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National Preparedness Month

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month Are you ready??

National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency

Local SERVPRO disaster restoration specialist highlights no-cost tools to help property owners prepare and maintain a comprehensive emergency readiness plan

Lowell, MA - No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or manmade disasters can strike at any time and are largely unpredictable. SERVPRO of Lowell reminds Lowell-area home and business owners that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disaster’s impact on your loved ones and your property. Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month – a time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes.

“In the same way that people make ‘resolutions’ at the New Year, National Preparedness Month is a great time to resolve to create a plan, or review your existing plan, each and every year,” said Vincent Grande of SERVPRO® of Lowell. “Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This month’s focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly.”

Creating an emergency plan is straightforward, according to Grande. No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work – wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or manmade disasters – tools are available from FEMA (https://www.ready.gov) with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp.

Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Lowell as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.

“The key to getting your life or business back on track is timely response after a disaster strikes. That’s why it’s important to take the time to record and store your information electronically, and then commit to a time – like National Preparedness Month – to review and update your records at least once each year,” said Grande. “Remember, filing cabinets and their contents may be inaccessible or even destroyed in an emergency situation, so don’t depend on them to keep track of critical insurance, property, or contact information in the event of a disaster. Store your data electronically. If disaster strikes, you’ll have the information you need literally at your fingertips.”

SERVPRO of Lowell specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Lowell, please contact Vincent Grande at (978)454-7577 or sp9902@SERVPROoflowell.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

National Preparedness Month

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month Are you ready??

National Preparedness Month Offers Home and Business Owners an Opportunity to Resolve to be Ready for an Emergency

Local SERVPRO disaster restoration specialist highlights no-cost tools to help property owners prepare and maintain a comprehensive emergency readiness plan

Lowell, MA - No matter where you live or work, emergencies caused by weather, fire, wind, water, and other natural or manmade disasters can strike at any time and are largely unpredictable. SERVPRO of Lowell reminds Lowell-area home and business owners that preparing in advance is the best thing you can do to help minimize a disaster’s impact on your loved ones and your property. Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) designates September as National Preparedness Month – a time to create, or update, your plan for when disaster strikes.

“In the same way that people make ‘resolutions’ at the New Year, National Preparedness Month is a great time to resolve to create a plan, or review your existing plan, each and every year,” said Vincent Grande of SERVPRO® of Lowell. “Everyone needs a comprehensive emergency plan. Business owners also need to plan for business interruption and continuation. But equally importantly, families and businesses alike need immediate access to data like emergency and insurance contacts, shut-off valves, electrical panel locations, and the line of command to authorize work so emergency responders can react quickly and appropriately during the emergency. This month’s focus on preparedness is a great incentive for both families and businesses to put a plan in place and review it regularly.”

Creating an emergency plan is straightforward, according to Grande. No matter what type of threats exist where you live or work – wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural or manmade disasters – tools are available from FEMA (https://www.ready.gov) with guidelines for preparing emergency food, water, and medical supplies; planning for special needs; and creating communication and evacuation plans. These tools and others, like the SERVPRO READY app, also help you store essential contact and property information electronically where it can be accessed with a mobile device in seconds if disaster strikes. Both home and business owners can download the free app at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp.

Local business owners can take an additional preparedness step by designating SERVPRO of Lowell as their disaster mitigation and restoration provider. SERVPRO professionals will conduct a no-cost assessment of the facility and assist the owner in completing a comprehensive Emergency READY Profile® (ERP) to be stored in the READY app.

“The key to getting your life or business back on track is timely response after a disaster strikes. That’s why it’s important to take the time to record and store your information electronically, and then commit to a time – like National Preparedness Month – to review and update your records at least once each year,” said Grande. “Remember, filing cabinets and their contents may be inaccessible or even destroyed in an emergency situation, so don’t depend on them to keep track of critical insurance, property, or contact information in the event of a disaster. Store your data electronically. If disaster strikes, you’ll have the information you need literally at your fingertips.”

SERVPRO of Lowell specializes in disaster restoration, cleanup, and repair services, helping to remediate damage, making it “Like it never even happened,” for both commercial and residential customers. For more information on SERVPRO of Lowell, please contact Vincent Grande at (978)454-7577 or sp9902@SERVPROoflowell.com. For more information on SERVPRO® and the SERVPRO Emergency READY Program, please visit www.ready.SERVPRO.com.

About SERVPRO®

Founded in 1967, the SERVPRO Franchise System is a leader and provider of fire and water cleanup and restoration services and mold mitigation and remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 1,700 individually owned and operated Franchises responds to property damage emergencies ranging from small individual disasters to multi-million dollar large-loss events. Providing coverage in the United States and Canada, the SERVPRO System has established relationships with major insurance companies and commercial clients, as well as individual homeowners.

Do you know how to handle asbestos during your cleanup? SERVPRO of Lowell does!

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

We encounter many a homeowner trying to dry up their basements after a water event. Usually, the water emergency that a homeowner clean up themselves

We encounter many a homeowner trying to dry up their basements after a water event.  Usually, the water emergency that a homeowner clean up themselves turns into a mold call when it is discovered a few weeks to months later.  When materials become wet, we adhere to IIRC standards of drying, and the MA DEP protocol for asbestos!

https://www.mass.gov/guides/massdep-asbestos-construction-demolition-notifications#asbestos-health

The link for the entire article is above for your reference!

Asbestos is a naturally occurring, mostly fibrous mineral that has been used in a variety of building products and industrial settings over the years because of its resistance to heat, fire, and many caustic chemicals.

The physical properties that give asbestos its resistance to heat and decay are also linked with a number of adverse human health effects. Asbestos tends to break apart into a dust of microscopic fibers that remain suspended in the air for a long time. When inhaled, these fibers can cause:

  • Asbestosis, a chronic lung condition that makes breathing progressively more difficult.
  • Cancer, most frequently of the lungs.
  • Mesothelioma, an incurable cancer of the chest and abdominal membranes.

Symptoms can take up to 40 years to develop, all can lead to death, and each exposure increases your risk.

Although seldom used in construction since the late 1980s, building materials that contain asbestos are still legal to sell. They can be found in structures of all ages in various forms: decorative plasters, fireproofing, resilient flooring, heating system insulation, wallboard joint compound systems, mastics, roofing, exterior siding, and more.

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/08/tx/asbguid.pdf

Lowell Residents: Technology,Technology Technology!

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lowell uses Technology to better serve you during all of your water, fire, storm and mold emergencies! 

Even small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor  air quality  issues  over time.

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO® of Lowell www.SERVPROlowell.com has the equipment, training and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO® of Lowell will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by your local SERVPRO® of Lowell Professionals.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and Moisture Meters (pictured) are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing your SERVPRO® ofLowell Franchise Professionals to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Lowell can calculate and create an environment most conclusive to drying.
  • When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

What is the bottom line? SERVPRO® of Lowell (978-454-7577) has the training and equipment to help make it "Like it never even happened."

1-978-454-7577

Lowell Community: Let Us Help You!

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lowell uses Technology to better serve you!

We see a lot people try to get rid of a sizable water damage themselves to try and save money. But in the end, it may cost you more trying to do it by yourself. 

Let's take a look at what you will need to do to handle a water cleanup yourself.

    • You have to remove all the excess water. You might be able to handle this one if you or a neighbor has a wet vac or a submersive pump. SERVPRO  of Lowell has professional  extraction equipment.
    • So that pump got you out of the jam, make sure it got ALL the water cleaned up. So that means getting out your infrared camera to help to see what is intrusive. Oh you don't have one laying around? SERVPRO of Lowell can help.
    • Now you have to dry the area that had all that water. SERVPRO of Lowell has dehumidifiers, do you?
    • Ok you got it bone dry (took a bit but you got it) but now mold is probably going to give you some problems as secondary damage.  SERVPRO of Lowell can sanitize when cleaned up - it will be a more comforting feeling knowing this was done. 

We really can help you out, please call SERVPRO of Lowell www.SERVPROlowell.com from the start to come handle your water damages 1-978-454-7577.

Do you know how to handle asbestos during your cleanup? SERVPRO of Lowee does!

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

State of MA Dept. of Environmental Protection Asbestos Information

We encounter many a homeowner trying to dry up their basements after a water event.  Usually, the water emergency that a homeowner clean up themselves turns into a mold call when it is discovered a few weeks to months later.  When materials become wet, we adhere to IIRC standards of drying, and the MA DEP protocol for asbestos!

https://www.mass.gov/guides/massdep-asbestos-construction-demolition-notifications#asbestos-health

The link for the entire article is above for your reference!

Asbestos is a naturally occurring, mostly fibrous mineral that has been used in a variety of building products and industrial settings over the years because of its resistance to heat, fire, and many caustic chemicals.

The physical properties that give asbestos its resistance to heat and decay are also linked with a number of adverse human health effects. Asbestos tends to break apart into a dust of microscopic fibers that remain suspended in the air for a long time. When inhaled, these fibers can cause:

  • Asbestosis, a chronic lung condition that makes breathing progressively more difficult.
  • Cancer, most frequently of the lungs.
  • Mesothelioma, an incurable cancer of the chest and abdominal membranes.

Symptoms can take up to 40 years to develop, all can lead to death, and each exposure increases your risk.

Although seldom used in construction since the late 1980s, building materials that contain asbestos are still legal to sell. They can be found in structures of all ages in various forms: decorative plasters, fireproofing, resilient flooring, heating system insulation, wallboard joint compound systems, mastics, roofing, exterior siding, and more.

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/08/tx/asbguid.pdf

SERVPRO of Lowell is currently hiring Full & Part time Sales/Marketing Representatives

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Looking to be part of the bigger picture; Join SERVPRO of Lowell Today!

Summary:

Promote and sell franchise services in assigned territory, which results in meeting or exceeding assigned sales goals. Grow and develop commercial customer base by utilizing a systematic business development process to identify new commercial prospects and cultivate relationships using marketing materials like SERVPRO® Key Differentiators, Emergency Ready Plan, National sponsorships, and others to market and sell SERVPRO® Services. Attend, coordinate, and promote marketing, networking, and continuing education events. Monitor loss activity and priority responding to generate work from these opportunities. Monitor and follow up on all assigned jobs, ensuring customer needs are met and all applicable Centers of Influence (COIs) are identified and captured for future reference.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Commercial Contacts Development
  2. Regular business networking and business interactions
  3. One to one engagement
  4. Relevant new feed/content-driven touch base
  1. Commercial Facilities Target Development
  2. Development of Emergency Ready Plan
  3. Networking and business setting interactions
  4. Engagement one-to-one
  5. Relevant new feed/content-driven touch base
  1. Commercial Events and Promotions
  2. COI/Association involvement
  3. COI/Association attendance
  4. Commercial continuing education
  1. Priority Responding
  2. First Response monitoring
  3. Reconnaissance and lead qualification
  4. Maintain brag book and Franchise references
  5. A minimum two years of progressively responsible business-to-business sales experience
  6. Experience with sales and marketing within the commercial sector
  7. Superb sales, customer service, administrative, and verbal and written communication skills
  8. Strong business and financial background and process- and results-driven attitude

Formal Education/Training:

Previous Sales experience required but will train the right candidate

Physical and Work Environment Requirements:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role requires the ability to lift 25lbs, bend, stand, walk, and sit for extended periods of time.

This job is 90% OUTSIDE sales job with our territory (Lowell, MA).

Normal Working Hours, Additional Working Hours, and Travel Requirements:

We have several positions available full-time & part-time:

These positions offer varying hours between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday?Friday. These positions may require longer hours and after hours for special events. Occasional weekend events required.

Compensation: We offer a competitive salary, company matched retirement plan, vacation, personal time off and employee funded health insurance

Interested candidates please email your resume to jpbrown66@gmail.com