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We Are Looking For Our Next Hero!

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment.

Our Franchise is seeking someone who is comfortable working hard in challenging situations, enjoys meeting new people, has excellent communication skills, and is a serious multi-tasker. If you are self-motivated and have superb interpersonal skills, then you’ll thrive in this work environment. Are you highly dependable and super-excited about routinely exceeding expectations? Then you may be our perfect hero! 

As a valued SERVPRO® Franchise employee, you will receive a competitive pay rate, with opportunity to learn and grow. 

Position Requirements 

  • Effective oral communication
  • Basic math skills
  • Experience in cleaning/restoration preferred
  • High school diploma/GED
  • IICRC certifications preferred
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 50 pounds regularly, occasionally up to 100 pounds with assistance
  • Ability to climb ladders, work at ceiling heights, work in tight spaces (e.g., crawls spaces, attics)
  • Ability to sit/stand/walk for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to repetitively push/pull/lift/carry objects
  • Ability to work with/around cleaning products/chemicals
  • Ability to travel locally and out of state when necessary
  • Ability to successfully complete a background check subject to applicable law 

Pay Rate: negotiable based on experience, with possibility of overtime pay and increases based on merit. 

Please visit our website, if you think you are our next hero and want more information

Required license or certification: Drivers License

Surviving the Storm

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions before weather hits.

Summer weather can bring summer storms that can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not properly prepared. Whether it is heavy rain or damaging winds it can cause serious property damage. While you can't control the weather, you can take steps to be prepared, and help take the sting out of weather.

To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions before weather hits.

  • Check your property for downed tree limbs and other problems that could cause serious injuries.
  • Roofs, water pipes and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Gutter downspouts should be directed away from your home to try and keep water out of the basement. Clear gutters of debris that may have gathered. Leaves and other obstructions can lead to a damming effect, causing roof damage and interior water problems.
  • Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard
  • Inspect all hand rails, 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.
  • Stay safe if you get caught in the storm, make sure you are safe. If needed, pull over and ride out the storm.
  • Keep SERVPRO of The Andover's phone number handy just in case the outside damage comes in.

When storm damage affects your home, call SERVPRO of The Andovers right away at 978-475-1199.

Flooding In Your Town

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Having a plan for your home or business is critical for any severe weather event.

FLOODING CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. It happens fast and can happen anywhere. Having a plan for your home or business is critical for any severe weather event. Keep reading to learn more about protecting yourself, your business, and your property.

Businesses

The right insurance: Most policies exclude flood damage. If you aren’t sure what your policy covers, speak to your agent and clarify what is and is not covered. Consider supplemental flood insurance to protect you and your business.

Documents and critical information: All critical business documents should be backed up and kept in other secured locations. Flood waters can wipe out computers causing data and documents to be lost forever.   

Restoration Company: After a catastrophic event, in order to minimize damage the recovery process should begin as soon as possible. Contaminated waters can grow bacteria and mold not to mention the damage the water can do to a building’s structure. Establishing a partnership with your local SERVPRO® and having an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) completed on your business can help minimize interruption.

When disaster strikes beyond fire, water, and mold...who do you call?

4/19/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard, crime scene cleanup, and vandalism services.

Were you aware that these are services you may never think of SERVPRO can handle for your home, business, or property. Equipped with the knowledge, experience, and training, SERVPRO® of The Andovers will start helping the moment you call our office.

Recognized as a leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of  insurance companies, SERVPRO® of The Andovers also offers fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO® of The Andovers is trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, we help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

Our office is able to help with the following disasters:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Contact SERVPRO® of The Andovers at 978-475-1199 opt. 9 today for 24-hour emergency service. No matter how big or small, your SERVPRO® Professionals will be ready to help make your property damage “Like it never even happened.”

When You See Mold

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

This Andover home discovered extensive mold growth in their home, thanks to a broken pipe that went undetected. 

SERVPRO of The Andovers worked around the clock to remediate the problem, so that business could be restored as quickly and seamlessly as possible. We know that commercial mold infestations can cost a business thousands of dollars in productivity; it is always our goal to get you back up and running right away. 

If You See Visible Mold 

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, call us at 978-475-1199 and we will go through our standard mold remediation process: 

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of The Andovers for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of The Andovers specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 978-475-1199

Sweet Spring

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

While there is no guarantee that your home will be 100% safe from the melting snow, you can take preventative measures to help lessen the stress.

After a long winter, spring can be such a welcomed sight for sore eyes. Luckily in New England we didn’t have as stormy a winter as years past. Spring however is not always all rainbows and butterflies. Rising temperatures and a frozen ground can leave melting snow and water with no place to go… or maybe it relocates into your home.

Here are 3 tips to help prevent the melting snow from entering your home.

  1. Move snow away from your house. This may seem like a lot of work, but as the snow melts near your foundation, the only place it might have to go, is into your home.
  2. Check your gutters and downspouts. If you happened to forgo cleaning the leaves from your gutters this past fall, you might want to take a look on a nice spring day. Leaves and branches can keep water trapped in your gutters leaving melting snow nowhere to go other than into your attic, walls, or foundation.
  3. Check your foundation. Speaking of foundation… look around and mend small cracks to help prevent the water from penetrating into your home and possibly causing a much bigger issue. If you do happen to find larger cracks that you are unable to repair, you may want to consider reaching out to a professional.

While there is no guarantee that your home will be 100% safe from the melting snow, you can take preventative measures to help lessen the stress.

Keep Your Home Safe from the Fireplace

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

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While the cold weather is still here, many use their fireplaces to take out the chill. It is very important to follow fireplace safety, and these 8 tips will help guide you.

  1. Have your fireplace cleaned and inspected by a professional. There could be soot build up, cracks, or loose bricks.
  2. Check your fire and carbon monoxide detectors to help avoid fire and smoke damage. It is a good practice to replace the batteries every spring and fall when we change the clocks.
  3. Ensure your chimney is capped. This keeps rain, birds, squirrels and debris from entering.
  4. Use kindling to start the fire instead of flammable liquids. Also be sure to burn well-seasoned wood.
  5. Don’t overload your fireplace. A fire that is too hot can crack your chimney, and could get out of control very quickly.
  6. Use a spark guard to keep any ambers from shooting out damaging your floor and possibly igniting a fire.
  7. Have a metal container nearby to remove and store hot ash. These ambers can stay hot for a while so be sure to keep it a safe distance outside away from your home.
  8. Even if you had your chimney inspected, look for signs of creosote and soot buildup. Creosote is a dark substance that can build up if wood isn’t burning completely.

No need to get the chills this winter! By following these simple tips, you can help keep your family safe until warmer temperatures return.

In need of a cleaning from the soot or have a fire? Call SERVPRO of The Andovers to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Returning to "Before the Fire"

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

No matter where the fire starts, if your home is nearby, it can be affected by the soot or smoke.

A fire can occur anywhere, at any time-in fact, in 2014, wildfire occurrences alone were  recorded in all 50 states. What is a wildfire? It is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. A wildfire can destroy homes, businesses, agriculture, and damage natural resources while threatening the safety of the public and the firefighters who protect our forests and communities.  Wildfires can occur at any time throughout the year, but the potential is always higher during periods with little or no rainfall, which make brush, grass, and trees dry and burn more easily. They also can be started off a smaller fire in a home or out in the open. High winds can also contribute to spreading the fire.

If you live or work in an area that has the potential to be affected by fire, consider the following safety tips to help prevent it from spreading:

Wildfire Safety Tips

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. Remove dead  vegetation from under your deck and within 10  feet  of the  house.  This  prevents  embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to  prevent debris from accumulating.
  • Ensure flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks, dry vegetation) are more than 30 feet from your home or business's foundation and outbuildings.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. If you have trees on your property, prune so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.

SERVPRO® of The Andovers is here to return your home to preloss condition. When in doubt, call us at 978-475-1199

When Water Becomes Mold

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.

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, your SERVPRO® of The Andovers has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

Call 978-475-1199 for help with your mold remediation needs.

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call SERVPRO of The Andovers. 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 and 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.

Next Steps for Mold Remediation

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new colonies from forming.

The next steps for the Mold Remediation Process provided by your SERVPRO of The Andovers franchise:

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. With this in mind, it is also difficult to price over the phone, as all homes are different. Antifungal and antimicrobial treatments 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 remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings SERVPRO® 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, subfloors, 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 or rooms in a home or business.

SERVPRO of The Andovers understands mold and  mold growth and  have the  training  and  equipment to  remediate mold in your home or business.