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Water Damaged Home in Hartland, Wisconsin

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Drying Chamber for Wood Paneling Drying Chamber for Wood Paneling

As you can see in the photo, a property had flooded due to a recent storm event. SERVPRO of Pewaukee and Sussex set up a drying chamber around the wood paneling and the drywall that was behind it.  When you need to isolate a certain area for drying treatment, then this is where drying chambers come into play. They allow you to manipulate the humidity, airflow, and temperature. The affected area becomes limited to external, environmental factors due to the polyethylene barrier that surrounds it. By reducing the volume of the drying area by creating your chamber, it can speed up drying time as well as save you from pulling out additional materials if not needed. 

If your property has suffered a water damage, give SERVPRO of Pewaukee and Sussex a call today at 262.696.6336. 

Decent Snowfall Expected in Waukesha County

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Waukesha county and south eastern Wisconsin is expected to get a decent accumulation of snow. The winter weather advisory will go into effect at 6 PM on Monday, January 25. The snow will start to accumulate from early Monday evening and continue until Tuesday evening. Expected snowfall is anywhere from three to six inches. This snowfall could impact travel- making it difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute so drive with precaution. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.  If you do succumb to nasty weather conditions, just remember to pull over, put your hazards on, call for help and stay in your car until help arrives. 

Understanding Mold Growth Due to a Water Damage

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

Mold Proliferation Mold Proliferation

Understanding Molds

Molds are everywhere in our environment and are a vital part of the ecological system. Molds have existed a long time. Mold is a fungus, a multicellular plant-like organism, that does not produce chlorophyll as plants do.

The life of a typical mold begins as a tiny spore. The spore functions like a seed, but is smaller and simpler. Molds have a spore mass much smaller than the size of a pinhead, but this tiny structure contains thousands of spores. When something causes the spore mass to break, thousands of mold spores are set free. Airflow carries the spores off, and they remain airborne until gravity finally causes them to settle.

Eventually, the airborne spores land and settle on a surface. Spores may or may not germinate immediately, since they are built for survival. The spores may lie dormant, waiting for the right conditions for growth. Those conditions include food, temperature, and moisture.

Molds can germinate where these conditions are present. How fast growth occurs depends on the combination of conditions. Spores can germinate after only 12 hours in some conditions and some grow in 24 to 48 hours. Houses offer an ample food supply—drywall, wood, insulation, paper. When these materials become damp or wet, settled spores can become growing molds.

Growth Begins with Hyphae- Moisture causes spores to swell and begin to grow by sending out a network of structures. These networking growths are called hyphae. Many types of molds grow and expand through three kinds of hyphae:

  1. Root-like hyphae grow like roots beneath the surface of the material on which the spores settled.
  2. Surface hyphae-spread out across the surface of a material. 
  3. Upright hyphae- grow upright and have a spore mass on top. Eventually the spore mass breaks sending out more spores, and the life cycle starts over. Molds are designed to survive and multiply!

 If your property undergoes a water damage and the water isn't remediated quickly, you can seriously inhibit mold growth. 

If your property has had a water damage and you suspect mold growth, for a free inspection don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Pewaukee and Sussex. 262.696.6336.

*Source: Understanding Mold In The Property Restoration Industry 

Preparing for a Winter Storm Event

1/15/2021 (Permalink)

Snow and Ice Snow and Ice formed on trees

Living in Pewaukee, Wisconsin you and your family have to be prepared for the wild weather that we experience- especially in our winter months! Winter storms including blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds.

Things to consider:

  • Check your tires and check tire pressure.
  • Get a vehicle winter maintenance check-up. 
  • Keep your fuel tank full. 
  • Program your radio for traffic reports and emergency messages.
  • Keep a basic winter survival kit in your vehicle: flashlight, batteries, phone charging bank, blanket, snacks, water, gloves, boots, first-aid kit.
  • Load your car with winter travel gear: tire chains, ice scraper/snowbrush, jumper cables, road flares.

If you do end up stranded be sure to engage your flashers, call for help and wait in your car until the help arrives. 

*Source: wsdot.com

What is a Biohazard Cleanup?

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Biohazard Biohazard

Biohazard cleanup, put simply, is  the cleaning, sanitation, and deodorizing of areas where a traumatic events such as an accident, injury or death has occurred. Usually this means dealing with blood, human or animal remains, chemical spills, and more. This also includes cleaning up after a crime scene, since it is up to the property owner to find biohazard cleaning services. Keep in mind that a professional cleanup team can only begin after the police have gathered enough evidence related to the incident.

Does Biohazard Cleanup Require Certification?

There is no “Biohazard Technician” certification, however, OSHA does require technicians to properly wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when dealing with bloodborne pathogens. PPE helps ensure the safety of our workers. This equipment helps prevent hazardous material from contacting the body through the skin, eyes, mouth, nose or any other area. Although PPE varies from job to job, it should always include gloves, a hazardous material body-suit, and a respirator.

Our Biohazard Cleanup Process

  • First, our remediation crew identifies the affected areas and determines the scope of the work. Once the plan is agreed upon, the remediation begins as quickly as possible.
  • Technicians always put the focus on both their safety and that of other individuals at the cleanup site.
  • Next, they remove all potentially infectious materials from the site.
  • Hazardous medical waste, such as: bodily fluids, or items that contain potential health hazards, are handled following OSHA regulations. We then send them to a licensed Medical Incinerator. 
  • We remove porous materials like fabric and carpeting following both industry and state regulations.
  • Non-hazardous materials are decontaminated if they are salvageable.
  • After the cleanup and sanitization, we thoroughly deodorize the affected areas.
  • Removing contaminated materials, then cleaning and sanitizing is usually enough to control odors.However, in rare cases, the crew will use hydroxyls or ozone to ensure the odor is eliminated.

Industry Leading Professional Products

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Professional Products Professional Products

We use only the Industry Leading Professional Products to ensure that the services we are providing are second to none. Why does this matter? 

Health Concerns

Human health may be threatened when microbes amplify and grow in indoor environments. When water is present in an environment due to a water damage incident, microbes will grow given enough time and the proper conditions. If a Category 1 sanitary water situation is unmitigated for two to three days, microbes will likely amplify, increasing contamination of the structure and turning the Category 1 situation into a Category 2 or 3 situation. Building owners, occupants, and insurers should act quickly to prevent microbial contamination from becoming worse with passing time. When contamination exists, professional water damage restoration products may be helpful in returning the loss environment to a preloss condition. 

If your property has suffered a water damage, don't delay in contacting.

Call SERVPRO of Pewaukee and Sussex at 262.696.6336

5 Tips to Stop Frozen Pipes

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen Pipes Frozen Pipes

The cold weather is about to begin and it is not all fun and games as our kids like us to believe.Your houseful of pipes are definitely not looking forward to the winter season.  SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex have handled a countless number of broken and busted pipes from the freezing weather every year. Trust us, you are not alone, every year, over 250,000 properties suffer water damage from frozen pipes that burst (Federal Emergency Management Association). SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex are sharing these tips to prevent frozen pipes that may lead to water damage.

Preventing Pipes from Freezing in Wisconsin (Easier Than You Think):

  1. Take a peak in the attic and basement especially near exterior walls and see if the pipes are insulated.
  2. Wrap uninsulated pipes with pipe insulation, you can pick this up at every hardware store
  3. If your Attic and Basement are poorly insulated, take a gander to the hardware store and get some insulation to keep the inside of your house a bit warmer. This tip also saves you money on your energy bill.
  4. Every few days turn on those faucets, even if you do not use them just to keep the water moving through the pipes
  5. Probably one of the big culprits is the outside hose. Make sure to turn off the water to the outside as this will always be the most likely to freeze.

Check your Smoke Detector

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Importance of checking smoke detector Importance of checking smoke detector

Everyone hears how important a working smoke detector is, but few take the time to make sure theirs is working properly. Me personally I grew up a firefighter's granddaughter and a firefighter's sister so you bet we had our smoke alarms regularly checked and we even had fire drills in our house so we know where to go and meet if something unfortunate did occur. 

You like the majority of people out there who take this small white circle on their ceiling for granted, but it has saved countless numbers of lives. I remember when I was a tween and eating breakfast one morning that I smelled something funny coming from the basement and as I turned the corner I saw a huge amount of smoke. Simultaneously as I saw this smoke our smoke detector went off and we all went outside. Luckily for us, the fire was contained inside our heater. Since this day I have never taken for granted this small circle on my ceiling, as I will always remember the fright I felt as I saw the smoke and how this beeping perhaps saved our family.

Fire Damage Cleanability

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Factors Affecting Cleanability in a Fire Damage 

Fire damages create many different cleaning challenges. A burning building is actually many complicated reactions between various elements, including the following:

  • the type of material burning
  • the amount of heat, oxygen and moisture content
  • air flow patterns in the building
  • types of smoke residues present 
  • the types of surfaces impacted by smoke and heat

Depending on how these elements interact as a fire progresses, fire damages can present extremely different cleaning and restoration situations depending on how these elements interact as the fire progresses. Here are factors you should consider to determine how difficult it will be to remove smoke residues. 

  • Type of surface
  • Age of surface
  • Amount of heat
  • Amount of moisture 
  • Type of material burned 
  • Air pressure 
  • Impingement
  • Temperature change

This information is important to SERVPRO of Pewaukee and Sussex in order to determine appropriate cleaning methods in a variety of situations and helps us to improve their inspection, scoping, pretesting, and restorability evaluation on fire projects. 

If your property has a fire damage, call SERVPRO of Pewaukee and Sussex. 262.696.6336.

Remediation Procedures for Contaminated Water

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Wet flooring Wet flooring

Whenever your property has a water damage, it can be a little overwhelming. It can be good to have a better understanding of what exactly is going on and why they are happening. The list below will hopefully give you a better understanding of how work on a water damage will progress. A water damage will potentially involve the following remediation activities:

  • Ensure Protection of Occupants and Workers
  • Establish Engineering Controls 
  • Extract water and remove bulk material
  • Provide humidity control
  • Demo unsalvageable materials 
  • Demo to expose hidden materials 
  • Clean and decontaminate salvageable materials 
  • Dispose of waste 
  • Decontaminate Equipment and Workers
  • Remediation Verification 
  • Protect Contents
  • Extract excess water 
  • Provide humidity control
  • Demo to accelerate drying or removal of damaged materials 
  • Deodorize
  • Complete Final Extraction
  • Establish Drying Zones 
  • Position Drying Equipment 

If your property has experienced a water damage, please call SERVPRO of Pewaukee and Sussex today at 262.696.6336.

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