Recent Posts

Prepare Your Milwaukee Team for a Weather Emergency | SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis

9/18/2023 (Permalink)

Business man holding an umbrella and briefcase with a dark thunderstorm behind him. If your home or business was damaged in a storm, call SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis to get you back in action.

Being prepared for everything is one of the most important principles that business owners strive to instill in their employees. They prepare their team to overcome any challenge through training and continuous learning while also cultivating resilience and teamwork.

While most business owners are focused on educating their employees to overcome work-related obstacles, they may overlook the importance of preparing their staff for outside issues that may arise on their premises. Extreme weather is one of those unexpected occurrences that might catch your team off-guard.

Don’t let your crew rush around frantically during a weather emergency! Use our tips to ensure your team is prepared to weather any storm.

Know Your Risk

Assessing weather threats based on your specific location is the first step in developing a storm-ready plan for your business workplace. Because each region is prone to different sorts of storms, knowing the frequent risks that affect your area will help you narrow down what to prepare for.

Your Milwaukee business should anticipate a variety of local threats like flooding, severe storms, snowfall and tornadoes. Each year, these threats leave both homes and businesses with expensive aftermaths. Preparing your business in the best way you can is the thing that will keep it up and running when disaster strikes!

Understanding your flood risk is one example of being fully prepared before a calamity strikes your Milwaukee business. Other methods, such as staying up to speed with local weather alerts and tuning into local weather forecasts before each work week, might help you prepare your Milwaukee team.

Make a Plan to Communicate

A way to communicate is one of the most crucial things your team will require during a weather disaster. In this digital age, staying connected with your team has become effortless thanks to advancements in technology.

Ensure your entire team has a communication system that allows them to receive and send any vital weather updates. When a weather situation arises, this seamless mode of communication is quite helpful and will enable your team to act quickly. This could entail alerting them to gather supplies or prompting them to evacuate.

Plan Your Evacuation

While you never want it to happen, your team may need to evacuate quickly during a weather disaster. Make sure your team knows where to go by highlighting evacuation routes and any secondary exits. Label these routes, and hold regular exercises to familiarize your employees with the evacuation procedure.

During certain weather occurrences, evacuation may not be safe, and it may be far safer to stay put. Prepare a plan for your team to shelter in place by selecting a safe area, ideally without windows.

Whether you are sheltering in place or making a speedy evacuation, it’s vital to keep your team calm! Practice your escape plan, emphasize local weather dangers and have a quick means of communication to keep your commercial team calm and collected in the eye of any storm.

Don’t let extreme weather take control! If storms strike your business, SERVPRO can help you restore your losses.

Securing the Exterior of Your Home Before Storms | SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis

9/18/2023 (Permalink)

Empty parking lot with lots of greenery shown during a heavy downpour of rain. Have you been impacted by the unusual summer storm season? SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis has your back when you experience flood and water damage.

For those who live near St. Francis, it’s not uncommon to see a rain or wind storm around this time in the summer. When it comes to safeguarding your home against these storms, being proactive is key.

From wind and rain to hail and floods, storms pose various risks that can result in significant damages. Taking steps to storm-proof the exterior of your house can help mitigate risks and prevent costly repairs.

Preparing for the Season

Protecting your home from storms doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In fact, many storm-proofing measures can be seamlessly integrated into your regular routines. Get the whole family involved and turn it into a fun activity!

Regardless of your location, strong winds and heavy rain can pose a threat to your home. Trim trees near your property, regularly clean your gutters and remove loose debris to minimize the risk of flying objects damaging windows or water pooling in your basement. Don’t forget about your patio furniture either—secure it or find a safe storage space when storms are on the horizon.

Take a walk around your property to identify any gaps or deteriorated wood. Maintaining caulking around window and door frames can prevent potential leaks during heavy rain. Regularly inspect your roof after every wind event and at least once every four months. Promptly replace any missing or loose shingles and be on the lookout for openings around gutters, edges, or chimney areas.

Enhancing Your Home’s Storm Readiness

While many storm preparations can be done without incurring additional costs, there are certain considerations based our area that may require upgrades.

Storm shutters are a valuable investment, especially if you live in an area prone to strong winds. Upgrading your windows to thicker materials that can withstand severe weather can also provide added protection. In densely forested areas, installing gutter guards can help prevent clogs and potential water damage.

Consider reinforcing outbuildings and modular homes with additional bracing or structural tie-downs to ensure they stay intact during intense storms.

One last step to take to protect yourself? Always have multiple ways to receive weather alerts and designate a safe space within your home for quick response during severe storms.

If your home does take damage, remember that SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis is available 247 to get your home back in order swiftly.

Summer Grilling Safety Tips | SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis

9/18/2023 (Permalink)

Man holding tongs above grill preparing food outdoors Have you had a barbeque gone wrong? Call SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis to get your space back in shape.

It’s summertime, and we’re all savoring the sunny days and outdoor gatherings with family and friends. As you gear up for backyard BBQs, it’s essential to ensure that your grill and equipment are ready for safe use.

Neglecting proper grill safety can lead to dangerous situations and potential fires. Our SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis team wants you to enjoy your Wisconsin BBQs without any fire risks. Read on to learn more about important safety precautions.

The Setup: Keep Your Grill in the Right Place

To start, it’s crucial to keep your grill outside, away from any enclosed spaces like garages or roof overhangs. Proper ventilation is necessary, and having anything flammable above the grill can pose a fire hazard. Remember to position the grill at least 10 feet away from your house or wooden deck railing. Create a kid-free and pet-free zone around the grill to ensure everyone’s safety.

Before using a charcoal grill, clean out any ash buildup and inspect for dents or cracks. For propane grills, carefully examine the gas lines for leaks and ensure secure connections. Leaky lines or propane tanks are highly dangerous fire hazards. Be sure to check your neighborhood’s guidelines to see what is allowed near you.

Manning the Flames: Stay Attentive and Prepared

When cooking, stay near the grill and have a water source nearby as a precaution. A spray bottle can help control flare-ups, and keeping a hose or fire extinguisher within reach is essential.

Prioritize safety by handing off the cooked food to someone else, and then turning off the gas or closing the vents for a charcoal grill to cut off the oxygen supply. Properly dispose of ash and embers in a metal can to prevent any fire hazards even after the grill is no longer in use. Before calling it a night, double-check that the grill has cooled down completely.

Enjoy a Safe Summer with Your Loved Ones

St. Francis is a great town to have a fantastic and safe summer filled with beautiful, family memories. However, in case an unfortunate fire incident occurs during a BBQ, remember that SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis is here to assist you with fire damage restoration.

Ensure your home is protected from fire damage. Contact us at SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis for prompt restoration assistance.

What to Do After Water Damage | SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis

9/18/2023 (Permalink)

Pool of water sitting on top of a herringbone patterned wood floor with furniture nearby If you discover water damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis right away.

You probably don’t think about water on a daily basis, but it plays an ever-present role in our lives. When we use it our homes, it’s usually harnessed—you can turn it on and off with a turn of the faucet handle.

Sometimes, though, you can see the raw power it possesses. Think about the last time you saw the ocean, with the water ebbing and waning in sometimes impactful waves.

It can have that same effect in our homes when a water disaster occurs. You want water inside your faucets and in some appliances, but you don’t want it filling the basement due to a busted water heater, sneaking into your attic from a leaky roof or seeping through windows and doors during a heavy rain.

Do what you can to prevent these things from happening, but when water damage occurs, knowing what to do next is important. Keep reading.

The First Steps

When water is where it shouldn’t be, the faster you can respond, the better your outcome will be. Your first step is to find the source of the water.

Find a way to cut it off or stop it up, and use the water shut-off valve when needed. Since water coming in contact with electricity can be dangerous, you’ll also want to cut off electrical outlets in the area. Avoid walking around in puddles of water since you don’t know what might be lurking.

Your next step? Call SERVPRO® for the fast response you need to handle water damage.

Understanding Our Water Damage Restoration Process

When you’re affected by water damage, minutes matter. Because we know that, our response is prompt. Once you call us, we’ll jump into action by first asking you a series of questions to gather facts about what’s needed.

We will ask that you snap a few photos of the damage. Those photos will capture the extent of the damage to your house and property, which will be helpful when we work with your insurance provider.

From there, we’ll get started. Our team of water damage restoration experts will use industry-leading drying equipment to get out every trace of water, even those that can’t be seen by the naked eye. We will also focus on removing and drying out soft materials and your personal belongings.

Whether your water damage incident was small, like a kitchen sink leak, or big, like a water heater explosion, we have the skills and expertise needed to completely restore your house to preloss condition. If you have more than an inch of water in your house, it’s important to call in the experts to complete the job professionally.

Do you have water damage in your home? Call us for fast and complete restoration.

What to Do When Rain Lands Where It Shouldn’t | SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis

9/18/2023 (Permalink)

image of a large body of water during a rain storm with ripples caused by the heavy downpour Water damage in your home? Not for long with SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis on the case!

Rain can be beautiful and productive, helping flowers and gardens flourish and grow. It’s a great way to give a community a refresh!

However, not all rain is calm and idyllic. A heavy rainfall can bring strong winds, hail, and other disruptive forces to a community. If our homes aren’t fortified and prepared for the strength of a storm, rain can even lead to roof leaks.

Luckily, our SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis team is here to assist you in staying as safe as you can be during a big storm. Here are some of our top tips for getting ready and seeking shelter during storms:

What to Know About Intense Rain 

Fast and hard rain can result in flash flooding, which is when rivers overflow and roads can’t drain speedily enough. Flash flooding can lead to a host of other problems as ell, including landslides that affect trees, plants, cars, houses, and the ground.

It can be especially problematic for older areas with less drainage options, such as the Historic Third Ward. Flash flooding is also more likely in places with water close by, like the Riverwalk.

While we can’t take action to prevent all flash floods from occurring, we can know what to do if and when they arrive. Keep in touch with local authorities, and take action as soon as you know a flash flood alert is in place in your area.

Staying Prepared

Preparing your home and family is always the most important step to take. If you’re caught outside during a flash flood, head home right away if possible and avoid any low ground, drainage ditches or roads that have a history of flooding.

If you have time, you can move anything indoors that you wouldn’t want swept away. This might mean pulling your car into the garage or moving deck furniture inside temporarily.

When it comes to your home interior, move any valuables or sentimental objects off the first story of your house. Consider turning off the electricity on the first floor, as well. Above all else, remember to stay calm and stay above the water line. Take special care moving through your home once the flood ends and avoid walking through any standing water. Now it’s time to give us a call to get your restoration underway!

Prepping for the Future

No one can prevent weather scenarios, even with the most careful preparation! What we can do, however, is learn from our experiences.

After a flooding incident, think about the steps you can take to proof your property against future incidents. For example, you could consider getting your lawn professionally graded to help water flow away from your foundation.

You can also consider getting a sump pump, which is hugely beneficial during storms. Sump pumps remove water from your foundation and stops it from affecting other areas of your home, like your walls and roof.

Don’t forget that we’re your resource in any kind of disaster! Whether you need help recovering from a storm or flood, our water damage restoration specialists can dry out your space, repair any damage and fortify your home against mold growth.

We are ready to help with all of your water disasters. Contact us to schedule water damage restoration services today.

Steps to Take After a Storm | SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis

9/18/2023 (Permalink)

Dramatic night shot of a home with visible roof damage from a recently storm and fallen debris Summer storms affecting your property? Call SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis to restore your space in no time!

In the aftermath of a powerful storm, safety is everything. As things settles, a structured approach to recovery makes all the difference.

Here are some key steps to take after a storm to help you and your family return to normal life swiftly and seamlessly.

Documenting Damage for Insurance Claims

The aftermath of a storm often leaves behind a trail of destruction. For homeowners and property owners, documenting the extent of damage is crucial for filing insurance claims. Photographs and videos of the affected areas should be taken from multiple angles to provide a comprehensive view.

Make detailed notes about damaged items, structural issues and any potential safety hazards. Keep receipts of expenses related to immediate repairs, as these can be included in your insurance claim. The process doesn’t have to feel daunting, however! Our SERVPRO® team has extensive experience dealing with insurance providers and can answer any questions that might arise.

Keeping Communication Lines Open

In the wake of a severe storm, communication networks can become strained, and phone lines may be congested. In this instance, it’s better to rely on text messages or social media platforms to communicate with family, friends, and neighbors.

Texts are often more likely to go through in times when voice calls might fail. Utilizing social media platforms can also provide a way to update a larger group of people about your safety and any available resources, while saving emotional energy.

Checking on Your Neighbors

Community support is vital during times of crisis. After a storm, check on your neighbors, especially those who might need assistance due to age, disabilities or other vulnerabilities.

Establishing a sense of unity and cooperation can foster a safer and more resilient community. Sharing information about local resources and recovery efforts will help everyone get back on their feet faster.

###Contacting Professionals for Help

When faced with significant property damage, it’s wise to seek professional assistance. Our team at SERVPRO specializes in dealing with disasters of all kinds, including post-storm cleanup and restoration work. We can assess the extent of damage and implement efficient restoration procedures. Our experience and resources will help ensure that your property is restored to its pre-storm condition as quickly as possible.

Navigating the aftermath of a storm demands a methodical approach. By documenting damage, employing alternative communication methods, assisting neighbors and seeking professional help from our team at SERVPRO, recovery becomes more manageable and efficient. Remember, in dealing with a difficult situation, preparedness, unity and professional support are the cornerstones of a successful recovery.

If a storm leaves your home damaged, contact us for fast recovery.

Tips for a Safer Fall Bonfire | SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis

9/18/2023 (Permalink)

campfire-style fire pit with flames emerging from the top of the logs on the dark green grass Bonfire season is upon us! SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis has your back with these helpful fire safety tips.

We are so glad to see the temperatures starting to drop around here! The fall season is coming fast, and we are not complaining. Who doesn’t love pumpkin spice, cooler weather and football Sundays? We also love spending more time outside around our bonfires, watching the seasons change.

Bonfires are a great way to stay warm as the air turns crisp, but they can be dangerous if you aren’t careful.

Our SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis team wants you to enjoy the s’mores, family memories and crackling flames without the risk of starting an uncontrollable blaze, so read on to learn some helpful fall fire safety tips.

Things to Do Before Starting the Fire

Do make sure your location is a safe place to start a fire. Pull any brush or log piles away from the pit or move your portable pit onto a level surface that is far away from anything flammable.

Do ensure your water source is ready to use at a moment’s notice. A hose that is unraveled and placed near your pit or a bucket full of water can control any wandering flames in an instant.

Do keep an eye out for any burn bans or changing forecasts. Fire can be unpredictable in dangerous conditions, so avoid windy days or if the ground and surrounding area is really dry. Check with local authorities before lighting anything on fire.

Tips for Maintaining a Safe Fire

Don’t use any sort of gas or lighter fluid to get your fire going. Flammable substances light on fire fast, but they are unpredictable even in controlled situations. Stick to lighters, matches and tinder.

Don’t let your children play around the flames. Curious kids can easily spread the fire beyond the pit or a trip or slip can lead to serious injuries.

Don’t let your fire grow out of control. Small fires are more easily managed, and they can be extinguished faster in an emergency.

Don’t abandon your fire pit until you are sure that everything is completely extinguished. Pour water over the logs and embers until everything is soaked through and cold to the touch.

Wildfires and You

Remember, most wildfires are unfortunately caused by human error or negligence. Fire safety is a crucial part of outdoor bonfires, so follow all of these tips every time you sit down to enjoy a fire with family or friends.

If your home is damaged by a fire, our fire damage restoration team is here to help. We will arrive quickly and handle your entire restoration from start to finish.

Fire can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. Contact us day or night for immediate assistance.

How to Teach Kids About Fire Safety in a Not-So-Scary Way | SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis

6/10/2023 (Permalink)

Young boy staring at a lit match being held between his fingers SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis is here for you and your family if you experience a fire in your home or business.

Raising children is an immensely fulfilling journey, but it also demands a lot of effort. As a parent, you hold the crucial role of nurturing their understanding of the world while fostering their creativity and curiosity.

Equally important is the task of ensuring their safety, striking a balance between protecting them and exposing them to scary realities. Teaching kids about fire safety is incredibly important, since house fires can be frightening for people of all ages, whether they are young or old.

Creating a positive and supportive atmosphere while introducing fire-safe practices can make it much more likely your child would respond appropriately during an actual emergency.

<h3the-dangers-of-fire">Explain the Dangers of Fire

Children thrive on learning by sight, since comprehending consequences becomes easier to grasp through direct observation. Talk with your kids about how fires spark, while exploring every area of your home where flames are present.

Teach your children about the dangers of matches and lighters, and be sure to emphasize how they are safely used.

Instruct them that if they discover these items anywhere in the house, they should hand them over to you. Even a tiny match can lead to a catastrophic house fire.

<h3them-with-authority">Familiarize Them With Authority

Recognizing that children can be scared by the sight of authority figures in uniform, make it a point to regularly show them images of police officers and firefighters. Look for local community events that organize meet-and-greets or interactive experiences, helping your youngsters to develop a positive view of these heroes.

Emphasize to your kids that during a fire, these individuals are there to save lives! You should also prepare your kids by showing them to how to react if a fire occurs in the home. Participate in fun interactive exercises together, such as practicing different ways to alert each other and holding an army-crawling race to see who can get to safety fastest.

<h3a-game-plan-together">Make a Game Plan Together

It is essential for every household to establish an emergency exit plan for every room in the home. Consider making it an enjoyable experience by turning it into a game! Encourage your kids to determine the quickest exit route from each room and collaborate on creating a diagram together.

Take the time to explain to your children how the windows in your home operate, so they understand how to open them during a fire. In the same light, though, be sure they know that windows are not to be opened unless it’s an emergency or an adult instructs them to do so.

You should also establish a safe spot outside where everyone can meet if flames break out. Once your plan is in place, make it a priority to run through it as often as possible and ensure your children are familiar with the process of calling for help once they escape.

Fires can cause widespread damage. Call us for a thorough and efficient restoration.

Safeguard Your Home Before Winds Blow Through Milwaukee | SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis

6/5/2023 (Permalink)

Dense forest area with trees bending due to intense wind and rain If you've suffered from storm-related damage to your home or business, make SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis your first call.

On a sweltering day, a gentle gust of wind can feel like a refreshing present from Mother Nature. Though we cannot see the wind, it is a constant presence that we can always rely on—even when it may not be to our liking.

However, when the wind picks up and turns into a strong gale, it can wreak havoc and leave behind a trail of devastation, reducing homes to rubble. While high winds are often associated with violent storms, they can occur even on sunny days.

Educate yourself about the impact of powerful winds and how they can harm your property, and take necessary precautions to safeguard your loved ones and your dwelling.

<h3different-kinds-of-wind">The Different Kinds of Wind

Over half of all destructive wind events are attributed to thunderstorms, making them a threat that should not be taken lightly. In fact, thunderstorm winds are responsible for more damage than tornadoes.

Thunderstorms can produce winds that reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, which can easily scatter debris across yards and cause significant damage to structures.

One type of thunderstorm wind is known as straight-line wind, which can be incredibly powerful, reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Unlike tornadoes, straight-line winds are not associated with rotation and can cause damage even in areas without any rainfall.

Tornadoes, on the other hand, are known for their destructive capabilities due to the combination of different types of winds they produce. Tornadoes aren’t as prevalent in Milwaukee, but they can certainly do damage on the rare occasions when they do strike. High winds can occur anywhere, thus it doesn’t require a tornado to cause terrible damage in our area!

<h3damage-and-prevention">Wind Damage and Prevention

Strong winds can cause extensive damage to properties, including downed trees, debris scattered around and disrupted power lines. Even a mobile home that is anchored down can experience severe damage when winds exceed 80 miles per hour.

Understanding weather alerts and securing loose outdoor objects are two vital ways to prepare for high winds and minimize potential damage to your property and safety.

Prune your trees regularly, and if you have tall trees on your property, hire a professional to maintain them every five to 10 years. Keep your yard free of loose branches and other items that could be picked up by the wind and cause damage.

Search around your property after the wind has calmed down to assess any damage that might have occurred. Be sure to examine your roof for any damages, such as misplaced shingles, and replace them immediately to prevent water seepage. Call SERVPRO to repair your wind damage, and we’ll restore your home in no time.

Has your home been damaged by wind? Call us and get things cleaned up fast.

Keep an Eye Out for Sneaky Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Cudahy/St. Francis

5/9/2023 (Permalink)

 img src =”bucket” alt = " blue bucket in the middle of the living area catching water falling from the ceiling ” > Think you may have water damage in your home? Here are some tips from SERVPRO of Cudahy/St. Francis to find the source.

Water damage possesses many reckless qualities, like its ability to quickly worsen and create widespread problems. Besides these troublesome traits, water damage also has a knack of staying hidden until it reveals itself in the form of mold, leaks and major damage.

Knowing where water damage is most likely to keep well-hidden will allow you to catch issues like these before they get out of hand. There are plenty of areas in your home that you can watch out for to ensure water damage doesn’t progress before you can jump in and prevent chaos.

As you work to prevent sneaky water damage, be wary of these spots in your Milwaukee home:

Your roof. Water damage that occurs on your roof can be hard to spot for a few reasons, the first being that you probably don’t like to climb up there very often!

Water damage can also progress very slowly over time on your roof, so you might catch something like a small leak and think nothing of it, only for it to turn into a major issue as the hidden leak goes untreated.

Water damage that starts on the roof can also drip down into your attic, causing another concealed concern. Hidden leaks and excess moisture combined with a dark and humid environment make your roof and attic the perfect breeding grounds for mold growth.

In your bathroom. The bathroom is unsurprisingly a common spot that water damage likes to hide. With so many appliances using so much water in the bathroom, it’s easy for water issues like leaks to go undetected.

Check under your sink for puddled water and your faucet for any dripping water. Your bathtub and toilet could give off similar signs, like water building at the base, an increase in bathroom moisture and a slow drain.

These bathroom issues might seem obvious, but they can be hard to find without regular inspection! Be sure to inspect your plumbing on the regular so you can prevent water damage before it worsens.

Other appliances. Just like your bathroom fixtures, there are many other appliances around your Milwaukee home that can conceal water damage. These areas can be particularly hard to catch since water can sneak under the base or along the wall behind your appliances.

It can be hard to check for water damage around your appliances without moving them completely out of the way first.

It can also be helpful to do a quick check for hidden damage after any time you use your appliances. Be sure to replace your dated appliances as often as possible, too, since this can help you prevent issues in the first place.

Dealing with a water emergency? Our SERVPRO specialists can be on the scene of the disaster ASAP to restore your water-damaged home!