire injuries.

    Cooking

    10/19/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to be careful while cooking for yourself or your family.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that if not careful, cooking can be dangerous and is one of the leading source of home fires. Below are 10 important facts we think you should know.

    • U.S. Fire Departments responded to an estimated annual average of 156,600 cooking-related fires between 2007-2011, resulting in 400 civilian deaths, 5,080 civilian injuries and $853 million in direct damage.
    • Two of every five home fires started in the kitchen.
    • Unattended cooking was a factor in one-third of reported home cooking fires.
    • Two-thirds of home cooking fires started with ignition of food or other cooking materials.
    • Ranges accounted for almost three of every five (57%) of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
    • Children under five face a higher risk of non-fire burns associated with cooking and hot food and drinks than of being hurt in a cooking fire.
    • Microwave ovens are one of the leading home products associated with scald burns. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, two out of five of the microwave oven injuries seen at emergency rooms in 2012 were scald burns.
    • Clothing was the item first ignited in less than 1% of home cooking fires, but these incidents accounted for 15% of the cooking fire deaths.
    • Fifty-five percent of people injured in home fires involving cooking equipment were hurt while attempting to fight the fire themselves.
    • Failure to clean was a factor contributing to ignition in 17% of reported home fires involving ovens or rotisseries.

    Escape Planning

    10/16/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to make and escape route and practice it as much as you can.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that planning and practicing an escape route before a fire disaster happens is very important. Below are some three facts about escape planning you should know.

    • According to an NFPA survey, only one-third of Americans have both developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
    • Almost three-quarters of Americans do have an escape plan; however, more than half never practiced it.
    • One-third (32%) of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life threatening. The time available is often less. Only 8% said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out!

    Smoke Alarms

    10/15/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants to make sure you test and replace smoke alarm batteries regularly.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc continues Fire Prevention Month with information on smoke alarms.

    • Three out of five home fire deaths in 2007-2011 were caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
    • Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.
    • In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 93% of the time, while battery powered alarms operated only 79% of the time.
    • When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.
    • An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires and a photoelectric smoke alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires. For the best protection, or where extra time is needed, to awaken or assist others, both types of alarms, or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms are recommended.

    Home Fires

    10/14/2015 (Permalink)

    For National Fire Prevention Month SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to be well informed.

    For National Fire Prevention Month SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has some important information on home fires we would like for you to know about.

    • Half of home fire deaths result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Only one in five home fires were reported during these hours.
    • One quarter of home fire deaths were caused by fires that started in the bedroom. Another quarter resulted from fires in the living room, family room or den.
    • Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.
    • In 2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 2,755 deaths, 12,200 civilian injuries, and $7.0 billion in direct damage
    • Home fires killed an average of eight people every day in 2013.
    • Cooking equipment is the leading cause of home fire injuries, followed by heating equipment.
    • Smoking materials are the leading cause of home fire deaths.
    • Most fatal fires kill only one or two people. In 2013, 12 home fires killed five or more people resulting in a total of 67 deaths.
    • During 2007-2011, roughly one of every 320 households had a reported home fire per year.

    Getting Caught

    10/13/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc unfortunately can only help so much.

    When your boss catches you on Facebook while you are supposed to be working, you're going to wish you could make it "Like It never even happened." If only there was a SERVPRO Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc for everything.

    Test Your Fire Alarms

    10/12/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows being prepared is very important. Please test your fire alarms.

    Did you know only 79% of battery-operated smoke alarms operate effectively in home fires? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like for you to please test your alarms, your life could depend on it.

    And Your Answer Is...

    10/9/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is here 24/7/365 no matter what kind of disaster strikes.

    Storms and floods have caused the most reported losses with wildfires coming in at 3rd. Make sure you are prepared for the possibilities, and if disaster strikes, you know who to call; SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc.

    Do You Know?

    10/8/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to test your knowledge.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has a question: Do you know which disasters have caused the most reported losses over the last 25 years?

    Halloween Fire Knowledge

    10/7/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to have fun and be safe during this festive season.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to be aware that residential house fires increase around Halloween due to arson and decorative candles. Dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper are also highly flammable.

    Restoration > Devastation

    10/6/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is here to help you out through hard decisions and to make things "Like it never even happened."

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows sometimes it's the hardest things in life that end up making us the most thankful.

    Fire Education

    10/5/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that proper fire education is important for a safe and happy home.

    Hundreds of children ages nine years and younger die in house fires each year. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to educate your children on the appropriate use of matches, and regularly practice your emergency exit route.

    Always Here to Help

    10/2/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will always be here to help, no matter if it's a fire or water disaster.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc gave you tips to stay prepared all September long, but if the worst does happen and you find yourself in need of trained professionals, you know we'll always be here to help.

    National PrepareAthon! Day

    10/1/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you and your loved ones to always be prepared no matter what disaster may strike.

    September 30th was National PrepareAthon! Day, and it was about taking action! SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to make a plan, communicate with your loved ones and prepare yourself so that when disaster comes, we are all ready.

    Prepare Your Car

    9/30/2015 (Permalink)

    Like any other tool you may have, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that your car is just as important.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to keep in mind that in case of emergency, make sure to prepare your car in case you have to leave at a moment's notice. Cables, water and food are also great items to keep stocked in your vehicle.

    90% Mental

    9/29/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that being mentally prepared is just as important as being physically prepared.

    Studies show that survival in a disaster is 90% mental. Being emotionally prepared can significantly affect you and your family's experience. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to think about the possibilities and ready yourself.

    Read more here:http://www.newsweek.com/10-survival-tips-disaster-preparedness-75541

    3 Days

    9/28/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc looks out for you and your family even before disaster strikes.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows if you don't have enough food and water for AT LEAST 3 days, then it's time you head to the grocery store. Please start saving now, so you are better prepared for when an unforeseen disaster strikes.

    Food & Water to Last...

    9/25/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc along with The American Red Cross want you to be prepared.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows in a disaster, access to everyday necessities can be extremely limited. Our partners at The American Red Cross recommend you are prepared with food and water to last your family AT LEAST ___ days. Do you know the answer?

    Fall is Here

    9/24/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is here all through Fall, 24/7 for your fire and water disaster needs.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows there are so many awesome, fun activities in the Fall. All of us here hope you enjoy all the wonderful things fall has to offer. If during this time you have a fire or water disaster, call us 24/7 and we'll be there. 

    Cash On Hand

    9/23/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that sometimes the simplest things can make life easier when a disaster hits.

    In today's world, paper money is quickly becoming an afterthought. But in a disaster, technology often takes a hit. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc thinks it's a good idea to prepare your family by making sure you have cash on hand.

    When Floodwater is Present in Your Home, Should You Turn Off the Power?

    9/22/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is here to not only save your home, business and surroundings, but you and your family as well.

    If you answered YES, you should be more careful. In the event of incoming flood waters, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows you should turn off your power but ONLY if your floor is clear of standing water.

    Proper Fire Extinguisher Use

    9/21/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to follow these simple steps to make sure you know how to use a fire extinguisher if needed.

    Sure, you know WHEN to use a fire extinguisher, but do you know HOW? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to follow these simple steps to ensure if/when the time arrives you are better prepared.

    Gutters and Drains

    9/18/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to remind you to clean your gutters and drains to avoid unwanted water issues.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows sometimes the simplest actions make a difference in a disaster. Clean out your gutters and drains to make sure that water is properly draining from your home or building.

    Installing a Backflow Valve

    9/17/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to be prepared from every direction, even from below.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has a useful suggestion; prepare your home by installing a backflow valve on all sewer pipes. It's relatively easy and inexpensive and can save you from dealing with a whole lot of you know what.

    Roof Protection

    9/16/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests a rubber roof underlayment to protect your home from water getting in from above.

    When it comes to roof protection, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows a few hundred dollars can go a long way. Stay prepared by purchasing a rubber roof underlayment to protect your home from water intrusion.

    Office Communication

    9/15/2015 (Permalink)

    At SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc we know office safety is just as important as safety at home.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows office communication is key during a disaster. Make sure a contact list is an important piece of your office emergency plan.

    Family Emergency Plan

    9/14/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you and your family to have a family emergency plan before disaster strikes.

    Here's a tip for you and your family from SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc; The first step to being prepared in any situation is to have a plan. And there's no place where that plan matters more than at home with the ones you love most.

    24/7, 365

    9/11/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is a friend that doesn't mind being contacted 24/7, 365 days a year. We are here when you need us the most.

    No matter if your disaster is small or large, fire or water, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is always here when you need us.

    Emergency Phone Book

    9/10/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc thinks that sometimes you may have to resort to "old school" tactics to get through a disaster.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc remembers when you actually had to keep up with people's digits. If a disaster kills the power, you'll have to rely on memory to get in touch. Or keep a physical address book handy. You'll be glad you did. 

    Overloaded Outlets

    9/9/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that understanding your property's electrical demands is a safety measure that shouldn't be ignored.

    Overloaded outlets can cause fires and other life threatening dangers. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests to keep your home or office safe by understanding your property's electrical demands.

    Ink Pen Vs. Hair Spray

    9/8/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc thinks it's a little funny to use hair spray as well. But it does work.

    Do you have trouble keeping your white shirts ink pen free? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests to try removing the stain with a little hair spray! #TipTuesday

    After the Power Goes Out...

    9/4/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants to make sure you know about food safety before the power goes out.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to let you know that most foods - meat, poultry, fish, dairy and cooked leftovers - are safe to eat for up to 4 hours from the time the power in your refrigerator goes out. After that, it's time to discard.

    Extended Power Outage Prep

    9/3/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you and your loved ones to be prepared not only this month, but every month of the year.

    Here's a suggestion from SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc for National Preparedness Month; during an extended power outage, ATMs & credit card machines may not work. Include extra $$ in your emergency kit. #NatlPrep

    The Safety of Your Students

    9/2/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc want's to make sure every student will have a safe, educational and fun school year.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to ensure the safety of your students by regularly practicing emergency procedures.

    Here's a FREE classroom curriculum: http://go.usa.gov/NrFk

    Cleaning Window Blinds

    9/1/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows the little things like clean window blinds can make a world of difference in your day.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests to keep your window blinds fresh and clean at home or in the office with this #TipTuesday.

    Multiple Routes & New Drivers

    8/31/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants to make sure the people that are important to you the most can get to safety fast.

    Here's a back to school tip from SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc. Keep new drivers safe by showing them multiple routes to school in case they need to evacuate during an emergency.

    Strangers & Your Children

    8/28/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants to make sure that your school knows which adults can pick up your children.

    Schools have different policies when it comes to strangers interacting with your children. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests to inform your school of any adults who have permission to pick up your children.

    Family Communications Plan

    8/26/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants your family to be better prepared when disaster strikes.

    Disasters can strike at any moment! SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows developing a family communications plan ensures your family is better prepared and accounted for during an emergency.

    We Have the Experience

    8/25/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has the know how and experience to get the job done.

    No matter how bad your property damage is, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has the experience to handle it.

    The New School Year

    8/24/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants to make sure you have everything covered to be fully prepared for the new school year.

    The new school year is fast-approaching, and many students will be entering school for the first time. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to know how your family will prepare for school.

    Lithium Powered Smoke Alarms

    8/21/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to stay safe, and continue to do so 10 years from now.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to know if you know this important piece of home safety trivia: How often are you supposed to replace your lithium-powered or "long-life" smoke alarm battery?

    If you said every 10 years, then you'd be correct!

    Experts in Cleaning

    8/20/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc thinks William Shakespeare is turning in his grave.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has the experts with the know-how to clean your home or office.

    Fires & Storms

    8/19/2015 (Permalink)

    No matter if it's fire or water, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will be here for you 24/7 when disaster strikes.

    Fires and storms cost more than monetary damage to your property. They can cost you the moments you love most. When you experience damage, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will be here to make your house feel like home again.

    A Common Natural Disaster

    8/18/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to be better prepared in case of a flood, please contact your insurance agent.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like for you to know that flooding is the most common natural disaster, yet most homeowners' insurance doesn't cover flood damage?

    Social Media Tip

    8/14/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc thinks it's very important to be well connected on social media so you know what's going on around you.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests to stay informed about local weather and emergency updates by following local officials like police, fire, and emergency managers on social media.

    We Are Here to Help

    8/13/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will work hard to get your home back to the way it was.

    No matter if it's fire or water that's interrupted your life, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is here 24/7 in your time of need.  #HereToHelp

    Our Unified Storm Team

    8/12/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has the trained professionals to take care of your storm damage 24/7.

    Because the damage from one bad storm just can't compete with the unified team of trained professionals from SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc.

    About Your Lost Fuzzy Sock...

    8/11/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc gives you a useful option for your one fuzzy sock that was left behind.

    Did your dryer eat one of your fuzzy socks? No worries! SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to let you know that your other fuzzy sock can actually be used as a sweeper mop to help out around the house. ?#‎HereToHelp?

    Emergency Kit Preparness

    8/10/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants you to be prepared for whatever happens.

    Which of these items does NOT belong in your emergency kit? Did you answer fruit? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows it's important to pack nonperishable items in your supply kit to keep your food from spoiling. Don't forget nonperishable foods for your pets, too. Find more necessities at ready.gov/build-a-kit #NatlPrep

    Are You Ready?

    8/7/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like you to be prepared for an unexpected disaster by downloading our #ReadyApp today.

    You may never feel fully ready for school to start again, but by downloading the SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc #ReadyApp, you can be prepared for an unexpected disaster.

    Work Like a Dog Day

    8/6/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc works hard every day to make your disaster like it never even happened.

    At the SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc office, we work like a dog every day to make your disaster like it never even happened. But since somebody out there decided to make yesterday the official ?#‎WorkLikeADogDay?, we thought we'd share this cute pic.

    Summer Heat = Wet Feet

    8/5/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has the proper equipment to clean your carpets to make them look beautiful again.

    This summer heat could lead to some wet feet! If your carpet takes a beating, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will be there for you.

    Mayonnaise Vs. Water Stains

    8/4/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc likes to spread around free DIY tips whenever we can.

    You may be grossed out by the stuff, but mayonnaise can actually be used to get tough water stains out of wood! Of course, when the damage is too substantial for any condiment to fix, you know who to call; SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc.

    The End of National Ice Cream Month

    8/3/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc likes to have a sweet treat every once in a while when we aren't busy with fire & water damage cleanup.

    Seeing as July 31st was the last day of national #IceCreamMonth, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc invites you to indulge in a little sweet treat. Our favorite flavor is green mint, obviously. ;) What's yours?

    You Vs. Fire Damage

    7/31/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will help you take back control of your life after the disaster.

    When fire damage takes control of your life, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will help you take it back.

    A Flood of Emotions

    7/30/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will get rid of all the water "Like it Never Even Happened."

    When the rain just won't stop and a flood of emotions starts to take over, you know who to turn to for help; SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc.

    Proper People & Tools

    7/28/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc knows that the right people and tools at the right time can make a world of difference.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc feels that putting the proper people and tools in place can prevent chaos and confusion during an emergency.

    It's All About 911

    7/27/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants to make sure you know when it's the right time to call.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants to ensure that your family members and office staff know how and when it's appropriate to call 9-1-1.

    We Are Nationwide

    7/24/2015 (Permalink)

    The SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc office is one of many across the nation. Making SERVPRO faster to any size disaster.

    Our SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc office is one of 1,650 Franchises nationwide so you know we're always here to help, everywhere.

    Prepping For Flood Damage

    7/23/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has the Emergency READY Profile to help out your business be prepared for a flood emergency.

    Flood damage can affect your business operation in a variety of ways. Be prepared with an Emergency READY Profile from SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc. Call us for help.

    Stash Some Cash

    7/22/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc suggests to stash some cash if there's an extended power outage in your area.

    During an extended power outage, SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc thinks ATMs & credit card machines may not work. Include extra $$ in your emergency kit.

    Developing Business Relationships

    7/21/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has the safety of everyone in your office building a top priority.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like to help ensure the safety of everyone in your office building by developing relationships with neighboring businesses. More business emergency planning tips available here: http://1.usa.gov/1qNNO2s

    Account For All Employees

    7/17/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc knows employee safety is most important to any employer.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co. / Oconomowoc knows that before, during and after any disaster event, employee safety should always be the first priority. Account for all employees by establishing evacuation plans in advance, identifying areas outside the building that are designated meeting places.

    We Are Packed & Ready

    7/16/2015 (Permalink)

    At SERVPRO Jefferson Co. / Oconomowoc we like to keep you ready for whatever happens.

    When fire and water cleanup is needed, getting help is now quicker and easier using the SERVPRO of Jefferson Co. / Oconomowoc READY Plan App. The Ready Plan is an emergency preparedness tool for home and business owners, property managers, risk managers and facility management. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile® containing critical facility information to help speed up response time.

    Watch the helpful, informational video by clicking HERE.

    Reconnecting After A Disaster

    7/15/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co. / Oconomowoc want's you to be able to reconnect to those who matter the most to you when disaster strikes.

    How will you reconnect with one another? SERVPRO of Jefferson Co. / Oconomowoc thinks it's very important to make a plan now so you will know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in the event of an emergency.

    Need New scissors?

    7/14/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc want's to remind that you can sharpen your dull scissors with sandpaper.

    No need to purchase new scissors when they become dull; instead sharpen them with sandpaper! Just another helpful tip from SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc.

    Cricket Chirps & Outside Temperature

    7/13/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to try this fun and educational science experiment.

    Did you know you can calculate the temperature outside by counting the number of chirps a cricket produces in 14 seconds and then adding 40? SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc knows it sounds like a lot of math in this heat, but give it a try.

    Our Drive To Help

    7/10/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc uses the best state of the art equipment to help get things back to normal in your time of need.

    With the help of up to date technology and state of the art equipment, SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc strives to make your property loss "Like it never even happened!"

    You Can Count On Us!

    7/9/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is always ready to help you in your time of need, no matter if it's fire or water damage.

    We know you count on us when you need help most. SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is dedicated to helping you recover after a flood or fire.

    Old SERVPRO Equipment

    7/8/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is very interested in the history of the company that helps make disasters "Like it never even happened."

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc loves the look of this old SERVPRO equipment displayed in the museum at Corporate Headquarters!

    Floods & Your Personal Belongings

    7/7/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc knows it's better to test than causing more damage.

    Should your personal belongings need professional care after a flood, SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc will pretest your items to be sure they are safe to clean without causing secondary damage.

    SERVPRO Convention Week

    7/6/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc can't wait for the yearly convention to begin!

    Convention week has finally arrived - Windy City get ready for SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc! We're ready for this years convention so we can learn to help our customers even better in their time of need.

    Cleaning Carpets

    7/3/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc still cleans carpets. Call us the next time yours need to be done.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc doesn't see as much shag carpet these days but we're still out there keepin' it clean. Why don't you give us a try the next time you need your carpets cleaned.

    It's SERVPRO Convention Time

    7/2/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc will be represented by our owner Tom Hendricks at this years convention.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc will be heading to the 46th Annual SERVPRO® Convention next week, we're looking forward to another great year!

    Over The Years

    7/1/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc has all the tools at the ready when you need us the most.

    Guess not that much has changed over the years. SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc still has all the tools to make it "Like it never even happened."

    Our Local Insurance Partners

    6/30/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is very grateful to work with our local insurance partners to help their clients when disaster strikes.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like to thank our local insurance partners who keep our customers covered when disaster strikes! 

    About Fireworks

    6/29/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to be safe this 4th of July. If damage occurs, give us a call.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to know that fireworks account for 2 out of 5 fires on Independence Day. With the 4th right around the corner, what's your plan to celebrate responsibly? To learn more what we can do for you, click HERE.

    Fire Sprinklers

    6/26/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc knows that fire sprinklers are great at saving lives and property.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to know that fire sprinklers have been saving lives for more than a century! Stopping a fire early may reduce the amount of property damage.

    It Doesn't Matter The Size...

    6/25/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is ready for any size disaster you may have for us.

    Big or small, SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is ready for cleanups of any size! Click HERE to learn more.

    Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

    6/24/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is here to get your ducts cleaned so your AC stays running.

    Summer's here and things are starting to heat up. Give SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc a call and we can arrange to get your ducts cleaned to keep your AC running at peak efficiency. You can learn more by clicking HERE.

    Before You Hit the Road This Summer...

    6/23/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants to make sure your home and valuables are safe when you're on the road with the family this Summer.

    Before you hit the road this Summer, follow these four tips from SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc to ensure your house is safe should severe weather arise.

    1.) Keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed.

    2.) Bring all outdoor furniture inside.

    3.) Cover windows with shutters.

    4.) Place important items and papers in a waterproof case and place it in an elevated location inside your home.

    We Hope You Had a Happy Father's Day

    6/22/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like to thank all the fathers out there in the SERVPRO family for doing what you do.

    A belated Happy Father's Day to all those Dads out there, those who wear green and those who don't from SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc.

    Our Emergency Ready Program

    6/19/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc can set up a FREE Emergency Ready Program (ERP) whenever you're ready.

    Is your company or commercial property ready in case a major water or fire loss happens? Do you have all the necessary information ready at a moments notice and at your finger tips so the right people and companies are notified in a timely manner so that production downtime is kept at a minimum? If you said no to some or all of these questions, I urge you to contact me so that SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc can set up a FREE Emergency Ready Program (ERP) for your company and/or commercial property so that you can be better prepared in case of a major loss. Contact us by clicking HERE.

    Water Alarm

    6/18/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants to make sure the inside of your home stays nice and dry this summer.

    If travel plans are in your future this summer, SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to consider a water alarm for your home. They'll alert you should water levels inside start to rise. Some models are even equipped with shutoff valves. Find out about how we can help you through a water damage crisis by clicking HERE.

    June 21st

    6/17/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is here to help 24/7

    The official start to summer is June 21st. Is your property ready for the higher temps and severe weather that can accompany this time of year? SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc will be here for you before, during and after severe weather strikes.

    Grilling Season

    6/16/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to have fun and be safe while grilling.

    Warmer weather usually signals the start of grilling season. But did you know that grilling accidents starts each year almost 9,000 home fires? SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like for you to be safe out there folks! 

    Happy Flag Day

    6/15/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc hope you had a very happy Flag Day.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc hoped everyone had a Happy Flag Day! We'd love to see your images of Old Glory flying high, share them with us!

    In a Flooding Situation While Driving?

    6/12/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants to make sure you and your family are safe, no matter the situation.

    Unfortunately, severe weather often accompanies the summer months. If you find yourself in a flooding situation while on the road, remember this helpful information from the helpful people at SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc.

    Our Great Team

    6/11/2015 (Permalink)

    The SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc team is here for you 24/7.

    Our employees at SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc make a great team and are ready to help you out in your time of need through ANY disaster.

    Burst Water Pipe?

    6/10/2015 (Permalink)

    If you find a burst water pipe flooding your home, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc to clean it up.

    If you didn't wrap your outdoor faucets this winter, you may notice a leak inside your home caused by a broken pipe when you turned them on this summer. Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc if damage strikes!

    Property Damage

    6/9/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is here for you 24/7.

    When you suffer property damage and need help, it isn't necessary to look any further than your own backyard. SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is right here, in your community, and we're always here to help in your time of need.

    National Donut Day

    6/8/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc really loves donuts! We hope you do too!

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc didn't let this holiday pass us by... National Donut Day! Did you celebrate, we all did!

    Warmer Weather

    6/5/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc likes it when everything has turned green. Have a great Summer!

    What's your favorite part about the warmer weather? Personally, SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc enjoys all the greenery.

    Muddy Carpets?

    6/4/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is here for your carpet cleaning needs.

    Summer break plus muddy hands? Your carpets may take a beating! Keep SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc's number handy if the little ones have too much fun.

    Restore vs. Replace

    6/3/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc's "restore vs. replace" program is what we live by.

    Did you know that fire, water and mold cannot only damage your property's structure but also your belongings within it? SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc's "restore vs. replace" mentality can help save your most precious items. 

    We Do Carpet Cleaning

    6/2/2015 (Permalink)

    June has finally arrived and summer break is just beginning for school kids everywhere. SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc sees some carpet cleaning needs in your future - keep our number handy!

    Heavy Rain & Flooding

    5/29/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to stay safe and dry.

    Floods are unpredictable and can occur in regions that have never seen rain. SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to take these precautions to minimize damage to your belongings should a heavy rainfall be in your forecast.

    After the Fire

    5/28/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants to help make sure your fire loss was "Like it never even happened."

    After effects of fire, such as smoke odor and soot, can be hard to remove. Let SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc restore your home to pre-fire condition.

    About Washing Your Pillows...

    5/27/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc also thinks about what's under your head nightly.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc suggests to reduce bacteria and mold growth by washing your pillows at least twice a year!

    Happy Memorial Day!

    5/26/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc honors those who have provided the ultimate service. Thank you!

    From our SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc team to yours, we hope you had a Happy Memorial Day!

    About Your Emergency READY Profile...

    5/25/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like to set up your Emergency READY Profile so you can be better prepared when disaster strikes.

    So are you a Safety Pro or Safety No? If you need help getting your property ready, contact SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc to start your Emergency READY Profile today!

    Have a GREAT Holiday Weekend!

    5/22/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to know we are here 24/7 through the long holiday weekend.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend. Even though it's a long holiday weekend, we will still be on call 24/7 if a water or fire disaster may interrupt your fun.

    The Burning Answer

    5/21/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to check your smoke alarm batteries every month.

    Smoke alarms greatly reduce the risk of injury to those inside your home or business. SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to install them on every floor and check the batteries monthly.

    About Your Smoke Alarm

    5/20/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to check back tomorrow for the answer.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc has a question for you; how often should you check the batteries in your smoke alarm?

    Preparation Is Key

    5/19/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is always prepared to help you out in your time of need.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc doesn't rely on luck, we count on preparation.

    Stopping The Leak

    5/18/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants to make sure your water loss is kept at the very minimum.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc suggests that if a pipe in your home or office should spring a leak, immediately shut the water off at the source or call a professional to do so. Knowing where your property's shut-off valve is crucial to lessening the impact of the damage.

    Prepare With An ERP

    5/15/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants your business to reopen after a disaster. An ERP is always FREE and will be there if you need it.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc knows that 50% of businesses may never reopen after a disaster. Do you have an Emergency Ready Plan for your business? If not, contact us to find out how to set one up for FREE. http://bit.ly/1eXVvAe

    Keep Your Business Well Prepared

    5/14/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like your business to be prepared. Contact us to set up an ERP today.

    What percentage of businesses may never reopen after a disaster? Can you believe 50%? SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to be prepared. Let us conduct a FREE Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business so you're ready when any disaster strikes.

    Driving In The Rain

    5/13/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc keeps your safety in mind under any weather condition.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to stay safe in the rain and avoid hydroplaning by driving slowly and carefully, especially on curves. Remember to brake with a light touch by maintaining mild pressure on the brake pedal.

    Refuling Safety

    5/12/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc thinks of your safety no matter what you do or where you are.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc suggests to avoid getting in and out of your vehicle while refueling. Static electricity can develop on your body as you slide across the seat, causing a spark to ignite the gasoline vapor when you reach for the pump.

    May Flowers

    5/11/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is here to help before, during and after major water damage has affected your life.

    Who's ready for some May flowers? SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is still here to help, even after those crazy April Showers have passed.

    About Your Property...

    5/8/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc's number one priority is to make sure you are happy and like we weren't even there.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc treats your property like we would our own and strive to make our visit #LikeItNeverEvenHappened.

    Our Favorite Things...

    5/7/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc has a few favorite tools we love to use to make your loss "Like it never even happened".

    Extractors we roll out and dehues that dry out, sponges of white and hoses of green...these are a few of SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc's favorite things.

    Our Resources

    5/6/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants to make sure that your loss is "Like it never even happened".

    With over 5,000,000 square feet of building space, housing over 140,000 pieces of cleaning and restoration equipment, SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc trained professionals have the resources to help you take back control of your life.

    We Appreciate Our Local Firefighters!

    5/5/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc appreciates everything our local firefighters do for our community.

    From trainings to real emergencies, SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc are honored to work alongside the men and women who fight fires in our communities on International Firefighters' Day and every day.

    Mayday, Mayday!

    5/4/2015 (Permalink)

    May it be fire or water damage, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc to clean it up and restore.

    When you have a mayday in your home, call on SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc for fire and water cleanup and restoration.

    A Dare Perhaps?

    5/1/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is proud to have trained technicians at the ready in your time of need.

    We dare you to tell him that SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc can't clean up any size disaster.

    April Showers...

    4/30/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc thinks that it's been a very dry Spring thus far.

    What April showers? SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc sees nothing but blue skies. #LikeItNeverEvenHappened

    Spring Weather

    4/29/2015 (Permalink)

    The SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc READY Plan App is available on all major devices.

    Spring weather can be unpredictable. #BeReady and plan ahead with the SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc READY Plan App! Download the app today on your smartphone.

    Not a Stranger To Severe Weather

    4/28/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc will be here for you before, during and after a weather damaging event.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is no stranger to severe weather. We are here to help you recover from a weather damaging event 24/7. Contact us in your time of need so we can help get your life back together "Like it never even happened."

    Today We Salute Plumbers

    4/27/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like to thank plumbers for their hard, dedicated work.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc knows a thing or two about water and the damage it can cause. Today we salute our friends who keep it flowing in the right direction. #HugAPlumberDay

    Save On Your Energy Bill

    4/24/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc believes in being more energy efficient and would like to help you out with this weeks tip.

    Old buildings often have leaky windows and doors. SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc suggests to solve this problem with the help of this week's tip.

    Earth Day Is Everyday

    4/23/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc works hard to be environmentally friendly on all of our jobs and through out the year.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is happy that Earth Day has finally arrived. How will you make a difference today and through out the year to be environmentally friendly?

    Thank You Deanna

    4/22/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc appreciates our Admin Professional Deanna. Thank you for all you do to help. It's GREATLY appreciated!

    It's always busy here at SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc, and we couldn't keep up without the help from our Admin Professional Deanna. Thank you for all you do! 

    Cleaning Your Smoke Detectors

    4/21/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like for your family and business to be safe at all times. Please keep your smoke detectors clean.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like for you to know; like many appliances in the home, smoke detectors require regular cleaning and maintenance to function effectively. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could prevent alarms from working.

    Being Green

    4/20/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc always thinks green and tries hard on every job to be green.

    Being green is in SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc's DNA in more ways than one. What are you doing to get ready for #EarthDay? #RestoreVsReplace

    Earth Day & Lightbulbs

    4/17/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like for you to GO GREEN this Earth Day.

    How many SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc employees does it take to change a lightbulb? A lot actually and man, are they tired.

    Fireplace Safety

    4/16/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants to remind you that ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants to remind you to make sure your fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container.

    No Job Is Too Large

    4/15/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc has the cleanup specialists to get the job done right every time!

    From residential to commercial, no job is too large for our SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc cleanup specialists!

    Fire and Water Damage

    4/14/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc technicians are trained to clean and restore your home to the point "Like it never even happened".

    Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc technicians are trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. "Like it never even happened".

    Restore vs. Replace

    4/13/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc always thinks of our impact on the environment with every job we are on.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc's  #RestoreVsReplace philosophy is just one way we do our part for the environment.

    Smoke Alarm Maintenance

    4/10/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you and your family to stay safe, please check and clean your smoke alarms regularly.

    Smoke alarms may look clean, but dust can accumulate inside the cover, especially in newly built homes. SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc suggests to keep your smoke alarms clean and to check on them regularly so if the situation arises, your smoke alarms will work in your time of need.

    Natural Gas Education

    4/9/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc thinks it's important to educate your family and employees about natural gas leaks.

    Natural gas leaks and explosions can cause fires after a disaster; SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like you to take preventative measures by educating your family and employees in case of an emergency.

    Mold Can Spread Quickly

    4/8/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc knows preventing and stopping indoor mold growth is keeping susceptible areas in the home clean and dry.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc knows mold can spread quickly after a water damage event. Did you know the key to preventing and stopping indoor mold growth is keeping susceptible areas in the home clean and dry?

    Did You Get Every Last Drop?

    4/7/2015 (Permalink)

    Call the cleanup crew at SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc to do a professional clean-up of your property.

    Even when you think you've gotten every last drop, water can damage areas in your home or business that you can't even see. Call the cleanup team at SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc, we're here to help.

    Knowing Disaster Types In Your Area

    4/6/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants you to be prepared and ready BEFORE a disaster occurs in your area.

    Knowing what types of disasters can occur in your area is only part of being prepared. SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants you to know the risks and steps to take to be prepared, and learn about the weather in your area: weather.gov #NatlPrep

    Flood Warning Signals

    4/3/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants you to safely stay above and away from oncoming flood water.

    Does your family know the flood warning signals in your area? SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants you to know the signals so that you and your family stay safe. http://1.usa.gov/XjTINZ

    Don't Be Fooled

    4/2/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is the only one that can help restore your property with care.

    Don't be fooled by those other guys, SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is the only one that can help restore your property "Like it never even happened."

    Your Spring-Cleaning Needs

    4/1/2015 (Permalink)

    Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc today for all your spring-cleaning needs!

    Have a few "high traffic areas" in your home that need a little extra attention? Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc today to learn how we can help with all your spring-cleaning needs!

    Spring Cleaning

    3/30/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc can get your home or office professionally cleaned this Spring.

    #SpringCleaning can be a real chore. Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc to get started!

    Lightning Storm Knowledge

    3/27/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc has your safety in mind when it comes to threatening weather that can affect you and your family.

    Does your family know what to do before, during, and after a lightning storm? SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc would like for you and your family to learn the facts and practice your plan: http://go.usa.gov/NcGe #NatlPrep

    Emergency Preparedness Kits.

    3/26/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is preparing to help you out for what ever may happen at your home or business.

    This week SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is gathering supplies for our Emergency Preparedness Kits. We'll show you how it turns out, so you can make one for your home or business.

    10 Quick Energy Saving Tips for Spring

    3/25/2015 (Permalink)

    With the start of a new season comes a fresh opportunity for SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc to find ways for you to save energy and money.

    Here are 10 simple things that SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc thinks you can do to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home as warmer temperatures arrive:

    1.) Service your air conditioner. Easy maintenance such as routinely replacing or cleaning air filters can lower your cooling system’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent. Also, the first day of spring could serve as a reminder to check your air conditioner’s evaporator coil, which should be cleaned annually to ensure the system is performing at optimal levels.

    2.) Open windows. Opening windows creates a cross-wise breeze, allowing you to naturally cool your home without switching on air conditioners. This is an ideal tactic in spring when temperatures are mild.

    3.) Use ceiling fans. Cooling your home with ceiling fans will allow you to raise your thermostat four degrees. This can help lower your electricity bills without sacrificing overall comfort.

    4.) Cook outside. On warmer spring days, keep the heat out of your home by using an outdoor grill instead of indoor ovens.

    5.) Install window treatments. Energy efficient window treatments or coverings such as blinds, shades and films can slash heat gain when temperatures rise. These devices not only improve the look of your home but also reduce energy costs.

    6.) Caulk air leaks. Using low-cost caulk to seal cracks and openings in your home keeps warm air out -- and cash in your wallet.

    7.)  Bring in sunlight. During daylight hours, switch off artificial lights and use windows and skylights to brighten your home.

    8.) Set the thermostat. On warm days, setting a programmable thermostat to a higher setting when you are not at home can help reduce your energy costs by approximately 10 percent.

    9.) Seal ducts. Air loss through ducts can lead to high electricity costs, accounting for nearly 30 percent of a cooling system’s energy consumption. Sealing and insulating ducts can go a long way toward lowering your electricity bills.

    10.)  Switch on bathroom fans. Bathroom fans suck out heat and humidity from your home, improving comfort.

    Being Prepared For An Emergency

    3/24/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc suggests getting a list of people and tools together you can trust when any type of emergency hits.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc believes putting the proper people and tools in place can prevent chaos and confusion during an emergency.

    Spring is Here

    3/23/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc believes a list of items to clean would be helpful to obtain your Spring cleaning goals faster.

    The SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc calendar says Spring is here. What does your #SpringCleaning checklist include?

    Be Safe, Watch Out For Floods.

    3/20/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc has your safety in mind when it comes to flooding.

    While Spring is a beautiful time of year it can also produce large amounts of rain in a short amount of time. Here are two terms SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc thinks you should know to? #‎beSERVPROReady?.

    Flood/Flash Flood Watch—Flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area.

    Flood/Flash Flood Warning—Flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

    Business Disaster Tip

    3/19/2015 (Permalink)

    Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc so we can prepare you for any disaster by setting up an Emergency READY Profile (ERP).

    Being prepared in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored versus replaced. Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc to set up your Emergency READY Profile, and be "Ready for whatever happens."

    SERVPRO and Peace of Mind

    3/18/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants to help BEFORE your time of need. So you are better prepared when disaster strikes.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc wants you to have peace of mind when a disaster strikes. We can help create your evacuation and emergency communication plans. For more tips and information visit: www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

    Happy St. Patricks Day!

    3/17/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc hope you have a FUN and SAFE St. Patricks Day!

    Happy #StPatricksDay from your friends in green at SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc!

    Our IICRC Training Helps You

    3/17/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc's intense IICRC training arms us with the knowledge to restore your property.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc's intense IICRC training arms us with the knowledge to restore your property so it's "Like it never even happend". The IICRC is a certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associates, the IICRC serves more than 25 countries with offices in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

    To find out more information click HERE.

    Our ERP Program & the American Red Cross

    3/13/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc will put together an Emergency READY Program (ERP) for your facilities so you have it in your time of need.

    Our Emergency READY Program and the American Red Cross Ready Rating program are perfect partners. Call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc today to schedule an assessment of your facilities.

    Technology & Equipment Combined

    3/11/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc will work hard to get everything back to normal for your home or business.

    With the help of up to date technology and state of the art equipment, SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc strive to make your property loss "Like it never even happened!"

    We Are Dedicated to Helping You

    3/10/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is here to help you recover in your time of need.

    We know you count on us when you need help most. SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc is dedicated to helping you recover after a flood or fire.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County is Here for You 24/7/365

    3/10/2015 (Permalink)

    Call on SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc in your time of need.

    We may have already sprung forward but no matter what the clock says, you can call SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc 24/7/365.

    FREE Emergency Ready Program (ERP) for Your Company

    3/5/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc can get you and your company better prepared in case of a major loss.

    Is your company or commercial property ready in case a major water or fire loss happens? Do you have all the necessary information ready at a moments notice and at your fingertips so the right people and companies are notified in a timely manner so that production downtime is kept at a minimum? If you said no to some or all of these questions, I urge you to contact us so that SERVPRO of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc can set up a FREE Emergency Ready Program (ERP) for your company and/or commercial property so that you can be better prepared in case of a major loss. 

    Floods are Unpredictable

    3/4/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has your safety in mind.

    Floods are unpredictable and can occur in regions that have never seen rain. Take these precautions to minimize damage to your belongings should a heavy rainfall be in your forecast. SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc wants to make sure that you're safe in any weather event.

    We Have You Covered

    3/3/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc will always have you covered in any type of situation.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has you covered. Everything under your roof, everyone under ours.

    SERVPRO And the American Red Cross

    3/2/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc and the American Red Cross are here to help you in your time of need.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc is proud to be a national sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program. #BeAHero

    Smoke Alarms

    2/26/2015 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc has your safety in mind.

    SERVPRO of Jefferson Co./Oconomowoc would like for you to keep your home or office safe by installing smoke alarms on every level of the structure.

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