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Jonathan Davenport Wins The Historic 100

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

Davenport Wins the $50,000 Davenport Poses for a Picture at Victory Lane.

Jonathan Davenport led from start-to-finish on Saturday night at West Virginia Motor Speedway before a packed hillside. The three-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion picked up his first series win of the year, collecting $50,000 at the Jan Dils Attorneys at Law Historic 100 Presented by Arizona Sport Shirts. 

Davenport went uncontested throughout the 50-lap main event to become the 11th different winner this year on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series tour. Starting alongside Davenport on the front row, Brandon Overton finished in second followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Gregg Satterlee, and Friday night’s winner Devin Moran. 

SERVPRO had a great time as we enjoyed an exciting race at very packed West Virginia Motor Speedway!

SERVPRO Handing out Pizza in the Pits

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Handing out Pizzas SERVPRO Handing out Pizzas in the Pits at West Virginia Motor Speedway.

On Saturday, June 3rd SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties went & picked up 40 hot pizzas and handed them out to all the crews & racers in the pits! We were able to provide them with a good lunch before the duked it out on the beautiful track located in Mineral Wells. 

The drivers and crews would go on to put on an incredible show. The entire hillside was packed with 1000's of people as they cheered on the Racers from the Lucas Oil Dirt Series at The Historic 100. 

Jonathan Davenport ended up taking home the $50,000 prize in an absolutely dominating performance. After coming in 2nd place the night before for the $15,000 prize, he was able to secure his $50,000 prize in a dominating fashion! 

Google Review From Karen in Parkersburg, WV

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Google Review From Karen Outstanding staff and professional Customer service. They did a great Job cleaning and sanitizing my house from a plumbing issue.

We Know that when you experience any damage to your home it is a very stressful time.

So we love to hear stories where we were able to help people during those times. And provide relief & strength during the very stressful time.

We value any and all feedback so that we can endeavor to become better servers to you.

"Outstanding staff and professional
Customer service. They did a great
Job cleaning and sanitizing my house from a plumbing issue. Answered my questions and helped
my husband and I have a sigh of relief ,that it was going to be okay.
Highly recommend this particular"

This is the type of feedback that we love to hear. We strive to always give people the best experience as they go through their difficult time. 

3 Tips on Avoiding Water Damage to Your Home

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Bursted pipe Pipe bursting from damage.

Here are three ways to avoid getting water damage in your home. 

Tip #1: Clean gutters and downspouts.

Clean your gutters at least twice a year to avoid blockage. Sometimes you may need to clean more frequently. 

Tip #2: Know Where Your Water Main is.

Plumbing experts say that the water main shutoff may be the most important plumbing feature in the entire house. So understanding where it is incase of emergency will help you in a situation where you need to shut it off.

Tip #3: Investigate & Fix leaks promptly.

If you see a leak, or evidence of a leak, do not wait to investigate it. Waiting could lead to much bigger problems down the road. You will want to make sure you fix it promptly.

Items That Need Thrown Away After Fire Damage

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

Items To Throw Away After a Fire

Recovering from a home fire is a long, frustrating process. When you face the destruction of the furnishings and cherished items of your West Virginia home, it can be hard to say goodbye to belongings that don't seem to have been affected. However, there are some items that need to be thrown away, even if they don't look like they've been damaged by fire or smoke.

1. Food

You’ll need to toss out anything that was laying on the counter. (Bread, cereal, etc)  Of course, you'll throw away anything in open containers and foods there were stored in cardboard or thin plastic bags. It may surprise you to learn, however, that even your canned foods should be tossed out. This is because the high heat of the fire will activate the growth of bacteria, even when food is sealed in glass jars and cans from the store.

The items in your fridge may be safe, even if the power has gone out, but remember that it's always safer to throw out questionable foods than to suffer through physical sickness. Anything that smells smoky or odd has visible soot, or doesn't feel cold should be tossed.

2. Medicine

The last thing you need after a fire is to be left without the medications that you need. But these items can be affected by fire damage. If there's charring, or signs of soot or warping go ahead and throw it out. It's better to contact your doctor for refills than to become sick or suffer any other side effects.

3. Cosmetics

Inspect your cosmetics that were near high heat for soot, dust, chemicals, and signs of damage. If anything is warped due to the exposure to heat, toss it. Stay on the safe side and simply get rid of all medicine and cosmetic items.

4. Clothes

Some of your clothes might be able to be cleaned and disinfected by a fire restoration company that has the proper tools and knowledge and experience. Anything that is burnt needs to be thrown away. Baby and children's clothing need some extra care and attention as you don’t want to risk your little one’s health.

Always use caution with the above items after a fire. It might be smart to just throw away food, medicine and cosmetics, and some clothes for the sake of your health. Always keep in mind that items exposed to high heat could affect your health if you keep them. If you’re questioning anything after fire damage, feel free to give us a call here at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties. We are always happy to help.

304-428-SERV

Open 24/7: Help when you need it

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties we know that accidents never happen at a time that’s convenient. Water damage always occurs when you least expect it. It’s usually at the worst times when you’re out of town or even in the middle of the night. We are open 24/7 to help. No matter what time it is, give us a call.

We understand that water damage in your home can be overwhelming, leaving you feeling stressed and even fearful. Having a water restoration expert walk you through the process, can lessen the anxiety of the water disaster. 

What to expect:

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties is always "Faster to Any Size Disaster" 

Give us a call today-We're always here to help.

304-428-7378 

Maintaining your Smoke Detectors

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke Detectors are incredible devices, and they are designed to help keep you and your family are safe. That being said, it is extremely important that your alarms are correctly installed and are tested on a regular basis. Making sure your alarms are installed correctly is vital. But even beyond installation, you will want to be sure that you are maintaining your alarms. Depending on the detectors that you choose, the maintenance can differ.

1. Nine-Volt Battery Powered Detectors

As an affordable smoke detector, nine-volt powered detectors require monthly inspections and tests, you should make sure that the alarm is clean and doesn’t have any debris on it, by pressing the test button, that will allow you to test the alarm. You should also replace the batteries annually to be sure the alarm is functioning correctly. It’s also recommended that every 10 years you replace the alarms.

2. Long-Life Alarms

These smoke detectors require a 10-year lithium battery. As these batteries should not need to be replaced, it is recommended that the entire unit be replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions. But, you should still test the alarm and make sure it is free of debris at least once a month.

3. Hardwired Fire Signals

Hardwired fire signals are wired directly into your home's electrical system, which adds a sense of security because the units communicate with each other, sounding alarms throughout the home. This type of alarm is replaced every 10 years and tested monthly. The battery backup should be also replaced every year.

A smoke detector can provide reassurance because it will alert you and therefore protect you and your home. However, depending on the type of alarm, each detector requires a certain amount of upkeep to maintain its intended performance.

3 Storm Damage Issues that Could Close your Business Indefinitely

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

When storms hit the Parkersburg, WV there can be major issues that can cause indefinite shut downs. 

Here are 3 major ways that the damage affected these businesses and this article will equip you with how to keep afloat.

Losing Your Data

Water and storm damage can wipe all your information clean. From electrical corrosion to all out computer failure those vital documents can be forever lost, closing down your business due to the unbearable costs.

    1. How to avoid this problem: Back it up! External hard-drives are extremely cheap these days. Set a weekly practice of backing up your computers and tablets. It’s frustrating, but think of it as very cheap insurance. Some companies like Apple even offer “Cloud” back ups which are automatically done on regular intervals.
    2. What if you didn’t do this? There are multiple methods of restoration that you can investigate. There are companies that help recover damaged hard-drives in computers and tablets. It’s very important that you do not turn on the device. This may create a shortage and burn the storage. This will make it impossible to recover.

Ruined Documentation:

If you keep paper documentation it is important that you do not move the paper once wet. This can rip the sheets apart or even further smudge or leak the ink.

    1. How to Avoid This Problem? Digitizing your paperwork is priority. Make it habitual and mandatory. Get one of your assistants or staff to do this daily, if not at least every 48 hours. This can be done easily by scanning to the computer.
    2. What if I didn’t do this? The best option is to use sublimation. To find out more on this click here.

Damaged Work Place.

This is the most obvious but there are a few very important things to take into account: the foundations (floors, walls doors etc) and furniture (chairs, tables etc).

    1. How to Avoid This Problem? If possible evaluate the drainage areas of the building and rooms. If your building has some ability to allow water to drain this will significantly minimize the magnitude of damage. Get insurance. This is a non-negotiable for businesses. Whatever you can afford, use it. You don’t need it until you need it. And when you do … you’re always glad you have it.
    2. What If I didn’t do this? Water and storm damage restoration is an expensive endeavor. There are many parts that go into it and a restoration bill can be anywhere between $10,000 to $50,000 or more. This is dependent on the size of the venue, damage and other factors. Please, get insurance. If it’s the one thing you do from all of this.

We hope that this has helped. West Virginia needs all local businesses to stay alive during this time and beyond.

From the team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties.

4 Water Issues that Cause Businesses in West Virginia to Lose A lot of Money and HOW TO AVOID them.

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

At a Glance:

  • What to do with Pipe cracks and loose fittings
  • Plumbing back up
  • Fire Safety Sprinkling System
  • Foundation Cracks

Some water restoration jobs caused by these four issues listed below can cost up to $100,000+ in extreme cases. But even with the small cases, they can still cost quite a lot and even cause a lot of closed business.

In this post you will see 4 of the leading causes we’ve seen create dramatic water damage to West Virginian Businesses, as well as a few tips that must be (seriously) considered in order to manage these dangers.

Danger 1: Pipes (cracks & loose fittings)

There are two points within this one that must be addressed. These issues happen over time and it is regularly over looked or even ignored by businesses.

Unfortunately the longer the problem is overlooked the bigger the damage potential grows. For example there may be multiple points that can burst at once, creating a wider diameter of damage to your office or building (making it even more costly to remedy).

Very cheap suggestion: Does your business have a routine, building-wide pipe check? If no, then arrange for that. Even doing this once per year will dramatically decrease the risk to your business and it is not going to blow the bank.

What would you rather do? Pay $1,000 a year for 10 years to check? Or $50,000-$100,000 in damages?

Danger 2: Plumbing Backup

This is the most common issue we are called in for. A backed up sink pipe is one thing, and a backed up toilet is uncomfortable for even the strongest of stomachs in your workplace.

Tips to avoid this issue: Stay away from anything that solidifies in pipes. Obvious things include plaster or grease, but lesser known items include cooking oils. Cooking oils build up over time and solidify in pipes. If possible allow oils to cool and then dispose in a trash disposal. Or if time is sensitive, run hot water simultaneously down the drain with the oils and continue for 30 seconds after.

Danger 3: Fire Safety Sprinkling System

One of the most expensive issues to go wild in your business. A faulty water system will damage everything in your business and cover the most ground possible.

A simple faulty trip of the fire safety may result in the entire system being initiated, possibly damaging all computers, desks, carpets and walls.

Damage from this example can be financially crippling to most businesses, from restoration of the foundations, to refitting the entire business and replacing all equipment. Not to mention any lost data to the business from computing damages.

Tips to avoid this issue: Have regular safety inspections for your fire safety systems. Do you do this now? How often do you do it? Suggestions range from every 3-6 months. The more frequent, the safer you will be.

Danger 4: Foundation Cracks

While yes, this is often a landlord responsibility to keep on top of, can you financially afford for water flooding? Time where your business is closed due to restoration and/or rebuilding? If no, make sure to follow these actions:

Tips for avoid this issue: Speak with your landlord and have an agreement (in writing) that they will conduct routine foundation checks (at least every 6 or 12 months) to check thoroughly for foundation weaknesses including cracks or holes. If they don’t want to do this, explain the expensive risk they are taking.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call our team on 304-428-7378 or email your questions to office@SERVPRO10649.com

We hope this has helped.

The Team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties

Great review from Tyler in Parkersburg, WV

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

It's understandable that when your home is hit with extensive damage it is an extremely stressful time.

From dealing with insurance companies, restoration companies and contractors. Not to mention the partner and kids and trying to find places to be comfortable. 

We value any and all feedback so that we can endeavor to become better servers to you. 

It is so amazing when we hear positive reviews have come in for us because it means that we know another family have been comfortable in their homes again. 

Kind Words from Tyler

In speaking about this, we'd like to share a great, honest piece of feedback from a customer we helped a few weeks ago, Tyler:

"Just wanted to thank SERVPRO again for your work, even though insurance held them up, they were very professional and had us ripped out and ready in just a couple days after receiving the go ahead... your workers are very kind, respectful, and take there job very professional. Thanks again for your help with our damaged home!"

We truly hope that disaster and stress doesn't come to your home. If it ever does, we are here to help.

The Team at SERVPRO of Wood, Ritchie & Pleasants Counties