October is Fire Prevention Month
Fire prevention month raises awareness about fire safety and home safety to help ensure your home and family are prepared in the case of an emergency.
Fire Safety Tips:
- Install smoke detectors throughout your home, on every floor and close to bedrooms, test/clean them monthly and replace batteries at least once a year
- Install fire extinguishers in your home, keep them in the kitchen, garage and any workshop area and check them regularly to ensure they are working properly
- Teach kids about the dangers of fire
- Create a plan for escape and practice it with your family
Common Causes of Fires at Home
- Inspect the air exhaust pipe to the outside of the home yearly to ensure that there is no blockage and clear the lint filter after each load
- Liquids such as cleaning agents, paints, gasoline and adhesives are highly flammable and should be stored in a ventilated, cool area away from heat sources
- If you must smoke, step outside and make sure the embers are completely out
Portable space heaters
- These account for 1/3 of heating fires. Keep any flammable items at least 3 feet away, keep the space heater on a flat and stable surface and never leave it on overnight or unattended
- Faulty appliances can also result in a fire, check them regularly
- Most house fires occur as a result from using cooking oils, fryers, microwaves and unattended cooking. To avoid potential hazards, never leave the kitchen unattended while cooking and hot items should be kept away from loose clothing, dish towels and other fabrics that could potentially cause a fire
- Have your fireplace checked yearly to ensure it is working properly. Only use when you are home and make sure the fire is out before you go to bed. To prevent sparks, use a fireplace screen.
You might think that these fire safety tips are common sense, however it can be easy to overlook them. Taking the necessary measures will save a lot of hassle, your belongings and most important, your loved ones.
Commercial water loss at large grocery store in Kenosha
Photo showing ceiling tiles that were removed due to water damage from a malfunctioning sprinkler head.
This past week we were called in for a large commercial water loss at a local grocery store here in Kenosha due to a sprinkler head blowing. Although there wasn't an extensive amount of free standing water on the floor, a large section of ceiling tiles were affected right above most of the checkout aisles. This posed some challenges for our crew as the store manager wanted the majority of the aisles reopened in just a few hours time for their rush of customers.
We pulled the damaged ceiling tiles and removed all contaminated product from the aisles. Everything was thoroughly wiped down with a cleaning agent and the area inspected by the fire marshal before customers were able to use the aisles again. We worked quickly and efficiently to get them reopened and "Like it never even happened."
Hurricane Harvey Storm Travel
One of many Houston neighborhoods where all of the houses were affected.
In September of 2017 our franchise traveled to Houston to help with the Hurricane Harvey damage. We sent 3 vans full of equipment, a full crew of production technicians, 2 crew chiefs and our production manager. I also joined the team there to sign new customers and continue to sell jobs after all the hard work began.
In total we spent a month there and worked on 19 houses and 1 commercial job. Storm Team Wilson, who managed everything in Houston, was great to work with. From job assignment to collecting payment everything was very organized and ran smoothly.
Entire neighborhoods were affected by the hurricane and the water level inside the homes was pretty overwhelming. Due to the humid climate and the fact that the water sat in some of the homes for 2+ weeks the mold growth was extensive, but we were able to get the homes dried out properly and the demo completed.
Burst pipe causes damage to entire first floor
Full first floor demo of water damaged home in Racine, WI.
A beautiful 1920's built home in Racine was badly damaged when a frozen pipe burst causing water to pool between the 2nd and 1st floor and eventually come through the ceiling and walls. The homeowner was out of town at the time and the damage was discovered by a neighbor who was checking on the house. Unfortunately the original solid hardwood beams on the ceiling could not be saved, along with the baseboard and trim.
We received the call directly from the customer and were there within the hour to assess the damage and place dehumidifiers. We boxed up some important documents and sent them to the corporate office for document drying, compiled the loss list and began the demo. Everything had to be removed from floor to ceiling. We were able to salvage and dry the built-in cabinets in the living room.
Day of Caring with Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha
Demo and removal of stage in Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha Teen Center
At SERVPRO here in North Kenosha we like to be involved with the local community and are always willing to lend a hand! Besides sponsorship with the Boys and Girls Club we gave our time and sweat to demo a stage in their Teen Center. The space was being used for theater skits, but the kids really wanted to use the space as a dance studio.
Some of our wonderful crew spent a good part of their day tearing out the stage, hauling away the materials and cleaning the space so the new hardwood dance floor could be installed.
The club was fortunate enough to have the new wood floor, mirrors and installation donated. The end product turned out beautiful and we are all very happy to know the new Teen Dance Room is used everyday.
Commercial Restaurant Clean
Cleaning dust and grease off of a restaurant ceiling here in North Kenosha.
Some cleaning jobs are best left to the professionals. SERVPRO North Kenosha was contacted by a local restaurant in our territory to clean 5+ years of dust and grease from their metal ceiling grid. Although the overall square footage area of the job was not large, the ceiling height was approximately 15 feet tall.
The tall ceiling and relatively small space provided some challenges as far as getting the correct length ladder, reaching the areas needing to be cleaned and working around existing items in the restaurant. We were able to get the proper ladder and equipment in the space as well as contain the bar and cooking area to avoid further cleaning. We efficiently and expertly cleaned the ceiling, maintained a safe job site and ultimately pleased our customer, the restaurant owner!
Restoring Your Kenosha Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
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.
When Storms or Floods hit Kenosha, SERVPRO is ready!
Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in North Kenosha County.
SERVPRO of North Kenosha County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Kenosha, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams http://www.SERVPROnorthkenoshacounty.com/commercial-storm-cleanup that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 262-764-7231
Residential Biohazard Cleanup
Fully suited up and Ready for Whatever Happens
SERVPRO of North Kenosha County is fully trained and specialized in the cleaning and disposal of biohazard contents and affected materials.
When it comes to a biohazard situation, protection is the name of the game. Protection for our employees, protection for the home or business owner and protection of the environment during the disposal process. We never know what type of call we might get so our crews are always ready with Tyvek suits, industrial-grade gloves and full face respirators.
This Kenosha resident knew to call the experts at SERVPRO of North Kenosha who would be able to properly clean his home with chemicals that cannot be purchased in your local hardware store. We were able to restore his home back to it's original state and make it "Like it never even happened."
North Kenosha County: 24 Hour Emergency Restoration Service
With multiple vans, highly trained crew members and a warehouse stocked full of equipment SERVPRO North Kenosha County is ready 24/7.
For Immediate Servicein North Kenosha County, Call SERVPRO at 262-764-7231.
SERVPRO of North Kenosha County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Kenosha. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 262-764-7231
Whether your North Kenosha County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your North Kenosha County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROnorthkenoshacounty.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration