Recent Storm Damage Posts
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
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
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*
We'll Get Through This Together
Essential workers are all working hard to keep the community safe. We forget what we have until it is gone. Remember to thank an essential worker!
When a storm comes through the Southeastern part of the state, we can all be affected. We are all in this together. The heartbreak is a ripple effect through the community, but that’s makes our community stronger. Relying on each other to bring the space we call home back to what it used to be. The experiences in these storm events sounds a lot like what we have going on right now with Coronavirus.
Similar to the situation we are in now, the community is coming together and is stronger than ever. People are supporting local businesses, recognizing first responders and, thanking all the people who are working the front line.
SERVPRO of South Kenosha County wants to take the time during this wild event to say THANK YOU to our first responders and essential workers, keeping our communities and country safe.
Are your Gutters Prepped for the Rain?
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
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.
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?
Call Us Today 262-332-7044
When Storms or Floods hit Kenosha, SERVPRO is ready!
SERVPRO of South Kenosha County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Kensoha, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams [[Click to your disaster recovery page]] that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 262-332-7044