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Bomb Cyclone

1/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Bomb Cyclone Single digit temperatures, bomb cyclones, snow - OH MY!

Who is ready for the snow and cold snap to exit the area? Me for sure.  Snow was fun when we were younger because that meant we did not have to go to school, but as I have gotten older I have learned that snow throws a wrench in my day.  The uncleared roads for several days, the interesting people on the road driving and the overall inconvenience of delaying my day, not for me.

What a crazy week it has been with temperatures barely getting above freezing during the day and in the single digits at night.  My heat pump is tired!  This week we experienced what they call a bomb cyclone.  I have been doing some reading on what exactly that bomb cyclone is or another fun name for it is bombogenesis. It is when drastic drops in barometric pressure occur when a region of warm air meets one of cold air. The air starts to move, and the rotation of the earth creates a cyclonic effect. The direction is counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere (when viewed from above), leading to winds that come out of the northeast — a Nor’easter.  So to me it sounds like a winter hurricane!

Stay safe and warm out there! Remember to keep an eye on your pipes, we only have a few more days with these super cold evenings and then hopefully we can get back to normal Virginia weather!  

SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline is a phone call away!  If you need us to make it, "Like it never even happened." call us at (804) 730-6788

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

General Merry Christmas & Happy New Year From our SERVPRO family to yours!

Each year we celebrate Christmas with our SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline family.  Last year and this year we decided on a bowling party.  A great way to interact with everyone and throw in some friendly competition among everyone in the field and in the office.  Last year Jesse Black took home the trophy, so there was some friendly talk about how he would be dethroned from the top bowler.  Well, we all gave it a great try but were unsuccessful.  Jesse Black took the title again. Way to go Jesse!  Until next year!

After our bowling competition we enjoy our Christmas.  Margie works hard on picking out gifts and wrapping them in preparation for the festivities.  Movie tickets, restaurant gift cards, Home Depot gift cards and Walmart gift cards.  It is always fun to see who gets what!

We cannot thank David and Paige enough for our fun Christmas party.  We thank you for the awesome presents and the fun time bowling with our SERVPRO family!  

SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline want to wish your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We hope 2018 brings you much joy and success!

Fire Safety

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Be safe this holiday season.

With the holidays in full swing, it is important to be aware of your surrounds and keeping an eye out on candles, gas logs, cooking elements and overloaded outlets.

Many of us get into the spirit of the holidays and install lights on our trees, windows, lights outside or even inflatable decorations.  All of these extra decorations require an outlet.  It is important to distribute the outlet usage and not plug too many items in one.

We also like to burn candles, especially when we are entertaining.  Make sure you never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc. Keep burning candles out of the reach of children and pets. Trim candlewicks to ¼ inch each time before burning.

Lastly, don't forget to keep a fire extinguisher in your house and close by for quick response. 

To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:

  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline want you to be prepared and know the importance of fire safety!  If something happens and your need our help, we are a phone call away.

Understanding Mold

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Take care of your water damage as soon as possible, so you don't have to meet this little fella!

Did you know that microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Here is some facts about mold:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture and can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. If the water source is not addressed, then mold will come back.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • High humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline?

  • We are faster to any disaster.  A fast response limits damage and reduces cost.  Mold can spread quickly, so something small can turn into something large.
  • We are trained professionals and have Applied Microbial Remediation Specialists on staff 24/7.

It is important to mitigate any water damage that occurs in the home.  A water damage that goes unattended can result in a larger problem, MOLD!  Call SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline to help with water damages or mold remediation.  We make it “Like it never even happened!”

Dressed Up and Looking Good

10/2/2017 (Permalink)

Community Dressed Up and Looking Good Looking very dapper in their suits! Jesse Black, Crew Chief; Chris McDowell, Crew Chief, David Butler, Owner; Tyler McDowell (Chris and Paige's son).

Often times we forget that the individuals that help in times of need for a water damage, fire clean up, mold remediation or bio-hazards have a personal life as well.  SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline is a very close knit operation.  A lot of the employees that work here are family or have been friends for years, so it's nice when we can step away and have some fun.

This weekend David's niece and Paige and Jesse's cousin got married this weekend. We get so used to see everyone in their uniforms on a weekly basis, that is nice to see them dressed up and looking their best. 

I would say that these gentlemen are looking pretty sharp in their suits and tux! Thank you for your hard work during the week and we hope you enjoy "letting your hair down" and "cutting a rug" at the reception!

Welcome Back Matt!

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

General Welcome Back Matt! Matt Clemens our Operations Manager. Welcome Back!

Today we welcome back Matt Clemens!  We are very excited to have Matt back here at the SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline family. Matt will be joining our SERVPRO family as our Operations Manager.  In this role, Matt will be handling all our Crew Chiefs and managing the daily needs in our warehouse.

Matt will be very involved with all kinds of projects here in the office and in the warehouse overseeing the day to day tasks.  He will also get to meet with our homeowners and work them through the process of their water damage, fire cleaning or mold cleaning. What helps having the ability to be involved in so many projects is the certifications and continuing education that we are able to provide to Matt.  He currently has certifications in: Water Damage Restoration, Applied Microbial Remediation and Applied Structural Drying.

Matt plays an important role in our day to day operations and we are glad he is back with of our SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline team!

Employee Spotlight

9/22/2017 (Permalink)

General Employee Spotlight Our Marketing Representative, Tammy LaCognata, starting her Friday out with a smile!

Our Spotlight Employee this week is Tammy LaCognata.  Tammy started with us in February of 2016 as our Marketing Representative.  Before Tammy started working at SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland and Caroline, she worked in the education field.  Tammy has three beautiful girls (high school, middle school and elementary school), and was able to stay home with her girls until they were all in school and when that happened, Tammy joined a fun and crazy team.  One of Tammy’s favorite things about her job is that she enjoys going to different businesses and meeting all the new people.  It is nice to see all the new faces in our community and let them know we are there if they need us for our services. 

Tammy enjoys spending time with her husband and three girls.  If she isn’t at a tennis match or a cheering competition Tammy would spend as much free time as she could traveling.  If Tammy could be a superhero her name would be “Teleporta” so she could get to places quicker than by car.  If she was “Teleporta” then she could do a lot more traveling.

We love having Tammy on our SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline team!

FREE CE Credit Course

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Community FREE CE Credit Course FREE CE Credit Course: November 16, 2017 2-4pm at the Henrico County Public Library - Glen Allen Branch (10501 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen VA 23060)

SERVPRO Industries, Inc. # 124994 is offering the following FREE CE CREDIT COURSE “Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry” this will be a two hour course held on Thursday November 16, 2017. The CE course will take place at Henrico County Public Library Glen Allen Branch 10501 Staples Mill Road Glen Allen, Va. 23060.

The purpose of this course is to allow insurance professionals a better understanding of the history of mold awareness and of the participants in mold related claims. When and where the mold “issues began and how to help with mold remediation. The science of mold will be introduced to the insurance agents as it damages properties. Discussion of what mold is how it is dangerous and where it likes to grow will be reviewed. Safety guidelines and precautions on how to deal with the different levels of mold will be reviewed. Insurance professionals will understand the processes vendors use to properly complete mold remediation. 

For reservations call SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline at 804-730-6788 or email         

SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline Team

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

General SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline Team Our highly skilled and trained team is ready to help you and make it "like it never even happened!"

Let me share some history about SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline.  In 1996, David and Kathie Butler decided to take a leap of faith to start what is now SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline.  What started out in a 1,5ooSF warehouse/office space and 6 employees has now turned into 21,000SF and 25 employees.  With the dedication and hard work that started this business, we were able to get the trust of many insurance companies because our quality of work and customer service is top notch! 

Highly trained technicians! If you don’t believe me check out “Our Crew”.  Follow this link,, and read about all of our trusted technicians. 

We work with your insurance!  If you need help with a water damage or fire cleaning we will work with your insurance company through the entire process.  We will be there every step of the way and coordinate those things for you!  If you have Nationwide, State Farm, Erie, Travelers, USAA, The Hartford, Amica or Farm Bureau insurance just to name a few, call us! We have relationships with these companies and many others! Let us be the middle man!

Don’t forget, we are a locally owned and operated, 24-hour emergency service company that is available to you 365 days out of the year, because water damages and fires are never planned! 

SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline - We make it "like it never even happened!" Call us today at 804-730-6788 if we can be of service to you.

Packing and Moving

9/18/2017 (Permalink)

General Packing and Moving Let us do all the work and heavy lifting!

SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline is not just a mitigation, fire and mold remediation company.  We have many other services that we can offer you!  Did you know that we can pack and move your furniture for you?

Contractors often ask us to come in and take care of packing and moving a homeowner’s furniture and content out for flooring repairs.  Some homeowner’s need to have carpet installed or hardwoods sanded and refinished. In order to complete that task, everything must be moved out.  We have an excellent crew that comes in and treats your items as if they are their own.  It is very important to us to pack each item properly to ensure that the piece stays intact. Once your personal items are packed, we send in the “muscle” to move your packed content and your furniture.  We have an 18,000SF climate controlled warehouse where we can store your items.  Once your repairs are completed, we perform a post clean by wiping down your horizontal surfaces and then we return your items back to their original location.

Take the nightmare out of packing and moving, and call SERVPRO of Hanover, Goochland & Caroline, “your trusted and local packing and moving experts!”

Call us today at 804-730-6788 and we will take the headache out of the packing and moving.