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Exciting News!!!

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

General Exciting News!!! Now SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden, and Marshall County.

We have some exciting news… The Lameys, who purchased SERVPRO Anniston and Gadsden two years ago, have purchased a third SERVPRO license in Marshall County! Marshall County is a great place for our company to expand and continue to service our area! In fact, we are already helping customers in cities like Lake Guntersville, Albertville and Boaz. At SERVPRO Anniston and Gadsden and now, SERVPRO of Marshall County, our Mission is to be the premier cleaning and restoration company in our markets that we service. And we are so thankful to expand into that market! Look for SERVPRO Green wherever you are and know we are #heretohelp.

Why SERVPRO? Because We Care!

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why SERVPRO? Because We Care! One of our crews members getting to know our customers!

At SERVPRO, our number one priority is to make our customers happy. It may sound like the impossible task; after all, we are arriving on the scene when circumstances for our customers are devastating. A fire in their home, a busted pipe which has caused water damage in their kitchen, mold in their office building. These are difficult situations emotionally which is all the more reason for our employees to be sensitive to what our customers are dealing with. Many times, depending upon the damage we are mitigating, we could spend days, weeks, or even months in customer’s home or office. We get to know our clients one on one. We get to meet their children. We get to hear about their families. We know their pets’ names. We know where they leave the key in case they are not there. We get to know them by carefully handling all of their cherished possessions, sometimes cleaning them and packing them away until their homes are restored. At the end of the day, we are just people helping people.  That’s what it’s all about. Sometimes that means stopping what we are doing and having a cup of coffee or dinner with our customers if they ask. Sometimes it means taking out the family pet. Our salesperson recently captured a beautiful picture of one of our employees enjoying a meal with our customers in their home after she had spent hours helping them recover from a fire loss.

What a beautiful thing to see! Why SERVPRO?? Because we care about our customers...And they know it! Let us be the one you call when your life gets flipped upside down.

 

Selling A Home?? Don't Let Mold Stop That Sale!

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Selling A Home?? Don't Let Mold Stop That Sale! Don't let mold ruin the sale of a house.

You’ve held the open house. Your list of prospects has developed into an interested buyer. The paperwork all leads to an impending sale when the home inspector suddenly reveals the unexpected and leaves your prospective buyer with a sour taste for your house.

No one wants to be in this position, but calling SERVPRO of Gadsden could help.

Home inspections performed for prospective buyers can reveal issues in your home that you were unaware of — water damage, high moisture, mold, or odors for example.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Gadsden can perform specialty deodorization, water damage mitigation, and mold remediation to help make your house feel like a new home again. We are always here to help quickly, responding to your needs like it were our own home. We will carefully and efficiently address any issues that are keeping you from reaching closing and losing prospective buyers.

Before the home selling experience feels like sour lemons, call SERVPRO of Gadsden at 256-547-3778. We are always here to help.

Managing Mold

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Managing Mold Mold can grow anywhere as long as the environment allows it to.

1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp basement, installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters.

2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. 

3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. 

4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. 

5. Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. 

6. Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.

7. Clean or repair roof gutters.  Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.

8. Improve air flow in your home. Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

9. Keep mold off household plants. They're beautiful and help keep your indoor air clean — and mold loves them. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house.

[All information is from mnn.com]

Keep Those Pipes From Bursting

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Keep Those Pipes From Bursting Don't let frozen pipes "freeze you out", call SERVPRO of Gadsden for you water damage needs 256-547-3778.

SERVPRO of Gadsden hopes to help you prevent your pipes from freezing this winter.Here are a few tips:

Outdoors:

-Wrap outside faucets.

-Caulk around pipes where they enter the house.

-Disconnect garden hoses.

-Drain in-ground sprinkler systems.

Indoors:

-Let a stream of water run in faucets when the temperature dips below freezing.

-Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathroom to allow the homes heat into those spaces.

-Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for several days.

If you do end up having a pipe burst, SERVPRO of Anniston is here to help with any water damage needs. Call SERVPRO of Gadsden at 256-547-3778. We are a leading company in water damage restoration and are always here to help. 

Fire Prevention This Holiday Season

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Prevention This Holiday Season Have a safe and happy holiday season.

SERVPRO of Gadsden has tips to help you prevent fires in your home or business this holiday season.

- Make sure to water your Christmas tree daily to prevent it from drying out.

-Turn off Christmas lights when you leave your home or go the bed for the night.

-Inspect Christmas lights and the wires before putting them up and replace any that have frayed or damaged areas.

-NEVER leave a lit candle unattended. 

-When using candles, make sure they are on a firm flat surface away from curtains and other flammable materials. This prevents them from tipping over. 

-Keep candle flames away from children and pets, they can burn themselves or accidentally knock the candle over. 

-Make sure deep fried turkeys are properly thawed before frying. 

-Have the fireplace flue cleaned yearly.

SERVPRO of Gadsden wishes you a happy and safe holiday season. For more holiday safety tips keep and eye out for our 12 Safety Days of Christmas on our Facebook page.

Here No Matter What

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Here No Matter What For more information on our wide range of services call our office at 256-547-3778.

There are many services that SERVPRO has that many people do not know about. SERVPRO offers biohazard clean-up services. It is not easy dealing with a situation involving crime scene clean-up. It can be very emotional and difficult to think about having to deal with certain situations.

There is no need to put yourself through trying to clean-up something traumatic. SERVPRO of Gadsden can take care of any blood borne pathogens. We know how difficult it can be to deal with issues like this. Let us be the ones to take care of these situations.

“We are always here to help.” We are here for you for the good and the bad. Call us today for more information on these services. We hope you never have to deal with something like this, but we are here for you if you need us.

SERVPRO of Gadsden is Here To Help at 256-547-3778.

American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign SERVPRO is here and ready to help with any fire damage restoration.
 

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. So we set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25%.

On average:

  • 7 people die every day from a home fire, most impacting children and the elderly
  • 36 peoplesuffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • Over $7 billionin property damage occurs every year

Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. The American Red Cross wants to improve the odds and save lives- that’s why we launched our Home Fire Campaign in 2014.

A critical part of the campaign is Sound the Alarm, a series of home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events across the country. Together with fire departments and other community partners, Red Cross volunteers:

  • Canvass at-risk neighborhoods
  • Install free smoke alarms
  • Replace batteries in existing alarms
  • Provide fire prevention and safety education

In just three years, our home visits have accomplished so much, including the installation of more than 1 million smoke alarms and preparing more than 1 million people against home fires.

Join us on a Sound the Alarm home visit in your community, where teams of volunteers will be installing 100,000 free smoke alarms in more than 100 cities across the U.S. Together, we can save lives!

Check out www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm for more information and how to help in YOUR community!!

Water Damage Clean Up 24/7

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Clean Up 24/7 This Commercial Water Damage reared it's ugly head in the middle of the night.

A water damage can happen at any time. This Commercial Water Damage decided to rear it’s ugly head in the middle of the night. Our crews responded immediately and helped this business get back to running order. With SERVPRO’s 24 hour a day, 365 day a year emergency response, we were right there to take care of business for our customer! We are always HERE TO HELP! 

What would your business do if a water damage occurred? Do you know where the water shut off is for your business? Do all of your employees know where it is? SERVPRO of Gadsden can help answer these questions with our FREE Emergency Ready Profile. All of the information needed in the event of a fire or water damage can be found on an app that each employee could have access to. 

Call SERVPRO of Gadsden today for more information 256-547-3778.

Tornado Safety- Myth or Fact

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornado Safety- Myth or Fact Tornadoes can happen at any time, but peak season for our area is spring and fall.

Myth: Opening windows in a home or building during a tornado will help equalize the pressure.

Fact: Opening windows will have no effect. Stay away from windows and exterior walls. Take shelter in the basement, storm cellar, or an interior room without windows on the lowest floor.

Myth: If you are caught driving during a tornado, you should always get out of your car and get in a ditch.

Fact: Try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If there is flying debris, pull over and park. Stay in the car with the seat belt on and the engine running. Put your head below the windows, covering your head with your hands and a blanket.

Myth: Cities are protected from tornadoes because of the tall buildings.

Fact: Tall buildings do not protect from tornadoes. Cities cover a small geographical area so chances of being directly hit are small. However, tornadoes can strike anywhere.

Myth: Taking shelter in the southwest corner of your home will protect you.

Fact: This is based on an outdated theory that all tornadoes come from the northeast. Tornadoes can move from any direction and no one corner of your home is always safe.

For more information on tornado safety visit www.redcross.com