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April 2011

Greetings!  John

WOW!  It’s hard to believe this is already our sixth monthly newsletter.  We trust that this information has been both informative and of value.   We truly appreciate the feedback and comments we have received.  Looking ahead if there is a topic or area of interest you would like to see us write about please let us know by sending an email to our newsletter editor .

This month we are taking a different approach to the newsletter by doing an employee spotlight on a vital member of our team and success here at ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington.  We hope you enjoy this insight.

ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington
(509) 922-2500  (208) 667-7670

Employee Spotlight – JJ Burt

We are all aware that the success of any organization is a direct result of the outstanding skills, commitment to excellence, superior knowledge and effort of its employees.  Embodying these qualities we would like to introduce you to JJ Burt our Master Restorer.

JJ has been with ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington for 3 years, prior to joining us JJ worked with the ServiceMaster franchise in Northern Idaho and has been involved in the disaster restoration industry for the last 9 years.  In addition, JJ has over 10 years experience  in the construction industry as well.

In the cleaning and disaster restoration industry the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is an independent, non-profit certification body, that set’s and promote’s high standards and ethics; and is focused on advancing communication and technical proficiency within the inspection, cleaning and restoration service industry.  Consumers know that when they hire IICRC certified technicians or firms, they have hired experts who will ensure that services will be completed in accordance with the industry’s highest standards.

As both a Master Fire & Smoke Restorer and Master Water Damage Restorer JJ has achieved the IICRC’s highest level of certification and is among an elite group of individuals who are recognized as some of the most knowledgeable people in the restoration industry.  In addition to certification in the following disciplines:
Journeyman Fire & Smoke Restoration
Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration
Odor Control
Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
Journeyman Water Damage Restoration
Water Damage Restoration
Applied Structural Drying
Applied Microbial Remediation
Carpet Cleaning or Commercial Carpet Maintenance
Carpet Repair & Reinstallation
Health and Safety
the Master Restorer certification requires 3 to 5 years industry experience along with continuing education requirements every 2 years to maintain Master status.  So as you can see having a Master Restorer on our team is an asset we feel sets us apart.

JJ manages our team of certified technicians and provides mentorship, training and guidance to our restoration team.  JJ’s knowledge and experience has assisted many of our clients in making restoration decisions that not only has allowed them to save/restore their belongings but that also resulted in clients saving thousands of dollars in loss and/or restoration costs.

JJ says the most rewarding aspect of the job is assisting people in a time of crisis by being a good listener, empathizing with their situation and providing them with a clear and actionable plan to restore their situation to a pre-loss condition.

In the restoration industry each day presents new challenges and opportunities to assist people during a trying time in their lives.  JJ receives great joy and pride in helping others and the growth and changes in the industry present avenues for self improvement and career growth.  This is evident in the fact that JJ is currently in the process of achieving the Master Textile Cleaner designation from the IICRC.

In addition to the outstanding contribution JJ makes to the ServiceMaster team, JJ is also called upon by other area restoration companies as a resource and knowledge source.  This ability to assist others for the betterment of the industry is a unique quality and one that we are proud to be associated with.

In the event of a loss, we trust knowing a little about  JJ’s expertise, knowledge and skills will allow you to confidently select ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington for your restoration needs and assist in restoring your peace of mind!

Spring Season Tips

The sites and sounds of Spring are upon us, birds chirping, lawnmowers, trees blooming, etc.  Along with these long awaited signs of Spring comes  potential water issues resulting from old man Winter.

Flooded basements and crawl spaces are typically caused by surface water ponding near the foundation, soaking into the fill dirt, or leaking in through the joint between the floor slab and the foundation wall.

Improper grading of the landscape around foundations is also a serious issue.   Make sure the ground near the foundation slopes at least six inches in the first ten feet.

Window wells fill up and water may leak in and around windows or soak the ground and seep in at the floor level.

Clogged gutters and downspouts also create problems, allowing water to flow back against the foundation.   Make sure they are clear of debris and properly discharging.

Outside water faucets are a prime source of problems, even so called “freezeless” faucets will burst their supply pipe if the hose was left on during the first hard freeze.  Turn the faucet on, with the hose nozzle closed, and listen for any sound of water running in the wall. If you hear it, turn the faucet off and determine where the potential leak/break has occurred.

Water is the Number One enemy of a home. It is always seeking a way inside, and efficient water management is the key to keeping it outside where it belongs.

Here are a few suggestion to assist in making your spring free of water problems

Re-grade your  yard to minimize ponding, erosion and flooding

Bury gutter downspouts to minimize surface water drainage near the house

Seal concrete, stone and wood to slow deterioration and damage to these materials

Install proper roof, window and door flashing

In the event of a spring water loss here at ServiceMaster Emergency Services by Covington we have the resources, knowledge and expertise to assist.  Please don’t hesitate to call
(509) 922-2500  (208) 667-7670

Visit Our Partner

Covington Construction & Restoration Builders Inc. is a full service general contractor licensed in Washington and Idaho with offices in both states.  We specialize in residential and commercial insurance repairs with extensive experience in both areas.  Whether it’s a small repair or a complete loss (re-build) we will treat your home and office building like it is our property.

We are an IICRC certified firm specializing in Applied Structural Drying, smoke & fire damage and water damage restoration.  We pride ourselves on being available 24/7 to help you with your needs and to answer any questions.

All team members go through extensive back ground checks, drive company vehicles and wear company identifiable clothing when they arrive on site.   In addition, we do the majority of all repairs with our own employees thus ensuring control over scheduling and quality.

We have an extensive list of reference and work with all insurance companies.

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