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How to handle Spring storms?

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

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Mark Twain once said, “In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.”

We’re here to say that statement is true to this day! A few weeks ago it was freezing temperatures. Last week we experienced severe storms that caused damage to homes and businesses in our community. Today it’s beautiful, with an overwhelming amount of pollen but it is beautiful so we won't complain. We’ve said all of that to say, Springs weather is unpredictable and you should be prepared in the event of severe weather.

Did you know that under the right conditions, rainfall from thunderstorms causes flash flooding, killing more people each year than hurricanes, tornadoes, or lightning?

We want to remind you…

  1. Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
  2. Turn around, don’t drown. If driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  3. Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood danger.

We know when a storm hits your Scottsboro home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs. As leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-storm condition. From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! Call 706-965-7378 for more information or to get your free quote!

Why does SPRING have the highest incidence of outdoor fires?

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

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Did you know it was reported that about 30% of tree, brush, and grass fires happen during the Spring season? 

According to FEMA.gov this occurs because

  • Humidity is lower
  • Winds tend to be higher
  • Dead leaves are still on the ground

They say those listed above are the perfect situation to cause a fire due to the sun beaming down and bring those leaves. 

  1. Keep matches and lighters away from children.
  2. If you want to burn trash, do so in a metal container, after you have cleared the surrounding area. Make sure you aren't near overhanging branches, and never leave a fire unattended.
  3. Never throw cigarette butts out your vehicle window.
  4. Install spark arresters on small engines and equipment.
  5. Weld only in a shop building or a cleared area.
  6. If your car has a catalytic converter, keep it off-dry grass and away from brush.
  7. Report any suspicious or out of place persons or vehicles that you think might be maliciously starting fires

In the event your home or business catches fire we’re here to help! Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition.

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! Give us a call at 706-965-7378.

Do your allergies get worse at home?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

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Along with the joys of warmer days that we experience in April, we also experience more allergies. Did you know that in the springtime alone pollen and other allergens affect 30 to 60 million people in the United States! Thus, we thought it would be the perfect time to remind you to get your home and business cleaned! Not just on the surface but a more extensive cleaning like getting your air ducts cleaned.

If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:

  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and debris
  • Other contaminants

So when you’re taking allergy medicine and it’s not working or it seems to get worse when you’re at home. It may be time to get your air ducts cleaned! When we clean your Air Ducts it…

  • Creates a Cleaner Living Environment
  • Reduces Allergens and Irritants
  • Helps Everyone Breathe Easier
  • Removes Unpleasant Smells and Odors and
  • Improves Air Flow Efficiency!

Don’t suffer inside your home when that should be the place where you’re most comfortable. Let our professionals inspect your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe! So give us a call today! 

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! 706-965-7378

SPRING RAINS MAKING YOUR BASEMENT WET & MOLDY?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

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what this year's average will be but what we do know is excessive rainfall can lead to considerable damage in a home as it has the potential to flood basements, ruin foundations and building materials, and contribute to mold growth.

How to prepare for a wet spring?

  • Clean and Stable gutters and proper drainage from roof to the ground around the home
  • Make sure any and all foundation cracks are sealed and or repaired to prevent further damage and moldy basements
  • Install a Sunk Pump to help prevent a build-up of water and ultimately prevent water damage, flooding, and structural damage.

Sometimes no matter how prepared we are the weather gets the best of us, but no worries. We have experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly. We use advanced inspection and extraction equipment and practices to find and remove water in a quick and efficient manner. Our technicians will monitor and document the drying process from start to finish ensuring your experience with us goes seamlessly. Weather can be unpredictable so being prepared is paramount to ensuring your property or business can return to normal after a disaster. 

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience! Give us a call at 706-965-7378 to learn more!

WE'RE DISASTER READY NO MATTER THE SIZE OF YOUR BUSINESS!

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

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With new flowers blooming, warmer weather walks in the park, and so on we welcome Spring. On the other hand, things like allergies, bee stings, flood warnings, and tornadoes we don't miss. Did you know our tornado season peaks during the months of March, April & May! Well, you know now! Let’s make sure your business is prepared in the event of a tornado.

  • KNOW WHERE TO GO: during a storm, you’re in panic mode so it’s best to have your designated storm area predetermined and known by all of your staff. This room should be reinforced by a professional to provide extra protection during severe storms. 
  • PREPARE YOUR SAFE ROOM: important documents, non-perishable foods, batteries & a flashlight, first aid kit, and so on should be in that area with easy access for you and your staff.
  • ADDED PROTECTION: Provide extra protection to prevent their bodies from direct contact with debris.

Even with that knowledge, your business is not protected, so know that as leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise and we’re here to help. When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. We want you to know we can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. So never fret! 

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience! Give us a call at 706-965-7378 to learn more!

Mold & Moisture in your crawlspace?

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

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Mold & Moisture in your crawlspace?

If your basement or man cave has a funky mildew or mold smell that you just can’t seem to get rid of you may need your crawlspace encapsulated. Water seeps into your crawl space from excessive rain, flooding, or other issues and most likely you only cleaned what was visible. The water that was in the crawlspace remains and produces mold and other contaminants.

Once the air in your crawlspace rises, it seeps into your home and brings all of those things with it. Did you know you would be breathing in all of that mold! That can explain why some people experience health effects when they go over to some people's homes. So if you’re wondering why you should get your crawlspace encapsulated here are a few reasons:

  1. To reduce moisture/mold in your air - to improve air quality
  2. To protect your home from mold
  3. To avoid flooring damage - the vapor can rot the wood frames and floorings that make up the structure of the house.

It also has many more benefits as well!  As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO has over 1,700 Franchises in the U.S. and Canada that are ready to help. We have the advanced training and equipment needed to clean or restore your home. 

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience! Give us a call at 706-965-7378 learn more!

Grill Master Fire Safety Tips

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Time has gone forward, dogwood trees are blooming, temperatures are warming up, and we’re in the backyard grilling!

As many are preparing to have a little more fun than we did last year (due to the pandemic) our grills are ready to be fired up. 

While we’re hanging out it’s important we know that according to NFPA, Grill fires on residential properties result in an estimated average of 10 deaths, 100 injuries, and $37 million in property loss each year! That means a casual evening bbq could turn into a disaster without the proper knowledge. We’ve provided some tips to keep you and your family safe.

  • Make sure your grill is clean before using it. Old grease and meat pieces can easily cause fire or fire flares
  • Keep a water spray bottle in the event your fire flares up
  • Grill away from your home and other flammable structures
  • If you’re using a gas grill check for gas leaks- You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
  • Don’t leave your grill unattended

Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple of steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT.

After the fire trucks are gone, your Scottsboro home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet. 

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience! Give us a call at 706-965-7378 to learn more!

Why do insurance agents choose SERVPRO?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Our team members are available for direct calls 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You earn your client's loyalty by providing timely solutions. You provide help in a time of need. Instead of offering a call center solution, our team members are available to take the call on their business line! We will personally call your client back, offer a listening ear, and take away some of the fear they are experiencing.

Having a relationship with SERVPRO and our team of highly trained professionals has many benefits. We will ensure help arrives quickly (following our 1-4-8 time commitment), and our production team will help your clients regain control of their lives by treating them with respect, courteousness and working hard to get the job done the right way the first time. There are no unwelcome surprises with SERVPRO. Calling direct reduces wait times. The faster SERPVRO's team can arrive onsite to perform the cleanup, the better the results.

We know there's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties has the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience! Give us a call at 706-965-7378 to learn more!

Keep your business doors open!

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Yes, we’re seeing the numbers decrease here lately especially with the change in weather but that can be a problem. How? Well when the cases fall things open back up. When things open back up the numbers rise! Well you maybe wondering how can you keep your door open? We recommend reoccurring cleanings. Not your typical home cleaning but Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned cleanings. 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it’s a higher standard of clean. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. Are you interested in a free quote for our Commercial Services, or are you a Consumer who wants to learn more about the program?

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience! Give us a call at 706-965-7378 to keep your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned! 

Did you clean ALL of the water up?

2/18/2021 (Permalink)

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When a pipe bursts in your home or business you call a plumber. They come out turn off the water, then fix the broken pipe, and leave. So what about all of the water on your floor, on your clothes, and on your furniture?  You may have frantically began to clean up the water and the mess that the broken pipe has caused. A month or two later there’s a funky smell in that room and area that you can’t seem to get rid of. Turns out that you didn’t clean up all of that water! Now you have rotting drywall and subflooring. So instead of saving money you now have to replace drywall, repaint, get new flooring installed, and more! So we wanted to ask again, did you clean ALL of that water up? No, you didn’t and it’s okay. We’re fire, water, and MOLD specialists.

Any home or commercial property can quickly become infested with mold if a source of water is present. Mold can spread throughout a property in as little as 48 hours. Since mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should call us to inspect your business or home if you suspect you have a mold problem. If mold is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation. After we locate the mold our professionals use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold. After containing the mold we’ll use antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mold colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.We can also clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood!  Give us a call as soon as the emergency happens! 706-965-7378