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SERVPRO Is Your Silent Business Partner | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

3/17/2022 (Permalink)

a workspace and cubicle showing signs of water damage SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall are your local commercial restoration experts. Contact us today should you experience any damage.

Keeping a business going requires all the help you can get. When you own a business or manage a property, you know you need every hand available in order to keep things running smoothly. A major disruption to your company or a loss can be devastating.

The good news is that your retail space, rental property or manufacturing facility has a silent built-in partner right here in your backyard. SERVPRO is locally owned by Alabama residents, and we are prepared to carry the burden of emergency planning and deep-cleaning for you. It’s like having an ally that is invested in your business and your business success plan.

Large loss recovery. Among the top reasons businesses suffer losses are natural disasters such as fire, storms and flooding. These events have caused crushing financial damages across the United States, something we have certainly felt in Alabama after a tornado has swept through. SERVPRO offers highly trained professionals who are ready to respond 247 with proven emergency recovery methods. We can reduce the time you are away from your business and get your company back on track.

Emergency Ready Plan. There is never a wrong time to plan, and when you have a clear emergency plan, your recovery time begins long before a natural disaster or other catastrophe strikes. We can write a plan tailored specifically to your company’s needs that can include everything from alternate work locations to temporary vendors and a detailed chain of command. Our plans are ready when you say go, keeping your company moving forward no matter what you may face.

Cleaning of all kinds. While you may know us as the disaster professionals, SERVPRO has been cleaning for a long time. Our professional cleaning service goes deeper than traditional cleaning services and covers your business from floor to ceiling. Whether you have general cleaning needs like carpets or high traffic areas, or specialty needs like trauma site cleanup and safe biohazard removal, we can clean it all.

Restoration services. Storms in Alabama can get severe pretty quickly, which can lead to flooding or a burst pipe in an extreme temperature drop. Or maybe your new coworker tried to make a nice warm lunch and caused a fire in the office kitchen. As a business owner or property manager, you will run into a variety of reasons for needing restoration services, and we can cover them all. SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County can remove water or reconstruct your kitchen better than anyone.

Industry specialization. SERVPRO has been around a long time, and we have studied all the ins and outs of the commercial enterprises around our area. We have learned all the unique needs of our Alabama home, and there isn’t a business we can’t help. In many cases, we can even restore an area while you keep your business moving, and in our small towns, we know how important keeping a company running can be.

Whatever your recovery need may be, and whatever your commercial property may require, trust SERVPRO to get the job done. Contact us today to get started on an Emergency Ready Plan or find out how we can serve your business.

Keep Your Business Moving With Our Emergency Ready Plan | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee standing in office next to a person reviewing plans If the day comes where your business is hit with disaster or emergency, you can rest assured SERVPRO will be there to help.

Running a business is a full-time job—or really, running a business is an overtime job. In the constantly shifting business environment, you have your staff to care for, payroll to manage and competition to handle, all while you try to present yourself well through media and advertisement.

It can all feel like a delicate balance, and one disruption can spell disaster. To survive a disaster, you have to have a clear plan in place ahead of time. That is why we at SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County want to help your business get prepared with an Emergency Ready Plan.

According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses that experience a natural disaster never reopen, while another quarter of those that do close within a year. As a local business serving Gadsden, Anniston and Marshall County, we want to see that statistic changed. We believe local business is the heart of our Alabama communities, and we are ready to create a plan that will keep your business moving no matter what comes our way.

When you create an Emergency Ready Plan, you will know exactly what happens next after your business experiences a disaster. You and your staff will know where your alternate work locations are, vendors you can rely on, the chain of command for handling each step of the way and so much more.

Three-quarters of small businesses do not have a proper plan in place, and that is something that needs to change. Our communities are consistently threatened with bad weather, including the potential for tornadoes, making it more important than ever to have an emergency plan ready to go.

Let our experts work with you to prevent extended time away from your business.

When your business is ready to prioritize planning and safety to prevent extended downtime, contact SERVPRO to get the Emergency Ready Plan underway from the folks who know all there is to know about disaster and recovery.

Spring Weather Brings a Variety of Hazards and Storms | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO is a click away if you experience any damage.

The United States is a big territory, and having such a big space under one umbrella means that the spring season looks different depending on where you go. We are second in size only to Russia and Canada, although China is larger if you don’t count all the United States outlying territories.

Our vast space means that no two weather patterns will be the same. As spring nears and cold air begins to collide with warm air, let’s take a look at what different geographical regions can expect, and specifically, what we can expect here in Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County.

The Upper Midwest and Northeast regions don’t always get to experience a warmup in the spring. This area stays colder than any other throughout the season as winter often doesn’t lose its grip until early summer. Residents from Maine to the Dakotas can expect extreme cold and the possibility of snowstorms and blizzards.

Those in the Pacific Northwest region are prone to heavy rain over the spring months, which can cause flooding and water damage issues. Higher elevations often are still dealing with snow like their northeast neighbors, and the melting and runoff from that can cause even more problems for residents in this area.

The flip side of these two areas, the southern West Coast, has to prepare for extreme heat that can create a dangerous situation for safety and quality of life. There is also the threat of tsunamis in areas of the South Pacific, including Hawaii, caused by shifts in the tectonic plates.

Here in the Southeast, we can expect severe storms and tornadoes as our weather experiences extreme shifts in temperature. Coastal states near us also have to contend with rip currents and early season hurricanes as spring takes hold.

The true tornado alley, the middle region of the country likely understands the risk of tornadoes better than we do. From Iowa to down to Texas contends with windstorms, derechos and fire risks made especially dangerous by dry conditions and swinging temperatures.

No matter where you live, you will experience some form of extreme weather as we move out of winter and towards summer. We know well here in Alabama that staying prepared pays, no matter what spring may bring.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

A Peek at Our Water Damage Restoration Process | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall Counties

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

a house floating in a large body of water When water damage strikes, make the call to SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall for A-to-Z cleanup and restoration.

Did you know? An average of 14,000 Americans encounter water damage in their home on any given day. If you become part of that statistic, don’t fret, SERVPRO is on your side.

We know that disasters call for a quick reaction, and that’s exactly what we provide! Let us walk you through the water damage cleanup process:

Emergency Contact. Our technicians are on hand 247 because we understand that all damage requires a quick response. When you make the call to your local SERVPRO team, we will ask you questions to get a better understanding of your situation. We then set up a time to come out and assess the damage in person.

Water Damage Inspection and Assessment. When our technicians arrive, they immediately get to work. If water is still flowing, leaking or dripping, they’ll first put an end to that. From there, they’ll walk through your property reviewing the damage and identifying hazards. Once finished, they’ll provide you with a personalized plan for what’s next.

Water Removal. All that water has got to go! Even a small amount of standing water in your house can have disastrous consequences. During this step, we’ll use powerful extraction tools and pumps to remove hundreds or thousands of gallons of water.

Damaged Material Removal. While we’d ideally love to restore all items after water damage, some materials are simply rendered unusable. Those items will be removed from the home quickly, which will provide more space and capacity to dry out the structure and items that can be restored.

Cleaning, Sanitizing and Deodorizing. When water gets in your home, it soaks into fabrics, sheetrock and many other items. That’s why we bring in advanced technology to help ensure that we are not only getting your home clean, but having it sanitized and deodorized as well.

Drying. Removing water from a home can be extremely difficult, because even a small amount of lingering water or moisture can be dangerous. That’s why we have high-speed air movers brought in to help reduce the risk of mold growth and protect the structure of your house.

Monitoring. Once we have set up our equipment to do the job of drying your home out, all that’s left to do is wait. We will constantly stay in contact with you to answer any questions or concerns you might have, as well as stop by daily to make adjustments to equipment if needed!

Repairs and Construction. Once your home is completely dried out, it is ready for the repair or reconstruction process. When you choose SERVPRO as your restoration provider, you can rest assured knowing that we can renovate both small and major issues. And we don’t stop until we know that you are satisfied with the entire project.

If water damage impacts your property, call SERVPRO for complete cleanup and restoration. We’ll make sure your property is back to normal and “Like It Never Even Happened.”

What Does “Full-Service Restoration” Mean? | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

2/3/2022 (Permalink)

a green SERVPRO van parked in a warehouse full of equipment When you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall to get the job done.

At SERVPRO, we are known as a type of cleaning company, and while that is correct, we are also a full-service, top-to-bottom restoration company.

We do restoration and reconstruction on homes and businesses as needed. And if that hasn’t sold you, we will work with your insurance company as well.

Here is what we can offer you:

Water damage recovery. Whether you experience a leaky appliance or you have a major flood, a quick recovery is necessary! We will be there in an instant to help you get it cleaned and restore your home or business in no time.

Fire damage recovery. A fire is reported every 23 seconds in the United States. As you can imagine, a fire can do a lot of damage or leave an awful smell, and that’s why when you call us to help, we bring the best technicians with the best equipment.

Mold removal. Mold can creep up out of nowhere if you have ever experienced a type of water disaster! If it does show up, it can threaten the structure of your home. Because it can easily spread, call in the pros for safe removal.

Storm recovery. When storms do damage to your home or business, even if it’s just a little damage, you have to get it taken care of. We will be with you through every step of the recovery process.

Commercial needs. We help business and homeowners with all the same services, except we offer a few extras for businesses, like specialized cleaning and care so that you can prove to customers and employees that their well-being is your top priority!

General cleaning. Whether your home or business needs cleaning, it can be very time-consuming, and sometimes a little help will go a long way. We will help you clean everything from carpets to curtains. Essentially, we will give you the heavy-duty clean you are looking for while you focus on more important things.

Specialty cleaning. When we say specialty cleaning, we mean anything that can get dirty. Things like air ducts or spaces contaminated by biohazards. We will get your place back to top-notch clean.

Construction. There are times when restoring a home or business is out of the question, and the only option left is to reconstruct it. You can count on our SERVPRO technicians to stay with you every step of the way and not stop until you are satisfied.

Add 24-hour service and an easy insurance process to all this, and the picture becomes clear—when you need cleanup and recovery of any kind, you can trust SERVPRO to get the job done.

The 4 Components of Fire & Why They’re Important | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

a small paper house burning If your home or business has any damage, SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall is ready around the clock to help you recover.

Did you know that a square can also be referred to as a tetrahedron? For those of us who don’t remember what that fancy word means, in short, it’s something that has four faces.

Don’t run off! We aren’t discussing geometry here. But we do want to discuss the fire tetrahedron.

Simply put, there are four components that create a fire—and removing any of them can help put the fire out.

The 4 Things a Fire Needs to Live

Fuel. This is something that will make a fire burn! Many things can fuel a fire, including wood, plastic, and other organic or inorganic materials.

Heat. You will need enough heat to make the fuel burn. Depending on what is burning, the amount of heat will vary. But every object has a threshold at which point it will either ignite or melt.

Oxygen. Like all things in the world, air (oxygen) is what will help fires live. Oxygen will fuel a fire as easily as the other two items listed above.

Chemical Chain Reaction. This provides the heat necessary to maintain a fire. It causes a chain reaction, which will keep the fire burning and growing.

The 4 Ways to Stop a Fire

Cool it. The most common step to take is to put something cool onto a fire. If it’s water, which is the most common approach, you have to be aware that it might take a lot because heat can make it evaporate quickly.

Smother it. Another approach would be to exclude the oxygen from a fire. If something can’t breathe, it can’t live…and a fire is no different. That’s why we are taught from a young age to “stop, drop and roll” if our clothing catches on fire—doing so smothers the fire by keeping it from oxygen.

Starve it. Eliminate the fuel sources that can help feed a fire. As long as a fire doesn’t have the adequate fuel, it will eventually go out. In some cases, a containment can be created by burning areas on purpose, which creates a boundary of starvation.

Interrupt the chain reaction. Now we’re getting a little fancier! Break the chemical reaction by using certain chemicals. A chemical called halon was previously used as a fire retardant, but since it has an elevated potential for ozone depletion, it has been banned.

If the fire tetrahedron makes a wreck of your home or business, we’re ready around the clock to help you recover. Contact SERVPRO anytime for fast, thorough cleanup and recovery after a fire.

Covering You 24 Hours a Day | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

a small interior room showing extensive damage from a recent fire If a fire issue pops up during the holidays, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry, SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall.

“Call me when you get there.” That was a famous saying parents would tell their kids as teenagers in the olden days because there were no cell phones. Now, you can track your children if you need to.

If we had to wait now, we might lose our minds. Instant gratification has become so normal and expected that if we didn’t get it right away, we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves. And depending on the situation, you shouldn’t have to wait. Especially when it comes to an emergency with your home or business.

When it has to do with your home or job, getting back to normal quickly is a high priority. At SERVPRO, we deal with restoration daily and know that quick service is imperative, which is why we have someone available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

After a fire. Fires, no matter the size, can cause some serious damage. Beyond the inferno itself, there can be soot, which is the sticky powder that can cover surfaces and possessions, causing them to deteriorate over time. Along with soot damage, the smell of fire or smoke will become absorbed into the fabrics or walls of your home or business as well.

After water damage. As you know, water that hasn’t been cleaned within 48 hours can quickly cause mold issues. And 48 hours is if you’re lucky since it doesn’t always take that long.

Mold can negatively affect your health, but it can also cause structural damage to your home if it goes unnoticed or is not dealt with. Not to mention, the longer water, soot or anything else sticks around, the more costly your repairs will become.

And while quick cleanup is essential for the structure of your building, it also helps protect it from any other damage.

So, when you have damage to your home or business, no matter the cause or size, simply give us a call. We make your disaster a priority and work to get you on the road to recovery quickly. No matter what it takes, we can help you during this time of disaster.

When you need help after a home or business disaster, fast service is a priority, and there’s nobody faster or more prepared than SERVPRO. Call us anytime to take advantage of our 24-hour emergency service.

Time Is Money | SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

bed in a hotel room with tablet and suitcase We know that a commercial property water damage is stressful and can affect the company’s bottom line. Trust SERVPRO, the industry leaders.

The old saying “time is money” rings true when we get a call from a national hotel chain with water damage covering two floors of hotel rooms! The exasperated hotel facilities manager called our office needing emergency services to extract the water and dry all affected areas. The water damage was caused by a busted toilet supply line and it affected two floors, 2 hallways and a couple of dozen rooms. Responding to a commercial water damage like this is our priority! We know that the quicker we can get the water up and all affected areas dry, the quicker the hotel will be back in business. Having the ability to respond to emergency commercial jobs like this requires a lot more than just fancy drying equipment. Our customers need a team of trained professionals who can assess a water damage of this size and create a scope of work to ensure that all areas affected are taken care of properly. It’s important that no stone is left unturned when it comes to getting our customers back in action! With our IICRC certified Project managers and technicians, our customers can be assured that we are doing exactly what needs to be done to get them back operational! That includes extracting water,  setting up drying equipment and daily monitoring to make sure all areas are dry before we are done.

Is Your Restoration Company Certified? | SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

12/8/2021 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified Firm logo SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County is an IICRC certified form.

Did you know that 1 in 55 insured homes has a property damage claim due to water damage or freezing rain each year?

According the American Insurance Association, water damage claims have been growing faster than other categories of Homeowners Insurance. Daily in the US, 14,000 people experience a water damage emergency at home or at work. The most common causes of water damage are busted or leaky pipes, faulty plumbing, build-up in areas prone to collecting water (crawl space, attic, basement), defective household appliances, malfunctioning HVAC systems, and natural disasters or other weather-related events. Broken pipes rank only 2nd to hurricanes in terms of both frequency and severity in regards to annual claims for water damage. Insurance companies are dishing out $2.5 billion per year for water and mold claims.

What does all this mean to you? Home and business owners need to be confident that when water damage does occur they call upon a professional, well-trained Restoration Vendor to take care of their property. SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County is an IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certificate) Certified Firm. All of our Production Managers and crew chiefs are IICRC certified as individuals as well. The IICRC is the governing body over the restoration industry. They set forth standards we must adhere to during all services we provide. 

In the case of a water damage, SERVPRO will:

- provide immediate service

- perform quality service

- communicate effectively

- minimize extent of loss

- save adjustors time on small losses

SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County, as the number one choice in our industry, will work closely with you and your insurance company to make water damage “Like it never even happened.” 

The Facts About Water Damage | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

12/7/2021 (Permalink)

the underside of a sink showing water damage from leaking pipes If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall.

As a homeowner, you make tough decisions in order to keep your home nice and well-maintained. But sometimes, no matter what you try, there’s just no stopping a disaster or accident from happening.

Water damage of some kind at some point is bound to happen. Approximately one in every 50 homes will have a water damage claim in any given year.

That’s why it’s important to ensure that your pipes and appliances are well-equipped and maintained. While doing this doesn’t always prevent damage to your home, it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Here’s a look at the realities of water damage:

24. This is the percentage of all home insurance claims that are related to water damage. When you break it down, that means almost one out of every four insurance claims is regarding water damage.

48. In this instance, we are referring to hours. It only takes 48 hours before water damage can become mold damage and cause more issues. And while 48 hours may seem like enough time, the reality is, sometimes it doesn’t even take that long.

98. Does your home have a basement? If so, this 98 is referring to the percentage of homes that will experience some type of water damage. Check your basement frequently for signs of water, such as ceiling discoloration.

10,234. This is how much money the average insurance claim for water damage costs. Water damage, even minimal, can cause major structural damage along with damage to your possessions. When you start to add up things in your home, this number can actually seem very realistic.

14,000. This is how many water damage situations occur each day. When you do the math, that calculates to every six seconds something is happening to someone’s home.

13,000,000,000. This is the annual cost of water damage and removal is here in the United States. Most of us wouldn’t even know how to picture what $13 billion looks like, but $1 billion would cover 255.5 acres.

Now that we have discussed what water damage can really look like, you can rest assured that most water damage is preventable. Stay up to date with repairs and maintenance on your home. Doing this can at the very least reduce the risk of something happening to your home.

If water damage catches you off-guard and leaves you all wet, you’ve got help on your side. Contact SERVPRO to see how we can quickly and fully restore water damage to your home or business.