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

2/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wearing black shirt reviewing restoration plans on tablet with business owner in gray suit SERVPRO of North Kenosha County knows the commercial restoration process. Here are some of our best tips in choosing the right restoration company.

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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)

black glasses and pen sitting on top of white insurance policy If your home is damaged due to a disaster, Contact SERVPRO of North Kenosha County. From start to finish, we will be here to help.

We’re Right Here if You Need Home Restoration Services Fast l SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

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.

Restoring Your Kenosha Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

2/20/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial building with water on the floor Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Kenosha commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of North Kenosha County

SERVPRO of North Kenosha County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Can You Pass a Fire Safety Knowledge Test? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

large image of red, yellow and orange flames House fires tend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO of North Kenosha County are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

Can You Pass a Fire Safety Knowledge Test? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

If you’re like most homeowners, you want to do everything you can to protect your investment, your family heirlooms, and, most importantly, the members of your family.

House fires caused by unpredictable natural disasters or certain appliance and heating system failures can’t always be prevented. But many of the most common house fire culprits can be prevented by taking extra safety measures and doing regular, basic maintenance on your home.

See How Much You Know About Fire Safety

How you answer these questions can let you know how well you’re managing your home’s fire safety risk. They can also help guide you toward lowering your fire risk.

Do you know what a natural gas leak smells like? Natural gas has a distinctive smell, like rotten eggs, and it’s the main sign you’ll likely notice if there’s a gas leak in your home. If you smell it, then it’s best to shut off the gas immediately.

Do you know how to stop a grease fire? Grease fires can happen in any home. A fire extinguisher is the best way to put out a grease fire. If you don’t have one handy, baking soda or a metal pan lid or a cookie sheet can help you put out the fire. Experts recommend buying and learning to use a fire extinguisher if there isn’t one in your home.

Do you clean the ashes and debris from your fireplace Dirty, clogged fireplaces with old ashes are a fire hazard. Instead, be sure you’re cleaning your fireplace and that you’re disposing of the ashes correctly.

If your home is damaged due to a fire 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 your family.

You Can Know the Signs of Water Damage l SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

1/23/2021 (Permalink)

white wall with water damage spots and peeling paint" Do you have any water damage to your walls or ceiling? Contact SERVPRO of North Kenosha County, we will help guide you through the restoration process

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Can You Find Signs of Water Damage?

You Can Know the Signs of Water Damage l SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Do you know how to look for signs of water damage—and what to do if you find them?

If you’re living in Brighton, Paris or Kenosha, there’s a team of local water damage specialists who are ready to help you find the signs you need to know and fix any damage that needs an expert touch.

Sometimes leaks that are caught early can be handled by a homeowner. A mop and bucket or a few old towels might be enough to clean up after you notice a little water leaking from your dishwasher or accidentally overfill a bathtub.

Knowing when you need to call in more help may be a more difficult question to answer. Here are some signs you might see when you’re dealing with water damage:

Your home smells different—and not in a good way. Does your home have a musty odor? That can be among the first signs of mold damage, meaning if you notice that scent, it’s time to call in a professional to help you deal with remediation issues.

Your windows or walls are warped. Like your floors, your window panes and walls can start to warp if the water damage is severe enough. That means it’s vital if you notice these signs to get remediation help.

Your furniture or floorboards are stained or damaged. Wet wood will begin to warp within just a few days. It’s best to start seeking help from professionals who can help you restore your home as soon as you notice these changes.

Water damage gets worse over time, so the sooner you can call, the better your home will recover. Call a professional team as soon as you notice issues like these.

Water Damage Claims Are Growing

Did you know that water damage claims are growing?

Water damage claims the most common claims homeowners file. One in 50 American homeowners will do it, and that’s not just because all types of claims are growing. Fire damage claims have been falling over the years.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can 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.

Dealing With Fire Damage? Help Is Right Here in Kenosha l SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

12/19/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick home If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of North Kenosha County to fully restore your home.

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Home fires are common during the winter, especially in cold places like Wisconsin, where it takes more effort to make our homes warm and comfortable.

Many of the winter’s seasonal hazards are linked to how we heat our homes. For example, space heaters that don’t have the automatic shutoff function can topple over and start a fire while they’re still running. Additionally, furnace malfunctions and issues involving home appliances happen, too.

With the holidays approaching, you should also be aware of the additional hazards linked to this season. Christmas tree issues are a leading cause of house fires.. Kitchen fires happen more often during the holidays because more people are at home cooking large holiday meals.

Why SERVPRO Is the Right Partner for You

Kenosha residents know they can call us when they need our help. Here’s why we’re their choice:

We can help with any restoration project. House fires can damage your walls, your furniture’s upholstery and more. Other issues homeowners deal with after a fire include smoke and water damage. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues and more.

We prioritize restoration over replacement. Our team helps families recover from fire damage in a way that’s both logical and economical. We work to keep repairs affordable and insurance premiums down.

We are available any time. Getting started early on restoration efforts can make a difference. That’s why our team is here to help you, 247. Just reach out when you need our team’s support.

Our location is a local business.Because we’re a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a large, thriving company with the advantage of choosing a partner here in the community.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Do You Know What to Do in the Event of a Burst Pipe? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a gray pipe showing signs of erosion If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, contact us right away. SERVPRO of North Kenosha County is available 24/7

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No one wants to experience any type of water damage, but if you discover a burst pipe in your home, it can be exceptionally difficult to deal with. Pipes can discharge extreme volumes of water, leading to a significant amount of damage in a short amount of time.

Water damage is a difficult thing to plan for as it seems quite hypothetical, but it happens quite frequently and having a plan is key. There are about one out of every 50 homes that have damages annually, but those who have a plan tend to have a much better time recovering.

Are You Ready in the Event of a Burst Pipe?

Shut off your water main. If there is a pipe that burst in your home that is not attended to, it can continue to gush water indefinitely. Making sure to find and turn off your water main in the house can prevent water from continuing to saturate the area.

Shut off your electricity. Keeping water far away from electricity is key, so if it is safe to do so, turn off your home’s power from your breaker box to prevent the soaked area from becoming a shock or fire hazard.

Contact your restoration company. One of the things you can do to plan for water damage in advance is decide which restoration company you will be working with. This way, you can call them immediately when you discover water damage to have the restoration started right away.

Take a record of the damages. For those who are eligible to file an insurance claim, keeping good records is key. Taking photos and videos is a great way to document the damages for your records.

Contact your insurance company. Every type of insurance coverage will vary, so it is best to reach out to your provider as soon as you can to determine if and how to file a claim if you are eligible to do so.

Open windows and doors if possible. If you can, aiding the drying time by opening windows or doors around the impacted area can aid the drying time, as can drying up water with towels if you are sure that it is safe to do so.

If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

Be Certain You Are Choosing the Right Storm Restoration Company | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

large downed tree laying on top of light brown house Choosing the right restoration company is crucial to getting things back to normal. Call SERVPRO of North Kenosha County to set up an appointment.

During any type of severe weather event, it can be frightening if you are in its path—and if you experience damage in the aftermath, it can be a compounded source of stress. Damages from storms have gotten more severe in recent years. In the event that you have damage, you will want to know exactly who to call in order to get it restored.

Picking the best restoration company for your needs is so important, though it can feel overwhelming. However, it is wise to make certain you are getting your money’s worth and are using a company you can depend on to be entrusted with your buildings and belongings.

Picking a Storm Restoration Company You Can Count On

Make sure they are reputable. If a company has a good reputation both locally and within the restoration industry, that is probably a good sign you will get good service. Many scammers surface following storm damage, which is why doing your research and ensuring the company you are choosing is legitimate is so important. We are proud of the reputation we have built over the years, both with local customers and on a national scale.

Determine their plan for spikes in demand. Because the damage caused by storms is generally widespread and sudden, companies without ample resources can often struggle to keep up with the influx in business. That is why we have a nation of SERVPRO® partners on our side—we can call for backup whenever it is needed so we can always guarantee exceptional service regardless of how widespread the damage is in the area.

Be certain you can get in touch with them when you need. It is never convenient to discover storm damage, but if it occurs after hours or on a holiday, it can be difficult to get the help you need. With us, we have a 247 emergency line, so you can call us no matter when damage is discovered and receive a quick response from our expert technicians.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

The First Step to Take in Workplace Fire Preparedness | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

red fire alarm hanging on gray concrete wall If your business experiences any fire damage, you can count on us. SERVPRO of North Kenosha County specializes in commercial fire restoration.

Regardless of the industry you own a business in, planning for workplace fires is something that is wise to do. While some industries carry more risk than others, fires impact so many businesses every year, but some simple planning can significantly reduce how much danger they can cause you.

Ensuring the safety of your staff and yourself are of the utmost concern when planning for fire safety, which is why we always recommend starting your fire plan with evacuation drills. Giving everyone the tools they need to safely get out of the building will reduce the damage a fire can cause and allow firefighters to move in and extinguish it as quickly as possible.

Start Your Business’ Fire Plan With Evacuation Drills

Consult with your local fire officials. There is plenty of great information online regarding how to increase workplace fire safety, but do not forget to make use of your own local resources as well. You can generally get in touch with your local fire department to have them pay your business a visit and instruct you on how to plan drills and evacuation routes to best serve your needs.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. Once you have mapped out the evacuation drills for your building, mark them well so they are visible and discuss evacuation procedures with the staff. Preparing everyone in advance for a drill is the best way to ensure that no one panics and everyone remembers exactly what to do from their pre-drill briefing.

Have fire drills frequently. Every business will have different needs regarding the frequency of their fire evacuation drills, but the general guidelines to keep in mind are to have them frequently enough that they stay fresh in the minds of employees, but do not do them too regularly that they are not taken seriously.

Run different fire scenarios. There are many possibilities for how a fire could start in a workplace, so it is important to take all of this into account when doing your planning. Mix it up when planning your drills so staff are comfortable with different mock origins of your fire scenario and can handle changes to evacuation routes and available exits with ease.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.

Tips for Recovering After a House Fire | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

12/12/2020 (Permalink)

woman with hands covering face upset with burnt house in background If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of North Kenosha County is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

Falling victim to a house fire is never a simple process, and it is important to follow the right steps as you work to recover in order to make the process as smooth as possible. We have helped many local families pick up the pieces in the aftermath of a fire, and we are happy to provide how-tos and compassionate service to help people recover.

In order to make sure that you feel confident in your house fire recovery plan, here are some of our top tips:

Feel Confident in Your House Fire Recovery Plan

Prepare yourself for what to expect. Every house fire and fire fight causes damage in different ways, but it is important to have a general idea of what to expect before you see it firsthand. Damage from fires can be widespread—between smoke and soot traveling through the home and the somewhat destructive process of putting a fire out, it is important to understand that things may look way different than what you are expecting.

Wait to enter your home. Though most of us want to be proactive right after a frightening event, it is important to not rush back into the building after a fire until officials have deemed it safe. Because of the unique ways that fires cause damage, they can actually make buildings unstable. Always listen to official guidance regarding what is safe to do.

Contact your insurance company. The claims process varies depending on your insurance company, but getting in contact with them regarding the situation is generally the first step. From there, they can walk you through how to proceed and what documentation you need to provide to begin your claim process.

Document the damages. Oftentimes, damage documentation is required for insurance purposes, but even if it isn’t, it is a good thing to prioritize. A detailed inventory list and full photographs will help you make sure that you have not overlooked anything and have a record of any items or rooms that have sustained damage as you work to rebuild.

Contact your restoration company. Handling the emotional aftershocks of experiencing a house fire can be especially difficult as you work through the aftermath. That is why working with a reputable restoration company is highly recommended, as it will take much of the burden off of your shoulders.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.