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We Take Care of Your Personal Belongings

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

contents Customer's contents brought back to our shop for cleaning.

Ever wonder what happens to your personal contents when you've experienced a fire or water loss in your home?!

Depending on the item, and the material it is made of, will dictate where it goes off to. the items that will typically come back to our shop will be the items that can be cleaned with a two-step rinse and dry process. Items that will go to a trustworthy, dependable third-party would be electronics, furniture restoration, document restoration, and or anything that is outside of our reach. We want to ensure the customer's personal property is getting handled by the best professionals in our area!

There is a peace of mind knowing that SERVPRO of South Kenosha County will be your one stop in an emergency. As a customer, knowing that I will be taken care of from start to finish, is exactly what I am looking for. Our team is glad to provide that kind of service for you. 

If you run into a situation, you know who can help! Give us a call 262-332-7044

How to Clean your Gas Range

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

A gas range is the preferred appliance of cooks because it provides a more uniform cooking method than an electric range. A bonus is the fact that it heats up immediately. The disadvantage of a gas stove is that it is more complicated to clean. Dried food should be cleaned up quickly before they create a smoke smell. You can become a pro at cleaning your stove by following a few simple instructions.

You just need a few simple materials to conduct a thorough range cleaning. Just grab dish soap, white vinegar, paper towels, and a clean scrub brush or a toothbrush.

To clean the stove, fill the kitchen sink with HOT, sudsy water using a few drops of dish soap. Remove the grates and burner caps from the gas range and soak them in the water. After they have soaked a bit, scrub them with a toothbrush to remove any stubborn debris. Brush loose crumbs off the stovetop with a paper towel and spray the entire area with a solution of one part vinegar to one part water. Let It sit for a couple minutes. Wipe the area with clean paper towels. Make sure you clean the knobs and the back panel also. If dried bits of food or debris remain, squirt a drop of soap onto the toothbrush and give it a good scrub. Wipe the area dry with paper towels. Remove the burner caps and scrub them with sudsy water. Dry them completely.

Once you have cleaned up all the crumbs and debris, put all the parts back together. Repeat this routine every month to maintain a clean, shiny stove. If you ever suspect smoke or fire damage, call SERVPRO of South Kenosha County to conduct a fire damage assessment.

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We Offer Commercial Restoration Services

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

As much as we wish they wouldn’t, disaster happens, and all types of damage occur. From fires to water damage, mold, smoke, storms, natural disasters, and biohazards like COVID-19, there are a lot of unfortunate events that can wreak havoc on our homes, businesses, and other buildings frequently throughout our lives. In addition to specializing in residential restoration, SERVPRO of South Kenosha also offers commercial restoration services to help you restore and repair your commercial properties after any damage that they experience.

Every hour you spend cleaning after a disaster hits your business, you are losing time and money that you could dedicate to furthering your objectives. This is where SERVPRO of South Kenosha County steps in. Our team of professional restoration experts can be on-site at your business when an emergency hits, and we are dedicated to helping you restore and repair your business as fast as we can to help you get back on your feet and to business as usual.

Our disaster recovery team is trained to address restoration following tornadoes, blizzards and floods, no matter the size of the damage.

Our commercial restoration services include water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation and storm damage cleanup. In addition to restoring damage cause by natural disasters. All our technicians have hours of training and certifications.

Give us a call at 262-332-7044 at any time of day or night, after experiencing damage to your commercial property or a large loss of any kind. We are on call and ready to help you restore your property as fast as we can.

Reasons for Noisy Pipes

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage is a common concern for homeowners because of the rapid and costly damage that ensures from a pipe break or other water issue. With the fear of repairs lurking in their minds, many homeowners worry when they hear strange noises coming from the pipes. While some concern is normal, most noises stem from three fixable problems.

1. Loose Connections  

The primary cause of whistling from faucets is not a pipe burst. Instead, the likely culprit is a loose or worn-out washer. You can often correct the problem by tightening the little screw in the handle of the faucet. However, if the noise is coming from multiple sinks and it does not matter which faucet is open, you may want to call a plumbing specialist in Kenosha, WI to take a look.

2. Faulty Ballcock

If you hear a rushing or hissing sound, do not immediately bring the alarm for a pipe break. Many hissing sounds stem from toilet appliances. The most likely cause is a loose or old ballcock in the toilet tank. If you replace the mechanism in the tank, the problem noise should correct itself. If the noise persists, it can speak to another problem deeper in the system, so you would likely want to have it assessed.

3. Rapid Cutoffs

There is one noise that could suggest you need to fix the broken pipe or resolve the problem quickly. If you hear hammering or banging when turning on or off the water supply, you have a rapid shutoff occurring in the system. The constant banging can cause loose connections or leaks if left unresolved. While homeowners worry about a pipe break or sudden water damage, there is often little to fear from the noises in your pipes. Sounds only indicate that something requires your attention. but that doesn't always equate to costly and time-consuming repairs.

If you have encountered a broken pipe you should fix it right away. If you need any help, give us a call 262-332-7044.

Prepare for a Storm NOW

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

There are eight simple things that you can do NOW to prepare your home and help reduce the potential damage caused by severe storms.

  1. Maintain your yard and balcony. Store away items that could blow around if strong winds occur.
  1. Clean your gutters, down spouts and drains to prevent blockages.
  1. Trim trees and branches that could potentially fall on your home.
  1. Fix any damage to your roof.
  1. Check to make sure your insurance policy is current and adequate.
  1. Make a Home Emergency Plan for your family that outlines what you would do in an emergency.
  1. Prepare an emergency kit with essentials incase you lose power or need to leave home in an emergency.
  1. Listen to your local radio station and other media for weather warnings.

Trust SERVPROXIDE to Disinfect Your Commercial Space

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

One of our products SERVPROXIDE is our proprietary hospital grade disinfectant registered with the EPA. It is a stabilized chlorine dioxide-based antimicrobial which carries the EPA’s lowest toxicity rating. The product itself doesn’t carry any fragrance other than a mild cleaning odor which dissipates quickly making it a great product for people with chemical or odor sensitivities.

There are many different applications for SERVPROXIDE. It can eliminate odors through disinfecting and oxidation rather than just covering them up. That can be done by applying the product directly with towels or through misting or spraying which is often used when we clean HVAC systems. It has even been utilized in electrostatic spraying for an even application on surfaces inside buildings.

In fact, SERVPROXIDE is the disinfectant we have used when we have been asked to clean and disinfect COVID-19 in homes and businesses here in South Kenosha and throughout Kenosha Counties.

The CDC recommends the usage of labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar types of organisms to COVID-19 and SERVPROXIDE has EPA-approved claims against things like Feline coronavirus, Canine coronavirus, staphylococcus, E. coli, Salmonella, Rotavirus, and Swine flu.

When you use SERVPRO South Kenosha, you can have a piece of mind knowing that our team is using hospital-grade disinfectant with the EPA. Our chemists are even able to advise us in unorthodox situations to utilize our suite of cleaning products to clean and deodorize even the strongest and strangest combination of smells and soils.

How to Find a Water Leak in Your Bathroom

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know the signs of a water leak at home? There are more signs of possible issues than you might think, and some of them show up long before you might notice water pouring from your sink or appliance.

While sometimes an issue with a leak is obvious and can cause major problems, its easier to miss some of the other signs. But if you know what you should be looking for, they’re much easier to find.

Leak claims are among the millions of water damage claims that are filed every year. On average, about one out of 50 American homeowners file a water damage claim every year.

Spotting a Hidden Leak:

Here is what to look for when searching for a water leak in your bathroom:

Water spots on the wall. These can be damp spots or stains.

Several spots with low water pressure. If you think your showers or sinks are showing lower water pressure than normal, you may have a hidden leak somewhere in your plumbing system.

Unusual odors or smells. Musty smells can be a sign of mold in your home. Mold and mildew can start to damage your home within just a few days. Many people notice the smell before they find other issues.

Slow-draining showers, sinks or tubs. If it’s taking too long for the water to drain, that’s a sign there could be a leak somewhere in your pipes. It’s always worth checking out.

Higher than normal water bills. Before you smell or see anything, you might notice your water bills going up if you have a leak. A good way to watch that is to notice your average monthly water bill and take note of anything that deviates from that.

If you have water damage and/or mold in your bathroom or other rooms in your home, we have the restoration and remediation services you need. Contact us at any time to learn more.

Hail Storm

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

A roof with hail damage A roof with hail damage

Even the smallest hailstorm can cause significant damage. The impact from hail can cause denting, cracking, and breaking of a multitude of surfaces. If a home is older or poorly maintained, the damage from a hailstorm may be more severe. Hail can cause damage to both the interior of your home and the exterior of your home, as well as any exterior attachments.

Exterior Damage – The roof takes most of the hit and depending on the material of the roof it could crack, split, peel, chip, or dent. In some cases, windows could break, and if there is a skylight there is a higher risk of them breaking too. Aluminum and wood siding may be dented by side-swept hail. Vinyl siding has an increased risk of breaking under heavy hail impact.

Interior Damage – Depending on the condition of the structure, hail could melt and cause damage to the interior. If you start to see dripping or dark spots in the ceiling drywall, you should look up in the attic to check the insulation to make sure its not wet and causing more damage. Then you should look around in your attic and find the location where the water is coming in, so you can tell a roofing contractor. If the hail breaks any windows or skylights, rain and hail can get inside and cause significant damage.

Exterior Attachments – Hail can cause damage to air conditioning units, satellite dishes, antennas, and other attachments on the outside of a home.

If your home sustains interior water damage from a hailstorm, rapid response and drying is important. Give the professionals at SERVPRO South Kenosha a call anytime.

Getting Rid of Mildew Odor After Flooding: Here's How

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Your home is decontaminated, your contents clean and your life getting back to normal after flooding. You are finally able to take a deep breath, but when you do, you notice that something smells off. You take a whiff just to make sure, and yes, there is that smell again—the smell of mold and mildew. Despite your cleanup efforts, your home still has that telltale sign that a flood recently invaded your home. If you are tired of dealing with the aftereffects of a flood, there are a few things you should and should not do for odor removal from flooding. Here are a few things you should NOT do:

• Ignore the smell
• Think that bleach alone will kill the odor
• Cover the odor up with other scents
• Close the doors and windows.

Doing either of these things can put your home and your family at risk. Instead, do the following:

Contact a Professional

A professional flood remediation expert in South Kenosha, is the only person who can really help you kill post-flooding odors. This is because such an expert combats the source of the odor and not just the odor itself.

Act in the Meantime

In the meantime, there are steps you can take for odor removal from flooding on your own. First and foremost, open the windows. Doing so will help air out your home and provide for better circulation.

Next, remove any furniture that smells of mold and mildew. Whether or not the furniture is salvageable can be determined later. For now, your goal is to remove the odor, and any affected furniture is allowing that odor to remain in your house.

Finally, wash items that can be laundered. These include clothing, bedding, and draperies.

Once our team arrives to begin odor removal from flooding, it can begin to tackle the heart of the issue. This may include drying out and deep cleaning your carpets, performing flood cuts on affected drywall and deep cleaning furniture.

Tips to Prevent Dryer Fires in Your South Kenosha County Home

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that dryer vent fires are the second leading cause of residential fires in the nation? If you are not regularly servicing your dryer, you run the risk of falling victim to a dryer vent fire. Here are some things to keep in mind to ensure that your dryer keeps the heat inside:

  1. Use a professional installer.
  2. Regularly service the equipment.
  3. Keep the surrounding area free of flammable materials.
  4. Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry.
  5. Use only rigid or flexible metal venting material.
  6. Ensure air exhaust vent pipe is unrestricted.
  7. Do not overload.
  8. Inspect gas lines.
  9. Use the correct plug and outlet.
  10. Never run the dryer when you leave home or are sleeping.

While these steps are simple and easy to carry out, they are also crucial in preventing a dryer fire. If you find yourself dealing with the heat outside of the dryer, call SERVPRO South Kenosha County 262-332-7044 for our fire and smoke damage restoration services. We are always here to help!