Creating a Fire Escape Plan for Apartment Building Residents

As a landlord or property manager, you have a long list of roles and responsibilities. Rising to the top of the list–above repairing leaky faucets, quieting noisy neighbors, and collecting monthly rent–is tenant safety. The units you lease to renters are homes, and while a large eat-in kitchen and balcony with a view are great selling points, tenants ultimately want peace of mind first.

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10 Home Fire Hazards and How to Avoid Them

In 2014 alone, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reported nearly 1.3 millions fires in the United States. Those fires led to 3,275 deaths, 15,775 injuries, and $11.6 billion in property damage. In mere seconds, a fire in the home can turn deadly, so it’s important to prevent them from happening before they ever start by knowing your home’s fire hazards.

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Do You Know Who to Call for Water Damage?

Do You Know Who to Call for Water Damage in Your Home?

If your home’s interior has water damage, it can be overwhelming to know what to do first. Your initial stress will likely come from the awareness that your basement is flooding, your ceiling is bulging, or your toilet is overflowing. Once that sinks in, further anxiety arrives as you try to play damage control and minimize any further destruction to your home.

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How to Clean Clothing and Fabrics After a Fire

How to Clean Clothing and Fabrics After a Fire

A home fire can be a frightening ordeal, leaving a huge burden in its wake. The health and safety of those living in your home–adults, children, and pets–are top priority, followed next by the structural and operational integrity of your home. But once you’re given the OK from authorities to return to your residence, the recovery process may leave you faced with restoration issues you’ve never before experienced. (more…)

Washing fire damaged clothing and fabrics is NOT advised before deodorizing them | services by A&J Specialty Services Inc DKI of Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Who to Call for Water Damage in Your Home

Do You Know Who to Call for Water Damage in Your Home?

If your home’s interior has water damage, it can be overwhelming to know what to do first. Your initial stress will likely come from the awareness that your basement is flooding, your ceiling is bulging, or your toilet is overflowing. Once that sinks in, further anxiety arrives as you try to play damage control and minimize any further destruction to your home.

After a deep breath and turning off the home’s electricity and water supply should a burst or leaking pipe be the possible culprit, it’s time to pick up the phone. But who do you call first? (more…)

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8 Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes cause water damage to your home or business | Here are 8 tips to prevent frozen pipes from A&J Specialty Services Inc DKI of Madison, Sun Prairie, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, Wisconsin8 Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes

Waking up to a snow-covered picture landscape in Madison, WI may be the winter dream, but in recent years, things like polar vortices has made the cold and freezing temps near unbearable. Snowball that with blizzardy conditions so intense they garner their own names–we’re looking at you Snowmageddon, Snowzilla and Snowpocalypse–and winter can be a stressful time of year.

Making it just a little bit worse? Frozen pipes. When outdoor temperatures drop below freezing, the water inside your pipes can freeze. Water expands when frozen, which increases the pressure on your pipes, causing them to burst. And that leads to home and property damage–not to mention a whole lot of headaches you don’t need.

Before you pack up your sole possessions and head south, the following tips can help prevent bitterly cold temperatures from wreaking havoc on your home or business.

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Holiday House Fire Hazards

Wintertime in Madison – a time filled with the joy of the holidays, hopes for snow days, and dread of just how long this winter might last. Fortunately, before we start getting sick of winter (if you’re like some of us at A&J Specialty Services – that never happens!!), we get to enjoy Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, and the wonders they bring. But, holidays don’t come without their mishaps!

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Tips for Sewage Backup Cleanup

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WARNING: Sewage spills contain contaminants that can cause very serious health risks. Raw sewage contains bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses such as E. coli, and can cause illness such as Hepatitis A.

Tips for a Safe and Proper Sewage Backup Cleanup

Cleaning up a sewage backup of an overflowing toilet, a clogged sewer line, or a septic tank is a very messy and serious job. You could clean small spills up on your own but in large overflow situations, you’ll need to call in a professional (more…)

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Freezing temps burst pipes and wallets

Below-zero temperatures are in the forecast this week for the Madison, Wisconsin area. Needless to say, you’re likely reaching for those gloves and starting the car early before venturing out into the frigid Wisconsin winter.

26d4e3_d502a2bb40bb46c783f3c4e2a6ee47b6While it’s difficult to walk out of your cozy home, remember, your home also needs extra protection from the cold. That’s the message from insurance agents who are warning homeowners about the dangers of frozen pipes.

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420 people didn’t think it could happen to them either, but it did

Let’s be honest, we’re flooded with a barrage of messages online every day. 10 tips to success. 5 steps to being more 26d4e3_0a3dd12cdecf4ef2976b6cb6cae9f166organized. You have a problem, I can guarantee someone has written you a 3 step guide to overcoming it.

While it would be easy to tune out and not finish reading this blog post, I urge you to press on. It truly is a matter of life or death.

So what am I referring to? Household kitchen fires.

Ok, hang in there. I know you’re thinking, “Kitchen fires happen to people who are careless, it wouldn’t happen to me.” But that is where many great mistakes begin, in believing it could never happen to you. (more…)

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