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We are Cleaning Experts

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of a virus with the words Here to Help #cleaning #heretohelp

SERVPRO® is Here to Help

Currently we are in an unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Our Crews have Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

SERVPRO® has Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO® product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO® of Southwest Waukesha County, (262) 542-0900

Containment and Negative Air Used On A Mold Job

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

containment and negative air setup on job site Negative air setup in containment to prevent cross contamination of mold spores in the air.

When scoping a mold job, SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha may use containment to prevent any cross contamination of mold spores released into the air during mitigation.  This is a barrier to protect unaffected areas of a structure.  Negative air is also setup to create a negative air pressure in the contained area.  This ensures that the mold spores are contained in the work area and filtered through an industrial grade HEPA filter.

In the photo, there is a plastic barrier that has been setup to protect the contents in the rest of the room from the mold spores that may be in the air in the affected area.  The negative air scrubber is setup through the barrier to create the negative pressure and filters the air before it circulates.  This ensures safe mitigation of mold growth while on a job site.

Call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha for any questions regarding mold mitigation and schedule a scope today! 262-542-0900

Mold Discovered Under Hardwood Floor After Water Leak

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

wood floor board removed Growth discovered under wood floor after a water supply line leaked from a fridge.

SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha was called out after a water supply line to a fridge was found to be leaking.  The homeowner had noticed that the wood floor near the fridge was cupping.  This means that the floor was no longer flat, there was lifting on the edges of the individual boards.  A sure sign that there is moisture underneath the boards.

Using a moisture meter, saturation could be detected on the suspected wood floor.  With the homeowner's approval a small section of the floor is removed to confirm there is moisture.  In this case, moisture was present under the wood floor for an unknown amount of time and growth was discovered.  When this happens, it is best if the affected wood flooring is removed and the area is treated with an antimicrobial after cleanup.  This can be a way in some cases to properly remove safety concerns regarding growth after a wood floor has been affected by a water loss.

Call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha with any questions regarding water damage, mitigation, and restoration at 262-542-0900.

Fire In a Microwave Can Cause Extensive Damage

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

microwave damaged by fire This microwave had a fire and had caused soot damage to an entire home.

SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha was called in to cleanup after a microwave above a stove had caught fire.  In this scenario, there was heavy damage to the cabinetry and structure closest to the source.  After the fire is inspected and cleared, SERVPRO was able to get started with the cleanup.

Fires can cause damage to an entire home even if it doesn't look like it.  From the fire extinguishers or water used to put out the flames to the soot that was created during the loss, it all needs to be cleaned properly in order to ensure the structure and contents are safe and odor free.  In some cases the material can be wiped down, but most of the time removing the affected material or content is the safest and most effective way to cleanup after a fire.

Call us at 262-542-0900 with any questions or concerns regarding fire damage cleanup today!

Damage from a Stove Fire

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

kitchen cabinets and walls after a fire A stove fire caused this damage to cabinets, walls, and contents in the nearby cabinets.

SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha was called out to cleanup after a stove fire that affected the lower level and required the surrounding rooms and content to be cleaned. This photo shows the cabinets and walls above the stove and how they were affected. The cause of loss, the stove, was removed and will be replaced. Walls and cabinets were cleaned, patched up, and repainted. When assessing a fire loss, the soot not only needs to be cleaned up were it's visible, but the all the surrounding content and adjacent rooms need to be checked as well. Soot can travel throughout a home and can be hard to see.

Call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha for any questions about fire damage, cleanup, or assistance today! (262)542-0900.

Water Damage and Baseboards

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Wall affected by water damage Baseboards separating from the wall can be an indicator of water damage.

SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha has been called out to water losses and we need to determine the extent of the damage and what materials are affected. The photo shows some baseboard separation from a wall. This is a good indicator that there could be water damage affecting the specific wall. In this case, there was a fridge line that had leaked on the opposite side of the wall and the water saturated the wall causing the baseboards to shift away from the wall. Saturated drywall becomes soft and no longer holds the nails in place that were used to attach the baseboards to the wall. When this occurs, the baseboards are completely removed from the wall and inspected for mold growth. In most cases a flood cut is then performed to remove the affected drywall and expose the framing. The framing can then be properly dried before the drywall is replaced.

For any questions regarding water damage, mitigation, or cleanup please call us at (262)542-0900 today!

Water Extraction in an Unfinished Basement

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

technician extracting water from basement This technician is extracting excess water from an unfinished basement.

When SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha gets called to an emergency water loss, sometimes we need to extract excess water from various surfaces.  Most commonly used attachment to the extractor is the wand, in this case it is a hard surface wand.  The wand is attached to the extraction hose and attached to a truck mounted extractor.  

In this photo, a technician is extracting the excess water from a basement with a recent water intrusion.  After the technician extracts the excess water, drying equipment is placed.  Industrial grade dehumidifiers and air movers are used to return the affected materials to their normal saturation levels.

The certified water restoration technicians are available at SERVPRO of SW Waukesha County to help you if you experience water damage.  Call us today at (262)542-0900!

4th Annual Bean Bag Tournament - Donations by Tim Jandt

2/28/2020 (Permalink)

Crafted items made from wood Donations received from Tim Jandt

SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha continues to promote the 4th Annual Bean Bag Tournament Fund Raiser. Part of that means sharing some of the donated items from local friends and businesses. Like last year, again all proceeds will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. This is SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha's way to give back to the communities that we serve.

As you an see in this photo, these are some of the 80+ items that have been donated by local businesses and friends of SERVPRO to help support this wonderful event. These photos show the various wood products that were donated by Tim Jandt, a local friend to SERVPRO. We have other items for raffle as well. To see more of Tim's creations, visit his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TIMSHW/

The event in 2019 raised over $4,000 and we are hopeful that we will exceed that amount this year.

To learn more about this event or to make a donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, please call our Marketing Department at (262)542-0900, and ask to speak with Brad and he will assist you.

Flooded Basement in Waukesha, WI

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

flooded basement with contents This flooded basement was caused by a storm that produced heavy rainfall.

A storm had caused this flooded basement in Waukesha, WI. There was 2"-4" of water that came in through a drain that couldn't keep up with the rainfall. The picture shows the rooms and content that was affected by this water intrusion.

SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha was called in to dry out the affected basement. The excess water was removed with a submersible pump, then the affected contents were removed and determined if they were salvageable or not. Once the content was removed, it was time to remove all the affected material that could not be dried in place; like drywall, vinyl, and insulation. Dehumidifiers and air movers were then placed to dry the rest of the affected structure.

Call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha at (262)542-0900 for any questions regarding water damage cleanup.

SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha Hosts Annual Fundraiser

2/22/2020 (Permalink)

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation logo National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

The Executive Leadership Team at SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha believe that we have been blessed by God with SERVPRO being a part of our lives. Because of SERVPRO, we have been able to help countless numbers of people dealing with fire damage, water damage, mold remediation, asbestos abatement, etc.

We also feel that we have a duty and a commitment to give back to our community and the communities in which we serve. As a result, on March 7, 2020 we are hosting our 4th Annual Bean Bags Tournament. All proceeds will be given to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, to help support the families of firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Our goal for this year is to raise $4,000. In the previous three years that we have held this fund raising event, we have raised over $10,000! With your help we hope to help even more!

We often help people who have had fires in their homes or businesses. We want to express our gratitude to those who also help those same families, the firefighters, particularly those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

If you would like more information about National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, please visit https://www.firehero.org/

If you are unable to be a part of our event on March 7, 2020 but would still like to make a monetary donation, please visit https://remember-the-fallen.everydayhero.com/us/SERVPRO

If you would like to learn more about this fund raising event, or if you have questions about fire damage cleanup and restoration, call SERVPRO of Southwest Waukesha at (262)542-0900 to speak with a certified professional today.