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SERVPRO is Faster to Any Weather Disaster

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Weather disasters are unpredictable and can cause extensive damage your home or workplace. However, in the event of fire or water damage caused by a severe storm, a quick response can prevent further damage and revenue loss and minimize inconveniences for employees or tenants. SERVPRO professionals are ready to help restore your building or home to make it "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO's restoration services can help you resume normal business functions quickly to avoid costly downtime and our professional equipment and industry-approved techniques will save you money while we restore your home. If you find yourself faced with weather disaster damage, don't hesitate to call your local SERVPRO professionals.

SERVPRO Restores Home After Furnace Leak

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

an image of a clean room that had been restored after being damaged by water This room was damaged by water from the furnace leak and was restored by SERVPRO professionals.

A furnace leak in this home caused damage to a bedroom, a closet and dining room. Additionally, because the water had been sitting for a while, some mold growth had developed on the flooring. The SERVPRO crew applied anti-microbial mats to aid with hindering the mold growth. When the crews were pulling the carpet and pad out they discovered tile flooring underneath. They tested it and found  asbestos. SERVPRO's asbestos crew was called in to remove it and the floor above was restored in addition to the rest of the property that had been damaged. 

Home Features Buyers Are Looking For

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Home For Sale sign Home Selling Tips

The real estate market in Wisconsin continues to be very busy.  The objective is to sell your home for the maximum price possible based on comparable prices in your neighborhood.  If/When you consider selling your home, you may want to make an effort to make some repairs or improvements to increase the value of your home.  

If you are considering selling your home, the following are some suggestions on what buyers may be looking for.  

Storage Space 

As a home owner, I find myself often saying that I wish I had more storage space.  Most of my family and friends say the same thing.  Find ways to add additional storage to your home or busince because this will make it more appealing to prospective buyers.  Some examples include adding shelving in rooms, finish the area/space under the stairs or install a closet system to store more items.  

Remember to Be "Health Conscience"

Due to the pandemic, many people are now trying to complete workouts at home.  If there is any way to add an in-home gym or a designated area for exercise equipment, be sure to add it. 

Security To The Home or Building

Security is important wherever you are living.  Your stuff is important to you, and you want to keep it.  But remember that security is also important to the seller as well.  Curb appeal is also important and one item that gets most attention is the garage door.  Consider upgrading your garage door as it makes your building look more modern and it provides adding security.  You may also want to consider adding an alarm system if one is not already present.  Anything that improves the security of your home or building is always important and will help with the sale of the property.  

Click the following to read the full article provided by Dina Hubrich, real estate professional, to learn more tips to successfully selling your home.  Article

If you are looking for home or commercial property restoration, please call SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County.  We can guide you in the right direction and also provide reconstruction services.  Call us at 262-542-0900.

Considerations When Buying a "Fixer Upper"

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Fixer Upper sign SERVPRO is "Here to Help" On Your "Fixer Upper" Project

The real estate market continues to be very competitive in Wisconsin.  Due to this competition, some buyers are considering buying a “fixer upper” home for a lesser price and then invest in remodeling or upgrades.  If you are considering this option, we have some tips for you to consider.

  • Bring a contractor along when you tour the home. This will help you determine what repairs might be necessary and approximately what it will cost to repair.
  • During the repairs, plan on an alternate living space, if needed. You might not want to end your lease or sell your existing home just yet. If the property needs serious repairs or renovations, you’ll probably need to live off-site until they’re complete.
  • You may need an alternative mortgage program. If you want to finance the home purchase and the renovations and repairs the property needs, you might consider loans like the FHA 203(k) loan or the Fannie Mae HomeStyle loan. Your loan officer can help you choose the best option for your purchase.
  • Be prepared for problems below the surface. Not all issues will be visible during the initial scope or tour of the property. There may be other problems, some major, lurking below the surface (like mold or termites, for example) that will not initially be seen or known.  Make sure that you leave some extra money in your budget to account for these unknown or unexpected expenses. 
  • There may be appraisal and inspection issues.  If the home is in disrepair, you might face challenges with your inspection or appraisal. This is especially true if you’re using an FHA, USDA or VA loan, as properties must meet strict requirements with these programs.

Fixer-uppers are just one of the many options you have when buying a home..

If you are considering purchasing a building that may need repairs or reconstruction, please call SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County and we can help.  262-542-0900.

Tips To Get Your Home Ready And Safe For Winter

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Exterior photo of home with fallen leaves on the ground When You See This, It Is Time For Autumn Home Maintenance

Your home is most likely your largest investment and you need to protect it and take care of it.  One very important thing is to properly maintain your home so it will be there to protect you from our Wisconsin weather.  By completing these routine fall projects helps protect your home and keep money in your pocket by doing routine maintenance before the repairs become more expensive.

The following are routine, easy maintenance chores to keep you warm and safe. 

  • Inspect your roof annually. Even small leaks or missing shingles can cause big problems like water damage, mold, mildew and more.  Call SERVPRO right away if water damage occurs.

  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This equipment should always be in good working condition. Put them in test mode and make sure they’re all functioning properly. Batteries will usually need to be replaced every six months to a year.  A good tip is to change the batteries when we change the clocks for daylight savings time.  If a fire occurs and there is damage, call SERVPRO for your fire damage restoration needs.

  • Check for (and seal) air leaks around windows and doors. Leaks in these areas can make it hard to control your home’s climate and, as winter approaches, that could mean more costly heating and gas bills. This also will help keep your home cooler in the winter. 

  • Have your furnace inspected. If you heat your home with a gas-powered furnace, you’ll want the unit inspected at least once per year. Furnaces can pose serious fire and safety hazards if they’re not functioning properly.  Call SERVPRO and we can recommend a furnace professional to inspect your equipment.

  • Clean out the gutters. When gutters get clogged with leaves and debris, water can’t drain properly. This might lead to standing water on your roof or eaves, which can cause significant and costly water damage over time, particular ice dams in the winter months.  Call SERVPRO right away if any water damage occurs.

For all your water damage and fire damage clean up and restoration needs, please call SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County.  262-542-0900.

Fire Prevention Week Tips for Fire Safety

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

White bedroom door covered in black soot from a fire Follow Fire Safety Tips To Prevent This Type of Damage

Every October the National Fire Protection Association recognizes the second week of the month as Fire Prevention Week. The goal of this week is to raise awareness for fire safety and educate families.

This is the perfect time to talk with your family about your fire escape plan. These escape plans should include how to get out of each room in the house and a meeting location in a safe area for the entire family, this should be at least 75 feet from the building. This plan should be practiced regularly, during both the day and at night with everyone in your household, including children and people with disabilities.

This is also a great time to also test your smoke alarms and ensure they are less than 10 years old.

Along with checking your smoke alarms, you should also check your fire extinguisher. These fire extinguishers should have an ABC rating, as this type can be used to put out most fires. It is also important to note that these types of extinguishers do have a lifespan and should be replaced every 6 years.

Hopefully, you take time this coming week to think about how you can improve your fire safety. Remember, every second counts in the event of a fire, so you and your family must always be prepared. 

If you have fire damage, call the certified fire and smoke restoration technicians at SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County at 262-542-0900.

Broken Pipe Causes Flood At Local Hotel

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded carpet in a coat room Water Damage In Carpet

A prominent hotel in Brookfield, Wisconsin had a pin-hole leak in an overhead that caused a flood in their banquet facility.  The before picture shows how much water accumulated in the coat room after the water was turned off.

SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County was called to clean up the aftermath.  The maintenance director was very pleased with our prompt service and attention to detail.  This maintenance director has worked in various hotels in Wisconsin over 30 years and has seen many disasters.  He called on SERVPRO because he has used us before and knew the type of quick and professional service he would get. 

For all your commercial water damage needs, please call the certified water restoration technicians at SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County at 262-542-0900

Ladies Night Out

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

A variety of decor Ladies Night Out

Delafield Chamber of Commerce

Ladies Night Out Series is a three-night shopping extravaganza in Downtown Delafield that happens twice a year. Shops, restaurants, bars, and more offer deals and specials for all the shoppers. Hundreds of ladies grab their girlfriends and head out for a fun night on the town. Participants and businesses have a blast shopping and spending time Downtown Delafield. 

As a friend of the chamber SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County is a sponsor of this event. SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha is proud to be a part of the community and loves to give back.

Last night was a beautiful night to walk the street of Delafield. The shops had a lot of great deals and some beverages to sample as well.

Local Government Calls on SERVPRO To Clean Building

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Dirty HEPA filter with debris SERVPRO Cleans Air Ducts of Government Building and Removes This Dirt and Debris

A local government-employed Facilities Director called on SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County to clean and deodorize a government-owned building in Jefferson, Wisconsin.  This community-based residential facility is currently going through a remodeling project and it was determined that the HVAC ductwork had not been cleaned for a very long time.  They asked SERVPRO to add this service to the work we already had provided.

This after photo shows the dirt and debris that was captured in the filter during the cleaning of the ductwork.  This filter was white as snow before work began.  This is a perfect example of why it is important to get your ductwork cleaned often because this is dirt that the occupants of buildings are breathing in every day.   

For all your commercial and residential duct cleaning needs, please call SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County at 262-542-0900.

Wind and Rain Storm Damage Leads to Help From SERVPRO

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Fallen tree limb onto rooftop that broke the soffit Wind Damage Leads to SERVPRO Being Called In

A severe rain and wind storm in June 2021 caused this massive tree to fall on this customer's home in Waukesha, WI.  This photo shows the size of the large branch and how it broke the framing of the house and soffits.  This photo does not show a separate branch that penetrated the roof, insulation and drywall where a branch is literally hanging in the kitchen ceiling.

SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County was called in to help clean up the mess.  This customer did not have any experience with contractors to repair her home so she utilized our skill and expertise to repair her home and make it "Like it never even happened."  Even though it took time to get the materials and supplies needed for reconstruction, the customer was very happy with the results.

For all your water and fire damage needs caused by storms, call on the certified technicians at SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County.  262-542-0900.