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Winter Is Coming…But Not so Much in the South | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

a close-up image of a wiper blade wiping away condensation on a car windshield If winter weather should bring damage to your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall for fast, restorative solutions.

This time of year is always a little strange. While Anniston doesn’t receive the snowfall of the northern states, we still get cold temperatures in the winter.

So when the radio starts playing “White Christmas,” we’re able to get into the Christmas spirit. We’ll break out the heavy coats and sweaters and put hot chocolate on the stove! Annistonians will brave the frigid weather to celebrate with their loved ones or make sure somebody has just the right gift.

Winter weather here, while cold, simply doesn’t fit that idyllic holiday narrative that includes snowfall. Occasionally we may get snow, but it’s the exception, not the rule.

Anniston does average the highest rainfall per month during the winter months. So there are a few things residents should do in winter as a matter of routine and prevention. Let’s take a look.

Perform annual maintenance on HVAC unit. Chances are you’ll need heat in your home this winter, so you’ll want to make sure everything is in good working order. Have a professional perform preventive maintenance and replace any parts that could leave you in the cold.

Clean the gutters and perform chimney maintenance. Anniston averages the highest rainfall during the winter months, so it’s a great idea to inspect your roof for any damage. Make any necessary repairs and clean the gutters of obstructions and debris. While you’re at it, clean out your chimney if you do any sort of fireplace use.

Check doors and windows for tight seals. Cool breezes can make you uncomfortable in the winter, so consider adding insulation to your attic and sealing your windows. These areas can have a significant impact on the comfort level in your home, not to mention the effect they can have on your utility bill.

Take good care of the car. Finally, check the condition of your car’s tires and windshield wipers. You might not have to deal with driving on ice, but you’ll likely end up driving in the rain—and you want to be sure you can do it safely.

If winter weather or unexpected flooding causes water to damage your home, we’re always here to help. Contact SERVPRO to see how quick and easy it is to let the pros handle your cleanup and recovery.

Understand the Leading Causes of House Fires | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

a firefighter battling a fire with a water hose in hand Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall are here for you if your home is affected by fire.

The many responsibilities of owning a home are significant. But one of the most important items in the home is fire safety.

The scenario of having a fire is a daunting prospect to most homeowners! Fires are unpredictable, spread quickly and often cause enormous devastation. It’s something homeowners go to great lengths to avoid.

But despite years of ad campaigns and awareness advertising, more than a quarter of all reported fires still occur at home.

Let’s take a look at the top causes and see if we can drive these numbers down through prevention techniques:

Cooking. Cooking is the No.1 cause of house fires. Half of all home fires start in the kitchen, and the leading reason is unattended cooking! It only makes sense that the top priority for avoiding a house fire is never to leave the kitchen while cooking.

Heating equipment. Around 14% of all home fires across the country are started because of heating equipment. A mixture of equipment malfunctions, mishaps and flammable substances placed too close to heaters leads to this particular scenario being among the most common, and portable space heaters are the top culprit.

Electrical fires. Wiring in older homes can often lead to fires being started by electrical causes. Faulty wiring, the overloading of circuits and a generally higher usage of electricity than older houses can handle are all factors that contribute to electrical fires at home. New technology and updated electrical codes have played a part in reducing this cause. A house is generally considered old when it passes 50 years of existence. Older homes should have frequent electrical inspections to ensure the wiring won’t pose a danger to the house or homeowner.

Intentional fires. It’s hard to believe that arson accounts for more than 28,000 intentional home fires started every year. Intentional means exactly that—the fire was started on purpose with the intent of damaging or destroying the structure.

Smoking materials. We’re all glad smoking has steadily declined over the last 50 years since the Surgeon General published his initial report that smoking is detrimental to your health. But while only being responsible for 5% of home fire occurrences, fires started by smoking materials are the leading cause of civilian fire deaths. Victims are more susceptible because they often fall asleep while cigarettes are still burning.

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO is here for you if your home is affected by fire. Contact your local team today to see how we can help.

Late Night Trips To The Jail | SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

A couple months back we seemed to have an influx of large water loss calls. One of those calls came when one of the local jails had a water loss. The details of the cause we will not be discussing however, we will discuss our response.

The instant the jail personnel noticed the water loss, they jumped into action by calling the local SERVPRO representative that markets to their area (We have 3 since we cover 5 counties). The SERVPRO sales representative called the on-call crew and got them in route. After the initial crew was called an all call to all our staff was placed. We knew this size loss (in such a delicate area) would need all hands-on deck.

Our crews, production managers, general manager and the owner spent the night until the wee hours of the morning cleaning up the water and getting the facility dry for the inmates and jail personnel. We could not even begin to guess at the gallons of water extracted from this building (a lot does not come close to being a good term). Hours of hard work were performed on this loss. 

Some companies may complain about the amount of work or the late-night hours, but our crews were in high spirits working side by side all night. A few weeks later one of our office staff members ran into one of the corrections officers while out running errands for the office and his kind words were music to our ears. He said, "I was in awe. I just couldn't believe how fast your company responded. You must have sent the whole fleet. Our parking lot was nothing but green vans for as far as the eye could see. It was an impressive sight."

Our staff love what they do and have servants’ hearts. There is no other reason that they would be out at all hours of the day and night working in less-than-ideal conditions (have you ever seen a moldy crawlspace?). Each member of Team Lamey is a valued and appreciated person. 

Who Do You Call When The Weather Damages Your Home?

10/28/2021 (Permalink)

a tree on a roof with a SERVPRO logo We can handle whatever the storm brings our way.

Storm damage is a common phrase in many parts of the country. Residence in the Northern United States suffer blizzards and ice storms. Those along the coasts suffer through hurricanes and tropical storms. The mid-west has massive tornadoes. 

Our little area of North Alabama can suffer from all of the above mentioned types of storms. This summer flash flooding has been a common concern. We just entered tornado season and who knows what wintery weather we may or may not get. 

No matter what the event, SERVPRO can help when your home has been damaged by a storm. Floods, roof damage and burst pipes lead to water damages. Those water damages need to be handled (mitigated) by a certified professional before mold has the chance to grow. SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County is always #HereToHelp with any storm damage needs. We can help with emergency board ups and roof tarps as well as the mitigation of any internal damage. Our construction division is here to help with any build back that may be needed after mitigation.

Ways To Keep Fire Away | SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden & Marshall County

10/20/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke with a SERVPRO logo over it. SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County is always #HereToHelp.

Businesses typically keep most of their important assets onsite at their business locations. This could be product inventory, computer equipment, warehouse equipment, company vehicles, etc. While we like to think that our company assets are secure, in our business, we know disasters are almost always unexpected. We try to keep our customers informed on how to prevent disasters and also educate them on what to do when disaster does hit your business. We offer a service that is free of charge where our sales rep comes to your place of business to assess your facilities and creates an ERP (Emergency Read Profile). An ERP is specific to your business and will help you identify hazards, as well as instructions and contact points in the event there is an emergency. Here are some fire safety tips that may be identified in your ERP and will help your business avoid a devastating fire this holiday season: 

  1. Regular Maintenance on your Business Building.
  2. Always store combustible materials in containers.
  3. Always use Space heaters according to manufacturer’s guidelines.
  4. Keeping Items such as lighters, matches etc. out of reach of children.
  5. Always use proper extension cords for your holiday lighting.

These simple tips will help you and your business stay safe. We are always here to help!

Commercial Cleaning Solutions for a Variety of Businesses | SERVPRO® Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

a SERVPRO employee in PPE prepping an area for cleaning Are you ready to have the cleanest business in town? Contact SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall for all your cleaning needs.

SERVPRO has been providing disaster recovery solutions for homeowners for over 50 years! But did you know we also provide the same services to commercial properties?

Damage from storms, fire, water and even mold are all covered under the SERVPRO umbrella. We specialize on remediation of these issues for both homeowners and business owners.

Business owners can rest assured if a disaster befalls them, SERVPRO is here to help. We provide a full range of disaster recovery and remediation services, as well as other services specific to the commercial space.

But did you know we also provide routine services? SERVPRO knows the condition of your facilities has an impression on your customers. Let us do the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping your facilities clean and sanitized for your customers.

Certified Cleaning Solutions for Businesses

You got into business to take care of your customers; we got into business to help our customers recover from disasters and to keep business owners’ facilities in pristine condition. We’ll keep all types of facilities spotless, so let us provide high-grade cleaning and sanitization for your location so you can focus on your customers:

Business with retail locations such as local specialty retailers, national chain stores and malls. From the big-chain stores to the specialty retailers and everything in between, we can give you facilities to be proud of.

Educational facilities from universities to preschools. Studies have shown that regular cleaning by students and faculty only cleans half the bacteria from surfaces. The numbers are worse for items that don’t get cleaned daily.

Blood banks, assisted living facilities, medical clinics and offices. The CDC sets the standard, and we go above and beyond to make sure facilities are cleaned and sanitized.

Movie theaters, health and fitness facilities, hotels, and convention centers. Anywhere people spend a lot of time needs to have a sound cleaning protocol. We can make the lobby feel like the presidential suite and the fitness center shine.

Facilities such as foodservice, restaurants, distribution centers and warehouses. Cleanliness and sanitation at dining and distribution points is critical. Let us take cleaning off your plate and so you can focus on the food.

Office buildings, apartment complexes and multi-level high rises We provide top-notch environmental care and sanitation services that your tenants will appreciate.

Losses in the workplace approach a staggering $260 billion per year due to lost productivity from sickness. Let SERVPRO push back and eliminate those workplace germs to ensure a healthy and clean environment for your customers and employees.

When you’re ready to have the cleanest business in town, we’re ready to help. Contact your local SERVPRO to get the pros working on the cleaning so you can work on the work.

Finding a Trustworthy Restoration Provider | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

three green SERVPRO trucks lined up on a side street You can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the line, SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County.

Disasters are rarely planned. However, you can plan a response to a disaster should one occur.

The source of the disaster is irrelevant, all you know is you have to get your house and belongings restored to pre-disaster condition. Decisions will need to be made quickly so you can select the appropriate restoration company.

Consider these points when evaluating a partnership with a service company:

How Long Have They Been in Business?

Company history is important. There are too many fly-by-night companies out there that will descend on a disaster in order to make a quick buck. You need to be able to spot these companies and people quickly.

We’re not a dubious newcomer! We have been part of the national landscape for over 50 years, and we’ve earned our reputation by putting in the necessary work to satisfy millions of customers many times over.

We’re also trusted by national brands like the PGA Tour. Their quality standards are extremely high, and we strive to meet and exceed those standards every day.

Can They Be There Fast?

When your world is turned upside down by a disaster, you need to know you can reach someone immediately and that they can mobilize quickly and start working on your restoration.

There’s no time to waste after a storm tears through town and creates a mess of your home. That’s why we’re on call 24 hours a day for emergencies.

Are Other Resources Available If Required?

SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County is locally owned and operated, which means there’s always a team right here in Anniston ready to act. But SERVPRO a offers an added benefit—every local franchisee is backed by other franchisees in our system.

Every local and regional homeowner will get the attention they deserve because we’ll be sending in waves of assistance from our nationwide network of resources. Our system is specifically designed to provide disaster assistance on a large scale.

When you call SERVPRO, you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the trusted leader in the restoration industry on the other end of the line. When disaster hits home, contact us to get our local experts and nationwide network on your side.

We pride ourselves in Commercial Fire Damage

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

A fire is devastating for any home or business. But when electrical wiring malfunctions and starts a fire in the dining room of a local nursing home, the absolute fastest response is needed to minimize the disruption to the residents and staff.  We responded to this emergency on a Friday afternoon and upon arrival, we were glad to know that all the residents and staff had evacuated the building safely, many residents wheeled out on hospital beds.  The parking lot resembled a triage unit of sorts with medical personnel and other staff diligently tending to residents' medical and other needs.  Making sure the residents were ok medically and finding a place for these residents to stay in the interim was their number one priority.  Our main priority was to assess the damage from the fire (and the water damage that followed from the fire department putting out the fire) and put together a plan that would have residents and staff safely back in the facility as soon as possible. We consulted our Large Loss division to put together this plan and begin work immediately. Some of the plan included : water extraction and drying, soot and smoke damage cleanup, tear out, asbestos abatement, removal of contents including commercial kitchen appliances, among other things. We started much of this detailed work that day and continued through the weekend and into the following week.  Our job was to make this facility "construction ready" as soon as possible so that these residents and staff could resume their routines that existed before this untimely fire. The construction is in process and the nursing should resume their normal activities very soon. Quick response is key with large commercial losses! We are FASTER to any DISASTER and we come prepared to work to restore your home or business!

We always say that there is no job too big or too small for SERVPRO! In this case, mitigating a large Commercial fire damage is something we pride ourselves on! We are pleased to serve in this way in our local communities or anywhere we are called. We are always Here to Help.

September Ushers in Football & New Fire Risks | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

a small campfire burning bright in the dark night Be mindful about fall fire safety. Always remember that SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall is the trusted leader in the restoration industry.

Cooler temperatures might be the last thing on your mind. After all, the temps here will still be toasty for a few more weeks, probably. But we’re beginning to see fall creep in with a slight chill in the early mornings and late evenings.

Each season brings its own potential fire hazards as activities commence. So grab your favorite pumpkin spice latte, and let’s review a few fire safety tips.

Campfire Safety in the Fall

With the fall weather comes an increase in camping, and one of the staples of camping is a campfire. Knowing how to construct a campfire is almost as important as knowing how to put it out.

It’s best to use a match or lighter to set fire to dry leaves or twigs, then add dry wood and bigger sticks. Never use an accelerant like kerosene or lighter fluid.

Build your fire away from structures and out from under tree branches. When it’s time to put the fire out, douse it completely before leaving your campsite.

Slowly pour a bucket of water on the embers and make sure none remain. Anything you leave behind can start up again with enough of a breeze.

The Tailgate Party

The tailgate party is a standard in Alabama, and grills are usually part of the festivities. Pack some safety along with your tailgate goodies!

Most grill fires are caused by an abundance of excess grease. Be sure to clean excess grease and empty the grease trap before starting the grill. A few precautionary steps can help avoid a disaster.

Space Heater Precautions

Many people supplement their heat with portable space heaters. But while handy, these are one of the most frequent causes of home fires in fall and winter.

Keep your heater away from anything flammable on any side. Ensure it has automatic shutoff capability for tip-overs and overheating.

And finally, space heaters are best directly plugged into a wall outlet, so avoid extension cords if possible.

Halloween

Halloween is only a few weeks away! As you begin to decorate, keep fire safety in mind. Candles and Halloween decorations can be fire hazards, so be attentive and responsible as you celebrate.

If a fire hazard should turn from potential to reality in your home, remember the trusted leader in the recovery industry and contact SERVPRO to get your property fully restored right down to the smell of smoke.

SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall Co Always Ready

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked outside a building SERVPRO available 24/7

SERVPRO Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall county is Emergency-ready no matter the day or the time! Let’s face it…disaster at a home or business doesn’t always strike 8:00-5:00 Monday through Friday. Being available to respond to your call 24/7/365 is something we take great pride in! 

Last month, we were able to respond fully staffed  when a local jail called us at 7:30 p.m on a week night. We had a full crew on site by 9:00 p.m ready to start work extracting water to mitigate further damages from occurring. It was a team effort to get the job done, from our owner, Production managers and  technicians, and even our construction department all onsite and working hard!  As a team, we pushed through the night into the early morning hours

to complete this job as efficiently and effectively as we could. The following days were spent monitoring the drying progress until the job was done. This is who we are as a company and are always here to help! 


When an emergency comes along who ya gonna call? SERVPRO!