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Protection from Fire Damage

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

A recent study has discovered that a closed door can save your life. In the unfortunate occurrence of a home fire, it has now been proven that, other than fire alarms, a closed door is essential. Within minutes of a fire located on a lower level, toxic fumes and suffocating smoke will have already made their way to the upper most rooms, stealing precious lifesaving minutes. A closed door acts as a shield between you and the damage raging outside. It also allows you time to formulate an escape plan, or if trapped, for rescue efforts to reach your location. A basic house fire can reach upwards of 1,100 degrees but by having your door remain closed prevents the atmospheric temperate of rising above 110 degrees. Hot, but survivable. By choosing this one simple step for your daily routine could be a lifesaving method that’s as simple as shutting the door.

As always, SERVPRO of Racine is here to give you tips to keep safe and will always be there when things go wrong.

Water Damage at Summer Vacation Home

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

One of the worst vacation experiences is to arrive at your summer home, only to see it has been severely damaged by water. Water can enter your home in a variety of ways, and if you do not frequent the property often, they can pack a bunch in your wallet. Anything from leaky pipes to a ruptured washing machine hose can cause lasting and detrimental damages to your floors, walls and ceiling. It is imperative to have the excess water removed as quickly as possible, or you could be facing a mold growth issue. Our team at SERVPRO has over 30 years of experience in dealing with water loss on a commercial and residential level. We have the tools needed and the expertise to get started on repairs quickly and efficiently. Do not wait when facing water damages. Call us today! 

Storm Damage

7/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Racine specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Racine County we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 

(262) 633-8888

There When You Need Us

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Having years of experience in restoration and rebuild, SERVPRO is placed amongst the most reliable and knowledgeable leaders in the industry. Having served in our community for over 30 years, we have had the opportunity to grow with our neighbors and provide the help they need when they need it. Disasters can occur at any time during any season. Having a well-stocked staff of highly trained professionals gives us the edge to arrive on the scene faster, and being repairs more quickly. Having ownership of our emergency vehicles gives us the ability to arrive faster to any size disaster, saving you time and money. When choosing a restoration company to help you with your home or business repairs, it is important to feel like you are in good hands. Give us a call today with any questions you may have. We are always here to help

Repair After Fire Damage

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire can have a lasting and devastating effect on your home or business. Not only are your personal belongings damaged, you may also need to relocate until repairs can be made. Our team at SERVPRO know how difficult and stressful the situation can be and go to extra lengths to ensure you and your property and taken care of. Fire damage doesn't stop where the fire was located. The potential of smoke damages throughout the entirety of the space is very likely and will require professional cleaning and repair. When materials in your home burn, toxics chemicals are released within the smoke itself, creating a dangerous health risk to anyone located in the damaged space. SERVPRO quickly mitigates the damages and begins repairs swiftly, saving you time

and money. Give us a call today if you find yourself facing fire repairs alone. We are here to help.

When Disaster Strikes

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is leading the industry in restoration and strives to live up to that reputation. Using top of the line equipment and trained experts to respond to each and every disaster gives us an advantage over other competitors. Each of our locations are equipped with everything we may need to immediately arrive to any emergency.  From air movers to dehumidifiers we house all of our tools in heated garages, cleaned and prepared to go. Whether dealing with fire damages, flood waters, bio-hazard or mold, we arrive on scene ready to help. When your home or business is affected by adverse weather we are able to help restore the aftermath. Disaster can happen at any moment and with little warning, give us a call when you find yourself in its path. 

When Fire Strikes

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Fire can pose a danger to even the most sturdy of structures. High temperatures from an in home blaze can warp almost all building materials, leaving only rubble and ash in its wake. It is important to keep your most valuable items in your home or business in a fire safe location. Birth Certificates, Social Security cards and any other important documentation should be kept in a fire resistant safe if being stored on your property, or consider having these items placed in a bank's safety deposit box. Fire can erupt and spread within minutes, destroying an entire structure and all its contents. Never return to your home if a fire is present, no physical items that remain in the flames are worth risking your life to rescue. When facing fire damages, give SERVPRO a call. We can help you restore the damage and get you back on your feet faster.

How Water Affects Your Home

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water can cause lasting and devastating damages on your home or business. Even if the water is considered relatively clean, you may be left with a huge, unsanitary mess to deal with on your hands. When water comes into contact with materials such as drywall or upholstery you are looking at trouble. Water is the first stage of mold growth. Water logged materials left unattended even for short amounts of time allows spores to develop and spread. Warped flooring is almost always an issue to correct with water damages. Hardwood flooring has only a few hours for remediation to occur to avoid warped and ruined floorboards. SERVPRO has the equipment needed to quickly and thoroughly remove unwanted and contaminated water and begin the restoration process to get your property back on its feet.

Disaster Doesn't Wait

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

Disaster can strike when you least expect it. Inclement weather may arrive while you are fast asleep and you may wake up to a flooded yard or basement. There is no set time of day or night when problems may occur in your home or business. SERVPRO has someone on the other end of the line to answer your call for help, day or night. Having the equipment needed on hand and company owned, we are able to arrive to any scene faster and quickly begin the repair process. From fire damage, sewage back ups, mold removal we can help repair and restore your living space from it all. Choosing a restoration company can become a difficult task. SERVPRO has over 30 years of experience and will always be there when you need us most.

Commercial Building Repair and Restoration

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

When your commercial building comes into contact with elements such as water or fire it could cost you time and money before its doors can re open for business. It is important to arrive on the scene and begin the mitigation as soon as possible. SERVPRO is available day and night to answer your call and begin repairs quickly. Having all equipment and company owned vehicles stored on site in heated garages gives us the advantage of being able to leave at a moment's notice. With over 30 years of experience, we have seen it all. From large scale fire loss, to extensive mold growth, we have the experience and expertise needed to arrive on scene and begin the restoration process. Damages to your business can be devastating, let SERVPRO help you get back on your feet, faster. 

Commercial Building Smoke Damages

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

When a fire causes damages to your commercial building, the repairs can be extensive. Not only are you left with the restoration of what the fire has devastated, you also need to address the issue of smoke damages throughout the facility. Smoke residue can stick to hard and soft surfaces alike, leaving behind dangerous toxins that can cause health effects to your employees. It is important to have all items within your facility properly decontaminated. When fire comes into contact with plastic materials, chemicals are released, causing poisons to seep into materials that are within the building. SERVPRO has the tools needed to arrive on scene and begin the restoration process immediately. Time is money when it comes to building repair. SERVPRO is always available to answer your call for help.

Electronics and Fire Damages

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

It's sometimes hard to keep track of all the electronic devices we use in our daily life. Our phones and tablets are a given, but what about the other items of daily living located throughout our home? A Roomba to clean the floors, computers, printers, coffee machines are all items we use that can sustain major damages after a fire within your home or business. Smoke from a building fire is different from smoke from that of a camp fire. The materials burning within your facility are full of toxins that are released when in contact with a flame. The smoke created can prove to be poisonous and poses a health hazard. It is important to have all items properly cleaned before resuming living or working within the building. SERVPRO has the tools needed to repair the smoke damages and help reverse effects of a fire in your home.

Contaminated Water Cleanup

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

When you are faced with a backed up septic situation in your home or business, it can quickly turn into a health crisis. Bacteria sitting for any length of time can transport illness and disease that not only affects you and your family, but possibly your pets as well. Sewage and bio-hazardous material need to be cleaned up and decontaminated as quickly as possible. SERVPRO has the equipment needed along with highly trained professionals that know the ins and outs of bio hazard clean up. With over 30 years of experience we have seen and cleaned it all. When facing the daunting task of cleaning up a contaminated home or business, give SERVPRO a call. We are available day and night to answer your call for help.

When a Leak Turns Into Mold

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

A slow leak can go undetected for great lengths of time. Whether it was from a crack in the pipe or other faulty mechanics, a leaky pipe left unnoticed will most certainly create mold. Mold spores can travel throughout the materials of your wall, like insulation and drywall which can eventually send spores into the very air you breathe. It is important to have your home properly sanitized and the mold-infected material removed, once the leak has been fixed. Removing the damaged material can put your health at risk. It is always of good measure to enlist a professional to help you reduce the possibility of spreading the spores throughout your home. SERVPRO has over 30 years of experience in home remediation and are always available to answer your call for help. 

Storm Damages to Your Home

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Storms can be a powerful and unexpected force of nature. As we all got to see first hand in Texas, even the most notoriously warm climates have been reaching freezing temperatures, creating a winter storm crisis in locations where people are not acclimated or prepared for the weather. Whether it be from snow, wind or heavy rains, storms can be devastating to your property in many different ways. When facing property damages after a storm, the scene may not be safe for you to remain living. If power lines were downed you may lose electricity and along with it the ability to heat or cool your home. SERVPRO has over 30 years of home and commercial building restoration and know how to mitigate any type of storm damage repair. We are available day and night to answer your call for help.

When Heavy Snowfall Turns Into Heavy Flooding

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy snowfall is something anyone living in the Midwest is all too familiar with. Within a matter of hours a once barren landscape can be blanketed in feet of snow that hadn't been there prior. Heavy snowfalls pose problems of their own, adding extra weight and stress to the structure of your building, bur rapid snow melts can be an even bigger issue. Flooding can happen quickly and with little warning. Excess water on your property can bring along with it an endless list of problems you may be left with facing. Water can be a destructive force and cause thousands in restoration costs. It is important to have your property properly repaired. SERVPRO has over 30 years of experience in storm restoration and are always available to answer your call.

Here To Help

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

When things go wrong, as they often will, it may be confusing and stressful to choose a restoration company to help you get back on your feet. When your property is damaged from weather, water, sewage, fire, you name it, we will always be ready and able to take your call and answer any questions you may have. Property loss can mean loss of income, loss of shelter and create a difficult living situation for you and your family. SERVPRO is able to mitigate and begin repairs almost immediately. We are available around the clock to answer your call for help. Our team has over 30 years of restoration experience and have the skills and tools needed to handle any size disaster. Give us a call today to get back on your feet, faster.  

Always Here To Take Your Call

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

When faced with damages to your home or business it may be overwhelming to know where to start first. It is important to seek professional assistance when dealing with large scale loss as it may lead to greater disaster if left unattended. Fire damages may lead to exposed entry ways into your home, inviting unwanted rodents and insects to make themselves at home in the mess. Water loss left unattended can lead to mold growth that can put you and your family into harms ways. Our team at SERVPRO have over 30 years of experience with disaster restoration and have seen and cleaned it all. It is vital to choose a company with experience in the field and can help you get your home put back together faster. SERVPRO is available day and night to take your call. Give us a call today~

Water Damage Repair

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Water has the ability to ruin your home from the inside out. Time is of the essence when your home, business and their contents come into contact with water. Once water has seeped into your drywall you will need to have the area professionally cleaned and dried out to prevent the risk of mold formation. Insulation between your walls also runs the risk of being damaged by unwanted moisture. Restoration can be time consuming if not handled correctly. SERVPRO has the tools needed and trained professionals mitigate the dirty work. Available all year, morning or night to answer your call or any questions you may have about your restoration needs. When facing unwanted water intrusion, don't wait to call SERVPRO. We are always here to help.

Commercial Fire Loss

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

When your business feels the effects of a fire loss scenario, it can be damaging in many ways. Not only are you facing the loss of your possessions, you may be dealing with a loss of your income. Fire can leave behind a never ending amount of problems that will need to be repaired before your business can reopen. Toxic smoke is released when everyday materials in your home are burned. Touching or moving these items can cause cross contamination and may cause illness to you and those close to you. It is important to have toxic items removed carefully and with trained professional assistance. SERVPRO has the team and equipment needed to mitigate fire damages and begin the restoration process, getting you and your business back on your feet faster, call us today!

Property Loss: Fire Damages

2/10/2021 (Permalink)

Dealing with property damages after a fire can be a daunting and difficult task. Not only is you life put on hold, you may even experience a loss of income if your business was included with your property loss location. When removing materials after a fire, personal protection equipment is a must. Toxic fumes and dangerous materials are released from every day items when in contact with a fire. touching these contaminated items poses the risk of spreading the toxins to other areas and exposing it to other people. SERVPRO of Racine County is an independently owned and operated cleaning and restoration company with over 30 years of experience in disaster restoration. When facing the difficulties of property clean up after a fire has occurred, give us a call! We are available day and night to answer any questions you may have.

Emergency Ready Profile For Commercial Space

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

Being prepared for any type of emergency event is the first step in commercial building restoration. Before Having a plan of action prepared in advance is a huge step to take in the prevention of property loss. SERVPRO provides a detailed and essential program known as (ERP). Personalized to your facility each Emergency Ready Profile details important information that is necessary in the event of an emergency. Water, fire, mold and the elements can all create scenarios in which your commercial building could suffer extensive damages. Our ERP program lists significant steps in which to take to lessen the amount of damages you incur. By being prepared ahead of time can save you time and money. Give us a call today to have your ERP created to suit your needs.

Commercial Building Covid Cleaning

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

With the dangers of COVID still posing a threat in our communities, it is important to take precautionary steps in order to keep your work space safe and sanitary. Our team at SERVPRO offers extensive prevention as well as after contact cleaning. Having your location thoroughly sanitized after exposure to COVID is imperative to having a safe work environment for your staff and your customers. Cross contamination is always a possibility when traveling in company vehicles. Maintaining and servicing your company transportation can help reduce the spread of this deadly illness. From the surfaces of your business to the air circulating through your ventilation. SERVPRO takes the necessary steps to ensure every area in your location is properly cleaned and disinfected. Taking the initiative to stay proactive in the face of this pandemic can save you time and money.  

Commercial Building Waterproofing

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

Water can and will find access to your commercial space if maintenance isn't properly preformed. Poorly sealed windows can lead to water damages. Cracked walls in the foundation of your business and also allow water intrusion. Water has the potential to warp wood, bow your flooring and ruin insulation. What might have been a minor leak left unattended can turn into an immense restoration project. Depending on the materials used in your facility, different coatings and sealing can be used to shore up imperfections in the structure. inspecting the integrity of your roof is also a major step in avoiding commercial water damages. Monitor for any loose shingles or holes that might have developed over time. Parking decks are susceptible to long term erosion from weather elements. Inspecting their location is always of good measure. As always, SERVPRO is here to help with the restoration of your home or business. Give us a call today! 

When You Need Us

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a one stop shop for your restoration needs. When things go wrong, a fire damaged your property, heavy rains flooded your basement we are the ones to call first. Arriving on scene we immediately mitigate the situation and begin the process of restoration. Removing damaged items we salvage all that we can and go through a meticulous process of decontamination. Using state of the art equipment we are able to turn what was once a disaster site, into a fully restored and functional facility. We take the time to communicate our process to our customers and are sure to keep you informed every step of the way. We are always available to answer any questions you may have and are able to be reached 24 hours a day. Give us a call today!

Clean Up After Fire Damage

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Fire has the ability to destroy your home and business in moments and leave behind it an avalanche of issues that need to be addressed. Smoke damage is toxic and can cause lasting health issues if handled without proper sanitation. Soot and smoke coats the walls and can be difficult to manage the clean up entirely on your own. SERVPRO has the personal and equipment to mitigate the situation and begin repairs. from boarding up your property to putting the finishing touches after a complete remodel we do it all. When facing disaster, life does not slow down and keeps moving even if you are not able to keep up at that time. Choosing SERVPRO gets you back to the normalcy of life and gets you back on your feet faster. 

Boarding Up Your Business

8/17/2020 (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 professionals are have 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 a call. We are always available to take your call or answer any questions you may have!

Wind and Hail Damage Leave Their Mark

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

Storm conditions can produce a multitude of damaging effects. Most commonly we put flooding and water at the top of the list, but strong winds and hail damage also leave their mark. Aggressive winds have the ability to uproot trees which can cause thousands of dollars in property damages. Hail comes in all sizes and in many different weather conditions. Ranging from the size of a penny to the diameter of a baseball, these are produced when evaporated water freezes and falls from storm cells. Broken windows, dented and destroyed siding are just to name a few of what can result from hail damage. Not much can be done to prevent these types of property injuries. Be sure you are familiar with your insurance policy and what it covers. 

We Clean Your Things

8/12/2020 (Permalink)

When your home or business experiences a fire, mold or water damage, it isnt only the structure of the building that is affected. The contents in your facility or home will all need to be evaluated and professionally cleaned. Even items that were located in a different part of the home can sustain toxic smoke damage from fires, or can retain mold spores that have traveled through the ventilation system. SERVPRO provides state of the art air filtration, sanitation and deep cleaning of all contents affected. There are many types of cleaning we provide:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Don't let disaster slow you down. Give us a call today

Rising Waters: Rising Cost

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

It is no secret that the weather patterns have drastically altered in the past two decades. Warmer temperatures around the world have contributed to rising levels of water in some areas, while creating a drought in others. If you happen to frequent our very own Lake Michigan, the effects can be witnessed first hand. A few homes have already been lost to an eroding coastline while others have lost property inch by inch, year by year. When water levels rise, the chances of flooding can become imminent. Water damages carry with them a heavy price tag as water has a negative effect on most everything it come into contact with. It is essential to be up to date on your insurance policy and know exactly what is covers. Flooring, drywall, electronics, and personal effects can all sustain damage and will need expert care to rehabilitate. Our crew of trained professionals have the tools and experience to handle your flood loss from beginning to end, taking the burden off your shoulders. Give us a call today!

Where There's Thunder: Lightning Damage

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning strikes cause billions of dollars in property damage each year. Yes, you read that correctly. Billions. Lightning has many variables what make it dangerous and potentially deadly. Having a core temperature that reaches upwards of 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit fires easily explode from flammable materials such as wood or building structures. Home electronics and any item that is plugged in during a lightning surge could be ruined beyond repair in the matter of seconds. When a storm is approaching, it is best practice to unplug all electronic items to prevent surge damages. A secondary issue that can arise during lightning strikes are 'shock waves' which can fracture concrete brick and stone. Taking extra precautions during strong storms help lessen the possibility of lightning strike damage. 

The Effects of Standing Water

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

When water finds its way into your home or business, many issues will follow. It is crucial to remove and dry standing water as quickly as possible. Hardwood floor stand almost no chance against holding water. Wood being a natural element absorbs and expands when moisture is added. Warping and swelling is close to follow, and if not handled immediately, they will need to be removed and replaced. Standing water poses a real threat of mold growth. Mold can effect any surface in your home, and can create a toxic living environment. With each passing minute, the cost for repairs grows. SERVPRO has the ability to arrive quickly on the scene to begin the restoration process. By removing all damaged materials we are better able to reconstruct your home safely. If you are experiencing water damages in your home, give us a call today!

Toxic Smoke: Vehicle Damage

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

During catastrophic situations such as a home or business fire, it is important to have a plan of action set in place as to how the damages will be repaired. The extent of repair goes beyond items burned. Smoke and toxic fumes are released from the very items you have in your home, and can stretch far past the location of the fire. If your vehicle had been in the garage during a home fire, you can be almost certain it retained a certain amount of smoke infiltration. Breathing in these toxic fumes puts your family and pets at risk. It is essential to have your vehicle properly cleaned before usage. Cross contamination can occur and the possibility of spreading toxins increases. SERVPRO has the equipment and expertise to not only repair and restore your home, we can also decontaminate your vehicles to ensure the utmost safety for you and those around you. Call us today!

Storm Water Damage

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy rains and a poorly functioning sump pump can spell out disaster for any homeowner or renter. Water infiltration can occur rapidly and sometimes with little warning. Within hours you could find yourself knee deep in a flooded basement. Rain water may seem harmless but the damages can be extensive, depending on how long the water sits and has contact with the interior of your home. Your carpet, drywall, flooring and sometimes ceiling can all be affected. Having the water and moisture removed quickly is essential in the avoidance of mold formation. When water sits for prolonged periods of time, mold spores begin to form and spread, causing further repairs that will be needed to restore your home to livable conditions. SERVPRO is available day and night to answer your call and any questions you may have. 

Heavy Winds Pack a Punch

7/1/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know there is a difference between wind types? Straight line winds are often referred to damaging winds that are not a result of a tornado. A downdraft is referred to the heavy winds that occur from thunderstorm cell formation. These winds can reach speeds upwards of 50-60 miles per hour. Its not so much that the wind is blowing, its what the wind is blowing. Debris from the surrounding area is easily swept into the chaotic weather, causing structural damage and may even put your life at risk. Hail damage, roof shingle loss and downed trees are only scratching the surface of possible outcomes. When you find your home or business in dire need of restoration after damaging winds, give SERVPRO a call. 

What thoughts come to mind when you hear the word “Disaster”?

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Racine County has been owned and operated by the Weber Family for over 30 years. Our disaster relief and restoration company is one of the most sought after and reliable family owned franchises in the state of Wisconsin. Specializing in water, mold and fire remediation and restoration, we have seen the worst that Mother Nature and man made disasters can create. But our expertise doesn’t stop there. Handling both commercial and residential sized losses, we also sanitize and disinfect with our deep cleaning procedures. We provide services outside the normal as well, ranging from crime scene clean up, board up after fire loss and total rebuild after mitigation. Have questions on cost? Our crew leaders will calculate the damages and give you and estimate before repairs ever begin. Working closely with your insurance company, we are able to incorporate your needs as well as consider the budget to have it completed. We will work with any insurance provider to ensure you receive exceptional service during some of the worst times you may be facing. Call us today, we are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have. Disasters don’t take a break, how can we?

When the Levy Breaks

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

With ever changing weather patterns, it is important to stay current on your homeowner's insurance policy. Water damages can occur under many different types of circumstances and not all water coverage is the same. If poor maintenance of your home or business is found to be the source of water damage to your property, chances are you will be left to cover the bill out of your own pocket. SERVPRO has the ability to quickly arrive on the scene and begin water extraction immediately. The longer water sits, the more likely there will be secondary issues to address, such as mold. It is important to stay prepared for any poor weather that may arrive. If your roof needs repairs or your windows need to be resealed, it is best practice to do so before the water hits. 

When Left Unattended

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fires are a brutal force that can destroy and warp almost any material in your home. Often times, fire damages are completely preventable. It is essential to be aware of the possible dangers that can occur and the immediate steps to take to prevent further injury to your home or business. Listed below are the top 3 causes of 'in home' fire and how to prevent them from happening.

1) Candles. A soft glow of candle light may be appealing, but the possible outcome could be deadly if left unattended. Never leave a candle burning in a child's room and be sure to always blow them out before falling asleep or leaving the room.

2) Smoking. Smoking is on a downward trend, but still a leading cause of massive property loss per year. 

3) Electrical and Lighting. Over crowded power cords or Christmas lights being left on overnight are just two examples of what can go wrong when leaving electrical items unattended.

Save time, money and ensure the safety of your home and business by practicing preventative measures at all times. 

We Are Cleaning Experts

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – 

SERVPRO of Racine County (262) 633-8888

Electronic Smoke Damage

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

When you experience a home fire, there are many different ways your belongings will be affected. Smoke damages are always a factor during restoration and can reach places the fire may not have even touched. Your electronics such as cell phones and lap tops are also susceptible. When smoke has infiltrated the circuits its important to know what to be in the hopes of repairing the damage. First, remove the battery if possible and disconnect from all power sources. Wipe the entire exterior of any reside using a microfiber rag or soft cloth. Lastly, utilize a can of air or an air compressor to clear out any residue or smoke debris that may have gotten past the exterior. Concentrate on the vents, ports and access points. SERVPRO has state-of-the-art equipment to handle electronics on a larger scale as well, such as computers and television sets. Give us a call today! 

Water, Water Everywhere When The Basement Floods

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

One of the most common occurrences in home and business damages would be water. Water comes in many forms, such as a broken pipe or a rain downpour it also can create many issues, on the outside of your property as well as in. When water come in contact with the interior of your home, immediate measures must be taken in order to prevent damages from worsening. SERVPRO has the ability to extract the water from your home using specialized cleaning techniques and equipment. We also use industrial grade sanitation and antimicrobial treatments to prevent the growth of mold. If you are experiencing a musty odor in your home from previous water damages, we have the ability to bring in air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove the unpleasant scent. Give us a call today, we are always available to answer your call and questions. 

What To Do With Unwanted Water

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Water can infiltrate your home or business in many different ways. Freezing weather in the winter can cause pipes to break and water to flood. Severe weather is another contributing factor that can bring extensive water damages. SERVPRO has the tools and experience to help restore your space quickly and efficiently. We have specialized equipment and cleaning techniques that extract the excess water as well as steaming treatments that kill bacteria growth in your floors and walls. Water left to absorb in your flooring for any amount of time can cause irreparable damages. It is vital to remove standing water from hardwood floors as soon as possible. Even a few hours could mean the difference between repairing and replacing. If you find yourself with unwanted water on your hands (or in your house) call SERVPRO and we can begin repairs immediately.    

Heavy Winds, Heavy Damage

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy winds and rain can cause extensive damages to your home or business. Once the weather clears you may be left with excessive repairs that need immediate attention. SERVPRO specializes in restoring your property to preloss condition quickly and professionally. Our technicians have the experience and skill to approach any weather related clean up with expertise and will always explain the process one step at a time. SERVPRO works closely with local businesses to help in the assistance in full property recovery. Many times landscaping issues may be a factor in the restoration of your property. We have the ability to have the right people with the correct equipment aid us in the rebuild of your yard as well as home or business. We are available day and night to answer your call if you are facing your own restoration needs and are available to answers any questions you may have.

Aftermath Of Ice Storms

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

When low temperatures arrive, those of us living in Wisconsin know what is sure to follow, ice and snow. Having preparations in place for this type of weather is a must. But what happens after the snow has fallen and ice begins to dam on your gutters and roof? Nothing good unfortunately. When ice builds up to form icicles, the risk of shingles being ruined and leaks forming is very high. Once water infiltrates your roof, you may begin to see water spots form on your ceiling and sometimes can be seen dripping down the walls. It is important to avoid further damages by quickly addressing the problem and having it repaired quickly and professionally. SERVPRO has the tools and expertise to help assess any weather related issues and the ability to mitigate and restore the damages, give us a call today.  

Large and Small We Clean It All

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Disasters come in all shapes and sizes and have endless causes and effects behind each. Being a restoration company that has been in the business for over 30 years, we have seen and cleaned it all. From crime scenes to flooding, fires to tornadoes, we have the equipment and experience to handle it all and see every job through to the end. Most damages that your home or business sustain are caused with almost no warning, which can leave you overwhelmed and unprepared. SERVPRO works closely with your insurance company and always takes into consideration your input with any decisions that are being made. Having the tools and crew available to arrive quickly and begin repairs helps lessen costs and damages from spreading. SERVPRO is available day and night to answer your call when disaster strikes. 

When Choosing A Restoration Company

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing a restoration company. Are they local? Do they have the right credentials? SERVPRO of Racine County is family owned with over 25 years of experience. We work closely with your insurance companies for the best outcome for your home or business. We are available 24 hours a day to answer your call and your questions. Having a talented crew and state-of-the-art equipment on hand gives us an edge when handling disaster restoration. Through years of experience we are able to identify potential issues while providing you cost efficient solutions. We always take into account your personal taste and can even try to rebuild the damaged space as closely to the original design with the same materials. Give us a call today to answer any restoration questions you may have! 

Duct Cleaning In Large Buildings

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings are not unlike typical residences as in its ventilation and duct work will need to be maintained. Having multiple points of entry in your HVAC system calls for added attention to its upkeep. There are certain clues that will alert you when a cleaning is needed. You may not immediately notice a build up of material unless you have a reason to investigate. It is in good practice to check the duct work regularly for any maintenance needs. Another sign of dirty duct work are the complaints you may receive from people who work in the building. They may begin to mention their allergies getting worse or irritation associated with breathing problems. Having a clean and well maintained HVAC system is essential to having a thriving business and happy employees. SERVPRO has the tools and experience to help keep your air clean, give us a call today for your commercial building needs.   

How To Keep Your Commercial Flooring From Damage

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Keeping your business looking clean and maintained can mean the difference between money gained or money lost. Taking the time to keep your space inviting is always worth the effort. There are a few simple steps you can take to avoid wear and tear to your floors. Be sure to take notice of your entry way. This is one of the main locations you can stop the spread of dirt or debris on the floor of your facility. By adding a mat or mesh it further prevents the decline in sanitation. Increase the days and duration you select to clean your floors. Consider vacuuming your floors as opposed to sweeping as it better removes hard to reach debris. Lastly, give your local SERVPRO a call. We have the tools and experience to get your floors polished and clean.   

Where There's Smoke

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke damages are an underrated threat to your health and the safety of your home. It is easy to get sidelined by the destruction that fire itself can cause, but toxic vapors and harmful chemicals can become embedded into your belongings, requiring professional cleaning. Never take your smoke stained clothing to a laundromat. When smoke comes into contact with your clothing, it can become permanent if not cleaned properly. Never enter your property without the correct body protection such as face masks and gloves. Lasting and devastating results can occur if you breathe in or come into contact with certain items that were damaged. It is always a good idea to give us a call at SERVPRO to help assist in the clean up and restoration of your home or business. We have the tools and expertise to keep you out of harms way and to get the job done right the first time.  

Who To Call When All Goes Wrong

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Having to deal with unexpected events in your home or business can cause a serious impact on your financial and emotional well being. Stress levels can rise as well as the expense for repairs. It's important to seek assistance from individuals who are trained and have hands on expertise to help guide you out of disaster, quickly and professionally. Having over 30 years of expertise has made our company one of the leading and most reputable restoration companies available. We have the tools needed on demand to tackle whatever mess life throws our way. We answer questions quickly and in depth and will always communicate with you on every step of the rebuild or restoration process. When choosing a company to assist you with clean up or repairs, keep us at the top of your list. We will always be there to answer your call. 

Power Outages During Stormy Weather

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are as unpredictable as they are dangerous. They have the ability to bring strong winds that can uproot trees and bring power lines down to the ground. When this happens there is a strong possibility you and the surrounding areas may be affected by power loss. When this happens all electrical items in your home or business will no longer have power available to function. It is vital to have an emergency plan of action in place. Having items you can use on hand to hold out until the power can be restored will prove to be essential. Flash lights with fresh batteries, non perishable food, water, candles and a first aid kit is a good starter set. Adding things like a deck of cards, dice or board games are also something handy to have to help pass the time. Having these items prepared will have you ready for many inclement situations and allow you to hold out until the power can be restored. 

Fire Hazards In Your Home

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

There are many fire hazards that you may or may not consider right inside your home. It is important to be aware of what could potentially be dangerous and how to avoid disaster from happening. The most common cause of in home fires start in the kitchen. Pots and pans and the contents inside of them can be very susceptible to starting a fire if left unattended. Always stay in the room and keep an eye on what you're cooking. Portable heaters and space heating units also get top billing for being one of the most notorious home fire starters. Always keep them a safe distance away from curtains and furniture. Candles are also known for their tendency to cause fire damages to property. Never leave a burning candle unattended and always have a fire safe dish or plate beneath it. These are just a few of the dangers that can occur inside your home. Always keep an up to date fire extinguisher on location. Just in case. 

Pealing Paint : A Sign of Trouble?

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

In any room where heat and moisture are both present, issues can arise cosmetically. You may begin to notice bubbling paint, pealing and lifting from the ceiling or walls. Though time consuming, it can prove to be a simple fix. By taking a paint scraper and removing the paint pieces and sanding the area smooth you are prepped to add the moisture proof primer. This is an important step not to skip. If you just repaint over the existing damage you will only face the same issues in the future. Be sure to use ventilation if available. By keeping the are circulating it better allows moisture to dissipate than to cause damage. If you notice further damages such as water stains or the presence of water within your walls or ceiling you may be facing a larger problem and should consult professional advice.  

What's Covered?

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

When renting a commercial space it is important to have in writing what repairs will be included in maintenance. The landlord is responsible for a number of items and is solely responsible to meet their standards. A few of those would include insurance, maintenance and ensuring that all building codes are met. By law they must ensure the location is inhabitable and all basic requirements must be met. It is another story when damages are done on your part. When damages are done from family, employees or even pets, it is very likely you will have to pay out of pocket for the cleaning and repairs. The law varies from state to state so it is imperative to know this information prior to signing the lease. Know ahead of time what is covered and what is not or you could be left holding the bag on a costly fix. 

Protect Your Business From Damages

12/4/2019 (Permalink)

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When owning a business, you may be well aware of the dangers that can cause time and money. Property damage can happen in a multitude of ways. Being able to prevent damages from occurring is a way to control inclement situations from arising. Protect your business from thieves by providing good lighting to the surrounding area. Secure your windows and entryways with well fitted materials such at metal or solid core wood. Protect yourself against electrical surges with power surge technology. direct lightning hits during storm storm cells can cause damages. Be sure to unplug any appliances if you feel there is a potential of one occurring. Water damage is another avenue that can cause thousands in repair. Consider installing a water detection system to alert you to early water intrusion. Be sure to avoid pipes freezing by keeping your thermostat set to a minimum of 64 degrees. Always be sure to purchase and maintain your insurance coverage. If damages occur from neglect, there is a very real chance you could be stuck with a hefty bill. 

From Our Family To Yours

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Being a locally owned and family operated has given our company a greater understanding and connection with the community around us. When choosing SERVPRO of Racine County, you are inviting our team of highly trained professionals into your home and we understand the importance of treating your property as if it were our own. Being in the midst of a catastrophic event is a trying experience and there may be multiple levels of recovery and reconstruction needed before your home or business can be usable again. With SERVPRO we have the ability to complete work that is needed for recovery from start to finish. We have the equipment that can quickly and efficiently restore damaged property.  Having to go through multiple sources to be able to repair and rebuild damages is time consuming and brings with it its own frustrations. When catastrophe hits, time is limited. Give us a call today to get you back on your feet, sooner.

The Right Tools For The Job

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

When tackling any size disaster, SERVPRO of Racine County not only has the trained and skilled group of employees to mitigate the damages, but also the tools and equipment needed to get the job done. With extensive water damages that occur after flood waters have subsided, there can be a variety of items that are needed to properly extract the water that has been absorbed into the surrounding areas. On location to any recovery, our crew has at their fingertips the most advanced pieces of technology to help mitigate the situation. With having the proper tools needed on hand for every job site, it exponentially  shortens the time in which it takes to complete the work needed.  The advantages in using SERVPRO are ever growing. Not only do you have the peace of mind knowing your home or business is in skilled hands, but also the equipment needed to rebuild will be available for every one of our visits. 

Does Your Insurance Cover Slow Water Leaks?

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

There are multiple reasons as to why water damages can become a bigger problem than you originally imagined. An unfortunate piece of information a majority of homeowners might not know, is that your homeowners insurance does not cover most water related damages. In the fine print of most insurance policies, you may discover that water damages are only covered by a sudden onset of heavy water related weather, . Meaning, that slow water dripping behind the kitchen sink will not be covered. Not the news you may have been hoping for when these scenarios play out. It is vital to prevent slow water leaks from progressing. Home owners insurance will not cover neglect. Our team at SERVPRO of Racine County have extensive training and state of the art equipment to help mitigate any water loss situation and begin the repairing process. Mold is a secondary issue that usually accompanies water loss situations. We have to tools to help clean and sanitize after your water loss. 

Is there saving water logged wood flooring?

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

One of the more frequent recovery tasks associated with major flooding recovery are water logged hardwood floors. There are many contributing factors that must be considered when attempting to save hardwood floor. One of those being the duration of time water has been in contact with the planks. The response time to addressing the removal of standing water significantly determines the extent of damages and if the floors may not be salvageable. The longer water has time to absorb into the wood, the more difficult it will be to save. Laminate flooring is not considered a hardwood and it treated differently than natural wood. Laminate flooring is far more susceptible to damages and are usually removed and replaced in the event of a flood. SERVPRO of Racine County has more decades of hands on experience and has seen the worst that floods can bring. We are available to answer any questions and help in every way we can.

Great Lakes Create Unpredictable Weather

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Having the one of the Great Lakes in our backyard has many advantages. Fresh water is a benefit to all forms of life and can give a much needed respite from the scorching summer sun. Unfortunately, the drawback of living so closely to Lake Michigan is the unpredictable and at times dangerous weather patterns it brings with it. Winters have been an extreme force of nature the past few years with no signs of slowing down. Extreme weather can cause excessive damages to your home and property in multiple ways. Always be sure to weatherproof your windows, as they are a key element in retain cool air in your home in the summer, and prevents hot air from escaping in the winter. When you live in a location that can see searing hot temperatures in the summer and a polar vortex in the winter, it is essential to maintain the integrity of your home to stay comfortable and safe!

Storm Damage, Now What?

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

When heavy storms hit, there might not be time to prepare. Luckily, there are preventative measures you can take to ready yourself before dark clouds roll in. If there are signs of an impending storm, be sure to make sure any lose items such as umbrellas or trampolines are secured and park your car away from any trees and under cover. If it is safe, check downspouts and gutter to be sure they are free from debris. When the storm arrives, stay indoors and away from windows. Be prepared for power outages and the possibility of flood waters. If outside stay away from any type of waterway such as creeks and gutters. Once the storm passes, check your property for any damages. Keep clear of any down power lines. SERVPRO of Racine is always here to help, after disaster strikes

Is Your Business Prepared For Disaster?

7/30/2019 (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 comes 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. 

Emergency Ready Profile Can Save Money and Time

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

One of the overlooked aspects that SERVPRO of Racine County provides is a tool that could essentially save you precious time and money. Being a business owner, having a plan in writing for any type of disaster helps keep your team prepared for what happens next. Our marketing team has the ability to create a portfolio to ensure any one of your employees knows the steps to take to mitigate the situation. We provide crucial information, locating the key elements after disaster loss, such as the main shut off valve for any water source, the location of major items in your home and what to do in each type of disaster. Having this information on hand is instrumental in how quickly you can get ahead of each event. Give us a call today to help keep you business prepared. 

Fire Devastation At Local Residence

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

When a fire happens, your entire life can change. Furniture, clothing, photos, documents and personal effects can all be lost within a matter of moments. It is crucial to have steps set ahead of time in order to keep your family safe. Fires can erupt in any room of your home or business and for multiple reasons. Faulty wiring and kitchen fires are the most commonly known igniters in residential fires. Always be sure to check the batteries on your electronic devices that would alert you to a home fire. Be sure to discuss with your family the steps to take immediately after a fire, such as a meeting point and emergency numbers to call. Having these actions planned ahead of time can mean all the difference. 

Electronics After Fire Damage

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Some of our most important information isn't necessarily in physical documents, they are found in our electronic devices. Family pictures, credit card numbers and every application that we use daily contain our most vital information. What would you do if your electronics were involved in a home or office fire? Would they be able to be saved? Well, that depends a lot on the situation involving the fire. If your devices such as an iPad or cell phone experienced extreme heat, chances are it will no longer be unusable. If your devices were engulfed in smoke, there is hope. Soot is the major culprit with smoke logged devices. Always consult with a professional to clean and decontaminate your devices before powering them on. Doing so gives you a greater chance at recovery for your electronics. Our team at SERVPRO of Racine have top of the line equipment that help expedite recovery time.

From a Flicker to a Flame: Chimney Fire Prevention

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

As the summer days blaze away, we may forget the importance of maintaining items that go unused, for instance, your fireplace. A focal point in any home during the cool fall evenings and the bitter cold winter, but takes a long break before those months arrive. Here are a few simple steps in order to keep your hearth happy and healthy!

1) Clean your firebox: There may be ashes and coals left behind from previous fires. Vacuuming the debris creates a clean space.

2) Damage Report: Check the firebox and flue for any visible damages. Brick and mortar can deteriorate and create weaknesses.

3) Chim Chimeny: Hire a professional chimney sweep. They have the equipment to reach places that are inaccessible safely and will be trained to spot any imperfections in the walls of your chimney.

SERVPRO and our team of experts are here to help you if things go wrong.  

Ceiling Stains: First signs of water damage.

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Behind the walls of your home, secrets can be hidden. Without taking time to investigate, problems can grow. When a hidden leak begins to take it toll, you may not realize until extensive damage has been done. Here are a few warning signs of bigger messes to come.

1) When water is being held in your ceiling or behind your walls, the first indication is usually minor. Peeling and bubbling paint and wallpaper will appear, bloating over time. 

2) Staining and discoloration and changes to your floor, walls and ceiling are cause for concern. Don't let it go too long before investigating the cause.

3) Musty odors or unusual smells can also be an indication of water damage within your home.

SERVPRO has the expertise and team of professionals to tackle any water damage issues that may arise. Don't hesitate to call us today!

When the Thunder Rolls

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Lightning strikes are a dangerous and deadly force of nature. Strong storm fronts our the next summer months have the recipe to bring with it powerful thunderstorms. It is important to know what to do to keep your family safe when caught in the chaos of severe weather.

1) Find shelter immediately. To minimize the possibility of lighting hitting, it is imperative you seek cover from the storm.

2) Stay away from all windows or ports of entry to the elements outside. Remain within the inner most rooms of your structure.

3) Do not touch or use anything electronic or made of metal.  

4) Just stay inside. It is the safest place to be until the weather clears.

Lightning has the potential of creating deadly consequences. Always remain calm and reference these steps to stay safe.

Secondary Disaster: Salvaging Documentation After Loss

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

When we are in the face of disaster clean up, it’s easy to become focused on the major issues at hand. Instigating problems need immediate attention such as the pipe that burst and flooded your basement, or a fire that ravaged your facility and triggered the sprinklers to soak your electronics. Dealing with the source is of utmost urgency. What we don’t always take into consideration are the possessions that sustain damage with those disasters. Photographs, prized family possessions, important documents and digital items can all become exposed and become destroyed in a short frame of time. That’s where SERVPRO of Lake Geneva comes in to play.

SERVPRO uses state of the art equipment and implements the same freeze drying system as The Library of Congress. Our technology and techniques remain the only methods approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA). With water damage runs the risk of contamination and exposure to bacteria and viruses, making your items potentially dangerous. Fortunately, our team uses gamma irradiation to safely sterilize your property.

With these amazing pieces of technology we are able to preserve your most precious items and give you the safety of being able to keep them in your home or in storage. SERVPRO of Racine is always here to help and would love to answer any further questions you may have. Give us a call today!

Stand By Me

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

When facing the uncertainty of disaster such as flooding or fire, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to begin. We know all too well the complications that contribute to the stressful occurrence of losing your home or valuables to unexpected events. Fortunately, your neighbors at SERVPRO are available 24 hours a day 365 days a year to help you through your worst of times. Being equipped with the tools and personal needed to complete disaster relief measures is something we pride ourselves on. SERVPRO of Racine County provides the very best in restoration. A few of the items and pieces of machinery you might see on our arrival are some of the best the industry has to offer.

25 Trucks

3 Pack out Trucks

4 Dump Trucks

8 Extraction Units

450 Plus Fans

85 200 Phoenix Max Dehumidifiers

25 200 Phoenix Dehumidifiers

3 Fire Birds Temp. Heating

10 Wall injection units

8 Wood Floor Drying Units

3 180 BTU Indirect Heaters

10 Generators from 4k to 10k

With these tools at our locations we can fully equip ourselves for whatever disastrous event occurs. Never face damages alone. Give us a call day or night and we will be there to help!

A Friend in Deed

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Giving back to the community we serve is something our family owned business holds at the highest regard. In today’s society it’s easy to become manufactured with little real people connection. Our staff at SERVPRO of Racine County is not like the rest. Being family owned and operated we have gained experience in the industry for more than 30 years. We have seen the under belly of most disasters of residential or commercial damages than anyone in the state and have the skilled professionals to utilize that knowledge. We take time to get to know our community. Being involved in local events and supporting local business is very important to us and our mission as a business. We treat our entire clientele base with the same compassion and expediency we would give to our own family members. Disasters can be intimidating, we try our very best to comfort you in your times of need while being honest and direct about the steps we need to take to get you back on your feet. Your needs will always be heard and your questions will always be answered. From the time we receive you initial phone call to the time we complete the restoration of your home or business you will never feel alone. Give us a call day or night, we are happy to help!

From our home to yours

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

Choosing a restoration company to come into your home can be a difficult decision to make.  You may not be familiarized with what work needs to be completed and how much man power it will require to complete. SERVPRO of Racine gives you peace of mind by finishing any project we are assigned from beginning to end. Rather than having to hire multiple companies to repair multiple types of damages, we do the work for you. Having more than 30 years of experience we are one of the most highly respected and sought after companies for restoration, a reputation we hold dear to us. With a full staff of over 30 employees, we are able to be on call and ready to assist our customer base any time of day or night on any day of the year. Disasters can come in many forms. From fire, water, mold and trauma we have the capabilities you help in every scenario. With top of the line equipment and a crew of highly trained individuals which have been meticulously selected through a vigorous application process, we only offer the very best in commercial and residential repair. Our staff will explain which steps we are taking to assess the damages and what is needed for repairs. You will never feel left out of the construction process, as we keep in constant contact for any questions you may have. When disaster strikes, you can count on us to be there for you.

Stay Prepped

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can arrive in many different shapes and many different ways. From a slow drip to a burst pipe, water is a destructible force to be reckoned with. Though some situations may be unavoidable, such as a swell in a nearby river, there are certain measures you can take to help prevent home flooding. Preventative measures truly are worth the effort.

  • What lies above: Inspection of your roof and shingles is essential because of its constant exposure to harsh elements. Keeping your roof well maintained is an important step in water damage prevention
  • Gut it out: Good drainage in your gutters is one of the major steps you can take to avoid a water leak issue.
  • Air tight: Caulking and sealing your windows is a great way to prevent unwanted water exposure.
  • Pump up the jam: Testing your sump pump is vital in preparation of water damage avoidance.
  • You OK in there? : Your plumbing and pipes within your home or business can be a major factor in water loss causes. Be sure to check on your pipes periodically to avoid any disasters.

Preparing your home in the event of a water loss situation can help you save money and time in the long run. Follow these tips to keep your head above water! 

I Saw the Signs: 4 Signs of Water Damage

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

When unwanted water seeps into places it doesn’t belong, it brings numerous issues along that can make matters worse. Water damage can become more serious as the problem goes undetected or unaddressed. Not only does water damage spread, it also becomes significantly at risk of mold formation in a short amount of time. Unfortunately, water damage isn’t always apparent. Our skilled technicians at SERVPRO of Racine County are equipped with infrared sensors which can detect temperature changes within the walls. But what are the signs to notice before you give us a ring? Here are 4 signs of impending water damage.

Do you hear what I hear? : Most of us are familiar with the sounds our homes make. From the rushing water of the plumbing systems, to creaking floorboards in the hallways, they become less alarming as time goes by. What you need to pay attention to are the different or unfamiliar sounds your home may be making. From a slow drip to flowing water, be aware of the sounds around you, they may indicate a larger problem.

What stinks? : When moisture comes in contact in dark places, a distinct scent of mildew is sure to follow. Trust your nose and follow it to the source. Early detection may help you prevent a huge mold infestation on top of the water damages.

From a puddle to a pool: Have you noticed explainable pools of water? Any puddles that keep reappearing after you’ve cleaned them? Chances are you are facing a leak somewhere in the area.

Cold Abode: Moisture and water tend to zap a home of heat, as it draws it in to evaporate. If your home is difficult to heat or your walls are cold to the touch, it may be an indication of moisture within.

When water damage presents itself unexpectedly, give us a call day or night and we will be there to make things right!

Water, Water All Around: Winter Flood Awareness

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Wisconsin has become a notorious swinging pendulum of back and forth weather patterns. From mild weeks spanning December, to biting cold and heavy snow fall in January, it’s hard to predict what could be headed our way. Naturally in the winter, flooding would be the last concern on our list of worries. But surprisingly, flooding can happen at any time of year, particularly in the cold months. There are numerous reasons as to why an area can flood during winter. Broken water pipes are a known culprit in the freezing temperatures. Sudden snow thaws can lead to a rapid amount of excess of bodies of water looking for a location to settle. Because the ground might still be in a frozen state, the water cannot be absorbed and will run off until it find a stream or lake that can withhold its mass. When this happens, flooding is almost always a side effect. There are a few steps that can be taken to be better prepared for these types of storm disasters.

Insure yourself: Look into purchasing a flood insurance policy if you do not already have one in place.

Know it all: Get familiarized with what your insurance covers and what it does not

A Simple Plan: Always have a flood plan prepared which should include evacuation routes. Have important documents stored in a safe, waterproof location.

Picture This: Take photos of your possessions. It will be very useful for insurance claims should disaster strike.

Flooding can happen quickly and leave lasting and sometimes permanent damages to any home or commercial building. If you find yourself over your head, give SERVPRO of Racine a call and we will be there to help you every step of the way.

Freeze Fire in Its Tracks: Fire Prevention During Winter

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

There’s nothing like staying warm through a bitter cold evening in Wisconsin. The whipping wind is notorious for its ability to steal your breath away in a matter of moments. Heat is essential and our only defense during the coldest months of the year. December, January and February bring the harshest wrath. As we are in the grips of a record cold forecast ahead of us, listed below are preventative measures and tips to keep in mind to prevent your home from going up in smoke.

Side effects of heating sources: Carbon Monoxide is a silent and invisible threat to every member of your home. It is an odorless and colorless gas that is commonly omitted from cooking equipment and heating appliances. Be sure to have proper ventilation and to have your equipment up to date to prevent the possibility of exposure to the poison. Having a CO reader in your home is an essential tool as well, as it detects the threat immediately.

Mood lighting: Candles are a common threat statistically in the winter months. Never leave a candle lit for more than 4 hours at a time. Supervision of any lit candle is advised at all times.

It’s electric: Electrical units are a leading cause of home fires in the United States. Lighting equipment, washer/dryer fans and space heaters are typically the culprit in these incidents. Following instructions and turning units off when unused is a preventative measure to take to avoid disaster. Never use any heating source unsupervised.

To avoid disaster this winter use these helpful tips to remain safe and cozy during the cold dark days.

Batten down the hatches: Blizzard prevention

1/29/2019 (Permalink)

Winter weather in Wisconsin is undeniably unpredictable and can potentially be deadly. With temperatures that can range anywhere across the scale, from mild and cool to subzero and catastrophic it is essential to know how to prepare for an incoming blizzard and or freezing temperatures. Listed below are steps to take in order to prevent disaster when the bitter cold is on its way.

Stock up shamelessly: When time is on your side and the winter storm has not yet hit, take that trip to the local store and stock up on the vitals. Non-perishable foods, batteries, flash lights, canned heat source, pet food and supplies, candles and medicine that you may need. Having salt to assist in ice on walkways is also a benefit. Emergency foods are a must. A few examples of survival foods:

  • Crackers
  • Granola Bars
  • Canned fruit and veggies, tuna, soup
  • Applesauce
  • Boxed or canned juices
  • Cereal
  • Dry Milk

Roger that: Charge cellphones and spare charging units. It is also recommended you physically write down an emergency contact list in the unfortunate situation your phone may lose power. Family members, your power company and any other emergency numbers should be included on this list.

Lock it down: Storm proofing your home is another step to take when an impending storm is headed your way. Apply weather stripping to doors and windows. Covering your windows with plastic sheeting helps keep the cold at bay as well. Keep all unnecessary rooms closed off to help isolate the heat in rooms that are used. Stay indoors and restrict travel for emergency situations only.

These simple preventative measures can help you remain prepared and safe during the bitter cold months. Stay cozy out there Wisconsin!

Grease Lightning: Fires in the kitchen

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is a universal meeting point to converse while rummaging for a snack and is an essential part of any household. So it should be no wonder to know that nearly 41 percent of fires originate in the kitchen area. Multiple factors can play into the dangers of in home fires, many of which we overlook. We will be going through a list of steps to take when confronted with a grease fire and how to practice the proper techniques to either get the fire under control, or remove yourself to seek help.

Once a fire ignites:

  • The most immediate approach you can take is to smother the flames with a cooking lid or cookie sheet. Leave on flame until it has been extinguished and the surface has cooled.
  • Immediately turn off the heat source
  • Baking Soda or Salt are the only two kitchen ingredients to be used when putting out a grease fire. Never use flour or any other substance to extinguish flames as they can make the fire worse.
  • If all else has failed and the fire is still manageable, use a fire extinguisher to control situation.

NEVER USE WATER TO PUT OUT GREASE FIRE FLAMES. Do not attempt to move burning items outside.

If all else fails:

  • If you cannot get the flames smothered it is imperative to immediately vacate the home and seek help. Kitchen fires can spread very quickly leaving you vulnerable and reduces your points of exit.
  • Close all doors behind you as you leave as it can help contain the spread of the flames.
  • Call 911 immediately from a safe distance.
  • Never under any circumstances reenter your home while fire is in progress.
  • Always have a current evacuation plan composed for your family to know which route is best to safely leave in the case of an emergency.

Home fire loss makes for a long process of recovery as well as the possibility of losing precious items that cannot be replaced. These simple steps and help you prevent disaster from striking and keep your family safe.

It's Elemental

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mother Nature is a force no one can reckon with. The elements are an unpredictable enemy that anyone who owns property needs to take into constant consideration. With little or no warning, a natural disaster can wipe your business off the map within the blink of an eye. It is vital to be prepared for what could potentially be in store in your future and the damage control you can have prepared for these very situations. Listed below are a few examples of how you can defend your assets against the unforeseen elements.

Risk Assessment:  Where you are located can dictate your plan of action. If you are living in an area prone to flooding or located where tornadoes are common it might seem obvious in what coverage you require. A risk assessment is an important tool as it can identify the lesser probable causes of loss. Just because some events are less likely to occur than others, does not prevent the possibility of them happening. The best offense is a great defense. So be prepared.

Business Interruption Insurance: When you lose your ability to earn income do to damaged property your business interruption insurance will cover most of your loss. Some scenarios are straightforward as in water damage due to a burst pipe or structural damage caused by a fire. Natural disasters are not as specific. Secondary issues such as closed roads due to down trees can cause a loss of income and a basic interruption plan will not cover these situations. It is very important to look into supporting insurance that can be added on to cover such events.

FEMA Funding: Flooding is one of the most common side effects of natural disasters. While rain might be covered by your Business Owner's Policy, once it settles in any location it is no longer considered rain and is now defined as flood water. Flood water can only be insured by The Federal Flood Insurance Program which is administered by FEMA. 

Consider all options: When insuring your commercial building it should be of highest priority to be sure all options have been considered. Be completely aware of the threat that the elements pose and the steps you can have in place to insure your property should disaster strike.

Warming up a cold space

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial buildings typically lack a certain ‘cozy’ feeling and the winter months truly showcase how dull the environment can become. Drafty windows, harsh lighting and cold floors can add to the discomfort of spacious building interiors. Luckily, there are simple and inexpensive ways to battle the cold, and warm up your environment.

Lighting: Bright, overhead lighting can be zapping your office of precious needed color and subtle warmth. Try using softer lighting options that lessen the strain on your eyes. Small table lamps and accent lighting are great options to utilize.

Carpeting/Rugs: Cement or hard flooring is not optimal to retain heat. Adding throw rugs and sections of carpeting can add texture and help soften the cold coming from below. They also add an aesthetic appeal against any hard surface.

Plants: Having live plants present in any indoor space during winter months is known for its health benefits.  Not only do they help purify toxins in your home you may be unaware of they also add a pleasant contrast to the colorless landscape outdoors.

Caulking drafty windows: Do a walk about to all windows that are a barrier to the elements. If you can feel a difference in temperature or pressure a great way to shore up the exposed areas is with caulking. Meant to fill in the cracks and weak areas of seal, they help better insulate your space.

Winter in Wisconsin can arrive early and exit late. With these simple tips your commercial space will become a small escape from the outside world. As always, SERVPRO of Racine is here to help!

Consider This

11/13/2018 (Permalink)

Selecting flooring for your commercial space can be more multi-faceted than you might first expect. There are many contributing factors to consider when making the final decision. Do you require a smooth surface for machinery to easily glide across? Will you or your work staff be on their feet for long hours? These are major questions you should be asking yourself to determine which flooring would work best. Typically, there are three different types of surfaces most commonly used in commercialized space.

  • Concrete Etching: This option can leave your floor with warmth and rich earthy tones. As cement has a tendency of not retaining or being able to hold paint or stain, etching is done to create pores in the surface, allowing stain to hold.
  • Epoxy Coating: Most commonly used in commercial settings, Epoxy coatings cover wide surface areas of hard material such as concrete or steal. It creates a barrier over the surface which seals and aids water resistance. It consists of an epoxy resin that is crossed with a co reactant or hardener.
  • Vinyl Planking: Luxury planking has become a hot topic of debate in recent years for its upswings and draw backs. Visually, vinyl planking is unmatched. The variety of textures and options are forever changing and updating. Structurally though, it is not nearly as strong as its competition. It also is not as environmentally friendly as the access pieces that remain unused after installation typically ends up in the trash. Harsh cleaning chemicals are also known to warp vinyl after prolonged exposure.

As with any project, there are many options to weigh and decisions to make to prevent any unexpected issues present themselves. As always, SERVPRO of Racine County is here to help you with any questions or assistance you may need! Give us a call today!

A time to be prepared

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial losses on a large scale can come quickly and carry a heavy price tag. Something as simple as a leaky roof or a drippy pipe can cause thousands in reconstructive damages and repairs. As some disasters are natural there is little that can be done to prevent injury to your building or to have an exact plan in place for preventative measures. On the other hand, there are many steps that can be implemented ahead of time that can greatly reduce the amount of time needed to recover.

  • Most importantly is to have an emergency plan on hand and constructed ahead of time to refer to in case disaster strikes. This should include the contact information for your nearest SERVPRO facility, as we can help assess and repair commercial damages on large and small scales on any type of disaster you may be facing.
  • Know where all vital power sources and water sources are located in your facility. This includes your main water shut off valve and circuit breakers as cutting these off can be major contributors to salvaging your property.
  • Have all vital insurance and business information prepared in an emergency folder for easy and swift access to prevent the delay of repairs and to expedite the time it takes to start the repairs.

These are just a few steps that can be taken to lessen the difficulties you may experience after Commercial building loss. SERVPRO of Racine is just a call away and are here for you should you need us.

Winter is Coming

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

You read that right. Fall is tip toeing her way in as Summer is packing her bags and finding her way out. Apple orchards are prepping for their upcoming season and the crisp scent of burning leaves will soon be tickling our noses. What better time to prep your home for the upcoming bitter cold that will make her arrival in the not so distant future? Listed below are extremely helpful tools and practices to keep the warm in and the cold out. They may just help you save some valuable loot in your pocket as well.

  • Simmer Down: Lower the temperature in your water heater. This one simple adjustment can save you upwards of 10% off of your water heating costs. Typically water heaters are set at a scalding 140 degrees, bringing it down to 120 degrees will save you bookoo $$$.
  • Backdraft: Drafty windows and doors have the potential of wasting up to 30% of your energy use. They also can trick your thermostat into false readings. Fortunately, a simple solution such as a rolled towel at the base of the door (or create a draft snake, if you’re feeling crafty) will lock out that unwanted cold.
  • Be Kind, Rewind: Turning the direction of your fan blades from counterclockwise to clockwise will actually create a warmer room. Hot air rises, the fan blades help force the warmth back into the lower part of your room.
  • Out With The Old: Change your furnace filter! A commonly overlooked step in energy savings. Not only does a dirty filter restrict air flow, it also has the potential of harboring dangerous materials, such as mold, bacteria and pollen. It is best to change monthly during the winter months.
  • Leaving The Abode: Lower the thermostat every time you leave your home. Each degree you lower your homes temperature can save you between 1% and 3% on your heating bill. Programmable thermostats are available that will keep on top of lowering and raising the temperature in sync with your schedule.

Being able to stay ahead of the impending cold will save you money and stress. Follow these simple steps and stay warm! As always, SERVPRO of Racine is here to help in any way we can!

Shut the Door!

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

A recent study has discovered that a closed door can save your life. In the unfortunate occurrence of a home fire, it has now been proven that, other than fire alarms, a closed door is essential. Within minutes of a fire located on a lower level, toxic fumes and suffocating smoke will have already made their way to the upper most rooms, stealing precious lifesaving minutes. A closed door acts as a shield between you and the damage raging outside. It also allows you time to formulate an escape plan, or if trapped, for rescue efforts to reach your location. A basic house fire can reach upwards of 1,100 degrees but by having your door remain closed prevents the atmospheric temperate of rising above 110 degrees. Hot, but survivable. By choosing this one simple step for your daily routine could be a lifesaving method that’s as simple as shutting the door.

As always, SERVPRO of Racine is here to give you tips to keep safe and will always be there when things go wrong.

Fall into a cleaner home: tips for every room

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

If you’re anything like me, deep cleaning comes twice a year. Spring cleaning is most commonly discussed as we collectively look ahead to open windows and a light breeze sweeping through a crisp clean home, but fall cleaning is also very pertinent. It ushers in the era of being secluded inside away from the cold, so let’s be sure your space is ready. Included below are easily overlooked practices that will up your cleaning game.

Bedroom:

  • Launder the sheets. That means all of them. From the bed skirt to the pillow cases, leave no sheet unwashed. Use a tennis ball in the dryer along with down filled materials to prevent clumping. For heavier materials allow running an extra lap on the spin cycle before transferring to dryer, it speeds up the drying process. To prevent damage or over loading, take the bigger items to the launder mat and use an extra-large front loading washer. It’s worth the effort.
  • Don’t forget the mattress! A sprinkle of baking soda and a quick hour to allow to be sit on the material is an effective way to get those hard to wash materials sanitized.

Kitchen:

  • Cabinets first. Wipe all exposed cabinet surfaces top to bottom, along with hardware. If cabinet tops are exposed, wiped down thoroughly and line top with newspaper. The paper will collect dust and added grim, allowing cleaning to be easier when it’s time to replace.
  • Empty out the refrigerator. It’s surprising to see how much damage is done when the space is cleared. Wipe down all surfaces and fully cleanse before re adding items. Do the same for the dishwasher and microwave. If possible, pull appliances from wall to clean behind and below. You will be amazed as to what has fallen between the cracks.
  • Organize and sanitize countertops. Removing unnecessary clutter presents a more coherent and pleasant environment.

Bathroom:

  • Wash your shower curtain. Most can be tossed in the washer on a cold, low cycle but be sure to check the tag. It is an overlooked tip that greatly impacts the sanitation of your wash room.
  • Use warmed distilled vinegar water to soak the soap scum and water spots from your door
  • Pull all items from below your cabinet, organize and sanitize.

Family room:

  • Vacuum every piece of furniture by removing the cushions and removing debris from between lining, also use attachment to reach the back of the surfaces as well.
  • Remove all artwork and framed items. Dust using a warm microfiber rag. Do not use any kind of spray, as it can damage the photo or artwork underneath.
  • Dust the electronics. Save yourself some time and invest in a skinny dusting wand that can maneuver between cords and under consoles.

It is a self-satisfying accomplishment when all is done and you can kick your feet up and relax in a completely safe and cleansed environment. As always, SERVPRO of Racine is here to help you when disaster strikes and to provide tips before it does.

Preemptive Measures: Unique Ways to Avoid Flooding On Your Property

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

It’s no secret that the damages of a flood affecting your home are devastating. The cleanup after such an event is almost worse than the flood itself. You are left with the remnants of beloved items. You are uprooted from your daily life and experience higher levels of stress than acceptable. Being able to avoid the catastrophic effects of flooding can restore your peace of mind, and also benefits the environment, if done correctly. Listed below are helpful tools to be used in order to prep your property for incoming water.

Plant a Rain Garden: A growing trend among homeowners is the design and installation of rain gardens. Using native plants with high water tolerance is key. They require almost no upkeep or watering between rainfalls and are helpful to our natural environment. Directing water from known flooding areas of your property, or planting directly on the location, these gardens retain and absorb excess water. Even a small addition of a rain garden has a huge impact on the water level on your property after a flood.

Heavier Mulch Will Help You Out: When mulching with lightweight materials, the odds of a misplaced mulch mess being handed to you is significantly high. Light materials are known to scatter in flooded conditions and to clog drainage ways. Hardwood mulch is heavier, making it more difficult to spread and is known for their low maintenance appeal.

Install a Green Roof: Now hear us out. It may seem excessive, or out of your budgets capabilities even, but you may be pleasantly surprised. The cost and labor needed to install these futuristic roof covers has been significantly reduced over the most recent years. As long as you have a flat or gently sloping roof you are in the clear. Not only do green roofs elongate the life of your roof, studies show it also increases insulation and reduces energy costs.

A Driveway That Drains: Second only to roofs, driveways are the biggest contributor to storm water run-off. Most commonly, swayes with drainage ports are installed on each side of your driveway, although it is not the most effective. Using spaced gravel or even grass greatly reduces the effects of flood water run-off. They are not only visually pleasing but a benefit to the environment.

Flooding can happen suddenly and with little warning. These simple and effective actions could save you a disaster on your hands. As always, SERVPRO of Racine is here to help you, when all else has gone wrong.

History Beneath Our Feet: Saving Hardwood

10/16/2018 (Permalink)

Hardwood floors are a classic signature to any home, bringing a warmth and delicate age to any environment they bestow. From old country farm homes, to sprawling warehouses hardwood flooring adds finesse. But with the sweets comes the sours. When water damage occurs, time is of the absolute essence. Warping and disfigurement from water can leave lasting and detrimental effects within an incredibly short amount of time. Some of which cannot be repaired to its original glory. That’s why one of the most useful methods of recovery from damaging water to natural hardwood floors is our highly effective Drying Mat System. Our mats have mastered the art of removing water vapor that has been deeply absorbed by wooden planks. Our system has saved countless dollars and spared even more headaches for our customer base. Our drying mats are surprisingly simple in design visually (a basic floor mat with a hose attached) but incredibly powerful. When a hometown customer of ours had a pinched line in their ice maker, it caused an incredible amount of access water which flooded her kitchen. Our team of meticulously trained experts at SERVPRO of  Racine was able to immediately address the situation and have the damage under control with the use of our Drying Mat System. Hardwood floors retain a time in history, some being centuries old. Being able to preserve what we can and restoring what we must is what makes what we do so worth it.

Beneath the Waves: Surviving a Rip Current

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Lake Michigan has a certain appeal that many cannot resist. It’s scenic, ocean-like views are enthralling, with warm wind whipping across an invisible horizon, the roar of the waves colliding with the shore. If you are a resident of Racine County, it’s almost unheard of if you haven’t dug your toes into the sandy sanctuary of North Beach and its hidden inlets, or find yourself drawn to the haunting beauty of its many lighthouses that pepper the expansive coast line. She has a welcoming nature on those hot summer mornings, her water always a cool refreshing escape from the heat of the city sun.  What we take for granted is how powerful those waves can be beneath the beauty of her exterior. In this edition of SERVPRO Survival we are going to be hitting on the most important steps to take if ever you find yourself or a loved one in the grip of a dangerous rip tide.

               What we know most commonly as a ‘rip tide’ is actually a rip current (a narrow channel of water rushing outwards) which can feel as gentle as a tug at first.

 The Shallows:

  • Exit shallow water immediately when the sensation of tugging or pulling occurs. A rip tide is more difficult to maneuver from when in deeper water.
  • If you are in chest deep water and still able to touch bottom, walk sideways out of the line of current and immediately make your way to shore. (Always take note of posted warnings and do not swim where it is not recommended)

Swept away:

  • Remain calm. Rip tides WILL NOT pull you below the surface, even if it feels that way. What the current is doing is pulling you out further, not under. You must keep a calm and clear mind to handle the situation.
  • Do not exhaust yourself. If you are an adequate swimmer you are in no immediate danger of drowning if you do not over exert your mind or body.
  • Call for help if there is anyone in the immediate area.

(DO NOT ATTEMPT any rescue efforts without the aid of a flotation device. You could be swept away as well. Immediately call for rescue services)

  • Swim parallel to the coast line, no matter how far you have drifted. Swimming parallel to the coast will release you from the hold of the current. Swim in the direction of the breaking waves, as this indicates where the rip tide ends.

Back Float:

  • Conserving energy is essential to rip tide survival. If you feel yourself losing energy, the best technique is just to flow with it. Do not panic that you are further from shore. Back float and relax until the tide has dissipated and rescue efforts can commence.

Out of its grasp:

  • Swim diagonally to shore once released from the current. It reduces the possibility of reentering it unintentionally.
  • Rest as frequently as necessary to regain and sustain energy.

There is no way to predict when certain emergency situations arise. These simple and effective tips can help better ready yourself for when tragedy strikes. From all of us at SERVPRO of Racine, Stay aware of your environment and stay safe.

Racine Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Racine Home

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Racine will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (262) 633-8888

When Storms or Floods hit Racine is ready!

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage Racine

SERVPRO ofRacine specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Lake Geneva we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 

(262) 248-7588

Does Your Racine Home Have A Mold Problem?

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

In Racine, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today –

 (262) 248-7588

Racine 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Racine provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Racine

SERVPRO of Racine is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – (262) 248-7588

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Racine has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Racine

SERVPRO of Racine specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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