Continued Education Classes
Owner Jennny Lamey teaching a water damage CE Class.
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We offer classes (continued education classes, also known as CE classes) for insurance agents and adjusters. We can hold large classes at an offsite location or we can hold smaller classes in our office or even an insurance agents office. The classes vary in topic and are very informative. The science behind what we do here at SERVPRO is explained in these classes. SERVPRO of Marshall County can offer classes in the following topics:
-Fire Damage Restoration
-Water Damage Restoration
Recently, we held a small CE class in a local agents office on water damage restoration and how to understand the drying process.
Did you know there are classes of water?
Did you know that we are IICRC certified and have strict guidleines to follow to complete the water damage restoration process?
These are a few of the items you could learn during a CE class. For more information on our CE classes, give us a call 256-891-0177.
Snow... Yay!!! Freezing Pipes.... NO!!!!
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Here in Marshall County, Alabama, we get excited when we have even the slightest "threat" of snow. What we usually experience is some flurries, then heavy freezing. So many homeowners are unaware how to handle a situation in which their pipes freeze in these winter storms.
A heavy winter freeze when your home is unprepared can lead to pipes freezing, cracking and then severe water damage in your home. As bipolar as mother nature is in Alabama, within a few days of this water damage to your home, microbial growth can begin if the right conditions are in place.
Homeowners also sometimes forget safety precautions when it comes to indoor wood fires, space heaters, and gas logs. One in six home fires during the winter months (December, January, February) are caused by home heating elements. Be sure to check your smoke alarms regularly. Be sure to treat space heaters and fires with EXTRA caution.
Know that SERVPRO of Marshall County is always here to help.
Funny Smells???? Where Is That Coming From????
A crew member soda blasting some mold in a crawlspace.
Here at SERVPRO of Marshall County we get calls of all sorts. This year it seems more calls each week are about mold. When a call comes in we always like to inquire if the mold is visible. Some say yes. Others, however say that they noticed a musty or strange smell.
Odor is generally the first thing people will notice when it come to microbial growth. We had a call recently about mold in a crawlspace. The homeowner had noticed a strange smell. After some investigting, the homeowner found a large area of mold in the crawlspace from a pipe leaking under the house.
What does mold need to grow? Mold needs moisture. A water damage can quickly turn into a mold job if the water is left for even a few days. The high humidity this past summer was a large contributor to the larger number of calls we received about mold.
Do you think you have a mold problem? Call SERVPRO of Marshall County at 256-891-0177. We can provide you with a free estimate for mold remediation in your home or business.
We are now SERVPRO of Anniston, Gadsden, and Marshall County.
We have some exciting news… The Lameys, who purchased SERVPRO Anniston and Gadsden two years ago, have purchased a third SERVPRO license in Marshall County! Marshall County is a great place for our company to expand and continue to service our area! In fact, we are already helping customers in cities like Lake Guntersville, Albertville and Boaz. At SERVPRO Anniston and Gadsden and now, SERVPRO of Marshall County, our Mission is to be the premier cleaning and restoration company in our markets that we service. And we are so thankful to expand into that market! Look for SERVPRO Green wherever you are and know we are #heretohelp.
Why SERVPRO? Because We Care!
One of our crews members getting to know our customers!
At SERVPRO, our number one priority is to make our customers happy. It may sound like the impossible task; after all, we are arriving on the scene when circumstances for our customers are devastating. A fire in their home, a busted pipe which has caused water damage in their kitchen, mold in their office building. These are difficult situations emotionally which is all the more reason for our employees to be sensitive to what our customers are dealing with. Many times, depending upon the damage we are mitigating, we could spend days, weeks, or even months in customer’s home or office. We get to know our clients one on one. We get to meet their children. We get to hear about their families. We know their pets’ names. We know where they leave the key in case they are not there. We get to know them by carefully handling all of their cherished possessions, sometimes cleaning them and packing them away until their homes are restored. At the end of the day, we are just people helping people. That’s what it’s all about. Sometimes that means stopping what we are doing and having a cup of coffee or dinner with our customers if they ask. Sometimes it means taking out the family pet. Our salesperson recently captured a beautiful picture of one of our employees enjoying a meal with our customers in their home after she had spent hours helping them recover from a fire loss.
What a beautiful thing to see! Why SERVPRO?? Because we care about our customers...And they know it! Let us be the one you call when your life gets flipped upside down.
Water Damage Clean Up 24/7
This Commercial Water Damage reared it's ugly head in the middle of the night.
A water damage can happen at any time. This Commercial Water Damage decided to rear it’s ugly head in the middle of the night. Our crews responded immediately and helped this business get back to running order. With SERVPRO’s 24 hour a day, 365 day a year emergency response, we were right there to take care of business for our customer! We are always HERE TO HELP!
What would your business do if a water damage occurred? Do you know where the water shut off is for your business? Do all of your employees know where it is? SERVPRO of Marshall County can help answer these questions with our FREE Emergency Ready Profile. All of the information needed in the event of a fire or water damage can be found on an app that each employee could have access to.
Call SERVPRO of Marshall County today for more information 256-891-0177.
Traveling With Storm
For more information on the services we provide, call our office at 256-891-0177.
When we travel for storm events, we generally know what type of jobs we are looking at- water, water, and more water. Flooding, hurricanes, blizzards, and severe thunderstorms usually mean water remediation (and maybe a little mold remediation). That was not the case with one particualr job when our crews were working clean up from hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina.
A well visited breakfast joint had a sewage backup issue one morning. Not the type of situation anyone wants to deal with, especially one that serves food. Yuck! However, in no time at all our highly trained crews were on the job and had the place cleaned, sanitized, and back up and running. The owner of this establishment was beyond grateful for the quick and thorough work our crews provided.
Many people may not know that this is a service that SERVPRO provides. We are Faster to Any size disaster.
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
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
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.