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What type of equipment is used to detect moisture in my Waukesha, Wisconsin home?

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Moisture meter Moisture meter

Once a water damage hits your home or commercial property, our crew will come out to evaluate the damage. Water damage restoration requires the use of certain equipment. This may include detection devices, extraction equipment, air moving and dehumidification equipment, as well as safety equipment. Simply having access to the right equipment is only part of the process.

Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure into which water has intruded and defining the extent to which structure and contents have absorbed moisture beyond normal moisture levels. Various devices allow a water damage restoration professional to track moisture within a structure. These devices include the following:

  • Moisture sensors
  • Thermal imaging cameras 
  • Moisture meters 
  • Thermo-hygrometers

Moisture Sensors

The moisture sensor is used to detect moisture in carpets and padding. The moisture sensor has sharp probes that penetrate through carpets and pad to determine if water has migrated on the subfloor underneath.

Thermal Imaging Camera

Thermal imaging cameras (also called infrared cameras) are utilized for inspecting and monitoring moisture in building materials.  They can show how water traveled throughout a structure, and many times they can indicate moisture that otherwise may have never been discovered. At the end of the project, they provide excellent documentation or proof that drying was successfully completed. Technically, thermal cameras do not display moisture images, but rather infrared images. 

Moisture Meters 

Moisture meters are utilized to measure the actual moisture content or level of various materials. Some meters are calibrated to measure specific materials; for example, a moisture meter calibrated for drywall will not accurately read moisture content in wood materials. Some meters are adjustable for different types of materials, such as a meter that can be adjusted for both wood and drywall. There are penetrating and non- penetrating moisture meters. 

Thermo-Hygrometers

A thermo-hygrometer (sometimes referred to as hygrometers) measures the relative humidity and temperature of air masses. Some thermo-hygrometers also give the restorer the humidity ratio, vapor pressure, and dew point.

If you have a water damage, call SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex. We are always open and always ready to help!

262.696.6336

Hurricane Prep Week

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Prep Week Hurricane Prep Week

Being prepared for a disaster such as a hurricane can make all the difference in safety as well as damages. Each day this week we will be posting tips that can help you be prepared for a hurricane or any other major event. There is always comfort in having peace of mind knowing that you are ready.


First things First:

Start by creating an emergency ready plan for your family that includes emergency meeting places in your home, neighborhood and outside your neighborhood. You should make copies of your Family Emergency Ready Plan for each member of the household to carry in his or her wallet, backpack or purse. You should also post a copy in a central place at home.
You can create your own emergency ready plan at https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/2021-04/family-emergency-communication-plan.pdf

Water Damage Statistics

5/2/2021 (Permalink)

Example of Water Damage Example of Water Damage

Water problems are a nightmare for homeowners, especially when those problems then lead to significant flooding. Flooding, plumbing leaks, and water damage can happen at any time. Due to this, your valuables, textiles, and furnishings can be be damaged. Basements and lower levels of a home  are especially susceptible to this type of damage.

Numerical Water Damage Statistics 

98% of basements in the US will experience some type of water damage during their lifespans.

37% of US homeowners have suffered loses from water damage 

14,000 Americans have some type of water damage emergency at home or work EACH DAY. 

2.5 Billion is the annual cost to insurance companies from water damage and mold in the US. 

6,965 is the average cost of a residential water damage insurance claim

Have a Water Damage?

As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and training to help get your property dried quickly and thoroughly.

Call SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex at 262.696.6336.

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 

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.

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.

We are always Here to Help. 

What Type of Equipment is Used to Detect Moisture in my Pewaukee Home

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Moisture Meter Moisture Meter

Once a water damage hits your home or commercial property, our crew will come out to evaluate the damage. Water damage restoration requires the use of certain equipment. This may include detection devices, extraction equipment, air moving and dehumidification equipment, as well as safety equipment. Simply having access to the right equipment is only part of the process.

Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure into which water has intruded and defining the extent to which structure and contents have absorbed moisture beyond normal moisture levels. Various devices allow a water damage restoration professional to track moisture within a structure. These devices include the following:

  • Moisture sensors
  • Thermal imaging cameras 
  • Moisture meters 
  • Thermo-hygrometers

Moisture Sensors

The moisture sensor is used to detect moisture in carpets and padding. The moisture sensor has sharp probes that penetrate through carpets and pad to determine if water has migrated on the subfloor underneath.

Thermal Imaging Camera

Thermal imaging cameras (also called infrared cameras) are utilized for inspecting and monitoring moisture in building materials.  They can show how water traveled throughout a structure, and many times they can indicate moisture that otherwise may have never been discovered. At the end of the project, they provide excellent documentation or proof that drying was successfully completed. Technically, thermal cameras do not display moisture images, but rather infrared images. 

Moisture Meters 

Moisture meters are utilized to measure the actual moisture content or level of various materials. Some meters are calibrated to measure specific materials; for example, a moisture meter calibrated for drywall will not accurately read moisture content in wood materials. Some meters are adjustable for different types of materials, such as a meter that can be adjusted for both wood and drywall. There are penetrating and non- penetrating moisture meters. 

Thermo-Hygrometers

A thermo-hygrometer (sometimes referred to as hygrometers) measures the relative humidity and temperature of air masses. Some thermo-hygrometers also give the restorer the humidity ratio, vapor pressure, and dew point.

If you have a water damage, call SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex. We are always open and always ready to help!

262.696.6336

Flooded Basements in Pewaukee/ Waukesha/ Sussex Area

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Equipment set up to dry basement This Pewaukee home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Pewaukee or Sussex basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - 262.696.6336.

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 262.696.6336

Water Damage Statistics

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage on Studs Here is an example of Water Damage

Water problems are a nightmare for homeowners, especially when those problems then lead to significant flooding. Flooding, plumbing leaks, and water damage can happen at any time. Due to this, your valuables, textiles, and furnishings can be be damaged. Basements and lower levels of a home  are especially susceptible to this type of damage.

Numerical Water Damage Statistics 

98% of basements in the US will experience some type of water damage during their lifespans.

37% of US homeowners have suffered loses from water damage 

14,000 Americans have some type of water damage emergency at home or work EACH DAY. 

2.5 Billion is the annual cost to insurance companies from water damage and mold in the US. 

6,965 is the average cost of a residential water damage insurance claim

Have a Water Damage?

As water damage specialists, we have the experience, expertise, and training to help get your property dried quickly and thoroughly.

Call SERVPRO of Pewaukee & Sussex at 262.696.6336.

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.