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Common Culprits of Home Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

9/7/2021 (Permalink)

a leak in ceiling creating water lines running down an interior wall A water leak can turn into a big problem. Contact the SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis team if you are dealing with any water damage.

We’re willing to bet you didn’t wake up this morning, fingers crossed, hoping to deal with a big water leak somewhere at home. Of course you didn’t. No one does.

But perhaps you woke up with wet carpet or a damp ceiling anyway, and we’re sorry about that.

Water is always in exploration mode, looking for new places to conquer, so it’s helpful to know some of the usual places you may want to look to find the source of a leak.

Toilets. Toilets are used constantly, especially in family homes, and everything from a worn flapper to condensation on the bowl can cause water to end up where it’s not supposed to be.

Appliances. Any appliance that uses water is a suspect for leaks, given the time and opportunity. Refrigerators leak from supply lines, washing machines leak from drain pipes, and oh yeah, sometimes water heaters literally explode.

Clogged gutters. Cleaning the gutters is a wearisome but essential task for homeowners to do a couple times a year. Otherwise, fallen leaves, debris and dirt get compacted over time, building a dam that sends water up in your roof and into your walls instead of down the spout.

Roof damage. After any major storm, you should inspect your roof for damage. You may be able to tell certain kinds of damage from the ground. You should always keep the age and condition of your roof in mind, as shingles are prone to breaking and bowing over time.

Pipes. Rusted or disjointed pipes are heavily suspect, and outdoors you may even have to contend with tree roots growing into a crack in outdoor lines, any of which can cause a big, wet mess at home.

Blocked garbage disposals or other pipes. Coffee grounds, paint or even onion skins can gunk up your garbage disposal and cause blockages or backups. And the plunging you may have to do to unstop the blockage could very well cause your p-trap to burst, spilling water and bits of food everywhere (it’s best not to even think about it).

All our modern conveniences have lifespans, even the best-made ones. But a little care and periodic inspection can make all the difference when it comes to stopping leaks before they get a chance to start.

If a water leak erupts into a big problem at home, you’ve got the best team in the business on your side. Contact SERVPRO today so we can get started.

Preparing for Summer Storms | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

a large lightning strike in a dark stormy sky If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis is on the line, ready to make things right.

Summer is in full swing, and many of us are enjoying the things we love most about the warmest time of the year. Vacations are taken, days on Lake Michigan are enjoyed, and the days are long and beautifully sunny—aren’t they?

It might actually seem as if thunderstorms happen more often during summer months, and that would be true. Warm air and moisture clash in summer months to increase the likelihood of thunderstorms—and while August isn’t typically the month in the Milwaukee area with the most rainy days, it is the month with the most precipitation.

Be Storm-Alert

Thunderstorms may be a given part of summer, but they should never be ignored just because they’re common. Always give ear to weather alerts, and consider the possibility that outdoor events may need to be moved or postponed.

Prepare by acquiring an NOAA Weather radio that can continue to feed you information even in a power outage.

It’s difficult to totally predict flooding, but if the forecast says it’s possible, you should plan to stay home and forego potentially dangerous travel. Heavy storms and high winds can overturn objects in the yard and cause tree branches to break. Keep trees trimmed and move items like outdoor furniture to safe, covered locations if possible.

Never take storm preparation and safety for granted—storm incidents kill dozens of people every year.

Be Storm-Safe

During a thunderstorm, stay inside to avoid the risk of lightning injury. When you haven’t heard thunder for 30 minutes, the storm has moved out of the danger radius and you can safely return to the outdoors.

Tubs and showers easily conduct electricity, so you shouldn’t bathe or shower while a storm is active. Avoid windows as well.

In cases of extreme thunderstorms that may result in prolonged power loss, make sure you’ve stocked an emergency kit and reviewed local evacuation routes.

If the area is flooding, stay off the roads and avoid coming in contact with potentially toxic flood water. If you come to flooded sections of road while driving, find an alternate route. Rushing water can lift your car off the roadway or destroy entire sections of streets.

There are any number of dangers that can come into play in a thunderstorm, and it’s always best to be cautious and put things on hold until storms safely pass. If storms cause damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is on the line, ready to make things right again.

Why Milwaukee County Residents Believe in SERVPRO | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

damaged furniture and other home items sitting outside of red brick house When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis is your local restoration expert.

If you own a home or business, you wear a lot of hats—you have time and resources to manage (and maybe people, too), finances to address and goals to achieve.

When disaster strikes, those hats all go flying into the air, and instantly you’re somehow supposed to wear the hat of a disaster recovery expert. A new role for which you have no training is suddenly thrust upon you, and the pressure to fix the situation can mount quickly.

That pressure isn’t meant for you, but at SERVPRO we live for it, because we are trained and waiting for those moments.

Here’s why you can count on SERVPRO when emergencies occur.

We’re Always Ready and Faster to Any Size Disaster

As quickly as the disaster appeared, we can be ready to start work to repair it. After all, who’s got time to wait around when mold is growing or the roof is leaking? We’re ready all day every day so we can get the jump on the recovery process, and that means we’ll be there fast so no moment is wasted.

Every minute before restoration begins allows more mold growth, stronger smoke smell or more destroyed personal belongings. A fast response is critical, and with our local franchise right here in Cudahy/St. Francis, you reap the benefit of having a local, personal business backed by a national network of resources and technology.

We’re Trained to Handle Residential and Commercial Services

Homes and businesses alike take damage in storms and other emergencies. That’s why we have custom solutions for situations of all shapes and sizes, be they residential or commercial.

We’ll Make It "Like it never even happened."

When your family comes back over for Thanksgiving, they won’t even notice. That’s how committed we are to completing the task of restoring and recovering your property.

We Offer the Services You Need in a Changing World

In a time in which disease prevention is a major sticking point, we offer pristine cleaning services that are hospital-grade to put your mind at ease.

You get a hyper-clean space, and your people get peace of mind.

Disasters happen. Storms, fire, and floods all come knocking. And when they do, we’re standing on the other side of the door, ready to take action.

Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO.

The Cost of Extreme Storms | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

a large yellow warning sign stating that there is stormy weather ahead When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis to start the restoration process.

2020 was an all-time bad year on many levels both measurable and immeasurable. And as if to add insult to injury, it was a record-setting year for extreme weather as well. Of all the years in history for which we have data, 2020 was the most financially destructive.

There were 22 official weather disasters (which are defined as events that cause at least a billion dollars in damages) in 2020, to say nothing of the number of other storms that didn’t reach that mark. So numerous were the year’s hurricanes and tropical storms that the NWS had to make use of the Greek alphabet for just the second time in history to be able to give them all names.

Not Only Hurricanes

It’s easy to understand why hurricanes would cause widespread, costly damage and losses, but they’re not doing it all. In fact the most expensive disasters of 2020 in the contiguous United States were thunderstorms and tornadoes. 

Fourteen of the year’s official weather disasters were severe thunderstorms, some of which cranked out tornadoes as well. Thunderstorms happen in every area and season, and there’s no way to avoid them. They happen in both coastal and landlocked states, Great Lakes to Gulf of Mexico, and everywhere in between.

Just one example of how powerful a single storm can be: In August 2020, what started as a typical line of storms in eastern Nebraska morphed into a derecho (picture a tornado composed of straight winds instead of swirling ones, plus a heavy thunderstorm) which affected over 10 million acres of corn fields, almost half the state’s crop—that’s more than 11% of the entire country’s corn fields.

That same month, we saw flooding in our own area when a heavy storm system dumped up to six inches of water on Milwaukee County, washing away roadways and swamping vehicles.

Not Only 2020

Unfortunately, 2020 seems to be more in line with a new-era average than an outstanding occasion. It was the 10th straight year with at least eight billion-dollar disasters. 2018 and 2019 saw a total of $136 billion in damages, and 2017 alone took in damages over $300 billion, the highest total ever recorded.

The bottom line is that we can’t stop storms from happening, and they seem to be happening more intensely and more often. As a home or business owner, you should take every precaution to keep yourself and your home safe.

And should those precautions fail or be inadequate to prevent damage, we’re here to restore your property "Like it never even happened."

When storms do damage, we go to work to make things right. Contact SERVPRO today to see how we can help.

Give Your Home a Fair Shot Against Wildfire | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

7/29/2021 (Permalink)

a gated long brown pebble driveway tucked next to a large brick home If your home is damaged by fire or any other reason, SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis is ready and able to repair any damage.

One of any home or business owner’s greatest fears is seeing their property engulfed in flames, and wildfires are a more frequent cause of property loss than you might realize. Wildfires are ravenous, and with so much of our world made of material that’s combustible, it’s quite a feat that we can even manage to contain them.

But there are some ways we can be proactive in protecting our homes from wildfire, aside from the simplest and most impactful, which would be simply being more careful.

Let’s talk about “defensible space.”

What Is Defensible Space?

It’s not an Atari game—“defensible space” is a series of buffer zones you can create around your home by getting rid of brush and dead trees that fuel fires, adding gravel and flame retardant plants near your house, pruning your plants to prevent spreadability, and keeping trees and shrubs at a safe distance from one another.

Think of it as a protective barrier (aka defense), designed to safeguard your home in the event of a wildfire by choking off the fire as it comes nearer. Defensible space also gives firefighters their best chance of stopping a wildfire before it breaches your home’s perimeter.

Defensible space isn’t required by law in Wisconsin, but it’s a good fire safety principle to consider all the same.

Why Defensible Space Matters

You may think of wildfires as a West Coast problem, but they can happen anywhere. There were over 59,000 wildfires across the United States in 2020.

Even taking California and its multitudinous 10,000+ fires out of that number, the average number of wildfires per state in was almost 1,000. (Wisconsin suffered 781 wildfires last year, destroying almost 1,800 acres of land.) And the first half of 2021 has seen a 25% rise in the number of fires nationally compared to 2020.

We should avail ourselves of any methods we can to prevent the start or spread of wildfires, and defensible space is one more way we can make a difference.

If your home is damaged by fire of any sort, wild or not, SERVPRO is ready and able to repair the damage caused. Get in touch today to get the pros on your team.

 

Take Your Business Cleaning to the Next Level | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

7/11/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee placing a CSC sticker on building glass If you’re business has sanitation and cleaning needs, get in touch with the SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis team.

With recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic unfolding everywhere from rural and suburban areas to major metro areas like Milwaukee, hopes across the country are growing that “normal” life patterns will soon be returning, and business owners are holding onto that hope as well.

But potential customers (not to mention employees returning to on-site work) are more aware than ever of the need for businesses to be sanitized and cleaned thoroughly. And that means combatting more than just the coronavirus.

Get Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program provides a higher degree of clean, addressing potential toxins and pathogens of all kinds and providing the peace of mind your potential customers are looking for as they return to brick and mortar shopping.

Your building will be cleaner than it’s ever been, your customers will know it right away, and they’ll be encouraged to enter and spend time in your business. Why? The answer lies in the three C’s of a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program:

Consult. Your business has needs that are unique, and they stand apart from other businesses. We’ll consult with you to determine what those needs are, and how they should be addressed. It helps that SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis is locally owned and operated, so we are already acquainted with many of the ins and outs of the Milwaukee area.

Clean. Once we’ve figured out how to meet your specific needs, we’ll begin doing it! We’ll sanitize your building with proprietary, ultra-high-grade cleaning solutions and techniques no one else can offer. Your building will receive the utmost care and cleaning, and everything we do meets or exceeds strict CDC standards. And this is bigger than just COVID-19: Our methods and solutions will kill germs and reduce the risk of illnesses of all kinds, both for your customers and faithful employees.

Certify. On your front window or door, you can now display the exclusive Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned badge, which tells your patrons and teams that before they even step through the door, they can rest easy knowing you’ve gone to extra lengths to keep their safety at the forefront of your priorities. Along with other digital and physical resources, you’ll be displaying a beacon of cleanliness and courtesy to shoppers, and a valued promise of care to your team.

If you’re ready to get serious about sanitation and have your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, get in touch today to get the best team in cleanup and restoration on your side.

The Fire Safety Tips You Need for Warmer Weather | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

6/25/2021 (Permalink)

flames and smoke from a bonfire Restoring fire and smoke damage is one of our specialties. Contact SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis to learn more.

Springtime is full of life and hope—flowers are blooming and nature beckons us to come and play. We have left behind the bitter winter, temperatures and milder again, and there’s certainly no lack of things to do.

We often find ourselves at outdoor gatherings, family reunions and cookouts, graduation parties, and gender reveals, but honestly it’s all just an excuse to break out the grill, right?

The increase in grilling and outdoor springtime activity unfortunately also means there’s an increase in fire activity across the country. In fact, spring sees more daily fires on average than any other time of year.

But there are simple enough steps you can take to be sure your activities are done safely.

The grill. Grills create lots of opportunities for accidental fires, and it’s pretty simple math to understand why—high heats, grease, electricity, the list goes on. For safety, make sure the grill is in proper working order with no leaks, parked away from anything flammable (like leaves, decking or siding), and are sure to clean your grill thoroughly and regularly. Almost 20% of grill fires are due to poor cleaning.

The fire pit. Safety must be a priority around the backyard fire pit. Don’t ever leave it unattended or allow children to play around it. Don’t add leaves, paper or pine needles to the fire, because they can create flying embers. And keep a bucket of water on hand to douse the fire.

Chimneys and dryer vents. While you’re on safety duty, clean out your chimney so you don’t set fire to an accrual of soot and ash in the fall, and clean out the vent hose on your dryer to make sure there’s not a dangerous, flammable buildup of lint ready to catch fire.

Your local SERVPRO technicians are on hand 247 for emergencies. If you encounter fire damage at your home or business, no matter the cause, we will be there faster and have it cleaned up sooner. Call or click today and experience the SERVPRO difference.

The Top Signs of Water Damage in a Basement | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

a grey basement showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis is a restoration company. Our restoration experts are on call and ready to help you determine the best course of action.

A home’s basement is a great asset to the overall square footage and value of the space. An unfinished basement is a fantastic spot for storage, and a finished basement can even provide you with extra living spaces as well. Additionally, basements are a great storm shelter in the event of inclement weather.

All of these things are great, but unfortunately, there can be a downside to basements, too—namely, their predisposition for water damage. While many basements never have water damage over their lifetime, many basements will.

If you have a basement, it is vital to know the signs of water damage so you know what to look out for. If you ever suspect water damage in your basement, you can always get in touch with us right away.

Indicators That a Basement Has Water Damage

Unpleasant, musky odors. The water that gets into the basement could very well be clean water, but after it marinates and then evaporates, the scent can turn pungent and unpleasant. Many people have the misconception that all basements smell musty, but this really should not be the case. This smell will only arise when mold and mildew are present in the environment, and while these are often hard to see, they are easy to smell.

Flaking paint on masonry or walls. There is a common misconception that painting a water-damaged area will help “seal the water in,” but unfortunately, this is not the case. While paint can mask water damage for a time, it does little more than cover up the issue. Eventually, paint will begin to flake, bubble, crack or peel as evidence of the water damage that is actively occurring underneath.

Foundational cracks. It is normal for homes to shift and settle over the years, but serious cracks in the foundation can be a sign that there is water damage. Floors, ceiling and walls are all susceptible to cracking due to water damage. Hairline cracks are often nothing to be concerned with, but if cracks become any larger, you should look into the cause right away.

If you notice any of these signs in your basement, let us take a look. Our expert water restoration technicians can help you determine what is causing these issues and how to treat it properly. Contact us today to learn more.

We're Here When Milwaukee County Residents Need Help With Fire Damage | SERVPRO® Cudahy/St/ Francis

12/19/2020 (Permalink)

firefighter with water hose trying to put out large flames engulfing brick home If you have fire damage due to a heating malfunction or other issue, count on SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis to fully restore your home.

We're Here When Milwaukee County Residents Need Help With Fire Damage | SERVPRO® Cudahy/St. Francis

Milwaukee residents know that when they need us most we’re here to help remediate and repair fire damage.

No one likes to think about fire damage, but it’s a common problem in the United States—something millions of Americans will deal with over the next year. That could include some families and neighbors in our community.

Want to know why so many families trust us in the community? Here’s what makes us different:

We believe in restoration. Our team helps families recover from a fire in a way that’s both logical and economical. Experts are there at every step. We’ll help you save money on repairs and insurance premiums.

We can do the entire process for you. House fires can damage upholstery, walls and more. Issues resulting from water and smoke are common problems, too. We have the tools and resources to remediate these issues. We’ll make the damage like it never happened.

We are a locally owned business. SERVPRO locations are everywhere—all across the United States. This location is locally owned. It’s staffed by team members who live in Milwaukee County and the surrounding communities. But since we are a SERVPRO location, we can use the resources, equipment and training you would find at a leading-edge company. Our team brings the advantages of that partnership to the jobs we do for our neighbors here.

We’re here 247. Beginning the restoration process quickly is an important step in getting your home back to its original state. When it’s an emergency, we’re available 247. We make sure our team is here when it matters most.

<h2fire-damage-during-winter">Increased Fire Damage During Winter

Fires aren’t a seasonal hazard, but more of them happen during the winter months. The season’s unique conditions create additional fire hazards homeowners should know about.

Space heaters without automatic shutoff functions can topple over. Candles left burning can fall over when someone bumps a table.

Kitchen fires happen more often, as many people are cooking and baking for the holidays. Christmas tree accidents are a leading cause of fires.

Other threats have little to do with holiday parties and more to do with the home malfunctioning items. Broken furnaces and issues with appliances happen sometimes.

If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.

We Focus on Restoration, Not Replacement | SERVPRO® of Cudahy / St. Francis

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

large red diamond shape sign with Natural Disaster written in large black print Have you sustained property damage and feeling overwhelmed? We are here to help, contact SERVPRO of Cudahy / St. Francis

We Focus on Restoration, Not Replacement | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County

When an emergency or disaster strikes, the safety of your family is the top concern—but the safety of your home is a close second. Enduring a disaster such as a fire can be difficult to recover from, and working toward recovery can be a long-term process for you and your family members.

When you are ready to begin the recovery process, calling us for restoration can make it much easier. We are committed to a restoration-first mindset, meaning we will save all of your items we are able to instead of recommending costly and impractical replacements. Our main goal is to save you time and money while restoring your home to its pre-damaged condition so you can begin to heal.

We Are Committed to a Restoration-First Mindset

We can help you save money on your insurance. Depending on your insurance policy, many types of household losses can be claimed after a disaster—but they can often be quite expensive, which can result in higher premiums. By focusing on restoration of your home and belongings, we can reduce the overall cost of restoration, thus reducing the amount you have to file with insurance.

We can protect your sentimental items. When you have to quickly leave the home to preserve your family’s safety, there are many irreplaceable items that must be left behind in the process. Photographs, heirlooms and other sentimental objects could never be bought in a store, and while you may assume these items may be totally lost, our high-tech restoration equipment allows us to save many objects that have become damaged.

We make sure your home feels like home again. Returning home after restoration can be an emotional and nerve-wracking time, but when you trust us with your restoration, you can be certain you will be walking back into your home. We focus on restoring everything we can, from the paint color to the floorboards, to make sure you feel at home as soon as you walk in the door.

If you have damages and are feeling overwhelmed, we are here to help. You can call us as soon as you need to in order to begin the restoration process.