Recent Commercial Posts

Getting the Right Fire Insurance

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

What the Policy Covers

Every policy is unique, but most will cover many different aspects of the fire restoration process. The following are some common expenses that are often covered by insurance:

  • smoke cleanup
  • repairing damage from the fire itself
  • repairing damage from the fire-suppression efforts
  • paying fire department fees

Most fire insurance policies do not cover arson. This means that you are not covered if the fire is intentionally started.

What Your Policy Needs
Insuring a commercial property can be tricky. Here are a few things to check for when buying fire coverage:

  • whether the policy covers the replacement cost
  • if the policy covers the full value of the property
  • whether the policy covers damage created by the fire-suppression efforts

Some fire policies insure property for its actual cash value at the time of the loss. This means you would only get the depreciated value of your property and not the replacement cost. Make sure you know which of these values your policy covers. It is also important to make sure you buy coverage for the full value of the property, so you do not have to make up the rest out of pocket. At the very least, make sure to insure the property for the minimum amount mandated by the policy itself. Have an experienced appraiser determine the value.
Additionally, make sure you know what types of damages are covered. Most policies will cover losses caused by fire extinguishers, fire hoses, and other fire-suppression efforts, but double-check your policy to make sure. Read the policy yourself and ask your agent if you have any questions.
If your business suffers fire damage, a fire insurance policy can help you financially. For help with the restoration process, a certified restoration company can help you get your business back to normal quickly and safely.

Frozen Pipes in Milwaukee, WI

1/7/2020 (Permalink)

This winter the temperature is expected to drop below freezing several times. When that happens it can cause pipes in your building to freeze and then burst when the temperatures rise. 

Rest assure, SERVPRO of Milwaukee North can help cleanup and dry your home or business when this happens. Our team is trained and qualified to come into your home or business and get things done quickly. 

We make sure everything is photo documented and in the guidelines with what the insurance companies expect. Timing is everything so our main goal is to get your home or business dry quickly and efficiently to prevent any type of secondary damage. 

If you have any questions, feel free to call us at anytime at (262)250-1101. We have teams ready to help 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Our Experts Can Help You Restore Your Flood Damaged Furniture In Milwaukee

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoration Services In Milwaukee To Salvage Your Furniture

Commercial flood damage restoration services are meant to help a business to return to its normal operations after the disaster. To get your business to pre-damage condition, you need to act quickly and minimize further damage, get the dirt removed from the building and have the damaged areas repaired. We are going to look at how we can help you restore the furniture of your Milwaukee business after the unfortunate water event.

When our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your Milwaukee business to perform commercial flood damage restoration, we have to find out if the property is safe to re-enter. We also have to evaluate the damage and record everything since your insurance provider may need a report before making any compensation. When restoring your furniture, we must inspect to find out what is restorable and what is unrestorable. Sometimes, it is not the water that causes all the damage; excess humidity can also cause some degree of destruction.

Where possible, we can move the furniture to a dry location to enhance the drying process. If the furniture cannot be moved because of its weight or any reason, we place a wood block or aluminum foil under the legs. By doing that, we prevent contact with the wet carpets. If upholstered furniture was wholly submerged in the water, its fabric coverings may form favorable conditions for mold growth and become hard to salvage. They can be saved if it was a slight flood, so, we separate colored items from the upholstery fabrics to limit chances of color bleeding.

Our SERVPRO technicians hose off the dirt and mud from furniture before drying can take place. Drying the wooden items under the direct sun is not a good idea since wood is likely to warp. To speed up the drying process, we can disassemble drawers, doors, and back panels. In case they are stuck, we wait for the wood to dry and shrink before taking them off.

Call SERVPRO of Milwaukee North  when you need to return your business to its normal operations after facing any size disaster. We can extract the water, clean the dirt, dry the structure, and perform necessary repairs. To get an immediate response from an industry leader, call (262)250-1101

Expert Restoration Of Retail Water Damage In Historic Milwaukee

11/26/2019 (Permalink)

When water damage affects your business, call SERVPRO for restoration



Our town is a one-of-a-kind, as is your business situated in a historical Milwaukee building. Water damage is a challenge wherever it strikes, but when the structural components and contents of affected premises carry the weight of more than a century of tradition everyone stands to lose. Our highly-qualified technicians employ up-to-date methods, equipment, and products to ensure continuity in the community as we restore your business investment.

The water damage in a commercial building can have an immediate cause like broken plumbing, and then reveal longer-term issues found when SERVPRO project managers complete an in-depth assessment. We begin removing water with pumps or industrial-strength wand extractors. As those tasks get underway, our team takes moisture readings of structural elements and scans for hidden recesses that contain water. The data noted helps us determine drying goals and also helps locates spaces where we need to release the water and expose the dampness behind walls, under floors, or above ceilings.

Once the now visible water exits your business's spaces, SERVPRO stages air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers to regulate moisture. Our crew members use their combines experience and knowledge of typical moisture levels of a broad range of building materials and contents to guide the progress. A balance of temperature, ambient humidity, and air movement comes together to normalize any excess moisture found in your business. We revisit decisions about the spacing and operation intensity of the drying equipment and make our best effort to contain our work so that your business can remain open for commerce or customer services to some degree during restoration.

If the current crisis and vestiges of past water damage remain even partially unresolved, you risk progressive deterioration of supporting structures, fixtures, and decor. Unabated water harm also threatens your commercial property with the possibility of microbial growth, including dry rot of the heirloom floors and woodwork that lend such charm to your retail or other space.

The team at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North has years of experience in dealing with water damage in a business setting -- both current and the footprints of former unmitigated water issues. To improve the chance of a successful outcome, contact us at (262)250-1101 immediately upon discovery of water losses.

Commercial Biohazard Cleanup In Milwaukee -- Rely On SERVPRO’s Specialists

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers Safe and Clean Biohazardous Removal from Milwaukee Area Enterprises

Even if you employ high-quality in-house or contracted cleaning services, your Milwaukee business needs specialized biohazard cleanup help from a certified firm in some circumstances. When an accident, emergency, crime, or tragedy strikes in your commercial space dangerous substances and residues complicate cleanup. We can help.

A typical example of Milwaukee commercial jobs that require professional biohazard cleanup includes sewage backup or flooding that allows contaminated water to enter one or more areas of your business property. The contaminants contained in sewage are many -- human and animal waste, fertilizer and road chemical runoff, insects and vermin, and rotten food and other waste are just a few. Our crews receive baseline and updated training on how to manage these biohazards safely and effectively.
 
Human or animal fluids and waste deposited through other means such as traumatic injury or violent crime on your premises also needs our expert attention. The viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens involved in blood and other secretions need to be managed using protocols developed by OSHA, the EPA, and local health authorities. Proper cleaning with registered disinfectants is key to restoring your workplace, and SERVPRO has the experience with biohazards and innovative commercial cleaning products to achieve the goals.
 
Your business may also suffer from a chemical spill or other spread of a biohazard. The often is a complication of a flooding scenario where your own inventory or cleaning and maintenance products are knocked over or soaked through, contributing to the dangers in the waters contained in your building. SERVPRO contains such contaminated water, ensure that it is disposed of properly to keep you, your employees and customers, and the general public safe from harm.
 
During these unique catastrophic events, it is critical that your biohazard cleanup company be not only professional and effective but also completely discreet. Our team can return your business to a safe and healthy condition, “Like it never even happened.” For you to retain the confidence of your employees and customers, the process must be transparent yet ethical and without unnecessary drama or scare tactics.
 
SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is a full-service restoration company, poised to assist with your biohazard cleanup needs. Contact us at (414) 354-7566 for fast and confidential help.

Commercial Promise

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Water Removal Services Available For Your Milwaukee Area Business

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Removal Services

You may operate a Milwaukee area business that recently experienced water intrusions varying in size and exposure. If you do, you know first-hand that these incidents can wreak havoc on productivity, cause extensive damage to equipment, and directly affect your companies bottom line.

Operating a shipping warehouse, retail establishment, or high-rise office building in Milwaukee comes with a hefty responsibility. Having water removal problems is something you just cannot afford to deal with, which makes finding a trusted professional that much more crucial.

Being unable to remove water from your warehouse as soon as possible means that your stored goods, equipment, and business assets become exposed to elements longer. Often leading to irreversible damages that have a severe impact on your company. SERVPRO’s expertly trained staff can help locate profoundly affected areas and take steps to limit any losses you might experience.

Standing water in a retail space can severely damage products, cause you to close your doors, and cost immeasurable amounts of revenue loss. The sooner you get water out and the entire space dried, cleaned, and restored, the sooner you can get back to business. SERVPRO has access to a variety of water extractors, air-movers, hygrometers, moisture detectors and additional drying equipment that quickly and efficiently removes water, making any water removal on your property take less time than you might imagine.

Our vast network of resources puts needed supplies, personnel, and equipment at our disposal. SERVPRO can handle any job, regardless of size or scope, even those in hard to reach high-rise offices, or those affecting many floors at once. Our entire team of IICRC-industry certified technicians makes short work of even the most demanding jobs and provide you with quality services that often exceed any expectations you might have.

SERVPRO of Milwaukee North has qualified professionals available 24/7, 365, and offer unique solutions to water removal situations that may occur on your property. Get the help you need to get your business back on track by calling our offices, today (414) 354-7566.

Sprinkler Systems Are Common Causes of Water Damage

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

Sprinkler systems are commonly installed in commercial and industrial buildings. They save life and structure when a fire occurs. They do cause water damage though when putting out the fire or when the system malfunctions. This is when SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is here to help. We come in and dry the structure when a system malfunctions. Fire sprinklers are activated when the mercury liquid filled bulb bursts between 135 and 165 degrees. It is thought by many that they are triggered by smoke, they are actually activated by heat. Failures occur with sprinkler heads commonly when the line freezes from cold weather or the head gets hit or pulled on by something. We are here to help when you need it most and want to help prevent issues before they arise. It is always a good idea to know where your sprinkler line shut off valves are located in case you have a malfunctioning system and know who services these systems for your facility.

Tools for Water Detection

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

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."

Large Loss

2/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is certified as a SERVPRO, Inc. Large Loss Provider! Being a Large Loss franchise doesn't come easy, first you need training on every step of a large loss.  Then you need to make a significant financial investment of stocking the franchise with hundreds of desiccants and even more hundreds of air movers and for this you also need storage space.  For SERVPRO of Milwaukee North that means shelves up as high as we can get them of equipment.  Another investment is a commercial grade desiccant that usually is on a flat bed (and has to be pulled by something capable).  This desiccant has the ability to dry out large buildings in hours instead of days and is crucial when a commercial business faces downtime due to a water loss.  Along with all this equipment and our experience, SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is ready to tackle any loss!

SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is proud to be the large loss SERVPRO in Wisconsin!

Water Damage - Commercial

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

When it comes to any mitigation work in a commercial setting, getting it done fast and right is essential.  A definite bonus to those items is being able to work quickly enough to save the content of the business like furniture, desks and computers.  SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is in the business of restoring items....not throwing it away and buying a new one.  If an item can be saved or restored to like-new status it is worth the time to do so.  This is especially important to our customers and also the insurance company.

We take extra special care to protect items from damage while we do work, whether that is content shifting and covering items at the loss or boxing it up to clean up back at our shop.  Our content specialists do amazing clean-up on a wide variety of materials and types of damage.

SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is very proud of keeping the "restore" in restoration!

Commercial Promises

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

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.