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Creating Confidence in a Post-Pandemic Business Environment | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

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With major metro areas like Milwaukee and Chicago finally making significant progress in the area of COVID-19 recovery, hopes are rising that “real life” will be reemerging soon, and business owners are highly anticipating a return to normalcy in the economy as well.

But customers returning to physical locations to shop, as well as employees coming back to the office for on-site work, are freshly aware of the need for a healthy business environment, and it falls to business owners to make sure one is provided.

That’s why your business needs to be Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned.

Get Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program uses high-grade biohazard solutions and technologies far beyond what typical cleaning and janitorial services can offer to give your customers the assurance they need when they return to your location. By removing worries about sanitation, we can provide your teams and patrons with valuable and loyalty-building peace of mind. They’ll feel good about returning to your business without having to worry about potential contagious diseases of any kind, not only COVID-19.

What makes this program stand out? It’s the three C’s:

Consult. We’ll work together to customize a sanitation plan that adapts to the needs of your business context. It helps that SERVPRO of North Kenosha County is locally owned and operated, so we are already accustomed to many of the complexities of southeastern Wisconsin.

Clean. Once our plan is in place, we’ll get to work right away giving your business a cleaning your clients and employees will notice and value. We’ll be equipped with proprietary, hospital-grade cleaning solutions that have already proven effective against dangerous threats like anthrax and MRSA, and your building will receive a thorough cleaning that meets or surpasses CDC’s guidelines. And it’s more than COVID-19 prevention; we focus on a holistic solution to make sure your business environment minimizes the transition of a host of diseases and viral pathogens.

Certify. Now you can display the Shield. The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield tells employees and customers before they even walk inside that you’ve gone the extra mile to provide a safe shopping or working experience for them, and they’ll value the fact that you’ve put their health in the forefront of your business strategy. You’ll be equipped with other physical and digital goods as well, for display inside and on your website or social outlets.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

Fire Safety for Barbecue Season | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

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So much about spring and summer months are wonderful. The air is warm, the days are long, and nature is putting on an absolute show.

And maybe one of the best reasons to love these months is the fact that they give us an excuse to spend long hours at the grill in the backyard.

Yes, the season of barbecue is upon us once again, and once again men and women all over the country are trying out new rubs and sauces in search of the perfect brat, steak or chicken recipe. But all this extra activity at the grill and around the fire pit brings with it an unfortunate rise in accidental home fires.

In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year. So what can you do this barbecue season to avoid these kinds of incidents? Let’s look at a few things to take care of.

The grill. The grill presents the greatest risk for fire, because it combines a number of combustible elements. Make sure your grill is on stable ground and in good working condition, with no leaks of gas or grease. Never leave the grill going without your steady hand nearby (those patties are going to need a flip soon anyway). And don’t forget to give it a good cleaning! Almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

The fire pit. When you congregate around the backyard fire pit, make sure you’re operating with extreme caution—it is, after all, a literal open flame. Keep a full bucket of water close, with which you can douse any errant flames or accidental ash spills. Use this same bucket to extinguish the fire at evening’s end, but do it slowly, so as not to create any flying embers. Speaking of embers, don’t add leaves, paper or pine needles to the fire, as they present a great risk of uncontrollable embers that put your property in danger. And of course, never leave the fire pit unattended or allow children or pets near without supervision.

Chimneys and dryer vents. A couple more things while we’re talking fire safety—now that you’re done with your fireplace for the time being, have it cleaned so you’re not setting your first fall fire in a giant tube full of ash and soot. And check your dryer’s pipe vent, because sometimes lint can sneak past your lint trap and create an easily combustible hazard in the vent.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

 

How Can I Tell if My Basement Has Water Damage? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

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Having a basement in one’s home can be a great addition (or perhaps, rather, a great foundation). You can choose to finish and furnish, and it becomes additional living space or a hangout room for the kids. Or perhaps they’ve moved out and it’s time to build that dream home theater you’ve always wanted.

Versatile though they may be, however, basements run an inherent risk of taking on water and thus water damage, due to the fact that they are dug out of the moist soil in the building process.

While there’s no guarantee your basement will ever have this issue, it would do well for any homeowner to know the risks and signs of water damage if the time should come that it becomes apparent. So let’s look at the most typical signs you might find that water has invaded your basement—and if you need someone to take a look, our water restoration technicians are always here to take your call.

Typical Symptoms of Basement Water Damage

Unpleasant, musky odors. You know the smell. Almost everyone does. Many people have the misconception that all basements smell musty, but this really should not be the case. This smell will only arise when mold and mildew are present in the environment, and while these are often hard to see, they are easy to smell.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. Waterproof paint may sound like a once-and-for-all solution to keeping moisture out of your home’s interior, but truthfully this isn’t the case. Over time, water seeps in anyway and causes the paint to bubble, crack and flake—the waterproof paint just holds it back longer, so that when the water does break through you’ve got a bigger problem.

Foundational cracks. Homes are known to shift over time, but significant cracks in your foundation may point toward a significant water leak that has gone unnoticed or unhandled. Cracks can show up in the floor, the ceiling or in your walls, and are often an indicator that your structure is under undue pressure because of a crack in your foundation. Hairline cracks on the ceiling are no cause for alarm, but if they become any larger, you should call for assistance immediately.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

How Thunderstorms Impact Wisconsin | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

5/23/2021 (Permalink)

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The dark, gray clouds and rumble from the sky only means one thing: A storm is coming our way. But how serious is the storm expected to be and what necessary precautions do you need to take? This all depends on the classification of the storm: thunderstorm or severe thunderstorm.

A thunderstorm is defined as any storm that has thunder and lightning. These types of storms are commonplace, happening about 40 days of the year in Wisconsin.

However, a severe thunderstorm not only has thunder and lightning, but also contains hail that is at least one inch in diameter and has straight-line winds of 58 miles per hour, at minimum. The National Weather Services issues on average five to 10 severe thunderstorm warnings per county per year in the southern counties. How does this type of storm affect your home and how can you keep it safe?

The 3 Major Elements That Make a Severe Thunderstorm Dangerous

Lightning. These bolts are commonly considered the most dangerous element of a thunderstorm because of its unpredictability. They have been reported to cause about 300 injuries every year, and that doesn’t even include the damage it can do to homes, like starting a house fire or felling trees.

Damage from hail. Due to its size (at least one inch or larger) and speed, hail can do damage to just about anything, particularly vehicles that are exposed, people or pets that are not under a sturdy shelter, and the sidings and roofs of houses. Statistically, Kenosha County doesn’t experience as much hail as the rest of the state, but the damage is still felt when it does happen.

Flash flooding. Flash flooding can occur at any time for a variety of reasons, including heavy rain, a backed-up storm drain or overflowing ditches on the roadside. These things can turn flooded roadways into a life-threatening scenario in a matter of minutes. Damage to vehicles is common if someone tries to cross a flooded road, but it’s also possible for a car to be taken away with the tide in a little as 12 inches of water.

While severe thunderstorm season is approaching, it’s time to prepare your business or home. But if these dangerous storms cause damage to your property, we will be there to help. Contact SERVPRO of North Kenosha County to restore your home back to pre-storm condition.

Find the Right Home Restoration Experts I SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

5/1/2021 (Permalink)

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There’s a lot to think about when you’re buying or renting a home. You may consider what works for your budget, whether or not the property has an HOA or the school zone that works best for your family.

But have you put any thought into a home restoration service? If not, now is a good time to start considering it.

Home Damage Is Common

Most people believe that home damage is rare. But that just isn’t the case. The facts don’t support that thought. But instead of letting that scare you, use it as a reason to already have a plan in place.

The Insurance Information Institute says that about one in every 20 homeowners will file a claim this year. That includes all types of claims.

But certain types of home damage culprits are more common than others. For example, about one out of every 350 American homeowners will file a claim fire claim for issues ranging from lightning strikes to appliance fires. Water damage is much more common. About one in 50 homeowners will file one of these claims.

That is why we train our teams extensively, so homeowners can trust in our team’s expertise and quality of work when they choose to work with us.

Education Empowers Our Technician to Do Great Work

Beyond the training offered by SERVPRO at a national level, our technicians earn valuable certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. This non-profit group provides various certifications to ensure restoration and cleaning technicians can use the latest proven techniques when restoring your home.

Our commitment to training means you can trust that everything we offer and suggest is in line with the industry’s best practices. It will give you added peace of mind when you reach out to us. You can be sure we’ll do everything possible to restore your home.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

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Protecting Your Kenosha Home From Heavy Rain Can Be As Easy As Taking These Simple Steps | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

4/24/2021 (Permalink)

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Protecting Your Kenosha Home From Heavy Rain Can Be As Easy As Taking These Simple Steps | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Water damage is so common that one in every 50 American homeowners will file a claim in 2021.

If something unexpected happens and you realize that you need water damage restoration help, you won’t be alone. Depending on your social circle, more than one friend, acquaintance, family member or coworker might need to file a water damage claim, too.

Water damages the home in many ways. You probably know a few of them. Most homeowners have a few of the most common causes on their mental list. That includes problems like a flash flood or a burst pipe.

But heavy rains can be a significant cause of water damage. This is especially true if there are home maintenance issues that go unaddressed over time.

It’s not possible to prevent every type of water damage your home could suffer. But there is a lot you can do regarding maintaining your home to help ensure it’s not vulnerable to damage caused by heavy rains.

Getting Your Home Ready to Withstand Wet Weather

Our staff includes a dedicated team of water damage experts, so we have valuable insights into how you can protect your home from suffering water damage now and in the future. The good news is that basic home maintenance can help you stay safe from water damage.

Learn how your yard drains. Knowing how your yard drains is vital to protecting your home. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to get in touch with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Invest in native plant landscaping. Many people don’t realize that the right landscaping at your home can make a big difference when it comes to preventing water damage. Native plants, trees and bushes can be vital in protecting your home from water damage. Talk with landscaping experts in the area or visit a native plant sale for tips and ideas.

Explore sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

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Assistance for Paris Business Owners | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

3/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Assistance for Paris Business Owners | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

We know you’ve put a lot of work into making your dream business in Paris (or one of the communities nearby) a success.

The services and jobs you provide are important to all of us. We know your business is important to you personally, too. If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’ve done a lot of work to get to where you are now.

So we want to be sure you know how much the members of your locally owned SERVPRO team support you during these uncertain times.

Over the past year, we’ve been dealing with the unpredictable challenges caused by COVID-19. It has changed how most of us interact with clients, add value and meet our customers’ needs.

Many businesses have already opened their doors again or found ways to serve their customers digitally. Regardless of how you and your employees are moving forward, you can find help and resources for your situation.

Navigating Difficult Times With the Right Tools

Resources with information about business loans and tips, advice and more are available from sources you can trust.

Ensuring that your business is clean and sanitary is vital, too.

Our team can help you get your business “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” That means our technicians will use the latest technology to ensure your business is safe for everyone.

Here’s how the service works:

We start by talking with you. The team will consult with you about ways to help you clean and prepare your business.

Next, we’ll clean your space using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

Finally, we’ll certify your business. And you’ll be ready to serve your customers.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

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You Can Make Your Home Safer When Spring Thunderstorms Hit | SERVPRO® North Kenosha County

3/20/2021 (Permalink)

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You Can Make Your Home Safer When Spring Thunderstorms Hit | SERVPRO® North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Is your family ready for spring yet? If so, no one could blame you. Another cold and snowy Wisconsin winter has many of our friends and neighbors in Kenosha and the surrounding communities dealing with a serious case of spring fever.

Here’s some good news. It’s already March, so spring is getting closer and will be here before we know it. And now is a good time to plan for how you’ll spend warm and sunny Saturday afternoons.

If you haven’t thought about adding home maintenance to the list of activities, we’d like to ask you to reconsider. This is a great time to take steps to protect your home against the threat of spring thunderstorms.

We can’t stop a storm from hitting our neighborhood. But we can take steps to protect our homes from the damage they can cause. Here’s how you can do it.

Spring Projects for Your Family’s To-Do List

Make these projects one of your priorities this season:

Get your roof ready for stormy weather. Don’t let the first time you realize your shingles are loose or your roof is leaking be when it starts storming. You can take steps to prevent this by checking your roof on a sunny Saturday. Look for missing shingles and signs of leaks. Then you can repair them.

Be sure your gutters aren’t cluttered with winter debris. Clean gutters allow water around your home to flow the right way. When they’re full of trash, they can overflow and cause water damage.

Check your home and garage for overhanging limbs. Mature trees are beautiful, and many people enjoy having them in their yards. But they can cause damage if limbs are overhanging your home or garage during heavy winds. Cut them early.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Walking Through the Restoration Process With Kenosha Business Owners l SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

2/27/2021 (Permalink)

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We’re proud of our work as a Kenosha County business.

And our team wants other business owners in Kenosha to grow—even after a natural disaster has impacted them. To help aid them in the process. Our team has put together a list of our best advice to guide local businesses through the disaster restoration process.

You Can Succeed After a Natural Disaster

Here are some of our team’s best advice members can offer to help local business owners through the steps to restore their business after a fire, flood or other natural disasters:

Review your disaster plan. Focusing after a disaster impacts your business can be difficult. That’s why your disaster plan is an essential part of moving forward. Review the steps you laid out and follow them.

Have photos and an inventory ready. Take plenty of pictures of the damage your business suffered. You’ll also want to make a list of any items that were lost and damaged during the disaster. This is the type of information your insurance company will ask you to provide.

Find ways to support your employees. The people who work in your business will be affected by the disaster, too. You can find resources through the Small Business Administration (SBA) and other avenues to ensure your employees have access to assistance.

Keep the people who matter to your business in the loop. Don’t neglect reaching out to your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your community.

Be selective when choosing who will work on your restoration project. If you work with a trusted restoration resource, you’ll feel more confident that the work is getting done to the highest standard. And that can help you sleep easier after a disaster.

If your business is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

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We’re Right Here if You Need Home Restoration Services Fast l SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

2/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Do you know the most common reasons your neighbors in Kenosha call us for home restoration services? The answers might surprise you.

Many homeowners call us when they’re dealing with damage from severe weather issues, such as wind, hail and rain. Accidents and appliance malfunctions can also cause significant damage to your home.

No matter why you need restoration services this year, or how large or small the job is, we’ve found that all restoration projects have one thing in common. Timing can make all the difference.

How Timing Makes a Difference to Homeowners

When you’re dealing with damage to your home, starting sooner can ensure your home can be quickly and efficiently renovated and repaired.

Realistically, the sooner you start the process, the easier it is to stop the damage process. And that can move more quickly than you might think. The first signs of water damage, for example, can appear within a few hours or days.

How SERVPRO Makes a Difference

Because we’ve spent years perfecting our home renovation and restoration processes, we know that it’s vital to start quickly.

We’re dedicated to providing homeowners the best service we can, so we are always here to answer your call. Our teams are available 247. That means you can reach us on nights, weekends or holidays.

We’re always available to help you, but we also pride ourselves on being a partner who will do the best work possible. Our technicians are all highly trained and hold the proper certifications to restore your home up to the best standards.

Because we’re a national company, we also have access to the newest and latest restoration technology. We bring that mix of skill and technology to every job we do.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.