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Fire Prevention From ATV Riding During Droughts

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Blue ATV on fire in a yard Tips To Prevent Fires Related to ATV's

Many of the people working at SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County and SERVPRO Jefferson County/Oconomowoc enjoy riding ATV's and UTV's on our free time.  What a great way to enjoy the outdoors of Wisconsin and spending quality time with family and friends.

The following is an article about protecting ourselves and the environment while riding ATV's and UTV's during a drought.

Riding during drought season. What to know.

Recent drought conditions across the country require us to sharpen our focus on challenges for off-roaders.

To protect yourself, the environment, and the trails we all share, we've gathered some important information we should all keep in mind as we seek out summer's great adventure. KEEP THE FUEL CANS AT HOME AND PLAN YOUR FUEL STOPS

For your safety and the safety of the environment, do not carry reserves that could combust. This applies every time you ride throughout the year. Failure to follow this instruction could lead to serious injuries. 

PARK IT IN RED FLAG CONDITIONSA red flag warning means conditions are ripe for a wildfire, so consider taking a break from riding until the risk has passed. Be sure to check conditions and flag warnings in your area by visiting your state's natural resources department or weather.gov 

RIDE WITH A FIRE EXTINGUISHER  

Be prepared for the unexpected by keeping safety close at hand, even after the dry season by carrying a fire extinguisher in your vehicle. Use a fire extinguisher holder, mounted directly inside your cab frame to keep a fire extinguisher within reach.

 KEEP IT CLEANMinimize fire risk by removing all grass, weeds and brush that may have collected on or around the exhaust system. Be sure to wait until the exhaust system cools down before removing brush to prevent burns and always keep family and friends away from the hot metal. 

OUTDOOR TEMPERATURE

As a final reminder, when it's hot out, it’s best to ride early in the morning or late at night to avoid the worst of the conditions and always bring along extra water to stay hydrated. If you’d like more off-road safety tips, follow the link below.

***This article was found on Polaris.com

RIDER SAFETY TIPS

If you experience damage to your home or business or other personal property caused by a fire, please contact SERVPRO.  We are here to help.  

SERVPRO SW Waukesha County 262-542-0900

SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc 920-674-3002

SERVPRO Sponsors Marketing Event at Beer Garden

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO employees under a SERVPRO tent SERVPRO Sponsorship Table

SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County was again a proud sponsor of another event through the Waukesha Chamber of Commerce.  This event was a networking event held at a local beer garden called The Tap Yard.  This is a great way to sample some local micro brews while enjoying our great Wisconsin summer weather.  

This was another great opportunity to network with other local businesses, promote SERVPRO services and learn about other businesses to possibly market to.

For all your fire and water damage needs, call the professionals at SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County.  We also are the only SERVPRO in the State of Wisconsin certified in asbestos abatement.  We also office mold mitigation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, duct cleaning (both residential & commercial) along with deodorization and biohazard and vandalism cleanup.  Call us at 262-542-0900

Fireworks Safety Tips

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Various colored ground fireworks Ground Fireworks Typically Considered Legal in Wisconsin

Every year in the United States there are about 19,000 fires that are related to fireworks. Please plan accordingly and follow these safety tips to keep your property and your loved ones safe this upcoming Independence Day. Most important, ALWAYS follow local law in regards to what fireworks are legal in your area

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses and flammable material
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire
  • Never use illegal fireworks
  • Verify that conditions in the environment are appropriate for fireworks use.  Do not use during a drought.
In the event that your property should experience fire damage, please call SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County to assess the damage and help you get back to celebrating safely.  262-542-0900.

5 Fun (and Useful) Summer Home Trends

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Outdoor decorations including grill, chairs and pergola Summer Fun Backyard Living Areas

We are SERVPRO believe in not just offering fire and water damage advice, but also fun home tips as well.  

Summer is a great time to improve your home’s exterior. 

And whether you’re interested in enjoying your space a little more or you want to boost your home’s value, it makes sense to find inspiration by taking a look at what other homeowners are doing.

Are you thinking about updating your yard or patio this summer? Here are five popular trends to consider trying for yourself.

Install a workout or play area. Make the most of your property by building a swing set or sandbox, adding a horseshoe pit or investing in a small climbing wall or some gym equipment that the whole family can use. 

Build a front yard social spot. Want a casual outdoor spot that’s welcoming to your friends and neighbors? Think about setting up a social area in the front yard — one with benches, swings and comfortable places to sit and chat.

Focus on backyard entertainment. For more private gatherings, focus on guest-friendly features in the backyard. Movie screens, fire pits and hot tubs are a few popular options. 

Add an outdoor kitchen. Love to cook? Just want to eat alfresco? Install an outdoor pizza oven or invest in a smoker or grill. Be sure to set up a roomy (and durable) dining area, too.

Plant a vegetable or herb garden. It’s never too late to improve your landscaping with something functional. Consider planting a few of your family’s favorite veggies or herbs in a small garden out back.

Click the following link to read the full article and discover some other helpful hints.  Full Article

Call SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County for all you fire and water damage needs.  262-542-0900

Mini Golfing Summer Fun

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Image of person playing mini golf and two people sitting at a decorated table Summer Time Fun Sponsored By SERVPRO

On July 6, 2021 SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County was a proud sponsor of a fun a traditional summertime event, mini golfing!  This networking opportunity allowed business members throughout the area to network with each other while also having fun playing a relaxing round of miniature golf.

This event was put on by the Waukesha Business Alliance and SERVPRO is a proud member.

The left side photo shows Sarah, one of our SERVPRO Marketing Reps., participating in the game.  The right side photo shows the winner of the raffle basket that was donated by SERVPRO.

Being a part of events like this helps promote our services to people in the communities that we serve.  And we are proud to participate.

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

Tips to prepare yourself and your pets

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Two dogs, one beige and white and the other is black and white Your pets are a part of your family, take care of them.

A normal day can be turned upside down by severe weather causing damage and destruction to your home, cars, and other personal property. 

There are several emergency plans you can follow to keep your family safe. What about a plan for your pets? Have you planned for them?

1. Create a plan. If you need to leave your home, because of an emergency situation, do you have a plan on where you and your pet will stay? Think about hotels that are pet friendly or family or friends that can care for you and your pets.  Unfortunately, if you go to a Red Cross shelter, they don’t accept pets. Only service animals are allowed. Make sure you have a plan.

2. Make sure your pets can be identified. It’s important to make sure pets’ collars and tags are updated. If your pet has been microchipped, that’s excellent. This is one of the best ways to make sure you’re reunited with your pets if they’re lost for a short time after a disaster.

3. Have pet carriers ready to go. While leaving your pet carriers in plain site can be stressful for your pets, it’s wise to keep them in a place that’ll make them readily available in case of an emergency. Keeping them buried in your basement or up in your attic can make them difficult to access when time is of the essence. At a minimum, always keep leashes or harnesses near the door.

4. Practice makes perfect. Consider practicing your emergency plan with your family and pets. For pets other than dogs, a car ride can be stressful. By practicing ahead of time, your pets will hopefully become more comfortable with the process and going in the car. 

5. Play Hide and Seek. Stressful situations may cause your pets to hide. Be sure you know all their hiding spots in case you must evacuate your home quickly. 

6. Create an emergency kit. Because we live in Wisconsin, you may want to pack an emergency kit just in case you get stranded in your car during a winter storm. Creating a kit for your pets is no different. Your pets’ kit should include:

  • Additional leashes or harnesses
  • Food and drinking water
  • Bowls and litter boxes
  • Plastic bags for waste
  • Medications
  • Medical records
  • Photos of your pets
  • Favorite bed, blanket, and toys

7. Create a comfortable room. If you encounter severe weather and decide to shelter in place, make sure the room is comfortable for you and your pet. Preferably, the room should be clear of windows and items that could be toxic or dangerous to them.

8. Inspect your property. When you return home, check for things that may have moved or spilled. Check the floor to make sure there are no sharp items that could cause injury. Also look for exposed wires or dirty standing water. In both cases, you’ll want to make sure they’re remedied quickly.

9. Contact your veterinarian. If you return home and your pets seem out of sorts, contact your veterinarian for a thorough checkup. Pets can become unpredictable if they’re scared or sick.

How to Help

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo Call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha county for all cleaning and restoration needs

SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County gets called in when people are often going through a rough time. Whether it is for a sewage back up, a fire, a water pipe leak or a mold issue, we are here to help. We will often start with coming on site to assess the situation and see what needs to be done. We will contact your insurance company for you and determine if you have the proper insurance coverage. This gives you piece of mind and allows us to determine who will receive the invoice for services. After those basic things are addressed, the work can begin.  

We come prepared to help, but what can YOU do to help us? 

First, we will ask you to remove any high value or sentimental items from the work area. This is because we want you to be confident that those specific items are safe and secure in an area of your choosing. We pay close attention to your belongings because they are important to you. And that is important to us.  

Next, we may ask you to remove any breakable items from the work area. For example, if you have a large hutch full of china or crystal, we would prefer if you could move those belongings out of the work area.  

Finally, we will ask you to make sure your home is available to our crews once every 24 hours or so in order to monitor the areas. We may need to monitor moisture levels, or we may need to remove deodorization equipment that we set up. 

Having access to your home every 24 hours while the work is being performed helps us to make sure the work is completed properly.  

We respect our customer's properties and belongings and we GREATLY appreciate you trusting us to help you in your time of need.  

For any cleaning and restoration needs call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County at (262) 542-0900.

How to Deal with that Gross Smell in your House

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Woman plugging her nose Call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County at (262) 542-0900 to handle all odor problems

Fire, mold or pet urine odors are among the top 3 reasons our customers call us. One of the most frequent questions we get asked after an incident that involves odor is "Will it still smell?" 

SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County deals with odor in various way depending on your specific situation. The process in which we tackle the odor is multi-faceted. It is important to follow the below steps to successfully remove the odor you are dealing with. 

1) Analyze the materials that are affected. 

2) Remove the source of the odor if possible. This could include removal of fire damaged, moldy, urine affected materials. Carpet, drywall or insulation for example can hold an odor. If those materials are not removed, the odor may still remain. 

3) Clean the affected surfaces with the proper chemical(s) to ensure the removal of the odor source. 

4) Deodorize the affected area with an ozone treatment if appropriate

5) Follow up with the customer in a few days to confirm the odor has been removed to their satisfaction.  

With the steps above being followed, the odor will likely be eliminated and you can get back to living your life without worry. 

We take pride in our 90% rate of removing odors from homes and businesses. If you have an odor concern, please call us for a walk through of your structure to evaluate how we can help.   

Call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County at (262) 542-0900 to handle all odor problems

How to Improve the Health of your Home

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

A Clean Home A Healthy Home leads to a Healthy Family

Here at SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha we often receive phone calls from home owners or real estate agents to help improve a structure before putting it on the market. Usually these calls are to help remove mold from a home. However, there are things that you can do in your home to improve your personal wellness while also preventing mold growth.

Four ways to improve your quality of life in your home:

1. Create a calming space. Come up with a private sanctuary that’s free of distractions, like clutter and electronic devices. Dedicate time to this space so you can calm your mind, gain a fresh perspective and reflect on your day.

2. Let in the natural light. The sun’s light can elevate your mood and promote alertness. Take advantage of daylight by arranging work spaces near windows, using light-filtering curtains or strategically hanging mirrors to reflect more light. Natural light can re-center your sleep cycle and promote vitamin D production.

3. Add more plants. Being close to nature can improve your overall well-being. Plants add color to your home, purify the air and may even reduce stress. Bring the outside in by adding plants to every room in your home, especially the spaces where you spend the most time.

4. Promote air circulation. Proper air circulation provides a regular temperature, removes impurities, and can help prevent mold. Use ceiling fans, open the windows, and install attic vents. The more space there is in a room, the more air can circulate.

Call the restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha with all your mold remediation needs! (262)542-0900

A Dry Start to the Spring Season

4/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Danger Map of Wisconsin Over 90% of the state is experiencing abnormally dry conditions.

After our abnormally snowy winter Wisconsin is currently experiencing a drought after a very dry March. According to WISN Channel 12 we saw over 10.1" more snow than normal from December to February; however, we have seen -1.43" less precipitation than normal in the month of March. This lack of precipitation in the month of March has left the state as a whole abnormally dry. According to Drought.gov 90% of Wisconsin is currently experiencing abnormally dry conditions. These conditions can lead to an increased chance of fires as well as a burn ban in areas experiencing extreme dryness. We recommend all remain cautious and while working with fires.

If you or anyone you know have been affected by a fire call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County at
(262) 542-0900