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Our Precautions During the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees with personal protective equipment with a laptop. SERVPRO of Gadsden is #HereToHelp and are doing what we can to flatten the curve.

SERVPRO is a leader in the cleaning and restoration industry. We strive to provide the best customer experiences we can. With the COVID-19 pandemic we are taking even more precautions to ensure the safety of our customers and our staff.

We are offering proactive cleaning to reduce the spread of germs, which reduces the chance one may become ill with COVID-19. We are also offering cleaning services for buildings (residential and commercial) for suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

Just because a majority of the world is being affected by this pandemic does not mean that water damage, fire damage and mold remediation issues cease. We are taking extra precautions in this area as well.

  • When a customer calls in a loss of any kind, we are asking if they have been in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 as well as asking they have had any symptoms.
  • We are letting our customers know that the production members coming to their homes or businesses will be in a minimum of a face mask and gloves. 
  • Our production technicians are performing our offered line of services in full protective personal equipment (PPE) when needed or requested. 
  • At the present moment our office doors are locked as our office staff work inside. We ask that all who need to meet with someone please call ahead so that the needed person can meet you in the lobby.
  • Any member of our staff that is not feeling well is encouraged to stay at home.

All of these steps are being taken to ensure that SERVPRO of Gadsden does our part to help reduce the curve and ultimately the impact this virus has in our local area.

No Job Is Too Big Or Too Small

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO sign with Faster To Any Disaster on it and images from jobs. SERVPRO of Gadsden is #HereToHelp.

Most people think of SERVPRO and their minds automatically jump to water or fire damage, but we are so much more than that. We can handle pretty much any job thrown at us from cleaning a chair to a fully flooded large commercial building and everything in between. 

Our list of services include:

-Water Damage Restoration (Water Removal and Dehumidification)

-Fire Damage Restoration (Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration)

-Mold Mitigation & Remediation 

-Air Duct & HVAC Cleaning

-Carpet & Hard Floor Cleaning

-Upholstery & Drapes Cleaning

-Post Construction Cleaning

-Crime Scene, Biohazard, & Vandalism Cleanup

-Deodorization

-Contents Claim Inventory Service

-Reconstruction Services

SERVPRO of Gadsden is always #HereToHelp. For more information about our services or to schedule a free assessment and estimate call our office today at 256-547-3778. 

Coronavirus Cleaning Services

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with coronavirus spore. For more information on proactive cleaning call our office today.

Right now if you were to pull up any form of social media, turn on the television, or even turn on the radio in your car someone is talking about COVID-19 or Coronavirus. Face masks, hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, and even toilet paper have disappeared. Some people are in a panic and others couldn’t care less. 

Do you know the best ways to prevent Coronavirus (or any virus for that matter) is the following:

-Wash your hands with soap and warm water.

-Avoid touching your face.

-Clean and sanitize your home.

-Clean and sanitize your office/workplace.

If you become sick, it is best to stay home and keep to yourself to prevent spreading it to anyone else.

SERVPRO of Gadsden is #HereToHelp and can help minimize the spread of germs with proactive cleaning! At SERVPRO of Gadsden, we’re trained to adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitization standards, making us the #1 choice for cleanup and restoration. Call SERVPRO of Gadsden at 256-547-3778 to see how we can help clean your home or business. 

The Fire Damage Process

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo over flames with words saying "We fix fire damage." Our trained technicians work hard to get your fire damage cleaned up so you can get back to normal.

Have you ever wondered what the process for handling a fire damage is? We have a detailed process, but here we will share a broad overview. 

-First thing (if needed), we provide board up services. This ensures that critters and people can not walk up and remove your belongings.

-We work closely with the fire departments and fire inspector as we wait for the origin of the fire to be determined. 

-Once we are given the all clear to enter the structure, we begin to pack out the contents so they can be moved to our warehouse for cleaning. 

-If any demolition is needed, we work to get it removed before cleaning.

-A crew will then begin to clean each surface in the home. We start a the top (ceilings) and work down. We have special sponges that remove the soot. 

-Once the clean/wipe down is completed,  encapsulation begins.

This process leaves the home ready for the reconstruction team to come in and make it #LikeItNeverEvenHappened.

Water Damage At The Library

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fans sitting between shelves of books at the library. SERVPRO of Gadsden is always #HereToHelp 24/7/365.

When the Gadsden Public Library had a water damage, they called SERVPRO of Gadsden. A water pipe in the ceiling of their main floor bathroom had ruptured. Water had infiltrated three rooms on the main floor as well as run down the elevator shaft to the basement.

One of the first things we had to do was lock out the elevator so that we could extract the water in the shaft. This is done by ensuring no one is in the elevator and flipping the main switch to off. A lock is placed on the switch to prevent it from being turned back on before it is safe to do so.

Water was extracted from all affected areas. Debris was cleaned up. Floors were mopped and drying equipment was set. Due to the quick action of our crews, the library only opened 40 minutes late. We are also happy to announce that no books received any water damage, though we could have handled that as well.

Fire Damage Process

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

A burned room with the words fire damage on it. Our trained technicians work hard to get your fire damage cleaned up.

Have you ever wondered what the process for handling a fire damage is? We have a detailed process, but here we will share a broad overview. 

-First thing (if needed), we provide board up services. This ensures that critters and people can not walk up and remove your belongings.

-We work closely with the fire departments and fire inspector as we wait for the origin of the fire to be determined. 

-Once we are given the all clear to enter the structure, we begin to pack out the contents so they can be moved to our warehouse for cleaning. 

-If any demolition is needed, we work to get it removed before cleaning.

-A crew will then begin to clean each surface in the home. We start a the top (ceilings) and work down. We have special sponges that remove the soot. 

-Once the clean/wipe down is completed,  encapsulation begins.

This process leaves the home ready for the reconstruction team to come in and make it #LikeItNeverEvenHappened.

Water Damage Ready 24/7/365

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

A crew member giving a thumbsup out the window of a green SERVPRO van. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Gadsden provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Gadsden arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 256-547-3778

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Gadsden

SERVPRO of Gadsden specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Keeping Up With Mother Nature

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO box truck stocked with equipment for a storm. Ready to help where ever we are needed.

Being a part of the SERVPRO family is wonderful. Our franchises work together to service our customers. This is never more important than when a storm hits. We aren't talking a small thunderstorm here, your local franchise can handle that.

We are talking about hurricanes, floods and polar vortexes. Our franchise stands ready to help our customers every day locally, but we also stand ready to travel for storm when another area needs us.  

That is one of the best parts of this franchise system. When someone is in need there is more than enough help willing to step up. This can be comforting when you think of a storm situation happening here. SERVPRO franchises from all across the country will rapidly move into our area to help get all of you back to normal. 

Commercial Mold

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

Three crew members in Tyvek suits in front of a green SERVPRO van. These guys are getting suited back up in PPE after a break.

Two months ago SERVPRO of Gadsden received a call from a large commercial space to assess what the customer called a small mold issue. This "small" job has been one of the largest mold jobs we have ever worked. 

After assessing the space and seeing the severity of the mold we called in an industrial hygienist. The hygienist came in to do mold and air quality testing. These tests tell what type of mold is present and how many parts per million are in the air. With this information they create a mold protocol, which lists in detail how the mold is to be treated and removed.

Our crews are working diligently to remediate this mold problem. They use the protocol and follow the steps laid out for treating this issue. By the end of the week the space will be tested again by the hygienist to ensure the microbial growth has reached the proper reduction percentage. 

If you feel like your business needs mold remediation, give us a call. We will come out and assess the problem for free. 

Space Heater Safety

11/11/2019 (Permalink)

A space heater sitting on the floor. Always use caution when using space heaters.

I know it seems like a topic we cover all the time, but it’s a valid one. Temperatures have begun to dip and that means space heaters are coming out. They are great little appliances for heating small spaces, but they do come with some pretty serious dangers if precautions are not taken.

  1. Never plug a space heater into a multiplug. These plugs are not capable of handling the load a space heater carries. This can cause them to overheat, melt, or catch fire.
  2. Make sure there is no dust buildup on space heaters before using them. This dust can catch fire as the heater warms up.
  3. Inspect the heater and it’s cord to make sure there are no frays or other damage.
  4. Never cover the cord. It could cause a rug or blanket to catch fire. 
  5. Keep a minimum three foot distance from the heater of all flammable items. This also helps to ensure the heater isn’t accidentally knocked over.
  6. Heaters should only be used under supervision. Never leave them on when you leave the house or go to bed.
  7. Never leave children alone with heaters. They could burn themselves.

These tips should help prevent any fire damage due to space heaters. However, should you experience one call SERVPRO of Gadsden at 256-547-3778. We are an industry leader in fire and water damage restoration.