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Preparedness for Businesses: Focusing on a Prompt Facility Recovery with the Help of SERVPRO
Cleaning Commercial Property water damage
Each September, homeowners, and communities are encouraged to take part in National Preparedness Month to be ready for all types of disasters or emergencies.
Business owners are strongly advised to use this month to look over their current emergency preparedness plan. Changes should reflect the proper protocols that would ensure their employee's safety as well as to protect their establishment.
Your focus on time sensitive business matters could involve the following:
- The potential effect a disaster could have on lost or delayed sales and income.
- Checking on your internal and external data backup that contains your company records.
- Taking precautionary measures to avoid injury or illness occurring in the cleanup process following a disaster.
Looking back at the unforeseen event that took place a few weeks ago in Green Bay can make anyone realize how quick a natural disaster could transpire. The local news released a statement that a category one tornado hit specific areas of Brown County leaving several businesses with various stages of destruction. A wide range of hazards arose from this incident; downed power lines, debris from foliage, and standing water made its way into the interior structure of some of these unfortunate businesses.
Don't risk your establishment at risk of developing hidden molds or toxins. Be proactive by promptly addressing these types of issues in a safe and compliant way.
SERVPRO of East Brown County wants to be your frontline defense in this matter.
We have the appropriate equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition along with the following training and certifications:
- Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
- Water Damage Restoration Technician
- Applied Structural Drying Technician
- Odor Control Technician
- Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician
When an emergency arises at your property, we'll be there fast with the help you need.
In addition to our extensive training and certifications, we proudly offer:
Being an owner of any sized business comes with its share of challenges. Worrying that your customers won't have access to your services, should not be one of those dilemmas.
Did you also know that SERVPRO of East Brown County offers a great way to help our surrounding businesses prepare your commercial property in the event a disaster strikes?
One of our highly trained team members will visit your business and assist you in setting up your emergency ready profile on your company’s electronic devices.
Avoid inconveniencing your loyal customers by having your business conveniently accessible to them as soon as you possibly can. Your employees and your customers deserve the best. Continue doing your part to keep your business in a reputable standing by being prepared to get your establishment back onto its feet sooner than later.
Give SERVPRO of East Brown County a call today. We're here for you at (920) 434-8224.
Water Damage in Green Bay Commercial Properties
A flood can happen at any time, for several reasons such as heavy rain, a broken pipe, or a sump pump that stopped working. Calling in the professionals as soon as you encounter flooding (or any type of water damage) should be your first step. SERVPRO of East Brown County is on call and ready to serve you 24 hours 365 days!
Commons causes of water damage in Green Bay commercial properties
- Failed sump pump
- Full Septic Tank
- Sewer pipe failure
- Pipes burst from freezing temperatures
- Clogged drains
- Roof in need of repair
- Toilet leaks
- Faucet leaks
Water damage can cause severe damage to a commercial property leading to mold in a short time, due to untreated or missed water, so it is crucial to have a professional team of experts working for you with all the latest equipment and certifications. Our priority is to keep your business running smoothly as possible while we handle ours.
“We have used SERVPRO multiple times in our facility and the results have always been fast and efficient and they take care of the situations professionally.” A past client whom we did work for in their commercial property was very content with the work SERVPRO of East Brown County was able to provide.
We are Flooded Basement Specialists:
- We’re a preferred vendor to many National insurance companies
- Our technicians are highly trained in water restoration techniques
- We have all the latest certifications and training
- We are always open 24/7 to help you too
About SERVPRO of East Brown County
SERVPRO of East Brown County is a locally owned franchise. When you need us, we’re only a call away! From our highly IICRC certified technicians to our specialized equipment, you can count on SERVPRO of East Brown County to handle your water damage needs.
Experienced water damage? Don’t wait to call us, we’re here for you, (920) 434-8224.
SERVPRO of East Brown County is here to help with water damage in Green Bay commercial properties
Commercial Building with water damage
There can be a variety of reasons as to why water damage happens. Whether water damage has happened because of flooding, a leaky roof, or a broken pipe, SERVPRO of East Brown County is ready to help.
Water damage can go beyond surface level. It’s important to use tools that show how much water damage there is. If you are inspecting your property on your own and do not have the proper tools, you may want to contact a professional instead.
Here at SERVPRO of East Brown County, we are equipped with the proper tools to help minimize any further damage and restore your property. SERVPRO of East Brown County’s priority is to keep your business open and running with minimal issues while we do what we do best.
We are also an IICRC certified firm. But what does that mean? It is important that a restoration company is IICRC certified because the IICRC creates the standard for the cleaning and restoration industry. Being IICRC certified means that clients like your self can feel confident knowing the technicians working in your property are highly trained.
Commercial water damage and restoration professionals
Contact SERVPRO of East Brown County, we’ll make it look "Like it never even happened.”
- Locally owned and operated
- Faster to any sized disaster
- 24 Hour Service
- We’re a preferred vendor to many insurance companies
Did you know we offer Emergency Ready plans (we call them ERP’s for short!) An emergency ready plan is also known as a great property management tool. You can stay prepared ahead of any disaster with an ERP. What’s the best part of having an ERP? An ERP is a FREE assessment tool that keeps track of all your property’s information. An ERP can keep track of things such as: where the water shut off is, who is your preferred plumber (or any vendor), or when was the last time the furnace filter was changed.
To learn more about Emergency Ready plans click here.
Here to help
SERVPRO of East Brown County is ready to tackle any size water damage your property has been through. With the proper equipment, and highly trained technicians, you can count on SERVPRO of East Brown County.
Have additional questions?
Call us today: (920) 434-8224
SERVPRO of East Brown County is ready to handle storm damages in commercial properties
Every season brings new challenges to business owners. Whether it’s meeting sales goals, launching new products or hiring more employees, business owners expect those typical obstacles. But what happens when the unexpected happens?
It is crucial that the sooner you call, the more we can restore. SERVPRO of East Brown County offers businesses, ERP’s which stands for emergency ready plans. An ERP should include a list of people to contact, and any important information about your commercial building should a disaster occur. Our number one goal is to help business owners stay open and do business with minimal issues while SERVPRO of East Brown County handles the rest.
As a business owner, when disaster strikes, you may wonder who can take care of your needs? With SERVPRO of East Brown County, our reviews and testimonials speak for themselves! We strive to provide a ‘stress-free’ environment to our customers after a disaster has occurred. SERVPRO of East Brown County will help coordinate your insurance claims. We are also a preferred vendor to many insurance companies.
From highly trained technicians, to a fast response, SERVPRO of East Brown County is ready to handle any storm damages in commercial properties. Our crews work hard to get your business up and running and looking “Like it never even happened.” ®
Have additional questions regarding commercial properties?
Call Us: (920) 434-8224
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.
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.
SERVPRO and that 'New' Car Smell
According to AAA, the average American driver spends 17,600 minutes in their car per year. Breaking down the math, that is a little more than 290 hours, equaling about 12 days total. 12 days out of every year! That’s more days than the average American worker gets for paid vacation each year.
That being said, you probably want to be as comfortable as possible in your car. From the seats to the steering wheel, the sound system to the…smell?! Well, sure, why do you think they make car air fresheners?
Of course, the “new car smell” is very famous and popular, but what about the drivers out there who have pre-owned vehicles? It’s tough to control the scent in those cars…but team SERVPRO of East Brown County can!
We can provide very in-depth odor removal. If you’re a seller or a buyer dealing with issues like cigarette smoke, spilled food and drinks, or pet smells in a pre-owned vehicle, that is something our technicians can take care of.
The techs do that by using our ozone technology to eradicate those odors instead of covering them up.
As a reminder, ozone is a gas that’s made up of three oxygen particles (differing from the O2 we breathe, which is two oxygen particles). The ozone changes the chemical makeup of smoke particles (or bacteria, or whatever else is causing a bad smell) through the oxidation process, causing the odor to disappear.
The team will use our ozone machine to get rid of any bad scents and also do a deep clean of the car. The ozone process can be drying to the materials in the vehicle, so our technicians will make sure to wipe down the inside with a protectant to ensure nothing is damaged during that process.
All of this work can help ensure your return to the driver’s seat is as pleasant as possible! If you’re going to spend 17,600 minutes in your car this year, we want to make sure each one of those minutes is enjoyable.
Calls us all any time of the day or night at 920-499-7050.
We're Here for Your Commercial Restoration Needs
Photo of a commercial restoration job we worked on in the Green Bay area.
At SERVPRO of East Brown County we know when disaster strikes it can strike anywhere. That means we need to be prepared to take on restoration and cleaning projects for homes AND businesses across the Green Bay area.
And we are. Team SERVPRO of East Brown County can take care of any commercial disaster recovery project large or small.
Because we’re a locally owned business, we understand that working time lost because of a disaster means money lost. Since we have that understanding, we strive to perform any commercial cleanup needs as quickly, efficiently and effectively as possible. Our number one goal is to make sure to get your business back to work as soon as possible. That way you can take care of your clients and your bottom line.
As we said, our technicians are trained and ready to take on any kind of disaster clean up like flood damage, fire and smoke damage, mold, biohazard situations and even crime scenes like break ins or vandalism.
Our techs can also help with more general tasks like carpet cleaning.
Here’s a list with examples of just a few of the commercial properties our team is ready to tackle:
- Small Office Buildings
- Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
- Apartment Buildings
- Small Retail Stores
- Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
- High-Rise Residential
- Manufacturing & Industrial
Another service we provide to local businesses is an Emergency Readiness Profile, or ERP. The ERP is a document that you can refer to in a disaster situation to know things like the first responders you need to contact, the areas of the building that might be affected by a particular incident and the chain of command in an emergency. Our marketing team will complete ERPs for Green Bay area businesses completely free of charge. It only takes about an hour of a business owner’s time.
If you need our services to help your business recover after a disaster, or if you’re interested in setting up an ERP appointment, call us at 920-499-7050.
Protecting Your Property with Board Ups
This photo shows a board up project our team completed.
Imagine a tornado has ripped through your town. The wind was strong enough to rip the roof off your home. The cleanup alone is overwhelming and now you also have to deal with your property, your belongings being exposed to the elements.
That’s where SERVPRO of East Brown County can be your hero. Our team of qualified technicians can come in and help calm that chaos.
The techs will first board up the opening left behind by the storm. They will use different materials like boards, plywood and/or tarps, depending on the size of the hole, the surrounding damage and the weather.
The techs will then clean up and remove any debris left behind.
But we know the board up is just the start of the recovery. We are able to provide reconstruction services as well, to rebuild your property. Our master carpenter can bring your home back to its original glory.
And this imaginary scenario is not the only one our team can help with. If you have a fire in your home that leaves a hole in the wall, we can help there. If your business experiences storm or fire damage that leaves it open to the elements, we can help there too. Basically, if ANY of your property is damaged and you need it protected right away, we are there for you.
A board up will ensure that there is no further damage to your property and it will help the cleanup and recovery process go much faster. That way life can get back to normal sooner, meaning less stress for you.
If you should need these services, at any time, we are here for you. Just give us a call at 920-499-7050.
Continuing Education Classes Coming Up
At SERVPRO of East Brown County, one thing we take great pride in is providing continuing education classes. These classes are aimed at our friends in the insurance business and help keep their licenses up to date!
This coming March 12th (of 2019), we will be holding two seminars at the Marq on French Road in De Pere.
The first seminar will deal with ethics and will run from 8:00am through 11:00am. Registration for this course will start at 7:15am. 100% completion of this course will result in three insurance credit hours.
The second seminar will deal with biohazard cleanup and will run from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Registration for this course will start at 11:15am. 100% completion of this course will result in two insurance credit hours.
The only cost to attend these seminars is a $5.00 state credit processing fee per attendee.
Continental breakfast will be provided by Sherwin Williams and lunch will be provided by Electronic Restoration Services.
To reserve your spot or ask any questions, reach out to Jim Knopf at 920-434-8224 or at jknopf@SERVPROgreenbay.com.
We hope to see you out there!
Preparedness Profile: Business Continuity Plan
A photo of a flooded office.
September is National Preparedness Month all across the United States. In an effort to help you be more prepared, we’re putting together a different “Preparedness Profile” each week this month.
For the first week, we’re talking about how business owners can plan and be prepared in the event of a disaster. Just like a family needs to plan for things like fires and floods: how they will get out of the house if dangerous conditions occur, what items they will need in an emergency and what insurance they might need to cover any losses; a business needs to do the same.
The key to taking care of your investment and employees is to create a business continuity plan. The SERVPRO team cannot recommend this enough. Having a plan will ensure everyone’s safety and ensure that you can get back to work as soon as possible. This also helps ensure you will lose as little productivity as possible.
According to ready.gov, there are four main steps to creating a business continuity plan:
- Do a Business Impact Analysis
- Ask how a disaster would affect your business’s ability to function.
- Would there be a loss of production? How long? How will that loss affect the bottom line?
- What equipment (like computers or machinery) might be affected? How can you protect those ahead of time.
- Come up with Recovery Strategies
- What resources can you fall back on? Do you have another location to work from, for example?
- Who will you turn to for help in the recovery? Will you call on SERVPRO to clean up, for example?
- Can work be done remotely?
- Develop Your Plan
- Organize a recovery team among your employees.
- Make sure you have any necessary insurance to replace what could be lost.
- What resources will your business need during the recovery process, in the hours, days, weeks and months that follow a disaster?
- Create a relocation plan, if necessary.
- Test Your Plan
- Run emergency drills with your employees to ensure they know what to do in the event of unsafe conditions like fire or biohazard spills.
- Encourage your employees to consider how they would react and work after a disaster.
- Run through your plans. Will they work? If not, come up with a new plan.
At SERVPRO we ask that, as a business owner, you plan to stay in business, encourage your employees to be ready and protect your investment. Planning ahead can help make all of this possible.
As a business leader, you are a community leader. You can set a good example for your community by having a disaster plan. If you do it, that will encourage others to do it too. And that will make everyone safer.
And SERVPRO of East Brown County can help you in all of this planning by doing an Emergency Readiness Profile (ERP) for your business, free of charge. The ERP is a document that you can refer to in a disaster situation to know things like the first responders you need to contact, the areas of the building that might be affected by a particular incident and the chain of command in an emergency.
Call us anytime to schedule an ERP at 920-499-7050 and make sure you are prepared for the worst.
Lobbying for Local Businesses: Talking with Jayme Sellen of the Chamber
For the business owners out there, it’s no surprise that local, state and federal governments have a huge impact on the work they do. It MAY be a surprise for some, however, to find out there is a lobbyist working with the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce to ensure lawmakers make decisions that impact local businesses in a POSITIVE way.
That lobbyist’s name is Jayme Sellen. Sellen is the vice president of governmental affairs and community relations for the Greater Green Bay Chamber. She has been a registered lobbyist in Wisconsin for 15 years. She has worked at the chamber for 5 years.
Sellen’s position comes with a lot of responsibilities. For one, she helps member businesses get through government red tape when obtaining things like permits.
Sellen works to get legislation passed that would benefit local businesses, including measures like tax reform, regulatory reform and workforce development.
Sellen is also responsible for helping member businesses understand the political process and for keeping those business owners up-to-date on decisions being made at the local, state and federal level.
Sellen says business people are often too busy with their own work to be able to pay close attention to what the government is up to at all times. So, it’s up to her to scrutinize what lawmakers are doing for them.
Sellen tells us, “Government can impact you more than anything…they impact every aspect of your business.” And that’s why she says her job is an important one. She also says that’s why it’s crucial for business owners to get involved in the political process when they can.
Some projects Sellen and the chamber are working on include getting a second bridge in De Pere to ease congestion and enhance safety; focusing on early training for students to get into the workforce as soon as possible and making K-12 funding more equal across the board.
If you have questions for Sellen, she encourages you to contact her at 920-593-3428 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Introduction to PPE: Personal Protective Equipment
A photo from SERVPRO corporate of technicians wearing PPE
When it comes to SERVPRO of East Brown County, our number one concern is safety: the safety of our clients and the safety of our employees.
To make sure the job is done right, employees need to take proper precautions when working in specific situations. Each job comes with its own safety concerns. For example, flood waters can come with contaminants from things like sewage; mold remediation jobs come with possible irritants to people’s eyes, skin and lungs; fire damage can come with worries like smoke inhalation and possible falling debris; and biohazard incidents can come with exposure to dangerous chemicals and bodily fluids.
SERVPRO teams are given the proper training and personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure they are prepared to safely handle each one of those incidents and a wide range of others. They follow specific guidelines laid out by our company and by the National Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Some of that PPE includes the following:
- Tyvek Suits and Booties: which are made of a strong, but lightweight material that can protect a person from contaminants in the air. These suits cover a person from head to toe (except the face).
- Dust Masks: which are lightweight masks worn around the nose and mouth to keep out less serious contaminants like typical, household dust.
- Full Face Masks: which are more heavy-duty, plastic masks, seal off the entire face and include respirators. These are used in more dangerous conditions. The respirators filter out any harmful airborne pathogens and mold spores.
- Gloves: different kinds of gloves are used depending on the situation. Nitrile gloves are used to protect from certain contaminants like bodily fluids. Whereas, stronger rubber gloves are used to protect when handling sharp or rough objects.
- Goggles: are used to protect the eyes in dangerous conditions.
- Hard Hats: are used to protect employees in situations where there is a risk of building collapse or falling debris.
By ensuring their own safety in the field, our team members are better able to ensure your safety and the safety of your home or business.
Remember, if you experience an incident that requires restoration work, you can count on SERVPRO of East Brown County to get the job done in the SAFEST and most efficient way. Call us any time at 920-499-7050.
Showing Compassion Every Day
At SERVPRO of East Brown County we deal with disasters every, single day. We come in and perform clean up after traumatic incidents like fires, floods and crimes.
It’s not an easy job. However, we understand, as difficult as it is for us to see the aftermath of these tragedies, it is far more difficult for the home and business owners who have to experience them.
These kinds of events throw a person’s world into chaos. It’s our team’s goal of coming in and calming that chaos. We want to help people through the anxiety that comes with these situations.
In that spirit, it is so important that each and every member of our team shows compassion and empathy. That means everyone from the techs who perform the cleanups, to the people who answer the phones, to the sales team out on the road.
Owner Mike Bogenschuetz says he makes it a point to talk with employees about compassion and empathy and how they can show it to people who are going through very difficult times. He says it is an extremely important part of the job.
Mike says clients often compliment our team on their ability to show compassion and understanding. Clients will often tell us the team helped them calm down and better understand the cleanup process.
You can see some of those compliments in the testimonials on our website and in the online reviews on our Google, Yelp and Facebook pages.
It is our ultimate goal to help you recover from a traumatic event as quickly and inexpensively as possible. We want you to be able to get back to normal life.
We hope that you never need us, but we’re here for you if you do. Just call 920-499-7050.
It's Easy Being Green
At SERVPRO of East Brown County we’re invested in being green and that goes for more than just our famous trucks.
Our interest in being environmentally friendly starts with the building we operate from. Our home base is an office and a large shop in the Village of Howard. On the roof you can see a few dozen solar panels.
Those panels produce the majority of the electricity we use here. The investment was a large one up front, but we’ve found it’s definitely worth it to produce clean electricity for our own use.
Outside our home base, we’re concerned with conservation as well.
When we work on a home or business that’s been damaged by an incident like a fire or flooding, we try hard to salvage as much of the items in that home or business as possible. We work on cleaning and restoring furniture, for example, instead of throwing it out. That way less trash ends up in the dump AND we’re able to save our clients money. If clients can keep their old belongings after an incident, they don’t have to spend money to buy new ones.
When we DO need to remove items that are beyond repair from a home or business, we make sure as little of those wind up in the dump as possible. That means we ensure whatever can be recycled is recycled and that all materials, be they metals or electronics, get to the right locations.
Being as environmentally friendly as possible is important to us. So is saving you money. Luckily there are a lot of times when those two goals go hand in hand and we take advantage of them when they do.
We’re all about being green and saving green at SERVPRO of East Brown County.
'Tis the Season for Spring Cleaning
As spring arrives, nature wakes up. The world turns green again, flowers bloom and the birds build their nests.
And as all this happens, we humans start to think of our nests as well: our homes and offices.
SERVPRO of East Brown County has what business and home owners need to get spring cleaning done right. Our team can freshen up your surroundings with HVAC cleaning, for starters. We are also trained to use state-of-the-art equipment to get your carpets their cleanest and focus on stain removal. We can even help you out with tasks like drapery cleaning, hard floor cleaning and deodorization.
If you need help getting rid of unwanted clutter, we can use our muscle to haul away any trash or unwanted items like furniture. Get that garage or basement cleaned out for the season!
For the homeowner, you may want to tackle some spring cleaning at your abode on your own.
And for you, we ask (as we often do) that you consider your safety when making plans for a big clean.
If you’re going to be using chemical cleaners inside your home Consumer Reports has some tips to play it safe:
- Open windows in your home to keep fresh air flowing.
- Read labels on the products you use to see if anything is potentially harmful.
- Make sure to NEVER mix ammonia and bleach.
- If you need to move furniture and other heavy objects, get someone to help you.
- Don’t do more than you physically can.
Of course, spring isn’t just a time to focus on our “nests,” it’s a time when a lot of us want to get out in our yards. Fall and winter can leave behind a bit of a mess and spring is a great time to make it beautiful once more.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has advice for getting the yard back in order safely:
- Dress appropriately for the work you’re doing. If you’re going to use power tools, avoid loose-fitting clothes.
- Walk around the yard or garden first to clear out debris like sticks, stones or even trash.
- Use any necessary safety equipment like goggles or gloves.
- Read all safety instructions and test power tools before using them.
- Never work with electric power tools in wet conditions.
- Handle gas cautiously, keep it away from spark or flame.
- Be sure any extension cords are in good condition.
Use your best judgment as you sweep the winter blues out of your home and yard while the world turns green again.
With cleaning your home or office, keep in mind, we can help with a lot of the heavy lifting. We have the tools and experience to get your surroundings looking and SMELLING their best. So, if there is anything we can do to help give us a call 920-499-7050.
Hoarding: A Dangerous Situation
A recent hoarding situation we helped clear to assist in eradicating a bed bug infestation.
From time to time SERVPRO of East Brown County helps-out in a hoarding situation.
Recently we assisted someone who had a bed bug infestation, along with a hoarding issue in the Green Bay area. In that case we helped remove items to aid in the eradication of the bed bugs.
In a typical hoarding situation, we are called in to help a person who is ready remove some of the extreme clutter that’s taken over their home and, possibly, even their life. We are also often called in to deal with water or fire and smoke damage that has affected an apartment or home that has a hoarding issue which compounds the cleanup.
So, what exactly is hoarding? According to the International OCD Foundation, hoarding disorder, or HD, is “a mental health disorder where people have difficulty getting rid of possessions that are no longer useful.” In these cases, a person can feel extreme, emotional distress at the thought of getting rid of those possessions.
With hoarding disorder, the clutter can become so thick that it prevents a person from getting around his or her living spaces easily.
Hoarding can create serious dangers. Experts say stacks of items can increase the risk of fire. Those stacks can also collapse on a person or cause structural damage. Also, in the event of an emergency, it can be difficult for rescue workers to get through the residence to provide help. Those experts say injuries can be severe and even fatal.
According to the International OCD Foundation, or IOCDF, 2-4% of the population has hoarding disorder. There are signs you can look for that your loved one may be suffering with it. Here is a list of some of those signs from the IOCDF
- Your loved one keeps parts of their home, or their entire home off-limits.
- You and your loved one talk a lot about “the stuff.”
- De-cluttering even a small area of the home is a major job that can take hours.
- Your loved one has trouble finding things.
- Your loved one puts off repairs to their home.
- Your loved one’s garage is over-flowing.
- Your loved one will not let you touch their possessions.
If you think someone you love might be struggling with hoarding disorder, it’s best to consult a mental healthcare professional to see how you can help.
If a decision is made to clear out some of the extreme clutter, SERVPRO of East Brown County can assist with that step. We will help you and your loved one sort through the items and help bring order back to the situation. You can always reach our team at 920-499-7050.
Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite
A photo of a bed bug from the CDC
Over the last week we handled cleanup at an apartment in the Green Bay area with a bed bug infestation.
We figured this would be a good time to tell you a little bit about the blood sucking critters and what you need to watch out for.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bed bugs, or Cimex lectularius, as they’re formally known, are small, wingless, reddish-brown insects. They feed on human and animal blood while the victims are sleeping.
The bite marks will often appear as slightly raised, reddish spots. They can sometimes appear in straight lines.
The CDC says the teeny-tiny vampires are mostly harmless to humans. If you have an allergic reaction it COULD call for medical care. The bites can certainly itch and may cause lack of sleep.
We’re hearing more and more about outbreaks of the bugs across the country and locally. Because they’re so small they’re able to hide and stow away in items like clothing, sheets and mattresses.
Some signs you’re facing an infestation are as follow:
- Bugs or their exoskeletons appearing in your sheets or mattresses
- Rusty brown stains on your sheets or mattresses
- A sweet, musty odor
A professional exterminator can treat a bed bug infestation.
SERVPRO teams don’t treat the bed bugs themselves, but we do help clean up during an outbreak. That means removing the infested mattresses, carpets, etc.
The recent incident we helped at was made worse by the fact that it was also somewhat of a hoarding scene. Stacks of furniture and other belongings provide good places for the bugs to hide.
Our teams need to take serious precautions in these cases like wearing full Tyvek suits and wrapping the items we remove to ensure no bugs get out during the moving process. We then drive the items straight to the dump and bug bomb our truck at the end of the day.
If the bed bugs bite, SERVPRO of East Brown County’s team can help with any cleanup efforts you might have. Just give us a call at 920-499-7050.
So you can sleep tight and…well, you know the rest!
Never Stop Learning
SERVPRO continuing education class in Green Bay on March 13th, 2018.
As the old saying goes, ‘You learn something new every day.’ Here at SERVPRO of East Brown County we want to help you learn those new things when we can.
To do that we periodically offer free continuing education classes to our community partners. The topics of these classes can run the gamut from biohazards, to hoarding, to ethics.
Our most recent class was held on March 13th at The Marq in Green Bay. More than 50 people attended including insurance agents, property managers and realtors.
You can see a photo of the turnout right in this post.
SERVPRO taught two classes: one on ethics and one on restoration after mold.
Our friends at CRDN, the Certified Restoration Dry Cleaning Network, also taught a class. We can’t forget that ERS provided breakfast and Sherwin Williams provided lunch to all those who attended (a day of learning certainly works up an appetite!).
These classes are particularly important to those insurance agents. They need several continuing education credits each year to keep their licenses. That way clients can be sure they’re in good hands.
Property managers and realtors aren’t required to get these kinds of credits, but many want to take part anyway. They can learn more about providing tenants and clients clean and comfortable places to live.
So why do we at SERVPRO offer this education? We do this because we care about the community and we care about our partnerships here. We want to be sure we’re here for our partners AND our future customers.
We know any time you need us will be difficult. These classes help ensure you’re taken care of should that time ever come.
To learn more about what we have to offer here at SERVPRO of East Brown County, give us a call at 920-499-7050.
SERVPRO of East Brown County removing mud at water main break flood of warehouse in Green Bay, WI.
SERVPRO of East Brown County removing mud at water main break flood of warehouse in Green Bay, WI.
SERVPRO of East Brown County Removing mud at water main break flood of warehouse in Green Bay, WI. This job was at a local warehouse that had a water main break under their concrete floor. The result was thousands of high pressure gallons of water flowing up through a manhole cover and into the building. The water was mixed with tons of sand and dirt which caused a huge mess! SERVPRO of East and West Brown County was called in on a Saturday morning to handle the emergency clean up. Within an hour of getting the call we were on site and started the cleanup by bringing in a skidsteer to get six inches of accumulated sand and mud out of the building we could then start extracting water and cleaning up the building. By monday the majority of the emergency cleanup was complete and in less than a week we were completely done restoring the building and we were able to work around the buildings occupants to ensure they did not have any major disruptions to their normal operations.
SERVPRO handles 200,000 sq ft warehouse cleanup in Green Bay, WI
SERVPRO of East Brown County Brought in the SERVPRO Semi to the 200,000 Square Foot Commercial Loss in Green Bay, WI
A water main break under the floor of a 200,000 square foot warehouse in Green Bay caused a heck of a mess as tons of sand and silt flowed with the gushing water and ended up thruoghout much of the building and accumulated as high as 6". SERVPRO of East Brown County came in and started removing the dirt with a skidsteer and began extracting the muddy water with our extraction equipment. We brought in reinforcements from our SERVPRO network that included labor, whole building desicant dryer and generator, as well as additional equipment so that the loss was cleaned up as quickly as possible. Through our network, we can handle all job sizes, from residential to huge commercial losses. You can count on us at SERVPRO to keep your operations going and get your home or business back on track "Like it never even happened".
SERVPRO Of East and West Brown County Add Additional Resources For Commercial Jobs
SERVPRO Of East and West Brown County has the available resources needed for large Commercial fire and water losses.
SERVPRO Of East and West Brown County has the available resources needed for large Commercial fire and water losses. Pictured is a large trailer mounted dessicant drying system and self contained generator that can handle the largest building disasters in the area. The desicant dryer is staged outside the building and is ducted with plastic ducting into the building space and a return duct from the building to the equipment is also installed. This process then has the effect of sending large amounts of super dry, low relative humidity air into the space while at the same time removing wet relative humidity air. This quickly drys all parts of the structure and contents and building materials in the space. You can be confident that SERVPRO has the equipment, people and knowledge to get even the most complex emergency disaster jobs restored.
SERVPRO of East and West Brown County Welcomes Jeremy Meyers as New Commercial Sales and Marketing Rep
Jeremy Meyers - SERVPRO
Jeremy Meyers has joined SERVPRO of East and West Brown County as our Commercial Sales and Marketing representative. Jeremy is actively supporting owners of Commercial buildings in the Green Bay and surrounding areas by helping them prepare for their water, fire, mold and bio-hazard issues. From manufacturers, to apartment buildings, to all real estate, Jeremy is spreading the news of how we can help clean up disasters of any size and put things back together so it looks like it never even happened. Jeremy has a background in Insurance customer service.
SERVPRO of East and West Brown County Responds to Commercial Losses
Commercial Building Restoration by SERVPRO of East and West Brown County
SERVPRO of East and West Brown County has been restoring several downtown Green Bay commercial buildings so far in November. Water obviously follows the principle of gravity and works its way down from floor to floor of multi story commercial buildings. It is critical that professionals like our crews are able to completely dry between walls and floors to ensure that there will not be any future mold issues. SERVPRO pros are your commercial and residential experts when it comes to water and fire restoration.