Disaster Experts Share Tips for Responding to Water, Wind Damage
MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - October 03, 2015) - Even without making landfall, Hurricane Joaquin is expected to bring widespread rainfall, strong wind and potentially historic flooding in the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic region over the next few days. Yet, despite pleas and warnings from state and local officials, the media and others, experts from ServiceMaster Restore, one of the largest disaster restoration companies in the United States and business unit of ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SERV), say that most business and homeowners fail to take necessary steps to prepare for such storms, leaving them vulnerable to more costly repairs even months or years later.The company recently released its 2015 ServiceMaster Restore Franchise Hurricane Preparedness Survey, which revealed important insights from its franchise owners who offer hurricane restoration services:90 percent agree that storm preparation is often overlooked by home and business owners73 percent agree that most property damage can be prevented if the right measures are taken.90 percent agree that property owners can spend up to twice as much on repairs if they do not take simple steps in advance, such as unplugging electronics, elevating furniture, safely storing valuables, documenting important items and having a post-hurricane cleanup plan.When it comes to cleaning up afterwards, property owners fare even worse, according to survey respondents.95 perc...
ServiceMaster Announces Three Executive Promotions
MEMPHIS, TENN. ― September 22, 2015 — ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, today announced several executive moves designed to help the company pursue new growth opportunities and advance the use of digital and mobile technologies to improve service to the 5 million customers it serves each year.
· Mark Barry has been promoted to chief marketing and strategy officer. Barry joined ServiceMaster in 2012 as president of its American Home Shield home warranty business and has been serving as group president leading both AHS and the company’s Franchise Services Group. In his new role, Barry will oversee company strategy, including competitive intelligence, insights and analytics, as well as all marketing, pricing and business development.
“Mark has done an outstanding job helping AHS achieve strong revenue and earnings growth, while introducing a number of improvements in the company’s digital and service capabilities,” said Rob Gillette, ServiceMaster’s chief executive officer. He noted that under Barry’s leadership, AHS has grown its customer base nearly 15 percent – to 1.5 million, including the 2014 acquisition of Wisconsin-based HSA Home Warranty.
“By applying many of the same successful strategies Mark has introduced at AHS,” said Gillette, “we believe there’s...
The Exploding Incidence of the Urban Raccoon
Recently, the Wall Street Journal covered Toronto’s efforts to keep raccoons at bay. We wondered if there were simple tips for homeowners that might also help so we reach out to Jim Doiron, one of our wildlife experts and service manager of the Vancouver branch of Terminix Canada. Here’s what he said:
Raccoons are smart and curious, but not as wild as some may think. Even though face-to-face human encounters are uncommon, property damage and other nuisance behaviors are common.
While keeping your yard clear from food waste, fallen tree berries and other tasty debris may be obvious, there are a few other preventative steps one can also take: for outdoor garbage, use a bin stored in a well-lit area that won’t tip, and add a weight or tie to the lid to stop these scavengers from making a mess.
Around the house, make sure water hoses are completely off and try to remove all stagnant water. Trimming trees and bushes back can stop these masked critters from climbing rooftops and making their nests.
It’s also important to check the basic structural integrity of your home. Make sure that you have reinforced screens, covered vents and secured soffits to keep them from moving in with you.
These small measures can not only help protect your home, but through prevention limit our impact on urban wildlife.
For more information about dealing with raccoons, visit: terminix.com/pest-control/wildlife
Cleaning Experts Share "Hack-to-School" Tips to Ease "Back-to-School" Transition
MEMPHIS, TN--(Marketwired - August 20, 2015) - As summer comes to a close, there's an unmistakable energy in the air -- a mix of excitement and anxiety felt by parents and students across the country as everyone adjusts to the back-to-school routine. However, this school year, Merry Maids, the nation's leading home cleaning service, is setting families up for an A+ year with its helpful "Hack-to-School" tips aimed to help everyone stay organized and ease the transition into the new school year."This time of the year can be stressful enough, and when you add in the chaos and clutter that comes with keeping everyone organized and on schedule, it can quickly get out of hand," says Paige Blomker, Merry Maids franchise owner and mom to her 7-year-old son. "The first thing I'd say to someone who is feeling overwhelmed is to relax, have fun, and involve everyone -- especially the kids."Luckily, with a bit of attention to detail and organization, you can easily shift your focus to the excitement of what's in store for the school year ahead. Plus, you'll enjoy a neater, cleaner living space.Blomker says some of the most common pain points are around managing school-day laundry, organizing paperwork, packing backpacks and preparing lunches. That's why the experts at Merry Maids are sharing these five smart shortcuts: Lay it Out: Empty one of your kid's dresser drawers before the school year starts. Compartmentalize the drawer with cut ...