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Where Water Damage Can Hide | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

water damage and flooding on kitchen tile Water damage can happen at any time. SERVPRO of North Kenosha County will ensure that each water mitigation job is done correctly and completely.

Where Water Damage Can Hide | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

When it comes to water damage, severe weather is not the only cause. Many things can cause water damage in a home, independent of the type of weather involved.

Treating water damage that has been long undiscovered can be costly, as well. There are many insurance policies that do not extend coverage to water damage, and for ones that do, an average claim amounts to nearly $7,000. Understanding where water damage can hide is helpful for homeowners to avoid costly repairs.

Where to Look for Potential Water Damage
  • Under a sink. Cabinets provide a hiding place for pipes, but they can also conceal leaks that can cause big problems.

  • Between a tub and a wall. Caulk is generally used to seal a tub casing to a wall, which can deteriorate and weaken over time.

  • Behind drywall. Because drywall is designed to hide a home’s structural elements, it can also hide water damage to the structure after flooding or pipes bursting.

  • Around roof seals. Where chimneys and vents intersect with the roof can often be a perfect spot for water damage, as the seals that protect them begin to wear.

  • The interior of an HVAC unit. AC units must drain away their condensation, but if there is an issue with the drain line, they can begin depositing water into the unit itself instead.

  • Below appliances. Because washing machines and dishwashers are so rarely moved, it is common for homeowners to discover they have been secretly leaking when they are.

  • Around exterior faucets. The exterior spigots of a home can start to leak with time, but the masonry or siding on the exterior of the home can hide this well.

If your home has suffered water damage (even in a hidden place like one of these), we are happy to help! Give us a call right away, and we’ll get there quickly.

Types of Damages Lightning Can Cause | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

lightning strikes in dark stormy sky Storm and lighting damage require specialized restoration techniques and equipment. When a storm hits your home, you need the company with experience

Types of Damages Lightning Can Cause | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Because of the rain, winds and other aspects that surround thunderstorms, there are many ways in which they can cause damage. Lightning strikes, one of the most dangerous thunderstorm occurrences, can lead to fire outbreaks, electronic damage and even structural damage when they strike a building.

Because of the high temperatures and shock waves associated with lightning strikes, they can be highly dangerous if they are nearby.

What Causes Lightning to Form?

Every thunderstorm contains electricity, which is the powerful force behind thunder and lightning. Lightning bolts are a brief, visible discharge of this energy, either striking across the clouds or below the ground.

The Earth’s atmosphere is not an ideal conductor, so lightning attempts to reach the ground quickly once it leaves the clouds. This is why it will opt to strike objects as it heads toward the ground. If the object in question is a building, it travels through the water and electrical systems, which is part of why it is so dangerous.

What Damages Can Lightning Cause?

The way a lightning strike can damage a home and how to stay safe during a storm is important to know.

Fires can start. A bolt of lightning can be up to 500,000 degrees, meaning it can often start a fire on impact if it strikes the wood of a home. Additionally, lightning can damage electrical wiring and lead to fires that break out within the walls. If your home is struck, the fire department will be able to run tests to determine if you’re at risk for an electrical fire.

Electronics may be damaged. As lightning courses through a home’s wiring, it can transfer its charge into anything connected to an outlet. Because this can cause significant damage, routing electronics through a surge protector is a wise idea.

Shock waves can cause property damage. Lightning produces shock waves each time it strikes, which typically manifest as thunder. However, these shock waves are also present when lightning strikes the ground, causing windows to shatter and foundations to crack. It is important to inspect your home’s structure for faults if lightning has struck nearby.

If your home has been affected by storm damages or lightning-related fires, give us a call today! We are experts in damage cleanup and can restore your damage quickly.

National Preparedness Month

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

September is National Preparedness Month. The theme for 2019 is “Prepared, Not Scared.”

Each week in September has a different focus to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year.

Week 1: Save Early for Disaster Costs

                -According to the Federal Reserve, 40% of Americans don’t have $400 in savings. Learn some tips to become more financially prepared: https://www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness

                -Most homeowners’ and renters’ insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Learn more about flood insurance at www.FloodSmart.gov

Week 2: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters

                -Be prepared. Make an emergency plan today and practice it with your family: www.ready.gov/plan

                -Learn how to turn off utilities like natural gas in your home. www.Ready.gov/safety-skills

                -Be prepared for a power outage by having enough food, water and meds to last for at least 72 hours: https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit

Week 3: Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters

                -Talk to your children about what to do in an emergency if they are at home or away from home. Ready.gov/kids

                -Get your kids involved in building their own emergency kit: www.ready.gov/kids/build-a-kit

                -Ask your child’s teacher about the plans the school has in place for emergencies

Week 4: Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness

                -Take classes in lifesavings skills, such as CPR/AED and first aid, or in emergency response, such as CERT.

                -Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) trains volunteers to prepare for the types of disasters that their community may face. Find your local CERT: https://community.fema.gov/Register/Register_Search_Programs

                -If you have a disability contact your city or county government’s emergency management agency or office. Many keep lists of people with disabilities so they can be helped quickly in a sudden emergency. www.ready.gov/disability

These are just a few tips and resources you can use to make sure you are prepared for the unexpected. Additional information can be found at: https://www.ready.gov/september

If you experience the unexpected, SERVPRO of North Kenosha County is always available 24/7/365. We are #HereToHelp and always #ReadyforWhateverHappens. 

It’s a Smart Business Decision to Choose Us | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Consider choosing SERVPRO of North Kenosha County for your business restoration needs. You won't be disappointed!

It’s a Smart Business Decision to Choose Us | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

As a business, sustaining damage from a natural disaster puts the business owner in a vulnerable position. FEMA completed a study about how damage from disasters affects businesses and found that 40 to 60% are left unable to reopen after the damages.

Because of these dismal odds, it is important to make smart business decisions during the period of disaster recovery. By working with a trustworthy commercial restoration company, you can ensure that repairs to your business are done as quickly and efficiently as possible, so you can get your doors open again more quickly.

Here are some reasons why working with us for commercial restoration is a smart business decision:

1. You’ll Receive a Faster Response

Damages do not stick to a schedule, but no matter what hour of the day you discover them, we will be here to help. Our slogan “faster to any size disaster” is more than just something we say. Because of our 24-hour emergency service line, we are able to live up to that slogan and jump into action right away so business owners can focus on other aspects of getting their business practices restored.

2. You’ll Get Service From a Highly Trained Team

Hiring and training a top-notch team is of the utmost importance to us. Our training includes information from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ensure everyone is up-to-date on industry practices and the current developments in the field. Our technicians are also given access to certification programs and online learning classes so they can continue to develop their expertise.

3. You’ll Get the Best Equipment

Because of the rapid advancements in the last few years have brought to the restoration industry, the IICRC has developed guidelines for the most effective equipment. We’re equipped with the top tools in the industry, so we are prepared to tackle anything from removing toxic soot particles after a fire to extracting water rapidly after a flood.

If you’re in need of commercial restoration, do not hesitate to make the call so you can get your business back faster. Our trained experts are here to help 24/7—contact us today.

First Responder Bowl

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

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Mark your calendars for December 30, 2019! Why might you ask? The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl! In our line of work, we work with First Responders quite a bit. It is our privilege to honor the brave men and women who protect our communities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.  They put their lives on the line and sacrifice time with their families every day to protect all of us.

First Responders to be honored include police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel. If you get the opportunity, thank a First Responder in your community. Without their dedication and selfless acts, a lot of us wouldn’t be here today.

Emergency Ready Profile - SERVPRO of North Kenosha County

8/12/2019 (Permalink)

It’s the middle of the night and your phone rings, because you’re the one that gets the calls when something goes wrong. The company you work for, well, they had a sprinkler head burst and the facility is filling up with water. What do you do first and who do you call? Do you have a plan?

Some of the things that might cross your mind are:

                -I need to get the water shut off and maybe, where is that?

                - Who is our insurance carrier?

                -Who can clean up a mess like this?

                -Are we going to be able to open the facility and operate business as usual?

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the ones that survive, the majority of them had a plan in place for events such as this. No one ever plans on a disaster to happen, but when it does, the best time to prepare is long before that. Ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever happens?”

SERVPRO of North Kenosha can help you with a property management tool that we’ve developed also known as our Emergency Ready Profile. And the best part is it costs you NOTHING. It is a no cost assessment of your facility that has an immense amount of value. This profile includes information such as where your shut-off valve locations are, priority areas and priority contact information so when you get that call in the middle of the night, you know what to do and who to call.

And best of all is we give you this information in a free app on your smart phone or tablet. We want to help you minimize your down time as much as possible.

Give SERVPRO of North Kenosha County a call today to schedule your absolutely FREE assessment or visit SERVPRO.com/Ready. We are always Here to Help.

Prevention Tips for House Fires | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Prevention Tips for House Fires | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Not only are house fires extremely dangerous, but they also can cause expensive damages. The most effective house fire prevention tip is installing and regularly testing smoke alarms, but there are many other ways to stop house fires before they start.

The Numbers Surrounding House Fires

House fires occur far more often than one would estimate. In fact, at least two house fires are reported every minute, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

About half of the house fires reported are cooking-related incidents, but that is not the only cause to spark a flame.

Tips for the Prevention of House Fires

Fires are incredibly fast-spreading, and one simple mistake can lead to a devastating amount of flames in an instant. Learning the steps for preventing house fires is the best thing to do to keep flames from starting:

Maintain smoke alarms. Working smoke detectors are the best defense against fires because they are the most efficient way to alert the household that smoke is present. Monthly battery tests should be performed, and the entire unit should be updated every 10 years.

Clean the dryer. Dryer lint is the perfect combustible material when combined with the heat from the dryer. The lint tray should be cleared after each load to avoid a build-up of lint.

Watch open flames. Candles, cooking and fireplaces are just some of the reasons most people are exposed to open flames every day—making it easier to normalize them and forget their risk. Because of how quickly flames can spread, it is advised to never leave them unattended.

Maintain wiring. Household wires and cables can become a fire hazard if they are used when frayed or otherwise compromised. Check them often and replace once they become worn.

Shelter household chemicals. Household products often contain chemicals that are highly flammable, especially when stored in aerosol cans. Keep any of these products protected from sunlight or heat to avoid combustion.

If your home has suffered damage from a house fire, give us a call. We are certified in fire and soot remediation, and here to help 247.

Understanding Damage Done by Thunderstorms | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

The cost of hail damage can reach $1 billion a year.

Understanding Damage Done by Thunderstorms | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Thunderstorms are not a rarity during the spring and summer—and storm damage is often the result.

Do you know the different types of damage that thunderstorms can cause?

The Storm

Each year in the United States, around 100,000 thunderstorms occur, but that’s overshadowed by the estimated 16 million thunderstorms each year worldwide. Of the United States’ storms, 10% are considered to be severe.

For a storm to develop, several components must be in play. There must be moisture and unstable air, along with a lifting mechanism. This lift can be caused by hilly or mountainous terrain or warm/cold or wet/dry air bumping together, causing a rising motion.

Thunderstorms have three phases—the developing stage, the mature stage and the dissipating stage. During the mature stage, hail, heavy rain, frequent lightning, strong winds and tornadoes can occur.

The Damage

Thunderstorms can damage your home and property in many ways. But one of the greatest risks is the chance of flying debris due to extremely high winds.

Wind speeds can gust in a severe thunderstorm over 57.5 mph, which is enough to cause damage to your property.

Any item that is loose in your yard, even those that seem harmless, can turn into dangerous projectiles. You should take care to make sure tree branches, gravel, mailboxes, fencing, lawn furniture, potted plants and garbage are secured prior to any storm activity in your area.

The following damage can also be produced during a thunderstorm in addition to wind damage:

Lightning damage. If lightning strikes a home or building, that electricity can pass through the wiring of the home. This could severely damage any electrical appliances that are plugged into an outlet and also increases the risk of fire.

Tornado damage. The higher on the Fujita Scale, the more damage a tornado can do. With wind speeds that can sometimes reach 200 mph or more, the damage done by them is extreme and occurs fast.

Hail damage. Small but mighty, hail can wreak havoc on crops, homes and vehicles alike. Did you know that according to NOAA, the cost of hail damage can reach $1 billion a year?

Flood damage. From houses to trees, flooding can do much damage when the conditions are right. Heavy rain can bring about flash flood conditions quickly.

If a thunderstorm has resulted in damage to your home or business, know that the team at SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County is available 247 to help with cleanup and restoration.

What to Do Before a Flood

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

What to Do Before a Flood | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

It is everyone’s wish that they will be able to live their lives without worrying about flooding, but even if your home is not located on a historically flood-prone area that may not be the case.

Natural disasters involve floods around 90% of the time, so it is essential for homeowners be aware.

Your To-do List Before a Flood

While disaster-related floods cannot be prevented, there are steps homeowners can take to limit the damage a flood could cause:

Know your risk. Understanding your risks and precautionary measures is essential for staying safe. Get in contact with your local emergency management office branch and utilize the Flood Map Tool that FEMA provides to gain vital information about your local area’s risks.

Turn off electricity. Even if you feel it’s unlikely that the waters would reach electrical appliances or outlets, it is best to cut electricity to any rooms that might be affected in order to prevent current transfer and shock.

Elevate valuables. Items that cannot be or are difficult to replace, such as passports, family photos or household documents, should be elevated or kept off site.

Discuss emergency procedures. Ensure your entire household is aware of what to do should a flood become a possibility, including evacuation procedures and the location of emergency supplies.

Elevate chemicals to prevent spills. Elevate things such as oil, paint and cleaning supplies to prevent dangerous spills into the floodwater.

Secure propane and fuel tanks. If a fuel tank tips over due to a flood, it can lead to a dangerous spill or even a fire. Remove fuel tanks from the property or anchor them securely.

Disasters are not preventable, but damages to your home can be with certain precautions. By planning ahead, you can keep your home and your family safe from floods and water damage.

If you’ve experienced water damage due to a flood or other causes, SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 247 Emergency Line means we’ll be there for you when you call.

We Can Help Restore Your Property Following Disaster

6/21/2019 (Permalink)

We Can Help Restore Your Property Following Disaster | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

We take pride in the fact that when disaster strikes, we can get there quickly, but there is another reason why SERVPRO should be one of your first calls if you are faced with a disaster.

Our highly trained technicians have a “restore first” mentality when it comes to your property, which benefits from the use of the latest equipment and cleaning techniques. This mentality also helps reduce the inconvenience to your life and makes it possible for your home to get back to pre-fire condition quickly.

Restore First for Fire Damage

Figuring out who you should call first after a fire has damaged your property can be a major stressor, but that’s why you need us. Contact us and know that our team will leap into action right away to service your cleanup and restoration needs.

Our team will develop a unique plan, tailored to your needs, because every fire damage event is different. However, the general process will remain the same.

Here are the steps that are included in our process:

1. Emergency contact. After contacting us, you’ll be able to detail the fire damage situation to us through a series of questions. By answering these questions, we’re able to make sure the team is sent out with the equipment and resources needed for the job.

2. Inspection and assessment. Once our team reaches your home or business, they’ll get to work on inspecting the damage. They will inspect and test adjoining rooms of the property to determine the extent of damage from the fire, which includes smoke and soot damage. This assessment helps us know what plan to take moving forward.

3. Immediate board-up and roof-tarp service. Part of the moving forward process includes making sure your property is secure and not at risk for further damage. This is accomplished by boarding up missing windows and walls and placing a tarp on damaged roofs that were damaged or destabilized during the fire.

4. Water removal and drying. This is an “as needed” step, but when a fire occurs and is extinguished, water damage is usually present. We start by removing water and then make use of dehumidifiers and air movers. This makes sure remaining water is handled and aids in the drying process.

5. Removal of smoke and soot from all surfaces. The smoke and soot from a fire can wreak havoc on your ceilings, walls and other surfaces. Due to this, we bring in our specialized equipment and techniques to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

6. Restoration. Our final step in the process involves making sure your property is back to its pre-fire condition. The restoration needed can include minor repairs like drywall replacement, paint jobs and new carpet installation, or it could require major reconstruction of the damaged areas.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.