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The meaning of Memorial Day

5/21/2018 (Permalink)


Memorial Day or Decoration Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day – Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, whereas Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Ronald Reagan:From one of his famous speeches given at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day in 1986.  

“Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It's a day to be with the family and remember.

“I was thinking this morning that across the country children and their parents will be going to the town parade and the young ones will sit on the sidewalks and wave their flags as the band goes by. Later, maybe, they'll have a cookout or a day at the beach. And that's good, because today is a day to be with the family and to remember."

How an Emergency Ready Plan can potentially prevent additional damages

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How an Emergency Ready Plan can potentially prevent additional damages TOMORROW WILL MAKE ONE YEAR SINCE DISASTER STRUCK A SENIOR COMPLEX IN HINTON, WV

On May 22, 2017 at approximately 3:30 PM on the 5th floor of “Hinton House” a fire broke out in one of the apartments.  The Hinton Fire Department along with Summers County and Jumping Branch-Nimitz Volunteer Fire Departments responded to fight the fire. Through their efforts and the sprinkler system that activated, the fire damage was contained to the one unit, saving housing for at least 100 of our seniors. 

Residents did have to be “temporally” displaced due to major water damage caused mainly by the sprinkler system.  It is estimated that approximately 45 minutes passed after the fire was extinguished before the sprinkler shut off valve could be located. 

Don’t let an unmarked sprinkler shut off valve be the cause of major damage to your facility. SERVPRO of Beckley offers a “NO COST” assessment for all government, educational, multi-residential and commercial buildings.  The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile serves as a quick reference to all utility shut offs and important contact information.

Call SERVPRO of Beckley at 304-253-6633 for a No Cost Assessment of your facility!

Black Knight Country Club is purchased by the City of Beckley

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Community Black Knight Country Club is purchased by the City of Beckley Private Country Club soon to go Public

The recent closing of Black Knight Country Club was a sad day for many in the Beckley and surrounding areas. But thanks to the City of Beckley purchasing it in April 2018 our community is smiling again. This is a subject just about everyone is talking about in our small town and I became curious about the 90 year history of this property.

  • The Golf course/clubhouse was originally organized in 1928-29 by the vice president of Raleigh Coal & Coke, Col Ernest Chilson. The name “Black Knight” was the trademark of Raleigh Coal & Coke. It was a private club and only the prominent in coal and related industries could become members.
  • Raleigh Coal & Coke ceased operations in 1950. The club members purchased Black Knight in 1951.
  • For the next 60 years the shareholders kept the facility open to private memberships only. Membership began to decline and once again closure was emanate. Luck had it that another prominent coal operator, Jim Justice, purchased the club in June 2011. The local newspaper released that he paid $1 million dollars for the property and amenities.
  • Justice states he invested over $5 million but still could not get the membership increased and the cost down to keep the club open. The announcement came after Christmas 2017 that the private club was closed.
  •  In April 2018 the City of Beckley finalized its decision to pay Gov. Jim Justice $3 million to purchase Black Knight Country Club.

We wish our town success and best wishes to the city public works department as they proceed to keep this historical facility open.

 Councilman-at-large, Tim Berry, said it best “People are looking forward to being able to take part in what used to be an exclusive country club. Now, they can come as regular members of the public to enjoy.”

While you are away bad things can happen

4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage While you are away bad things can happen A small break in a water line can cause thousands of gallons of water to escape into your home if the water flow goes undetected.

It is becoming more and more common that our retired West Virginians are seeking warmer weather for the winter months. They love their Wild and Wonderful state in the Spring, Summer, and Fall but in the Winter they retreat to a balmier climate.

The relative, friend, or neighbor that is checking on the home while they are away often walk in to find water everywhere inside.  Not all accidents can be eliminated but some can be prevented if a few steps are taken before our retirees pull out of the driveway headed south.

Click the link below to read Travelers Insurance article “Snowbirds: Winterize Your Home While You're Away” for some great tips to protect your home and belongings.

Ducts sometimes = dust, dirt, odors & contaminants

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Ducts sometimes = dust, dirt, odors & contaminants This is the condition of duct work we found in a commercial building

Business owners - do you lease or own your commercial building?

Do you know how long it has been since the HVAC System was installed in your building?

Are odors and contaminants such as mold and irritating dust being distributed all over your building?

Has your facility been in a circumstance involving fire, smoke or suspected mold growth?

If you don’t have good answers to these questions, call SERVPRO of Beckley for more information about the Duct Cleaning Process we can do to improve your indoor air quality.

Keeping your system at peak condition can extend the life span of the equipment.

Are you afraid of mold growing in your home?

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Are you afraid of mold growing in your home? Mold behind a wooden cabinet in a utility room that went unnoticed for an extended period of time.

Controlling the moisture in your home is the best approach to your fear.  

Here are a few things you can do inside your home to keep moisture levels under control:

  • Open exterior doors and windows whenever possible to keep air circulating.
  • For closets that are rarely used, keep the door cracked so air can circulate.
  • Use AC units, dehumidifiers, and exhaust fans regularly.
  • Purchase high quality air filters for your HVAC Unit.
  • Watch for mold growth in the soil in your house plants.
  • Fix water leaks.
  • Check for condensation on your windows.
  • Dry Wet surfaces as soon as possible.
  • Don’t leave wet materials lying around.

If you are taking steps to control the moisture and still smell a musty odor or see signs of mold, there may be a problem that only a remediation company can recognize. Contact SERVPRO of Beckley, a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional.

Say What? Wet paper can be saved?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Say What? Wet paper can be saved? Accidents do happen even in the most unlikely places

Water intrusion in your home or business not only damages the structure and contents, there may be substantial damage to your documents and photos.

Not everybody lives in the age of technology where documents, books, and pictures are digitized. Some of us still have filing cabinets, book shelves, and photo albums. If I were faced with having to discard my most precious memories and legal documents it would be more devastating than the damage to my home.

SERVPRO has the resources to dry, clean, sterilize, deodorize, and digitize documents.  I never imaged wet paper could be saved until I witnessed it after a medical facility contacted us to save some of their patient records that had accidentally gotten wet.

Don’t worry about losing your large format items either. We have the resources to provide “Document Restoration” to Hospitals, Law firms, Engineering Firms, Libraries, and Government buildings.

Woodrow Wilson High School (WWHS) Beckley, WV - Softball team – 2018

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Community Woodrow Wilson High School (WWHS) Beckley, WV - Softball team – 2018 These girls are ready to hear “Play Ball”

The softball team for the Flying Eagles has been selected and is anxiously waiting to start the 2018 season. They were scheduled to play 32 games in the span of just a few weeks.

This has been a tough season already but a game hasn’t even been played yet. The first 8 games were cancelled. First because of the WV Teacher’s strike and now weather conditions are preventing the girls from getting on the field.

I spoke with Coach Pam Davis today and she told me they should be able to get a game in Friday March 24th. They will face Independence High School on the Coal City, WV field at 7 PM.

Their 2018 schedule can be found online at We hope the community will get out and support the Flying Eagles.

The office manager at SERVPRO of Beckley, Pam Davis, is the softball coach for the Beckley WV -Woodrow Wilson High School (WWHS) Flying Eagles.  Pam, your SERVPRO team wants to say Good Luck and enjoy your daughters’ senior year!

Aerosol Container Explosion

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Aerosol Container Explosion Store aerosol containers in a cabinet or pantry where the temperatures are cool and a good distance away from the kitchen stove.

We recently completed a job in a home after an aerosol can exploded.  The homeowner was hospitalized for burns but has since fully recovered. Damages to the structure were minimal but smoke odors extended throughout the house.

This unfortunate accident could happen to anyone that cooks using aerosol cooking oil. It is so convenient to keep the oil close to the stove within reach while cooking. But be mindful that when placed in an area near a heat source the temperature in the can increases. Pressure in the can will increase as the temperature rises and may lead to an explosion.  If the explosion happens near an open flame a fire will also ignite.

Our customer had been canning most of the day so the heat in the kitchen area was much warmer than normal. He had finished canning and was removing his canned goods from the pressure cooker to the counter. The steam along with the already higher temperatures caused the pressure to rise in an aerosol can sitting on a shelf above the stove.

Thundering Herd and the Mountaineers

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

Community Thundering Herd and the Mountaineers Team SERVPRO of Beckley wants to say congratulations to both WVU and Marshall for a job well done!

From 1977 to 2015 Marshall University Thundering Herd and West Virginia University Mountaineers Basketball Teams meet yearly on the hardwood. To the typical West Virginian it wasn’t so much about winning or losing, it was about a sports event that brought together an entire state whether in person, watching the game on TV or listening to it on the radio. We have only two Division I Teams in the entire State and we do not have a Professional Team so yes this game was important to us.

Three years later on March 18, 2018, our state once again came together as these 2 teams met at the NCAA Tournament in San Diego, California. We found out on March 16th and for 2 days everywhere you went the conversations were about the upcoming game.  Unless you were a diehard fan of either school, the end score really didn’t matter. It was about Pride. Pride in 2 relatively small Universities from a small state that made it to the top 32 tournament teams in the nation.