Recent Storm Damage Posts

Spring Thunderstorms and How to Prepare

4/12/2022 (Permalink)

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

To keep your property safe:

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

To keep you safe:

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

Storm Damage Ruining Your Carpeting? SERVPRO Can Help

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

"Its Just Hail Damage"

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

Hail can inflict significant damage to your home.  The severity largely depends on how big the ice pieces are and how quickly you respond to the damage caused by them. After all, hail can either be as small as a pebble or as larger than a golf ball. Hail can cause damage to your roof, including cracked and damaged shingles after hailstorms. Sometimes, you’ll even encounter missing shingles. Other issues can appear in the form of dark spots, dents, circles on the roof, and dented or cracked sidings. You might also notice that your roof has become soft and spongy. These dents and damages can lead to future problems, including leaks that can damage flooring, carpeting, drywall and furniture.

If you encounter any of these issues, be sure to call SERVPRO to help with all your restoration needs.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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 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

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 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

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.  

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.

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

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."  

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.

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

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.   

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

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

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