Posts Tagged ‘flood damage’


Dwyer Group introduces the Women in the Trades Initiative and Scholarship

May 7th, 2013 by Rainbow International

The Dwyer Group introduces the Women in the Trades initiative, focused on providing financial assistance to women entering the service trade industry. This includes home service fields, such as plumbing, electrical, HVAC, appliance repair, home restoration, glass installation and landscaping.

“We have 1,600 franchisees representing our brands worldwide, but fewer than 7% are owned by female sole proprietors and fewer than 4% of our front-line service professionals are women,” said The Dwyer Group CEO and Chairwoman Dina Dwyer-Owens. “We are excited to open this opportunity for women interested in trade professions to further their curiosity, expertise and experience.”

The trade industry has historically been a male-dominated career path. Often, women are unaware of the potential for success and personal fulfillment, which can be achieved by working as a trade technician. Studies have shown that females in the home are often the lead decision-makers when it comes to home maintenance. This inherent familiarity with the target audience gives a female trades expert a unique industry advantage.

“Countless women have lost good jobs and we are now recruiting them as franchisees or as front-line plumbers, electricians, grounds care experts, restoration specialists and appliance, HVAC and glass installation and repair technicians within our seven home service brands,” said Dwyer-Owens. “It makes sense to offer women interested in either changing their career paths or further pursuing their career in these industries the opportunity to become the best of the best through thorough training and education.”

The Women in the Trades Scholarship is open to women 18 and older, interested in pursuing a career in the trades. Qualified candidates who are actively pursuing a degree or certification in a trade are encouraged to apply. Candidates will be evaluated based upon financial need, previous work experience and their passion for their chosen industry. For more information and to apply: or email


Expert Tips for Hurricane Sandy Recovery, Future Emergency Preparation

November 2nd, 2012 by Rainbow International

With more than eight million Americans without power and 38 people reported dead in the U.S. from the super storm so far, Hurricane Sandy has homeowners in desperate need of service and repair.

“It’s important for those affected by the devastation to take action and begin clean-up efforts to keep from causing additional damage,” said Rainbow International® President Rob White.

If your home has experienced damage from Hurricane Sandy, consider the following tips from service experts Rainbow International, Mr. Electric® and Glass Doctor®:

  • Turn off the breaker in the damaged area before you unplug or remove any electrical devices located near wet carpet.
  • Place aluminum foil under the legs of any furniture in contact with wet carpet to prevent stains on the carpet.
  • Remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, and other items from the floor to prevent stains.
  • Don’t use a vacuum, since electrical shock may result.

Take a proactive stance and make sure your home or business is ready for the next storm. Hurricane Sandy serves as an example of the importance of storm preparation. Utilize the following to begin your emergency planning:

  • Contact a certified electrician to perform a generator consultation.
  • Store enough non-perishable food and water for two weeks.
  • Secure windows with plywood panels or call Glass Doctor to board up your windows prior to the storm.
  • Have an Emergency Storm Kit stocked with a first aid kit, flashlights, batteries and a radio.

By taking precautions today, your home and family will be protected from future storms. For more information, visit


Rainbow International Makes 2012 Inc. 5000 List

August 20th, 2012 by Rainbow International

Exciting news! Rainbow International has made the 2012 Inc. 5000 List of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S.

For the past 30 years Inc. 5000 has applauded the fastest-growing private companies in America. In order to even be qualified for this award Rainbow International had to thrive during the past few years of a tough economy. Our success in itself is a testimony to the entire Rainbow International team’s resiliency, hard work and customer service.

We are so excited to make the list this year. Rainbow International now shares this title with several other top-ranking companies like Jamba Juice, Under Armour and Facebook. We have joined a very exclusive club and are proud to share this achievement!


The Biggest Hazard in Your Backyard: BBQ Fires

June 14th, 2012 by Rainbow International

Backyard grills and patio fireplaces are popular focal points in landscape and outdoor decorating schemes. Grills are the center for outdoor living during the warmer months, and are a great way to entertain guests during the weekends.

When you prepare your home for the Spring and Summer months it is important to do a safety check and tune-up all the gear you’ll be using during the new season.

During the warmer season people tend to use their outdoor patios and living areas up to 20 times a month; therefore, the risk for accidents highly increases. Most home fires that happen in the time between March and May are due to patio appliances not being properly inspected.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in 2005-2009, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 8,200 home fires involving grills, hibachis or barbecues per year. These 8,200 fires caused an annual average of 15 civilian deaths, 120 civilian injuries and $75 million in direct property damage.

Here are some simple tips to make sure you are preventing a home fire:

  • Check grill for safety hazards. Gas connections should be checked for leaks by applying a soapy water solution. When applied, bubbles will form if gas is escaping.
  • Barbecue in an open outdoor space for ventilation purposes and always keep a fire extinguisher handy.
  • Don’t allow an accumulation of grease to occur by keeping your grill and burners clean – this greatly reduces the chances of a grease fire.
  • Never fight a grease fire with water – this will only cause the flames to flare up.

Following these important safety tips can ensure you an enjoyable, fire-free grilling season.


Rainbow International Welcomes Five New Franchise Owners In September

September 26th, 2011 by Rainbow International

Rainbow International welcomes five new franchise owners to business training at the home office in Waco, Texas!

We’re joined by new franchise owners Bob Cullen (Carmichael, California), David Crow (Champaign, Illinois), Brent Arthaud (Worcester, Massachusetts), John DeVito (Katonah, New York) and Ben Berringer (Portland, Maine).

Welcome to the Rainbow International network of water, fire, smoke and mold damage cleanup and restoration professionals!


Rainbow International Hosts IICRC WRT Training Class

September 22nd, 2011 by Rainbow International

Rainbow International is excited to host an IICRC certification course this week.

Eight franchise owners and service professionals are enrolled in the IICRC WRT (Water Damage Restoration Technician) class.

These individuals represent seven (7) separate locations across five (5) states in the rapidly growing Rainbow International network of water, fire, smoke and mold damage cleanup and restoration professionals.

States represented include Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, Maine and Texas.

Rainbow International is a strong proponent of continuing education for our growing network of water, fire, smoke and mold damage cleanup and restoration professionals. Classes are offered regularly throughout the year to help ensure knowledge of and adherence to new laws regulating the restoration industry. These classes also share best practice information on new technology, processes and procedures.


Rainbow International of Northeast Pennsylvania Leads Multi-State Flood Catastrophe Response

September 16th, 2011 by Rainbow International

A local Rainbow International office has coordinated a multi-state catastrophe response to help home and business owners recover from water damage after historic flooding along Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River. Mobile Catastrophe Response Teams from six states are on location to assist the thousands of people affected.

“Our local team welcomes this help from other Rainbow International offices,” said Gary Johnson, franchise owner of Rainbow International of Northeast Pennsylvania. “With flooding of this magnitude and severity, a coordinated response that pools the talents, resources and manpower of multiple locations in our network best serves the needs of the people impacted by this disaster.”

The double-punch of heavy precipitation from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee inundated large portions of eastern Pennsylvania, pushing dam and levee systems to their limits. At this time, 19 Pennsylvania counties have been declared federal disaster areas. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster recovery centers are open across the area and the American Red Cross has opened shelters to those in need.

Unseasonably cool temperatures forecast for the region for the next few days will compound the challenges facing home and business owners with water damaged properties.

“Our focus right now is helping as many people as we can get back into their homes,” Johnson added. “There are techniques and technology we can use, like Rapid Structural Drying, which allow us to help people displaced by this epic flood get back into their homes and their lives as quickly as possible.”

Rapid Structural Drying, a water damage restoration process pioneered by Rainbow International, involves the physical removal of water from a home or business, followed by evaporation using high-velocity air blowers and dehumidification.

Water damage is progressive in nature,” said Rainbow International President Rob White. “Safely and thoroughly drying a flooded home or business as quickly as possible can help mitigate potential future damage, including mold growth. Rapid Structural Drying helps minimize stress and inconvenience and is proven to reduce time and expense for property owners and their insurance providers.”

 “We’re joined by Rainbow International teams from across the nation as we work to help our friends and neighbors recover from this flood,” Johnson said. “That strength of numbers lets us help more people faster, which means everything if you’re forced out of your home or business by flood damage.”

Flood victims can visit and for help and more information.

The local Rainbow International team can be reached at (570) 965-2255 or


Rainbow International Hosts Two IICRC Certification Classes

September 14th, 2011 by Rainbow International

Rainbow International is excited to host two IICRC certification courses this week.

Twelve franchise owners, business development associates and service professionals are enrolled in the Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) IICRC certification course. An additional twelve franchise owners, business development associates and service professionals are enrolled in the Odor Control Technician (OCT) IICRC certification course.

States represented include Tennessee, Illinois, Georgia, New York, California and Texas.

Rainbow International is a strong proponent of continuing education for our growing network of water, fire, smoke and mold damage cleanup and restoration professionals. Classes are offered regularly throughout the year to help ensure knowledge of and adherence to new laws regulating the restoration industry. These classes also share best practice information on new technology, processes and procedures.


Rainbow International Mobile Catastrophe Teams Back Home After Helping Hurricane Irene Recovery Efforts

September 13th, 2011 by Rainbow International

John and Kelly Wheeler

Two Mobile Catastrophe Response Teams representing Rainbow International have returned after helping home and business owners in North Carolina recover from Hurricane Irene.

John Wheeler, owner of Rainbow International of Greenville (South Carolina), dispatched two trucks and teams of restoration specialists to help recovery efforts along coastal North Carolina. His teams worked primarily in Greenville and New Bern. “We were fortunate that South Carolina missed the blunt of Hurricane Irene’s impact,” Wheeler said. “Our neighbors to the north weren’t so lucky and saw considerably more damage. While Hurricane Irene didn’t pack the punch forecasters originally called for, many home and business owners suffered damage and we were privileged to help start the recovery process.”

Hurricane Irene made landfall August 27 near Cape Lookout, NC as a Category 1 storm. She then raked up the East Coast, causing extensive flooding and wind damage from Virginia to New England. Current U.S. estimates attribute 45 deaths and $7 billion in property damage to Hurricane Irene.

“The majority of the damage we saw came from extensive flooding and high winds,” Wheeler added. “The hurricane also spawned a number of tornadoes that added to the destruction. We were able to complete emergency water extraction and drying for a number of homes and businesses.”

Rainbow International Mobile Catastrophe Response Teams have completed similar work in the past, including recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina (2005) in Louisiana and Mississippi and Hurricane Ike (2008) in Texas.

“We’re in the disaster recovery business to help as many people as we can.” Wheeler said. “Families want to get back in their homes as soon as possible. Businesses need to re-open their doors quickly. At Rainbow International, we don’t just restore homes and businesses; we restore value, stability, and peace of mind.”

Rainbow International offers water, fire, smoke and mold damage cleanup and restoration services. Wheeler has owned and operated Rainbow International since 1999. Rainbow International also serves Anderson, Spartanburg and Pickens counties and the surrounding area.

Rainbow International may be reached at (864) 242-6707 or visit for more information or to schedule a service appointment.


Rainbow International President Rob White Featured in New Issue of “Franchise Canada” Magazine

September 9th, 2011 by Rainbow International

Rainbow International President Rob White is featured in the September/October 2011 issue of Franchise Canada Magazine. Check out his story as he details the journey from working in the corporate world, to small business ownership via franchising, to earning the president’s role.

Check out the article linked below. Enter 86 in the page number box to go straight to the story about Rob.