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What is Biohazard Cleanup?

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Police Tape Crime Scene and Biohazard Cleanup

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.

Check Your Smoke Detector

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighter fighting fire The importance of checking your 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 son so you betcha 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.

5 Tips to Stop Frozen Pipes

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

Maze of Pipes Don't Let Your Pipes Freeze On You This Winter

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.

Cleaning Hacks

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Cleaning Products Cleaning Hacks

Cleaning does not have always have to be a chore. Actually it can be incredibly fun and enjoyable with these cleaning hacks.

Re-Use Those Old Toilet Paper Rolls

Don’t throw away those empty cardboard toilet paper rolls. These can be used a reliable vacuum ‘accessory’. Just tape on the empty roll to the end. Now you have a DIY hack that can help you get dust off of the tops of blinds, around picture frames and up into the light fixtures of your ceiling fans.

These empty rolls also work wonders when you are getting down spider webs. Instead of trying to clean the webs from the end of your hose, simply tear off the empty roll.

Use Vinegar

The common household vinegar is an incredible all-purpose cleaner. Don’t believe us? Grab yourself a spray bottle and spray some vinegar on some limescale and watch it wash right away. Of course it should be said the white normal table vinegar is best to clean not any of the others.

Don’t Forget the Dishwasher

Your dishwasher takes away a lot of the hassle of washing dishes by hand away. However, a lot of people neglect this beautiful machine. Cleaning your dishwasher doesn’t sound like a hack but you would be amazed how much cleaner your dishes will come out.

The easiest way to clean your dishwasher is put a ready made dishwasher cleaner inside, but if you want something a little more DIY try some baking soda inside and run as normal.

Man the Sink Stinks

Do you ever walk by the sink or maybe bathtub and wonder why it stinks? Well this is much more common than you would think. Bacteria loves wet areas and all the organic material is a non-stop buffet for them. The best thing to do is pour some vinegar down the drain. Another more organic way would be use those leftover lemon peels. Place a few down the drain and turn the garbage disposal on. Your sink will be smelling like fresh lemons.

Dish Soap Hacks

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Dish Soap Thumbnail Dish Soap Hacks

Trust us when we say we have plenty of experience cleaning and using soaps, but did you know you can use dish soap for more than washing dishes?

Kill Fruit Flies

Do you have a fruit fly problem? Well, I think we all do it from time to time. The simplest solution we have found is to fill a jar or bowl ¼ full of apple cider vinegar or old wine. Next, pour a bit of dish soap, maybe a spoonful or so in. Wrap the top with a bit of cling wrap and poke holes through it with a toothpick. The flies are attracted to the sweet smell of vinegar or wine, but the soap coats them and they cannot get back out.

Get Out Wine Stains

Everyone has a secret red wine stain remover. We have found that the best household cures are salt or dish soap. Yup, the simple dish soap with some cold water and get scrubbing. The stain comes out rather well as long as you get to it fast. As for the salt, you can pour salt directly over the stain and the salt will soak up all the excess wine. Afterward, there is a surprisingly small stain

Keeping Weeds at Bay

There are few things worse than weeds creeping around your perfect garden. Well, a bottle of dish soap mixed with water can take care of a lot of common weeds. It is by no way as effective as a normal weed killer, but it also doesn’t have all the harmful chemicals.

Oil Stains

Like before with the wine, soap does wonders on oil stains. Think about what the dish soaps advertise, “Effective against grease and grime.” Well, grease is oil, so take some dish soap on those oil stains and watch them disappear.

Bubbles

Well, not everything should be serious. Grab some dish soap, water, and your kids and have fun in the backyard blowing some bubbles in the summer sun.

Clever Vinegar Cleaning Uses

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Bottle of Vinegar and Bowl Vinegar and Bowl Used For Cleaning

Yup the household white table vinegar is one of the best household cleaners in your kitchen. Here are 5 uses for that vinegar other than for food.

Cleaning Shower Heads

Showerheads are notoriously hard to clean and some houses have to be cleaned often due to hard water. Well, the easiest is taking the shower head off and dunk it in a bath of vinegar for 30 minutes. After that timer goes off you will have a like-new shower head.

Mirrors

Washing a mirror with water always leaves streaks. That is why we always grab that blue bottle of window wash. Well, next time try a bit of vinegar instead. It will leave a streak-free clean mirror without problem

Toilet

Yup that piece of bathroom furniture that may get the most use. I know when I pour chemicals into the toilet that they go directly into the lake eventually, so I tried a bit of vinegar instead. I was amazed at the results.

Washing Machine

Cleaning your washing machine more often will lead to cleaner and better-smelling clothes. The easiest way is pour some vinegar in the wash soap area, and turn the machine on the hottest setting. This will do wonders for your machine.

Suede

Take a stiff brush and buff the discolored area. Then, take a dry cloth and pat the area with distilled cleaning vinegar. Don’t mix with water; use straight vinegar! You may have to scrub hard to get rid of older stains.

Best Vacuuming Hacks

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Re-Use Those Old Toilet Paper Rolls

Don’t throw away those empty cardboard toilet paper rolls. These can be used as a reliable vacuum ‘accessory’. Just tape on the empty roll to the end. Now you have a DIY hack that can help you get the dust off of the tops of blinds, around picture frames and up into the light fixtures of your ceiling fans.

These empty rolls also work wonders when you are getting down spider webs. Instead of trying to clean the webs from the end of your hose, simply tear off the empty roll.

Use Panty-Hose

Yup, you read that right! Sometimes we lose small earrings or jewelry in hard to reach places. Stick the panty-hose over the end of the vacuum tube and start sucking. The panty-hose will trap any small objects so they don’t fly into the vacuum chamber.

Add Some Smell

This one is genius. Grab yourself some laundry scent pellets, car scent tree, or even a stick of cinnamon. Place them in the vacuum filter and every time your vacuum your house will smell fresh and clean.

Christmas Fire Hazards

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Christmas Time Near a Fire A relaxing Christmas time near the fire

Yup, it is almost that time of year and we all cannot wait. Spending time with the family around a nice warm fire with a glass of eggnog. The holidays are a beautiful time of year, but they can also be one of the most dangerous. All the cooking, candles, and Christmas lights can all cause quite a bit of damage if misused. So here are few ways to limit a chance of fire this Christmas season.

Cooking

When cooking your wonderful meal please double check to see if something is already in the oven before turning it on. This may sound like common sense but every year we see this as a common cause of kitchen fires.

Another common fire hazard while cooking is simply leaving to do something else. We all know time is crunched on Christmas, but leaving a stove with 4 pots and a full oven on while getting ready may not be the best idea.

Decorations

We (me especially) love the smell of Christmas candles. I normally have a few lit any chance I can. However one must make sure that they are not near curtains. Candles can cause a very large fire rather quickly and curtains tend to be the main culprit, at least in my experience.

Christmas lights are beautiful and thanks to LED technology they burn much less hot. Yay for technology, but they can still be a fire hazard if misused. Please always read the directions to see how many strands you can plug-in together safely.

Thanksgiving Fire Prevention

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Turkey Dinner Turkey Dinner for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is seriously and without a doubt my favorite holiday. I cannot get enough turkey and mashed potatoes. However every year it seems more and more fires are occurring at this time of thanks and family. The number one culprit is those pesky turkey fryers. Trust me when I say I love deep-fried turkey, but there are some safety measures to take before frying your turkey.

The first and most important is having a nice open area outside to fry your turkey. Never fry it inside, and I mean NEVER. Secondly is make sure to have a fire extinguisher that is rated for oil nearby. Finally and also incredibly important, make sure your turkey is completely thawed and wiped off of any excess water. If you have any doubts that the turkey is not 100% thawed, then do not put it in the oil.

Is It Time For a Carpet Clean?

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

We have some customers who are religious about cleaning their carpets every year, but is there a sign of when to get your carpets cleaned? Well, we think so!

The most obvious sign of needing a professional clean is when you have stains. Stubborn stains are just that, stubborn, and sometimes they need professional attention.

A second sign is when looking at your carpet and think to yourself “It used to look better.” Well, it probably did and with a quick professional clean it can look new again.

The third sign is when your room smells a little “off.” This smell is often coming from the carpet and a good steam cleaning can freshen up the room in no time. While we are at it we can even embed a fresh scent into the carpet for extra freshness.

The last common sign is when you realize the vacuum cleaner just isn’t cutting it anymore. Hey, we have all been there. Dragging the vacuum over the carpet and seeing no difference.

Curious about carpet cleaning, give us a call for a free quote!