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Paint Splatter? OH NO!

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Paint Splatter All geared up in PPE, ready to remove paint!

Why choose SERVPRO of South Kenosha County?

We aren’t your typical Joes, we’re better! Handling anything that comes across the phone.

Well, we are more than just your average water, fire, and mold mitigators. This week we took on a project many wouldn’t think to call about. A homeowner called in and was looking to get paint splatters removed off a neighboring fence. This is a unique kind of call, but it is something that we can take care of. The proper removal of the paint is done by Soda Blasting! This is an abrasive blasting method used with Sodium Bicarbonate, otherwise known as Baking Soda!! The baking soda is applied at a high pressure to the surface of the material, in this case the fence. Due to the fence being stained wood, the finish did come off. This was established before we started the project. The homeowner is just excited to have his fence without white paint splatters. He is going to finalize the project by restaining the fence when he has time!

A huge positive about soda blasting is that it’s environmentally friendly and biodegradable. It is also non-toxic and water soluble. As you can see in the photo, there is a garden bed right below the fence. Happy to inform the customer that this will not damage their flowers, as it will not build up in the soil! This method can remove grease and paint up to 15 times quicker than industrial hydro-blasting.

As it is no surprise to me, at the end of it all the homeowner was extremely pleased with the final product. So appreciative of our crew rocking this job.

If you ever come across a situation like this, give us a call!    262-332-7044

Are your Gutters Prepped for the Rain?

10/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fall Chores Fall Chores- Make it fun, enjoy with your family!

It’s Fall Y’all!! Down here the leaves are slowly starting to change and fall off as we get into the colder days. We all know that Fall is extremely beautiful, but they leave such a mess behind! Not only do I have to rake the yard, but also break out the ladder to clean my gutters?! I know how much of a pain it can be, BUT it is extremely crucial in order to avoid damage to your home or roof.

I know when people tell you to clean your gutters, you roll your eyes and say that you’ll get around to it. Very common. This one to two-hour project has never been fun, BUT it could save you potentially thousands of dollars if it were to collapse and ruin your roof.

We all know that gutters are intended to collect rain and bring that away from the foundation. If there are too many leaves clogging up the line, it could cause overflow or other damage to your property. You don’t want to stress your roof with all that pressure.  Plus, with the amount of rain we have got in Southeastern Wisconsin, the ground is very saturated. With there being no where for the water to go, it may try to seep into the basement or crawl space.

SO… When you see the rain coming off the gutters instead of going down it, it’s a settle reminder to break out to ladder and check on those gutters!

If you do seem to have some water damage in your home, give SERVPRO of South Kenosha County a call to come out and moisture map to see where that water is located.

Happy Fall! Enjoy those Fall activities!

Give us a call, (262) 332-7077

HMMM… WHAT TO DO NEXT AFTER A LOSS

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Rain, Rain, Go Away. In Southeastern Wisconsin we have received so much rain and have had so many mini storm events within our communities. BUT….

Does anyone else like to be organized like me!? I love having things planned out, so I feel ahead of the game. Nothing is worse than already feeling behind the 8-ball due to having an unexpected loss. Well today I’m going to give you some insight and share the process when you call us in. This helps give you, as a homeowner or business owner, a better understanding of the different phases we work through as we make progress.

Phase I: Initial inspection: Scope of work is generated. Conversation with all parties involved will be updated on what will need to happen in order to restore your property back to preloss condition. Once approved by the homeowner/business-owner, initial documents must be signed.  If you are filing an insurance claim the necessary approvals will need to be approved by your insurance carrier and then documented before mitigation can start. If you are not going through insurance, 50% down is required before mitigation can start. An agreed upon price will be discussed before down payment is required.

Phase II: Once approvals have been approved, the mitigation process will start. Based off the scope of work, services can include demolition, cleaning, pack-out, dumpster rental, pod rental, etc. Necessary drying equipment will be placed and monitored to ensure that the structure has met the recommended drying goals. Once drying goals have been met and the structure is dry, mitigation is complete. At this time any and all equipment will be removed from the property. Final documentation will need to be signed for the mitigation portion of this loss.

Phase III:  At this time, you may select a contractor of your choice to repair your property back to preloss condition. If you are inquiring to have SERVPRO of South Kenosha County do any repair work, an inspection and estimate will need to be scheduled, written, and submitted to all parties involved. No repairs will start until an agreed upon price is established with all parties. Once a contract is written and signed, 50% down payment will be collected before repairs can begin.

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.