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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Apartment and commercial buildings must have a fire escape plan for residents and tenants to practice | Fire damage restoration services by A&J Property Restoration DKI of Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Don’t Let Spring Storms Rain Damage on Your Home

April showers bring May flowers, but spring rain can also lead to water damage. Basement flooding due to foundation problems and roof leaks can become costly problems when a big storm hits. The good news is by taking proper measures, you can prevent spring rains from hurting your home.

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Make sure water is draining away from your home's foundation to prevent water damages to your basement | Water damage restoration services by A&J Property Restoration DKI of Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Spring To-Do List: Prep Your Home for Warmer Weather

With weather warming up, it’s time to shake off the cabin fever and put that extra stored-up energy toward preparing your home for the spring and summer seasons. Regular maintenance is key to preventing and responding to regular wear and tear that happens with age, use, and weather elements. And getting started early means more lazy summer days to spend relaxing. So let’s get started!

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Spring cleaning to-do list regular home maintenance tips from A&J Property Restoration DKI of Madison, Middleton, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 Tips to Avoid Dishwasher Water Damage in Your Home

A dishwasher is one of life’s greatest modern conveniences. Not only does it reduce water usage but also eliminates the need to be tethered to your sink hand-washing, rinsing, and drying all the plates, cups, pans, and more that went into making just one single meal. Multiply those meals by the standard three a day, and it’s easy to see how much time and energy a dishwasher can free up in your schedule to tackle other life tasks on that never ending to-do list.

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Dishwasher water damage can be a stressful situation | Emergency water damage restoration service 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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7 Tips to Prevent Spring Flooding in Your Home

Spring can be a welcome relief after a long winter of cold and snow. But it’s not always rainbows and butterflies, especially as warmer temps cause snow to melt in mass while also leading to rainier weather from up above. Before you know it, flooding is on the rise, and your home is at risk for water damage.

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Spring rains cause basement flooding | Water damage restoration service 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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Is Your Home at Risk for Sewage Damage?

Filled with bacteria and viruses, sewage water can be quite harmful if it seeps into your property. In addition to smelling bad, sewage water can lead to disease making those coming into contact with it quite ill. While leaks and flooding from freshwater sources can cause a great deal of damage, sewage water raises the stakes. To respond to the damage, instead of drying the area and tending to the risk for mold and mildew as you would with a clean water source, sewage water destruction may be irreversible.

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Plumbing system in your home can have sewage backup if they system isn't properly maintained | Sewage cleanup 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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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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Who to call first when dealing with water damage restoration 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…)

Filing out a water damage insurance claim form with your insurance company | Water damage cleanup 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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How to Respond When Frozen Pipes Burst

How Best to Respond When Frozen Pipes Burst

When the Farmers Almanac uses words like “numbing cold” and “chilled to the bone” on their 2017 Winter Outlook map, you know Madison and Milwaukee are both in for a whopper of a winter. And while we hate to be the bearer of bad news, when winter is again predicted to be a beast, it’s necessary to be prepared. But even in trying to protect your home against the damages that come with frozen pipes, pipe bursts happen. And that’s when you need to respond–and fast. (more…)

What to do when dealing with frozen pipes and pipe bursts | Blog from A&J Specialty Services Inc DKI of Madison, Sun Prairie, Milwaukee, WI Dells, Fort Atkinson, Watertown, and Waukesha, Wisconsin
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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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