Thunderstorm preparation in East Brown County
Despite thunderstorm’s small size, they can still be dangerous in our east Green Bay community. Thunderstorms can include lighting, flash flooding which can cause water damages to properties, heavy winds which can knock down trees and cause outages, tornadoes, and hail. They can occur at any time of the time year but are more likely to happen during the spring and summer seasons in Wisconsin.
What are considered severe thunderstorms and what causes them?
Contrary to popular belief, not all thunderstorms are severe. The national weather service does not consider a thunderstorm “severe” unless it's capable of producing one or more of these conditions:
-hail one inch or larger in diameter
-winds equal or exceed 58 miles an hour
-funnel cloud or tornado
Besides looking at east Green Bay weather reports, another way to detect an oncoming storm is to look for cumulonimbus clouds. Cumulonimbus clouds are large dense, tall vertical clouds that are often associated with thunderstorms. Thunderstorms form when there is moisture, unstable air and lift. They often develop ahead of cold fronts, an area where warm and cool air is unstable.
How to plan for a thunderstorm?
As soon as you hear thunder, you should go inside immediately. Make sure your outside furniture (and belongings) are secure. If boating or swimming outside, get to land and find a safe shelter or go to your vehicle as soon as possible. Avoid any flooded roadways, remember “turn around, don’t drown!” Pay attention to weather reports and warnings and sign up for weather alerts from our local East Green Bay news stations.
If your sump pump stopped working and/or your basement flooded due to a storm it is best to contact SERVPRO of East Brown County as soon possible to avoid further damages. Remember SERVPRO of East Brown County is open 24/7/365. We are ready to help you in case of any water damage in your property.
Firework safety in our Green Bay community
Before we know it, July 4 will be here, and firework displays will start happening in our community. It’s important we stay safe and keep our neighbors and loved ones out of harms way. But how can we avoid danger? Around 200 people enter an emergency room due to firework accidents. Avoid a hospital trip by following these tips provided to you.
Fireworks Safety Tips:
- Make sure fireworks are legal in your area before buying
- An adult should always supervise children around fireworks
- Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks
- Never point or throw fireworks at another person
- Back up at a safe distance before firing off fireworks
- Keep a bucket of water ready in case a fire were to start
- Avoid fireworks that are sold in brown bags, those are for the professionals
What About sparklers?
Did you know that sparklers burn up to 2,000 degrees? Sparklers are hot enough to melt through some metals. Sparklers can quickly ignite clothing, and many children have received severe burns from dropping sparklers on their feet. Since sparklers are held in your hand, they are the easiest type of firework to injure you.
If you’d still like to enjoy the festivities, there are alternate ways to do. You can buy noise makers, balloons with confetti inside, or even a piñata. Keep in mind the safety tips that will keep you from harm when enjoying Independence Day.
If there is a fire in your home, remember SERVPRO of East Brown County is open 24/7/365 ready to serve you.
4 Water Damage Facts Green Bay Residents should know
SERVPRO of East Brown County provides ease of mind when it comes to water damage in your home (or commercial property!) We can quickly take care of problems and damage associated with water damage and prevent further damage from happening. Here are 4 things you should know about water damage.
- Water Damage can get worse over time
Even clean fresh water can lead to harmful bacteria lurking around. As water finds its way through the building structure it picks up dirt and bacteria. As it sits around for several days, these bacteria multiply and also start to smell. It can cause damage to not just your belongings and home, but also your health. It is essential to repair any water damage as soon as possible, because if not, it can create mold. The longer building materials and contents sit in water the more damage will also occur.
- Mold can start growing within 72 hours!
Mold needs 3 things to start growing. Mold needs oxygen, moisture, and organic material to feed on. While not all mold is dangerous, there is some mold that can cause health problems such as stachybotrys (black mold). Beyond health issues, mold damages building materials like wood and drywall which sometimes causes them to have to be replaced. Taking care of water damage quickly can ensure mold damage doesn’t get started.
- Floodwater can be electrically charged
Floodwater can cause a series of potential issues such as: an electrical fire, shock, and even infectious organisms! It is a good idea to call the fire department, utility company or licensed electrician before walking in standing floodwater.
- Not all water damage is covered by insurance
It's a good idea to check with your insurance to ensure what type of water damage is covered by your policy. In some cases, you may need to purchase separate coverage for things like sump pump failures.
Water can quickly spread throughout your home damaging walls, furniture, floors, electronics, and more. Water damage doesn't care if it's 3 in the morning or in the 8pm in the evening. SERVPRO of East Brown County is available to help in situations like these 24/7/365 - including holidays.
Restoring Your Green Bay area Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event
Our team cleaned up flooding at this Green Bay area nursing home.
Flooding and water damage events at Green Bay area commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.
Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges
Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.
About SERVPRO of East Brown County
SERVPRO of East Brown County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.
Green Bay Area Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Our team restored this Green Bay area home after a severe fire.
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 East Brown County 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.
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Green Bay area residents: We provide immediate service day or night!
Our team helped clean up this commercial property after flooding in the Green Bay area.
SERVPRO of East Brown County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in the Green Bay area. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
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Whether your Green Bay area home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Green Bay area commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.
When Storms or Floods hit the Green Bay area, SERVPRO is ready!
This photo shows storm damage we helped clean up in the Green Bay area.
SERVPRO of East Brown County 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.
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 the Green Bay area, 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 920-499-7050.
SERVPRO of East Brown County knows what to do if mold grows in your home.
Mold growing in the crawl space of a Green Bay area home.
It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.
If the right conditions exist, mold will grow. Those conditions include:
- Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.
- Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
- Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.
Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.
If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of East Brown County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.
If you suspect mold, call us today at 920-499-7050.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of East Brown County for mold remediation services.
Green Bay Area Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!
This basement in the Green Bay area flooded last spring after snowmelt sent water into the basement windows.
A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Green Bay area basement could flood, including:
- A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
- Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
- Storm sewer backup
- Sanitary sewer backup
- Foundation drainage failure
- Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
- And many more
Have Questions about Basement Flooding?
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If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.
The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of East Brown County and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
- We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
- We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
- Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
- We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
- Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment
Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 920-499-7050
Flooding Can Happen Anywhere
Flood photo courtesy of the National Weather Service.
Did you know all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods in the last five years? That’s according to floodsmart.gov. The National Weather Service (NWS) says flooding is one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States.
Flooding can happen anywhere, even if you don’t live in a flood zone, or on a body of water, a flood can hit your home or business and cause serious damage.
According to the NWS, about 75% of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) says floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses nationwide each year, with commercial flood claims averaging more than $75,000.
Long story short: floods happen a lot, causing a lot of damage, costing a lot of money.
And like we said earlier, you can experience flooding even if you’re in a “low-risk” area. That’s because there are many different flood hazards that exist. The NWS lists the following hazards:
- Flash Flooding
- River Flooding
- Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems
- Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)
- Ice/Debris Jams
- Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)
- Dam Breaks/Levee Failure
Obviously, we don’t face all those hazards here in the Green Bay area. We do face some of them though, and spring is a notoriously bad time for flooding around here.
So, Team SERVPRO of East Brown County advises homeowners out there to be aware that flooding is possible and take steps to prevent it.
We advise the same for business owners. Our team is also able to go a step further for businesses by performing an Emergency READY Profile, or ERP, to ensure your commercial property is “Ready for whatever happens,” including flooding.
Call us any time with questions about flooding, water loss restoration and ERP’s at 920-499-7050.