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Grill with Caution: Your Guide to Summer BBQ Safety

6/10/2024 (Permalink)

Summer sizzles with the aroma of grills firing up across neighborhoods, but amidst the excitement, safety should never be sidelined. At SERVPRO, we prioritize not just restoring homes but also preventing mishaps. Here are some grill safety tips to ensure your summer gatherings remain memorable for the right reasons:

  1. 1. **Location, Location, Location:** Place your grill outdoors, away from structures, overhanging branches, or anything flammable.
  1. **Keep it Clean:** Regularly clean your grill to prevent grease buildup, reducing the risk of flare-ups.
  1. **Check for Leaks:** Before firing it up, inspect gas grills for any leaks in the gas tank, hoses, or connections.
  1. **Stay Vigilant:** Never leave the grill unattended, especially with children or pets nearby.
  1. **Fire Safety:** Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it.

By following these simple precautions, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable grilling experience for everyone involved. Happy grilling!

Continuing Education Courses

1/19/2024 (Permalink)

Continuing Education Courses Continuing Education Courses

Continuing Education Class for Claims Adjusters and Agents:

AM Class - February 15th 9AM-12PM - The P&C Selling Cycle (3 Credit Hours), Free Breakfast Included

PM Class - February 15th 1PM-4PM - Professional Ethics (3 Credit Hours), Free Lunch Included

Contact for RSVP and Registration Forms:
Jamie Wenzel and Tina Nelson


11/14/2023 (Permalink)

What are the common causes of water damage?

The most common causes of water damage we respond to are plumbing leaks, sump pump failures, drain backups, roof leaks, and storm-related damage.

Will my insurance pay for the damage?

Most homeowners’ insurance policies provide coverage in the event of sudden and accidental water damage.  Depending on the language in your insurance policy, most water damage is considered a covered peril.

How do I know if my insurance will not pay for the damage?

In the event of any property damage, contact your insurance agent right away.  Your agent should have the resources to advise you on the specifics of your policy.  The most common cause of water damage that we see not covered by homeowners’ insurance is water infiltration through a foundation and/or window well.

Who is responsible for payment?

Ultimately, you, the homeowner are responsible for payment.  We ask that you sign a work authorization permitting us to begin work mitigating the damage.  This form allows your insurance carrier to work directly with SERVPRO® throughout the process.  For covered damages, your insurance carrier will either make a payment directly to SERVPRO or make a payment directly to the homeowner in the form of a two-party check with SERVPRO listed as a payee. 

How will my insurance know what needs to be replaced and what can be restored?

The insurance carrier should assign a field adjuster or adjusting firm to schedule an onsite inspection to assess the damage.  This typically occurs after the initial drying services, but not always.  Ultimately, they lean on SERVPRO’s documentation and our experts in the field to determine restorability. 

How does SERVPRO document the damages?

SERVPRO documents each visit to our customers’ homes.  When drying is complete, we provide your insurance carrier with a written estimate for our services, photos from before, during, and after the work is completed, and a comprehensive drying report detailing the data collected during our daily monitoring checks. 

What is monitoring?

After the initial emergency services, SERVPRO will be back daily to monitor and document the dry-out until the drying is complete.  We utilize both invasive and noninvasive moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, and hygrometers to measure the moisture content within the materials we are drying, as well as the atmospheric readings of the environment.  The data collected is entered into a system that generates a report for your insurance carrier showing daily progress. 

How long will it take to dry out my home?

While there is no standard drying time, we typically see our drying goals achieved within 3-5 days after our equipment is placed.  Many variables factor into the rate of drying, such as humidity and temperature both inside and outside the home, the amount of time that passed before the damage was discovered, and the amount of water that ultimately infiltrated the affected areas. 

What can I do to help speed up the process?

Relax, and let us do the work.  The most common issues we run into that slow the rate of drying are customers shutting down our equipment overnight and/or customers opening windows to get some fresh cool air.  While it may be noisy and hot, and the air may begin to feel very dry, these are signs that the moisture in your home is starting to evaporate.  By shutting down equipment and or opening windows, the hard work the equipment has done to regulate the temperature and humidity of the environment comes to a screeching halt, and so does the dry-out. 

What if it is not feasible to occupy the home during restoration? What can I do?

Ask your agent and adjuster about your ALE (alternative living expense) coverage.  Your policy may allow you to stay at a hotel, among other benefits, during the restoration process if warranted.

What kind of equipment will you be using?

SERVPRO uses industrial-strength dehumidifiers, air movers, air filters, and various specialty drying equipment as needed based on the specifics of each job. 

Is the equipment safe?

In short, yes.  Our equipment has built-in GFI outlets, so it will shut down automatically as a safety precaution in the event of an overload.  While our equipment is running, there will be extension cords, power cords, and drain lines, amongst other things, that pose a tripping hazard to both workers and occupants.  SERVPRO will do its best to contain the work areas; however, it is up to you, the homeowner, to take the appropriate precautions if entering the area where equipment is running.  It is best practice to keep pets and children away from these areas until repairs are complete.

Will my electric bill go up?

Depending on the amount of equipment used and the time on site, there is a chance for a utility usage spike on your next month's statement.  We recommend checking with your insurance carrier on what your policy allows for reimbursement of increased utility costs due to a covered peril.

What about my furniture and belongings?

SERVPRO will manipulate and protect your personal property to complete mitigation services.  A supervisor or crew lead will evaluate your furniture during our initial inspection and recommend how to proceed with any non-salvageable items.

What if SERVPRO recommends pack-out services?

Pack out is an industry term encompassing anything relating to the move-out, cleaning, inventory, storage, and move-back of personal property in a property damage claim. This is not uncommon as sometimes, due to the project's specifics, it may be simpler and easier to address the personal property damages at a SERVPRO facility while freeing up the space in your property for the necessary repairs. A pack-out requires approval from your insurance carrier.  SERVPRO will work with you and your insurance to determine the best course of action specific to your situation.

Where would my furniture go?

Your furniture will go to either a storage pod on your property or SERVPRO’s warehouse.  SERVPRO’s warehouse is completely climate-controlled, with all new security cameras and alarm systems.  Arrangements can be made ahead of time if there is an item in storage you wish to gain access to. 

Who puts my house back together after mitigation is complete?

SERVPRO of Wausau, Stevens Point, and Marshfield proudly boasts full-service restoration services.  With over 100 combined years of experience in remodeling and new home construction, we are confident we can find a solution that works for you. We are happy to provide you and your insurance carrier with an estimate for the repair work.  While the initial work authorization to start mitigation covers drying services and opens the door for SERVPRO and your insurance to work together, you, the homeowner, are ultimately responsible for choosing a contractor or general contractor to complete the repairs.  If you decide to hire SERVPRO to complete the repairs, a reconstruction estimator will contact you to discuss the next steps. 

Backpack Emergency Card

8/11/2023 (Permalink)


Emergencies can strike anytime, anywhere, including when your kids are at school. No one ever likes to think about the ‘what if’. But it’s even worse to think ‘if only’.  

The more prepared we are for an emergency, the more peace of mind we can have in a stressful situation.  

Here are some steps you can take to be prepared in case of an emergency at your child’s school: 

Know the School’s Emergency Plan 

It’s important to know how the school will communicate with you in case of a schoolwide emergency as well as the school’s evacuation plan. You also will want to know what their plan is to reunite you with your child during or after an emergency. The phone lines at the school will likely be overrun with calls from concerned parents, so the more you know what the plan is ahead of time, the better. 

Emergency Contact Information 

Keep your contact information up to date with the school.  

Make sure you have 1-3 trusted people who could pick your child up from school if there is a situation where you aren’t able to. Review the list with your child and be sure they are comfortable with who those people are, what their vehicles look like and how to find their phone numbers. Including this Backpack Emergency Card could be very useful! 

Communicate this list with your school. 

Pick-up/Drop off Location 

Review the pick-up and drop off location with your child, and make sure that your other emergency contacts know where that is as well. It is a good idea to have an alternate location just in case you cannot get to them in a timely manner, or if your usual pick-up spot is not accessible. 

Going back to school can come with feelings of anticipation and stress. Reduce the stress by having a plan! 

Hey Honey, what's that water stain on the ceiling from?

6/6/2023 (Permalink)

A water stain in your home, especially on drywall, can be the start of a bigger problem.  While drywall is durable, it can sustain damage when exposed to water for too long.  If the damage is not addressed quickly, the structural integrity becomes compromised, causing it to become soft, weak, and susceptible to microbial growth.

Staining on drywall, especially on ceilings usually leads to a couple common causes in homes.  1.) Plumbing Fixtures – improper installation, wear and tear causing failures, aging of the fixtures themselves.  2.) Roof Leaks - improper installation, wear, and tear & aging.  You see the pattern.

The key to preventing microbial growth on drywall is to address the situation as quickly as possible.  Making sure that the affected area is dried out properly and that the humidity level is regulated to an acceptable level.  Putting a fan on the affected area although is helpful may not be enough depending on the level of moisture in the building materials.  Dehumidifiers are extremely helpful in regulating the humidity of the affected area and house in general. 

The longer you wait, the chances of you having a bigger problem are highly likely.

If you or someone you know unfortunately suffers such a fire or other emergency call SERVPRO of Stevens Point, Wausau, Marshfield & NW Wisconsin Rapids at 715-544-4855 and we can dispatch a crew to make sure that we make your situation, “Like it never even happened.”

Common Cause of Electrical Fires in Homes or Businesses are faulty outlets.

5/18/2023 (Permalink)

Did you know that most electrical fires are caused by faulty outlets that have worn out sockets that are no longer properly grounded because of the age and use of the outlet?  As things get older and are used more often the wiring behind outlets wears well and the wires loosen over time and potentially break causing a fire.

There are nearly 30,000 electrical fires in the U.S. per year that cause an estimated $1.1 billion in property damage and over 300 deaths.  The winter months seem to be the most common time of year, but anytime of the year you can unfortunately experience a house fire.

Some ways to prevent outlet electrical fires in your home or business.

  1. Don’t overload your outlets.
  2. Use only GFCI outlets near water.
  3. Keep flammable objects away from electrical outlets.

If you or someone you know unfortunately suffers such a fire or other emergency call SERVPRO of Stevens Point, Wausau, Marshfield & NW Wisconsin Rapids at 715-544-4855 and we can dispatch a crew to make sure that we make your situation, “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage

5/3/2023 (Permalink)

Have you ever experienced walking down into your basement and reaching the last step realizing that your basement is flooded? If you have you know all to well the headaches that come with that, not to mention the work that lies ahead.

Most homeowners’ first reaction is to get a shop vac and some box fans and start extracting water and get air movement going.  But little do they know that if the walls are drywall the water can and will most likely wick up causing headaches if not dried properly.

Call SERVPRO of Stevens Point and Wausau, NW Wisconsin Rapids & Marshfield to do the work for you and make sure that we make your situation, "Like it never even happened."

Office/24 Hr. Emergency Number


Commercial Water Damage

5/3/2023 (Permalink)

Can you as a business owner or landlord afford to be told you need to close or have your tenants move out because of an emergency? 

Many times, when a business or apartment building suffers an emergency water loss those words are often used.  At SERVPRO we try to make sure your business interruptions are as little as possible and that your tenants are back in their apartments as soon as possible to retain them.  We know the importance of running a business and want to make sure your up and running in no time.

If your business suffers a water loss and you need the experts to get your business back on track as fast as possible call on the experts at SERVPRO of Stevens Point and Wausau, NW Wisconsin Rapids & Marshfield at 715-544-4855.

You can make sure that we'll make your situation, "Like it never even happened."