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Is Your Business Prepared to Handle Potential Disasters? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

5/7/2019 (Permalink)

Is Your Business Prepared to Handle Potential Disasters? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Business owners have many things to think about, but emergency preparation should be near the top of the list.

Having an emergency preparedness plan in place will not protect your business from all disasters or emergencies. However, it can offer peace of mind knowing that you have put together a plan to ensure that you have given the safety of your employees priority should a disaster or emergency situation occur.

Creating a Plan

Have you prepared an emergency preparedness plan that encompasses various disaster situations? If not, it should be a priority!

There are numerous emergencies your business should have a preparedness plan in place for, including:

  • Fire
  • Severe weather, including thunderstorms and winter storms
  • Other natural hazards like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes
  • Human-caused hazards, including accidents or acts of violence
  • Technology-related issues like power outages and equipment failure

A disaster is a disaster, and an emergency is an emergency. It doesn’t matter if it’s a man-made incident or a natural disaster. If you have no emergency plan for your business, you are opening your business and your employees up for more problems than you would need in a stressful situation.

You should make sure that safety training and familiarization of emergency preparedness plans are included in the company onboarding process, team-building activities and continuing education opportunities. By helping employees familiarize themselves with proper safety protocol and emergency procedures, you’re not only giving them the tools to protect themselves, but you are also setting them up to help protect guests/visitors and the business itself.

Where to Start

As you are beginning to set up an emergency plan for your business, you should first perform an evaluation as to which scenarios are most likely to occur—and even consider the longshots. After all, it’s better to be prepared for all the worst-case scenarios and not be caught off guard.

There are plenty of online resources to help guide you through this process, including Ready.gov, the American Red Cross, FEMA and the CDC.

Perform a business impact analysis (BIA), which will help predict the potential effect a disaster may have on your business. This would include lost or delayed sales and income, increased expenses from repairs, and delayed implementation of business plans. Don’t forget to make sure a crisis communications plan is in place, too.

After you have done all of the above and have prepared an emergency preparedness plan, be sure to go over it and practice with employees. Reviewing and rehearsing various scenarios can help ensure the process remains fresh in their minds and can help employees feel more empowered.

Disaster can strike when you least expect it, but by being prepared and having a plan in place, your business will be better suited to handle whatever Mother Nature has in store. If the worst should happen and your business is damaged, know that SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe During a Tornado | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe During a Tornado | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Springtime brings balmy weather that can sometimes be unpredictable. So it’s always a good idea to be prepared for the chance of severe thunderstorms that lead to the perfect conditions for a tornado.

April and May are the months of spring that, traditionally, have the highest occurrences of tornadoes at 30% and 24%, respectively. This means we are currently right in the midst of tornado season throughout the United States.

Read on as we share some tips and information on tornadoes that can help keep your family prepared for the worst possible scenario.

The Right Conditions for a Tornado

Roughly 1,200 tornadoes occur in the United States every year, and they are a direct result of severe thunderstorms known as “supercells.”

A tornado comes into being when changes in wind speed and direction create a horizontal spinning effect within a storm cell. This is then tipped vertical by rising air moving up through the thunderclouds.

You will usually not see the tornado’s signature funnel cloud at first because it is transparent, but it becomes more visible when water droplets from the storm’s moist air condense or when dust and debris are picked up.

A typical tornado can grow to be 660 feet wide and will move at 10 to 20 miles per hour, although larger and faster tornadoes have been observed. Hail and intense winds of more than 200 mph can accompany tornadoes.

Typically, tornadoes occur in the spring and summertime during the late in the afternoon, but that isn’t the only time. So it is important to remember that they can occur anytime and anywhere.

What to Do in Tornado Weather

Make it a point to understand the difference between tornado watches and tornado warnings. Tornado watches are issued when the conditions are favorable for tornadoes, while tornado warnings are issued when a tornado has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar.

If a warning has been issued for your area, it is vital to take action to find safe shelter, especially if you are in the path of the tornado. Shelter options include:

  • Underground options like a basement or storm shelter.
  • The lowest part of your home, in an area that is away from outside walls, doors and windows. Interior closets and bathrooms can be ideal options.
  • If you are outside, try to get to a sturdy building. Mobile homes and trailers are not a safe option.
  • If on the road and no building access is available, do not get under an overpass or bridge. Instead, find a low, flat location and use your arms to protect your head and neck.

You should make sure that you have flashlights, a battery-powered weather radio and extra batteries in your selected tornado shelter at home. When you are taking shelter in your home, furniture items like couch cushions, mattresses or blankets can be used to protect your head and neck.

If you find yourself caught in a tornado out on the road, DO NOT try to outrun it.

Tornadoes can be devastating and life-threatening in the areas they touch down. While meteorologists and weather services can provide some advanced warning to potential threats, tornadoes can still occur with little to no warning at all.

If your home or business has been damaged by a tornado, know that SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County is ready and waiting to jump into action and get cleanup and restoration of your property underway.

How to Prepare for Unpredictable Spring Weather | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

4/22/2019 (Permalink)

How to Prepare for Unpredictable Spring Weather | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Welcome to long-awaited spring! Now we can enjoy spring-like weather…and all that Mother Nature has in store for us during this season.

Spring and Increased Severe Weather Threats

We can now enjoy longer days and more sunshine with the arrival of spring, but unfortunately, spring also brings with it the threat of severe weather throughout the country. You never know what kind of weather a spring day is going to bring, which means the weather may change at moment’s notice.

Spring brings unstable temperatures, which cause changes in the weather, going from warm to cold even in the same day. Those temperature changes can result in extreme weather changes as well.

Thunderstorms become more prevalent throughout the spring and are the main cause of severe weather. A thunderstorm can occur whenever warm, moist air collides with cool, dry air, which is most common in the spring and summer.

Severe thunderstorms were the most common cause of natural catastrophe losses in the U.S. for 2017 and produced some of the costliest results. Out of 50 events, there were 85 fatalities and an estimated total of $25.4 billion in overall losses.

With these storms comes the threat of flooding, high winds and even tornadoes if the conditions are right. It has been found that in modern history, 10% of all violent tornadoes have occurred in March, with April, May and June taking the top spots at 30%, 24% and 15% respectively.

Preparing for Spring Weather

Even though we may not be able to predict the weather with 100% accuracy, forecasters do have the technology at their disposal to at least warn us of severe weather that could occur. Advanced warnings, along with the right preparation, can greatly improve overall safety for your family.

Here are some things you can do to your home to prepare for the chance of severe weather:

  1. Clear out your home’s gutters, drains and downspouts.
  2. Trim trees of precarious limbs or branches that could break off in a storm.
  3. Secure or store outdoor belongings if severe weather is in the forecast.

Having an emergency kit on hand is always advised. These kits should include the following:

  • Battery-operated flashlight and NOAA weather radio, with extra batteries for both
  • Emergency evacuation or shelter plans
  • Important personal info, like telephone numbers of neighbors, family and friends, insurance and property info, numbers for the utility companies, and medical info
  • A first-aid kit with things like non-latex gloves, adhesive bandages, tweezers, sterile gauze pads, aspirin packets, adhesive cloth tape and scissors
  • 3–5 day supply of bottled water and nonperishable food
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets or sleeping bag

Despite its unpredictability, there is one thing that always remains true of the spring weather season: It always happens. If your home or business is damaged in a storm, you can depend on SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County to get the cleanup and restoration process started fast.

The Right Equipment

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Using the right equipment makes a substantial difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time means everything, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. Our water damage professionals here at SERVPRO of North Kenosha County thoroughly understand how to dry a structure and personal property effectively.

Psychrometrics is the study of the air and its properties. The properties of temperature, humidity, vapor pressure and dew point are measured to evaluate air conditions in a structure enabling our technicians to create the proper atmosphere for more efficient drying. Water can damage materials both by absorption through direct contact with water and through absorption of moisture from the air.

Here is the equipment we use here at SERVPRO of North Kenosha County at various stages of the mitigation process.

                Detection Equipment

                                Moisture Sensors – used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls

                                Moisture Meters – used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials

                                Thermohygrometers – measures both temperature and relative humidity

                Extraction Equipment – both portable or truck-mounted, extractors are used in cleaning carpets and upholstery and in removing water from floors following water damage

                Air Moving Equipment – used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, thereby reducing drying time. As airflow at the surface level increases, the moisture in the air increases.

                Dehumidification Equipment – by extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. Dehumidifiers pull in the moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture from wet materials. SERVPRO of North Kenosha County uses two types of dehumidifiers:

                                Refrigerant Dehumidifiers – work similarly to air conditioners

                                Desiccant Dehumidifiers – use chemicals, called desiccants, that readily absorb moisture from the air

                Deodorization Equipment

                                Ultra Low Volume (UVL) Foggers – will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other difficult to access areas

                                Thermal Foggers - dispenses solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair and neutralize odor-causing particles.

When it comes to mitigating water damage in your home or business, you can rest assured that the team here at SERVPRO of North Kenosha County has the knowledge and equipment to get the job done right.

We’re Here to Quickly Respond to a Disaster at Your Property | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Faster to any size disaster

We’re Here to Quickly Respond to a Disaster at Your Property | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

When disaster strikes your home or business, time is of the essence when it comes to cleanup and restoration. When it is your home or livelihood on the line, you don’t have the luxury of waiting for help—you need it right away.

We understand that a fast response is crucial, which is why responding faster to any size disaster is more than just a slogan to us.

Why a Fast Response Matters

When it comes to your belongings or business, time is not a luxury you have regarding disaster cleanup. This is especially true when water damage has come into play, which can be through various means such as flooding, appliance and/or plumbing failures, storm damage and fire damage, as water is used to put out the fires.

It only takes a matter of minutes for water to begin spreading throughout your property, where it will saturate everything in its path. Everything from the walls, the floors, upholstery and your belongings become water damage casualties.

The effects of water damage within the first 24 hours include:

  • Drywall beginning to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces beginning to tarnish
  • Furniture beginning to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper items spreading and staining
  • The beginning of a musty odor

The damage continues to worsen as time goes on. Between 48 hours and a week later, you could begin to see:

  • The growth and spreading of mold and mildew
  • Swelling and warping of doors, windows and studs
  • Metal beginning to rust and corrode
  • Paint beginning to blister
  • Wood flooring swelling and warping
  • The possibilities of serious biohazard contamination

Water damage that is left to stand for more than a week leads to much higher costs and restoration times, and it can impact structural safety.

We’re Here to Help

We can provide an immediate response to any size disaster, which can help minimize the damage and help keep the cleaning and restoration costs manageable.

Our trained cleanup and restoration specialists can be dispatched to your property or business at any time, no matter what day or time it is.

We are a locally owned and operated franchise close by, ready to respond whenever the call comes in. As a major perk of being part of a national network of over 1,700 franchises, we have access to more resources for the cleanup and restoration projects that may be larger or stem from major storm situations.

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.

Is Spring Finally Here?

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

Schedule your Spring cleaning appointment for your home with SERVPRO of North Kenosha County today! 262-764-7231

Maybe the groundhog didn’t lie after all. This week has given us a little taste of Spring after a very long, snowy, frigid winter. I don’t know about you, but doesn’t this sunshine and snow melting make you want to start thinking about Spring cleaning in your home? Did you know that SERVPRO of North Kenosha County does so much more than just water mitigation, mold remediation and fire restoration?

We offer a number of residential cleaning services to spruce up your home and rid it of all the dirt and grime that can be tracked inside throughout the winter months.

Residential Cleaning Services:

  • Air ducts and HVAC
  • Carpet & Upholstery
  • Ceilings, floors and walls
  • Drapes & blinds
  • Odor removal

Think of how great it will feel to have your home cleaned from top to bottom without having to do any of the work. Not to mention those hard to reach areas that we all avoid like the plague. We can give your home a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

Call SERVPRO of North Kenosha County today to schedule your residential cleaning appointment and let us make the dust and dirt from the winter “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Safety Tips for Your Business | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

3/7/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Safety Tips for Your Business | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

When you are a business owner, there are plenty of safety factors that you must take into consideration regarding risks to your business, staff and visitors. One of those risks you need to spend some time on is planning for and working toward preventing a fire.

Top Causes of Commercial Structure Fires

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that the leading causes of structure fires in office properties from 2007–2011 were (in order):

  1. Cooking equipment, 29% of fires
  2. Electrical distribution and lighting equipment, 12% of fires
  3. Heating equipment, 11% of fires
  4. Intentional, 10% of fires
  5. Smoking materials, 9% of fires
  6. Exposure, 4% of fires
  7. Electronic, office or entertainment equipment, 3% of fires

Three of those causes—intentional, exposure, and electrical distribution and lighting equipment—were responsible for the most property damage with 20%, 18% and 15% respectively.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2007, fires and explosions accounted for 3% of all workplace fatalities.

The NFPA estimates that in more recent numbers during the period from 2007–2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year. Those fires were solely responsible for an annual average of four deaths, 44 injuries and $112 million in direct property damage.

How to Protect Your Business

So what are some of the many steps you can take to protect your business from the risk of fires? By focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention and staff education, you will be working to reduce the chance of a fire breaking out.

First, you must assess the risk of fire hazards. In some areas, the local government may even offer a visit from a fire marshal to help identify these risks and provide guidance on your fire prevention plan.

You’ll want to make sure that the right fire protection equipment is in place. This includes an automatic sprinkler system, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers on each floor.

Finally, you must provide for the safety of your employees. By creating a fire plan and regularly reviewing it with your staff, you’ll be taking steps to ensure everyone knows what to do in the case of a fire. Conduct fire drills at least once a year to keep the fire safety protocol fresh, and take time to review evacuation plans and where the first-aid kits are.

Despite best efforts with fire prevention and safety tips, the worst could always happen at your business. If a fire has damaged your business, SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County is available to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Do You Know How Water Damage Is Classified? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Clean, gray or black water?

Do You Know How Water Damage Is Classified? | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

When there is a flood, it is easy to think that all water causing damage is the same. However, that is not the case because there are three different classifications of water involved with flooding: clean, gray and black. It is a good idea to understand the differences in these types of water so that you can understand how to handle the situation.

The most important thing you need to do after a water damage situation is remove all moisture and damp items quickly to inhibit the growth of mold. Understand, too, that no matter what type of water has caused damage, there will always be a cleanup and restoration process that follows.

This Is Clean Water

Much like the name indicates, this water is considered “clean” because it is not the type to pose an immediate health threat. This water is free of contaminants and can come from:

  • Broken water lines
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Toilet holding tanks
  • Snow melt and rainwater

If this is the type of water that is involved in a water damage situation, it will be the easiest type of water damage to clean up after as there will be fewer microbes living in the water. That will not be true, however, after 48 hours and following contact with the surfaces of a building, as clean water can move up to category two, which is gray water.

This Is Gray Water

In a gray water situation, water damage cleanup and restoration becomes a bit more serious. Gray water will contain slight contamination from chemical or biological elements and may pose a health risk. The slight contamination involved with gray water means that it will need to be thoroughly treated before being safe to consume.

Gray water is the type of water that can come from dishwashers, aquariums, showers, etc. Here also, the 48-hour exposure time applies, since gray water will become black water if not quickly and properly treated.

This Is Black Water

Black water poses the highest danger and is the most serious of the three classifications because it is considered highly contaminated by harmful chemicals and biological matter. This would include floodwaters that contain soil and sewage waters.

Sewage is highly contaminated with microbes, including bacteria, protozoans, molds, fungi and more, which pose a great health risk to humans.

Some of the diseases that can be transmitted by black water are:

  • Cholera
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis
  • Gastroenteritis-type illnesses

It is important to remember that when it comes to floods, all waters are to be assumed to be black water since it picks up contaminants along its path.

All of the above classifications of floodwater are recognized by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Remediation Certification (IICRC), which is an organization that certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our technicians all study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration and are available to help determine the steps to take to get your home back to normal.

It doesn’t matter what type of water has caused damage to your home or business, SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County is here to help get the situation under control and make it "Like it never even happened." Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need emergency cleanup and restoration services!

Don’t let Water Damage Impact Your Home | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t let Water Damage Impact Your Home | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

Water damage from burst pipes, malfunctioning appliances or even storm damage is one of the most common and costliest disasters your home may experience.

But there are plenty of ways to safeguard your home from this common issue that homeowners deal with. Read on for some helpful suggestions.

<h4your-home">Protecting Your Home

Not only will you be dealing with the damage caused by water, but it can have a long-term impact on your home. Since mold begins to grow 24–48 hours after moisture exposure, mold is one of the most common side effects of water damage.

When coming up with ways to protect your home, it may be helpful to break your plan down by areas of impact, such as by basements, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and ceilings.

You can help prevent water damage in the basement by making sure water drains away from our home’s foundation and preventing water seepage. To prevent water seepage, reseal vulnerable areas of the basement. Also look into installing a backwater valve if your home does not have one.

Your kitchen and bathrooms can experience water damage due to plumbing issues and appliance failures.

Be sure you:

  • Regularly inspect all appliances, checking hoses and faucets
  • Ensure that your tubs and showers are watertight by checking the seals and caulking around them
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve is in your home
  • Run your washing machine and dishwasher when you are home

It will be difficult to protect the possessions in your home from water damage, but there are things you can do to at least decrease the amount of destruction. The use of waterproof bins for storing items is always advised, as is storing items up off of the floor on shelves, especially in basements and garages.

<h4from-water-damage">Recovering From Water Damage

In the unfortunate event your home does experience a water damage situation, you can stand a good chance at salvaging items if they can be dried out within 48 hours.

Make sure that you immediately contact your insurance agent and evaluate the extent of the water damage in your home. You will need to identify the type of water that is involved.

The three types of water are:

  1. “Clean” water. Can be from rain, condensation, leaky pipes, etc.

  2. “Gray” water. Slightly dirty water from dishwashers, washing machines, clean toilets, etc.

  3. “Black” water. Water from sewage or serious flooding from nearby rivers, etc. This water can cause serious health problems.

Following a water damage disaster, you will need to remove wet objects, get your home dried out, dehumidify the area and disinfect any remaining materials.

Pro tip: Place any wet books, photos and papers in a frost-free freezer, which will allow you time to get your home back in order, preventing mold and mildew from developing and causing more deterioration. Once able, you can remove them from the freezer and air-dry or fan-dry the pages.

It may seem like recovering from water damage is an overwhelming and slightly impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. You can call on the highly trained experts at SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County, who are here to make it "Like it never even happened."

How to Deal with Ice Dams

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

If you live in Wisconsin, ice dams are a reality, especially when we have had large amounts of snow and temperatures that have fluctuated as much as they have this winter season.

How do Ice Dams form?

  • Winter storms build up snow on the roof
  • Heat from the building escapes through insulation, chimneys and roof vents or heat from the sun which causes the snow to melt
  • The melted snow runs down roof lines to valleys and eaves
  • The melted snow refreezes at the base of the valley and at the eaves or gutters
  • As day/night time temperatures cycle up and down and heat loss melts the snow, the ice dams and icicles continue to grow

Once these roof and gutter ice dams form, subsequent water ponding behind the ice dam can lead to roof leaks, internal building damage and possible mold issues. Icicles can also cause lower roof damage, deck damage and people safety issues.

How do you deal with an existing ice dam?

  • Remove the ice dam by breaking it free in small chunks. Do NOT use an ax or other sharp tool. You could cut through your shingles. Instead, tap lightly with a blunt mallet. This can be dangerous and take a while, so it’s recommended that you hire someone who is experienced in roofing.
  • Clear out gutters and downspouts carefully. This work can cause damage to plastic or metal gutters and spouts
  • Melt troughs through the ice dam with calcium chloride ice melter. Rock salt can damage paint, metals, and plants beneath the eave and wherever the salty water drains.
    • A good trough maker is a tube of cloth (a leg from an old pair of panty hose works well). Fill it with calcium chloride, tie off the top, and lay it vertically across the ice dam. It will slowly melt its way down through the dam, clearing a path for the underlying water to flow free.

How can you prevent an ice dam?

The above methods will treat the symptoms of an ice dam, but won’t fix the underlying issue, which is a warm roof caused by poor insulation and venting of the space under the roof. Here are some tips on how to prevent an ice dam from forming in the first place.

  • add insulation to your attic
  • remove attic heat sources
  • insulate attic access doors
  • check the exhausts
  • check flashing around chimney

If you experience water damage in your home or business due to an ice dam, call in the experts at SERVPRO of North Kenosha County and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Creating a Severe Weather Plan With Your Family | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Having an emergency plan in place can give you valuable time to act in sever weather situations. #preparedness #emergency #safety

Creating a Severe Weather Plan With Your Family | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

How do you ensure the preparedness of your family before an unexpected severe storm situation when we are caught off-guard by Mother Nature?

Fortunately, there are actions you can take and safety tips to follow that will give you the peace of mind you deserve in various severe weather occurrences.

The best way to win at the severe weather game is to compile a family emergency plan and have it available at all times.

If your family does have an emergency plan in place, be sure that it is often practiced and reviewed prior to each weather season so everyone, both young and old, knows exactly what to do.

If you’ve not yet created your family emergency plan, here are some things to think about and take into consideration when creating a plan:

1. How will emergency alerts and warnings be received?

Not only does today’s technology include radio and television broadcasts that alert us as to emergency situations, but thanks to smartphone technology, it is easy to quickly receive emergency alerts and warnings by way of Google or a weather app, giving you valuable time to act in severe weather situations.

2. What type of storm shelter do you have?

A storm shelter should, ideally, be in the lowest part of your home, like a basement, especially if you live in an area where tornadoes are common. But if there is no basement available you’ll want to use an interior room that is away from windows and doors. Check out ready.gov for other situations requiring storm shelters besides tornadoes.

3. What is our evacuation route?

When planning for evacuation, you should always have routes mapped out that can serve for evacuation before situations like hurricanes, floods and fires force you from your home in a hurry. It’s wise to have multiple routes just in case one is impassable, and don’t forget to check where you can stay with your pets along the way if you have furry family members also evacuating with you.

4. How will the family stay in touch?

Staying in touch with your family members during an emergency is important. It’s normal to expect to rely on cell phones for this purpose, but in some circumstances, that just isn’t feasible.

Cell phone towers are often damaged during severe weather, phones could be lost or left behind, and how will batteries be charged on your phones if there is no power? Your family must have an emergency communication plan in place for peace of mind and a safe meeting place for your family to gather in the event you are separated during an emergency.

If a storm does cause damage to your home or business, don’t hesitate to call your friends at SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County to get the cleanup and restoration process started.

Communication is Key

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has built great relationships over the years with insurance companies, agents and adjusters who all play a big part in the property claims process. We have years of experience from the moment the loss occurs to putting everything back together.

SERVPRO uses Xactimate which is the industry’s most comprehensive software solution for property claims. This software is well known in the insurance industry, therefore making the claims process more efficient. We work closely with you, your agent and your adjuster to make sure everyone understands the status of the job and the scope of work. Communication is key, this can be a stressful time for you!

Take a look at what some of our customers have said about their experience throughout the whole process with SERVPRO of North Kenosha County. Give us a call and we will take excellent care of you and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Space Heater Safety

1/23/2019 (Permalink)

Millions of people use space heaters to keep warm in the winter. They are small, cost efficient and can keep your family warm. During the colder months, space heater fires increase. Improper use of a space heater can cause your home to go up in flames. With subzero temperatures approaching the end of this week here in Kenosha, we wanted to share some safety tips with you should you choose to use a space heater.

  • Read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully
  • Only use a heater that has a recognized testing laboratory on the label
  • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. Do not use the heater if they are frayed, worn or damaged.
  • space heaters need space, keep everything clear of them by at least three feet
  • space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes
  • Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place them on cabinets, tables, furniture or carpet which can overheat and start a fire.
  • plug it directly into a wall outlet and you should never plug a space heater into an extension cord or power strip. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater. This can cause it to overheat and result in a fire.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you’re leaving a room or going to sleep, and don’t let pets or children play too close
  • When not in use, unplug and safely store the heater
  • make sure you have smoke alarms installed on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas

You can count on SERVPRO of North Kenosha County to provide you with the tips that you need to help protect you, your home and your belongings from fire damage. Should fire damage occur, we are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. 

Dryer and Washing Machine Fires

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Remember to have your dryer vent pipe cleaned at least annually.

Between 2010 and 2014, U.S fire departments responded to an estimated 15,970 home fire involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year. These fires resulted in annual losses estimated at 13 deaths, 440 injuries and $238 million in property damage. Clothes dryers accounted for 92% of these fires, with the leading factor being failure to clean them.

Here are a few simple safety tips that can help prevent a clothes dryer fire from the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional
  • Do not use a dryer without a lint filter
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before after each load of laundry
  • Remove lint as collected around the drum
  • Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open when the dryer is operating
  • Clean lint from the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it one a year or more often if you notice it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry
  • Follow manufactures’ instructions and don’t overload your dryer

In the event you do experience a fire, call the professionals at SERVPRO of North Kenosha County right away and we will get to work to restore your home to its preloss condition.

Making a Disaster Plan for Your Business | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Making a Disaster Plan for Your Business | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County - SERVPRO OF NORTH KENOSHA COUNTY Blog

How about that Mother Nature! She can prove to be quite a formidable foe by throwing everything from floods, hurricanes and tornadoes to wildfires and earthquakes at us. The best defense is a good offense, and that is being prepared in advance for a multitude of worst-case scenarios.

Being prepared for those scenarios involves creating a natural disaster plan for your business. Let’s take a look at some of the aspects to consider when designing that plan.

How to Begin

There are many factor and things you will need to consider and include in a disaster plan for your business, your employees and your assets.

Included in those considerations are the following:

  1. Protecting your employees
  2. Securing your assets
  3. Getting your business up and running again

There are many checklists available from sources like the Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov that can guide you in identifying areas that need to be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources can also help you figure out just how prepared you truly are.

Providing Safety for Employees

If a disaster should strike without warning, your plan should provide for the protection of employees and visitors.

It is extremely important to make sure evacuation routes and exits from your facility are all properly marked, that there is an area available where people can take shelter, that emergency lighting has been installed, and that staff are available to volunteer to serve as “safety wardens” who are properly trained and ready to guide and assist with all emergency efforts.

When you are deciding on a sheltering area, a basement or storm cellar is ideal in case of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. If that type of space is not available, you should designate a small interior room, such as a closet or interior hallway, on the lowest level of the building.

Steps to Take for Asset Protection

If you have a brick and mortar location for your business, you’ll have to make mindful choices about how to protect the assets inside it. From equipment to merchandise, there are thousands of dollars at risk when a natural disaster strikes.

Keep a complete and current inventory of your equipment and merchandise and, if possible, having photographs prior to a disaster is always helpful during an insurance claim process. If your assets are saved on a computer server, take the steps necessary to ensure that regular backups are performed by the backup system and that the storage system cannot be damaged.

If you own your building, work with a contractor to locate areas that may need improvement and strengthening. The contractor can also discuss with you possible safety upgrades and advise on any areas that may not withstand certain weather situations.

Getting Business Up and Running Again

If you find yourself a victim of a natural disaster, it is quite possible that your business will have to be closed for repairs due to damage. And every day you remain closed is another day of lost profits. It is wise to have a “rainy day” fund available to help with additional costs not covered by your insurance.

Make a list of contractors available for construction and repair needs, and familiarize yourself with a cleanup and restoration service will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

With SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.

Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County to be there for you.

A Breakdown of Mold Remediation | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

When there is a water damage situation that occurs in a home or commercial property, you can be sure mold growth is likely to follow. In fact, mold will begin to grow within 48 hours of moisture exposure.

If you experience water damage and are faced with a mold issue, it is important that you know what steps to take, which is why we’re discussing the subject of mold remediation and what it is in this blog.

Understanding Mold Remediation

It’s quite possible that you’ve already seen or heard ads for mold remediation and promising mold removal, but the latter of the two is a fallacy. Removing all mold from a home or business simply will not happen. What a qualified restoration company will focus on is mold remediation, the goal being getting mold levels back to normal and natural levels.

Both inside and outdoor, mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere. The serious issue occurs when a minor mold problem is left untreated, allowing it to become a major infestation.

During the mold remediation process, technicians will isolate the contaminated areas. Depending on the level of remediation, this will be done by either closing all doors and windows or totally sealing off all doorways and openings with a polyethylene sheeting. Dust in the contaminated areas will then be suppressed by misting.

Wet and mold-damaged materials will be removed and discarded using plastic bags. Any areas exposed to and affected by the mold are then thoroughly cleaned and dried. A HEPA vacuum may also be used in some cases to help with removal of contamination and debris.

The mold area is treated with a biocide and then left overnight to get to work, killing the mold spores. The mold remediation crew returns the following day and will encapsulate the affected and surrounding areas.

Think There’s Mold in Your Home? Do This.

If you suspect that your home or business may have a mold problem, you’ll want to act quickly. Measure and evaluate the size of the problem area and, if the moldy area covers more than 10 square feet, it is time to call in the professionals.

The professionals you hire should be highly trained and certified in the areas listed below:

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water damage restoration
  • Applied structural drying

While there are homeowners and business owners that feel they can successfully resolve some minor mold issues on their own, the safest method is to talk to the professionals to ensure a quick resolution to the problem.

At SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County, our mold damage specialists are trained and certified experts in mold remediation. If your home or business is experiencing a mold issue, contact us to begin the mold remediation process.

Watching for Causes of Water Damage in Your Home | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

12/7/2018 (Permalink)

Even though severe weather and flooding are usually the first things that come to mind for many when thinking about water damage, weather conditions are often not the main culprits.

Instead, there are items and systems in your home that can be responsible for many situations that result in water damage.

What You Need to Know About Water Damage

Water damage is something that many homeowners will face. It was the third most common reason that homeowners filed a homeowners insurance claim between 2011 and 2015, with an average payout per claim of $8,861.

There is a significant difference between water damage and gradual water damage, which has an impact on homeowner’s insurance claims. Examples of gradual damage are circumstances that have been happening over time, like plumbing issues in the walls causing damage to the walls, ceilings or floors, or water damage caused by cracks in the foundation, for example. Unfortunately, many gradual water damage issues are not covered by homeowners insurance, while storm-related water damage usually is.

Plumbing Can be a Common Culprit

According to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the leading causes of water damage are:

  • Plumbing supply system failures. This involves frozen pipes that can burst because the water pressure builds up due to freezing water in the pipes or when the supply system materials fail, causing pipes to leak or burst. Per the study conducted by IBHS, plumbing supply system failures were the leading source of residential water losses and cost an average of $5,092 per incident after the deductible. They also found that homes with ages of 16 to 40 years made up a larger portion of supply system material failure claims.

  • Plumbing drain system failures. This can occur when a sewer drain backs up and overflows into a home, or from material performance issues. In their study, IBHS found that 52% of drain system failures were caused by sewer backups and 37% were related to material performance issues. They also found that the average drain system failure was more expensive in southern region states than in northern region states.

  • Toilet failures. Toilets cause the second highest number of residential water damage losses after plumbing supply system failures and are the result of faulty fill valves or clogged drain lines. According to IBHS, toilet failures on the first floor of a home created more costly insurance claims than those that occurred in basements or upper floors.

  • Water heater failures. If your water heater has reached its life expectancy, the tank begins to rust and corrode, which can result in leaking or bursting issues. IBHS found that 69% of all water heater failures resulted from a slow leak or sudden burst and, on average, cost $4,444 per incident following the deductible.

  • Washing machine failures. These are typically caused by supply hose failures, machine overflows and drain line failures. This situation is one of the top 10 sources of residential water damage losses and, per IBHS, supply hose failures accounted for over half of all washing machine-related losses.

If your home has experienced any water damage, the team at SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County is available to help with cleanup and restoration and make it “like it never even happened.”

Winter weather has arrived!

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Winter has arrived! SERVPRO of North Kenosha County wants you to be prepared.

We’ve seen our first big snow storm of the season and it is only November. Is your home or business ready for winter weather?

Here are some tips to get you prepared.

HOME:

  • Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn it to “off.
  • If you follow the previous step, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debris accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

 BUSINESS

  • Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  • Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  • Ask SERVPRO of North Kenosha County about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business.

 If you do experience water damage or soot damage, call SERVPRO of North Kenosha County and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

October is Fire Prevention Month

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

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

Clothing Dryers

  • 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

Flammable Liquids

  • 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

Smoking

  • 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

Electrical appliances

  • Faulty appliances can also result in a fire, check them regularly

Cooking

  • 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

Fireplaces

  • 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

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

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!

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Faster Response

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

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

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

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

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

Residential Services

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

Commercial 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

North Kenosha Smoke and Soot Cleanup

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Soot from even a small fire can cause pervasive odor damage in your home or business.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action. 

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke; wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Kenosha will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke - Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke - Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue - Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today at 262-764-7231.

MOLD Damage In your Home or Business?

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Extensive mold growth in a North Kenosha home

Kenosha County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of North Kenosha County at 262-764-7231 for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don't touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don't blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don't attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don't spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of North Kenosha County specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it's a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today 262-764-7231.

When Storms or Floods hit SERVPRO of North Kenosha County is ready!

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

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.

Faster Response

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 County, 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 that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 262-764-7231

Water Loss-Veterinary Clinic in Kenosha

2/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Kenosha County provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Kenosha and all of Southeastern WI.

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Faster to your Kenosha Water Damage Event

Category: Water Damage

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of North Kenosha 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 North Kenosha 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.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 262-764-7231

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of North Kenosha County

SERVPRO of North Kenosha 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. 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.

 

 

Large house fire in Racine

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

Outside of Racine house

A 90 minute blaze unfortunately took out an entire second story of this beautiful house in Racine. The homeowners and their dogs were luckily not injured in this massive fire. The homeowners, local business owners, were absolutely devastated. We were called in the following day to start working on their house. We had to first board it up and tarp the roof to make sure no more damage could come to this beautiful estate. We then started cleaning up all the damage. We quickly realized that the house unfortunately was to badly damaged by the fire departments water to save any of the interior. We then began a full demo. Currently we have finished with the demo of the house and is down to the framing. Our friends at Elcano Construction are working with the homeowners to get this house back to its previous glory. When they are done it will look "like it never even happened." 

Extreme Mold Growth in Racine

6/28/2016 (Permalink)

Mold in Racine

When we got the call back in April for possible sump pump failure we quickly dispatched a crew to extract the water and start the drying process. A fairly normal call to receive in the rainy season. However when our mitigation manager Alex arrived first he quickly realized this was not a sump pump failure, actually this was not the normal water damage job by any means. He quickly called the rest of the crews to arrive immediately. The house was completely drenched with walls and ceilings hanging on by a thread. There was about a foot of water in the basement and another 3 inches on each the first and second floor. The water has been running for months without anyone noticing. The family was on a winter vacation and had never turned their water off. Later on it was found out to be a few broken water pipes due to freezing. This house unfortunately had well water so the city had no idea there was an excess ussage and the well water also fed mold growth with the extra minerals in the water. The water also acted as a heat source (think geothermal heat) after the furnace stopped working. Unfortunately this was about as bad as it gets for mold and water damage. We were able to dry out the frame of the house and mitigate the mold on all the framing as well. Next up is rebuilding it to its former beauty. 

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