The new year is here! 2020 is off to a good start and the first week has come to a close. This is the year of growth in all areas of life from professional growth, to spiritual growth and even physical growth. Set daily, weekly and monthly goals for each category and section of your life to make sure that you're making progress towards where you want to be this year. Goals are important in succeeding in life because it helps you visualize what you want to do as well as stay up to date on what you've done and what you still need to accomplish.
Above all, never lose confidence in yourself and what you can accomplish by trying. They say life is like watching a television, if you don't like the channel, all you have to do is get up and change it yourself.
New Years Resolutions
As this year comes to an abrupt end and the new year quickly approaches, several things come in perspective. The first being that you managed to survive the year in its entirety and the second being the things that you want to change or make happen in the upcoming year. Modern day people call these things, New Years resolutions. Sometimes these changes we want to make are hard but they can impact our life greatly and really put us in places to succeed: economically, physically, emotionally, or any combination of the three.
That's why as the this year comes to a close and 2020 is set to begin, I plan to not only make changes to my life to better myself but also to better my career as a marketing representative. I am going to continue to make SERVPRO a household name around my area and continue to improve how I help the customers, my SERVPRO franchise and most importantly myself.
Each new year is about growth and moving passed where you were previously. Stand firm by your resolutions and work hard to achieve them because you never know the amount of good it can bring to your life and the people around you.
This is a SERVPRO truck on site at a family's house.
The average human will meet an upwards of 10,000 people in their lifetime. That is a lot of names and faces and birthdays to remember. However on average, people only actually socializes with their inner most circle, and the average amount of people in someone's inner most circle is way less than 10,000. Try four people. This stat alone is mind blowing and really throws things into perspective. People come and go in life all the time, in and out of contact.
This brings me to my point. Your family and family in general are the most important things we have on this Earth. It is incredibly valuable because they rarely ever leave your life and love and cherish you not matter the circumstance. Family is that blood bond that is usually stronger than diamond.
Here at SERVPRO of Fayette we are heavily family oriented and our goal is to make you feel apart of that when ever you're in your time of need.
Puff Backs, Soot and Air Ducts
These are the remnants of a stove fire. Above you can see the soot on the wall and vent above the stove top.
Most times fires and fire damage dangers extend passed just the actual flame. The flames may destroy most everything in its path, what is left behind and the effects it can cause are equally destructive. It leaves behind a black, chalk-dust like material called soot. Soot can vary in toxicity, color and smell based on what was burned. It can pollute your body if ingested and caused serious lung damaged along with a host of other even worse injury and diseases. This soot left behind by a fire can get onto and stain almost everything in your house or company depending on where the fire is and how well it was contained, even though the smoke and soot is almost impossible to contain due to its state of matter. This means that the smoke can rise and contaminate your air ducts polluting the air the circulates through your home. This can also happen with a furnace in the home when it misfires triggering a puff back. Both of these events contaminates the air and could be potentially fatal to living beings if they're exposed to it for a long time.
Luckily, SERVPRO of Fayette is very well versed when it comes to structure fires and the mediation of all that comes with it. With our extensive duct cleaning, in cases of puff backs and soot infiltrating the duct system, we make sure your air quality is the at its best. We also clean and restore anything that can be recovered from the fire back to its preexisting condition and sometimes better.
Water Damage Urgency
The stairs in this picture had to be stripped in order to be properly dried and cleaned to prevent mold growth.
Water is a really tricking thing to clean up sometimes. Due to its state of matter, being a liquid, it can literally get into every nook and cranny of any area and cause severe damage if it is not mediated quickly.
Since it can go basically anywhere its really hard to get it out from underneath carpets and from inside of the walls, however these are spots that must be remedied because water left in a dark, confined space is bound to create mold and mold tends to spread rapidly within 24 to 48 afters after its initial growth.
Once the mold grows and spreads, your water problem turns into a mold problem and tend to be more troublesome and costly. Not to mention that some mold is highly toxic and potentially fatal to humans.
At SERVPRO, we take action quickly to prevent mold growth by taking the measures necessary to dry and mediated all the water in your household, no matter where it may be. We make it "Like it never even happened."
The Importance of Business Cards
This is SERVPRO of Fayette's marketing representative's business card.
Humans are always traveling or going places on a day to day basis all the time. Airports are some of the busiest places in the world. Imagine how many different people you see on a daily basis or how many food places that you go to every day. Its said that on average, we'll see 3 million faces in our lifetime. That's a lot of people with a lot of different backgrounds and experiences that could add to your network by giving out a simple business card. Anyone is a potential customer or even knows a potential customer.
Also carrying multiple business cards on you is crucial because you never know when someone could come out of no where seeking out your services or you could be on a lunch break somewhere and over hear someone needing the services you provide.
Leaving your cards in businesses that you visit sometimes could also lead to productivity by gaining exposure from fellow customers that go into that establishment as well. It also familiarizes your business and services with the companies that you leave your card with. Having business cards is one of the ultimate forms of exposure and is a great way to build your network and gain business.
How to get a Company to Remember You
I find it rather important that people remember who I am and what my mission is whenever I meet someone. As a marketing representative for SERVPRO this couldn't be more true for me as I am the first line of advertisement as well as the closer. Its my job to go around and make sure people know that SERVPRO is everything that we say we are and that we got their back in case of emergencies. For this I believe it is most important that I be memorable and I have some tips on how to leave your mark on people and be impossible to forget.
A good tip to be memorable, and a pretty important one at that, is to introduce yourself to others. No matter where you are act like you’re the host and be the first to say hello. Another tip is to be enthusiastic about things and life to others. People will gravitate to those upbeat, positive and cheerful people. Also if you can break the ice with some humor, you're six times more likely to be remembered. There are tons of other tips on how to be memorable, I just thought that these three were some of the most important tips.
This is a containment unit that was set up in the basement of a house where we were doing a fire job.
SERVPRO is always dedicated to making sure the problem in your home doesn't worsen. We take the necessary precautions to avoid collateral damage, saving you money in the long run.
In certain jobs such as a water, mold or fire, the crew sets up containment units made out of big sheets of plastic and tape to ensure that the problem doesn't spread to other areas of the building and get worse. This also protects your assets from damage from equipment or the actual source of the problem.
At SERVPRO we care about the work we do and always strive to make it the highest quality possible. Aside from excellent work and precision we also care about our customers, their property and ultimately their satisfaction. We strive for perfection in everything we do.
Emergency Ready Profiles
Emergency Ready Profile Logo
Disaster strikes in the blink of eye, or in some cases the drip of a water heater tank. That's why it's always important to be prepared and have a plan of action. With SERVPRO, we have this thing called Emergency Ready Profiles that we prepare for businesses in case of emergency on site. What this is, is a laminated list of details and information about the building that are important for any type of disaster that pops up.
The Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP for short, is a list that includes phone numbers of important people like the building owner, IT guy, building manager, fire department and other along that line. It also has pictures of the gas, water and electric shut offs and instructions on how to get to them and operate them. It details instructions to that company or business as well as details what our SERVPRO trucks and employees need to do if something happens and so much more. The ERPs are a vital asset to businesses that use them and prepare them for disaster until we can get on site and mediate the problem.
Water Job Tools
This is a moisture meter in action getting a reading on a wall and floor
A water job can be very, very tricky. Water is an evasive liquid that can get into almost anything regardless of the seal it has. Because water gets everywhere its important to have the right tools to detect it and eliminate it.
One crucial tool is the moisture meter. This tool is able to detect water through floors and walls by measuring the electrical resistance between two electrodes. When moisture is present within the wood, electricity flows more easily. Where as, wood that is becoming dryer will resist electrical flow.
The proper tools are always a staple in any well-done job whether it be knives and cooking in the kitchen or shoes and playing basketball somewhere. With the proper tools you can do any job with maximum efficiency and precision.