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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 of Marshall County 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 of Marshall County 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.

Mold in Your Crawlspace

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Your Crawlspace Mold in the crawlspace of a home.

Do you have problems with moisture in your crawlspace? Has a water leak caused mold, mildew or wood rot?

Call SERVPRO of Marshall County and we can handle that for you. Our trained and certified mold remediation technicians can diagnose your crawlspace moisture problem and get your crawlspace dried out in no time. Our technicians will remove any wet insulation in your crawlspace, treat the mold and mildew with an anti microbial solution, dry the wet floor joists or subfloor, and remove and reset the vapor barrier so that you have no more problems of moisture damaging your home environment.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

  • Significant mold growth can occur in 48-72 hours.
  • Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.
  • A strong, musty odor may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Marshall County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Don’t forget to call your local SERVPRO franchise at (256) 891-0177 to get a free estimate!

Signs That You Need Mold Remediation

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Signs That You Need Mold Remediation Signs Of Mold

Mold thrives in a warm, humid and damp environment. Mold or mildew is not harmful in small quantities; it only becomes harmful when its growth spirals out of control and increases in quantity. Your home is likely to have mold if there are leaking pipes, leaks in the roof, poor ventilation, condensation, flooding and wet clothes. Dealing with these problems early enough can prevent mold from setting in and causing havoc on the property.

There are ways in which you can prevent this menace from happening. Always ensure that you clean up water as soon as it spills in large amounts because this will reduce the chances of mold growing there. Also, ensure there is ample ventilation in the house after you finish cooking showering or washing utensils. Insulate your house to quell condensation. Also, keep the basement dry always. If all these fail, you should seek the help of professionals to remove mold from your home. These are the telltale signs that you should look out for if you want to know whether you need mold services;

  • If your home has experienced flooding recently due to excessive rain, broken appliance or pipe there is the likelihood that mold will grow. This can happen especially if you did not enlist the services of professionals to clean it.
  • When you see mold growth, it is also a red flag that you should do something about it.
  • The presence of an unpleasant and wet odor it can be emanating from the mold.
  • If you or anyone else living in the house start experiencing allergies that you did not have before
  • The presence of moisture should also alert you to the imminent growth of mold and hence the need to call in professionals.

If you reside in Marshall County and you have noticed some of these signs, you should visit our website and allow us to address your problem promptly.

The Behaviors of Smoke

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Behaviors of Smoke The Behaviors of Smoke

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

SERVPRO of Marshall County are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Anniston will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows us to focus on saving your precious items.

We know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Our knowledge of building systems helps our crews investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

SERVPRO of Marshall County is trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact us to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Smoke Alarms Are LIFE SAVERS

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Alarms Are LIFE SAVERS Smoke alarms save lives.

Smoke alarms save lives when properly installed and maintained, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In homes, smoke alarms should be in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level, including the basement. Extra smoke alarms may be needed in large homes.

Test smoke alarms monthly using the test button. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable batteries need the entire smoke alarm unit replaced every ten years. Other alarms need batteries replaced every year, and the unit replaced every ten years. If the alarm chirps signaling low battery, take the proper steps to replace the unit or the batteries immediately. Never disable or remove the battery from an alarm. Almost half of fires where smoke alarms were present but did not activate had missing or disconnected batteries (NFPA). If you need help installing, testing or changing batteries in your smoke alarms, contact your local fire department, an electrician or the American Red Cross. Be sure your home has a fire emergency plan in place and conduct regular fire drills with your family. For more information on Emergency Preparedness, contact us today!

When Disaster Strikes In Your Own Backyard

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Disaster Strikes In Your Own Backyard Debris in Jacksonville, Alabama.

On  March 19,  2018, one of the largest severe weather outbreaks of the year unfolded in Central Alabama from Monday night until Tuesday morning, as damaging thunderstorms spawned tornadoes, hail the size of tennis balls, and damaging winds across the Southeast.  Several of those tornadoes ripped through the town of Jacksonville, Alabama. Considerable damage was sustained at Jacksonville State University and surrounding neighborhoods.  Full neighborhoods were inaccessible due to fallen trees blocking roads.  Trees had fallen on homes and buildings and debris prevented travel in and out of much of the area.  Miraculously, there were no injuries from this devastating storm system, however, the damage was severe and there was much work to be done to put this community back together.  While the Alabama Governor called for a State of Emergency, we at SERVPRO Marshall County were in emergency response mode.  Taking dozens of calls that evening and hundreds of calls over the following days and weeks, it became apparent that our franchise needed the help of the SERVPRO Large Loss Team.  Within hours, SERVPRO Birmingham’s Large Loss team was on site working hand-in-hand with us assessing the damage and formulating an action plan to cover all the calls we had received.  Our services during this storm event ranged from tree and debris removal, to water extraction, to contents packouts and moving items to storage facilities, to roof tarping and board up.  We got to partner with local subcontractors for some of these services and of course, worked closely with the SERVPRO Large Loss Team.  This community is already rebuilding and putting things back together.  We are so honored to be a part of that! 

Are You Prepared?

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are You Prepared? Take action and be prepared.

The regular occurrence of natural disasters demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency or disaster. While each situation is unique, your family can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place, and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are measures you and your family can take to start getting ready. A commitment to begin planning today will help support your family, home, and the community. Review the following questions to learn if your family and home is prepared.

Be Informed

Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your home or daily life? Do you know what you and your family will do in an emergency situation?

Prepare Your Emergency Plan

Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan? Do you have a plan to communicate with your family before, during, and after an incident? Do you have an emergency supply kit?

Practice the Emergency Plan

Have you practiced your plan recently? Does your family know where to go in the event of a natural disaster? Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?

Review Insurance Coverage

Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster?

Secure Your Home

Have you conducted a room-by-room walk-through to determine what safety measures can be taken?

Improve Cyber Security

Have you installed a firewall on your computer? Do you regularly update your antivirus software?

If you answered “No” to any of these questions, visit ready.gov and learn how to better prepare your family and home for an emergency or natural disaster. 

Odor Removal

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Odor Removal Call us when your commercial business needs cleaning!

Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.

We have the training and equipment to identify and eliminate these offensive odors. By identifying the cause of the odor and determining the conditions in which it contacts surfaces, the odor can often be removed over time without a trace. Our technicians have access to several odor removal products capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly.

The science of identifying and eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call, and leave the restoration to us.

Life happens.

Kids spill drinks, pets have accidents and homes get dirty. SERVPRO of Marshall County has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

We want to make things easier on you this year. Put your feet up and give us a call.

Need Commercial Cleaning Services?

Call us today! 256-891-0177

Hurricane Season

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over ocean water and often move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. The heavy winds of hurricanes can cause damage or destroy homes, buildings, and roads, as well as cause power, water, and gas outages. These effects can injure or kill people, disrupt transportation, and pollute drinking water. Hurricanes cause deaths and injuries primarily from drowning, wind, and wind-borne debris. The impact from hurricanes can extend from the coast to several hundred miles inland. To find your risk, visit FEMA’s “Know Your Risk Map.” Be better prepared for this hurricane season, and learn more at ready.gov/prepare.

  • Stayed informed
  • Plan for evacuation
  • Take action to protect your property from against wind and water damage

For more information check out www.fema.gov

Emergency Ready Profile

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

As a homeowner you always want to make sure you have emergency contacts close by in case anything unexpected happens. What if you are a homeowner but also a business owner? I know personally I couldn't imagine the amount of stress! SERVPRO realizes that you might not think about the unexpected things that might happen to your business; flooding, tornado damage, etc. 

That's why we have our Emergency Ready Program available to you! Our ERP, Emergency Ready Profile is the best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster, plan for it now! As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. By developing a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.
 The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile Advantage A no cost assessment of your facility. – This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost. A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. – It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed. A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. – This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action. Establishes your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. – You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by. Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. – This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money. Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. – Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”  Give us a call today and set up your ERP!