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Hurricane Prep Week Day 3

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Prep Week Day 3 Hurricane Prep Week Day 3

Day 3 of Hurricane Prep Week.

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 3 of Hurricane Prep Week is about reviewing your insurance. Look at your policies ahead of time to see what's covered and if flood insurance is available to you since it's the leading cause of damage from tropical systems. The best time to prepare for a hurricane is before hurricane season begins on June 1. It is vital to understand your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, and wind. For more insurance tips visit https://www.weather.gov/safety/hurricane-plan

Hurricane Prep Week Day 2

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Prep Week Day 2 Hurricane Prep Week Day 2

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 2 of Hurricane Prep Week is about having an emergency kit ready at work, in your car, and at home. This could include a backpack, water, non-perishable food, a blanket, etc. The best place to store the kit is somewhere that you will go to take shelter. Having all your materials in one place and storing them in your shelter location means that you don’t have to worry about getting prepared when a warning is issued. You’re already prepared and can just focus on getting yourself to your shelter. To learn more about what to put in your kit visit https://www.weather.gov/owlie/emergencysupplieskit

Hurricane Prep Week

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Prep Week Hurricane Prep Week

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.


First things First:

Start by creating an emergency ready plan for your family that includes emergency meeting places in your home, neighborhood and outside your neighborhood. You should make copies of your Family Emergency Ready Plan for each member of the household to carry in his or her wallet, backpack or purse. You should also post a copy in a central place at home.
You can create your own emergency ready plan at https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2021-04/family-emergency-communication-plan.pdf

Fire Damage Cleanability

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Fire with Soot Fire with Soot on Walls

Factors Affecting Cleanability in a Fire Damage 

Fire damages create many different cleaning challenges. A burning building is actually many complicated reactions between various elements, including the following:

  • the type of material burning
  • the amount of heat, oxygen and moisture content
  • air flow patterns in the building
  • types of smoke residues present 
  • the types of surfaces impacted by smoke and heat

Depending on how these elements interact as a fire progresses, fire damages can present extremely different cleaning and restoration situations depending on how these elements interact as the fire progresses. Here are factors you should consider to determine how difficult it will be to remove smoke residues. 

  • Type of surface
  • Age of surface
  • Amount of heat
  • Amount of moisture 
  • Type of material burned 
  • Air pressure 
  • Impingement
  • Temperature change

This information is important to SERVPRO of Pewaukee and Sussex in order to determine appropriate cleaning methods in a variety of situations and helps us to improve their inspection, scoping, pretesting, and restorability evaluation on fire projects. 

If your property has a fire damage, call SERVPRO of Southern Washington County. 262.229.7522

Carpet Cleaning Commercial Buildings

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Before and After Carpet Clean Before and After Carpet Clean

Why should your business have its carpeting cleaned often and professionally? 

Carpeting and rugs are well known for hiding mold, dust, particle pollution and dirt. All of which can be terrible for your health! Cleaning the carpet will promote better indoor air quality, and will leave your carpeting or rugs clean and fresh. 

Having the carpets professionally cleaned will improve the overall aesthetic of the property and maintain its appearance. Having dirty and not well- maintained carpeting can really give off a bad vibe and make the overall look of the property seem dirty. You want your business to give the best impression possible. 

Regular cleaning of carpeting will also ensure that you are taking care of your initial investment. Proper care for carpeting will ensure that they stay fresh, clean and will look amazing throughout their lifetime. 

If your business or home needs a carpet clean, give SERVPRO of Southern Washington County a call today at 262.229.7522.

Water Damage Statistics

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Example of Water Damage Example of Water Damage

Water problems are a nightmare for homeowners, especially when those problems then lead to significant flooding. Flooding, plumbing leaks, and water damage can happen at any time. Due to this, your valuables, textiles, and furnishings can be be damaged. Basements and lower levels of a home  are especially susceptible to this type of damage.

Numerical Water Damage Statistics 

  • 98% of basements in the US will experience some type of water damage during their lifespans.
  • 37% of US homeowners have suffered loses from water damage 
  • 14,000 Americans have some type of water damage emergency at home or work EACH DAY. 
  • 2.5 Billion is the annual cost to insurance companies from water damage and mold in the US. 
  • 6,965 is the average cost of a residential water damage insurance claim

Have a Water Damage?

As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and training to help get your property dried quickly and thoroughly.

Call SERVPRO of Southern Washington County at 262.229.7522

IICRC Certified Firm

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified We are IICRC Certified

SERVPRO of Southern Washington County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO Southern Washington County

SERVPRO of Southern Washington County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Richfield, Wisconsin Cabin Water Damage

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Cabin Roof Leak Cabin Roof Leak

This Richfield, Wisconsin Cabin had moisture coming in from roof damage

This cabin located in Richfield, Wisconsin had moisture coming in from recent damage to its roof. SERVPRO of Southern Washington County removed the tongue and groove wood ceiling, the insulation and dried out the affected materials. This photo really shows how high and intricate the ceiling was. The homeowner was pleased that we took such pride in our work in restoring their cabin back to its condition. This is what we live for- we want to help make your water or fire damage "Like it never even happened."

If your property has suffered a water damage, then give us a call. Estimates are always free.

Call SERVPRO of Southern Washington County at 262.229.7522 today. 

Taking Extra Care of Southern Washington Homes

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Taking Extra Care Taking Extra Care

We take extra care of your Southern Washington County, Wisconsin Home.

In this photo you see a kitchen from Hartford, Wisconsin. Originally, SERVPRO of Southern Washington County did the water damage that occurred in this kitchen. The kitchen containment and cabinet protection in this photo are contained for future repairs and the hardwood floor sanding. From start to finish, we take pride in following precaution and making sure that every step along the way, we are taking care of not only your home- but you as well. We are a part of this community and want to make sure that the properties we restore are done properly!

If your property has suffered a water damage, then give us a call. Estimates are always free.

Call SERVPRO of Southern Washington County at 262.229.7522 today.

Faster to your Germantown, Wisconsin Water Damage Event

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO of Southern Washington County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Southern Washington County

We are prepared, highly trained, and ready to help!

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Southern Washington County provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Southern Washington County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Does your commercial or residential property need emergency services? Call us today at 262.229.7522! We are 24/7/365! 

We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Does Your Hartford, Wisconsin Home Have A Mold Problem?

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 262.229.7522!

Drying Commercial Building in Germantown, Wisconsin

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Drying Commercial Drywall Ceiling in Place Drying Commercial Drywall Ceiling in Place

Drying a Commercial Building in Germantown, Wisconsin

This commercial building suffered a severe leak in the ceiling that affected drywall and other materials  in Germantown, Wisconsin. The decision to dry the commercial drywall ceiling in place was chosen and for good reasons. The reasons for doing this are that it can save on rebuild costs after restoration and it can help reduce interruption for your day to day business practices. You can see the equipment placement placed throughout the property. The property owner was highly satisfied with the decision to dry in place and with the overall work that SERVPRO of Southern Washington County  provided. 

If your commercial or personal property has suffered a water damage, give SERVPRO  of Southern Washington County a call. We are highly trained professionals who want to restore your property back to normal. 

Call us today at 262.229.7522.

Excited to begin our work in Southern Washington County!

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Our Little Mascot, Enzo Our little mascot, Enzo

No that little man doesn't work for us, but he is our mascot!

SERVPRO of Southern Washington County may be new to the AREA but we can assure you we are NOT new to SERVPRO or at what we do.

Both of our owners worked at other SERVPROs until one day they decided they wanted to open up their own. They wanted to create a work environment that was customer first focused, work goal- oriented, and provide the absolute BEST services and do their jobs efficiently. They wanted their customer service to be top- grade, and we strive for these ideals everyday. 

These ideas were some of the building blocks for the foundation for our first SERVPRO territory- Pewaukee and Sussex- and we will provide these same ideals and commitments to Southern Washington County.