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Mold Continuing Education

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Every month we host a continuing education course here at our facility for insurance agents and adjusters. They are usually between 2 and 4 hours and listed below is what you would learn if you come to the mold course:

The insurance professional will gain a better understanding of how mold affects today’s society. They will also become more aware of the different entities that participate in the mold restoration industry.

The insurance professional will learn about mold, mold growth requirements and the goals of mold remediation followed by professional vendors. They will also be educated on the science of mold and the dangers/health effects of mold exposure.

Insurance professionals will gain a better understanding of the processes professional vendors use to complete mold remediation projects, including the guidelines recommended by leaders in the mold industry.

The insurance professional will learn the procedures that must take place if any mold remediation is to happen. They will also gain an awareness of common issues related to mold property damages, including education on typical remediation cost parameters and the responses to the mold issue.

How To Prepare For Hurricanes

8/7/2018 (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

Restaurant Water Damage

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

A local restaurant called SERVPRO of Shelby County regarding a water loss where their sprinkler system burst causing damage throughout the kitchen and adjoining rooms. The water was extracted, all areas were treated and equipment was set. Luckily, this job only needed a few days of drying. The restaurant is in a very populated area with a lot of traffic so getting them back to normal needed to happen rather quickly. 

We know that no one plans on this happening but we want to be top of mind if it does. SERVPRO of Shelby County has trained professionals, who care about your business or home as if it is their own. This can be a tough time for you and your family. Give us a call if you need us, 205-664-6670

Relationships with Fire Departments

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Who do you usually call first when you have an emergency? Usually 911 or your local fire and/or police department. We want the local fire and police departments to know about what SERVPRO of Shelby County has to offer; especially when it comes to assisting them. Once they get done inspecting the scene, we are able to come in and assist the customer. 

More times than not if you're dealing with some type of emergency then you are so frantic you do not know what to do next. The police and/or fire department are able to give you suggestions of who to call or your next steps. That's why we want to be top of mind to them, when this situation occurs.

Contents Cleaning

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

When faced with the reality of a house fire, one of the hardest things to deal with is the damage to the contents of the home.  Pictures, furniture, clothing and other items are part of the memories made throughout the years, and in many cases can be restored as opposed to replaced.  Through modern technologies such as an Esporta washing system, ultra sonic machine, and electronics cleaning, many items are able to be restored to pre loss condition.  If you are face with horrific nightmare of a house fire give us a call, our highly trained staff can walk you through what can be restored and what needs to be replaced.  We understand that your number one goal is the get your home "Like it never even happened."

It's the water you don't see [Part One]

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO® of Shelby County have the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO® of Shelby County will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by SERVPRO® of Shelby County:

Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.

Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® of Shelby County to monitor the drying process.

It's the water you don't see [Part Two]

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Shelby County can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor causing particles to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach.

The bottom line? SERVPRO® of Shelby County has the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Defense Against Mold Growth

8/3/2018 (Permalink)

Keep the humidity between 30 to 60 percent. 

Provide for proper drainage away from building foundations.

Regularly inspect plumbing and appliances for leaks.

Keep gutters and drains clear of debris.

Respond to all water intrusions immediately.

Inspect the roof, windows and other areas where water might enter the building and perform necessary maintenance.

Contact SERVPRO® of Shelby County for assistance after a water damage or if you discover mold.

We are available 24/7, 365 - even holidays! We want to make sure your home or business are back in order as soon as possible. Normally with mold, we suggest you get an industrial hygienist out first. With water, fire or most anything else we can come out as soon as possible or set up an appointment that is convenient for you!

How To Prepare For Hurricanes

8/3/2018 (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

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

One of our Sales & Marketing Representatives, Huck, made this list of everything we go over when doing an "ERP" at a facility. It might seem like a lot but it's not very time consuming at all for you if you are the business owner! Plus if anything were to happen to your business you have all this information that is easily accessible. 

Facility Name:

Facility Address:

Facility Phone Number:

Facility Directions:

Facility Construction Type:

Business Contacts: 

List two contacts if possible

HR contact

Facility Info:

Year built- 

Year remodeled - 

Energy Program Certified? -

Multi Tenant Building? -

Blueprint location -

Square footage - 

Emergency Contacts:

police - 

fire - 

water - 

hospital - 

gas - 

power - 

sprinkler vendor-

sprinkler vendor phone -

alarm vendor -

alarm vendor phone-

server maintenance/emergency -

Building owner -

Maintenance Director -

Work Authorization

Location Info (Do any of these require a key?)

supplemental generator -

Generator backup power -

power shutoff - 

water shutoff - 

sprinkler shutoff - 

roof hatch - 

stairs - 

elevator -

alarm (security) -

Alarm (Fire) -

server - 

emergency parking -

entry door -