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Preventing Water Damage from Frozen Pipes in Your Milwaukee County Home

1/5/2023 (Permalink)

iced and frozen outdoor spigot Frozen pipes are one of the biggest risks of property damage when the temperatures drop.

When temperatures dip during the winter, frozen pipes could be a concern for your home – but there are ways to prevent your property from disaster.  Here are some helpful facts from the American Red Cross:

To Prevent Frozen Pipes

  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes

  • If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
  • Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
  • Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
  • Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

In the event you suffer water damage from frozen plumbing fixtures or ice damming, SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is here to help 24/7/365 at 414-354-7566.

A Happy Customer in New Berlin, WI

12/15/2022 (Permalink)

5 star google review There is no greater compliment here at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North than a 5 star recommendation from one of our customers!

At SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, great customer service is of the utmost importance to us.  We work hard to train our emergency personnel to exhibit excellent customer service. When one of our customers is experiencing a water damage or fire damage emergency, we want to be there to help them recover their home or business to preloss condition with as little disruption as possible. 

One such example of this comes from a Google review written by a customer in New Berlin WI who experienced damage in their home. Paul D. wrote:

"Judson and his SERVPRO Team were very professional, responsive, and diligent with their Water Damage Cleanup at our house. He gave us timelines of when each part of the project would be completed, He worked closely with our insurance claims adjuster to make sure communication between all of us was seamless. During the wood refinishing stage, when we couldn't walk on our floors. We knew by Judson's timetable, exactly what nights we were going to be spending in a hotel, and what nights our dog was going to be spending at a dog sitter. After our project was completed, they even had a professional cleaning crew come in and clean any part of our house (floors, nearby carpet, windows, cabinets) that were in the vicinity of the water damaged area. I would absolutely recommend Judson and his SERVPRO Team to anyone who needs this type of help."

Here at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, there is nothing that makes us prouder than knowing our customers are satisfied with a job well done.  We are here for your emergencies 24/7/365. Give us a call for help at 414-354-7566.

Milwaukee Fire Restoration 101: Structure Cleaning Methods

12/5/2022 (Permalink)

kitchen after fire cabinets and stove area covered in soot Our trained professionals use specialized methods to ensure that your home is restored completely from soot residue and odors.

In a study of 2018 fire activity published by the National Fire Protection Association, it is estimated that property owners experienced over $11 billion in fire losses across nearly half a million structures.  All of these events are unique in circumstance and severity.  Before a structure cleaning can begin, it is important to understand the cause and type of the fire as well as the materials affected.   The professionals at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North are experienced in these scenarios and have the training necessary to restore your property fully to its pre-fire condition.

Here are some types of fires and subsequent methods of cleaning:

High Oxygen

High oxygen fires create a dry soot residue, so they are cleaned by first using a dry chemical sponge method.  Introducing moisture to a dry soot environment can further lodge the soot into building materials, so removing as much soot as possible before wet cleaning with a low-alkaline detergent and rinsing is crucial.

Low Oxygen

Due to the wet soot this type of fire causes, it must be cleaned with a wet method.  We use a high-alkaline detergent to wash walls and structural components. 

Kitchen/Grease

Often the most difficult fire to clean, kitchen fires present a soot residue that is often harder to detect.  Cabinets, drawers, appliances, etc. must often be removed for full access to all residue so that it may be properly removed to eliminate lingering odors.

Remember that SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is available 24/7/365 to restore your home or business after damage from fire.  Our professionals are highly trained and experienced in this type of cleaning, and will work hard to take the worry out of your restoration process.  Call us today at 414-354-7566.

Ice Dam Tips for Milwaukee Residents

12/1/2022 (Permalink)

icicles hanging from edge of roof Icicles hanging from your roof might be pretty, but they could be an indication that you may have an ice dam.

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation and other areas.  Ice dams usually occur after a heavy snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures. Frequently the result will be a water spot or leak from the ceiling or wall under the roof damage.

Tips for handling and preventing ice dams

  • Don’t get on your roof yourself; it could be dangerous.
  • Avoid standing on the ground and “chipping away” at the ice. Not only could this cause damage to your roof, but you can be seriously injured by falling ice and debris.
  • Seal air leaks and duct air leaks in your attic to stop warm air leakage.
  • Check your attic insulation, replace anything damaged, and add additional insulation. This prevents warm air from your home from getting in your attic.
  • Provide adequate attic ventilation. Check to make sure attic insulation is not blocking roof ventilation. Your attic should be a temperature similar to the outdoor temperature.
  • Clean leaves and other debris from gutters before the first snow. This will help prevent ice build-up in gutters.
  • Have an energy specialist or air sealing professional do an in-home evaluation. A good specialist will use diagnostic equipment to evaluate the performance of your home and generate a customized list of improvements.

If you have experienced interior water damage in your home or business, please utilize the professionals at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North.  Our trained technicians are available 24/7/365 to assist with your water emergencies. Call today at 414-354-7566.

5 Star Service for a Milwaukee County Business

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

5 star review on google At SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, it is our goal to exceed customer expectations.

At SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, we understand that minimizing business interruption is crucial to business owners. We work hard to train our emergency personnel to exhibit excellent customer service and complete the job efficiently and correctly.  We are available 24/7 for situations such as this. 

One such example comes from a Google review written by a customer in Mayville, WI who experienced damage in their business. Jackie M. wrote:

"Ryan and his team were quick to respond, got the work done quickly, all while being friendly to our staff and residents. We had a great experience with SERVPRO, and will certainly use them in the future!"

Here at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, there is nothing that makes us prouder than knowing our commercial clients are satisfied with a job well done.  We are here for your emergencies 24/7/365. Give us a call for help at 414-354-7566.

5 Star Customer Service in Milwaukee, WI

10/15/2022 (Permalink)

5 star google review At SERVPRO of Milwaukee North we do what we say we are going to do. It is our goal to exceed customer expectations.

At SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, great customer service is of the utmost importance to us.  We work hard to train our emergency personnel to exhibit excellent customer service. When one of our customers is experiencing a water damage or fire damage emergency, we want to be there to help them recover their home or business to preloss condition with as little disruption as possible. 

One such example of this comes from a Google review written by a customer in Milwaukee, WI who experienced a flooded basement in his home. Doug M. wrote:

"We had water in the basement and it damaged drywall, doors, carpet etc. SERVPRO came that day set up drying equipment and took care of everything with the insurance agent. When we called, we were in their phones and they would respond with our names. They run a very tight ship and did everything they said and more. I would highly recommend them."

Here at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, there is nothing that makes us prouder than knowing our customers are satisfied with a job well done.  We are here for your emergencies 24/7/365. Give us a call for help at 414-354-7566.

Milwaukee Fire Restoration 101: Structure Cleaning

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

two servpro workers in uniform cleaning ceiling with pole instruments SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is here to help with any fire, soot, or smoke damage that may occur in your home or business.

Navigating the destruction of a fire in your home or business can be stressful, but SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is IICRC certified, experienced, and ready to bring your property back to its preloss condition.  Fires, large or small, can cause a great deal of smoke and odor damage. The heat generated by a fire and air currents can carry soot, smoke and odor throughout your entire property.

Before reconstruction can begin, structural cleaning is necessary so new materials will not be contaminated from previous damage. Utilizing the most up to date equipment, products and technology, SERVPRO of Milwaukee North thoroughly cleans damaged areas of your structure.

Our process will ensure that odor causing materials and potentially hazardous conditions are removed and treated before reconstruction takes place.

We focus on removing smoke residues from the building’s structural components and neutralizing odors given off by the residues. Following basic principles of cleaning allows us to accomplish this task:

  • Locate the smoke residues by carefully inspecting the affected area
  • Identify the type of residues
  • Capture and remove residues

When fire damage takes control of your life, we help you take it back. SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is ready and waiting for your call 24/7/365. Contact us for more information at 414-354-7566.

Water Damage Time Line

9/5/2022 (Permalink)

water in basement Water damage doesn't wait; call SERVPRO of Milwaukee North now!

SERVPRO of Milwaukee North 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.  We arrive quickly and start the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.  Here is some information on the timeline of a water damage event.

Within Minutes

Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.

Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.

Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.

Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

Drywall begins to swell and break down.

Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.

Furniture begins to swell and crack.

Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.

A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

Mold and mildew may grow and spread.

Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.

Metal begins to rust and corrode.

Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.

Paint begins to blister.

Wood flooring swells and warps.

Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

In the event you sustain water damage for any length of time, SERVPRO of Milwaukee North is here to help.  Call us today at 414-354-7566 for a no-cost assessment of your damage.

Fire Safety Tips to Protect Your Milwaukee Area Business

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

smoke and smoke detector If you own a business, make sure you take all of the steps necessary to mitigate the risk of and prepare for a fire emergency.

One fire can completely destroy a company’s finances and productivity.  In severe instances, this risk can lead to a closure.  In addition to ensuring you are compliant with all fire safety codes, here are some tips to mitigate the threat fires pose to your business.

Have the Right Equipment

Make sure you have functioning smoke alarms and extinguishers in the workplace at all times.  A fire suppression system is also recommended.

Minimize Flammable Materials in Storage

Packaging materials, paper files and batteries, as well as other common office items can be highly flammable.  Minimize the amount of these materials kept in the workplace, and safely store those that are kept.

Manage Electronics Safely

When leaving for the day, always turn off everything plugged into an outlet.  Make sure electrical cords are not damaged as broken wires can start fires, and never allow circuits to be overloaded.

Regularly Check Fire Alarms

Conduct monthly checks to ensure that all fire alarms, as well as the systems that monitor the building, are functioning properly.  Alert employees therein to give them ample time to evacuate in the event of a fire.

Have a Written Plan

Write out a plan that includes evacuation protocols, fire prevention policies, emergency phone numbers, and all other matters pertaining to procedures.  Make sure all employees have access to the plan.  SERVPRO of Milwaukee North can help create an Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) to keep a digitally accessible record of your plan and important information.

In the event your business is affected by fire, smoke, or soot damage, don’t hesitate to call on the professionals at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North.  We are here to help 24/7/365.  We can be reached at 414-354-7566.

Providing 5 Star Customer Service in Waukesha, WI

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

5 star facebook review At SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, we aim to exceed customer expectations through caring and professionalism.

At SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, great customer service is of the utmost importance to us.  We work hard to train our emergency personnel to exhibit excellent customer service. When one of our customers is experiencing a water damage or fire damage emergency, we want to be there to help them recover their home or business to preloss condition with as little disruption as possible. 

One such example of this comes from a review written on Facebook by a customer in Waukesha, WI who experienced a flooded basement in her home. Donna M. writes:

"I had a major water loss...SERVPRO came to the rescue and handled everything efficiently and professionally!!!"

Here at SERVPRO of Milwaukee North, there is nothing that makes us prouder than knowing our customers are satisfied with a job well done. We are here for your emergencies 24/7/365.  Give us a call for help at 414-354-7566.