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Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of frozen pipe with ice on it Frozen pipe

Our long, cold and dreary Winter months lead to many emergency water losses caused by frozen pipes that burst. As a general rule of thumb, in order for your home's water pipes to freeze, the outside temperature needs to be below 20 degrees, for a total of at least six consecutive hours. The following are some helpful tips to help combat the cold this winter:

1. Keep Water Faucets Running
If it is extremely cold outside, always keep one or two faucets running, very slowly. Water moving through the system should prevent the line from freezing.

2. Disconnect Your Hose From The Outside Faucet
Be sure to disconnect your hose from the outside faucet. If you leave your hose connected, water is not able to drain out of your hose bib which can cause it to break.

3. Install Heat Tape
Heat tape is a great tool to use when it is extremely cold. Homeowners can install this tape themselves and it will warm pipes as needed during cold weather.

4. Seal Leaks That Allow Cold Air Into Your Home
Look for air leaks around electrical wiring, dryer vents, and pipes. Use caulk or insulation to keep the cold out. With severe cold, even a tiny opening can let in enough cold air to cause a pipe to freeze in your home.

5. Check Your Home's Temperature
Prevent temperatures from dropping below 32 degrees in any area of your home where water lines are located.

The certified water restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha are help to help you with all of your emergency water damage needs. Call (262)542-0900 and speak with a trained professional who can help!

Improving Wellness at Home

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of a family in a room smiling Enjoy your time and space at home.

The team at SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha often receive phone calls from home owners or real estate agents to help improve a structure before putting it on the market. In many of those instances we are called 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

Powering Our Drying Equipment

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of a dryer outlet and plug A dryer outlet could be used for additional power for drying equipment.

When SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha gets called out to an emergency water loss, the first thing we do after meeting the property owner is to do a complete and thorough walk-through or scope of the property to assess the extent of the damage. Then, it is time for our team to develop a drying plan. Our crew chiefs will need to account for what kind of materials are affected, potential safety concerns, and what kind of equipment will be the most effective to dry properly. We have industrial grade dehumidifiers, air movers, and axial fans that we use to facilitate the drying wet materials. In addition, we may use several other types of equipment depending on the type of job, air scrubbers, hydroxyl machines, and power distribution units are some of specialty equipment we use. Many homes only support either 100 or 200 amps when it comes to available power. What do we do if our team needs additional power to run more equipment? There are 2 options that we typically utilize:

1. We can potentially use an existing electric dryer or stove outlet, like the one seen in the photo, to allow us to setup a power distribution unit. We can plug our equipment into this unit to allow us to use an additional 50 amps of power. This option is most common and these power distribution units are always on our trucks to ensure our team can deploy this option quickly and efficiently.
2. We may call in a licensed electrician to install a temporary power panel to allow our team of professionals to place more equipment in the home. This option is perfect for large losses that have multiple levels affected or that have many rooms affected.

Call us at 262-542-0900 for all your water damage clean-up needs!

SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County Chosen As January Business Of The Month

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Flyer from Thomson Realty Announcing SERVPRO as the January Business of the Month and all services offered by SERVPRO Flyer Announcing SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County As The January 2020 Business Of The Month

Realty Executives - Integrity, a member of the City of Waukesha Chamber, selects a business that they feel is doing a great job within their industry and of supporting and participating in the Waukesha Chamber.  

We are proud to say that SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County was selected as their January 2020 Business of the Month.

The mission of the City of Waukesha Chamber of Commerce is to provide resources, support and collaboration opportunities to develop and strenghthen community businesses.  

The City of Waukesha Chamber of Commerce's vision is to foster a vibrant and desirable community to live, learn, work and play.  

To learn more about SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County and all the services that we offer, please visit our website:  

https://www.SERVPROsouthwestwaukeshacounty.com/

You can also call us at 262-542-0900 to speak with one of our certified restoration technicians.  SERVPRO, we make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County Attends Waukesha Business Connect

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

People both sitting at a table and standing in front of a bar having various conversations Networking Opportunity for SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County And Other Local Businesses

Networking with other businesses in our service area is very important to the success and growth of an organization.  SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County takes this seriously as we know that connecting with other businesses and professionals in the area is vital to our community growth and business growth.

As a result, the employees at SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County are proud to say that we are members of the City of Waukesha Chamber of Commerce.  Two of our marketing professionals attended a recent Waukesha Business Connect After 5 p.m. to meet other professionals interested in networking and expanding their customer contacts.  This latest event on January 15, 2020 at a local Waukesha restaurant allowed professionals to meet other people and share information about the company they work for and they role they play.

If you are a person who feels that using local businesses is important to our community and helps in growth and develop, then you should contact us.  When you have water damage or fire damage or need help with deodorization and mold and asbestos abatement, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County.  262-542-0900

Commercial and Industrial Cleaning

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Two cleaning technicians hard at work on a scissor lift HEPA vaccuming the celing rafters Industry cleaning you can count on. #SERVPROsouthwestwaukeshacounty

If you’re a landlord for any commercial or industrial space, we can help you get it squeaky clean in between tenants. This industrial building in SE Wisconsin had just recently had tenants move out.  However, before the new tenant moved in, the landlord wanted the area to be thoroughly inspected. We were called to provide these services.

The landlord received a recommendation from a friend that previously used us and was very happy with our services. After an appointment was scheduled and the walk-thru completed, our Production Manager put together an action plan and estimate. Soon there after we scheduled the work to begin. This project took 2 days to complete and the customer was extremely happy with the end result. We take the time and make sure that each job is very thorough.

In this photo you can see two Cleaning Technicians with SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha hard at work on a scissor lift HEPA vacuuming the ceiling rafters.  Note that the employees are wearing respirators to protect them from breathing in dirt and dust. It is believed that it was accumulating over the past 40 years. This is not completely uncommon. Our recommendation is to always wear the proper safety equipment when cleaning. Having a plan of action, and taking step by step measures to ensure quality from start to finish is the way we here at SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha do business.

For all your commercial and industrial cleaning needs, call SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc (920) 674-3002 

Emotional strength after a fire loss

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

a woman wearing a white shirt, distraught crossing her arms contemplating next steps Life isn't always easy, but we are always here to help. #SERVPROsouthwestwaukeshacounty

Despite their size, any fire can affect your life and derail your sense of normalcy.  You may even end up settling on choices that affect your well-being and your finances. It is difficult to know whether you are settling on the correct decision. Stress, fear, anxiety, and depression may even set in.  One of the first things you will need to do is call your insurance agent and discuss the situation. They are the only person that can translate your policy and aid you in understanding how to get back on track.

Once it is determined that help is needed, an essential step is picking between complete replacement of your belongings or hiring a professional restoration company. In theory, an expert restoration group will demonstrate to be more cost effective than replacing all your furniture, cabinets, flooring, etc. as well as your personal belongings.  Insurance carriers will usually recommend restoration over replacement.   

If this cautionary tale applies to your Waukesha County home, you are not the only one. SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha is your local, family owned resource to work delicately in between you and your insurance company to aid in making a proactive decision. The goal being to restore and reestablish your livelihood, and to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.

Our goal, like yours, is to restore as much as possible before suggesting that you replace an item. This approach helps you save time and money in the aftermath of a fire. 

At the point when you enroll the services of an expert group like SERVPRO Southwest Waukesha, you can believe that we apply all of our years of experience and care in restoring your property. 

Remember, when firefighters extinguish the last flame, take a deep breath, and consider your next step carefully. Call SERVPRO Southwest Waukesha (262)542-0900, we will make sure you are taken care of. 

Space Heater Safety

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

small white space heater sitting on a wood floor In the event that you experience fire, smoke or soot damage, call the certified fire restoration technicians at SERVPRO Southwest Waukesha County!

If you are like us, you live in Wisconsin. Which tend to be cold, snowy and icy. Electric space heaters are generally more expensive to operate than combustion space heaters, but they are the only unvented space heaters that are safe to operate inside your home. Although electric space heaters avoid indoor air quality concerns, they still pose burn and fire hazards and should be used with caution. These wonderful devices that we love so much, actually cause thousands of fires per year totaling millions of dollars worth of damage.  

Always Inspect your heater for cracked, broken, or loose plug connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater. If you have pets and children at home, make sure to keep your heater in a safe space away from them.

Truly, these machines are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes. It may sound crazy, but yes, these are the types of actions that lead to fires.. and people do them all the time.

Keep in mind the placement of space heater. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs. Always plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire.

Please don’t ever place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire. And most importantly, when winter is over and you are getting ready to store away all of your things, allow proper cool time for your heater before putting it away.

In the event that you experience fire, smoke or soot damage, call the certified fire and smoke restoration technicians at SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County (262) 542 -0900.

Replacing hardware is an essential part of being a homeowner

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

White toilet in a tan bathroom It is recommended that your water lines be replaced every 5-8 years. Call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha for all of your water damage clean-up needs

Each time you get a new appliance, you may just be thinking of how excited you are to install. A lot of us forget that we must also replace the hardware that goes along with our new appliances. If you have not replaced this equipment recently, it is recommended to replace the water supply lines every 5 to 8 years. Tubes, rubber and plastic connectors break down and wear out over time. Just like on your car or even your lawn mower, proper maintenance and preventative care is a necessity to avoid a water loss.

Please follow these tips when changing a supply line in your home or business. 

Before you do anything, SHUT OFF your water supply.Turn your water supply valve to the right until it’s tight, then flush your toilet and tank or lines to drain out the water. If you do not have a water supply shut-off valve, contact a local licensed plumber to install one.  If you don’t remember to flush the toilet, you could end up dumping a bunch of water all over your bathroom floor later on the in the process. Also, it may be a good idea to soak up all the water that has leaked out onto your floor if you haven’t already. Bathroom floors can be slippery when wet.

Remove the old supply line. Use a wrench and loosen the hex-nuts that connect the supply line and remove.

Replace the line. With your new supply line attach one of the ends. It doesn’t matter which end you choose to install first. Line it up and use your fingers to tighten the hex-nut into place. Now, attach the opposite end and use your fingers to tighten the hex-nut into place.  Then take a wrench to tighten the hex nut.

Turn the water back on. Now that your supply line is in place, you should be good to go to turn your water source back on. SLOWLY turn the supply valve to the left until you start to hear water running, just be sure to be cautious of any leaks.

If for whatever reason your husband was not able to read these directions carefully, and you end up needing help… Call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County for all your water damage clean-up needs.  (262) 542-0900.  

Wellness Challenge to Promote Healthy Eating and Exercise

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

animated photo with cartoons and text " wellness is a lifestyle " Our Dreamworks equals our Teamwork. Thanks again Sarah!

Some people will think of SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha as just another restoration company.  However, we are not just another restoration company.  We take pride in what we do, and we are confident in what we do. By striving for those things and bringing them to work every day with us, it assures complete customer satisfaction.  Happy customers come from happy employees.  If our employees are not happy and just "going through the motions," then the customer service experience will not be as positive as it could be.

In order to help keep our customers happy, our Executive Management team encourages our employees to live happy and healthy lifestyles.  One way we do this is by conducting a "Wellness Challenge" which all employees are encouraged to participate in.

We feel that the Holiday Season begins with Halloween and ends after New Years Day.  All employees are encouraged to limit their candy consumption, starting at Halloween. They are encouraged to watch what they eat over Thanksgiving and the other Holidays.  We encourage each other to not overeat during these celebrations. Our dream work, ensures our team work.    

This Wellness Challenge included weekly weigh-ins and the winner is determined by the highest PERCENT weight loss over the designated time period.  This challenge created friendly competition amongst the SERVPRO staff.  We are happy to say that ten SERVPRO employees participated in this recent 12-week Wellness Challenge.  Even though the results varied from person to person, the encouragement that was given and received from each participant to do their best and avoid eating poorly was great to witness.  Employees took pride in their exercise routine and shared stories of success with each other.  To see their faces after a weigh-in that led to a loss of weight was very rewarding for management.

Thank you to all the SERVPRO of Jefferson County/Oconomowoc employees who participated.  We are proud of all your individual accomplishments!

A special thank you to Sarah, a SERVPRO Marketing Representative being a former weight coach. With her leadership and experience, these employees had a wonderful experience!