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What is Asbestos?

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

From Carpets to Catastrophes, SERVPRO is Here for All Your Commercial Cleaning Needs

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is here to restore your property from fire, storm and water damage, but did you know that SERVPRO also offers many other clean up and restoration services?

  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation - SERVPRO professionals are here to control and remediate mold contaminating your property and threatening your safety. 
  • HVAC Cleaning - We can inspect your HVAC system and restore it to peak energy efficiency to improve indoor air quality.
  • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup - SERVPRO technicians are trained to safely and efficiently clean biohazardous substances and waste for proper disposal. 
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service - We provide itemized, area-by-area inventory for storage during job completion or in cases of hoarding.

If you need a job done right and done quickly, call SERVPRO for all your commercial cleaning needs.

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. 

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!

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. 

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 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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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. 

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

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.

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. 

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/

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

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. 

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

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.

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

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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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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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 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.

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® 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.

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/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

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.

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.  

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.

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 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. 

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.

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.

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!