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What is Black Mold?

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Many people often don’t know what black mold actually is, so often it is surrounded by a cloud of confusion. Stachybotrys chartarum is the scientific name for the mold commonly referred to as black mold. Like many other types of molds, black mold produces allergens and irritants.

Since most types of molds produce irritants, remediation is necessary regardless of its type or color. It is common for multiple types of mold to be present in the same structure. 

If you suspect mold in your home, contact SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County. Treat any mold with caution, don’t touch or disturb the mold, and stay out of any affected areas. 

Mold spores thrive on moisture. To prevent the growth of mold in your home, keep humidity levels below 45 percent. Even higher-than-normal humidity can encourage mold growth.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (262) 542-0900

Fire Damage Can be Extensive But We’re Here to Help!

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Can be Extensive But We’re Here to Help! SERVPRO© of Southwest Waukesha County trained professionals help make it "Like it never even happened." #firedamage #trainedprofessionals #restore

Our professionals at SERVPRO© of Southwest Waukesha County are trained to combat the excessive damage done after a house fire. We work to bring your home back to preloss conditions in most cases. SERVPRO© Franchise Professionals are leaders in fire and water cleanup and restoration. 

Quick remediation is the key to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us right away; the quicker SERVPRO© of Southwest Waukesha County arrives, the better results we can achieve in your home. 

During the drying process, we are generally unable to determine what is restorable and what isn’t. For this reason. The restoration process will begin after drying is finished. SERVPRO© of Southwest Waukesha County professionals have specialized training in fire restoration to help restore your home to pre-fire condition. 

To learn more about our restoration process, click here

SERVPRO© of Southwest Waukesha provides 24/7 emergency service. You can expect an immediate response time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all holidays! Give us a call - (262) 542-0900.

Stay Safe and Give Thanks

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

It’s almost turkey frying season, that means we all have to educate ourselves on the dangers of frying a turkey. Deep frying a turkey can be very dangerous for many reasons, including the high risk of fire. The oil used to fry the turkey is highly flammable and can lead to large fires, even with small amounts of oil. There is also a risk of tipping the fryer over, possibly causing fires and injuries.

If you are planning on frying a turkey this Thanksgiving, please follow proper safety procedure. Here are a few guidelines to follow to keep your family and your home safe. 

  1. Do not fry your turkey in an enclosed area. 
  2. Keep a fire extinguisher near the fryer. Be sure it is an all-purpose extinguisher that can handle fires from the heat source and from the grease.
  3. Never leave the fryer unattended, just as you should never leave a stove unattended.
  4. Don’t let children or pets near the fryer, even after you are done cooking as the oil could be hot hours after. 
  5. Use proper safety equipment when frying, like potholders/oven mitts, wear long sleeves, and safety goggles to protect yourself from oil splatter. 

If a fire does start, call 911 right away. 

FEMA Assistance

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage FEMA Assistance #disasterassistance #storms #readywisconsin

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker is encouraging individuals, families, and businesses impacted by recent flooding and storms in eight Wisconsin counties to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for possible disaster assistance. Last week, President Donald J. Trump approved federal disaster aid for individuals, families, and businesses in Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon counties.

“We’re encouraging everyone who sustained damage in these eight counties to register with FEMA at DisasterAssistance.gov to receive possible assistance,” Governor Walker said. “Even if you’ve already called 2-1-1 to report damage, we still need you to register with FEMA. I thank President Trump for approving the declaration, and we are pleased that FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are ready to provide this much-needed assistance.”

Residents from the counties listed that sustained flood damage at home or at their business can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. If you use 711 or Video Relay Service, call 800-621-3362 or for TTY call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Governor Walker reminds homeowners and businesses they still must call FEMA to register even if they called 2-1-1 or their county emergency management office initially to report damage or if they met with a FEMA representative last month during damage assessments. “If you are not sure you are registered, call 1-800-621-3362 and a FEMA representative can provide assistance,” Governor Walker continued.

FEMA assistance may include grants for rent, temporary housing and home repairs to primary residences, as well as funding for other serious disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or funeral costs. If you have insurance, first file a claim with your agent. FEMA may still be able to assist with disaster-related expenses that were underinsured or not covered by your policy.

FEMA Disaster Survival Assistance crews will begin outreach in Sauk and Dane Counties Tuesday afternoon to explain the program and to encourage flood victims to report damage. FEMA field personnel will be wearing FEMA shirts and carry official badges.

The SBA opened a Business Recovery Center in Madison and will be opening another office in Viroqua on Thursday to help businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by the storms. SBA officials can provide information about applying for disaster loans. The locations are 740 Regent Street, Suite 100 in Madison and 318 Fairlane Drive in Viroqua. Both offices are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Several other counties that also sustained damage from flooding and tornadoes are still under review by (FEMA) for the Individual Assistance Program. The counties under review are Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Jefferson, Marquette, Ozaukee and Washington. Governor Walker said the state will continue to work with affected individuals and businesses to provide disaster relief.

Information about the various state and federal disaster programs that are available are located at ReadyWisconsin.wi.gov.

SBA Engagement related to Presidential Disaster Declaration

In response to the Presidential disaster declaration made over the weekend, SBA now has disaster assistance staff in place in our Madison office to assist affected businesses (large and small), homeowners, renters, and non-profits. Another location may open next week.

Please share this information in the affected counties: Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Rock, Trempealeau and Wood.

  • Twitterhttps://twitter.com/SBA_Wisconsin/status/1054507392841465857
  • Link to news release for opening of Business Recovery Centerhttps://www.sba.gov/node/1629686
  • Southwestern Wisconsin’s businesses, non-profits, homeowners and renters affected by August and September flooding and storms can now visit the SBA’s Business Recovery Center in Dane County for assistance. The address is 740 Regent Street, Suite 100, Madison, WI 53715. The office is open from 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday. Counties eligible for assistance include: Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, Vernon, Adams, Columbia, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jackson, Jefferson, Rock, Trempealeau and Wood. Read more about SBA assistance for these counties.

Questions? Contact Robin Dittberner, Economic Development Specialist, Wisconsin District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration, (608) 441-5521 robin.dittberner@sba.gov

Are You Ready for Holiday Season?

10/29/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO® of Southwest Waukesha County offers a multitude of cleaning services? We can help you give your home a deep clean before friends and family come over to celebrate this holiday season. 

Call SERVPRO® of Southwest Waukesha County today at (262) 542-0900 for your pre-holiday cleaning needs! 

From Floor to Ceiling 

SERVPRO® of Southwest Waukesha County offers cleaning services that have you covered floor to ceiling. We are training in cleaning any kind of flooring from carpeting to hardwood. We will clean your walls and ceilings, even your drapes and blinds. 

Odors and Air Quality

SERVPRO® of Southwest Waukesha County Professionals are experts at odor removal. We are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors from the source, instead of trying to mask it. 

If you haven’t had your air ducts or HVAC, give us a call to inspect your system. Duct cleaning is not always necessary but your HVAC unit could be circulating dust, pollen, and other debris around your home. Cleaning your unit will help improve the air quality in your home and can actually extend the life of the equipment. It also helps restore your system to peak efficiency. 

For more information on these or any of our other cleaning services, check out our cleaning webpage or give us a call at (262) 542-0900 today! 

Do You Have Mold?

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Do You Have Mold? Call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County today if you experience any of these signs. #moldremediation #bemoldfree

Although some signs may seems obvious, many homeowners disregard the signs until their mold problem has grown out of control. Remember, if you are experiencing any of these signs, do not disturb the mold. If the mold is disturbed, it can shoot off microscopic pores, causing the mold to spread through your entire home. 

  • Allergic reactions that tend to get worse at home could be a sign of mold. Common reactions are sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion and sore eyes. 
  • Another warning of mold growing in your home is a musty, moldy smell. Keep in mind that mold isn’t always visible. If you can’t smell it, that doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
  • Water leaks or past moisture/flooding without proper restoration could mean mold is growing. Check areas with moisture for any signs of mold. 
  • Seeing mold, while obvious, is often overlooked. People will see small patches and mistake it for dirt. Mold can spread quickly so catching it early will help save money. 

Don’t put off your mold problems. Mold growing in your home can be dangerous for your health and the health of your family. Check out our webpage on mold remediation or call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County today at (262) 542-0900 to help solve your mold problems.

Water Damage Process

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Process #SERVPROsouthwestwaukeshacounty #waterdamage

SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration 

SERVPRO® crews implement a course of action for restoring a property that has water damage. A quick response is key to preventing further water damage. 

There are five fundamental principles for water damage restoration which are noted in The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration: 

  • Safety 
  • Documentation 
  • Mitigation 
  • Drying Plan 
  • Cleaning and Repair 

Safety is the primary concern on a job site. It is important to make sure the crews and the occupants are informed and protected from any safety issues. 

Documentation is important to create an action plan for the project. At SERVPRO® we use DryBook® which is used on iPads that the crews bring on every job. Using DryBook® helps our crews document everything that is happening on the job, how to create a drying plan and to make sure the structure is drying properly. 

Mitigation is important because it helps the occupant recover more quickly from the water loss event. 

Drying plan includes removing excess water, extraction, evaporation and dehumidification. Drying equipment is placed to remove moisture through evaporation and dehumidification. Temperature is also important to increase the rate of evaporation. 

Cleaning and repair are done when the drying plan is complete and drying goals have been met. This is to repair and clean the property to preloss condition. 

Weekend Weather

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

Starting today, 7/20/18 and continuing through the weekend, the central and eastern states will experience multiple rounds of large storm complexes and lines of thunderstorms. These types of systems have the capability of extremely high rainfall rates which cause isolated flash flooding. In addition to the flooding concerns, there is also a slight risk of widespread wind damage.

This round of severe weather is due to an unusually sharp upper-level plunge of the jet stream by July standards carving into the Midwest and Southeast, punching over warm, humid air near the surface.

Flash Flood/Flood Safety Tips:

1. Nearly half of all fatalities in a flash flood involve a person driving a vehicle. Do not drive into a flooded area – Turn Around Don’t Drown! It takes only 2 feet of water to float away most cars. It’s amazing how powerful we feel when we get behind the wheel – don’t do it!

2. It takes only 6 inches of fast-moving water to sweep a person off their feet – don’t walk through a flooded area!

3. If you are camping in a river valley, move to higher ground if thunderstorms with heavy rains are in the area. Do not attempt to drive away.

4. Don’t operate electrical tools in flooded areas.

5. Most flash flood deaths occur in the middle of the night when it is more difficult to see rising water levels judge the depth of water covering road surfaces.

Severe Thunderstorm Straight-line Winds:

1. Don’t underestimate the power of strong thunderstorm winds known as straight-line winds – they can reach speeds of 100 to 150 mph. Hurricane-force winds start at 74 mph. Wisconsin does experience these kinds of winds!

2. If a severe thunderstorm warning contains hurricane-force wind speeds seek shelter immediately (as you would for a tornado situation).

3. Stay away from windows and go to the basement or interior room/hallway. Do not use electrical appliances.

4. Be aware that tall trees near a building can be uprooted by straight-line winds – that tree can come crashing through the roof of a home and crush a person to death.

5. Powerful straight-line winds can overturn a vehicle or even make a person air-borne when they get up over 100 mph!

6. One type of a straight-line wind event is a downburst, which is a small area of rapidly descending rain-cooled air and rain beneath a thunderstorm. A downburst can cause damage equivalent to a strong tornado!

Odor Removal

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Odor Removal #SERVPROsouthwestwaukeshacounty #odorremoval # hydroxyl generators

Hydroxyl generators are the preferred method for odor removal. 

Hydroxyl radicals are created naturally in the atmosphere when the sun’s ultraviolet rays react with water vapor and oxygen. From there, they rapidly decompose chemicals in the air and play a crucial role in keeping the Earth’s atmosphere clear of harmful organic and inorganic compounds. Hydroxyl radicals react so rapidly that indoor environments have few natural hydroxyls present because they are consumed near their point of entry. Powerful hydroxyl generators using the same broad range of UV radiation as the sun are now used to naturally clean and deodorize indoor environments.

One hydroxyl generators can deodorize moderate to severe odors in a space that’s about 1,000 to 1,500 square feet, with 10 to 15-foot ceilings. Of course layout, severity of odor, and the number of contents play a big role in how long it takes to complete the job. While some may be done in a few hours, others could take three to four days.

With hydroxyl generators, contents not only can stay in the space – the hydroxyl radicals will also deodorize the items while removing odors from the room as well. Being able to keep contents in place during the odor remediation process is a great way to increase efficiency of these jobs.

While hydroxyl radicals can remove just about any odor – good or bad – from a space and contents, it is critical to remember source removal is still part of the remediation process. Items like charred wood or flooring deeply saturated in pet urine are good examples of sources that should be removed and replaced in order to ensure the odors are permanently gone.

Cited from www.randrmagonline.com

Certified Firm

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

General Certified Firm Look for the IICRC sticker on our vehicles #SERVPROsouthwestwaukeshacounty #IICRC

What is the benefit of hiring an IICRC Certified Firm?

Just as any professional performs at a higher level of competency in their fields, IICRC Certified Technicians set themselves apart through training, experience, and comprehensive examination. The examinations consist of the successful completion of one or more of the 28 certifications courses available. 

When you see an IICRC logo, you can be confident that an IICRC-certified experienced, qualified professional is caring for your valuable property. IICRC Certified Firms employ technicians who, after study, field experience and passing comprehensive exams, have received IICRC certifications in specific cleaning, restoration and inspection categories such as upholstery, wood flooring, stone and tile flooring, carpet cleaning, odor removal, mold remediation, water damage, fire damage restoration and more.

Certified Firms are the only cleaning, restoration and inspection companies listed in the IICRC locator. They also promise to adhere to the IICRC Code of Ethics, be current in their business insurance and licensee requirements, and can proudly display the IICRC logo on their company website and vehicles.

SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha County is an IICRC certified firm.

Cited from the IICRC website