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Why choose SERVPRO for fire restoration?

1/3/2024 (Permalink)

When faced with the aftermath of a fire, choosing the right restoration professionals can make all the difference in reclaiming your home. SERVPRO® stands out as the go-to choice for fire restoration needs for several compelling reasons. Immediate response is at the core of SERVPRO's service, ensuring that their highly trained team is on-site 24/7 to swiftly mitigate further damage and accelerate the restoration process. Their comprehensive assessment approach goes beyond the visible damage, allowing for a tailored restoration plan that addresses both apparent and hidden issues. With years of expertise in fire restoration, SERVPRO technicians bring a wealth of knowledge to handle the complexities of the aftermath, from smoke and soot removal to structural repairs.

What sets SERVPRO apart is its commitment to utilizing state-of-the-art technology and equipment. This includes advanced tools for efficient cleaning processes, odor removal, and air purification, guaranteeing a thorough and effective restoration. The coordination with insurance companies is another noteworthy advantage, as SERVPRO facilitates the often daunting claims process, providing necessary documentation and information promptly. Beyond technical expertise, SERVPRO is distinguished by its compassionate customer service. Recognizing the emotional toll a fire can take, they prioritize clear communication, transparency, and guiding homeowners through every step of the restoration journey.

Moreover, SERVPRO is not just a cleanup service—it's a full-service restoration provider. Their commitment extends beyond surface-level cleaning to addressing structural damage, cleaning and restoring belongings, and eliminating lingering odors. The goal is to leave your home fully restored and safe for occupancy, providing not only physical but also emotional relief during a challenging time. Ultimately, choosing SERVPRO for fire restoration needs means choosing a partner dedicated to the complete recovery of your home. With immediate response, expertise, advanced technology, insurance coordination, and a customer-centric approach, SERVPRO stands as a trusted and reliable ally to guide you through the restoration process, helping you rebuild and restore your life - making it "LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED."

SERVPRO: A Local and Veteran-Owned Business Under the Leadership of Shawn McDowell

1/3/2024 (Permalink)

In the heart of our community stands a restoration company that not only brings expertise in handling emergencies but also embodies a commitment to local values. SERVPRO, led by owner Shawn McDowell, proudly wears the badge of being both a local and veteran-owned business. As a dedicated member of our community, Shawn understands the unique needs and challenges we face.

Shawn McDowell, a veteran with a strong sense of duty and service, brings his disciplined approach to every restoration project. His leadership reflects the values instilled in him during his military service, ensuring that SERVPRO operates with precision, integrity, and a keen understanding of the importance of community ties.

Choosing a local and veteran-owned business like SERVPRO means choosing a team that genuinely cares about the well-being of our community. Shawn McDowell's leadership not only fosters a strong work ethic within the company but also ensures that every restoration project is approached with a personalized touch. SERVPRO, under Shawn's guidance, is not just a service provider; it's a neighbor, a fellow community member, and a reliable ally in times of need.

When you choose SERVPRO, you're not just choosing a restoration service – you're choosing a local business led by a veteran who understands the essence of community and is dedicated to restoring not just properties but the sense of security and comfort we all cherish.

Restoring Hope After the Flames: 5 Compelling Reasons to Choose SERVPRO for Fire Restoration

1/3/2024 (Permalink)

Facing the aftermath of a fire is an emotionally and physically draining experience. In such distressing times, it's crucial to have a reliable ally that not only understands the complexities of fire damage but can also provide comprehensive restoration services. This is where SERVPRO® emerges as a beacon of hope, offering unparalleled expertise and support throughout the fire restoration process. Here are five compelling reasons why you should make the call to SERVPRO when you need fire restoration:

  1. Immediate Response 24/7: Emergencies don't adhere to a schedule, and neither does SERVPRO. With their around-the-clock availability, you can count on a rapid response when you need it the most. A swift assessment and initiation of the restoration process are crucial to minimizing further damage, and SERVPRO ensures help is on the way immediately.

  2. Expertise in Fire Damage Restoration: SERVPRO's team comprises highly trained professionals with specialized knowledge in fire damage restoration. From structural damage to smoke and soot removal, their experts possess the skills needed to handle every facet of the restoration process. Their experience ensures a thorough assessment and a tailored plan for restoring your property.

  3. Comprehensive Restoration Services: Fire damage is often multifaceted, involving not only burnt structures but also water damage from firefighting efforts and pervasive smoke odors. SERVPRO offers a holistic approach to fire restoration, addressing all aspects of the damage. From water extraction to structural drying and deodorization, their comprehensive services leave no stone unturned.

  4. State-of-the-Art Technology: Leveraging advanced equipment and technology, SERVPRO ensures that the restoration process is efficient and effective. From specialized air scrubbers to thermal fogging devices, they employ cutting-edge tools to mitigate damage and restore your property to its pre-fire condition.

  5. Insurance Coordination Assistance: Navigating the complexities of insurance claims can be overwhelming, especially in the aftermath of a fire. SERVPRO works seamlessly with insurance companies, providing the necessary documentation and assessments to streamline the process. Their expertise ensures a smoother journey through the insurance maze.

Choosing SERVPRO for fire restoration is not just about rebuilding structures; it's about rebuilding lives. With an unwavering commitment to immediate response, professional expertise, comprehensive services, advanced technology, and insurance coordination assistance, SERVPRO stands as your reliable partner in the journey toward recovery after a fire. When the flames subside, let SERVPRO be the beacon that guides you through the restoration process, helping you reclaim and rebuild what's important to you.

Chill out! Navigating cold weather and preventing frozen pipes

1/2/2024 (Permalink)

Introduction: Brrr! As winter descends upon us with its icy grip, it brings not only frosty landscapes and cozy nights by the fire but also the potential threat of frozen pipes. Dealing with burst pipes is every homeowner's nightmare, but fear not! With a few preventative measures, you can easily navigate the chilly season without the hassle of plumbing problems.

  1. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate: Just as we bundle up in layers to stay warm, your pipes can benefit from some extra insulation. Consider adding foam pipe insulation or heating tape to vulnerable areas, especially those exposed to the cold outdoors. This extra layer can make a significant difference in preventing your pipes from turning into ice popsicles.

  2. Seal the Gaps: Cold air loves to find its way into your home through tiny gaps and cracks. Conduct a thorough inspection of your home, sealing any potential entry points for cold drafts. This not only keeps you warmer but also helps maintain a more stable temperature for your pipes.

  3. Let the Faucet Drip: When temperatures plummet, allowing faucets to drip can prevent freezing. A slow, constant drip keeps water moving through the pipes, making it less likely for them to freeze. It might seem counterintuitive, but this simple trick can be a lifesaver.

  4. Keep the Heat On: Going away for a winter vacation? Resist the urge to turn off the heating system completely. Instead, lower it to a reasonable temperature to ensure that your home remains warm enough to prevent freezing. This is especially crucial for areas in your home that are prone to cold, like basements and attics.

  5. Open Cabinet Doors: In particularly cold areas of your home, such as under sinks in the kitchen or bathroom, leave the cabinet doors open. This allows warm air to circulate around the pipes, providing an extra layer of defense against freezing.

  6. Disconnect and Drain Outdoor Hoses: Before the deep freeze sets in, disconnect and drain all outdoor hoses. Leaving water in them can cause ice to form, potentially traveling back into your pipes and causing blockages.

Conclusion: As the winter winds howl and temperatures drop, taking a few proactive steps can save you from the headache and expense of dealing with frozen pipes. Insulation, sealing gaps, allowing faucets to drip, maintaining a reasonable indoor temperature, opening cabinet doors, and disconnecting outdoor hoses are all simple measures that can go a long way in keeping your plumbing system intact throughout the frosty season. So, don your coziest sweater, sip on some hot cocoa, and enjoy a winter free from the worry of frozen pipes!

Have you considered a career with SERVPRO of Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman & Lauderdale Counties?

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

In today’s job market, job seekers are no longer looking for a place where they’ll make a paycheck, they are searching for a place where they’ll make a difference. At SERVPRO of Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman & Lauderdale Counties, our team members do just that on a daily basis. No matter which role you play in our organization, whether its at the front desk taking calls or on the front lines extracting water, you can be certain that you are fulfilling duties that go beyond 

Coupled with a family-oriented culture and a standard of excellence in all we do, not only do our team members feel right at home, but they also end the day knowing that the work they deliver is among the best in the industry.

At SERVPRO, positions are always available for the right individuals who wish to join us in our vision of becoming the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world. Not only is it our mission to develop a team of quality people who focus on fairness, excellence, and mutual respect, but we are also creating opportunities for our team members to grow within the organization. We desire to see you succeed! 

So no matter which role you play in our organization, whether its at the front desk taking calls or on the front lines extracting water, you can be certain that you are fulfilling duties that go beyond administrative tasks or heavy lifting, you are helping us restore hope and normalcy to the lives and daily routines of some of the most vulnerable and even traumatized members of our communities. 

If you’re looking for a place where you will make a difference in the lives you touch and have the opportunity to grow and develop your skills, a career at SERVPRO of Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman & Lauderdale Counties may be a great fit for you!

To apply, visit our website for open positions or send your resume to

What We Do

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Over the years, I have been asked many times what it is we do exactly.  That is such a hard question.  I think in the 13 years since we started down this path, many people have a better idea due to advertising and commercials.

Our main business is Fire and Water Damage Restoration, and I believe that is now common knowledge.  But we are so much more than that.  Our scope of services entails construction, mold remediation, biohazard clean up, general cleaning, contents inventory and cleaning, carpet cleaning, and many other services, along with the aforementioned services of fire and water restoration.

I tell people all the time, if you have a situation at your home or business that you don't know what to do, just call me.  I will come look at it and if I have a solution for you, I will tell you.  If I don't, I will help you find the solution.  It's something I have always done, and there is usually no charge to just look or advise.

So never hesitate to call the office at 731-859-4200.  We will always be glad to help you with whatever you need.

Shawn McDowell

Why You Should Always Call a Certified Restoration Company

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

Drying Hardwood Flooring Drying Hardwood Flooring

Having to call a water damage restoration professional is a call that no one wants to have to make, but when they are needed, it is important not to delay. Homeowners know that moisture is often the enemy, capable of penetrating into just about any space and taking advantage of every little crack and can cause structural problems if not handles timely and properly. No matter how moisture gets into the building, the response should be the same. Bring in a certified firm like SERVPRO of Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman and Lauderdale Counties as soon as possible to clean the home, dry it, and ensure there are no lingering health effects once the moisture is gone.

If water has entered the home through a contaminated source, don’t try to handle it on your own. Floods waters and sewage backflows contain a cocktail of deadly bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and even momentary skin contact can leave a person seriously ill. SERVPRO of Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman and Lauderdale Counties not only has the tools to eliminate the moisture, but they also have the protective equipment to remain free from harm.

SERVPRO of Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman and Lauderdale Counties' restoration technicians have a lot of technology at their disposal. These include powerful vacuums and pumping systems, high volume air movers, dehumidifiers, heat injectors, moisture meters, and a number of solutions formulated for destroying fungi and other microbial threats. While the technicians work on the building, disposing of compromised materials, and drying the rest, they will also address any mold or microbial colonies. This is the only way to ensure a home is safe to live in, and a business safe to work in; any other cleaning method is a dangerous gamble.  Our technicians are also certified with the IICRC and we are an IICRC certified firm.

Call SERVPRO of Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman and Lauderdale Counties: (731)859-4200

Frozen Pipes

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

This damage was caused by a frozen pipe that busted in the attic. This damage was caused by a frozen pipe that busted in the attic.

In recent times, frozen pipes busting has become an afterthought for West Tennessee due to our mild winters.  This year we were hit with temperatures lower than we have seen in many years and we were flooded with calls from property owners from Ripley, TN to Bolivar, TN to Somerville, TN and everywhere in between.

People don't realize how destructive water can be until they experience it first hand.  But there are several precautions you can take to avoid the devastation that can occur with busted pipes.

  • If you are leaving town, turn your water off at the main shut off or the shut off at your meter.  This is a good idea any time of year.
  • After water is shut off, open faucets to relieve pressure.
  • Place insulated covers on your outside spigots.
  • Close vents on your crawl space.
  • Leave faucets dripping.
  • Open cabinet and vanity doors to allow heat in.  Especially if they back up to an exterior wall.
  • Make sure all plumbing in attic is insulated.

All of these steps will help prevent pipes from busting.  But even if you take every precaution, it can still happen.  The photo below is damage from a frozen attic pipe that busted.  Our customer had followed all precautions listed above except that the water was on.  They were out of town when this happened and their entire downstairs, including the garage was damaged and required demolition/removal. 

And if it does happen, just know that we are always just a phone call away here at SERVPRO of Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman and Lauderdale counties.

Advanced Technology and Techniques for Water Damage Restoration

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Hardwood floors being saved with a negative pressure mat system and desiccant dehumidification. Hardwood floors being saved with a negative pressure mat system and desiccant dehumidification.

The water damage restoration industry has experienced a surge in technology techniques and advancement due to complexity and technical demands. 

For this reason, The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets high and practical standards for companies offering restoration and cleaning services. 

Growing with this technology advancement and maintaining the highest standard, SERVPRO of Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman and Lauderdale Counties has helped countless homeowners in the region to restore their properties in the shortest time possible.

Here are a few types of advanced-technology equipment that have helped us deliver more efficiently:

1. Moisture Detection and measurement equipment

As water restoration professionals, SERVPRO of Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman and Lauderdale Counties now depends on some specialized and efficient equipment for accuracy to detect, measure, and monitor your home’s moisture level. We use modern equipment such as infrared cameras to detect water through a ceiling, wall, or floor. 

An infrared camera helps to detect hidden water for removal. We also use hygrometers, sensitive moisture detectors, and other innovative technology to measure the extent of moisture saturation.

2. Water extraction equipment

Our dedicated team uses powerful extraction equipment to speed up the drying process. This modern equipment helps remove the excess water that logs into your home or business spaces. It doesn’t take long for us to dry out every drop of water in your building. We have truck-mounted and portable extraction units to remove water more efficiently. 

3. Drying equipment 

Dehumidifiers and industrial strength air movers give the best results for removing the residual moisture in the floor wall and ceiling to achieve perfect drying for your home or business space. Proper drying prevents your furniture, walls, and floor from swelling and warping.

4. Odor removal and deodorization 

After water or fire damage, odor removal or deodorization is the next thing. The impact comes with exasperating odors. We use air scrubbers, thermal foggers, and deodorization agents to remove airborne contaminants and achieve the best air quality during the damage restoration and cleanup process.

We also use germicides, sanitizing agents, and anti-microbial treatments to clean and remove odors and contaminants in your home or business space. We are just a call away; contact SERVPRO of Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman and Lauderdale Counties at 731-859-4200 for our mitigation and restoration services.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

3/19/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman and Lauderdale Counties

SERVPRO of Fayette, Haywood, Hardeman and Lauderdale Counties specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

We service the following cities and counties:

  • Fayette County Tennessee
  1. Somerville, TN
  2. Oakland, TN
  3. Piperton, TN
  4. Gallaway, TN
  • Haywood County Tennessee
  1. Brownsville, TN
  2. Stanton, TN
  • Hardeman County Tennessee
  1. Bolivar, TN
  2. Middleton, TN
  3. Whiteville, TN
  • Lauderdale County Tennessee
  1. Ripley, TN
  2. Halls, TN

Please call us with all of your water restoration needs at (731)859-4200