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Saving 1904 Red Oak Hardwood Floors

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Floor mat system in action, sucking out moisture of these beautiful Red Oak hardwood floors from 1904.

Drying out cupped hardwood floors!

The first thing when you make a call to SERVPRO South Kenosha County is for us to figure out what is going wrong at your property. BUT mainly.. the real question is, do you have anything valuable/treasured you are concerned about that has been affected in this loss.

We received a phone call last Monday from a gentleman who experienced a water loss in his 1904 country farmette home. The home has been updated but there are still a few originals within the house. This man’s main concern was his 1904 original ¼” red oak hardwood floors that were starting to cup. Confidently, I told him that we can help reverse the cupping in the hardwoods due to excess moisture tapped in there. He was ecstatic when he found out the news. Our job is to take care of the customer’s needs. OUR TEAM is here to HELP you along the journey many wish we weren’t on.

Drying out hardwood floors is only one of our many specialties. If you run into a loss and it affects something special to you or has great value, call SERVPRO of SOUTH KENOSHA COUNTY as we are always here to help restore your favorite items.

262-332-7044

A Functioning Home

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

This is a function able kitchen, while getting dried out.

This homeowner realized she has an issue when her dishwasher started to leak causing damage around the cause of loss.

Our Production Manager, Eric, goes out and assesses our inspections. Initial findings:

“The dishwasher leaked and caused water damaged in the portion of the kitchen, living room and laundry room. There appears to be some growth in the kitchen and into the living room as well. There will be asbestos testing done before we start any removal of material. The plumber was onsite to disconnect the plumbing and we removed the sink base cabinet and added some temp framing. The plumber re-connected the plumbing, so the homeowner has a running sink. We removed the face of the cabinet and is onsite. The laundry room ceiling and insulation was affected. We will start the mitigation portion once the asbestos results come back. We’ll be removing cabinet, mil work, insulation drywall and flooring.”

We want to ensure that the CUSTOMER is being taken care of, but more importantly feeling like they can still manage to utilize their house when it’s under construction, sustaining our values of CUSTOMER SERVICE.

262-332-7044

Happy Father's Day

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Dads do a lot for their families and sometimes it goes unnoticed. This Father’s Day make the special man in your life feel taken care of.

This enjoyable weekend is a time to gather and appreciate the memories shared over time. A quality way to share time and memories is through cooking, baking, and grilling your signature dishes. While you’re enjoying the family & friends’ weekend with festivities and kids running around, please remember to stay safe throughout the busy day. Now that we’re embracing the summer weather with cookouts, we’re here to remind you of some tips to ensure your home and family’s safety:

General grilling tips:

  • Propane and charcoal BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.
  • The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Keep your grill clean by removing grease or fat buildup from the grills and in trays below the grill.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.

Before you use your grill:

  • Check the major connection points between the gas (propane) tank hose and the regulator and cylinder, and where the hose connects to the burners. Tighten if loose.
  • Check the gas (propane) tank hose for the potential (gas) leaks. To do that:
    • Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose using a brush or spray bottle.
    • Turn the propane tank on. If there is a gas leak, the propane will release bubbles around the hose (big enough to see).
    • If there are no bubbles, your grill is safe to use.
  • If there are bubbles, turn off the tank and check connections, then have your grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the leak doesn’t stop, call the fire department immediately.

When the grill is on:

  • As you are cooking, if you smell gas, turn off the gas tank and burners.
  • If the leak stops immediately, get the grill serviced by a professional before using it again.
  • If the smell continues, move away from the grill and call the fire department immediately. Do not move the grill.

On average, 8,900 home fires are started by grilling accidents each year. By utilizing these tips can help prevent a serious problem from happening on a memorable weekend.

If something does come up, call SERVPRO of South Kenosha County.

 (262) 332-7044

The Ones We've Lost

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

Memorial Day is very important to our country. We are so honored and grateful to have men and women serve our country. Memorial Day is celebrated to honor and remember all of the men and women who died fighting for our country and our freedom! Let’s not get confused though with Veterans’ Day. Veteran’s Day is for honoring men and women who have served in the US armed forces.

Did you know, that it is always celebrated on the last Monday of May and was started after the Civil War (1861-1865)

Flying flags half-staff, placing flowers, and attending parades is a great way to remember the soldiers that have lost their lives.

Please remember to THANK those who have supported us!

Find SERVPRO of South Kenosha County Facebook to talk about loved ones or memories! We love to share stories.

Free - ERP program - Get Yourself Ready

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Here is a snap shot of what the app looks like. We can teach you how to use the whole program, it's computer/app friendly.

Almost 50% of businesses do not open back up after a disaster, you can’t afford to be a part of that statistic. SERVPRO® of South Kenosha County has been committed for the past 5 years to ensure that you are not part of that statistic. We offer what is called Emergency Ready Program, we will come out and work with you to compile important information so that everyone in your company knows what to do and who to call in case of disaster. ERP’s are our friendliest tool in the box for our commercial clients. PLUS, you can get it on your mobile device!! HOW COOL! There are so many unique and interesting features that could help your business if you were stuck in a situation. We have been serving customers just like you for years and helping to make it “Like it never even happened.” May local businesses are taking advantage of this FREE opportunity to help ensure that they are prepared and know how to handle the start of something scary. 

Call and schedule your ERP appointment! Our marketer, Jim, would love so come educate you and get your business prepared. The cool, calm , and collected feeling you will get from being ready for a situation you may never expect is huge.

Call us at 262-332-7044, we are ready 24/7, 365.

We are dedicated to helping our customers & community when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened.”

#SERVPRO #LikeItNeverEvenHappened #HereToHelp

Fire Extinguishers in the Work Place

4/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire extinguishers in the work place are required by law, but also an essential safety tool that could assist in a disaster, if it were to ever strike. Many don’t realize that there are many different types of office fire extinguishers depending on your office needs.

The amount and class of extinguishers you need with depend on the square foot of your office area and the types of material you have inside. The local fire marshal will stop in periodically to make sure your equipment is up to date and that you are enforcing all the fire codes.

I am going to break down the different types of fire extinguishers and the classes that each can put out.

CLASSES:

  • COMMON COMBUSTIBLES: Wood, Paper, Cloth, etc.
  • FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS AND GASES: Gasoline, Propane, and Solvents
  • LIVE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT: Computers, Fax, Machines
  • COMBUSTIBLE METALS: Magnesium, Lithium, Titanium
  • COOKING MEDIA: Cooking oils and Fats

Water Fire Extinguishers – Class A

Foam Fire Extinguishers- Class A & B

CO2 Fire Extinguishers- Class B & C

Powder Fire Extinguishers- Class A, B, & C

Wet Chemical Fire Extinguishers- Class K

Check out your office fire extinguisher and see if you are prepared if a disaster were to strike. Depending on the size of your business, ask you maintenance man, owner, or manager if your business is equipped.

Call our office with any questions!

(262) 332-7044

Tips on contaminated water, vandalism, & harmful waste

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

Emergency tips

Water Damage From Contaminated Water:

DO:

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after contact with contaminated items.

DON’T:

  • Spread contaminated water by walking unnecessarily on damaged or wet areas.
  • Turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility spreading contaminated air.
  • Use household fans to dry the structure and spread contaminants.
  • Use products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Vandalism Damage:

DO:

  • Hose or wash egg damage from building exterior as soon as possible.
  • Vacuum glass particles from carpets and upholstery.
  • Save containers which reveal the ingredients of spilled inks, cosmetics and paints.

DON’T:

  • Attempt to remove ink, paint or cosmetic stains
  • Operate damaged lamps or appliances.
  • Discard furniture wood chips, broken pieces from porcelain, furniture or art objects.

Harmful Waste (Sewage, Bloodborne Pathogens, etc.)

DO:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.

DON’T:

  • Attempt cleanup of any kind
  • Touch or handle items that might be contaminated with bodily fluids.

Emergency tips for Fire/Smoke Damage

1/15/2019 (Permalink)

 DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome on kitchen and bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Wash both sides of leaves on house plants.
  • Change HVAC filter, but leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.

DON’T:

  • Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO Franchise Professional.
  • Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat, or water. (They may be contaminated.)
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Send garments to the dry cleaners. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

If you find yourself in a fire damage situation, give SERVPRO of South Kenosha County a call!

(262) 332-7044

Emergency Tips for CLEAN Water Damage

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source
  • Turn off circuit breaker for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and table top items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood clocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents, and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floor
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature

DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. ALWAYS avoid electrical shock hazards
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner
  • Use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Be sure to call SERVPRO of South Kenosha County if you have a water loss or water damage in your residential or commercial property. We want to respond ASAP and help prevent secondary damage.

(262) 332-7044 

Educating the Community

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Business 2 Business EXPO- Marcella and Jim

Marcella & Jim, marketing representatives for SERVPRO of South Kenosha County, helped educate our community to ensure that businesses and homeowners are prepared if a natural disaster were to strike. At the Business to Business Expo, hosted by Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce, we shared to our businesses our Emergency Ready Program (ERP). It is an app and/or paper copy profile of your business. It helps give owners, managers, and employees a calming sense because the profile will assist you if there was ever an issue at the office.

Our main goal of the B2B Expo was to educate the community. A lot of business owners and/or homeowners are unsure what to do or who to call in an emergency. We want the workplace to feel as if they aren’t losing revenue, while stressing through a critical situation that just happened inside your building. Having this plan will help cut out worry and scrambling time. It will provide all your key contacts, where shut off valves are, etc.

Please call us today (262) 332 – 7044 to set up a time to come in and explain more about this awesome plan.

OH, DID I MENTION…. IT’S FREE!!

CALL TODAY! (: