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Home is the new WORK PLACE!

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Home is the new WORK PLACE!

The pandemic forced many of us home. Since then many have decided to continue to work from home. That’s made our place of rest our new place of employment as well. The next question is…How do we handle the new balance of work-life? How do we keep the kids quiet while we’re on the phone? When it all feels so overwhelming who do we call to help us with our fire, water, and mold emergencies? SERVPRO! Disasters big and small can strike anywhere at any time, and that can be a scary thought to a business owner. We want you to know that we’re committed to limiting disruptions to you, your organization, and those you serve. We’re on call 24/7 for fire and water emergencies, to help you keep your business's doors open! When you or your insurance professional calls SERVPRO, our staff is prepared for whatever is required. Did you know that we are a locally owned and operated company with the ability to respond to your call no matter the size? Our goal is to provide you with the quickest and most professional restoration experience. We know that emergency situations are never an enjoyable time, but we strive to make life get back to normal quickly and smoothly. From Fort Oglethorpe to Varnell, Cohutta to Praters Mill, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience!

If you have an emergency home or business restoration need, call SERVPRO! We are here to help! 706-866-5646

AROUND THE CLOCK SERVICE!

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

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AROUND THE CLOCK!

Disasters big and small can strike anywhere at any time, and that can be a scary thought to a business owner. We want you to know that we’re committed to limiting disruptions to you, your organization, and those you serve. We’re on call 24/7 for fire and water emergencies, to help you keep your business's doors open! When you or your insurance professional calls SERVPRO, our staff is prepared for whatever is required. Did you know that we are a locally owned and operated company with the ability to respond to your call no matter the size? Our goal is to provide you with the quickest and most professional restoration experience. We know that emergency situations are never an enjoyable time, but we strive to make life get back to normal quickly and smoothly. If you have an emergency home or business restoration need, call SERVPRO! We are here to help!

From Fort Oglethorpe to Varnell, Cohutta to Praters Mill, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience! 

Give us a call for all of your fire, water, and mold needs! 706-866-5646

Is there mold at your job?

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Have you been smelling a funny odor or even seeing black spots in your office? That could be mold and it could be dangerous.

For the most part, mold is unmistakable, but sometimes small or largely hidden growths just make a surface look dirty. A quick test for mold can be done when you dip a swab in diluted bleach (1 part bleach, 16 parts water) and dab it on the wall. If the spot quickly lightens (or keeps coming back after cleaning), assume it's mold.

Did you know that microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business? Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Remember we specialize in water and mold damage restoration, with advanced training in restoration techniques and the experience and specialized equipment to quickly restore your property? Don’t wait until someone gets sick, once you spot mold at your place of work give us a call!

From Fort Oglethorpe to Varnell, Cohutta to Praters Mill, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience! 706-866-5646

Did you know that after your business floods a fire could occur?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

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After a bad storm or even a busted pipe, your business could be flooded within minutes. What some people seem to forget is that your business has electrical sockets, and other flammable materials that could cause a fire even during a flood.

Here are a few steps to take that can help your business not experience a fire.

  • Shut off gas at the main valve if you are trained to do so; otherwise, have your gas company do this
  • Inspect storage and piping systems containing flammable liquids; repair leaks or damage as soon as possible. Provide supports and anchors for damaged or floating tanks and piping. 
  •  Prohibit smoking. 
  • Post a fire watch until all fire protection systems are functional and normal operations are resumed.
  • Give SERVPRO a call

When your business operations are interrupted by fire or water damage, you need professional help to get your property back to business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We provide professional cleaning or emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again. From Fort Oglethorpe to Varnell, Cohutta to Praters Mill, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience! Most importantly we're here to help!

Give us a call at 706-866-5646. 

Fire prevention tips for businesses

5/24/2021 (Permalink)

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According to fema.gov every year there are 17,000 office and store fires that cause over 800 million in direct property damage.

On top of that did you know that most of those fires were caused by something similar or the exact same as a home fire? Here’s what FEMA says that

should be done to prevent these fires:

Employees: 

  • Check for damaged or overloaded electrical outlets, cords, and cables. 
  • Keep anything that can burn away from electrical equipment
  • Never leave portable heating devices unattended
  • Keep your workplace and equipment clean, dry, and well ventilated 
  • Plan & Practice multiple escape plans in the event one is blocked
  • Ensure windows can be blocked & screens can be removed.

Employers should prepare for emergencies:

  • Make sure smoke alarms and sprinklers are properly installed and working
  • Post clear fire escape plans on every level of the building
  • Teach employees about exit location, escape routes, and fire protection equipment.
  • Check the condition of fire ladders and escapes
  • Conduct regular emergency drills 

When your business operations are interrupted by fire or water damage, you need professional help to get your property back to business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. We provide professional cleaning or emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again. 

From Fort Oglethorpe to Varnell, Cohutta to Praters Mill, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience!

WE'RE DISASTER READY NO MATTER THE SIZE OF YOUR BUSINESS!

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

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With new flowers blooming, warmer weather walks in the park, and so on we welcome Spring. On the other hand, things like allergies, bee stings, flood warnings, and tornadoes we don't miss. Did you know our tornado season peaks during the months of March, April & May! Well, you know now! Let’s make sure your business is prepared in the event of a tornado.

  • KNOW WHERE TO GO: during a storm, you’re in panic mode so it’s best to have your designated storm area predetermined and known by all of your staff. This room should be reinforced by a professional to provide extra protection during severe storms. 
  • PREPARE YOUR SAFE ROOM: important documents, non-perishable foods, batteries & a flashlight, first aid kit, and so on should be in that area with easy access for you and your staff.
  • ADDED PROTECTION: Provide extra protection to prevent their bodies from direct contact with debris.

Even with that knowledge, your business is not protected, so know that as leaders in the storm and water damage industry, we have advanced training and expertise and we’re here to help. When a major storm hits, it may overwhelm local restoration companies. We want you to know we can scale our resources by accessing the equipment and personnel of 1,700 Franchises. We can also access Disaster Recovery Teams that specialize in major storms and catastrophic events. So never fret! 

From Fort Oglethorpe to Varnell, Cohutta to Praters Mill, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience! Give us a call at 706-866-5646 to learn more!

Why do insurance agents choose SERVPRO?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Our team members are available for direct calls 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. You earn your client's loyalty by providing timely solutions. You provide help in a time of need. Instead of offering a call center solution, our team members are available to take the call on their business line! We will personally call your client back, offer a listening ear, and take away some of the fear they are experiencing.

Having a relationship with SERVPRO and our team of highly trained professionals has many benefits. We will ensure help arrives quickly (following our 1-4-8 time commitment), and our production team will help your clients regain control of their lives by treating them with respect, courteousness and working hard to get the job done the right way the first time. There are no unwelcome surprises with SERVPRO. Calling direct reduces wait times. The faster SERPVRO's team can arrive onsite to perform the cleanup, the better the results.

We know there's never a convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Jackson and DeKalb Counties has the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. 

From Rising Fawn to Lyerly, Trenton to Rock Bridge, Ringgold to Lafayette, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience! Give us a call at 706-965-7378 to learn more!

Keep your business doors open!

3/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Yes, we’re seeing the numbers decrease here lately especially with the change in weather but that can be a problem. How? Well, when the cases fall things open back up. When things open back up the numbers rise! Well, you may be wondering how can you keep your door open? We recommend reoccurring cleanings. Not your typical home cleaning but Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned cleanings. 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it’s a higher standard of clean. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

Are you interested in a free quote for our Commercial Services, or are you a Consumer who wants to learn more about the program? From Fort Oglethorpe to Varnell, Cohutta to Praters Mill, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience! Give us a call at 706-866-5646 to keep your business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

Our Construction Manager is Residential & Commercial ready!

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

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Let’s first learn a little bit about our new construction manager Nick Shank. Nick started working as an independent adjuster years back in South Florida, where he handled daily claims in the south Florida area for multiple insurance carriers. After about 2 years in the insurance industry, he moved into the restoration side of things to get a better handle on that aspect of the business, it was a little more hands-on which he enjoyed. He worked my way up to Senior estimator within 6 months, after about a year and a half he decided to venture back into the insurance side of things again. This time he worked as a staff adjuster on the Catastrophe team for a third-party company, again handling claims for multiple carriers. He handled commercial and residential large losses and small losses. He recently moved to the Chattanooga area from Fort Lauderdale, FL and he's very happy and grateful to be a part of the SERVPRO team.

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” From Fort Oglethorpe to Varnell, Cohutta to Praters Mill, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood! We are a locally owned and operated franchise with employees dedicated to providing a quality customer experience! Give us a call today at 706-866-5646

Is your business getting reoccurring cleanings?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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Although there’s been rumors of another possible shut down due to the dramatic increase in cases many businesses remain open.

While the general public may need your services and you need the money make sure you’re giving them what they need most… A safe experience when entering your establishment. That means one cleaning is just not enough! We recommend reoccurring cleansing in addition to your daily cleaning routines. You may ask if you’re cleaning daily why would you need our services?

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning, it’s a higher standard of clean. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home. Our SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

From Fort Oglethorpe to Varnell, Cohutta to Praters Mill, or anywhere in between, we take pride in serving your neighborhood!  If you’re interested in a free quote for our Commercial Services, then give us a call today at 706-866-5646.

IS YOUR BUSINESS EMERGENCY READY?

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Many times businesses do well until something devastating happens that throws them off of their game. For example, a company had a pipe burst over the weekend. Monday morning they went to their offices and found over 3 inches of standing water. This issue had them closed for days. Not only were they closed but they also had damaged paperwork and other office materials that put them in hardship. Thus we’ve created an app to help out in events like these or worse.

We have an app called ERP, which means Emergency Readiness Program. This app is free and works on both android and iPhones. The best part about this is that it saves important information like water valve shut-offs and such in the event of an emergency. Having important info like that saved not only helps us move quickly but it also helps you realize where things are.

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. Give us a call at 707-866-5646 to get yours!

Did you know that we offer reconstruction services to homes and BUSINESSES?!

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

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What does that mean to you?

  1. If your business has a huge, medium or small fire we not only will do the cleaning but we’re able to do structural repairs as well!

What if a pipe burst or toilet floods and causes issues at your business?

  1. Not only will we be able to clean and sanitize that area we can also repair that cabinet and or replace that flooring.

Maybe you find mold in your business basement, well we can clean that as well! Here recently with everything back open for business we’ve been doing regularly scheduled cleanings for businesses. One cleaning is not enough, check out our next commercial blog to learn more details on how we can service your business for sanitization.

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, we have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Have Questions? Call Today – 706-866-5646

Is your business prepared for storms and inclement weather ?

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to you and your business, thus we’re here to help. We have added a new team member named Joshua Roberts. He's been been in the insurance construction world for the past 10 years with a proven track record of satisfied customers and great work! With him on our team we were able to add roofing jobs. Yes we can replace an entire roof or we can repair a damaged roof.

We understand that storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need. 706-866-5646

A pandemic doesn’t stop fire and water damage.

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

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A pandemic doesn’t stop those accidental fires and storm or water damage from affecting your business. We’re open 24/7 for fire, water, and mold emergencies. So don’t wait! Give us a call immediately if your business encounters some type of fire or water damage. 

Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • Odor Control Technician
  • Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician

Here at SERVPRO of N. Whitfield & Catoosa Counties, we have the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.” We service:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

 Give us a call at 706-866-5646 today

A higher standard of clean

5/28/2020 (Permalink)

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A higher standard of clean

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program that goes beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. This is proactive viral pathogen cleaning that helps ensure the cleanliness of the restaurants, businesses and public spaces in the communities we all call home. With over 50 years of expertise, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills - always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.

You can depend on us to get the job done right and get it done quickly. Our highly trained technicians use top-of-the-line equipment to keep your business clean and sanitized. Give us a call at 706-866-5646 to schedule your reoccurring cleaning TODAY!

We are the clean experts!

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – [SERVPRO of N. Whitfield & Catoosa Counties - 706-866-5646]

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fguidance-prevent-spread.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/guidance-business-response.html

Let us sanitize your entire building!

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Whether your school, church, 20-floor office or plant has had a terrible bout with the flu, excessive illness, bodily fluids, or category 3 water our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe business. Our first focus is always safety!

WE REMOVE bloodborne Pathogens

We remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Our trained Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

We also do Illegal Drug - "Meth" Labs Clean Up

Many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as "meth" are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. Our technicians follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

Deodorization

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of N. Whitfield & Catoosa Counties is trained to identify and eliminate offensive odors. These odors can come from a number of sources both inside and outside a structure.

SERVPRO teaches IICRC technical classes in the proper removal of odors. Masking and other shortcuts don't work when your odor problem is serious or persistent.

Need Sanitization & Deodorization? Call Today – (706) 866-5646

Meet our new business development rep!

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

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As our community grows SERVPRO of North Whitfield and Catoosa Counties grows as well. Recently we've hired Andrew "Drew" Shields to better serve the businesses in our community. Andrew and our staff are ready to respond immediately and work quickly to clean or restore your business. We understand that your property’s appearance is important and that every hour spent restoring is an hour of lost productivity. When you need a restoration or cleaning professional, SERVPRO of North Whitfield & Catoosa Counties has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

 We service:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Why should you trust us? We are a certified IICRC staff https://www.IICRC.org/ and we have the experience, expertise, and training to restore your home or business quickly and properly.

Give us a call today! 705-866-5646 We're open 24/7 365 days a year!

Does your business have an ERP?

1/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Does your business have an emergency plan?

Wouldn’t it have been a terrible holiday break if you got a call that your bathroom sick pipe had busted and there’s water actively flowing into your business? Would you have been able to tell them over the phone where the shut-off valve is? If the answer to that is no read further.

Three reasons an Emergency Readiness Program is an asset to your company!

  1. It speeds up the mitigation and recovery process
  2. It’s stores information needed in the event of an emergency
  3. Makes getting help quicker and easier

How to get one?

GIVE US A CALL! You can download the app but you will need an agent to get it filled out and active. So give us a call today for your FREE ERP!

Download the App today on your smartphone (SERVPRO.com/ready)

(706) 866-5646

Fire Prevention Tips for Your Business

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fires are destructive events that can leave business owners at a loss. However, there are steps you can take to help prevent a fire from occurring at your business. It all begins with emergency preparedness! Here are some tips to lowering the risk of fire at your business:

  • Create a fire escape plan and keep it accessible. Make sure your employees know the plan and try to have at least one fire drill per year for practice.
  • Install a working sprinkler system throughout the building.
  • Use only one extension cord per outlet and replace electrical wiring on a regular basis.
  • Give appliances an appropriate amount of space between them and the wall to avoid overheating.
  • Designate one individual to be your safety officer, who will be in charge of all your safety plans. This allows for organization to occur during an emergency.

Emergency preparedness is key to preventing fires and staying safe!

Protect Your Business From Flooding

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

As a business owner, dealing with a disaster at any time can be devastating for your company. Unfortunately, floods are one of the most common physical damage disasters that a business may face. Prepare your business to the best of your ability for a possible flood by taking the following steps:

  • Invest in flood insurance. Basic commercial property insurance does not always cover floods, so it is important to have flood insurance just in case, especially if your business resides in a highly flood susceptible area.
  • Have a continuity plan. Prepare for the worst possible situation, such as not being able access your facility for an extended period of time, and have a back up plan on how you can continue limited business. At the very least, be such to keep critical equipment, materials or other components well above the ground, and make sure you have a back-up of necessary items in a safe location.
  • Use flood barriers. If a flood is predicted to occur in your business’ area, prepare for the worst and use flood barriers around the premise.

Be Prepared

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

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When it comes to damage, disasters do not discriminate. Entire communities are affected. Disaster can strike at any moment, so it is important to be prepared for any type of disaster by joining your community in emergency readiness for disasters of any kind. Learn how to be prepared.

Create and practice your plan.

Communication is key in emergency preparedness. Develop an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan as well as a means of communicating with your family before, during and after an emergency. Additionally, organize an emergency supply kit and make sure your family is informed and practiced in your emergency plan. Be sure to sign up for alerts and warnings for your area, and download other necessary apps to stay informed, such as the FEMA app.

Learn life-saving skills.

At least one person in your household should be able to perform life-saving emergency tasks if necessary. A few of these skills include CPR, turning off natural gas, taking cover during a tornado and more. Knowing these life-saving skills could mean life or death in an emergency situation for you, your family or your neighbors.

LARGE LOSS SERVICES

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know

SERVPRO of North Whitfield & Catoosa Counties has the capabilities to provide water mitigation, mold restoration and fire restoration for your commercial building quickly and efficiently? Our SERVPRO franchise has approximately 20 employees that will mobilize quickly when you need our services.

Should your commercial building experience a large loss, we can quickly activate more SERVPRO trained teammates from other SERVPRO franchises to help us get your building back in order so that you don’t lose revenue. SERVPRO has mobilization teams that travel across the country as needed to support recovery after large storm or disaster events. These teams are familiar with handling the work that goes into a large loss project and are trained to work as efficiently as possible. In the 24 years our franchise has been in business we have brought the mobilization teams in to help a handful of times. Each time, we have had successful outcomes.

Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. Our crews are available 24/7, 365 days a year. SERVPRO of North Whitfield & Catoosa Counties is dedicated to providing detailed and consistent communication to make our customers aware of job status and progress toward completion.

Emergency Ready Profile

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

ERP!

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!

Damage Assessment Practices

1/25/2019 (Permalink)

Damage Assessment Practices

Flooding and water damage events in Fort O or Ringgold commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of North Whitfield & Catoosa Counties

SERVPRO of North Whitfield & Catoosa Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Have a question?

Call us today (706) 965-7378

Your Ringgold Commercial Warehouse Damage

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

Don't wait for disaster to put us on your to-do list! Call us today to find out about our free Emergency Ready Profile!

Flood in Your Business

Commercial water damage presents double trouble to you as an owner and employer. Not only do you need to recover your premises, equipment, and inventory from the effects of leaks or flooding, you also have employees and customers who rely on you to keep your business running even while restoration efforts are in process. SERVPRO works closely with our commercial clients to avoid closure or a shut down even after a significant water crisis to your warehouse or other storage facility affects your business. We highly encourage business owners to consult with us before any warehouse water disaster. By developing an Emergency READY Profile, you can pinpoint all critical information about your operation into a plan. Once finished with that plan, the information can be shared with, and will be easily accessible to our local water damage restoration experts.

Preventing commercial water damage in your workplace may not be possible. For instance, if heavy storms or flooding affect your warehouse, some damage might be unpreventable, but that is where SERVPRO will help! A systematic review of your preparedness can limit the effects of inevitable leaking, moving, or standing water to your bottom line. Take advantage of our training and expertise by scheduling a thorough assessment of your warehouse and other operations. There is no charge for our review of your facilities, and we will use the information gathered to ready our team should the worst happen. You can identify your business’s key personnel, so we know who to consult when a commercial water damage disaster strikes even if you are not always available. Details such as warehouse layout and the location of utilities, important documents, and priority areas within your building clarify and order the restoration and mitigation tasks needed to be completed, ensuring our team of water damage restoration technicians are “Ready for whatever happens.” Our staff will take photos and scope out the dimensions of your warehouse to assist with our post water damage work.

Locally Owned and Ready for Any Job!

Although best case scenario you will never have to use your Emergency READY Profile, preparedness is key to ensure efficiency when the unexpected happens. So give us a call today at (706) 965-7378! Don’t delay, let your local SERVPRO help you prepare today!

Don’t Lose Your Business By Not Being Prepared

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

An estimated 50% of businesses that close due to a disaster, such as fire and flood never reopen.

SERVPRO of North Whitfield and Catoosa Counties has worked with many businesses in the area to ensure they are prepared for any emergency.

Between 2004-2008 16,360 fires happened in retail stores and other mercantile properties such as grocery stores beauty and barbershops.

Those fires caused $648 million in property damage. Fire damage is worse after normal business hours. Fires that started between 9PM-5AM caused $75,000 dollars in damage. First that started between 5AM-9AM caused $24,000 dollars in fire damage.

More than 60% of U.S. small businesses do not have formal emergency response plans & do not back-up their data off site.

No Plan Means You're Less Likely to Recover

80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business. 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.

70% of small business that experience major data loss go out of business within a year.

43% of companies that experience catastrophic data loss never reopen.

51% of companies with data loss closed within 2 years.

80% of companies that do not recover from a disaster within 1 month are likely to go out of business. 75% of companies without a business contingency plan fail within 3 years of a disaster.

Tips For Creating a Successful Emergency Ready Plan
Let the professionals help you. Work with an emergency restoration company for assistance in creating your emergency ready profile.

  • Identify and label utility shut-off locations.
  • Identify local utility contact information.
  • Identify local emergency contact information such as fire, police, and hospital contacts.
  • Establish main internal contacts for purposes of employee safety and emergency work authorization.

The SERVPRO® Ready Plan is a tool for property managers and owners, both residential and commercial. It allows for the creation of an Emergency READY Profile. Please contact one our Business Development Representative to setup your free Emergency Ready Profile.

(706) 965-7378

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of North Whitfield and Catoosa Counties has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. SERVPRO will help make your disaster "Like it never even happened." Contact us for more information.

How We Treat Our Customers

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

We strive to be your best friend throughout this process!

The Golden Rule

At SERVPRO® of North Whitfield and Catoosa Counties we often talk about our Core Values. They include:

  • Always doing the right thing
  • Be Phenomenal
  • Focus on the Customer
  • Achieve success
  • Grow together
  • Follow the Golden Rule.

When we are doing work it is often in homes. We know that we must earn and work to keep trust with our customers, and that we must be good Samaritan’s every day and on every job. When a disaster occurs in your home or office, our experienced crews walk through the process with you. They assist in answering questions, bridging the gap between you and your insurance. We strive to ensure that all necessary parties have the information needed to complete the job faster and get you back to life before.

If your home or office should have a water damage...

Whether it is from a sprinkler break or a space heater overheating, know that you can trust the team with 50+ years of experience to help guide you through it.

We are ready 24/7, 365 to help you at (706) 965-7378!

Prepare Your Business

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Prepare your business for weather events!

-Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 

-Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 

-Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.

-Ask your SERVPRO Professional about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business. 

What is an Emergency Ready Profile?

It is a "snapshot" of each building owned/managed by a business, that provides critical information for emergency preparation. 

Emergency Ready Profile

6/5/2018 (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!

Large-Scale Flooding

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Our desiccant in action!

Desiccant!

We "Desi-CAN"...

This is a tool we use alongside dehumidifiers for larger buildings. Desiccants operate differently than standard low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers. Desiccants do not collect water through condensation. They vent moisture-laden air from inside the structure to outside the structure using a ventilation system. These are large units that sit outside the structure with venting tubes and air input tubes.

The tubes come from and go to the affected building. They create the greatest vapor pressure and are best used when trying to dry wood flooring, plaster, or concrete. They work on the principle of absorption rather then condensation.  In this process, water vapor is adsorbed by a silica gel. The silica gel is then activated by air movement. This energy causes the desiccant to push the water vapor; Releasing its moisture to the outside air.

Large Loss Services

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Parts of our team on a large job-site

Did you know

SERVPRO of North Whitfield and Catoosa Counties has the capabilities to provide water mitigation, mold restoration and fire restoration for your commercial building quickly and efficiently? Our SERVPRO franchise has approximately 20 employees that will mobilize quickly when you need our services.

Should your commercial building experience a large loss, we can quickly activate more SERVPRO trained teammates from other SERVPRO franchises to help us get your building back in order so that you don’t lose revenue. SERVPRO has mobilization teams that travel across the country as needed to support recovery after large storm or disaster events. These teams are familiar with handling the work that goes into a large loss project and are trained to work as efficiently as possible. In the 24 years our franchise has been in business we have brought the mobilization teams in to help a handful of times. Each time, we have had successful outcomes.

Timely mitigation is the key to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs. Our crews are available 24/7, 365 days a year. SERVPRO of North Whitfield and Catoosa Counties is dedicated to providing detailed and consistent communication to make our customers aware of job status and progress toward completion.