Employee Profile - Andy Webber
Andy is one of our Mitigation Project Managers at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North. Andy is busy daily with inspections, estimates, overseeing jobs, talking with adjusters and customers and driving all around the Milwaukee area attending to all these things.
Andy has 8 years of experience responding to water, fire, mold, and specialty cleaning projects. He has certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification in Water Damage Restoration Technician and Applied Microbial Remediation Technician.
Andy lives in Slinger and enjoys golfing, snowboarding, spending time outdoors especially with family including his fiancé and her son. He especially enjoys braving the elements as a Soccer Parent.
If you ever need SERVPRO of Milwaukee North and Andy Webber shows up, you are in good hands. We are proud to have him representing us!
Employee Profile - Christina Schrubbe
Christina is our Production Administrator and one of the wonderful people who might answer your phone call here at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North. Along with providing great customer service she tackles some very tough and intricate software in her daily activities and always has a willingness to dive in and try new things. You can always count on her cheerful attitude in the office even when she is filing!
When she is not at work Christina is planning a wedding for 2018, enjoying the outdoors, camping, spending time with her fiancé and son and like most moms is busy with her son's activities. Maybe included in these activities she is also daydreaming of her next trip to Colorado. We are very lucky to have Christina!
Board-ups are not just for Hurricanes! There are many reasons that you may need a board up or to use tarp to protect your home. SERVPRO of Milwaukee North can board-up your home due to fire, wind, vandalism, animal infestation or even when a car runs into your house! Board-ups can secure the property from looting or more vandalism. Board-ups also can protect your property from more weather-related damage until you can get it fixed. Most insurance policies require that the Homeowner/Renter protect their property against secondary damage. This is damage that occurs because a person doesn't take the appropriate actions after the first damage occurs to secure the property. If they are found to be negligent, the secondary damage might not be covered by insurance. Board-ups are just one service along with our fire, water clean-up and rebuild department that can make it "Like it Never Even Happened".
Employee Profile - Andy Geiger
Andy is one of our Mitigation Project Managers at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North and logs many miles a day going from jobs to inspections, back to the office and then out again into the field. If you see a tall, bearded man driving a green SERVPRO Scion, that is Andy!
He has 8 years experience responding to water, fire, mold and specialty cleaning projects. Andy has recently taken on more responsibilities as Mitigation Project Manager and like always is reliable, hardworking and great with our customers.
Andy hails from scenic Waukesha and in his spare time he dotes on his young daughter, cheers on the Packers, plays video games and finally rescues and adopts bearded dragons from dumpsters. We are lucky to have Andy!!
Keep Calm about Mold
In recent years, mold seems to be a buzzword in DIY world that people freak out about. They make you feel like it is everywhere in your home! There is no need to freak out but instead become informed.
Mold is naturally occurring and as the years progress our houses become better sealed up from outside air. This reduces ventilation and increases the opportunities for mold to occur if the environment is warm, wet or humid.
Mold on drywall and wood can be dealt with by removing and replacing the affected area and is a great solution as long as the humidity, water leaks and temperature is taken care of. The most important factor with removing and replacing is that the area is contained and that there are air scrubbers that can clean the air and remove airborne mold spores. If air scrubbers are not used then the removal will allow all the mold spores to become airborne, which can be filtered through an HVAC system all through the house.
Mold on tile and tubs can be treated by store purchased Mold Stain removers. This is only for a small area and these removers should not be used on wood/drywall.
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North does free inspections to check on any of your mold concerns, just keep calm and give us a call.
Commercial Down Time
Commercial Down Time is bad. SERVPRO of Milwaukee North recognizes that for all businesses down time is loss of revenue. As a business, do you have a Emergency Plan?
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North promises
- quick response that may help avoid revenue loss for property owners and minimize losses for tenants and business owners. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your needs!
- restoration services that avoids costly downtime and helps resume business functions quickly
- industry approved equipment and techniques along with well trained and uniformed professionals that saves time and money.
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North also offers a free Emergency Ready Profile for businesses. This gives people a chance to walk through their business to see the whole building and maybe even re-familiarize themselves with the area. Water, Electric and Gas shut-offs all get labelled to help with any emergency situations. Emergency contacts are detailed and all this is located in one easy to use booklet or can be accessed online with the ERP app. SERVPRO wants to be sure that you are Ready for Any Size Disaster.
The Right Equipment for Detecting Water
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North knows the right tools for the job are important and understanding how to use them to dry a structure and property effectively is even more crucial. The right tool is vital for timely mitigation and to help get the business up and running again.
Water can damage in two ways - absorption through direct contact and absorption of moisture from the air. SERVPRO of Milwaukee North must understand how to alter humidity and temperature levels to produce an environment favorable for drying.
Our technicians have to locate the areas affected by water and to what extent moisture has been absorbed. To do this they can use:
Moisture Sensors - detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls
Moisture Meters - determines actual moisture content of materials
Thermohygrometers - measure temperature and relative humidity which helps calculate specific humidity, dew point and vapor pressure.
All these tools help us start the process of making it "Like it never even happened."
Employee Profile - Russ Maki
Russ Maki is one of our Project Managers in our Rebuild Department and has been handling multi-faceted rebuild projects for SERVPRO of Milwaukee North for 3 years. On a daily basis, Russ is coordinating repair schedules, working with our subs, and consulting homeowners with their selections to replace parts of their home damaged by water or fire. He builds a great rapport with homeowners by keeping in contact with them, giving them updates on how everything is proceeding and in general just being an even-tempered guy even when dealing with the toughest jobs.
In his spare time Russ likes to trap shoot, go fishing, play volleyball and ride his motorcycle when Wisconsin weather allows. We are very lucky to have Russ as a part of our SERVPRO of Milwaukee North team!
Sump Pump Problems
How old is your sump pump?? Avoid potential problems by doing routine inspections or replacing your old sump pump. Usually sump pumps should be replaced every 5 years or according to manufacturers guidelines and each year the sump, switch and float should be inspected as well. Pay attention to how often the sump pump is running and if it runs regularly or there is a higher water table, consider a sump pump with higher horsepower.
Another way to increase the pump's efficiency and prolong life is to clean your sump pit, remove any dirt, sand, gravel and other debris routinely. Ensure that the discharge line opening is free of obstructions so that water can be pumped through the line and out of your basement or crawlspace and also be aware in the winter the discharge line may freeze bringing the water back into your house. Regular checks can make sure you don't ever get surprised by your sump pump!
Smoke Alarm Maintenance
Keep home maintenance at the top of this year’s resolution list by ensuring your smoke alarms work effectively.
- Replace batteries annually or refer to manufacturer's guide for replacement instructions.
- Test the alarm monthly, this also familiarizes the family with what the alarm will sound like in an emergency.
- Clean the alarm with a vacuum cleaner a few times a year to remove dust, cobwebs and other particles that will affect performance.
- Dispose of and replace any smoke alarms that are expired.
- Never paint over a smoke alarm!
- Contact manufacturer for any questions or concerns.
- Replace batteries immediately if the alarm gives you the battery low 'beep'. Refer to alarm instructions in case the 'beep' might mean something else.
- Always put in NEW batteries.
- Check occasionally to ensure bugs are not interfering with its performance.