Recent Why SERVPRO Posts
Italian Dinner at Upper Valley Haven
On Thursday, May 2nd, the Marketing Team for SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties (Derek Paul, Andrea Thompson and Laura Michelewicz) cooked up some Italian Dinner for residents at Upper Valley Haven, a community center in White River Junction, VT. The dinner served over 20 residents with plenty of leftovers for the residents to enjoy for lunch! The community center provides numerous resources for locals. The center's Food Shelf and Good Eats Programs provide visitors with healthy groceries and recipes. There are also services for children including an after school program for school aged children who are current and former shelter guests. Thank you to everyone at Upper Valley Haven for welcoming us into your kitchen! We enjoyed our visit! For more information about Upper Valley Haven and all of their services, visit their website: https://uppervalleyhaven.org/
Company History and Excellence In Community Involvement
SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties Marketing Team Supporting Community Events
SERVPRO’s original company headquarters was located in Sacramento, California when it was launched in 1967 by Ted and Doris Isaacson as a painting business. The Isaacson’s soon decided to transform the company into a cleaning and restoration company. The company quickly grew and sold its first franchise in 1969. Over the years, the company continued to grow and headquarters were relocated to Gallatin, Tennessee in 1988. The reason for this move was a great strategy as it placed the company’s headquarters within 600 miles of 50% of the U.S. SERVPRO Corporate was quickly noticed for their involvement within the community and in 1991, was awarded the title of “Small Business of the Year” by the Nashville Business Journal!
SERVPRO franchises also place an importance on community involvement- this is something that really sets us apart from our competitors! Each year, SERVPRO franchises across the U.S. support several community and charity events, SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties included. Here at SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties, we strive to be among the best of the SERVPRO franchises in supporting our community and the local businesses around us. We enjoy having a part in helping our community thrive!
Fire Safety Tips- Using Your Fireplace Safely
Follow These and Other Tips From the National Fire Protection Association to Help Keep Your Home Safe and Warm
Spring is here, but there will likely be a few more cold days ahead where you may want to build a cozy little fire in your fireplace. Here are some important tips to keep in mind:
- Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to prevent sparks from flying out.
- Be sure the ashes are cool before placing them into a metal container and keep the ashes away from your home, garage and porch.
- Keep any flammable items at least three feet away from the open flames.
- Always use the appropriate type of wood and flame starters when using your fireplace. The dryer the wood the better.
- When installing your fireplace be sure to have a qualified professional perform the installation.
- Make sure you have your fireplace inspected and chimney cleaned according to your local codes and by a professional.
For additional tips and guidelines, consult a professional or visit the National Fire Protection Association’s website: www.nfpa.org
Equipment Corner: Car #8
#8 and Marketing Manager Andrea Thompson Are Getting Ready to Hit the Road!
While our fleet of vans and trucks are essential for getting supplies and equipment to and from job sites and making a restoration job “Like it never even happened.” our faithful Marketing Car which has been lovingly named #8 is important to our team as well! When we first got the 2009 Chevrolet HHR she (yes, our marketing car is female) was a solid green color and has since experienced a face lift including flame decals and has subsequently acquired the nickname “Fireball.” She has served us for 130,000 miles and ten years. #8 can get us through the smooth sailings of 91, through the backroads of Bethel, up and over Hogback Mountain, chugging along snowy Route 30 and rolling along the long winding roads of New England!
Services Presentation- West Dover, VT
Co-Owner Derek Paul During Presentation
It was a pleasure presenting at Sotheby's International Realty in West Dover, VT recently! Co-Owner and Marketing Director Derek Paul discussed SERVPRO of Cheshire County and SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties company history, services and territory overview with a Q&A at the end. We were very happy to be invited to their office for this opportunity. Thank you all at Four Seasons Sotheby's International Realty!
Interested in having us present at your office? Let us know! These presentations are helpful to all businesses especially those in the insurance or real estate fields. For example, the tips we provide in our presentation can help an agent assist their insured during the interim between the discovery of a loss and SERPVRO performing restorative work.
What Few People Know About Products Used to Clean Soot in Wilmington After Fire Damage
Soot damage can be quite extensive. Contact SERVPRO to assess and use the corresponding effective cleaners to remediate the damage.
Wilmington's Fire Damage Experts Talk About Different Cleaning Chemicals Used During Restoration
When something burns on your Wilmington property, the blaze not only can burn your building materials and contents, but the smoke can cause soot residues and soils to exist on indoor surfaces. One major part of any fire damage project is cleaning and soot removal. When a fire ignites inside a building, it often burns different fuels creating a combination of different types of smoke and soot residues. As the various types of partially combusted particles circulate through your home, they can come into contact with several different types of surfaces. When mitigating fire damage, our highly trained SERVPRO team knows that different techniques and chemicals must be used to remove soot from the various surfaces inside your home.
We provide fast 24/7 service so that we can begin working on restoring your home as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO technicians are located in the region so that we can show up quickly after we receive your fire damage call in Wilmington. As soon as we arrive, we inspect your home to determine where the problems occurred and how severe the issues are. Our estimators come to your residence equipped with a testing kit so that we can figure out what we can restore and what we think must be replaced. We have inside the testing kit a variety of chemicals so that we can see which techniques and detergents will work best for certain surfaces.
Once we figure out what exactly needs to be done, we comprise an initial estimate for you and your insurance adjuster. After receiving work authorization, we start the restoration process using the industry's most advanced technology. We have at our disposal a variety of chemicals that we can use to clean soot that affects different surfaces.
For most situations, we use a general purpose detergent that can clean soils off of most surfaces. For heavy soot, we often utilize a heavy-duty degreaser as long as the surface is durable. When cleaning materials that are made out of stone and mortar we can use a strong acid cleaner as a last resort. If you ever have a fire break out inside your house, call SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties at (802) 674-8004 24/7.
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Some Ways to Help Avoid Secondary Damages in White River Junction After a Fire
Even if the fire only affected one room in your home, contact SERVPRO right away for effective fire damage restoration services.
What to do After Fire Affects Your White River Junction Home
As traumatizing as a substantial and widespread disaster might be to your White River Junction home, having a plan in place to help you recover your loss and restore the property is critical. The faster that you can secure professional restoration services to begin mitigation and restoration on your home, the less time that this process usually takes to complete.
Once first responders have left the scene and the blaze has gotten extinguished, you get your first look at the fire damages to your White River Junction property. It is at this point that you realize what you need is a team of highly-trained technicians that can work efficiently to return your home to the way it used to be. Our SERVPRO emergency response team can help.
It has always been a focus of our franchise for our technicians to have access to the best training available for fire restoration. For this reason, every member of our fire recovery team has IICRC-certifications for fire and smoke restoration, as well as training in areas like soot mitigation and odor removal. With the widespread effects fire can have on your property, the ongoing training of our SERVPRO technicians can prove invaluable.
Before you contact your insurance company to begin the claim process, our SERVPRO team can help preliminarily to assess the full scope of the damage and comprise an estimate regarding the cost of the work and the length of time expected to complete it. With our 24-hour response team, our estimator and mitigation team can arrive fast to help begin compiling the necessary documentation your insurance provider needs to approve a damage claim.
Our fire recovery team thrives on our ongoing training through in-house programs and e-learning opportunities to make each of our technicians as experienced and educated as possible to minimize restoration times. Our SERVPRO of Windham & Windsor Counties response team can arrive quickly with our industry-leading equipment to mitigate the immediate losses and set up a plan to restore your property fast. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (802) 674-8004.
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