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11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Mold

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  Brown County to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

Give us a call at 920-434-8224!

Candle Safety Tips

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know the top 3 days for home candle fires are New Year’s Day, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve?

As enjoyable as it is to decorate during the holiday season, utilizing candles to add more seasonal flare throughout your home or for ceremonial/religious practices could potentially put your home at a higher risk for a fire.

The following are helpful tips on how to avoid a fire mishap from happening in your residence.

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 1 foot (30 centimeters) away from anything that can burn.
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell, and feel like real candles. 
  • If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.
  • Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

Decking the halls should be fun, but always remember to exercise more caution when using candles.

The team at SERVPRO of Brown County knows all about the aftermath resulting from accidental fires. That is why you need to know the place your family calls home is in great hands when we get involved in the restoration process.

As a locally owned and operated business, we are strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. If you have any questions about our services or need immediate assistance, call us at (920) 434-8224.

Norsec Electronic Recycling Drive

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

Norsec Electronic Recycling Drive

Saturday, October 31, 2020

ABVM Rectory Parking Lot, 124 E Pulaski St.

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Rain or Shine

Free items include:

Computer Towers

Laptops

Cell Phones

Servers

Wire & Cabling

Keyboards/Mouse

Copiers/Printers/Fax Machines

Phone Systems

DVD/VCR

Stereos/CD Players

Dehumidifiers/Air Conditioners

Refrigerators/Freezers

Rechargeable Batteries

Washers, Dryers & Stoves

Household Appliances Big & Small

Anything Metal

Items for a Fee:

Computer Monitors: $10

TVs under 30”: $15

Flat Panel TVs: $15

TVs 30” and over: $30

Console TVs: $30

Details can be found on ABVM’s website linked here: Norsec Recycling Drive

Fire Safety for Kids

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Howard Fire Department Howard Fire Fighters

Fire Safety for Kids

Protecting and educating your children!

A home fire is a devastating event, and one that you never count on happening. Your children are most at risk when this disaster occurs. In fact, children under five are twice as likely as other people to die in a home fire. Tragically, many home fires are started by children playing with dangerous household items – especially lighters and matches. Taking sensible precautions in the home and teaching your child how to escape from a fire can help your family avoid this type of heartbreak.            

Help Your Child Survive a Fire

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 
  • Once a month check whether each alarm in the home is working properly by pushing the test button. 
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Immediately install a new battery if an alarm chirps, warning the battery is low.
  • Teach your children what smoke alarms sound like and what to do when they hear one.
  • Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home, and where to meet up outside.
  • Practice your fire escape plan at least twice a year and at different times of the day. Practice waking up to smoke alarms, low crawling and meeting outside. Make sure everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
  • Emphasize “get out, stay out.” Only professional firefighters should enter a building that is on fire—even if other family members, pets or prized possessions are inside.
  • Use quick-release devices on barred windows and doors. Security bars without release devices can trap you in a deadly fire. If you have security bars on your windows, be sure one window in each sleeping room has a release device.
  • Consider getting escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them, and store them near the windows. 
  • Teach household members to STOP, DROP and ROLL if their clothes should catch on fire.

SERVPRO of Brown County is locally owned and operated business, we are strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. If you have any questions about our services or need immediate assistance, call us today at (920) 434-8224.

October Fire

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Brown County Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. 

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

SERVPRO of Brown County Professionals know just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. They’re trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. Learn more about the fire damage restoration process.

Step1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Step 6: Cleaning and Repair

Step 7: Restoration

Safety Tips

  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level and in every room.
  • Test alarms regularly
  • Alarms don’t last forever, remember to replace your alarms every 10 years.
  • Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of fires in the kitchen.
  • Plan and practice an escape route with your family.
  • If your smoke or carbon monoxide alarm sounds, leave the home immediately for fresh air and call 911

SERVPRO of Brown County is locally owned and operated business, we are strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. If you have any questions about our services or need immediate assistance, call us today at (920) 434-8224.

Candle Safety Tips

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Candle Safety Tips

With the upcoming holiday season approaching, we all enjoy decorating with candles!

As enjoyable as it is to decorate during the holiday season, utilizing candles to add more seasonal flare throughout your home or for ceremonial/religious practices could potentially put your home at a higher risk for a fire.

Candle Fires by the Numbers

  • Candles caused 3% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 5% of the direct property damage in home fires.
  • Roughly one-third (36%) of home candle fires started in bedrooms. These fires caused 32% of the associated deaths and 47% of the associated injuries.
  • Falling asleep was a factor in 11% percent of the home candle fires and 30% of the associated deaths.
  • On average, 25 home candle fires were reported per day.
  • More than half (58%) of home candle fires occurred when some form of combustible material was left or came too close to the candle.
  • December is the peak time of year for home candle fires. In December, 11% of home candle fires began with decorations compared to 4% the rest of the year.

Here are a few safety tips:

Candle Safety Tips

  • Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed. Avoid the use of candles in the bedroom and other areas where people may fall asleep.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  • Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip over easily.
  • Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  • Light candles carefully. Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down — put it out before it gets too close to the holder or container.
  • Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  • Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

    When it comes to candles, never under any circumstances, leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle. Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children’s reach in a locked cabinet. Their curious little minds tend to be attracted to the colorful flames. Supervision is vital for them not to burn themselves or to cause an unexpected fire hazard in your home.

    The team at SERVPRO of Brown County knows all about the aftermath resulting from accidental fires. That is why you need to know the place your family calls home is in great hands when we get involved in the restoration process.

    As a locally owned and operated business, we are strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. If you have any questions about our services or need immediate assistance, call us today at (920) 434-8224.

    When it comes to candles, never under any circumstances, leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle. Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children’s reach in a locked cabinet. Their curious little minds tend to be attracted to the colorful flames. Supervision is vital for them not to burn themselves or to cause an unexpected fire hazard in your home.

    The team at SERVPRO of Brown County knows all about the aftermath resulting from accidental fires. That is why you need to know the place your family calls home is in great hands when we get involved in the restoration process.

    As a locally owned and operated business, we are strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. If you have any questions about our services or need immediate assistance, call us today at (920) 434-8224.

    Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during a power outage. Never use candles.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Virtual Pink Pumpkin Run/Walk Event

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.

By uniting as a community that recognizes the value of all women, we can work ToGetHer to make sure every woman has access to education, screening, treatment, support, and hope, regardless of her circumstances.

With the unforeseen circumstances with Covid, this year’s Pink Pumpkin Walk will take place virtually. Let’s take this opportunity to come together as a community!

Pink Pumpkin Walk/Run 2020
is now VIRTUAL!

https://runsignup.com/Race/WI/GreenBay/PinkPumpkin5K

Registration closes 9/20/2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Two walk/runs (communities) coming together
for one great cause. 

Please join in the celebration of cancer survivors, warriors, supporters and friends this October in our Virtual Pink Pumpkin Walk/Run event!  The world may look a little different right now, but one thing hasn’t changed:  our commitment to preventing cancer!  This year Pink Pumpkin Walk/Run is everywhere – in every community, every neighborhood and every treadmill.

The health and safety of our participants and volunteers are our top priorities.  This year’s event won’t be a large in-person gathering – instead, we are inviting our participants to walk in small teams of friends and family while others in our communities are doing the same.  Because we’re all walking and fundraising for the same thing:  a world without cancer!

A virtual walk/run gives you the option to run or walk on your own time, with your friends and family members.    You can form a team in honor of or in support of a cancer patient, survivor, or in memory of someone who passed away from cancer.

We walk together to stand with those going through a diagnosis or treatment of breast cancer, to honor those who have fought breast cancer and won and to remember those we lost too soon. One hundred percent of funds raised from Pink Pumpkin Walk/Run benefit Beat Cancer Family Foundation’s P.A.C.E. (Prevention and Cancer Education) programs in our local schools.  The life-saving presentation educate students, women and men about cancer prevention, early detection, risk factors, myths and healthy lifestyle choices.

  • Register as an individual or start a team;
  • Virtual walkers can use our online tools and resources to recruit and fundraise online;
  • Join us on walk day virtually by sharing your pictures, videos and posts from your neighborhood walk using our hashtags #PPW2020 #bcffmission #bcffinspire on Facebook and Instagram.

Remember, with a virtual event you can recruit walkers from anywhere, and, as always, 100 percent of the funds you raise stays local and goes directly to cancer prevention education.  Beat Cancer Family Foundation is the only provider of school-based educational programs on cancer in Northeast and Central Wisconsin. Students learn healthy habits (nutrition, exercise, detection, etc.) they can adopt now to help reduce their risk of developing cancer later in life.

Help make a difference by joining or donating today!

Water and Flooding Damage Categories 1, 2, 3

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we are prepared for any kind of water damage or flooding you might experience at your home or business.

However, not all water damage situations are created equal. There are several categories that these situations can fall into that determine how dangerous they are to you and to our teams doing the cleanup. They also determine the amount of work needed to do the mitigation. It’s important you know what we mean when we talk about these categories if you ever have a water damage situation of your own.

Category 1: “Clean Water”

  • Clean Water is any water that comes from a sanitary water source.
  • Clean Water does not post any substantial risks to people’s health.
  • An example of Clean Water would be any leaking from a water supply pipe.

Category 2: “Gray Water”

  • Gray Water is water that contains significant contamination.
  • Gray Water has the potential to cause people discomfort or sickness.
  • Some examples of Gray Water are leaks from washing machines, dishwashers and water beds.

Category 3: “Black Water”

  • Black Water is water that is grossly, or extremely contaminated.
  • Black Water can contain pathogens, toxins or other harmful materials.
  • Black Water can make people seriously ill.
  • Some examples of Black Water are sewage backups, flood waters, and backups from a toilet trap.

When it comes to those three main categories, SERVPRO of Brown County is prepared to help you recover from whatever loss might occur. For the more serious categories our team members will need to wear protective gear, because those categories can be very dangerous to people’s health. Depending on the situation our team members will use different methods to clean up, like using antimicrobial products to ensure the environment is safe.

So, if you have any unwanted water issues, it’s best to reach out to us for help ASAP to keep damage and costs at a minimum. You can do that by calling us at 920-434-8224 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When Lightning Strikes

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

When Lightning Strikes!

Did you know lightning strikes occur in the United States about 25 million times each year?

The NWS says about 47 people, on average, are killed by lightning strikes, with hundreds more being injured.

Fortunately, there are ways to keep yourself safe.

If you’re able, the first piece of advice is to find shelter, preferably inside your own home.

If you are at home, the National Weather Service has several tips to stay safe:

  • Stay off corded phones (you CAN use cell phones).
  • Avoid plumbing: do not take a shower or wash your hands.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
  • Bring your pets inside.
  • Remember that typical surge protectors will NOT protect against surges caused by lightning strikes.

Lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun, reaching temperatures of around 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

And that hot, hot heat CAN cause fires. About 24,600 fires are caused by lightning in the United States each year, according to the NWS. Of those, about 4,400 are house fires.

In our line of work at SERVPRO of Brown County we know just how much damage house fires can do. They can be devastating for families.

It’s unfortunate we know the damage, but luckily, we also know how to fix a lot of that damage. Our crews have the knowledge and experience to help you recover if the unthinkable happens. Just give us a call at 920-434-8224.

Green Bay Restaurant Week

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Celebrate an amazing event by enjoying the Green Bay Restaurant Week! It starts today September 10th - September 17th. Check out over 3 dozen restaurants, offering fixed course menus including an appetizer, an entree, and a dessert. Menu options include an $11 lunch, or a $22 or $33 dinner. So many options to choose from whether you prefer American, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, steak/seafood. Also, outdoor dinning available or takeout available. Check it out at gbrestaurant.com. This is a great way to enjoy an evening out with family and friends or take home while supporting your local businesses! 
#enjoy#family#friends#amazingfood

#localsupport