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Fire Prevention

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Fire Prevention Keep your family safe by being prepared.

As they say, knowledge is power.  And in this case SERVPRO Anniston wants to make sure you are in the know!

Take a look at these facts/ tips in Fire Prevention and make your home or business a safer place!

  • AFCI Breakers and Outlets can prevent 50% of residential home fires.
  • Each year 2400 children are treated for injuries caused by outlets. One-third of parents do not have outlets childproofed.  Install tamper-resistant outlet covers.
  • 470,000 counterfeit smartphone batteries were recalled in 2010 due to burn and fire hazards. Purchase electronics at approved retailers.
  • 3300 home fires originate from extension cords each year. Heavy reliance on extension cords is a sign to have more outlets installed.
  • The CPSC found 47% of electrocutions can be prevented with GFCI protection in homes.
  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses and crackling, sizzling, or buzzing from outlets can be signs of an overloaded circuit. 47,700 home fires in the US are caused by electrical failure or malfunction each year.

Fire Detection

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Detection Place your smoke detectors in the corect places for the best results.

SERVPRO Anniston wants to make sure you know the keys to detection when it comes to fire.  Take a look at these Fire detection tips and make your home a safer place for you and your family to live.

  • SMOKE ALARMS : Replace every 10 years.
  • BATTERIES : Test monthly, replace yearly
  • Two-thirds of all fire deaths occur in home with no or nonfunctioning smoke alarms.
  • Have at least one smoke alarm on every floor, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom.
  • Be sure that you create a fire evacuation plan in your home and ensure that all members of your family are familiar with it. This means practicing it too!

SERVPRO Anniston cares about you and your family.  Fire detection is key in saving lives! 

Tips To Prevent Water Damage

9/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips To Prevent Water Damage SERVPRO is #HereToHelp you prevent a water damage and make it #LikeItNeverEvenHappened should you have one.

Water damage is the number one reason customers call us to help. At SERVPRO Anniston, we want to share with you some tips on how you can prevent Water from damaging your home.

Tip 1: Clean your gutters: Make sure gutters are free from debris that can clog and cause water damage. Calling a Professional gutter cleaning companies is a quick and easy way to take care of this problem.


Tip 2: Check your downspouts regularly: Your downspouts should be directed 5 to 10 feet away from the house. Allowing water to collect close to your home is asking for trouble.

Tip 3: Slope your yard: Make sure water is flowing away from your house, not into it. Ensuring that the landscaping flows water away from the house is essential.

Tip 4: Check your sump pump: make sure that it is working properly, testing it at least once a year. You may even consider having a backup sump pump on standby (in case the first one fails).

Tip 5: Be on the lookout for leaky pipes: Finding leaks early and making repairs before a small leak turns into a big one is critical.

Tip 6: Watch where you plant trees and bushes. Invasive root systems of some plants and trees can compromise your drainage system, water lines, septic tank, pipes or foundation.

Tip 7: Ceiling and attic check: Be on the lookout for any wet spots above. They will eventually spread below.

Tip 8: Repair old, cracked caulking: Doors and windows, along with bathtub and sink fixtures have caulking that needs to be checked and repaired once cracking is visible.  

Tip 9: Sudden Water bill increases: Check your water bill. A spike in your bill may be indicative of a leak.

Tip 10: Inspect the roof: Missing or damaged shingles can often be the culprit to water damage in your home. 

Tip 11: Chemicals should not be used to unclog a drain/ use a drain snake instead.  Harsh chemicals can eat away at your pipes.

Tip 12: Do not pour grease or fat down your sink: Pour old bacon fat and grease into an empty can and throw it away. Your pipes will thank you.

Tip 13: Have washing machine lines inspected annually and hoses replaced every 5 years.  Check out the cold and hot water supply hoses and look for cracks and other wear and tear.

Tip 14: Check the floor around your toilets, tubs, showers, and sinks. Look for any soft spots or moisture. You might need a plumber to fix any leaks.

Tip 15: Check your water heater: Have a plumber inspect and  look for signs of corrosion,

Tip 16: Measure the humidity levels: Do you regularly have condensation on your windows? The relative humidity should in your home should range between 30- and 50-percent. A humidifier may correct sporadic humidity fluctuations but ongoing high-humidity levels may be a sign of a more serious issue that could lead to mold and mildew that may require a professional.

If you have any questions about water damage or even humidity in your home, call SERVPRO Anniston. We are her to help.

Soure:

https://www.insuramatch.com/learning-center/16-ways-prevent-water-damage-your-home

Behind The Smile, TyDy4Tyler Color Run

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Community Behind The Smile, TyDy4Tyler Color Run Some of our staff and their families after the color run.

On Saturday, September 15, 2018, SERVPRO Anniston sponsored the Behind the Smile Color Run at Rainbow Middle School in Rainbow City, Alabama. This event was the second annual to honor the life of Tyler Martin who, sadly took his own life at the young age of 14. Tyler was known for his love of sports and was well-loved by his family and friends. In order to increase the awareness of teen suicide, the family decided to host this event annually in his memory. Dozens of companies, including SERVPRO Anniston, sponsored this event in which all proceeds will be used to spread awareness of the risk of suicide. SERVPRO Anniston showed up not only as a sponsor but in person with 12 of our staff and family members wearing Behind the Smile t-shirts and SMILES to run and/or walk in memory of Tyler. We are proud to support local events and causes in our communities. May our interactions and connections with our customers and community members turn despair into hope for all those we meet.  

For more on Behind the Smile click here, https://www.facebook.com/behindthesmileinc/

If you or someone you know is feeling despaired, please reach out to someone for help.

SERVPRO Storm Team

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Storm Team SERVPRO Storm Team

SERVPRO Anniston has had the opportunity to participate on SERVPRO Storm Teams since we first bought the business two years ago. To be invited to participate on a Storm Team, a franchise has to be in compliance of all corporate STORM TEAM requirements and then accept the invitation when a storm event requires our services.

Right after we bought our franchise, we participated in the Baton Rouge, LA storm event. Baton Rouge was faced with devastating flood waters that damaged thousands of homes and business. We kept a crew in that area for one month, serving about 15 home and business owners. Most of the work we provide on these storm events has been water extraction, demolition, debris removal and setting up and monitoring drying equipment. Since the storm event in Baton Rouge, we participated in storm events in Kansas City also serving customers there after a flood event. We were called to that city twice when the city flooded twice within a month of each other. Houston was our next storm event. Flooding water and damaging rain as a result of Hurricane Harvey in late summer of 2017 created a massive storm event. Hundreds of franchises from al over the country joined us in Houston in late summer of 2017. We sent 3 crews there over the course of 6 weeks to assist customers. South Bend, IN storm event was initiated due to a wintry mix of ice and rain. We sent a crew to that city in late January 2018 to brave the cold temps and help customers there.

Recently our own area sustained devastating damage due to tornadoes that hit Jacksonville, AL damaging hundreds of structures - homes and businesses. We took hundreds of calls over the course of several weeks. Our Large Loss team came in and took over large commercial jobs including much of Jacksonville State University. Because of our training and preparation of our staff and our experience at out of town SERVPRO Storm Events we were more than prepared and ready to help our neighbors when the storm was in our own backyard! We are proud to here to help by keeping it GREEN in all of these storm events.

Etowah County Expo

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

General Etowah County Expo Lorin Sauls, Casey Griep and Theresa Smith at the Gadsden/Etowah Business Expo 2018

Our marketing team loves to participate in events like the Gadsden/ Etowah County Business Expo. It’s a great opportunity to interact with the local community and meet many other businesses who also attend. This time around we rented booth space and set up our SERVPRO of Anniston tent at the Expo. A little cornhole competition, some excellent SERVPRO swag, and a Callaway Rogue Driver raffle and we were in business! An event like this is always a great way to get our name out and tell both current and future customers about our services like fire, water and mold clean-up as well as general cleaning and duct cleaning. We will let you know on our Facebook page when we have a booth at upcoming events like this. So be sure to check out our Facebook page for what we have scheduled so that you can stop by and say hello! We are always HERE TO HELP!

Spring 2018 Tornado Damage

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Spring 2018 Tornado Damage Our crews working to clean up the damage left after a tornado.

During the recent spring storms where tornadoes devastated parts of our franchise area of SERVPRO Anniston, we were inundated with all kinds of jobs. Over 200 calls came in during a 2 week span that ranged from homes where trees had fallen on roofs to commercial buildings that had flooded. We were in full blown Storm mode.  One call in particular had to be handled with kid gloves was the call we received from a local funeral home. As you can imagine, flooding and storm damage on this type of business has to be handled delicately. Our crew worked around the clock using a generator for a power source because there was no power in the area due to down power lines. Portable lamps were used to light the way so our crew could extract water, do the demo required and set up drying equipment so that the funeral home would be ready for the contractors to come in and do the finish work to make them fully operational again. The owners of the funeral home appreciated the speed and professionalism with which we handled the job. Being reliable and doing our job is why our customers look to us. And handling a special job like this with the extra care and sensitivity is what sets us apart

Hot Pursuit 2018

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

General Hot Pursuit 2018 This group had lots of fun at the Hot Pursuit 2018 Glow Run.

Recently SERVPRO Anniston had the pleasure of participating in the Hot Pursuit 5K GlowRun and 1 Mile Fun Run at the Gadsden Mall. The Hot Pursuit GlowRun benefits The James M Barrie Center for Children which is a local child advocacy center. We had a great time with some of our SERVPRO team and their family members “glowing” in our SERVPRO green shirts for this event, benefiting a great cause and getting a little exercise too! At SERVPRO Anniston, we love our community and always jump at the opportunity to participate in local events like this! Giving back is important to us, so look for us soon at upcoming local events benefiting various charities! And if you ever want to participate with us, let us know! We’ve got lots of SERVPRO green shirts available!

Large Commercial Mold Removal

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Large Commercial Mold Removal Mold damage at a large commercial job.

A recent call from a restauranteur to check out an old restaurant he purchased in hopes of giving it a new life resulted in quite a large mold job for SERVPRO Anniston. Upon entering this abandoned space, it became clear immediately this was a mold remediation job for the experts! So we went to work! With mold covering the walls, the bar area, baseboards and crown “mold”ing (pun intended), our crew had to suit up with PPE including respirators and Tyvec suits to be sure they were protected! Mold remediation is a very tedious job for a home but when it is a commercial property like a restaurant, it is even more so.  Containment must be set up so as to not contaminated unaffected areas. All items with mold exposure had to be disposed of properly. And then at the end of the demo and clean up, an industrial hygienist was brought in to ensure that the commercial property checked out!

Mold remediation in a commercial property is a tedious yet rewarding job, especially when we get to see a building be brought back to life!

We Are Ready & Here To Help

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage We Are Ready & Here To Help Owner, Chris Lamey, heading out for his first storm event in August 2016.

At SERVPRO of Anniston, we are always storm ready. As we enter into the height of storm season, particularly hurricane season in the southeast, we stand ready to join store in teams and other franchises across the country to help when disaster strikes. We have been honored to have participated in many storm events since we opened up our franchise two years ago. It is important to always be prepared with equipment and supplies and properly trained crews because we have to be ready to respond in a moments notice when we get the call. Currently, SERVPRO of Anniston is signed up with all five SERVPRO storm teams across the country meeting that we have met all criteria to be a participant. Whether it be storms that come in the shape of hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, ice, or fire, we stand ready to respond to the call when it comes.