Recent Water Damage Posts
Flooded Basement in Helenville
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
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.
Additional Power Is Sometimes Needed on Job Sites. So What Do We Do?
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Facts About Candle Fires and Candle Fire Prevention
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.
Preparing Your Home During Your Vacation
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
- 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.
- Set the thermostat in your house no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit
- Have someone, a neighbor or friend, a trust-worthy person, to check your house daily.
- 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
How To Avoid And Remove Window Condensation
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.
- 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.
- Buy an inexpensive hygrometer to monitor your indoor relative humidity. This will allow you to track the problem and watch the effects of changes.
- 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.
- 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
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.
SERVPRO of Jefferson County Helps Neighboring SERVPRO
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
Kitchen Water Damage
Wood flooring damaged in a kitchen
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
An extraction tool is used to extract the water from the wet carpet.
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.
Apartment complex in Lake Mills experiences a water loss
Water Damage at an apartment complex
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.
What to do After a Flood
Don’t wait, call SERVPRO® of Jefferson County / Oconomowoc to fix your water damage problems right away.
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.
About Those Icicles...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Preventing Ice Dams
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.
Pretesting Your Items
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.
When Floodwater is Present in Your Home, Should You Turn Off the Power?
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.
Gutters and Drains
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
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.
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.
A Common Natural Disaster
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?
Mayonnaise Vs. Water Stains
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.
A Flood of Emotions
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.
Prepping For Flood Damage
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.
Floods & Your Personal Belongings
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 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.
In a Flooding Situation While Driving?
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.
Burst Water Pipe?
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!
Heavy Rain & Flooding
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.
Stopping The Leak
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.
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.
Today We Salute Plumbers
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
Did You Get Every Last Drop?
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.
Flood Warning Signals
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
Be Safe, Watch Out For Floods.
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.