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Making a Plan/Kit For You & Your Pets for an Emergency

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Make a Plan, Be Prepared. 

Being prepared for an emergency event is a very responsible task you can do for you, your family, and your pets.

Make a Plan
-Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan.
-How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
-What is my shelter plan?
-What is my evacuation route?
-What is my family/household communication plan?
-Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
-Remember, during a disaster what’s good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today.

If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors.

Remember, during a disaster what’s good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today.

If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Plan options include:

-Create a buddy system in case you’re not home. Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your animals.
Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets.
-Find pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route and keep a list in your pet’s emergency kit.
Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter.
-Consider an out-of-town friend or relative.
-Locate a veterinarian or animal hospital in the area where you may be seeking temporary shelter in case your pet needs medical care. Add the contact information to your emergency kit.
-Have your pet microchipped and make sure that you not only keep your address and phone number up-to-date, but that you also include contact info for an emergency contact outside of your immediate area.
-Call your local emergency management office, animal shelter or animal control office to get advice and information.
-If you are unable to return to your home right away, you may need to board your pet. Find out where pet boarding facilities are located.
-Most boarding kennels, veterinarians and animal shelters will need your pet's medical records to make sure all vaccinations are current.
-If you have no alternative but to leave your pet at home, there are some precautions you must take, but remember that leaving your pet at home alone can place your animal in great danger.


BUILDING A KIT:
To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

-Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
-Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
-Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
-Flashlight
-First aid kit
-Extra batteries
-Whistle (to signal for help)
-Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
-Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
-Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
-Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
-Manual can opener (for food)
-Local maps
-Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

Include basic survival items and items to keep your pet happy and comfortable. Start with this list to find out exactly what items your pet needs to be Ready.

Your pet kit should include:

-Food (at least a three day supply in an airtight, waterproof container)
-Water (at least three days of water specifically for your pets)
-Medicines
-Medical records, proof of vaccinations, registration and adoption documents (talk to your veterinarian about microchipping)
-First aid kit (cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea and tick prevention, latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol, saline solution and a pet first aid reference book)
-Collar or harness with ID tag, rabies tag and a leash
-Crate or pet carrier (a sturdy, safe crate or carrier large enough for your pet to stand, turn around and lie down)
-Sanitation needs (litter box and litter, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach)
-A picture of you and your pet together to prove ownership (add species, breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics)
-Familiar items (treats, toys and bedding can help reduce stress for your pet)


Being safe and prepared is not only a good idea, but a safe one.

*Source: ready.gov

Fire Safety at your Campsite

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Fire

With summer upon us and loads of people wanting to get out of their houses amid the coronavirus, camping and the good ole outdoors has taken famously with the public. SERVPRO of Southern Washington County would like to remind you of some basics when it comes to maintaining and extinguishing your campfire at your campsite. It is your responsibility to maintain and extinguish it to prevent wildfires.

  1. Never cut whole trees or branches, dead or alive. Live materials won’t burn and dead standing trees are often homes for birds and other wildlife.
  2. Once you have a strong fire going, add larger pieces of dry wood to keep it burning steadily.
  3. Don’t burn dangerous things like aerosol cans, pressurized containers, glass or aluminum cans. They could explode, shatter and/or create harmful fumes or dust.
  4. Keep your fire to a manageable size.
  5. Never leave your campfire unattended.
  6. Allow the wood to burn completely to ash.
  7. Pour lots of water on the fire. Drown ALL embers, not just the red ones. Pour until hissing sound stops.
  8. If you do not have water, stir dirt or sand into the embers with a shovel to bury the fire.
  9. With your shovel, scrape any remaining sticks and logs to remove any embers. Make sure that no embers are exposed and still smoldering.
  10. Continue adding water, dirt or sand and stirring with a shovel until all material is cool.
  11. If it’s too hot to touch, it’s too hot to leave

Keeping these steps and reminders in mind will not only keep you safe, but keep the campground or nature area you are visiting safe as well!

*Source: smokeybear.com

What equipment is used to extract water from my Washington County property after a water damage?

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Caused by Flooding

Once your home or commercial property gets water damage due to flooding, our crew will come out to access the damage. We will need to extract the water from your property because extraction is a critical step to removing moisture from a structure. The more excess water restorers remove with extraction equipment, the less time they will spend to evaporate and dehumidify the remaining moisture with drying equipment. Various types of extraction tools are used to remove water from flooring. These are:

  • extraction units
  • light wands
  • deep extraction tools
  • submersible pumps


Extraction Units

Extractors can be portable units or large truck-mounted units. 

A portable extractor is extremely flexible since it can be taken into almost any area of the structure. They do require electricity to operate, so power will have to be provided from the facility or a generator.


Truck-mounted extractors offer a more powerful vacuum compared to portables. They run off the work vehicle’s fuel, so no on-site power is needed

Light Wands

Light wands or “carpet wands” are used for water extraction. The light wand is appropriate for the initial water removal and extracting water from glue-down carpet. It is also effective in removing residual water on the surface of carpets after a stationary tool has been used. When the pad is being removed, the light wand is appropriate since you are not trying to remove all the water from the pad.

Deep Extraction Tools

There are various types of deep extraction tools that can be attached to an extractor.


Self-propelled extraction tools are powered by an independent motor that moves the unit over carpet at a consistent rate. These devices compress carpet and pad, squeeze out water, and remove water through the vacuum system of an extractor.

Stationary tools are able to extract water from carpet and pad using only the weight of the water damage restoration professional standing upon the device. A vacuum system is attached to the device, pulling water through a series of tiny holes in the base of the unit. Stationary tools are available in various sizes.

If you have water damage due to a flood in your Pewaukee or Sussex home, call SERVPRO of Southern Washington County at 262.229.7522 today!

What type of equipment is used to detect moisture in my Germantown, Wisconsin home?

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Once a water damage hits your home or commercial property, our crew will come out to evaluate the damage. Water damage restoration requires the use of certain equipment. This may include detection devices, extraction equipment, air moving and dehumidification equipment, as well as safety equipment. Simply having access to the right equipment is only part of the process.

Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure into which water has intruded and defining the extent to which structure and contents have absorbed moisture beyond normal moisture levels. Various devices allow a water damage restoration professional to track moisture within a structure. These devices include the following:

  • Moisture sensors
  • Thermal imaging cameras 
  • Moisture meters 
  • Thermo-hygrometers

Moisture Sensors

The moisture sensor is used to detect moisture in carpets and padding. The moisture sensor has sharp probes that penetrate through carpets and pad to determine if water has migrated on the subfloor underneath.

Thermal Imaging Camera

Thermal imaging cameras (also called infrared cameras) are utilized for inspecting and monitoring moisture in building materials.  They can show how water traveled throughout a structure, and many times they can indicate moisture that otherwise may have never been discovered. At the end of the project, they provide excellent documentation or proof that drying was successfully completed. Technically, thermal cameras do not display moisture images, but rather infrared images. 

Moisture Meters 

Moisture meters are utilized to measure the actual moisture content or level of various materials. Some meters are calibrated to measure specific materials; for example, a moisture meter calibrated for drywall will not accurately read moisture content in wood materials. Some meters are adjustable for different types of materials, such as a meter that can be adjusted for both wood and drywall. There are penetrating and non- penetrating moisture meters. 

Thermo-Hygrometers

A thermo-hygrometer (sometimes referred to as hygrometers) measures the relative humidity and temperature of air masses. Some thermo-hygrometers also give the restorer the humidity ratio, vapor pressure, and dew point.

If you have a water damage, call SERVPRO of Southern Washington County. We serve Germantown, Hartford, and Richfield Wisconsin just to list a few!! We are always open and always ready to help!

262.229.7522

Fire Damage Process Overview

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

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Emergency Fire Damage Process Overview

ONE HOUR:
Within one hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO of Southern Washing County will contact you to arrange for service. You'll know help is on the way.

FOUR HOURS:
Within four hours of loss notification, we will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly.

DETAILED EXPLAINATION:
We will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and the anticipated outcome. 

PRETESTING:
We then pretest for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.

EIGHT HOURS:
Within eight hours of on-site arrival, a verbal or written briefing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.


CLEANING, RESTORATION, and DEODORIZATION:
We will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control on your property when a damaging event has occurred. We ONLY use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of the first time.


FINAL WALK-THROUGH:
After all work has been completed and equipment removed, a final walk-through will be conducted with you to help ensure your satisfaction.

If your property has suffered a fire damage or has soot damage, call SERVPRO Southern Washing County at 262.229.7522. We are always Here to Help!

Defense Against Mold Growth in your Germantown, WI home

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Defense Against Mold Growth

Having prompt mitigation is vital to avoid mold growth, which can be visible in as little as 24 to 48 hours under certain conditions. That's why SERVPRO is Here to Help when mold does occur. 

Here are some tips and best practices to reduce mold growth in your home:

  • Keep the humidity between 30 and 60 percent
  • Provide proper drainage away from buildings, especially the foundation
  • Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks and defects 
  • Keep gutters and drains clear of debris
  • Inspect the roof, windows, and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance
  • Respond to all water intrusions immediately 
  • Contact SERVPRO of Southern Washington County after a water damage or if you discover mold. 
  • Call your insurance agent if you plan on filing a claim

If you suspect mold in your home or commercial property, call SERVPRO of Southern Washington County at 262.229.7522. 

Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration Services for your Richfield or Hartford WI Property

6/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire, Smoke and Soot Restoration Services

Structural Cleaning:

After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. A pretest will occur to determine the extent of damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the surfaces of your structure. Depending on the amount of soot, we may be able to reduce the cost of recovery. 

Contents Cleaning:

All the restorable contents in affected areas will be professionally cleaned and deodorized. This includes area rugs, furniture, draperies and upholstery. Careful inspection and testing of all fabrics will occur to ensure proper cleaning methods. All other restorable contents such as electronics, wood furniture, kitchen items, bedding clothing and more will be cleaned and deodorized to preloss condition. 

Deodorization

We provide specialized services that rid your structure of odors left by fire or smoke damage. We don't simply cover the lingering odor with fragrance, we seek out the source of the odor and remove it. There is Air scrubbing, thermal fogging and ozone generation. 

If your structure suffered a fire damage call SERVPRO of Southern Washington County at 262.229.7522

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned seal Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Certified SERVPRO Cleaned:

A DEFENSIVE CLEANING PROGRAM 

Let us help you get back to business

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

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

Extensive training and specialized products

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

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

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

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

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

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

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

Call SERVPRO of Southern Washington County today at  262.229.7522 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

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

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

Hurricane Prep Week Day 5

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Prep Week Day 5 Hurricane Prep Week Day 5

Being prepared for a disaster such as a hurricane can make all the difference in safety as well as damages. Each day this week we will be posting tips that can help you be prepared for a hurricane or any other major event. There is always comfort in having peace of mind knowing that you are ready. 

Day 5 of Hurricane Prep Week is about getting your home ready. If you plan to ride out the storm in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Many retrofits are not as costly or time consuming as you may think. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand the winds. Trim your trees to prevent damage from snapped branches and board up your windows to protect them from flying debris. To learn about more ways to strengthen your home visit https://www.weather.gov/wrn/hurricane-strengthen-home

Hurricane Prep Week Day 4

5/13/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Prep Week Day 4 Hurricane Prep Week Day 4

Being prepared for a disaster such as a hurricane can make all the difference in safety as well as damages. Each day this week we will be posting tips that can help you be prepared for a hurricane or any other major event. There is always comfort in having peace of mind knowing that you are ready. 

Day 4 of Hurricane Prep Week is about having an evacuation plan. You should plan your route and have an alternate route in case the first one is not accessible.  You may have to evacuate quickly, so you should practice with your household and your pets. You should also remember that you may not have to drive hundreds of miles to evacuate, only far enough away from the evacuation area.