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Cold Weather Can Be A Silent Killer

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

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You can’t see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes. Often called the silent killer, carbon monoxide (or CO) is an invisible, odorless, colorless gas created when fuels like gasoline, wood, coal, natural gas, or propane burn incompletely. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every year more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning. It is estimated another 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized due to CO poisoning. Everyone, including pets and animals are at risk for CO poisoning. Some groups including pregnant women, infants, and people with chronic heart disease, anemia, or respiratory problems being more susceptible or at greater risk to the effects of carbon monoxide.

SYMPTOMS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING INCLUDE:

-Blurred Vision  

-Weakness

-Dull Headache 

-Loss of Consciousness

-Confusion

-Dizziness

-Nausea/Vomiting 

-Shortness of Breath

Carbon monoxide poisoning can result from faulty furnaces, heating appliances, portable generators, water heaters, clothes dryers, or idling vehicles left running in garages or enclosed area. Taking some basic precautionary steps can help reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Protect yourself by reviewing the following tips provided by the United States Fire Administration.

  • Make sure all fuel-burning equipment is vented to the outside to avoid CO poisoning. Keep the venting for exhaust clear and unblocked.
  • Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings to prevent exhaust fumes from entering the home.
  • Open the damper for proper ventilation before using a fireplace. Never use your oven or stovetop to heat your home.
  • If you need to warm a vehicle, remove it from the garage immediately after starting it. Never run a vehicle or other fueling engine or motor indoors, even if the garage doors are open.
  • Make sure vents for the dryer, furnace, stove, and fireplace are clear of snow and other debris. 
  • Make sure the exhaust of a running vehicle is not blocked with snow, ice, or other materials.
  • Only use barbecue grills outside, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Some grills can produce CO gas. Never use grills inside the home or the garage, even if the doors are open.
  • Have fuel-burning appliances, like oil and gas furnaces, gas or kerosene heaters, fireplaces, and wood stoves inspected by a trained professional every year.

Dangers of Extreme Cold

While your home may be damaged due to winter weather and extreme cold, your personal health maybe at risk. According to Ready.gov, winter storms create higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as heart attacks from overexertion. That is why it’s important to be aware of the effect extremely cold temperatures can have on you.

To avoid frostbite and hypothermia, stay indoors, if possible. If not, dress in layers to stay warm and keep dry!

Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms include white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, and numbness.

Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature caused by exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone’s body temperature is below 95°F, seek medical attention immediately. 

Make a Resolution to Plan Ahead!

With each new year, many people resolve to better themselves or some part of their life. This year, make a resolution to be READY. No one ever plans on a disaster or a water or fire damage to strike, but you can prepare for it. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) will help ensure your business is “Ready for whatever happens” in 2020.

In the event of an emergency, the ERP can help minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action in place for you facility. The ERP is a comprehensive document containing critical information about your business, including emergency contacts, shut-off valve locations, and priority areas. The ERP also establishes SERVPRO of Bartow County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider, giving you access to more than 50 years experience and a system of more than 1,700 franchises strong. The ERP is an no-cost assessment; all it requires is a little time, making it a great value that could save you time and money in the future. By downloading the free SERVPRO READY mobile app for apple or mobile app for andriod, this important information is stored electronically and can be accessed using your mobile device putting immediate help at your fingertips.

Preparation is key to making it through any size disaster. Whether it is a small water leak, a large fire, or an area flood, having a plan in place may help minimize the amount of time your business is effected and get you back in your building faster following a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes, resolve to be READY by contacting SERVPRO of Bartow County today to establish your Emergency READY Profile and be “Ready for whatever happens” in 2002.

Advantages of the SERVPRO ERP:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Bartow County as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Accessible electronically
  • Identifies the chain of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details, such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
  • A concise profile document containing only the most critical information needed about your business and building structure in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building quickly following a disaster.

SERVPRO’s network of more than 1,700 franchises is ready to help in the event a fire, water, or mold loss occurs. Call on a restoration system serving insurance companies and their insureds, as well as thousands of commercial property owners in North America. You can trust the SERVPRO brand!


When fire or water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That’s why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO of Bartow County is so important. Just visit www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com on your computer, mobile phone, or call (770)387-7455 to get the team that’s faster to any size disaster, 24/7 even during holidays. We’re a leader in giving control back to homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities after the ravaging effects of water or fire. So whether you’re responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000 square feet. Be ready for the worst with the very best: Your trusted, locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Bartow County!

Thanksgiving Feast Safety Tips From Your Friends at SERVPRO of Bartow County

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

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Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could quickly become hazardous in a blink of an eye. According to the The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking is the main cause of home fires and injuries, with the Thanksgiving holiday being the peak day for cooking-related fire emergencies. Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.

  • Never Leave cooking food unattended. Stay in the kitchen while frying, grilling, or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while kitchen equipment is in use. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep small children away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove and oven.
  • Keep anything flammable like pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels away from the stove, oven, or other appliances in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease build-up.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen year round. Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of fire extinguishers if you are unsure.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all kitchen appliances like stoves, ovens, and toasters are turned off.
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside of bedrooms. Use the test button to check it is working properly every month. Replace the batteries at least once a year.

5 Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

During the holiday season turkey frying is a family favorite, especially here in Cartersville (and surrounding North Georgia area). While frying turkeys can definitely produce some great tasting birds, it is important to remember some safety tips if you choose to use this cooking method. The following tips were provided by our friends over at The US Fire Administration.

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area or surface.
  • An over-filled cooking pot can cause cooking oil to spill or spatter when the turkey is placed in the pot.
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  • Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat cooking oil to the point of igniting a fire.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

SERVPRO of Bartow County wishes you a safe and happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.

Be Safe Preparing Your Holiday Feast in Acworth GA

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As the holiday season begins and you find yourself in the kitchen more often while hosting friends and family, fire precautions should be top of mind.

A property owner experiences a flood of emotions when a fire ravages their business or home. Fear, uncertainty, stress, and doubt about the future of the property and their livelihood can be overwhelming to the property owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.

After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let your local SERVPRO of Bartow County professionals help you restore it to its preloss condition. Combining rapid response, the utmost professionalism, and open communication throughout the entire job process, we strive to restore not only the home or business structure, but the customer’s peace of mind as well.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following eye-opening statistics on structure fires.

  • 482,030 structure fires were reported in the United States in 2018.
  • These fires caused $9.9 billion in property damages.
  • One structure fire was reported every 48 seconds.

If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes your business or home, give the experts at your locally owned SERVPRO of Bartow County a call. We will help make it  “Like it never even happened.”

Using a Portable Fire Extinguisher

A portable fire extinguisher can be a life and property saving tool when used correctly. In order to operate a fire extinguisher, the NFPA suggests remembering the word PASS

  • Pull the pin. Hold the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the fire extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with them before a fire breaks out. Encourage your family members and co-workers to do the same. Remember, extinguishers do have their limitations! It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your home or facility. Check out our previous blog “SERVPRO of Bartow County | Smoke and Soot Cleanup" to learn more about the different classes of fire extinguishers and type of fire each are designed to extinguish.

Available Administrative Assistant Position With SERVPRO of Bartow County

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

The Administrative Assistant is responsible for creating, submitting, and getting approval of mitigation estimates within the established parameters/ time frame following completion of mitigation services. This will be accomplished by utilizing job diaries, photographs, paperwork, and documents associated with the project.

The Administrative Assistant position is essential to maintaining the company’s good standing with insurance carriers, third-party administrators, property managers, homeowners and other clients. The role of the administrative assistant will support the field technicians in obtaining documentation and data as well as completing files for billing.

You can apply for this position by clicking on the following link to our Facebook Job Listings!

The Administrative Assistants role will only be suited for self-motivated, responsible, detailed-oriented, organized individuals.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Enter sketch, pictures and estimates into Xactimate.

Ensure timely completion of estimates within clients & company established parameters.
Submit estimates to Job File Coordinator for review, adjust accordingly based on feedback, and ensure timely submission of estimate is achieved.

Respond in a professional and timely manner to all job file audits and rejections


Train new Administrative Assistants as a part of their when necessary

Desired Requirements:
High school diploma or equivalent required.
Minimum 18 months in the administration, execution, and/or management of water mitigation projects.

Must be able to work with others in a fast-paced environment while providing excellent service to our clients with professionalism. 
Able to work over-time during Storms or catastrophic events, or on an as-needed basis to achieve company goals for estimate turn-around.

Benefits

Competitive hourly wage, PTO paid time off, IRA with company match, Health, vision and dental insurance

Drug free, Willing to take Background check, Must be able to work a Saturday once a month with the following Wednesday off. Hours are 8:30-5

Seven Emergency Preparedness Tips

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

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If a disaster strikes, will you be ready?

In recent years, many different types of disasters have affected the United States. Flooding, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires and blizzards are natural disasters that can threaten your home, business and community. SERVPRO of Bartow County wants you and your customers to be aware of the steps to take to help prepare for Mother Nature’s worst.

It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs. Consider the following steps to help you better prepare for an emergency:

  • Sign up for local alerts and warnings, download apps, and/or check access for wireless emergency alerts.
  • Develop and test emergency communication plans.
  • Assemble update emergency supplies.
  • Learn about local hazards and conduct a drill to practice emergency response actions.
  • Participate in a preparedness discussion, training, or class.
  • Collect and safeguard critical documents.
  • Plan with neighbors to help each other and share resources.

You can reach SERVPRO of Bartow County at (770) 387-7455

Do Air Purifiers Remove Mold?

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

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The short answer is yes, but to understand why and how air purifiers can be used to remove mold spores from the air, we need to take a closer look. In this article we will explore a few of the more commonly asked questions regarding air purifiers and mold removal. Hopefully it can help you to better understand how mold grows and how air purifiers can help prevent mold from spreading.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County for a mold removal estimate (770) 387-7455

How does mold grow?

Mold is one of the most commonly found lifeforms on the planet and it reproduces or grows via spores. Spores can be carried by air currents and spread to environments it finds suitable to take root and grow (typically a cool damp area with poor air movement and minimal sunlight). It can be transferred from surface to surface by direct contact as well. Mold can be a very difficult thing to contain under certain conditions, but not all mold is bad. Penicillin mold, is a naturally occurring mold that has been used to derive the antibiotic penicillin. For the purpose of this article we will be referring to types of household mold that occur after water damage or exposure to the outdoors.

How Do Air Purifiers Remove Mold?

Mold spores are typically between 1-30 microns in size, which means that by using specialized filters called HEPA filters, mold spores can be trapped and removed from the air. Filtering the air in a contained contaminated areas with a HEPA filter will help prevent mold from traveling to non-contaminated areas as well as, reduce the number of airborne spores in the contained area.The goal of any mold removal is to remove, contain, or incapsulate all of the mold spores.

How Do HEPA Air Purifiers Work? What Is A HEPA Filter?

Many air purifiers utilize HEPA filters to remove contaminates such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, tobacco smoke, mold spores and many other types of particulate matter. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air so a HEPA filter is a high-efficiency particulate air filter. The way air purifiers typically work is by forcing contaminated air through one or more HEPA filters. These HEPA filters are designed to trap airborne particles greater than 0.3 microns in size. This effectively “cleans” the air and prevents contaminates from spreading to other areas.

When Should You Call A Professional?

This is going to be based on your comfort level and aptitude for home repair. Keep in mind that for most people, our homes are our largest investment and often garner professional repairs. There are all sorts of online resources for mold removal. We would suggest looking to government agencies like FEMA or the EPA or reputable privately held companies like the IICRC.

Here are some reasons you should consider calling in the professionals:

  • The mold may already be spreading which creates a nightmare for the unexperienced to contain mold spores
  • Spores will most likely be embedded in furniture and other porous objects, requiring additional specialized cleaning treatment.
  • If your property has a history of leaks or condensation issues

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County for mold removal (770) 387-7455

Valentine's Date Night Package Contest

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

How many candy hearts can you count?

Are you one of our local insurance agent?

Do you work at one of our local insurance office?

Could you use a night out with your special someone?

Then all you have to do is answer one more question correctly...How many hearts are in the jar?

The rules are pretty simple...Like SERVPRO of Bartow County's Facebook page and comment on the linked contest post with how many candy hearts you think are in the jar. Who ever guess the number or comes the closest will win SERVPRO of Bartow County's Valentine's Date Night Package.

We will announce the winner via Facebook, February 13th. SERVPRO of Bartow County would like to wish everyone the best of luck and a Happy Valentines Day!

Dangers of Extreme Cold

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

While your home can get damaged due to winter weather and extreme cold, your personal health is also at risk.Fifty-three people died and three were injured due to extreme cold in 2015. It is important to be aware of the effect extremely cold temperatures can have on you. The two main conditions to be aware of are frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite is caused when your skin is exposed to extremely cold temperatures. Physical symptoms are white or grayish-yellow skin, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy numbness.

Hypothermia is when your body temperature falls to an abnormally low temperature, caused from long exposure to cold weather. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech, and drowsiness. If someone's body temperature is below 95°F, seek medical attention immediately.

To avoid these conditions, stay indoors if possible. If not, dress warm in layers and try to keep dry.

When fire or water damage puts the things that matter most on the line, you need the very best help on the line as well. That's why knowing the easiest ways to contact SERVPRO of Bartow County is so important. Just go to www.SERVPRObartowcounty.com on your mobile phone or call (770) 387-7455 to get the team that's faster to any size disaster. We're a leader in giving control back to homeowners, property managers, and even entire communities after the ravaging effects of water or fire. So weather you're responsible for 1,000 square feet or 100,000 - be ready for the worst with the very best: Your trusted, local SERVPRO Professionals.

National Influenza Vaccination Week is Comming!

11/28/2018 (Permalink)

If you haven't had a flu shot yet, you should probably consider it...

Why SERVPRO? Because we care!

Starting around 2005, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) established the National Influenza Vaccination week "to highlight the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond." In 2017, by the end of November only about 41% of the recommended US population has been vaccinated.

If you've already gotten the flu, you can still get vaccinated to protect you against other strands of the flu, according to the CDC. People with high risk of complications from the flu include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions, and people over the age of 65 should get vaccinated. Although anyone is at risk of getting the flu, for high-risk people, hospitalization or death is more likely than for others. 

According to the CDC. "flu vaccination can reduce flu illness, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu-related hospitalizations." 

Get a flu shot today to protect yourself and your loved ones!

How SERVPRO of Bartow County Cleans-up Mold In Your Cartersville Home

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bartow County can make it "Like it never even happened."

When there's a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. Fortunately, SERVPRO of Bartow County have training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solutions, the general mod remediation process stays the same. the following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

Call SERVPRO of Bartow County (770) 387-7455 your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional 

 The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of Bartow County call center. A representative will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

  • Inspection and Damage Assessment - your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using technology designed to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water can can be hidden from plain view.
  • Mold Containment - Various containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold and isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
  • Air Filtration - Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO technicians utilize powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials - The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. Anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatment will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary to re-mediate heavy mold growth.
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings - SERVPRO of Bartow County Franchise Professionals clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They are also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.
  • Restoration - Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, sub-floors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas of rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of Bartow County understand mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Bartow County is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Cartersville community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.