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The Dangerous Elements a Thunderstorm Contains | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

5/7/2021 (Permalink)

a large lighting strike just in front of person driving down road Thunderstorms can pop up at any moment. Contact SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall today if you are dealing with any damage.

Though they occur quite often when the weather is warmer, thunderstorms are a serious weather occurrence every single time.

It is easy to grow complacent about the threats they cause, but every thunderstorm should always be taken seriously. Between lightning, hail, high winds and flooding risks, there are many serious threats a thunderstorm can pose.

Thunderstorms are classified as such because they contain thunder and lightning every time they occur, even if you do not hear claps or see strikes. When a thunderstorm is considered severe, it will contain winds over 58 miles per hour and hail larger than one inch, making it an even more threatening event.

The Threats That Occur During a Thunderstorm

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. Lightning strikes are extremely dangerous, and because they are an element of every single thunderstorm, it is highly likely that one will strike during every storm. Lightning is responsible for at least 300 bodily injuries every year, which does not include the property damage they can cause due to felled trees and fires. Even if it is not visible, any time you can hear thunder, there is lightning in the vicinity.

Property damage due to hail. Hail is an interesting phenomenon, as it can fall even when the surface temperature is quite high. Not only is hail frightening due to the noise that it makes, but it is also extremely dangerous. Large hail can cause injury to anyone that is without shelter when it comes through, and it can also dent cars and cause water damage to homes by impacting roofs and creating vulnerabilities in siding.

Harm from flash flooding. While flooding might be something people are not concerned with if they do not live near a body of water, the frequency with which flash flooding occurs is quite surprising. Flash flooding can occur during periods of heavy rain for many reasons, such as backed up storm drains or overwhelmed drainage ditches. Floodwaters can be extremely hazardous, carrying away cars and sweeping people off of their feet.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Be Sure You’re Choosing a Certified Team of Restoration Experts | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Let’s be honest. No homeowners like to think about needing the type of services we provide. But when they do, it’s because their homes have been severely damaged by fire, flooding or accidents.

The type of help homeowners needs when we are called home restoration. And its goal is to get the home back to its original state. While sometimes a mop, bucket and elbow grease are enough, in other circumstances, you need a team of experts to ensure your home can be restored.

When that happens, it’s important to understand the home restoration process—and why choosing the right team can be vital to you being happy with your results.

Damage Claims Are Common

According to the Insurance Information Institute, about one in 20 homeowners will need to file a home damage insurance claim every year. The statistic includes all causes of damage and doesn’t separate the claims based on whether they need restoration services.

We also have some statistics about individual types of disasters and issues, though. For example, about one out of every 350 American homeowners will deal with a fire damage claim each year, from causes ranging from storm and lightning damage to furnace fires.

When you think about the United States’ entire population, that statistic translates to millions of families. Some of these people will need to get help from a professional team. That’s when choosing a quality restoration company will make all the difference for you.

Our Training Matters

Beyond the training offered by SERVPRO at a national level, our technicians earn valuable certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. This non-profit group provides various certifications to ensure restoration and cleaning technicians can use the latest proven techniques when restoring your home.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Keeping Your Gadsden Home Dry During Heavy Rains | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

4/5/2021 (Permalink)

bright blue rain splashing into a pool of water If you need help dealing with any damage caused by water, contact SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall today.

You might be surprised by the number of ways water can damage your home. Many people know that flash flooding, strong thunderstorms or interior accidents (like a burst pipe or malfunctioning washing machine) can produce enough water to damage your home.

But there’s another significant threat that is actually much more common to find in your weather forecast—heavy rains. These drenching storms are prevalent during the spring and summer months. And if your home isn’t prepared, it can be damaging.

Water Damage by the Numbers

Did you know that millions of water damage claims are filed every year? Experts in the insurance industry estimate that as many as one out of every 50 homeowners will file a claim over the next year to cover water damage to their home.

Depending on how many people live in your neighborhood, that can mean someone you know will have to deal with water damage this year.

Sometimes water damage is unavoidable. For example, if a flash flood impacts your entire neighborhood, your house might suffer damage. Or if a storm or tornado impacts your community, the storms may leave you with water damage to your home.

But you can do things to ensure your home is ready to withstand some types of water damage.

Getting Ready for Wet Weather

Our technicians are pros at repairing water damage. That means we see many of the issues that cause the damage in the first place.

We’ve put together a few ideas to help you spot ways to make your yard and home safer this spring and summer:

Evaluate your yard. Understanding the way your yard drains and how that impacts your home is vital. If you notice that your yard is draining toward your home, then you might want to connect with a landscaping expert to look for ways to protect your yard.

Invest in helpful landscaping. Many people don’t realize that the right landscaping at your home can make a big difference when it comes to preventing water damage. Native plants, trees and bushes can be vital in protecting your home from water damage. Talk with landscaping experts in the area or visit a native plant sale for tips and ideas.

Look into sealing your roof. Experts estimate that almost 95% of damage is caused by water finding its way through gaps in your shingles, which can be prevented with this step. It’s definitely worth considering.

If you need help dealing with damage caused by water, fire or any other issue, we’re here to help you restore your home. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about us and how we can help you restore your home to its original state.

How Gadsden Business Owners Can Navigate Uncertain Times | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

a crew of SERVPRO employees in PPE gear walking inside commercial building If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. Contact SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall to learn more.

Your SERVPRO is locally owned and operated. That means we’re here to help Gadsden business owners like you, and we’re invested in your (and our community’s) success.

We also get how hard you work to ensure your business is successful. It takes a lot to research and plan your business. And there’s a lot more work that goes into actually operating your business once it’s open. Then, as it grows, you want to be sure you’re prepared to expand, meet your customers’ needs, and operate at your best potential.

Sometimes situations come up that you can’t control. That’s one of the biggest issues business owners face right now, operating and succeeding during a global pandemic. You’ve spent a lot of time lately looking for new ways to reach and service your customers.

Many businesses have already opened their doors again, and others have found new ways to work remotely or offer products and services digitally. Regardless of how you and your employees have decided to move forward, there’s help out there for you.

Tips to Help You Succeed

You can find great tools with more information about business loans and tips, advice, and more from sources you can trust. These can help you operate during uncertain times.

Ensuring that your business is clean and safe for everyone is another important step. That’s where we come in.

Our teams are ready to get your space “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” What does that mean? Let’s take a closer look at the cleaning services we offer.

First, we’ll consult with you. You can use our one-on-one advice and support to ensure that the plan we come up with will work for you.

Then a team of experts will clean your business. They’ll use a high-level system to ensure you’re ready for customers to come back. Our teams work with proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions. Plus, we use cleaning and decontamination standards directly from the CDC.

Finally, our teams certify your space. That means you can rest assured that you’re ready to be open for business.

If you need cleaning assistance at your business, we’re here. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our cleaning services and how we can help you.

Is Your Home Ready to Weather Spring Storms? | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain coming down from dark clouds If you experience any property damage from spring storms, contact SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall.

If you’re like most Anniston residents, you’re ready for winter to be over. By the time March arrives, many of us are ready to have more time in the sun and less time indoors hiding from cold temperatures.

After all, spring is the season where everything starts to bloom, and we can enjoy outdoor activities like grilling, gardening and hiking with ease.

While the season brings a bounty of good things with it, it can also get the spring thunderstorms we’ve all come to expect in our area.

And these storms can put homeowners in a position to deal with storm damage.

There’s nothing you can do to stop a storm from hitting your area. But there are things you can do that will make your home a safer place. Here’s a closer look at some of those vital steps.

How to Make Your Home Safer

Add these items to your seasonal to-do list this year:

Check for possible issues around your home. Don’t let overhanging tree limbs, unsecured furniture or other similar items become tools for wind damage. Trim back trees that need it and secure everything you can.

Maintain your sump pump (if you have one). These aren’t present or needed in every home. But for those that do need it, having a sump pump that’s functioning properly is key. Be sure yours is before it starts raining.

Keep your gutters clean. This step is vital every season. Clean, clear channels are vital to keeping water around your home flowing the right way, instead of causing water damage.

Check for problems with your roof. You want to be sure your roof is in good shape if a storm starts hitting. Check for things like missing shingles and signs of leaks. Repair them to keep your home safer.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damage to your home, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Know the Right Steps to Take if Your Business Is Impacted by Disaster | SERVPRO® of SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wearing black shirt reviewing restoration plans on tablet with business owner in gray suit SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County knows the commercial restoration process inside and out. Here are some of our best tips in choosing t

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from the COVID-19 pandemic? For most of us, it’s the unpredictability that life can throw at us. After all, none of us could’ve seen something like this coming.

This point has hit home especially hard for business owners. Business owners have had to change the way they work during this difficult time.

Though pandemics aren’t usually part of a business owner’s disaster plans, most of them include dealing with disasters like fires or floods. Many business owners already have a disaster plan to deal with these.

Having the plans ready and needing to use them aren’t the same, though.

We work with business owners all the time, so we know what it takes to get your business up and running again. Here’s some of the best advice we can give business owners facing a restoration scenario.

Steps to Prepare Your Business to Open Again

Here’s what you should do if a disaster impacts your business:

Implement your plans. Don’t forget your disaster plans when dealing with a disaster. It sounds simple, but a disaster can be jarring, so it’s a good reminder. For some businesses, that may include moving to a backup location.

Work with your employees. You can take steps to help your employees deal with any work interruptions by taking advantage of resources available through the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Work closely with your insurer. Be sure to take photographs of the damage and take inventory of everything that was damaged. If your insurer asks for documents, provide them as quickly as you can. You’ll want to work to keep this process running smoothly.

Communicate regularly. Get in touch with your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your community. Social media or an email list can help you do this effectively. But sometimes a phone call is the best option.

Work with the right partners. Choose competent professionals to work on your restoration process and repair any of the damage. It will make opening up again easier.

If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help you.

Why Minutes Matter When Your Home Needs Restoration | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

green Servpro work van parked outside of residential home If your home is damaged due to a disaster, Contact SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County. From start to finish, we will be here to help.

Every year, millions of American homeowners file insurance claims to cover repairs and damage. These claims vary.

Some are the result of severe weather issues, like wind, hail and rain. Others are caused by home accidents and appliance malfunctions.

No two of these claims are exactly alike. The extent of damage to the home can be anything from minor water damage restoration to major fire restoration and repair work.

On the surface, it might seem like these don’t have much in common. But in reality, they do have one important similarity: The sooner the repair process gets started, the better your outcome is likely to be.

And that’s on several levels. First, certain problems, like mold, only grow worse as time goes on. Water damage that begins as a nuisance can become a major issue that warps your walls or wood floor if left for a long enough period of time.

Get Help Fast

Your local SERVPRO team understands that time is a vital component of doing quality restoration work. Not only does it lessen the impact of the damage to your home, but it will also allow us to get your home repaired as economically as possible.

When you need restoration services, your team is available to you 247. We’re always on call, so we can come out on nights and weekends when you need us. All you have to do is call.

Beyond speed, there are plenty of other reasons so many residents trust us to do their restoration work:

Our technicians are highly trained experts. Our team has the knowledge and certifications needed to do the job well. We’re always available when you have questions or need to know more about the process. We’ll walk you through a personalized plan.

Our teams use the latest technology. Along with extensive knowledge and training certifications, our connection with SERVPRO, a nationally respected brand, allows us access to the latest restoration technology.

We are locally owned and operated. Our teams live and work in the community. We take pride in the work we do and the ways we can help our neighbors.

If your home is damaged due to fire, water, or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Want to Know More About Preventing Winter Fires? | SERVPRO® of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

large image of red, yellow and orange flames House fires tend to peak during the winter. SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency.

House fires do more than damage valuable property and cause the loss of priceless family heirlooms. They can also cause thousands of injuries every year. And experts estimate that as many as 890 people die each year in winter house fires.

No season is free of its distinct fire risks, but winter does include more of them. Think about the nights spent indoors with a heater or a fire roaring, the time spent over the stove making special holiday meals and seasonal décor, like candles.

But even though there are plenty of winter fire hazards to consider, you can take steps to mitigate your risks and keep your home safer.

Steps You Can Take to Lower Your Fire Risk

It doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming to make your home a safer place for your family. Instead, you can do a lot to keep your property safer without investing much time or money.

Take steps to make your kitchen a safer place. Grease fires can flare up fast.. Can you put one of these fires out? Water makes grease fires worse, not better. Choose a fire extinguisher for these fires. A metal lid or baking soda will work, too.

Consider how safe your candles are. If you’re not home, don’t leave candles burning. Use them only when you’re at home. Don’t leave them in spots where kids and pets can knock them over. If you have problems with these basics, consider switching to battery-operated candles.

Don’t use extension cords for space heaters. The safest way to use these items is to plug them directly into the wall. Also, make sure your space heater is clear on all sides.

If your home is damaged due to a fire or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 247 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Cold Temps Can Cause Frozen Pipes

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Winter is in full swing for us (most days at least) and when temperatures dip below freezing we start getting calls for water damages from busted pipes. When the water in your pipes freezes it expands. This can cause small cracks to form and worse. The water damage does not happen when the pipes are frozen. It happens when the temperatures climb enough for the frozen water to thaw. 

Leaving water dripping in faucets can help to prevent this. Moving water is less likely to freeze. When temperatures dip extremely low, water needs to be left at more than a small drip. Plumbers suggest a small stream. And don't forget to leave the hot water dripping too. Hot water actually freezes fast that cold water. 

If you have experienced frozen pipes and suspect a possible water damage give us a call. Our highly trained, IICRC certified first responders can help you determine if you have a water damage, where it originated from and if the damage is claim worthy. 

Water Damage & Hardwood Floors

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

Most people assume that hardwood floors are ruined the instant a water damage occurs. That is not always the case. Time is the biggest factor here, but other issues have to be considered as well. Water has to be removed as soon as possible from both the surface of the floor and below the hardwood planks.

SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden and Marshall County has the equipment to accomplish this. Our trained and professional crews use a variety of equipment to achieve a dry environment after a water damage. Air movers, dehumidifiers, a mat drying system, and even extraction equipment could be used.

Extraction equipment could be a single roving unit or a mounted (usually to a van or truck) unit. These powerful machines use suction to extract water from the surface of the floor. 

Air mover and dehumidifiers are the most commonly seen items. These pieces of equipment work in tandem to dry the structure. We have multiple styles of air movers and several sizes of dehumidifiers.

One of my favorite pieces of equipment used on hardwood floors is the mat drying system. These large mats are secured to the floor with blue painters tape. Hoses are connected to them the allows for air movement under the floor boards. It has the ability to salvage wet hardwood floors, but again time is the most critical factor here. Once the floor begins to cup and buckle saving the floor becomes hard (sometimes impossible). 

For more information, or if you have a water damage call our office. Our trained professionals are always #HereToHelp.