Recent General Posts

We Are Hiring Crew Chiefs!

4/5/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Northwest Charlotte is looking to hire experienced, dedicated and reliable team members for its production team. If you want to join a growing team of service professionals, then now is your chance! We offer benefits and competitive pay with bonuses. 


WHAT YOU WILL DO
We are looking for a Crew Chief to lead a team of mitigation specialists in the restoration/mitigation field. You will be expected to schedule, manage and produce mitigation work on a daily basis to accomplish daily and weekly production goals. You will also be responsible to work along side your team to teach, train coach and help meet all production goals.


REQUIREMENTS FOR SUCCESS
• High School diploma or equivalent
• WRT certified a must – ASD certified a bonus
• Minimum 2 years supervisory experience
• Positive attitude and willingness to accept responsibility, work hard, learn and grow in a team environment
• Safe driving practices, and able to drive multiple types of vehicles, and tow trailers
• Participate in a 24-hour, on-call rotation
• Must be able to work nights and weekends
• No felony convictions

Sp10068@SERVPROnwcharlotte.com 704-393-7890

Will You Be Ready When Disaster Strikes?

3/31/2016 (Permalink)

If a disaster strikes, will you be ready?

 It is important to prepare before a disaster occurs; one way to do that is by building a basic emergency kit.  The following items are recommended for your kit.

  1. Water, one gallon per person per day
  2. Food, non-perishable 3 day-supply
  3. Manual can opener
  4. Battery operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  5. Flashlight and extra batteries
  6. First aid kit
  7. Whistle to signal for help
  8. Clothing
  9. Dust masks or bandanas
  10. Plastic sheeting, garbage bags, and duct tape
  11. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary
  12. Local maps
  13. Hygiene items
  14. Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, and bank account information
  15. Cash
  16. Fire extinguisher

Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone.  Take action now to protect yourself and your property. 

It Doesn’t Cost a lot to be Prepared for Disasters

2/4/2016 (Permalink)

It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and manmade, can you afford not to be prepared? Preparedness doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.

Here are a few tips on how you can protect those that matter to you without spending a fortune.

• Make a Plan.

Work with you family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area.

Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency.

You can download Family Emergency Plan templates www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

• Update Contact Information.

Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace.

• Check Your Policy.
Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes – renters, too! When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.

• Make a Ready List.
You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample Ready Lists can be found at www.ready.gov/document/familysupply-list

Plan Your Purchases.
You can save money by thinking ahead. Don’t buy preparedness items just before a storm when they’re expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.

• Shop Sales.
Shop at sales and used goods stores. Buy preparedness items throughout the year, instead of all at once, and you won’t notice the cost as much.

• Make Sure it Keeps.
Store water in safe, containers. You don’t need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight

• Request a Gift.
We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from your friends and family. It just might save your life.

• Trade a Night Out.
Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80. Just one night staying in could fund your Ready kit.

*The best tip: start now. Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it, you will be Ready!

Visit Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management for information on emergency preparedness in the greater Charlotte area.

GOT WBE ?

6/25/2015 (Permalink)

General GOT WBE ? We are proud to announce that we are now WBE Certified. http://www.nwboc.org

WBE Certification stands for Woman Business Enterprise and denotes that a woman (or women) has majority ownership and control of a business entity. WBE Certification is not based on company size, number of employees, or profitability.
More information on the concept and history of WBE Certification

http://www.nwboc.org/

SPRING CLEANING TIPS

4/15/2015 (Permalink)

1. Make your doormats welcoming

2. Clean carpets and upholstery

3. Clean ceiling fixtures

4. Finish floors

5. Clean refrigerator condensors

6. Wipe down cabinets and baseboards & woodwork.

FAST FACT !

1/26/2015 (Permalink)

50% of all residential heating -related fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

by National Fire Prevention Association

HOLIDAY TIPS ...

12/1/2014 (Permalink)

General HOLIDAY TIPS ... SERVPRO is wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.

1. Buy Safe Toys - Age Appropriate

If you plan to buy toys for the kids in your life, choose age-appropriate toys and look for labels with safety advice. For young children, avoid toys with small parts, sharp edges, and electric toys that can heat up. Always purchase safety gear in addition to sports-related gifts or ride-on toys, such as bicycles or skateboards. Get additional toy safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (PDF).

2. Celebrate on a Budget

The holidays can be expensive, but you don't have to break the bank to celebrate. Take a few minutes to decide how much you can afford to spend on gifts, travel, parties, decorations, and other holiday expenses. Once you've created a spending plan, keep track of your purchases. 

Shopping online can help you stick to a budget as you'll avoid the temptation of store displays and may be able to use coupons and promotion codes. Before you buy, look for free shipping offers; check ordering deadlines to ensure that your gifts will arrive on time; and read the return policy.

3. Give the Gift of Service

Sometimes the greatest gift you can give to others is service. Studies show that reading to a child just three hours a week significantly improves his or her reading skills. If you help out at a local soup kitchen or food bank, you are directly providing meals to hungry individuals.

Find volunteer opportunities in your area, or create your own and recruit others.

4. Find Seasonal Employment

Even in a tough economy, businesses need extra help around the holidays. Seasonal employment can help supplement your income and potentially lead to a permanent position. If you need to update your resume, check out resume and interview tips to help you stand out in the job market. Get online tools and resources to help with your job search.

5. Get Through the Holiday Blues

The holidays aren't joyous for everyone. This time of year can bring stress and feelings of loneliness. Exercise, focusing on positive relationships, and doing things that you find rewarding can help with depression. Get tips on what to do if you feel depressed. Keep in mind that winter depression could be a sign of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which may be caused by the lack of sunlight. Treatment for SAD is much like other forms of depression, but also involves light therapy.       

6. Be Safe and Save Money with LED Lights

Electricity bills can grow during the holidays if you decorate with strings of lights. Consider switching to LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights to save energy and money. In addition to the energy and cost savings, LED lights are much cooler than incandescent bulbs, reducing the risk of fires.

Every holiday season, fires claim lives and cost millions in damage. To prevent holiday fires in your home, use nonflammable decorations; do not overload electrical sockets; regularly water Christmas trees; and avoid the use of lit candles. As you should do year-round, ensure that your smoke alarms are working.

7. Pay Attention to Food Portions and Exercise

The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends, but celebrations sometimes involve over-indulging in sweet treats and heavy foods. Even if you only gain one or two pounds during the holidays, these gains can add up over the years. The holidays are probably not the ideal time to try to lose weight, but you can take steps to maintain your weight.

Read 10 tips on how to enjoy your food, but eat less of it (PDF) and learn how to make exercise and physical activity a regular part of your day.

8. Pack for Hassle-Free Air Travel

 You can get through the airport security line faster by traveling with unwrapped gifts and following the "3-1-1 rule" when carrying on liquids. You may have favorite liquid food items (like cranberry sauce or special dips) that you want to share during the holidays, but it's best to put such items in your checked bag or ship them ahead of time. Get more helpful hints for holiday travelers.                 

9. Reduce Holiday Waste

The holiday season includes many opportunities to reduce waste, recycle, and reuse items. Did you know that about 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season? Consider buying rechargeable batteries (and a charger) for electronic gifts to help reduce the amount of harmful materials thrown away. After the holidays, look for ways to recycle your tree instead of sending it to a landfill. If you plan to send greeting cards, consider purchasing ones that are made of recycled paper or sending electronic greetings.

Get more ideas on how to reduce waste, save money, and help the environment.                  

10.  Keep Food Safe

 Holiday buffets are convenient ways to entertain a crowd, but leaving food out for long periods of time can invite bacteria that cause foodborne illness. To keep your holiday foods safe, cook them thoroughly; use shallow containers; never leave them sitting out for more than two hours; and keep them at the appropriate temperature. Get more food safety tips to help keep your guests healthy.

Information from USA.gov- Consumer Product Safety Commission-Corporation for National & Community Service-Career One Stop-National Institute of Mental Health-USDA-USFA-TSA

'TIS THE SEASON FOR SAFETY

12/1/2014 (Permalink)

General 'TIS THE SEASON FOR SAFETY SERVPRO wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.

Pretty lights and decorations add to the feel of the holiday season, but if they are not used properly your holidays can go from festive to frightening very quickly.  Please see below a few very simple safety tips, which can reduce your risk in your home or business this holiday season. 

  • Place Christmas trees, and other holiday decorations at least 3 feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents.
  • Purchase flame retardant metallic, or artificial trees.  If you purchase a real tree, make sure that it has fresh, green needles that are not easily broken.  Keep all live trees moist - check the water daily.
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree.
  • Always extinguish candles before going to bed or leaving the house -- designate a person to be in charge of checking and putting out all candles.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire - potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains ... away from your stovetop.
  • Smoke alarms save lives.  Replace batteries at least once a year.  Use the test button to check it each month. 

SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

7/24/2014 (Permalink)

General SUMMER SAFETY TIPS BE SAFE this summer ...

The summer season is a time to make memories and enjoy the great outdoors.  Below you will find tips, provided by the National Fire Protection Association.

  • When using a charcoal grill, only use starter fluids designed for grills; do not add fluid after coals have been lit.
  • When using a gas grill, ensure the hose connection is tight; check hoses for leaks.  Apply soapy water to the hoses to easily identify possible leaks.
  • When camping, always use a flame retardant tent and set up camp away from the campfire.  Use flashlights or battery- powered lanterns inside the tent, NOT liquid- filled heaters or lanterns.
  • Always build a campfire down wind from the tent area. Clear vegetation and dig a pit before building a fire.  Always extinguish the fire before going to sleep or leaving the campsite.  To extinguish a campfire, cove with dirt or pour water over the fire.
  • Store liquid fire starter (not gasoline) away from your tent and campfire and only use dry kindling to freshen a campfire.
  • SERVPRO wishes you a happy and safe summer.