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Leaky roofs are one of the most common causes of water damage

4/16/2022 (Permalink)

Even a brand new roof after just one storm can open your home up to water intrusion. If a few shingles were ripped off by wind or cracked by hail, these bald spots on your roof could become secret entrances for moisture.

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Kitchen - One of the Most Common Places for a Fire

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

The heart of the home, kitchens are also the most common spot in the house for fires to start.2 Specifically, unattended cooking is the leading cause of kitchen fires and fire-related injuries.3

These man-made fires are also easily preventable: Keep an eye on the stove, oven, and other appliances like toaster ovens, and move combustible items away from the stove. Never leave the kitchen when you’re working with high heat during preparations like frying, boiling, or broiling—fires need only seconds to go from a small flame to an out-of-control blaze.

A few more tips for safe cooking:

  • If someone else can’t watch things while you step away for a bathroom break or to help the kids, turn off the cooking appliance while you’re in the other room.
  • Turn off the stove and all appliances once you’re done cooking.
  • Keep everything off hot surfaces. Pay close attention to where you set dish towels or hot pads. Designate a spot, like a hook, to practice putting them back between each use.
  • Roll up baggy sleeves or wear a securely fastened apron over billowy shirts or bottoms to prevent singeing.
  • Do not heat your home with your oven.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of fire. Water will only spread oil or grease and feed the flames.

Water Damage from Washing Machines

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage from washing machines is one of the leading sources of residential water losses. The good news is that preventing water damage from washing machines is not as hard as you may think. Follow these tips to avoid water damage issues caused by a washing machine malfunction in your home.

-Regularly check water supply hoses (both hot and cold) for blisters, worn tubing, stress cracks or loose connections. Replace damaged hoses with newer types that are made of flexible plastic tubing encased in a stainless-steel braided exterior.

-Replace hoses every five years even if they don’t seem damaged to prevent water damage from washing machines. Deterioration may occur on the inside of the hose and may not be visible until it’s too late.

-Check the drain hose for wear and tear and to make sure it’s tightly inserted into the main drain line. Ensure it doesn’t dislodge when the washer agitates or drains.

-Leave at least four inches of space between the wall and your washer to prevent the supply and drain hoses from becoming kinked.

-Don’t overload the washing machine with laundry. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how full your washer should be. Distribute clothes evenly and loosely inside the machine.

-Use the right detergent for your washing machine in the correct amount to avoid suds and bubbles that can cause the washer to overflow. Read the instructions manual to learn which type of detergent is best for your machine and how much to use each wash.

Hail and Wind Damage

4/6/2022 (Permalink)

Finally, businesses of all sizes and industries can be negatively impacted by wind and hail damage, as most states experience severe weather throughout the year. Windstorms can lead to roof damage, broken tree limbs, power outages, shattered windows, ruined signage, toppled trees, and property damage caused by flying debris and outdoor materials. Hail damage, while rare, can cause even more devastating damages for commercial properties such as ruined inventory and equipment, structural and roof damage, cracked HVAC systems, and utility outages. To reduce the potential losses caused by windstorm and hail damage, businesses should ensure that trees on the commercial property are regularly pruned, all exterior inventory or equipment is secured under coverings or tied down, and all furniture and décor is anchored to prevent being thrown around and damaging more.  

When Water Damage Strikes!

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

The First 24-hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage within four house of receiving a loss notification. A SERVPRO of Racine County professional will be on-site to help ensure water damage is handled by completing the following steps such as:

  1. Inspection- A SERVPRO professional will inspect the affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning the work.
  2. Emergency Services – A SERVPRO professional will take the steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal property and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency service to you step-by step.
  3. Monitoring – To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards a SERVPRO franchise professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated with you.
  4. Restoration Services- SERVPRO franchise professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and contents. A final walk- through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to its pre- loss condition!

When Water Damage Strikes! Call SERVPRO of Racine Country 262-633-8888

When Water Damage Strikes!

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

The First 24-hours following a water loss are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage within four house of receiving a loss notification. A SERVPRO of Racine County professional will be on-site to help ensure water damage is handled by completing the following steps such as:

  1. Inspection- A SERVPRO professional will inspect the affected areas to determine the extent of water damage and will review the inspection with you to answer any questions before beginning the work.
  2. Emergency Services – A SERVPRO professional will take the steps to help protect your home or business, as well as personal property and other contents, from further damage by extracting the excess water and preparing the area for drying. They will explain the needed emergency service to you step-by step.
  3. Monitoring – To help ensure your home or business and belongings are dried to appropriate industry standards a SERVPRO franchise professional will monitor the drying process. The updates will be consistently communicated with you.
  4. Restoration Services- SERVPRO franchise professionals will repair structural materials, reinstall carpets, and clean affected areas of your property and contents. A final walk- through of the jobsite will be conducted with you to help ensure the property was returned to its pre- loss condition!

When Water Damage Strikes! Call SERVPRO of Racine Country 262-633-8888

Emergency Water Damage Tips!

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

When water damage does strike here are some tips you can use before your SERVPRO of Racine County professional arrives to your home or business.

  1. Make sure to shut-off water source, if possible or contact a qualified professional to stop the water source ASAP.
  2. Turn-off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  3. Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  4. Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  5. Move any paintings, art objects, computer documents, and other sensitive valuables to a dry place.
  6. Do not enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers, or electrical equipment are exposed to water.
  7. Always avoid electrical shock hazards. Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remover water! This could cause an electrical shock or damage the device.
  8. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

For more information on recovering from water damage, contact SERVPRO of Racine County directly at 262.633.8888

Preventing Fire Disasters from hurting our Furry Friends

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Racine County is always here for you whenever a fire may strike! But we also want to look out for all your furry- friends too! Did you know that over 40,000 pets die in fires every year!? That is why SERVPRO of Racine County wants to help you prevent this from happening in your home by keeping everyone safe. It is important to know that one of the most common ways pets such as dogs start fires in homes is many times when they are home alone. Dogs will tend to nudge their nose on your stove’s knobs. Believe it or not, it is just enough to ignite the burner! That is why it is so important to remove or lock the knobs on your stove at home. In order to prevent this kind of disaster from happening in your home!

Commercial Fire Damage

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

When a commercial building experiences property loss on a large scale there are many factors to take into consideration. If a fire has destroyed the structure of your building, it may be left vulnerable to the elements, vandals or animals outside. It is important to have your facility properly secured while repairs are taking place. SERVPRO of Racine County professionals are having the ability to arrive on scene and begin the restoration process immediately. Time is money which means the more quickly the damages can be restored; the faster your business is able to get back on its feet. SERVPRO works closely with your insurance company to be sure costs are always considered. When dealing with commercial building loss, give SERVPRO of Racine County a call directly at 262-633-8888. We are always available to take your call or answer any questions you may have!

Climate Change turning into Natural Disasters

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

With the ever changing dynamic with our climate, it would seem natural disasters are occurring more frequently and with more destructive outcomes. With the physical results of an unexpected natural disaster come the emotional and stressful elements as well. If you are a business owner, it is essential to have a plan set in place for critical decision making. Having designated individuals assigned to dealing with every aspect of the crisis will help them better understand what is needed from them in the following weeks. Be sure to have open communication between all persons involved to ensure they are prepared for every phase of recovery. Have realistic expectations on how quickly your business can bounce back. It takes time and effort to get back on your feet, having SERVPRO of Racine create you an Emergency Ready Plan can help keep you prepared for any type of disaster.