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Why Choose SERVPRO of Laurel?

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO of Laurel?

As an agent, adjuster, or any kind of insurance professional, you have a number of responsibilities.  Of these responsibilities are recommending reputable service companies to your clients as well as keeping claims costs down for your company.  SERVPRO Laurel is a highly qualified and trustworthy company that fill many needs to your clients when they find themselves in the middle of a fire or water loss.

TIMING

Arriving at a loss in a timely manner reduces damage and therefore reduces the cost of restoring damaged property.  An immediate response is vital to limiting damage, and SERVPRO of Laurel strives to arrive on the scene as quickly as possible.  This falls in line with taking care of both the home or business owner in conjunction with limiting costs for the insurance provider.

PRETESTING

Replacing property is far more costly than restoring property.  Pretesting is a necessary step in the restoration process to determine the level of damage and dictate the necessary actions to begin restoration.  A lack of pretesting could cause the quality or scope of the work to diminish which leads to unhappy clients.  Your SERVPRO of Laurel professionals will always pretest the site in order to determine the extent of damage and the proper course of action to restore the property.

TRAINING

Proper training is ideal for providing your clients the best service possible.  Your SERVPRO of Laurel franchise professionals are trained to industry standards in Fire and Water cleanup and restoration.  

Timing, pretesting, and training are just a few of the reasons that insurance professionals and companies can trust SERVPRO of Laurel to take the best care of their clients while limiting costs by restoring in place of replacing property.

Storm Water Dos and Don'ts

5/29/2019 (Permalink)

What is Storm Water?

Storm water is precipitation that does not soak into the ground, but instead runs off its surface. Natural processes, storm water runoff, and erosion typically accelerate because of human activity. Impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and streets block precipitation from soaking naturally into the ground. Disturbed surfaces, such as construction sites, agricultural tillage, and forestry activities, also expose the soil’s surface, allowing sediment and pollutants to be transported more rapidly from a site. Storm water can carry and deposit untreated pollutants, such as sediment, nutrients, and pesticides, into surface-water bodies.

Concerns about storm water

If storm water is not managed properly, it can harm the environment:

Increased Surface Runoff

Increased surface runoff means that large volumes of water enter streams more quickly and at higher velocities, which can cause streambank erosion. Streambank erosion occurs as part of a stream’s natural efforts to regain stability by absorbing the energy of flowing water. When materials impervious to water, such as pavement and concrete, cover the ground or when soils are compacted, runoff increases.

Increased Soil Erosion

Raindrops hitting a soil’s surface and the movement of water (runoff) across it cause soil erosion. Disturbed soil, lack of vegetation, or both amplify such impacts, increasing erosion.

Water Quality Impairments

After picking up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants, storm water flows into storm sewer systems or directly into lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, or coastal waters. In many cases, whatever enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies

Storm Water Pollution Solutions

  • Remember to turn off your sprinklers when it rains, to avoid water runoff; during winter, runoff can freeze causing slippery conditions.
  • Bag your pet's waste, don't just leave it there. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local waterways.
  • Don't apply pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides before it rains. Contrary to popular belief, the rain won't help to soak these chemicals into the ground; it will only help create polluted runoff into our local creeks.
  • Select native and adapted plants and grasses that are drought and pest resistant. Native plants require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides.
  • Reduce the amount of paved area and increase the amount of vegetated area in your yard. Vegetation can help act as a natural filter for polluted storm water runoff.
  • If you change your car's oil. Don't dump it on the ground or in the storm drain; dispose of it properly at an oil recycling center.
  • Check your car, boat, or motorcycle for leaks. Clean up spilled fuels with an absorbent material, don't rinse the spills into the storm drain.
  • Compost your yard waste. 
  • Don't get rid of old or unused paint by throwing it down the storm drain; dispose of paint and other hazardous household waste at recycling facilities.
  • Don't pump your pool water into the storm drain - pool chemicals can be hazardous to our creek habitats. Whenever possible, drain your pool into the sanitary sewer system where it can be treated.

What's That Smell?

3/30/2019 (Permalink)

It has happened to you just like it has happened to most people. You have a pungent odor in your home and you can't get rid of it. Sometimes its because of an overflow, a spill, or even a dead rodent but the smell is almost unbearable! SERVPRO of Forest and Magee can, under most circumstances, help!

Identifying where the smell is coming from and then deep cleaning the areas professionally is one way to assist you on your road to restoring the pleasantness. SERVPRO of Forest and Magee will also use specialized equipment for deodorization of your home, business, place of worship, or any other area of concern. The processes used do not merely cover the odors but actually remove them.

Next time you are dealing with odors and smells that just linger and stay give the experts a call and allow SERVPRO to put your mind at ease and the odors that plague your home or business away for good.

SERVPRO of Forest and Magee - 662-779-1070

High Traffic Areas

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Forest and Magee often is involved in both maintaining and restoring high traffic areas on floors in both businesses and residential areas. Floors that are exposed to high traffic can often become an unbecoming part of a business or residence. Recently SERVPRO stripped and waxed floors in a local church and the result was AMAZING! While restoring the worn areas of rugs, carpets, and hard surfaces is possible, routine upkeep and maintenance can add life to your high traffic areas. SERVPRO specializes in both areas and constantly produce results that are not only pleasing to the customer but are also above and beyond the expectations of most. If you have floors that are in need of deep cleaning and restoration or are just interested in extending the life and appeal of your floors... contact SERVPRO of Forest and Magee for more information. 662-779-1070

Do You Know What is in Your Ductwork?

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

DO you know what is in your ductwork?

Often what we can not see get ignored or overlooked. The ventilation systems in our homes are often the reason for poor air quality, and health issues because of what is hiding in the duct work. Unattended ductwork can circulate odors, mold, and other potential health hazards in your home or business.

SERVPRO of Forest and Magee offers services that will both inspect and clean your ductwork to rid them of such contaminants. Keeping the HVAC system and ductwork clean can definitely extend the life of your system and allow it to run at its best. This can save you both heartache and money. SERVPRO also uses patented equipment to examine your ductwork and system and also clean out dust and grim. Not all ductwork or HVAC systems will need cleaning but SERVPRO of Forest/Magee will still give you recommendations on how to improve air quality and maintain your system. SERVPRO's process will give you peace of mind and save you money!

Get started today by giving SERVPRO of Forest and Magee a call at (662-779-1070).

Did You Know?

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

The list of services offered by SERVPRO of Forest and Magee may just surprise you! While it may not be something you have recently considered, maybe a moment of explanation about SERVPRO's many services would help you enjoy some peace of mind.

We all invest time, resources, and lots of energy to protect and even increase the value of our home. Your home is your castle and it leaves some sort of impression to everyone who is a guest. SERVPRO of Forest and Magee is committed to assisting you with the resources you need to tackle a host of potential issues in your home and at a fair price.

SERVPRO professionals offer fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration, water removal and dehumidification, mold prevention services, contents claim and inventory services, air duct and HVAC cleaning, carpet and hardwood floor cleaning and care, cleaning of upholstery and drapes with both wet and dry cleaning methods, odor identification and deodorization, as well as stain removal and stain resistant applications!

That is quite a list of services for your peace of mind and the maintenance or protection of your home. Call SERVPRO of Forest and Magee for more details or for a quote for your needs! (662)779-1070

Getting Advice and Tips from the Pros

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a franchise company. SERVPRO has been in business for over 35 years. Experience, coupled with training, has made given them quite a bit of knowledge to pass on to their clients. SERVPRO of Forest and Magee is owned and staffed by highly trained and specialized personnel that really desire to help you in whatever  cleanup or recovery situation you find yourself in. There are many things that you can do and many you shouldn't do before SERVPRO arrives to help you with your fire, water damage, smoke damage, vandalism, or even harmful waste issues. The "do's and don'ts" so to speak.

For instance with fire or smoke damage -

DO

. Limit your movement in the home or business to prevent soot particles from becoming embedded in upholstery or carpets

. Keep your hands clean. Soot transfers easily and can damage many surfaces including woodwork

DON'T

attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Laurel

. Consume any canned or packaged food or beverage that may have been close to the fire

With Water Damage..

DO

. Shut off water source if possible

. Turn off circuit breakers fro wet areas of the building

DON'T

. Enter rooms with standing water where electrical hazards may exist

. Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet

Be prepared for all emergencies by learning all you can about what to do until help arrives.

An extensive list can be obtained by calling SERVPRO of Forest and Magee. 

(662) 779-1070

Should I Buy a House with Water Damage?

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Should I Buy A House With Water Damage? (H1)

 Find out whether it is worthwhile to invest in a home with water damage, and how to make a wise, profitable decision regarding this matter. 

When you are in the market to buy a house, there is so much to consider in order to make a long-term profitable decision. So, what happens if you come across a lovely home in a great area, but the interior or exterior shows signs of water damage? Do you take the plunge and make an offer? Or do you continue your search elsewhere? We investigate below:

  • Yes Or No? 

Many people may be surprised to discover that water damage is not always as big a deal as expected. Unless the water damage is extensive, it should not be the only reason as to why you might pass on buying an otherwise perfectly livable house. This is because many companies, like SERVPRO Mendocino County, offer affordable water damage restoration services that will aid in getting your new home looking as good as new in no time.

  • Home Inspection

Having said that, it is important to investigate just how bad the water damage is, along with the root cause of it. Some water damage may be easily restored, but if the cause of it is a faulty piping system, for example, buying the house would be a risky and expensive decision. It is also important to ask the sellers the following questions before coming to a conclusion:

  • How long has the water damage been there for?
  • What, if anything, has been done to rectify the problem?
  • If they have paid for a water damage restoration service in the past, what was the name of the restoration water damage company that performed it?
  • Insurance 

Before making the decision to invest in a house with existing water damage, it is also essential that you speak to your future home insurance company about it. What are they willing to cover in terms of restoration costs, if anything? From there, it is also worthwhile to call on a water damage restoration company to provide you with an estimate for water damage repair. This will give you a good idea in terms of what to expect should you make an offer to purchase. Also, do not forget to negotiate a new purchase price for the house if you feel it is unfair considering the water damage, and in line with the estimate provided by the water damage restoration company. Many sellers will be more than happy to oblige if it means making a sale!

For more information about water damage repair in Willits, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at SERVPROMendocino County!

When Storms Hit We are Ready

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of Forest and Magee specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition. 

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Simpson county and the surrounding areas we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (601) 425-0119

Multi-family, Residential and Commercial Property Managers

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Forest and Magee we understand the value of a quick response and fast turn around time when it comes to an emergency situation for a commercial and residential property. A quick response time can mean a reduction in the size and scope of the damage, and the difference between having a chance at saving business critical documents and equipment for the clients that are most important to you.

Commercial Client Benefits

Choosing SERVPRO of Forest and Magee for your commercial damage mitigation accrues you benefits not limited to:

    • Working with you to tailor the solution to you, priding ourselves in accurate and straightforward communication.
    • SERVPRO is the leader in commercial damage mitigation.
    • Every large commercial loss is supervised by a local commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.
  • The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.