Emergency tips for Fire/Smoke Damage
- 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.
- 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!
Emergency Tips for CLEAN Water Damage
- 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
- 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.
Educating the Community
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!!
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Fire Damage Restoration Process
Related Fire Services
After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of South Kenosha County have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.
Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (262) 332 7044
Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action to ensure everyone’s safety.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Dehumidification (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. Our main goal is to stabilize the environment to prevent secondary damage.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces & Address Damaged Contents
We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. We would then address immediate attention to the contents within the residence that was affected. We would then pack out contents, generate a loss report, and handle textiles and electronics with specific care.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing/Deodorization
We clean and sanitize of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
Rain, Rain Go Away
Keep an eye out, you don't want this to be you!
SERVPRO of South Kenosha County has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond in a timely manner with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition. We all know the Fox River is rising and rain storms are not our friend in Southern Wisconsin when the water is this high. With heavy amounts of rain water be sure to watch those sump pumps in the basement. We run into the issue of them over-working themselves. KEEP AN EYE OUT.
Have Storm or Flood Damage?
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Commercial Prospects -- CHECK IT OUT
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.”
Call and schedule your ERP appointment! It never hurts to be prepared for a situation you may never expect. 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.”
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Summer Smells.. Cook Out Time
It looks tasty, remember to use precaution.
The weather is warming up in South Eastern Wisconsin, and you can mentally smell the BBQ food you’re eager to cook outside. Unfortunately, a grill fire can surprise you as something that wasn’t on the menu if you are ill-prepared. Before looking up new recipes or seasonings to try, it’s worth learning the basics of grill safety.
Preparation Is the Key to Prevention
After ensuring the grill’s footing is stable and removing low-hanging tree branches and other flammable items near the grill, it’s time to start your grill the safe and proper way:
• Gas grills: Check the connections on both ends of the gas tank to make sure they are tight. After securing the connectors, coat the hose with a 50/50 water and soap solution before turning the grill on while its lid is open. If you witness any bubbles on the soapy hose during this test, immediately turn off the grill and have it serviced because those leaks put you at risk for a grill fire.
Charcoal grills: A charcoal grill should be safely lit only with charcoal starter fluid or a charcoal chimney starter. Using other flammable liquids instead, a fire can get out of hand and cause flare-ups that can spread to your residence or cause BBQ smoke damage.
Meat Temperature Shouldn’t Be the Only Thing Monitored While Cooking
While cooking outside, exercise vigilance by following these tips to prevent a BBQ fire:
• Supervise the grill until it is off
• Turn the grill off if you suddenly smell gas
• Call emergency services if a gas smell doesn’t subside after turning the grill off
• Wear clothing that has no loose or hanging parts that could catch fire
- Women make sure you tie your long hair back
- Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it
If Fire Spreads Despite Precaution
Following these tips, most accidents can be prevented. If a grill fire occurs and cannot be contained with an extinguisher, contact your local emergency number. If the fire damages your property, a professional fire restoration crew is worth considering to restore your home’s condition and remove any residual smoke smell and/or soot damage.
Understanding Fire Damage Cleanup
We're here to help anyone who runs into this unfortunate situation.
When a fire rips through your home or business, the smoke damage and Fire Damage can be overwhelming. You don't know where to begin with your fire cleanup. You're dealing with a smoke smell that won't go away, smoke damage, soot damage, and fire damage. Things you didn’t imagine worrying about.
Fire in the home and fire in the business can cause extensive damage. Fire damage restoration is not a job you should handle on your own. SERVPRO of South Kenosha County professionals can deal with commercial and residential fire damage. In South Kenosha we can assist you with fire damage restoration from start to finish, well be there with you.
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Decisions after the Fire
Once the fire is put out and the fire department considers the property to be safe, the home or business, you have decisions to make. You may think you can board up your property and begin the fire cleanup process, but this is a job for the professionals. When residential or commercial fire damage strikes, you will be left with fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage. Your contents may be destroyed, and you may be left in distraught.
The smoke smell will be so heavy you are afraid it will never go away. SERVPRO of South Kenosha County can handle the fire cleanup and fire damage restoration job for you. We begin by choosing to board up your windows for safety purposes after evaluating the extent of fire damage after you have experienced fire in the home or business.
We will be able to deal with every aspect of your fire cleanup job after there has been a fire in the house or fire in the business. The process begins by using various types of industrial chemicals to clean all the surfaces that have been affected by fire damage, soot damage, and smoke damage.
We can handle commercial fire damage in addition to residential damage. The size of the property doesn't matter. We will put the processes in place to board up the property to protect it from intrusion, eliminate the smoke smell, and tackle every type of damage that has occurred.
The use of the proper tools, technique, and cleaning products will effectively address soot damage, as well as every other type of damage that has taken place.
If it is possible to salvage your property after residential or commercial fire damage, SERVPRO of South Kenosha County will help you to put this terrible time behind you.
Residential and commercial fire damage isn't easy to repair, but a professional service will be with you every step of the way to help you cope during this difficult time. You will be able to get back to a normal life once your cleanup and restoration is over.
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Offering a FREE CE Class!
SAVE THE DATE – THURSDAY MAY 10, 2018
YOU’RE INVITED! SAVE THE DATE because SERVPRO of South Kenosha County is hosting a FREE CE class on Thursday, May 10th. The 4-hour course is on Restorative Drying for Water Damage followed by a FREE Italian lunch buffet! We are hosting at the Double Tree in Pleasant Prairie across from the Prime Outlet Mall.
This is a great way to further your education on the science of water restoration and how it impacts the insurance industry. Realtors, this is a great was to gain knowledge of situations that your new homeowners may run into and come to you for.
Registration time is 7:30 AM and class starts PROMPTLY at 8:00 AM. Please come prepared and on time as we will NOT be able to let anyone in late under any circumstances.
RSVP now if you’re interested in attending! If you’re still unsure at this time, no worries, I will be keeping in touch and checking back in!
Check out the flyer attached to see everything that you will be learning!
** Wisconsin & Illinois individuals receive credits **
Contact our office with any questions you may have: (262) 332-7044
SPREAD THE WORD AROUND THE OFFICE & WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL THERE!
SPRING is HERE
Spring has Sprung
MARCH 20, 2018
It’s the first day of Spring! The exact time the vernal equinox is supposed to occur is 12:15pm, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.
This time of the year is where everyone gets excited when the season phenomena’s start showing up, for example, the flowers starting to bloom, trees budding again, and migration.
The warmer weather gives people the opportunity to spend more time outdoors, especially with the longer hours of sunlight. Post on our Facebook Page and tell us some of your favorite spring hobbies. (https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROSouthKenosha/)
What I’m most excited for is the beautiful weather, the changing outdoors with all the color pop, and rollerblading into summer.