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Go Green, While Saving Some Green!
When it comes to heating your home and making it comfortable, the costs can really add up. Here in Alabama, especially during the winter months, the weather is so finicky, because it can be cold one week and warm the next. This causes a spike in everyone’s utility bill, which is no fun at all. To try and save a few dollars, a good temperature to keep your thermostat set at is 68° when you are home. When it is night time, or when you are not going to be home for the majority of the day a good temperature would be between 65-66°. Energy costs and monthly utility bills are a big part of our daily lives, but if you make even the smallest of changes, you will be able to see a difference and save yourself some money. Go green, while saving some green! Win-win, right?
When our customers experience a water loss, one of the first things we have to do is set big, drying equipment in their homes. This equipment is great because it is able to dry out building materials and contents. The bad thing about having this equipment in a customers’ home is that it can really drive up their utility bill. If you happened to have water or fire damage, do not hesitate to give us a call.
Cold Weather Heroes
Freezing temperatures and a lot of snow pounded Minnesota and surrounding states. Residents up there were experiencing busted pipes and water loss. The SERVPROs in Minnesota were becoming overwhelmed with all of the damages and needed some extra help. So, our General Manager, Production Manager, and six other employees accepted the call and headed to Minnesota to assist the other SERVPROs. Being from Alabama, we know that our crew is having some time trying to get used to the brutal temperatures and several inches of snow, but they are adapting well and making the best of it. We are so thankful for our group of guys who are so willing to leave their families behind for weeks at a time to go help those in need. So far, our crew has been able to assist over 30 people in the last week. This is our first storm event of the year, and we are always willing to assist any other SERVPROs in need. We are Here to Help.
A Very, Merry SERVPRO Christmas
Our Ugliest Sweater Contest Winners
On December 14th, we had our 2nd Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party. We opened the party with some quick training presented by our Collections Representative, Rose. After training, our Construction Manager, Randy, sang a beautiful rendition of "Mary Did You Know?", and one of our owners, Angelia, talked about the birth of Jesus. After that, we played a game called "Pass the Gift". Lunch was provided by all of baking and cooking different sides and desserts. We also held a contest for the ugliest sweater. All in all, we had a great time together celebrating the true meaning of Christmas time. It is always so special for us to get together as a team and bond as one. We are looking forward to the rest of the Christmas season and the new year!
Christmas Parade Fun
Our group smiling through the rain with our beautiful car!
On Friday, November 30th, our Cullman location welcomed the month of December and the Christmas season with open arms at our Christmas in Cullman parade hosted by Cullman Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. We decorated our SERVPRO® car with pretty lights, a bow, and a wreath. The parade route was about a mile long and we were to able to spread holiday cheer as we handed out candy to the little kids as we walked and drove by. It was such a wonderful sight to see all the other floats and cars all decorated so beautifully. It poured rain the entire time, but we did not let that bring us down! Being in the parade definitely made it feel like Christmas time! After the parade ended, they lit up the giant Christmas tree in the downtown park and had a great concert put on by a local band. It was a great night all around.
The holiday season is officially here! It’s so exciting to start decorating and getting in the Christmas spirit! Some will use an artificial tree, instead of using a real tree, simply for the convenience and the allergens that come with real ones. Unfortunately, when an artificial tree has been stored in a garage, basement, or storage unit, it can house mold and dust. There are some simple steps to follow before putting up your tree, to avoid having issues.
- Remove the tree from the box and get the base secured. Spread all the branches out in order to attach the branches after you have cleaned them. If it is easier for you, put down a sheet to catch any debris that may fall as you’re cleaning.
- Test your vacuum on the tree. When you do this, use an upholstery brush attachment to test a small part at the base of the tree. The vacuum cleaner should be able to safely clean your tree without damaging it. If you do not have the attachment, you can use a hand held vacuum on a weaker suction.
- Start vacuuming. It is easiest if you work from top to bottom. Gently use your vacuum brush to suction dust off of the branches and the trunk of the tree. Make sure to avoid vacuuming the tree into the hose or pulling out greenery. Doing that, could result in damage to your vacuum.
- Prepare to wipe down the tree. Fill a bucket with mild dish soap and warm water, avoiding any harsh chemicals that could damage your tree. Make sure to unplug your tree if it has built in lights. Use a soft washcloth or dust rag to clean the tree, these cloths will be easier in the cleaning process and won’t get tangled up in the branches.
- Wipe the trunk and branches. Dip your rag into the soapy water and wring it out well. Use the rag to gently clean the tree, working top to bottom. Rinse the dust off of your rag frequently to prevent spreading dust to other parts of the tree. Change the water in your bucket as necessary. If you see suds are appearing on your tree, or that the branches are very wet, then you are not wringing out the rag enough. Allow the tree to dry completely before plugging the tree back in.
Now you are ready to decorate your tree!
Training & Thanksgiving
Some of our team conversing and eating
On November 16th, our entire team was able to get together for almost a whole day to have some more training. We learned about customer service from our owner, Angelia Hendon, and we also learned some basic Drying 101 with our other owner, Greg Hendon. It was so great for everyone to be in the same room to be able to grow as individuals, and as a team. It is very rare that we are all in the same room because of how busy we are! After we finished training, we all came together for a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Everyone pitched in and cooked sides, or baked desserts, for us to enjoy as a team. During our meal, we were asked to write down five things we were thankful for. There are so many things to be thankful for, that it is hard to choose just five!
Pictured are Jay Belcher, Sales & Marketing Representative, and Haley Nelson, Marketing Support Coordinator
On November 8th, we attended the Career Awareness Fair at Wallace State Community College that was hosted by our local chamber of commerce. We got to meet hundreds of local 8th graders from different schools in the area, and teach them all about SERVPRO. They all were very excited and interested in what we had to say. It was a lot of fun to see young children be interested and get to talk about what they want to do in the future with their career paths. We also go to bring in some of our equipment to show them how it works and why we use it. We had an air mover, ozone generator, and a rover. We even let some of the kids try out the Rover!
The Holidays Are Here
The holidays are fast approaching. This means a lot of delicious food is being cooked, and beautiful decorations are starting to be put up in homes and businesses. This also means there will be more house fires due to all of the cooking going on for family get togethers, and from the Christmas lights and candles being burned. It is important to make sure that you keep a close eye on all cooking and make sure to turn off Christmas lights. If your home or business experiences a fire, call a restoration company you can trust. Our highly trained technicians are experienced in responding quickly to damages and getting your house back to pre-fire condition. We will make sure your home or business will be running like normal and it will be “Like it never even happened.”
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Why Choose Us?
Our office is located at 1600 Military Street North Hamilton, AL
Here at SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette, we understand what you are going through. As an insurance agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claim costs down, while also providing the best service possible. Our professionals are uniquely qualified to help. Restoring property is SERVPRO of Russellville, Hamilton, and Fayette's top priority. You will appreciate the immediate response, and you will rest assure knowing that everything to prevent loss is being done. We know that restoring property is cheaper than replacing property- and that is drilled into our minds. We do an itemized loss inventory. This means you will get an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items. Our technicians go through rigorous IICRC training in Fire and Water Restoration Cleanup. We are here to help.
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