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What to Expect From Winter Weather in Wisconsin | SERVPRO® of Hayward

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

side by side view of a hot and cold thermometer If you experience damage due to a winter storm, call SERVPRO of Hayward. We have the experience and equipment for any issue.

Winter is almost here! We are no strangers to the brutal cold and high snow totals here in Wisconsin, so we know all too well what to expect with the change in season.

Winter weather brings our homes and businesses unique challenges like snow, ice, fog and that ever-annoying sleet. Knowing that all this has the potential to affect your home can help keep your family safe and dry this year!

Winter Across the United States

Your experience with the coming season will vary greatly depending on where you live in the United States. For us, we are kind of right in the middle of this prediction!

Normally, we can expect to see extremely low temperatures and bouts of heavy snow throughout the winter months. In other parts of the country, a more mild temperature and more rain is more common.

No matter what type of winter weather affects you, it is crucial to be prepared to help minimize any potential home damages.

Winter Around Hayward

Winter in northern Wisconsin can be intense! We frequently see heavy snowfall and ice storms. With our flat landscape, blizzard conditions can appear quickly and can make roads impassable.

Sometimes the weather can be strong enough to affect the function of your home. Even just last year, we suffered from an ice storm that knocked out power to almost our entire area. Ice can weigh down power lines, trees and overwhelm our electrical panels. We love it here, right?

Preparing Your Home

Winter weather can come in many different forms, and they can range from minor inconveniences to full blown disasters. Make sure you have two reliable methods of receiving weather alerts, including one that will work when the power is out.

An emergency kit is also recommended to have on hand. Blizzard conditions can appear really quickly, making it hard or even impossible to make it to the store or pharmacy. Update your kit each season, and add in anything specific to your family like medication to make sure everyone is able to be comfortable during a storm.

In any case, weatherproofing your windows and your doors is necessary to keep out the chill and unwanted moisture, and it can actually keep your electricity bill lower. It is also important to shut off your outdoor water faucets to prevent frozen and burst pipes.

Also, clean out your gutters, address any roof damages and inspect any gaps around your windows and doors to help keep your home watertight and warm all season long.

Living in the Midwest, we know how to appreciate the joys of each season! If you do suffer some sort of home damage or water issue this winter, we are here for you at SERVPRO of Hayward.

If you experience damage in a winter storm, call us. We have the experience and equipment to get your home back to normal.

Decorating Safely During the Holiday Season | SERVPRO® of Hayward

11/7/2022 (Permalink)

a small Christmas tree in front of a burning fireplace Have smoke or fire damage in your house? Contact us today to get cleaned up fast.

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holiday season! Home-cooked food, treats, gift-giving and quality time with family and friends are what make this part of the year so special for families.

Unfortunately, while this season is wonderful for so many reasons, there is also an increased risk of suffering a home fire during this time.

<h3decorations">Flammable Decorations

If you like to decorate your home for the seasons, you have to exercise caution. Many holiday decorations are flammable, so it is no surprise that about 790 structural fires are started every year due to decorations catching fire.

Stockings hung over the fire provide such a cozy atmosphere, but they also pose a significant fire risk. Be careful not to hang them too low or close to any open flame. All it takes is one simple spark to set those beautiful stockings on fire.

If you are a “real tree” family, make sure the tree you choose from the farm or lot is freshly cut and not dehydrated. Water it daily and clean up any dried pine needles around it often. All lights should be unplugged as well before turning in for the night.

<h3your-home">Protecting Your Home

This time of year also brings more candle use. Candles are a wonderful addition to any cozy setting, but they are a fire hazard all on their own.

In fact, candles are responsible for 20 new home fires every single day during the holiday season. If you are a candle user, always keep them in your line of sight and never place them where a child or a pet could knock them over.

Lights on your home are a classic holiday tradition, and there are some things you can do to make sure they are lit safely. Only use outdoor-safe lights and never pierce the wiring with nails or staples while you are hanging them up.

Once all of these measures are taken, it is time to sit back and enjoy the holidays! Don’t forget to periodically check your smoke alarms as well to ensure they are working and ready to alert you of any smoke or fire.

Whether you are taking in the sites wandering downtown or planning out the perfect place to enjoy the Lure of Lights, know that we are here for you if you need us.

Our team at SERVPRO of Hayward is ready 247 to respond to your emergency and we can help you restore any damages your home suffers during this time of year. The holiday season in Wisconsin is a wonderful time of year, so we promise to minimize the impact of any damages or disaster you face.

Easy Steps to Prevent Fires in Your Home | SERVPRO® of Hayward

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

Interior view of a room with items completely destroyed by fire If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Hayward is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

So far in 2022, the American Red Cross has responded to more than 20,000 house fires. Unfortunately, that only represents a small portion of the house fires that have actually occurred in the United States.

Having a smoke detector in your home continues to be the best way to prevent death and extensive damage from home fires, but there are other ways to help prevent fires before they even start. Most of these ways are as simple as making sure certain areas of your home are cleaned regularly.

Clear the Clutter

Having clutter in our homes can lead to a buildup of flammable materials and fire hazards. Allowing hallways, stairs and storage areas to fill up with forgotten items can become fuel for a fire.

Did you know that clothing left to build up near a water heater can actually start a fire? Making sure you allow your spaces to stay as open as possible helps minimize that risk. Clear space allows your escape routes to function properly and also leaves less for a fire to consume once it has started.

Overloaded extension cords are another very common reason for home fires. There is no need for your rarely used appliances and products to remain plugged in at all times. Use as few outlets as possible, and refrain from overloading them.

Look for Outdoor Hazards

Outside your home, pay special attention to any yard debris that wasn’t cleaned up from the fall season. Large piles of leaves, pine needles or grass clippings close to any appliances or cords can be a fire hazard if they are not raked up on a consistent basis.

Create a Defensible Space in Your Yard

Your yard can actually be another area of protection for your home if the fire starts outside. Being intentional with your landscaping allows emergency personnel to tackle a fire before it reaches your house.

Some states like California have actually imposed defensible zone requirements for yards due to the proven effectiveness of intentionally planted trees and plants, but even in other places, this type of landscaping is smart.

Don’t worry, you can still plant those seasonal tulip bulbs you love so much. This philosophy for planting uses the strategic placement of plants and trees to fend off incoming fire.

Keep It Safe By Keeping It Clean

A good deep-clean of your home every spring can help limit the number of fire hazards in your home as well. Pay special attention to your stove and chimney and consider having them inspected and professionally cleaned every year.

Even a simple dusting can help prevent a house fire. Appliances that have gathered dust over time can become a risk if not tended to. Do your home a favor by taking care of it so you can prevent potential fires.

If you have experienced fire damage or want to learn more about our fire damage restoration services, contact us today. We’re here to act fast, 247.

Develop a Storm Safety Plan This Season | SERVPRO® of Hayward

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

a dark cloudy sky with lighting strikes off in the distance If you discover storm damage to your home or business, reach out to SERVPRO of Hayward right away.

Severe weather can develop suddenly and be very frightening. Severe storms can bring heavy rain, straight line winds, large hail and even tornadoes.

All of those events can be dangerous to your home and your family. Plus, considering that there are around 100,000 thunderstorms throughout the United States every year, severe weather events happen frequently.

In Wisconsin, we are very susceptible to quickly developing storm systems. With the flat land topography common in the Midwest and the humid and unstable air in the warmer months, these conditions make our area put us at a higher risk for twisters.

While we are not Mother Nature and cannot dictate the weather, we can be ready for it! By having an emergency kit, a way to communicate with friends and family and a plan for dealing with any potential damage, you are able to be prepared to tackle any impact an impending storm has on your life.

Your Severe Weather Communication Strategy

Being able to communicate and connect with your family members is crucial during a severe weather event, and you should always have access to receiving weather updates and communication from your local news and weather channels. It is also important to know the difference between watches and warnings so you can know to either be sky-aware or to seek shelter right away.

You should also have have multiple ways to receive updates from local officials, using devices such as your cell phone and an NOAA weather radio.

Finally, you need to have a communication strategy for your family members. Make sure everyone has one central location in your house that will serve as your safe area. It must be a place that is either fully enclosed with no windows or the innermost part of your home.

Once the storm is over, you also need to be able to connect with any household members that potentially were not home during the storm, so ensure that you have a communication strategy in place.

Packing Your Emergency Kit

You should have the essentials and items that your family needs to last about 72 hours, and your kit should be packed and ready to use at a moment’s notice. It should be packed with nonperishable food, water for all members of your household, first-aid supplies and flashlights with fresh batteries.

You should also ensure that you have packed anything that your family may need to keep them comfortable while sheltering, like medication or extra eyeglasses/contacts.

Your Checklist After the Storm

After the weather has passed and all family members are safe and have been accounted for, review your safety plan and make any necessary changes. Then assess any damage done to your home. Once the weather has cleared, check your property for damage.

Take inventory of your roof and the seals around your windows and doors, as these parts of your home are most susceptible to water damage.

If you do encounter any sort of storm damage, don’t worry. Call us at SERVPRO of Hayward as soon as you can, and we will take the stress out of the process. We are a trusted team of professionals that will take control of the damage and help get your home back to normal as soon as we can.

When the storm has passed and all damage has been assessed, do a final reflection of your safety plan, taking note of what worked and what didn’t, replenish your emergency kit and edit any details that didn’t work. These adjustments will be beneficial to you and your family the next time severe weather forms.

If you discover storm damage to your home or business, you can count on SERVPRO to handle the restoration. We’re here 247 to spring into action—get in touch with us today.

How Water Damage Affects Your Home | SERVPRO® of Hayward

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

a bathroom sink showing signs of a water leak SERVPRO of Hayward is your 24/7 water restoration expert. Call us right away if you need immediate service.

Even the most insignificant amount of water in your home can cause long-term damage. Whether it be a slow drip from that pesky leaky faucet in your basement or a small water spot on the ceiling after a heavy rain or snow melt, it can cause major headaches in the long run if left untreated.

An average household leak can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water in a year.

Water damage moves quickly and silently, seeping into walls, floorboards and through softer surfaces like carpet and furniture. Catching it early and acting on the damage gives your home the best chance of drying out properly.

Here’s what you need to know about the timeline of water damage:

<h2the-first-24-hours">In the First 24 Hours

If you live in a house, there is a one in four chance of a flood damaging your home within a 30-year period in a high-risk area. Especially with the change in seasons and the snow melt in upper Wisconsin, untreated water damage in your home can lead to disastrous effects.

The first 24 to 48 hours after the flooding or water damage has occurred can be the most important timeframe in preventing long-term problems. While quick action can help in the long run, even the quickest responses can still cause certain fragile items in your home to be damaged beyond repair.

Possessions like books, photo albums or other soft materials are especially vulnerable to immediate and irreparable damage. They will warp, swell or simply fall apart after being soaked in water.

We strive to “restore vs. replace” here at SERVPRO of Hayward, and we will do our best to preserve those precious memories and keepsakes for you. While we always do our best work, if there are some materials that cannot be saved, this will be communicated to you.

These types of things are usually removed first to expedite their drying process to give them the best chance of restoration.

<h2the-first-week">Within the First Week

After the first 24 hours, water damage will bring about mold, and once mold sets in, it can spread like wildfire. If it starts to grow in high-risk areas, it can even damage your home’s internal structure.

Additionally, porous surfaces such as wood surfaces and walls will become increasingly compromised, and metal surfaces will start corroding.

<h2one-week">After One Week

After a week, any untreated and excess moisture can cause irreversible damage. As the days go by, it gets more and more expensive to restore and more extensive to rebuild upon the damage. It is important to not delay in your response!

<h2SERVPRO-of-hayward-will-help">How SERVPRO of Hayward Will Help

We begin your restoration process with the first phone call, usually within 24 hours. We begin with our water extraction process, and then we proceed on to cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing your floors and other soft materials in your home.

After the majority of the visible water is removed, our technicians will use our state-of-the-art drying equipment to remove the hidden moisture.

If the damage is extensive, after these first few cleanup steps, your home may need additional construction work to fully restore itself to its preloss condition. Whether it is just a minor repair or a full rebuild of an area, we can help. SERVPRO of Hayward will keep you up to date on every step and have you back in your home or business in no time.

Regardless of the type of water damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover. Contact us 247 when you need a dependable team to help you recover.

SERVPRO of Hayward's Commercial Services

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hayward is ready to respond 24/7 to get your business back up and running as quickly as possible. No matter what type of disaster your business has experienced, SERVPRO of Hayward is prepared to help you. We service all types and sizes of business from large retail spaces to government/ military spaces to small restaurants.

We are ready and able to help you and your business with all types of mitigation, restoration and cleaning.

  • Fire, smoke and soot cleanup
  • Water removal and dehumidification
  • Mold mitigation and remediation
  • Contents inventory and claim services
  • Air duct and HVAC cleaning
  • Stain removal and stain resistance applications
  • Odor identification and deodorization
  • Upholstery and drapery cleaning
  • Contents and document restoration

Call SERVPRO of Hayward for all of your businesses mitigation, restoration and cleaning needs! 715-634-0699

What to Do Until Help Arrives

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

If you experience water damage in your home from clean water, the first thing to do is call SERVPRO of Hayward! After that, this is what we suggest doing until we arrive (it won’t be long, we promise!).

  • Shut off the source of the water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the water source.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building, when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess eater as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothes pins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately.

Is Your Home Accurately Inventoried?

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Whether you are looking at getting new insurance, experienced a fire or water loss, a vandalism or break in, it is so important to have an accurate inventory of your home. Having an accurate inventory can help you purchase the right amount of insurance to make sure everything is covered but that you aren’t overpaying. It can also make filing a claim easier. Most people can’t remember what they have stashed away in their attic, kitchen cabinets or their over-stuffed storage room on a normal day but especially after a disaster like a fire or water loss.

An easy way to start inventorying is to simply walk through your home and take a video or photos of each room. There are also free forms that can be found online and apps to help you create a detailed inventory list. Just remember, don’t get overwhelmed and stick with it! An incomplete inventory is better than no inventory at all.

If you experience a catastrophic event in your home, don’t hesitate to give SERVPRO of Hayward a call at 715-643-7171.

Smoke Detector and Fire Alarm Maintenance

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

Common preventive maintenance for fire alarms and smoke detectors is simple and best when done on a regular schedule. Humidity, corrosion, changes in voltage and temperature can cause problems with this equipment and being tested on a regular basis will allow these issues to be addressed before they cause problems.

One of the most costly and devastating events for a company or organization is a fire. According to Fireward, more than 22,000 non-dwelling building fires occurred over the course of two years. About 3,700 of those occurred because an alarm failed to sound.

It is very important to establish a fire alarm and smoke detector testing schedule. Here are a few tips:

  1. Schedule tests. Schedule tests of smoke detectors and fire alarms at least once a month.
  2. Clean alarms. Alarms should be cleaned at least quarterly to prevent dirt and dust build-up.
  3. Follow up. Ensure that fire departments are properly receiving notifications when fire alarms sound.
  4. Double Check. Work with a professional to ensure sensors and wiring are all functioning correctly once a year.

As you conduct regular tests of your smoke detectors and fire alarms, you probably won’t encounter major issues. It’s easy to get complacent about regular testing when you don’t have any issues but this small investment in preventive maintenance can save you from major losses that a fire can cause down the road.

If, despite this tips, you do experience a fire, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Hayward at 715-634-0699.  We will make it “Like it never even happened.”

A Team of Restoration Experts You Can Trust | SERVPRO® of Hayward

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO employees unloading cleaning equipment out of a green van No matter the damage sustained, SERVPRO of Hayward has the tools and team to help your home return to a normal state quickly.

Here at SERVPRO, we offer more than cleanup, restoration and construction services. We pride ourselves on taking care of you when natural or manmade disasters strike.

Water Damage

Whether it is due to a change in season or a burst pipe in your home, flooding can occur at any time without warning. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an inch or a foot of water, it can cause serious damage.

In fact, floods cause more than $10 billion in damages nationwide every year.

If you’re a home or business owner, it’s unfortunately likely that you will experience flooding at some point, but thankfully, SERVPRO has the knowledge, tools and trained technicians to deal with the damages. We’ll help you understand how it happened, why it happened and help clean up the damage so you can get back to normal as quickly as possible.

As the snow melts in Wisconsin, the warmer temperatures can bring large amounts of water to your yard and around your house. Be cognizant of the spaces in and around your home that are at higher risk of flooding and check for moisture frequently.

If you do encounter flooding issues or discover water damage in your home, SERVPRO has the tools to help. We’ll help you understand the severity of the flooding and the subsequent damage so you’re able to make the right choice for clean up and restoration if needed.

We’ll also assist you in developing a water damage restoration plan to ensure your home is clean, dry and restored to preloss condition. Our goal is to help make sure the flooding issue is resolved and doesn’t happen again.

Fire Damage

A fire department in the United States responds to a fire every 23 seconds, and there was roughly $8.1 billion in direct property damage and losses nationwide in 2020. If your home or business has sustained fire damage, we’ll jump right into action with our seven-step restoration process.

This starts with an inspection and damage assessment and we make sure that you understand each step of the process as we work on the repair process.

Storm Damage

Living in the midwest, we understand that midwest weather can bring floods, wildfires, tornadoes and blizzards (sometimes it seems like that could all happen in one day). Whatever the weather, our goal is to be ready to help if you need us.

Storm and water damage can affect not only the structure of your home but your belongings as well. SERVPRO specializes in content restoration, with the mindset of restoring rather than replacing your possessions.

When we come out to clean your home, we offer dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleansing and abrasive cleaning. In cases where intensive cleaning is needed to restore the house, we also provide move-out services to expedite the process.

What Sets SERVPRO Apart?

We’re there when you need us. We want you to be able to reach out to us 247. Whether you call us at 3 a.m. or 5:30 p.m., a SERVPRO expert will answer our 247 Emergency Line and you will receive immediate assistance.

When you see our experts in the big green trucks in your neighborhood, we want you to know that the No. 1 cleanup and restoration team in the nation is here to help. We have over 50 years experience and are locally owned and operated.

We also have 1,900 other locations across the United States, so we have the national resources of a large company with the personalization of a small business. Sleep easy at night knowing that we are ready to help you after a disaster or an accident. Let us help you get back to “Like it never even happened” status.

Regardless of the type of damage sustained, SERVPRO has the tools and teams to help your home or business recover from its disastrous effects. Contact us anytime when you need a dependable team to help you rebuild your life.