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Preparing Your Home for Midwest Summer Tornado Season | SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex

6/17/2024 (Permalink)

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As summer approaches in the Midwest, we all must be vigilant and prepared for the onset of tornado season. These powerful storms can strike with little warning, causing widespread destruction and posing significant risks to life and property.

However, with proper preparation and understanding of tornado alerts, you can better protect your home and loved ones from the potential dangers.

Assess Your Home’s Vulnerabilities

Before tornado season arrives, it’s essential to assess your home’s vulnerabilities and take proactive measures to strengthen its defenses. Start by inspecting your roof for any signs of damage or weakness, such as loose or missing shingles. Reinforce your roof if necessary to help it stay in place during strong storms.

Next, examine your windows and doors to ensure they are strong enough to withstand high winds and flying debris. Consider investing in impact-resistant windows or installing storm shutters to provide an extra layer of protection during tornadoes. Reinforce garage doors to prevent them from collapsing under pressure, as this can lead to significant structural damage.

Understanding Tornado Alerts: Watch vs. Warning

It’s essential to understand the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning to know how to respond appropriately during severe weather events.

  • Tornado Watch: A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when weather conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. During a tornado watch, you should stay alert and be prepared to take action if a tornado warning is issued for your area. Keep an eye on weather updates and be ready to seek shelter immediately if necessary.

  • Tornado Warning: A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar in your area. When a tornado warning is issued, it means that you need to take immediate action to protect yourself and your loved ones. Seek shelter in a safe room or basement, away from windows and exterior walls, and stay there until the storm has passed and it is safe to emerge.

Create a Tornado Preparedness Plan

Having a tornado preparedness plan in place is essential for ensuring the safety of your family during severe weather events. Designate a safe room or area in your home where you can take shelter during a tornado. Stock this area with emergency supplies, including water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries, a first-aid kit, and any necessary medications.

Make sure everyone in your household knows the location of the safe room and understands the importance of seeking shelter immediately when a tornado warning is issued. Practice tornado drills regularly so that everyone knows what to do and where to go in the event of a tornado.

Summer tornado season in the Midwest can be unpredictable and dangerous, but by taking proactive steps to prepare your home and family, you can increase your chances of staying safe and minimizing damage.

If your home is affected by a tornado or other severe weather event, SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex is Here to Help®.

Campfire Safety Tips for Your Next Camping Trip | SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex

6/3/2024 (Permalink)

campfire style bonfire with dark night background Gather around the bonfire, but don't forget about fire safety! Follow these tips from SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex to ensure a fun and safe night.

Camping is a fantastic way to connect with nature, relax, and create lasting memories with friends and family. And what’s a camping trip without a cozy campfire to gather around?

However, it’s important to remember that campfires, while enjoyable, can pose serious risks if not handled properly. To ensure a safe and enjoyable camping experience, here are some essential campfire safety tips to keep in mind.

Choosing the Right Location

Selecting the right location for your campfire is crucial for safety. Choose an area that is clear of overhanging branches, dry grass, and other flammable materials. Look for a designated fire ring or pit if available, as these areas are specifically designed to contain fires safely.

If there’s no designated spot, create a fire ring by clearing a circle of at least 10 feet in diameter and removing any vegetation down to the bare soil.

Building and Maintaining the Fire

When building your campfire, use only dry, seasoned firewood. Green or wet wood can produce excess smoke and sparks, increasing the risk of the fire spreading. Start with a small pile of kindling, such as twigs and small branches, arranged in a teepee or log cabin shape. Once the fire is burning steadily, gradually add larger pieces of wood.

Always keep a close eye on the fire and never leave it unattended. Make sure you have a water source nearby, such as a bucket of water or a hose, to extinguish the fire if necessary. Before going to bed or leaving the campsite, fully extinguish the fire by pouring water over the embers and stirring them until they’re cool to the touch.

Safety Precautions

In addition to choosing the right location and properly maintaining your campfire, there are other safety precautions you should take while camping:

  • Keep a safe distance from the fire. Embers and sparks can fly several feet away, so make sure everyone stays at least three to six feet away from the flames.
  • Never use flammable liquids, such as gasoline or lighter fluid, to start or revive a fire. These substances can cause the fire to flare up and become uncontrollable.
  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing or dangling accessories near the fire, as they can easily catch fire.
  • Teach children about fire safety and set clear rules about staying away from the fire without adult supervision.

By following these campfire safety tips, you can enjoy your camping trip while minimizing the risk of accidents and injuries. Remember, fire safety is everyone’s responsibility, so make sure to educate yourself and your fellow campers before starting a fire. With the right precautions in place, you can relax and enjoy the warmth and camaraderie of a campfire under the stars.

Our team is available 247 to respond quickly to any fire emergency and restore your property to its pre-fire condition. Contact SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex right away.

Storm Planning for a Confident and Calm Family | SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex

5/15/2024 (Permalink)

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The sound of thunder and lightning fills the air while the tornado sirens blare. Your furry friend is restless and your children are anxious, leaving you unsure of what to do first. Storms can be quite terrifying, particularly in eastern Wisconsin during the late spring and summer.

We can’t control the weather. We can, however, control our preparedness and response to it, ensuring that everyone remains composed. This is particularly crucial for your young ones! Check out our team’s suggestions on how to integrate storm planning into your family’s routine for a stress-free response to any emergency.

Knowing What to Look For

While we can all tell the difference between sunny and cloudy days, not everyone knows how to spot potentially dangerous weather conditions. Even if there are no storm warnings, it’s crucial to keep an eye on the sky. Teach your kids to recognize the signs of an approaching storm, such as rotating clouds, a dark or green sky, rumbling thunder and lightning, and to head indoors immediately if they notice any of these concerning changes.

It’s also important for them to know what a tornado siren sounds like and when it may be activated. You can help them prepare for the sound during testing periods so that they become familiar with it and understand what it means. Encourage them to listen for the siren during testing days and time how long it takes for them to reach your designated safe shelter location.

Preparing for the Event

One of the most important emergency planning steps to take is to create an emergency plan with your family. Take the time to discuss the different scenarios and locate your safe shelter location together.

Your sheltering location should ideally be in an innermost room without windows, and you should be sure to keep it clear and ready to use at any time. If possible, pull a heavy desk or table into the room and have your kids practice getting under it by building a fort inside it or by playing a game under it.

Your kids can also help you pack your emergency kit! Start with the basic necessities by having your children choose what goes into the bag. Let them choose some of their favorite snacks and some shelf-stable water for each member of your family.

You can also have your child pick out a flashlight and label it with his or her own name. Don’t forget to toss in some extra batteries! Candles, matches and any necessary medications should also be added.

Finally, let your kids pick the fun items that will go inside! Special games, coloring books or other activities that are only used during emergency situations can make the whole experience a bit more positive.

Staying Calm

Severe weather can be scary for anyone, but especially kids. It is natural to be apprehensive about storms, but it can also be helpful to learn more about them to ease your child’s anxieties. Explain to your little ones that the chances of suffering from serious damage during a tornado or strong storm are actually really low.

No matter the situation, focus on keeping your kids calm and distracted by staying calm yourself. Narrate the situation as the storm passes through, and keep your voice light-hearted. Together, you can all brave through scary storms with much more confidence.

Storm damage should always be addressed quickly. Contact SERVPRO® day or night for the restoration services you need.

Tips to Avoid a Smelly Situation After Water Damage | SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex

5/1/2024 (Permalink)

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You come home from work after a long day only to discover your kitchen floor is flooded or your carpet is soaked through. Maybe you left a window open and a storm blew through or your old dishwasher finally gave out on you.

Either way, cleaning up the mess becomes your priority. A bucket, a mop and some towels can tackle the visible water, but that is unfortunately not always going to solve your problem.

Dealing with water disasters completely is crucial to avoiding things like mold growth, stinky odors and rot. Our team explains below how to handle a water disaster from start to finish.

Tackling Water Leaks Quickly

The trouble with water is that when it flows, it really flows. Once it gets out of your pipes or leaks out of your appliances, it can flow down onto your floors and will leak under your floorboards, behind your walls and can even get into your ceiling. It can get into the tiniest cracks and crevices, which can be really hard to remove on your own.

If you discover a water leak at home, your first instinct will be to stop the flow of water and clean up the mess. While that will certainly take care of the visible water, the water that has already leaked behind your walls will continue to cause you problems. Without the proper air movement, that lingering moisture can lead to further damage and complications.

It can start to degrade structural supports, cause metal to rust and can even lead to serious mold infestations. In fact, a few mold spores can grow into an entire infestation in as little as 24–48 hours.

Stopping the Stink

You need to keep a close eye on how your home smells in the days after your initial water disaster. Mold commonly gives off an earthy or musty smell, so if one of these unpleasant smells is noticeable in your home, it’s time to do some investigating. That’s where we come in!

Our team is trained to get into those hard-to-reach areas to identify mold infestations and tackle them with confidence. We will remove the residual water and moisture and then tackle your mold remediation. Afterward, we can rebuild your home by replacing floorboards, hanging new drywall or addressing any other structural issues that you may have encountered as a result.

Finally, our odor removal specialists will secure the area by turning off vents and shutting off your HVAC system. We will filter the air in the affected area to remove those stubborn particles and then we will use special deodorizers to make sure the air is fresh and clean. We are here to help you recover from any sort of water disaster day or night.

Don’t ignore signs of a water leak. Contact SERVPRO® for a full recovery.

Making Insurance Claims Simple, Thanks to SERVPRO® | SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex

4/15/2024 (Permalink)

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Facing down the reality of a disaster can be really scary, especially if your friends and family are involved and their safety is at risk. While you focus on getting everyone to a safe location, it is a grim reality to watch your home or property suffer serious damage.

Even though it is true that your safety and the safety of those around you is always the most important thing, that doesn’t change the fact that at some point you will have to turn your focus to recovering from the disaster situation.

That’s where our team comes in! We are proud to be here for all of your restoration needs as well as the other, more complicated parts of recovery, like navigating insurance claims.

The Road Toward Recovery

All home disasters are different, but they are all impactful and come with their own considerations. Your first priority should always be keeping your family safe, and then you should make sure to check on your neighbors if the disaster spread further than just your own home.

Once everyone has been communicated with and no one needs emergency services, now is the time to turn your attention to recovery. The longer you wait, the worse your home damage can become. This can lead to more expensive repairs or even situations that become permanent in your home.

Get us on the phone right away and then take some photos of the damage that you can see. While we work on getting together a restoration team and your recovery plan, you can help this process along by documenting the damage for your insurance company. You should also take any minor steps to prevent more damage, like shutting off water valves or turning off electricity to the affected area.

Recovery and Documentation

Our team is proud to be a one-stop-shop when it comes to your restoration needs. We will focus first on securing the damaged part of your home by boarding windows, laying down tarps and protecting your belongings. Our highly trained team can help you recover from whatever disaster situation you are involved in, plus we come with the added benefit of helping you navigate the confusing world of insurance claims.

Our team will prioritize cataloging your possessions and be sure to list any losses, and we will also take our own professional photos at this time. All of this, combined with the images that you took, will give your insurance company a great place to start when it comes to your claim. We will also be sure to work according to the insurance inspection standards to help lower your potential costs overall.

Your home or business matters to us, and we want to be there to help you recover. Contact us day or night for immediate restoration assistance, and we will help you take care of every aspect of your recovery.

When a disaster strikes, call us to make your recovery process—insurance claims and all—simple.

Preparing for Floods With Confidence | SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex

4/1/2024 (Permalink)

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When tackling a tricky task, how do you approach it? Do you take it all on at once, or do you break it down to the basics and accomplish a little at a time? Sometimes taking things back to the beginning can help you tackle your situation with more confidence.

This is certainly true when it comes to preparing for severe weather and flood emergencies. Floods can be really impactful for our community, so knowing what to do when we are faced with flooding conditions can help you stay in control.

We explain some easy-to-follow flood prevention tips below to help your property stay dry when the spring rain comes to town.

Understanding Your Flood Risk

Floods can happen when Mother Nature brings significant rain to our community, but that isn’t the only way that we can experience floods. Broken water lines, overflowing toilets or tubs, and leaky appliances can all pose serious issues for your home. In addition, our close proximity to Pewaukee Lake and other minor waterways can increase our risk of flooding from time to time.

We especially need to be aware in the springtime during a typical season as the snow melts and the runoff makes its way through our community. Do you know if your property is in a flood zone?

Whether your property is in a designated flood zone or not, it is still important that you know how your yard and home will react when it rains heavily or if we are in a flash flood watch. Low-lying areas can quickly fill up with water, so make sure you have your downspouts on and pointed away from your home and consider adding more length to the spouts to move the water even farther away from your home.

The tree coverage in our community is a blessing in many ways, but having so many leaves around your property can easily pose issues when it starts to rain. Leaves and other yard debris can quickly clog up a gutter, which can lead to pooling on your roof that can infiltrate your attic. Adding gutter covers can help keep that debris out so the water can flow where it needs to.

Additional Preparation

While understanding your specific flood risk is important, we all know that Mother Nature has a mind of her own and that any one of us can be surprised by flooding issues at any time.

If you do suffer from a flood at any point, it can be really frustrating while also being informative at the same time. You can take steps like investing in a professional yard grading to help prevent it from happening again or you can do simple things like landscape around your home with mulch to help absorb excess moisture.

It can also help you keep a closer eye on the inside of your home. You should be checking your windows and doors regularly for signs of moisture and replacing any worn seals right away. In addition, you should also have your sump pump professionally inspected every season to make sure your equipment is ready to work no matter the season.

Start with the basics when it comes to flood prevention, and you will be amazed at how much of a difference it can make! Remember, our water damage restoration team is always here if you need us.

Do you have water damage in your home? Contact us at SERVPRO® for fast recovery.

The Stinky Reality of Unexpected Sewage Leaks | SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex

3/15/2024 (Permalink)

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One minute you are going about your day at work or at home and the next, you are hit with the overwhelming smell of what is undoubtedly sewage. While you rush to cover your nose and mouth, you are most likely also trying to track down the source so you can figure out what is going on.

Sewage leaks are always frustrating when they occur, but they are unfortunately a reality for many Americans every day! Knowing what to do when this happens to you can help you stay in control and recover faster.

The First Few Steps

Sewage backups happen whenever the wastewater in your pipes cannot flow in the direction that it is supposed to. Normally, water will flow down and away from your home via the pipe system in place, but if it gets clogged or blocked somehow, that wastewater will be forced backward into your sinks, tubs and toilets. Sewage can also start to leak out of any pipes if there are any loose connections or holes in the lines themselves.

No matter how the sewage leak started, tackling it quickly is crucial. Water is categorized into varying levels of toxicity, with white water being the least toxic and black water being the most toxic. Can you guess which category sewage falls into? Sewage most definitely is categorized as black water because it can harbor really dangerous bacteria, viruses and microbes that can be detrimental to your health.

Since sewage is considered a toxic substance, do your best to stay out of the water. If you are able to access the shutoff valve for the pipe without getting wet or messy, do so right away to stop the flow of water. Once the situation is partially under control, give us a call and then start opening up windows and turning on fans to let the fumes escape.

Where the SERVPRO® Team Comes In

When it comes to cleaning jobs, we are highly trained and ready to work. Our team will start our conversation with you by asking all kinds of questions to better understand your situation. Once we have a good idea of the scale of the cleanup, we will pack up our trucks with the right equipment and we will be on our way to you!

While you wait for us to show up, snap a few photos of the situation. While these photos most likely won’t be on any holiday cards any time soon, they are necessary for your insurance company to understand the scale of your situation. They will help make your claim that much smoother.

Our team will work quickly to identify the problem that caused the leak, and we will tend to any repairs so that the situation can’t happen again. Simultaneously, we will start cleaning up the area by removing the sewage and wastewater. You can bet that we will be decked out head to toe in the latest and most protective safety gear!

We can also employ our deodorizers at this time to remove any traces of that stinky sewage smell. Finally, if the lingering water caused any sort of damage to your property, we can address those repairs as well.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the stink! Contact us right away so we can take control of your sewage leak and help you recover faster.

Sewage leaks should always be cleaned up by professionals. Call SERVPRO, and we will take care of you.

Upgrading Your Weather Alert Systems This Spring | SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex

3/1/2024 (Permalink)

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Spring weather is right around the corner if you can believe it! After the weirdly dry winter we experienced, we would bet that many of us are looking forward to spring rain showers and rumbling thunderstorms.

However, the arrival of spring weather means that severe weather season is on the horizon as well. Being prepared for severe weather like high winds or even tornadoes can help keep your family safe, so we explain some easy ways to make sure you are alerted and informed of any incoming weather.

Staying Connected

Many of us spend our entire days surrounded by screens, so it should be no surprise that phones and TVs remain one of the most common ways of receiving weather alerts. Wireless Emergency Alerts are national alerts that can be issued directly to your phone, so check to make sure your notifications are turned on for this. You should also update any weather apps that you have to send you alerts based on your location.

Keep in mind that you should choose wisely when it comes to weather apps. Not every app should be trusted as many of them tend to inflate forecasts or over exaggerate them for likes or engagement. Stick to the nationally recognized organizations or trusted local sources instead.

That being said, TV stations and local weather authorities are also great resources when it comes to staying informed in real time. You can tune into one of our local stations to watch storms move across the area and you will be able to heed any warnings or sheltering recommendations as soon as they are issued.

When the Power Goes Out

While the TV, phones and laptops can be really helpful during severe weather, they are only useful when we have power or if your devices are charged. Once the power goes out, it can put you in a really vulnerable position if you have no other ways of staying connected.

This is why you should have at least one other way of receiving alerts that does not rely on electricity in order to work. To start, you should know where the nearest weather siren is located and if you are able to easily hear it from your home.

In addition, you should also invest in an NOAA weather radio. Having a hand-crank or solar-powered radio in emergency situations will ensure you can still get the information you need in order to stay safe and stay informed.

We hope you all are ready for another exciting spring weather season! Remember that we are always here for you if your home or property suffers from storm damage. We will help you recover quickly no matter your situation.

Serious storms can cause serious property damage. Call SERVPRO® 247 for immediate restoration assistance.

Recovering From a Serious Disaster at Your Business | SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex

2/15/2024 (Permalink)

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Picture this: You have worked hard at work all week, it is Friday afternoon and you are about to leave for the weekend, but suddenly an employee of yours comes rushing in saying a water main broke and water is now pouring from the ceiling.

You will most likely react immediately by jumping up and running toward the situation, and you will do everything in your power to secure your building as quickly as possible. After the adrenaline wears off, you will slowly come to terms with your watery reality.

Now what? You call SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex, of course! Our team is here to help you recover no matter the kind or scale of damage.

Preparation Tips for Your Team

Of course, the best way to navigate disasters is to be prepared for them. Basic emergency plans can help your entire team stay on track in the face of a true disaster, and they can help protect everyone under your roof.

The first thing you should focus on is to make sure everyone is connected and knows how to communicate with each other in an emergency. A text chain, phone tree or even a loud-speaker announcement can inform a lot of people all at once.

You should also take the time to ensure your staff know where your emergency items are located. Water shut-off valves, fire extinguishers and emergency exits should all be part of your building tour, and you should explain how to use these things in an emergency.

Finally, your plan should include steps for what to do after the disaster situation has occurred. Locate and communicate a backup location for your employees to gather, or be sure everyone has what they need to work remotely in the interim.

Recovering Confidently

If you have a plan, you are already halfway there when it comes to a full recovery! After your situation is secure, get SERVPRO® on the phone so we can handle your entire restoration.

We will take over the cleaning and restoration duties so you can focus on communicating with your customers and staff. Your loyal team and consumer base will want to know when you will be back open for regular business, so you should keep them updated on the progress and stay positive throughout the process.

Our team will also work hard to find ways for you to continue working in your business while we are rebuilding your space. While you may have to adjust how you do things temporarily, keep in mind that this is only temporary and regular life is just right around the corner.

We want you to focus on creating an emergency plan that you can use at a moment’s notice, but we also want you to lean on us when disaster does strike. We will work incredibly hard to help you recover faster and enjoy once again all of the benefits that being a business owner in the Waukesha area provides.

Has your business experienced a disaster, or do you want help building an emergency plan? Contact us to find everything you need.

A Single Team, Tackling Damage With Confidence | SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex

2/1/2024 (Permalink)

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We are all familiar with the adage of “when it rains, it pours” and have heard it at least once when it comes to unfortunate life situations. As far as cliches go, this one is especially true in regard to home disasters and unexpected damage situations.

Whether a strong storm came through and flooded your basement or knocked out power or a dishwasher leak started while you were out of the house, it can be really frustrating to figure out where to start during the cleanup process.

That’s where SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex comes into play! We are here to help tackle any sort of home damage no matter how large or extensive it is.

The Toll of Disasters

Disasters can occur in many forms, but they can all be damaging in their own way. Even when you are expecting them, you can’t always control the outcome, so you could be dealing with some serious repercussions in a short amount of time.

Heavy rain can infiltrate your home and lead to flooding, which will warp your walls and floors but can also spark mold growth. High wind can leave your home without power, but it can also tear off shingles or siding with ease. Fires can be extinguished, but soot, smoke and extensive amounts of fire and water damage can be left behind to deal with.

Disasters should always be addressed and evaluated as quickly as possible to avoid compounding damage from setting in. The longer damage lingers, the worse your situation could become.

With any physical toll that your home takes, you will most likely experience a mental toll as well. You deserve to get back to your regular life quickly, which is why you deserve a team that will help get you there.

Total Restoration at Your Fingertips

Our team is available 247 to respond to your home disaster, and we will always answer the phone no matter what day it is. We will immediately start pulling together our resources to help you recover right away.

Our team is composed of certified experts who are highly trained and capable of taking care of your home damage from start to finish. We have years of experience and are not afraid of any sort of project, no matter the scale.

When your roof is peeled off in a storm, we will quickly arrive to tarp over it to protect your belongings and we will get to work drying out your space immediately. If you suffer a flood, we will prioritize removing standing water while drying out your fragile possessions and belongings as quickly as possible.

Total restoration is exactly what we offer! You only will be working with us during your entire recovery period, which can help reduce your stress significantly if you aren’t having to work with multiple companies and contracts.

Our team is ready to help take your home from dreary and damaged to bright and restored in no time at all! Call us as soon as the rain comes pouring in or a house fire starts in your kitchen and we will take care of you.

Have you experienced a disaster and need restorations? Make one call to our office to start recovery fast.