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The Most Common Forms of Natural Disasters in Sturgeon Bay, WI: Their History and How to Recover From Them

January 8th, 2018 · No Comments

Living in the North Midwestern states of the USA usually means there are less natural disasters to contend with than the southern coast. Being so far inland generally means that tsunamis, hurricanes, and earthquakes tend to run ashore far from Sturgeon Bay, WI; but that doesn’t mean that disaster never strikes within our borders. The disaster cleanup services available through us at ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services will help you to be prepared for whatever nature throws at you, wherever you may be.

Just because the average Wisconsinite doesn’t have to deal with erupting volcanoes on a regular basis doesn’t mean they don’t know what natural disasters look like. In fact, some of the most common natural disasters in Wisconsin history tend to be at the opposite end of the thermometer. Blizzards and hail have historically made a major impact in Wisconsin…and sometimes literally. The weight of heavy hail and heavy snow both have the potential to put dents in car hoods, take tiles off of rooftops, and generally cause chaos on short notice. Luckily, disaster cleanup crews are designed to take the pressure off regular people who get caught in the middle of these minor disasters and get them back on their feet in no time.

But the need for reliable disaster cleanup doesn’t stop with minor disasters. While hail and snow are two natural disasters that can leave a lasting impact in the Midwest, they still don’t have the pure destructive power of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Hail and snow may be able to put a damper on your day or your week, but strong winds can flip the car that hail could only dent. These major natural disasters are where disaster cleanup crews like ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services really ‘shine’.

Copious amounts of debris, property damage, personal home damage, and structural damage are all within the scope of proper disaster cleanup, and these services are available to every resident of Sturgeon Bay, WI, who has been impacted by a major or minor natural disaster. To arrange disaster cleanup services, contact ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services today at (920) 336-7411 or by visiting our website here.

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How to Avoid Fire Damage from Winter Heating in Your Oconto, WI Residence

December 14th, 2017 · No Comments

Staying warm in the winter in Wisconsin isn’t always easy. Some days you may be able to rely on your standard central heating system, but once the real cold sets in, it’s more likely you’ll turn to situation-specific heat producers such as heated blankets and space heaters. The fire damage repair specialists at ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services want to remind all Oconto, WI, homeowners to use their supplemental heating devices cautiously by keeping all associated risks in mind this time of year, and with good reason!

While the technology of heating products is always improving, there’s still an inherent risk in using pretty much any type of heating device. Fireplaces are the most obvious source of fire damage in the average home during the winter since you’re dealing with an open flame. If the smoke from your fireplace isn’t being directed out properly, or if a stray ember ignites the carpet, you could be in real trouble real fast. Most homeowners know that preventing fire damage is pretty simple as long as you don’t keep combustibles near the fireplace, but fire damage from smoke can be just as bad. It may seem counter-intuitive to say never take your eyes off of the fireplace when you’re just trying to heat your home, but regularly checking in won’t hurt.

If your home always feels a bit chilly, you may be a fan of space heaters. Space heaters tend to be a fire damage risk largely because they can use a lot of electricity (causing sparks, shorts, or other wiring trouble) and you can put them anywhere. The general rule of thumb for space heaters is that you shouldn’t leave them running while you’re out of the house (or ideally out of sight), and to always keep them away from fabric, thick carpet, and paper products. Fire damage repair resulting from space heaters tends to be necessary when the heater has been placed in a questionable spot, or when the heater has tipped or leaned onto something flammable. Both of these situations are preventable with proper attention.

If your Oconto, WI, home has been impacted by winter fire damage and you’re looking for professional fire damage repair services, contact ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services today at (920) 336-741, or visit our website here for more information.

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Three Stages of Winter Water Damage for Homeowners in Green Bay, WI

December 8th, 2017 · No Comments

Frozen and burst pipes are two causes of water damage that most Green Bay, WI, residents are probably familiar with. Most households have heard some version of the “running water” trick to keep pipes from freezing, and anyone who’s spent a single winter in Wisconsin knows that ice will gather wherever it decides to gather, even despite valiant human efforts. As the water damage repair experts at ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services prepare for winter, we ask homeowners to prep for these familiar types of water damage as well as a few lesser-known winter troublemakers that occur at various stages of the season.

The first stage of winter water damage begins when the temperatures begin to drop. Most homes will likely be easing back into using heaters, hot water, and furnaces on a regular basis. Since they’re not used year-round, it’s easy to let them fall into disrepair. If any part of your heating system is water-based, be sure to have it checked thoroughly before you crank it on for the season. A leaking boiler or hot water tank can cause all sorts of water damage right as the season kicks off.

The second stage of winter water damage can happen when the ice really starts to set in midwinter. Some homeowners may experience ice dams that form at the edge of the roof and redirect water into the ceiling, walls, or windows. This type of water damage is especially frustrating in the winter because it can be difficult to find the source of the leak. If you think you may be suffering from ice dam run-off, get in touch with water damage repair professionals immediately to prevent significant damage.

Stage three is when winter water damage continues being a problem all the way up to the big snow melt right before spring. Depending upon the foundation of your home and the type of lot you live on, late winter water damage can occur when snow melt directs water towards and into your basement and foundation. Water entering your home in this manner is a recipe for a water damage disaster in a very short period of time. In these cases, contacting water damage repair experts should be done before water begins to pool or gather in any part of the home. Efficiently redirecting the water could be enough to mitigate the worst of the damage.

ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services is here for every stage of your winter water damage journey. Green Bay, WI, residents can contact us today at (920) 336-7411, or visit our website here for information on water damage repair and professional water damage repair consultations.

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When Salt Assaults your Home Cleaning in Green Bay, WI

December 4th, 2017 · No Comments

Winter is coming fast in the Midwest which means things in Green Bay, WI are about to get very salty. Winter in Wisconsin brings plenty of fun stuff to the table (think snowmen and skiing), but it also tends to carry with it black ice, sleet, and freezing rain. For those bold enough to brave the tundra this icy weather is a minor inconvenience at best, but if you’re not careful, winter can follow you back to your home without a moment’s notice. The residential home cleaning experts with ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services remind all homeowners that road salt can be as damaging to your home as it is beneficial to your sidewalks.

Despite the fact that applying salt to highways, streets, sidewalks, and parking lots is a requirement in the Northland, the residue left behind can be damaging to fabrics, woods, metals, and just about every other type of surface you can imagine. It crusts, stains, discolors, and causes rust in no time flat. This is especially an issue when it comes to home carpet cleaning thanks to the absorptive powers of good carpet. Unfortunately, salt problems can continue all the way into the spring thaw thanks to the salt content in run-off water. As soon as the trucks head out to start salting, it’s time to prepare yourself for a little defensive home cleaning.

Once salt has settled in it can be very tricky to coax it back out, even with vigorous home carpet cleaning. This is especially true if the damage in question is a chemical reaction such as rust. That isn’t to say that effective home carpet cleaning is impossible once salt has crept in; there are many intense home cleaning methods for tackling salt damage on just about every surface.

Like many types of home cleaning, your best bet with salt build-up in the home is prevention. Since most salt is tracked in it’s easy to prevent it by always taking off your boots or shoes after a walk outside. Having a winter-specific rug right when you come inside is a great way to remind you to remove your outdoor footwear and give your guests somewhere to shed their galoshes. If you have the means to do so, just leaving your boots outside in the garage or on the front step is a great choice as well. Washing salt build-up off cement steps is much easier than cleaning it out of your carpeting!

If your carpet or floor has suffered from salt staining or damage and you’re interested in home cleaning or a professional home carpet cleaning consultation, contact Green Bay, WI’s ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services today at (920) 336-7411 or by visiting our website here.

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How Pack Out Services Can Help Send Fire Damage Packing in Sturgeon Bay, WI

November 21st, 2017 · No Comments

Following a fire in your Sturgeon Bay, WI, business, your decor, merchandise, and workspace could all be suffering from residual (or worsening) damage. During the disaster restoration process, the pack out team with ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services want you to know that removing your inventory and stowing it safely away could be the difference between picking up where you left off and starting from scratch.

Fire disaster restoration is difficult because fire does more than just burn. Burning, of course, is less than ideal when your business is involved, but fire also leaves a lot of smoke, ash, and other messes behind. Regardless of what your business offers, these byproducts can stain, discolor, and permanently cause unusual odors on everything in range. All of these issues can also become worse even after the actual flame has been doused. Discoloration can set in, soot can begin to stain, and the smell can dig deeper and deeper into any porous fibers. For these reasons and more, contacting a pack out service quickly is in your best interest.

Pack out services move everything away from the disaster restoration scene and into a safe storage area. This is necessary to prevent additional damage and allows the disaster restoration team to work effectively in the space. Pack out services are careful, fast, and often necessary to keep your items and work materials safe during a fire recovery.

Once the disaster restoration team has done its part and gotten your business back in order, the pack out service eases you back into work without gaps in productivity. We can move your stores, workspaces, and merchandise back into place exactly as they were before disaster struck. This means that business can get back on track without having to track down your materials in a mad scramble.

If your Sturgeon Bay, WI, business has suffered from a fire and you require disaster restoration services, contact ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services at (920) 336-7411 and request our pack out team today or visit our website here for information.

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The Hidden Complications of Complete Cigarette Smoke Removal in Your New Green Bay, WI, Residence

November 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

Moving into a new residence in a city the size of Green bay, WI, is always a bit of a gamble. You may think you know what you’re getting into on the surface, but lingering issues such as tobacco and cigarette smoke odors can be masked by a bit of clever cleaning… at least until you’re all moved in and settled. Even if your brand-new landlord isn’t actively trying to trick you into a smoky home, you can still end up with unusual smells and discoloration hiding under that fresh layer of paint. The tobacco smoke removal experts with ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services encourage all prospective renters and buyers to check these subtle smoky respites before dotting those i’s and crossing all of your t’s.

Anyone who has ever lived with a smoker knows that tobacco smoke loves fiber. Clothes, curtains, and car interiors all tend to suck in the smell and cling onto it as tightly as possible. When it comes to general home living this is also especially true of carpet. Tobacco smoke removal can be difficult because it seeps into the fibrous materials in carpet and tends to linger even after washing. Cigarette smoke removal can occasionally require the entire replacement of carpets, or at least a serious deep cleaning by licensed professionals. Cigarette smoke removal from carpet isn’t impossible, but without skilled experts armed with industrial grade cleaners it can be an uphill slog that you likely don’t want to deal with right after signing a lease. Especially when carpet may not be the only issue.

Even solid walls are fibrous enough to take on the smell of cigarette smoke. Some landlords and property managers manage to cover up the worst of the smell and discoloration with a fresh coat of paint, but in some areas of the home that isn’t nearly enough for effective tobacco smoke removal. For instance, if you live in a humid area or if your bathroom tends to steam up during showers, the nicotine staining can bleed through the paint and create yellow splotches on the “fresh” coat. This is especially true if a thorough professional cigarette smoke removal session was not completed prior to the paint. New paint is a great distraction, but by no means is it a perfect fix.

Though walls may be out in the open, other areas in the home are a little easier to miss when it comes to tobacco smoke removal. Any type of vent in your home is also susceptible to lingering smells thanks to dust and grime build-up. Since tobacco smoke loves to cling to these types of fibers an incomplete cigarette smoke removal session could end with your air conditioner blowing smoky smells right back into your home.

Rather than hoping the previous tenant or manager did their job effectively, rely upon the experts for proper tobacco smoke removal. Green Bay, WI, residents can contact ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services today at (920) 336-741 or visit our website here and have your new place smelling authentically fresh in no time.

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What You Can Do in Autumn to Prevent Winter Water Damage in Oconto, WI

October 25th, 2017 · No Comments

Once the weather starts to turn in Oconto, WI, thoughts of water soon shift to thoughts of ice. People who enjoyed canoeing in the spring are contemplating ice fishing; those who rollerblade are digging out their skis; and kids who were just recently swimming are excited to get back to sledding. While all of these activities are pleasant and appropriate, forgetting about water entirely in the winter could be a recipe for disaster. The water damage repair professionals with ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services know that water damage can happen all year round, and if you’re not prepared for it, all of the sledding and fishing in the world won’t be able to prevent it from happening to you.

Preventing winter water damage isn’t especially difficult. The simplest way to prevent winter water damage is to keep your gutters clear of the autumn leaves. This is one of the aspects of owning a home that can easily be overlooked and can have shockingly enormous consequences. Your gutters work very hard to keep your home water damage free, and if they’re gunked up with leaves and debris they won’t do their jobs properly. Mix that gutter mush with a few weeks of winter weather and you have trouble on your hands. Water damage often happens simply because a little water goes where it shouldn’t be. If your gutters are too full of fall gunk to work, some serious water damage could be in your future.

Once your gutters are clear it’s time to head inside and take stock of internal water damage risks, namely, be sure to deal with leaky pipes before winter comes in earnest. Any piping that has suffered structural damage or has had integrity issues in the past becomes even riskier in the winter months. Though pipe bursts are more common in older homes, with the right circumstances frozen water can cause burst anywhere. If that fussy leaking pipe seems to magically stop up in freezing weather it may be a sign of worse things to come as opposed to a miraculous pipe recovery. Water damage repair after a pipe burst can be frustrating and time-consuming, preempting it with regular inspections is always the better option.

Once the outdoors and indoors are secure, it’s time to plan ahead for your holiday trips. If you’re expecting to be away from your home for any stretch of time this winter, whether it be to visit family or just to escape the cold, be sure to have a home protection plan in place. Water damage is one type of home disaster that can happen whether or not you’re around to see it. Program your thermostat to do the heavy-duty work for you in advance. Although it saves money, turning off your heat entirely can lead to catastrophe in the event of a sudden cold snap.

If you’ve experienced water damage in your Oconto, WI, home and need water damage repair services, contact ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services today at (920) 336-7411 or by visiting our website here.

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Allergies and Alternative Green Cleaning Options for Green Bay, WI Locals

October 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Living with allergies in a nature-friendly city like Green Bay, WI, can be a real pain in the neck, and the nose, throat, eyes, and chest. During allergy-heavy times like ragweed season in the Midwest, sometimes your home may feel like the only reprieve you have from sniffles and sneezes. Luckily, ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services offers green home cleaning services that can ensure your allergies will be left at the door so you can actually feel at home…at home.

Keeping your house allergy-proof can be a challenge if you’re sensitive to chemical smells or strong cleaning sprays and solutions. Even common cleaning products can be enough to irritate eyes and throats through contact and short exposure. Green cleaning alternatives offer body-safe solutions that won’t leave you gasping after a single round with your kitchen counters. The simple formulas used in most green cleaning products have basic and easy-to-understand ingredients, which means that pinpointing what’s irritating your allergies is suddenly much simpler.

Green home cleaning also has the benefit of often being cheaper, environmentally conscious, and safer to use for all ages. If you have trouble getting the whole family involved in cleaning because of allergy-related discomfort, changing-up your formulas to a green cleaning option could be all it takes to make sure every family member can pitch in with the chores. The lack of manufactured chemicals means that there’s less chance of skin irritation, watering eyes, and many other basic discomforts that could be deterring your kids from grabbing a sponge and bucket.

Along with being kid-safe, green home cleaning is also generally pet safe as well. This means that those impacted by dander or fur-related allergies wont’ have to worry about regular cleanings irritating your pets. Green home cleaning is a great option for pet owners to restore the equilibrium in the home without having to put Fido in the garage.

If you’re a Green Bay, WI, homeowner who suffers from seasonal allergies and is ready to make your home a sneeze-free sanctuary, contact ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services today to discuss our green cleaning options. Give us a call at (920) 336-7411, or visit our website here for information.

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How Dingy Carpets Can Hurt Your Morale as Much as Your Decorating in Kewaunee, WI

October 3rd, 2017 · No Comments

It’s no secret that a filthy rug or carpet can turn a person off from room in a hurry. Blotches, bleached spots, stains, and crunchiness can make a first impression go from “Ooh!” to “Ewww!” even if the rest of the room is styled to the nines. Hopefully, your Kewaunee, WI, home isn’t suffering from such obvious maladies, but even a little carpet dinginess may be enough to produce similar feelings of discomfort, just with a less obvious M.O. The carpet cleaning professionals with ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services want to offer you the chance to get your carpets truly, fully clean and prevent dinginess from building up and detracting from your best-dressed rooms.

Your environment plays a large role in how you feel from day to day. If you’re in a comfortable home that feels clean and safe, those positive feelings tend to carry over into every aspect of your life. This is one way that regular, thorough carpet cleaning can make a major difference in your general standard of living. Having your carpets cleaned professionally can restore your mood and even help reduce stress, especially if the carpeted room in question is the centerpiece of your home.

If you’re not especially concerned about your deep personal feelings surrounding clean carpets, it’s important to remember that a room with dingy carpeting also tends to just look worse than its clean counterpart. Dinginess pulls color away from other objects in the room and can make otherwise peppy furniture clash or look out of place. If nothing feels like it “fits” your room, a good carpet cleaning could be all it takes to make it feel fresh and modern.

So sure, let’s say your furniture looks fine and your mood is great, so why get your carpets cleaned? Well, dinginess isn’t necessarily caused by a single factor and many of the underlying causes carry with them inherent health risks as well. This can include allergies caused by dander or pollen, breathing problems caused by dust or mold, and skin irritation caused by all of the above and more. Even if your carpet looks acceptable to the naked eye, that doesn’t mean it won’t leave you feeling irritated and congested.

All of these issues are treatable and preventable with a regularly scheduled professional carpet cleaning appointment with ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services. If you’re a resident of Kewaunee, WI, who is tired of dinginess in your daily life, contact ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services today at (920) 336-7411 or visit our website here to really get those carpets cleaned.

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Brightening Up Your Sturgeon Bay, WI Business With Upholstery Cleaning

September 13th, 2017 · No Comments

Keeping a clean space for clients and workers at your Sturgeon Bay, WI, business can be the difference between lagging numbers and booming progress. Though it may seem vaguely supernatural, people have a natural tendency to take in their environments in imperceptible ways and make judgments without even realizing they’re doing so. It doesn’t take a master detective to figure out that damp, dirty, or dusty environments leave a bad taste in the mouths of consumers. ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services can ensure that getting your commercial upholstery cleaned will help your offices and storefront feel fresher and more welcoming to employees and clients alike.

Having your commercial upholstery cleaned can make your office feel brighter by literally brightening the colors on the fabrics in your place of business. Bright, clean furniture can draw the eye in a pleasant and memorable way as well as add a bit of flavor to your workers’ daily environment. This upholstery cleaning technique also works for more subtle colors such as white or beige as well because they tend to become dingy more quickly and in noticeable ways.

Along with the pleasant aesthetics, clean furniture and curtains also lend to an environment that makes employees and visitors feel relaxed and healthy. In opposition, lingering smells of must, oil, or food can lead to feelings of claustrophobia or nausea. The simple act of keeping your upholstery tidy can help wash away those feelings with minimal effort. Regular upholstery cleaning also prevents allergens from building up on your fabric surfaces, which can provide additional comfort to employees and clients with sensitivities or asthma.

Professional upholstery cleaning provides all of these benefits and more when you enlist the help of experts with ServiceMaster Specialty Restoration Services. Make a difference at your Sturgeon Bay, WI, business today and have your commercial upholstery cleaned, perked up, and prepped for a long commercial life. Contact us today at (920) 336-7411 or by visiting our website here.

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