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The Types & Causes of Flooding | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

4/9/2022 (Permalink)

a street completely submerged in water with a flood warning sign sitting in roadway Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis has the team to help you recover from any disastrous event.

The most common natural disaster in the United States is floods, causing more deaths each year than hurricanes, tornadoes or lightning. Flooding can cause damage to anyone, from small areas to enormous spans of whole neighborhoods and cities.

Flooding happens in all 50 states and all U.S. territories, although there are similarities in its variations and causes. There are three unique kinds of floods, which occur due to four primary reasons.

3 Types of Natural Flooding

Flash floods occur when significant rains run across an area, overriding the ground’s ability to store the moisture. Excess water flows away, bringing garbage, vehicles and other detritus with it.

River flooding is precisely what it sounds like. When a river’s banks are unable to retain the surplus water, the water spills over the brink, causing the areas around the river to be flooded, often causing significant damage.

Coastal floods occur in regions near oceans when storm surges or cyclonic activity boost the ocean or gulf levels to flood level.

The 4 Most Common Causes of Natural Flooding

Heavy rainfall. Storms with heavy rainfall or storms that remain for a long period of time over an area could result in flash floods or river flooding. Urban environments are especially prone to rain floods, because the increasing amount of concrete and asphalt means that there is inadequate soil to absorb all that water. Over 7,000 houses in Milwaukee have a higher than 25% probability of being badly flooded in the next 30 years. This equates to 5% of all residential homes in the city. Flooding may create a slew of problems for Milwaukee residents, including disruptions to utilities, first responder services, transportation and highways, all of which have a negative influence on the area’s economic well-being.

Oceanic activity. Storm surges, hurricanes and high tides all have the potential to raise water levels in waves, wreaking havoc on coastal communities.

Dams and levees failing. The most memorable example of this in recent history would be the terrible levee failures during Hurricane Katrina. Levees and dams fail due to cracks or when the ability of the dam to regulate the surge of water behind it is surpassed.

Snowmelts and ice dams. Snow and ice may collect over the course of a winter in areas of the nation that have heavy snowfall and prolonged freezing conditions, and when they begin to melt, they create rivers of water that flow through adjacent towns. Ice dams or ice jams occur when rivers get impeded by built-up ice that is carried downstream, causing the banks to overflow.

Regardless of the cause of the flooding, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when flooding or water damage makes a mess in your life.

 

Depend on SERVPRO to Help | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

3/19/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

As a business owner or operator, you are well aware that keeping things moving smoothly involves the utilization of every available hand. Significant downtime or losses may be devastating to your company.

It does not matter what sort of company or facility you are operating, you should know that you already have a built-in business partner to aid with cleaning and disaster recovery, and it’s right here in your backyard. SERVPRO can handle a wide variety of needs for your business. It’s as if you have a committed ally looking after a vital component of your company’s success strategy.

Large loss recovery. Fires, storms and floods are some of the most common causes of financial loss for businesses in the U.S., and may cause catastrophic damage if there is any delay in getting it cleaned up and treated. When you contact SERVPRO, you’ll be chatting with a highly trained crew that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to deliver proven emergency services, minimize your downtime and speed up your recovery time.

Emergency Ready Plan. Did you know recovery from a disaster can begin even before the crisis arises? We can help you develop an Emergency Ready Plan that you can put into action precisely when you need it. After a crisis, you might need an emergency chain of command, other meeting or work sites to perform business, and maybe even temporary suppliers. We’ll get you set up so that all of this can get started with a simple click of a button.

All-purpose cleaning. We specialize in everything from highly specialized services like trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal to typical necessities like carpet cleaning and upholstery restoration in high-traffic areas. We truly can provide cleaning solutions for any circumstance. We’ve been doing this for a long time and have seen and cleaned everything there is to see and clean.

Restoration services. You can never predict if the next storm will cause flash floods, if the interns might set fire to the kitchen or if a pipe might freeze and explode in the winter. All of these incidents necessitate SERVPRO’s repair and cleaning services. You can depend on us to restore the shine of your organization after a destructive emergency, from water removal all the way through to restoration.

Industry specialization. We can aid a broad variety of industries, and we’ve spent decades understanding the ins and outs of each. We can assist you with whatever specialized or unique cleaning or restoration requirements your organization has. In many circumstances, we’ll even enclose the work area to avoid interfering with other parts of your company’s everyday activities.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

 

Do You Have an Emergency Ready Plan? | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

3/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis will be there to help.

Both starting a business and running it is hard work. From staffing to marketing, we understand you’ve got a lot on your plate.

Keeping your doors open in the wake of a disaster is even harder work if you don’t plan for it. You’ve labored overtime to get where you are, and we have a way to help make sure unpredictable interruptions to your business don’t last long.

Because businesses are oftentimes so busy, planning for what to do after a disaster can easily slip the mind. But it’s important. According to FEMA, 40% of small business, have to close their doors for good after a disaster, and 25% of those that reopen shut their doors again within a year.

So how do you give yourself the best chance of reopening after a disaster? How do you beat the odds?

The answer is simple: Create a strong emergency plan. Three-quarters of small businesses in the United States don’t have any plan in place, and as the pandemic has shown us, that can have disastrous effects.

We want to do everything we can to give your business the best chance of surviving, should a disaster strike.

SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis helps businesses prepare by creating a custom Emergency Ready Plan just for you and your business. We can assess your priorities and concerns in regard to your specific location and industry.

We cover everything from fire disaster to data recovery, so that if the worst case-scenario happens to your business, you already have a plan of action. You don’t have to wonder what to do or who will do it.

The key to a good plan is having someone in charge of it. Don’t make recovery from disaster any tougher than it already is. Let SERVPRO help you build your Emergency Ready Plan. It could be the difference between your business, that you worked so hard to build, surviving or shutting down.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

 

Spring Brings Weather Hazards to Wisconsin | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

3/12/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis is a click away if you experience any damage.

The United States is one of the world’s largest nations, second only to Russia and Canada in terms of total land area (though China is also larger if outlying US territories are excluded).

With such a large region under one umbrella, seasonal weather is not one-size-fits-all. Different parts of the nation endure unique weather patterns and variable degrees of weather threats.

As spring approaches and warm and cold air meet throughout the country, let’s take a look at the unique weather events that may be anticipated in a few broad areas, and more particularly what we need to consider here in Wisconsin.

Up in the Pacific Northwest, spring months are prone to severe rain, which may result in floods and water damage for region inhabitants. Higher altitudes will continue to have snow, and the melting and runoff from that will create issues of its own.

The Upper Midwest, including here in Wisconsin, and the Northeast regions have the longest duration of cold winter weather. Chilly weather will persist for the entirety of the winter season. As spring arrives, severe thunderstorms are a threat here in Wisconsin, continuing throughout the summer months. Residents from Maine to the Dakotas may anticipate very cold weather winters and the threat of snowstorms and blizzards even until late spring or possibly early summer.

On the other hand, the southern West Coast will have to watch out for excessive heat waves that could threaten lives and property, while the South Pacific, including Hawaii, will be on the lookout for potential tsunamis caused by tectonic activity.

The central United States, from Iowa to Texas, will need to be vigilant for windstorms, derechos and the threat of wildfires, which may readily spread during dry seasons and strong winds. A large portion of this territory is also Tornado Alley, an area with a high frequency of tornadoes.

Finally, the Southeast may be subjected to a variety of extreme weather events, ranging from tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in landlocked states to hazardous rip currents along the coastal areas with early-season hurricanes later in the spring.

Regardless of where you reside in the United States, the possibility of severe weather exists. Yours may differ from that of a friend a few states away, but it never hurts to be aware of the times and be prepared.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

 

What Does SERVPRO Do? | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

2/5/2022 (Permalink)

a green SERVPRO van parked in a warehouse full of equipment When you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis to get the job done.

You might know what it means when our big green truck drives by. Perhaps you know someone down the road had a house fire and our team is on its way to restore the damage.

Generally speaking, most people understand that SERVPRO is a restoration company of some kind. While that’s not a complete misunderstanding, let’s clear up what we really are.

We are a full-service, stem-to-stern cleaning, restoration and reconstruction giant—and here is a deep dive into the services we provide:

Water damage recovery. Whether it’s a leaky roof or a flooded basement, we are here to help dry it up.

Fire damage recovery. Every 23 seconds, a fire occurs in the United States. Fires are incredibly damaging, and we’ve got incredible restorative services to match.

Mold removal. It doesn’t take long after leaks or other water damage for mold to start growing, and it can even cause enough damage to threaten the structure of your home. In order to avoid spreading mold or endangering yourself, trust our experts in green to do it for you.

Storm recovery. We are equipped and prepared to restore whatever damage any natural disaster causes.

Commercial needs. Have a business of any kind? We offer you all the same services we offer to homeowners, plus more. This includes specialized cleaning and care to ensure your business shines for you and your customers.

General cleaning. Not only do we offer disaster restoration, but we also offer general cleaning services to residential and commercial spaces alike. Carpets, upholstery and other fabrics need specialized care from time to time. We can give your residence or business the clean you need, and keep you focused on what you really want to be doing.

Specialty cleaning. We also offer many highly specialized cleaning services, like document restoration and duct cleaning! We even offer COVID-19 services and biohazard cleanup. With no exaggeration, if it can get dirty, we can make it shine like new.

Construction. In a worst case scenario when your home or business can’t be restored, you can rely on SERVPRO to rebuild and restore your home to its original condition.

Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done.

 

The Shape that Depicts Every Fire | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

1/30/2022 (Permalink)

a small paper house burning If your home or business has any damage, SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis is ready around the clock to help you recover.

Fires take many forms, but each one has a shape—a representative shape, anyway.

Every fire can be described with something called the fire tetrahedron—a four-sided triangle, each side of which represents a specific element possessed by every fire.

In fact, all fires require all sides of the tetrahedron working together. This is how a fire lives, and it also becomes our methodology for making sure a fire dies.

The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. All fires consume something. From oil or paper to wood or plastics, fires need some proper material to burn.

Heat. Any flammable substance also has to reach a temperature high enough to make it combust. It may only take a spark if the other elements align, but the flash point must be reached in order for a flame to occur.

Oxygen. The reason home fires that take place while people are sleeping result in so many fatalities is that in addition to the consumption of fuel sources like the wood in the house, fires also consume the oxygen in the inside air. This leaves sleeping individuals breathing air that’s low on O2 and high on carbon monoxide, which means an unfortunate number of them never wake at all.

Chemical Chain Reaction. You can thank the chain reaction for transforming what was formerly the fire triangle into a 3-D shape. In recent years, the chain reaction was awarded an equal part in fire composition charts because of the necessity of its presence and continuation to keep a fire going.

The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. The fuel source has to stay above the previously mentioned flash point temperature in order to stay burning. Cooling the fuel with water or other substances brings a thermal balance to the material that won’t allow it to rise back above that point.

Smother it. One way to stop a fire in its tracks is to separate it from the oxygen it needs, and the quickest way to do that is to put something over it, covering it with something nonporous that will keep air from circulating.

Starve it. Fires have to eat, and if they can’t eat, they diminish and die. If a fire’s fuel source is removed, or if it’s cut off from reaching fresh fuel, precisely that will happen.

Interrupt the chain reaction. Anything that can disrupt the swirl of activity between the other three components will throw the fire off its game and make it lose steam (so to speak). A certain set of gases is quite good at this, and it has the benefit of being “clean,” meaning it’s environmentally friendly and doesn’t leave harmful or wet residue, making these gases ideal for electrical fires.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover. Contact SERVPRO anytime for fast, thorough cleanup and recovery after a fire.

 

Our In-Depth Water Damage Restoration Process | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

1/22/2022 (Permalink)

a house floating in a large body of water When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration.

Each day, an unbelievable 14,000 Americans are hit with a water damage incident. If you happen to be one of today’s soggy lot, or you become one in the future, know that SERVPRO has your back when it comes to water removal, cleanup and restoration.

Here’s the in-depth process that happens when you call SERVPRO with a water disaster.

Emergency Contact. First contact will include some questions from our team, to give us a clear picture of your emergency. Then we’ll quickly set up and appointment to get someone on site to survey the damage in person.

Inspection and Water Damage Assessment. If water is still flowing, the first order of business will be to get that stopped. Then we can properly assess the damage, and warn you of any potential hazards it may have created. Once that’s done, we’ll come up with a plan for restoration, and determine what needs replacement.

Water Removal. No matter how much water is on site, we’ve got the tools to get rid of it. ?You’ll be amazed at the hundreds, maybe thousands, of gallons of water that will be removed by our industrial vacuums and pumps. We’ll do whatever it takes to get your home dry.

Damaged Material Removal. Some items may not be salvageable, and this will be the time for us to quickly remove those, to rid your home of hazards and aid in the drying process of the remaining items that are to be restored.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorization. Water damage can leave a real mess, and we’ll quickly get to work on cleanup duty. We’ve spent more than 50 years adopting and developing techniques to restore your home to its preloss state, and we’ll use as many as necessary.

Drying. Water removal is only the start. There’s a thorough drying coming to your carpets and other surfaces to remove all the excess moisture and prevent the growth of mold.

Monitoring. We’ll be watching over every step, to ensure maximum effectiveness and efficiency, and make any needed changes to equipment or methodology for your specific situation.

Repairs and Construction. Once everything is completely dry, we can go about the work of repairing damaged surfaces, walls, floors and more, and we can rebuild any areas that have been damaged to the point of replacement. From drywall to complete rebuilds, we’ve got you covered in every soggy situation.

Whatever the cause, and however deep the damage, SERVPRO is here to get you back in the dry after a water incident.

When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration. We’ll make your damaged property look “Like it never even happened."

Be Ready for Winter Storms and Extreme Weather | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

It’s about to be that time again. The season of family gatherings, religious and cultural holidays and that oh-so-hopeful countdown to a new year. It’s a wonderful time for many, but don’t let it distract you from the important need to prepare for potentially hazardous weather.

Living in the Milwaukee area provides a virtual guarantee that you’ll be encountering some kind of heavy winter weather this year. So as fall fades and winter waits, let’s look at the list of things for which you should be preparing.

Protect Your Family

One of the most crucial and important things you can do to prepare your family and household is to communicate. Make sure your family has an updated emergency action plan that will allow everyone to act in confidence in the face of an emergency.

Get your vehicle winter-ready. Check all systems and get a tune-up, ensuring everything is working properly, including your battery. Top off fluids as well, replace your windshield wipers if needed, and rotate or replace any tires that may be necessary.

Protect Your Home

Frozen pipes are a very real danger in a deep freeze, and they can lead to massive water damage if they occur.

Whatever your heating source is at home, check that it’s in good working order to last for the winter season. If you use any wood-burning stoves or fireplaces, make sure they’re clean and well-ventilated. Keep extra firewood on hand in case you get shut in at any point. Always use caution with any source of flame, and never use fuel accelerants to start or propagate a fire.

It’s also a good time to check that your attic is properly insulated and re-seal any windows that may be letting cold air blow in.

Protect Your Pets

If you have pets that you can bring inside, let them stay cozy with you during the winter cold. Make them a comfortable spot to call their own.

If you have livestock or outdoor-only animals, be sure to provide them with good shelter and ready access to water that isn’t frozen.

Watch for Melts and Flooding

Snowmelt and thawing ice can produce dangerous floods and ice dams that threaten the security of homes and businesses. Let local alerts keep you up to date and aware of these potential dangers.

If winter weather should bring damage or flooding to your home or business, contact SERVPRO for fast, restorative solutions.

 

Home Fires and Their Causes | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

1/9/2022 (Permalink)

a firefighter battling a fire with a water hose in hand Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis are here for you if your home is affected by fire.

You would imagine homeowners would go to any lengths to protect their home from a potentially devastating fire. With all that’s invested in one’s home, it only makes sense.

Yet despite decades of awareness campaigns and advancements in technology aimed at fire prevention, a quarter of all reported fires still start at home.

How are these fires continuing to happen, and what should we be doing to make them less likely? Let’s look at the most common causes to shed some light on where we may still be lacking in fire safety at home.

Cooking. The kitchen is far and away the most common area for fires to begin in the house, and the leading reason? Unattended cooking. Yep, the top cause of all fires at home is people walking away from the stove or grill, leaving oils or food items to overheat and spark a fire. The single greatest thing you can do to prevent a fire at home is to pay attention while you’re playing chef.

Heating equipment. Heaters, especially portable space heaters, are known for causing fires, and they start 14% of home blazes. They tip over, overheat or cause short circuits, or they simply cause nearby objects or materials to combust.

Electrical fires. How old is your home? The age of your home is directly proportional to your risk of electrical fire. As wiring ages it’s more likely to develop problems or encounter shorts or overloads, and older homes are not as well-equipped to handle the sheer amount of electricity used by modern devices and families.

Intentional fires. An unthinkable 28,000 intentional home fires are lit each year in the United States. Whatever the reasons may be, these fires are responsible for 8% of all home fires and 14% of all home fire casualties.

Smoking materials. Cigarettes, cigars and even vape pens can cause combustion at home, especially if someone is smoking in bed as he or she falls asleep. Sadly, though this is the least common cause of home fires, it is the most likely cause of casualties from home fires.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

 

Ready When You Need Us | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

a small interior room showing extensive damage from a recent fire If a fire issue pops up during the holidays, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry, SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis.

Do you remember when pay phones only cost a dime? Wait, do you remember pay phones at all? If you do, then you probably also remember an era when if you wanted certain things, you had to wait for them.

Before the age of front-door delivery for everything and instant gratification from cell phones and music streaming services, sometimes you had to wait, and not only for things you wanted, but for things you needed.

The age of waiting for products and services is largely over, and we here at SERVPRO are in favor of that. When it comes to our lines of service in particular, you shouldn’t be forced to let damage sit and soak while you wait for an office to open—which is precisely why we’re available 24 hours a day for emergency service.

After a fire. If you have a damaging fire at home, some of the effects are immediate and easy to see. But sneaky offenders like soot, which embeds itself in your carpet and uses its micron-sized particles to start eating away at your home materials, begin to take hold right away as well.

Soot sets in in mere minutes, and in only a few hours soot and smoke are permanently damaging your home, and leaving stains and smells that won’t go away without total drywall replacement.

After water damage. Similarly you’ll notice some immediate damage from water, but there are hidden dangers. As if set by a timer, mold growth begins 48 hours or less after water’s initial contact with your surfaces, and if left to fester, it can create respiratory and other health issues. Unchecked mold growth can even erode your home’s framework and impact your home’s structural integrity.

Your home or business can also be damaged by storms, natural disasters or weather events, all of which can create an acute need for service and recovery. Why should you have to wait for service if these things happen in the middle of the night? If you didn’t send this damage an invitation, you shouldn’t have to wait for cleanup.

At SERVPRO, we don’t only say we’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, we prove it by being at the ready on nights, weekends and holidays. Every hour of every day, rest assured knowing you can click or call for immediate help when your home or business encounters damage.

When you need help after a home or business disaster, fast service is a priority, and there’s nobody faster or more prepared than SERVPRO. Call us anytime to take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.