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Storm Preparedness in Milwaukee, WI: Emergency Supplies

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

red cross emergency kit with supplies SERVPRO is proud to be a partner of the American Red Cross both corporately and locally since 2013.

You may not be at home when a storm starts, so it is important to have basic supplies of food and water as well as a way to stay warm without power in several locations such as your workplace, vehicle, and/or school.  You can build your supplies over time by adding a few items each week or month.  For a complete list of emergency supplies, visit www.ready.gov/kitCheck these supplies off of your Winter Storm Preparedness Checklist once you add them to your emergency kit, which appears at the end of this document.

  • Emergency Communication

Make sure you have everything you will need to get in touch with your family either through cellular phones or email.

  • Medical Needs

Be equipped to tend to any current or unexpected medical conditions your family members may have.  Ask your doctor about storing prescription meds such as at least a three days’ supply of heart and blood pressure medication, insulin for diabetics, and other prescription drugs such as inhalers for those with asthma.  Include battery backup power for power-dependent mobility devices, oxygen, and other assistive technology needs.

  • Critical Documents

Place any important documents in a sealed, waterproof container to keep them dry and easily accessible.

  • Tools and Safety Items

Small items like matches, flashlights, a multi-tool, pocket knife, and a whistle (to signal for help) can make a huge difference for your family while weathering a storm. 

  • Food/Supplies

Have at least a three-days’ supply of non-perishable food and water for your family. Remember to store anything specific to your family’s needs. 

  • Warm Clothing and Blankets

Warm clothes and blankets can help prevent hypothermia. Do not forget warm, waterproof, and protective footwear as well as gloves.

In the event that your home or business is damaged by severe weather, please don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukee North for assistance.  Our team is available 24/7/365 for your water damage emergencies as well as a variety of other property repairs.

Christmas Tree Safety in Waukesha County Homes

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

christmas tree and fireplace U.S. firefighters respond to roughly 200 Christmas tree fires per year. Follow these tips to stay safe this holiday season.

Don’t let a house fire disrupt your holidays.  The most common sources of winter holiday fires are live Christmas trees and holiday decorations that are too close to a heat source, candles, and cooking fires.  Although these fires are rare, they do occur, and they can be destructive and deadly.  The following are a few tips to help make your Holidays safe from fire.

When purchasing a live Christmas tree, safety starts before you even head to the tree lot.  If you live in a condo or apartment, there is likely a restriction against live Christmas trees.  Be sure to check with your HOA or management company for any rules or restrictions before choosing a tree.  At the tree lot, look for a fresh, green tree!

Checking Your Tree

  • Bend the needles.  If they break, the tree has probably already dried out.
  • Grip a branch and slide your fist down it.  Most of the needles should stay on the tree.
  • Check the trunk, especially at the bottom where it’s cut.  It should be covered in sap and sticky to the touch.
  • Shake the tree.  If green needles fall everywhere, it’s too dry.

Before bringing the tree inside, shake it to dislodge loose needles or other debris.  Prior to placing it in the tree holder, make a fresh cut off the bottom of the trunk.  A freshly cut trunk will absorb water more effectively.  Use a tree holder that’s wide and strong enough to keep the tree stable.  

It is also very important to take care of your tree once it is inside.  Fill the holder with water as soon as you set your tree up.  Then, check it every day.  It needs to stay full!

Additional Tips

  • Place your tree away from heat sources, especially open flame heat sources.
  • Don’t block exit routes with your tree.
  • Use only lighting approved by a nationally recognized laboratory such as UL.
  • Check all lighting for frayed wires.
  • Don’t leave the lights on when the tree is unattended.
  • When the tree dries out, discard it immediately.

With these safety tips, your holiday can be fun and enjoyable for your family and your guests.  Please contact your local fire department for questions about fire safety and make sure you have a working fire and carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home.

In the event you sustain fire or smoke damage from a decor mishap, please contact SERVPRO of Milwaukee North at 414-354-7566 for help.

Fall Fire Safety for Milwaukee Area Homes and Businesses

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and smoke alarm For more information on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, contact your local Fire Department or go to NFPA.org.

With the fall time change, remember to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is an easy way to remember this task and to keep your detectors in working order, however this is not the only attention you need to give to these life saving devices.  The following are important facts regarding the use and installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

Smoke Detectors

  1. Make sure smoke detectors are installed in every bedroom, outside sleeping area, and at least every floor of your home.
  2. Test your smoke detector every month.
  3. Have a plan when your smoke detector sounds to get out, account for everyone, and call 911.
  4. Replace smoke detectors every 10 years.  Many new smoke detectors have a 10 year sealed battery.  Make sure you test your detector to make sure it is working; if it is not, replace it.

Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  1. Make sure carbon monoxide detectors are installed outside each sleeping area and have at least one on every floor level.  The law requires a carbon monoxide detector to be installed within 15 feet of every room used for sleeping purposes.
  2. Test your carbon monoxide detector every month. 
  3. Contact your local fire department when your carbon monoxide detector activates, move to fresh air outside, and make sure everyone in the home is accounted for.
  4. Replace carbon monoxide detectors every 10 years.

Furnaces

  1. Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths.
  2. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  3. The leading factor contributing to home heating fires (25%) is failure to clean, principally from solid-fueled heating equipment, primarily chimneys.

When purchasing smoke or carbon monoxide detectors, make sure they have been rated by an approved agency such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).  Homes built within the last 20 years will have hard-wired smoke detectors located on each floor of the home.  When replacing these smoke detectors, make sure you use a licensed electrician to assure the work is performed according to applicable codes.

In the event you sustain damage in your home or business from smoke or fire, please contact SERVPRO of Milwaukee North at 414-354-7566 for a no-cost assessment.  We are always here to help.

5 Star Rating from Milwaukee Customers

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

5 star google review At SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, we aim to exceed customer expectations through caring and professionalism.

At SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, great customer service is of the utmost importance to us.  We work hard to train our emergency personnel to exhibit excellent customer service. When one of our customers is experiencing a water damage or fire damage emergency, we want to be there to help them recover their home or business to preloss condition with as little disruption as possible. 

One such example of this comes from a Google review written by a customer in Milwaukee, WI who experienced a flooded basement disaster in their home. Maureen C. writes:

"I am so impressed with the services of SERVPRO. This company was thoroughly professional, hard working and prompt. I am very satisfied. All the workers made a very difficult water disaster through the basement that much more bearable and I thank everyone who participated in the mitigation."

Here at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, there is nothing that makes us prouder than knowing our customers are satisfied by a job well done.  We are here for your emergencies 24/7/365. Give us a call for help at 414-354-7566.

6 Common Causes for Plumbing Fails in Northern Milwaukee Homes

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

cartoon image of man standing and boy swimming in flooded home We all love a good laugh, but water damage is no fun! Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North for help.

SERVPRO of Milwaukee North has been helping homeowners and business owners repair water damage caused by plumbing failures for many years.  We have seen all kinds of water damage, and we have the training, experience, and equipment to restore the emergencies you may encounter. While there are many reasons pipes burst or fail, here are some top culprits:

  1. Freezing
  2. Tree root encroachment
  3. Corrosion
  4. Soil Shifting
  5. High water pressure
  6. Clogs

Some of these examples may be prevented through maintenance of your pipes.  Water pipes, if not properly maintained and insulated, can cause a costly repair, and in some cases, even destroy or cause extensive damage to your home. Smaller water leaks can, over time, damage your home as well as attract mold growth.

In the event you do sustain damage from a failed plumbing system, SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is here to help 24/7/365.  Give us a call at 414-354-7566 for a no-cost assessment of your water damage situation.

Four Classes of Water Damage

11/15/2021 (Permalink)

water leaking from ceiling into room filled with furniture If this is a familiar scene in your home or business, we can help! Call SERVPRO of Milwaukee North today.

Classes of water damage losses are determined by the rate of evaporation based on the type of materials affected by water damage to your property. Determining the Class of Water is an important first step, and will determine the amount and type of equipment utilized to restore your business. There are four IICRC water damage classifications, and they are as follows:

Class 1 - Slow Evaporation Rate 

Water losses that affect only part of a room or area, or losses with lower permeance/porosity materials (e.g., plywood, particle board, structural wood, vinyl composition tile or VCT, concrete). Little or no wet carpet or cushion is present. Minimum moisture is absorbed by materials, releasing moisture slowly.

Class 2 - Fast Evaporation Rate 

Water losses that affect an entire room or carpet and cushion. Water has wicked up walls 12" - 24". There is moisture remaining in structural materials (e.g., plywood, particle board, structural wood, concrete).

Class 3 - Fastest Evaporation Rate

Water may have come from overhead. Ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, cushion and sub-floor in the entire area are saturated.

Class 4 - Specialty Drying Situations

These consist of wet materials with very low permeance/porosity (hardwood, plaster, brick, concrete, stone, and crawlspace). Typically, there are deep pockets of saturation, which requires very low specific humidity.

In the event you do experience water damage in your Lake County home, please do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Milwaukee North at 414-354-7566.  We are here to help 24/7/365 with your water damage emergencies.

Providing 5 Star Service in Bayside, WI

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

5 star google review There is no greater compliment here at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North than a 5 star recommendation from one of our customers!

At SERVPRO of Highland Park/Deerfield, great customer service is of the utmost importance to us.  We work hard to train our emergency personnel to exhibit excellent customer service. When one of our customers is experiencing a water damage or fire damage emergency, we want to be there to help them recover their home or business to preloss condition with as little disruption as possible. 

One such example of this comes from a Google review written by a customer in Bayside, WI who experienced a flood in their home. Lisa J. writes:

"The SERVPRO team addressed my concerns and questions promptly and provided the best solution that was most effective and cost efficient. Thank you friendly folks at SERVPRO!"

Here at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, there is nothing that makes us prouder than knowing our customers are satisfied with a job well done.  We are here for your emergencies 24/7/365. Give us a call at 414-354-7566.

Going Above and Beyond for a Customer in Whitefish Bay, WI

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

5 Star google review At SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, it is our goal to exceed customer expectations.

At SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, great customer service is of the utmost importance to us.  We work hard to train our emergency personnel to exhibit excellent customer service and consideration for our customer's needs. When one of our customers is experiencing a water damage emergency, we want to be there to help them recover their home or business to preloss condition with as little disruption as possible. 

One such example of this comes from a Google review written by a customer in Whitefish Bay, WI who experienced a flood in her home. Elisabeth B. wrote:

"I want to share my great experience with SERVPRO North Milwaukee, right before New Year’s Day, I had a water/sewer backup into my basement contained to a pet bath and area of floor. I called SERVPRO and they immediately dispatched a team on the weekend to clean up the backup. The team members were courteous, knowledgeable, wore all the Covid protective clothing and went above and beyond to make sure the affected area was throughly cleaned and disinfected. I highly recommend SERVPRO and thank the team members for their attention to detail and their kindness during this stressful situation."

Here at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, there is nothing that makes us prouder than knowing our customers are satisfied with a job well done.  We are here for your emergencies 24/7/365. Give us a call for help at 414-354-7566.

Content Restoration after Water Damage in Northern Milwaukee

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

flooded interior with furniture SERVPRO of Milwaukee North can dry and restore your residential or commercial space.

Restore Vs. Replace

We specialize in cleaning contents after water damage. SERVPRO of Milwaukee North helps to restore rather than replace to help save your sentimental items. How do we assess items that have been exposed to water? There are a few main considerations: 

  1. Class of water affecting the items.  Is the water contaminated?
  2. Materials affected.  Are the items made of porous or non-porous materials?
  3. Length of time affected.  How long has the water been standing stagnant?

When should you replace?

Soft/Porous contents affected by water containing sewage.  Category 3 or “Black Water”

  • Materials have been affected for an extended period of time and are showing signs of microbial growth.

When can you restore?

  1. Hard contents that have not been penetrated by contaminated water.
  2. Soft contents that have been affected by Category 1 or “clear” water and sometimes Category 2 “gray” water.

At SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, our first step is to determine which items have been exposed to water as well as to what category of water. Then we make sure the items are dry and free of any moisture. This helps our water damage professionals determine what can be saved and what cannot. This process is also used for furniture, upholstery, and carpeting.

If you have experienced water damage in your home or business, please utilize the professionals at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North.  Our trained technicians are available 24/7/365 to assist with your water emergencies. Call today at 414-354-7566.

Portable Fire Extinguishers in Your Northern Milwaukee Business

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

red white and yellow fire extinguishers Teaching proper extinguisher safety to your staff can save property damage and lives!

When used correctly, portable fire extinguishers can be essential in saving lives and property as well as preventing extensive damage. If fire extinguishers are available for employee use, it is the employer's responsibility to provide education.  Employees should understand the principles and practices of using a fire extinguisher as well as the hazards associated with fighting small or developing fires.

When operating a portable fire extinguisher, the NFPA suggests remembering the word PASS

Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle away from you and release the locking mechanism. 

Aim low. Point the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.

Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.

Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Fire extinguishers do have their limitations, so it is important that you have the correct one in your facility.  Fires start within a matter of seconds.  In the event you incur more extensive damages and need professional assistance, please contact SERVPRO of Milwaukee North at 414-354-7566 for more information.  We are here to help!