Thanksgiving Food Drive
Dropping off donation bins at participating locations - Lakeside Foods (Paddock Lake)
And just like that we’re on to the next holiday and it’s the end of 2020.
I want to take a moment to step back and thank all the local businesses who helped participate in our Thanksgiving Food Drive: Lakeside Foods in Paddock Lake and Sandlots of Salem in Salem.
All the non-perishable items collected were dropped off at a couple places who we knew needed to stock up. This year we donated to the Sharing Center, St. Vincent DePaul, and Westosha Lakes Church. As 2020 has taken a toll on most of us, it has also affected our community members as well. Many of us are very fortunate and can help give back. We were proud of the items collected and donated back into the community.
Everyone is just looking to have a blessed and beautiful holiday season. Although things may have looked different this year, we can still spread joy and cheer.
While we can’t connect like usual, don’t forget to call your loved ones and make someone smile. Life is too short to not call. Enjoy the moment this holiday season.
SERVPRO of South Kenosha County
Storms, the never-ending season
Our vans are ready to go anywhere, rain or snow.
Storms do not stop, they just come at us with a change of pace. We are getting to the point where we are switching from rain to snow. For most of us, we aren’t excited, but for some they are! Mother Nature is bringing on the colder weather, and we all know what comes with it. We are here for the good and the not so good times of winter: sledding, fires, hot coco, family time, and even frozen pipes, icy roads, and icy sidewalks. I know living in the Midwest we’ve prepared for that, but no one likes when it comes around for the first time each year.
So here we are, with our yearly reminders!
The three most common ways for pipes to freeze are quick drop in temperature, poor insulation, and or thermostats set too low. When the temperatures drop low, here is what to do for your home:
- Make sure all outside house faucets are shut off.
- Make sure you are keeping your home at a temperature no lower than 55° F
- Make sure that all attic and crawl spaces are well insulated
- Make sure you plumbing is insulated properly.
If you have a pipe that burst this winter season, SERVPRO of South Kenosha is available to help assist you at any time, 24/7. Please call us at (262) 332-7044
Neat & Tidy
Sweep, sweep, sweep! Time to tidy up!
South Kenosha County, are you ready? Cause we are!! We’re ready for anything that comes at us. Knowing that anything can come our way, we like to keep our vans neat and tidy. It is important for us to stay organized and efficient, whether that is in production or the office. Realizing that we can get a call at any time of the night keeps us motivated to keep ourselves prepared for whatever strikes us.
Our clients are our number 1 priority! We are here to help educate and assist while emotion are running high. Knowing that you signed with a company that has your back no matter what is promising to hear. We fight for you because we are hired by YOU and not your insurance company.
We are the highly trained team you want! Check out our team!
SERVPRO of South Kenosha County
Tips for a First Timer
Ready to Respond! Shown are our air movers, these will be deployed onsite once it has entered its drying phase.
Concerned about a water loss and not sure what to do next? Don’t worry, the professionals at SERVPRO of South Kenosha County know how to help and educate you along the way. Check out some tips!
Emergency Water Damage Tips
- Shut off the water source if possible.
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
- Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
- Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
- Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
- Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.
Water Damage Services
- Emergency Response: Reduce Loss Severity/Pretesting for Restorability.
- Contents Cleaning Specialists: On-Site or Move Out.
- Structural Restoration Services.
- Large Loss Completion with Trained Crew Leaders
Are you Covered For That Loss?
Majority of the contents are off the ground. Homeowners awaiting SERVPRO to show up and start restoring.
WOWZERS! Those storms really hit hard last week! Storms this bad don’t come often, but when they do, we want you to be prepared!
Have you made sure your insurance policy is up to date with full coverage for your needs? Are you under insured or not insured for sump pump coverage? Did you find this out after the storm tore through this town?
As we talk with our local insurance agents, we remind our agents the importance of this coverage. We have been around the block a few too many times. Our job is to see what is happening out in the field and relay that to the insurance agents to ensure we are both taking care of our clients. Sharing experiences, job photos, and damage cost, shows them why this really is important for both of our clients. It is a team effort for all of us to be taken care of. Give the professionals the chance to make sure things are done right.
Minor things that can assist in a storm event:
- Keeping an eye out for your sump pump: during a storm, check on it every hour or so
- Do not forget about your neighbors, especially if it is their second home
- Check your gutters for clogged debris
- Move contents to a higher location to prevent secondary damage
- Consider a generator: this can be a tremendous asset if the power is out
- Have a back up battery operated sump pump that can kick in when power goes out
- Mop up standing water
- Use a wet/dry vacuum if needed
If your basement needs restoration, give us a call
Fourth of July – Independence Day
Firefighter on scene putting out a grill fire.
It is going to be a hot one this year! The Fourth of July is on a Saturday this year, which means a lot of people will be outside, grilling, and hanging out. As we get together with one another it is important to remember the safety of grilling. Check out below for some tip and tricks about your grill. Stay safe this weekend everyone!
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.
Is your commercial property ready for a disaster?
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 7 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 an emergency 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 to 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.”
Home Fire Safety
The smoke and fire is blazing out of the house. On Scene 242 provided this photo.
Home fires are such a catastrophic event that no one expects to come upon them. When this happens, anyone or anything is at risk and SERVPRO of South Kenosha County wants to make sure you took the right steps to ensure everyone’s safety.
Here are a few tips to ensure everyone’s safety:
- Install smoke detectors on every level, inside and outside sleeping areas
- Test these smoke alarms monthly to guarantee they are running properly
- Have an escape plan and review it with your family
- Test the alarm for your kids so they know what to do if they hear the alarm in a real-life situation
- Practice the escape plan
- Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1
- Never go back inside if a fire has occurred
- Teach everyone how to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if caught on fire
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (262) 332-7044
Cristobal is Heading Towards Wisconsin
*Milwaukee Journal Sentinel* Map of the path the Cristobal is going.
ARE YOU READY??
The rain is coming, and we are prepared to help the community! While we may be inundated with work, here are some things you can do to mitigate the situation by yourself until we arrive.
Here are some do's and don'ts for when the storm rolls in
- Take a deep breathe, everything will be okay
- Get the source of the loss fixed. Ensure that no more water will come in is huge, we do not want to have round 2 of flooding in the basement.
- Contact your insurance company to see if you are covered
- Remove excess water by either mopping or blotting.
- Move personal contents to higher ground (even those memorabilia items)
- Do not panic, we are professionals and can help restore what is possible.
- Check out our website to see how we have dried out hardwood floors, basements, etc
- Do not use your household vacuum to remove water.
- Do not leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
- Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
Call us at 262-332-7044. We are open and have crews on call 24/7!
*Photo taken from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel*
As We Go Back To Work
We are in this together as a community!
I hope that you, your family, staff, and friends are all safe through this unprecedented pandemic. I know that the coronavirus has impacted all of us in some form and has affected the ways we operate our businesses. We are keeping you and all our first responders in our thoughts and prayers as we continue to watch these events unfold. I would normally wait to contact you until after an event such as this, but because of the type of business you have, I wanted to make sure you were informed on what can be done. SERVPRO is being called by numerous business owners and community leaders to perform necessary bioremediation services to clean, disinfect, and sanitize their facilities. Our cleanup procedures are in accordance with the CDC recommendations. The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line meet this standard and carry the EPA-registered emerging pathogens claims. We are here and ready to aid you in your time of need, providing these services so your facility can be cleaned and ready for business to resume. We are in this with you. I’m here for you, so feel free to email, call or text me for more information. I am available 24 hours a day. Please continue to stay safe and maintain social distance as we all do our part to combat this and lessen the spread of this horrible virus. You are all in our prayers.
SERVPRO of South Kenosha County // 262-332-7044