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Do you know where mold grows?

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is not a very friendly word any home or business owner wants to hear and can be dangerous to your health! Mold can grow on any material as long as moisture and oxygen are present. If mold is left alone it can cause damage to the structure of a home and your belongings. These are some places to keep an eye on in your home or business for mold growth:

* Basements that have been flooded 

* Under kitchen sinks 

* Underneath/Behind refrigerators

* Bathroom showers and sinks 

* Air Conditioner units

* Around windows that leak

* Attics and crawlspace

If you suspect your home or business has a mold problem contact SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let our trained professionals rid the problem for you. Our technicians are highly trained and use the most up to date equipment to rid the mold. Let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Kitchen Fires

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Over the years many restaurants have made huge strides to become more efficient, high efficiency stoves, grills and ovens. Unfortunately, with the new innovations this has made restaurant kitchen fires much more common. Here are some tips that may help protect your restaurant:

-Keep your restaurant clean & organized to keep certain items from igniting such as

 * Oil and grease on walls and kitchen hood

 * Accumulation of food waste

 * Card board boxes from food storage

-Make sure the grease traps are cleaned.

-Always remember to keep your kitchen area clear of any trash. 

-Make sure to have proper functioning fire suppression systems so you can respond fast if a fire does ignite. 

-Lastly, make sure you have a fire safety plan for all of your employees and make sure they understand their roles and responsibilities. 

If your business ever experiences a kitchen fire call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let our trained professionals make it "Like it never even happened."

Cleaning Services for your Commercial Property

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

You don’t have time to worry about the common wear and tear that gradually soils your office. When grime, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you should call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo for prompt service. Whether it’s removing an odor problem or deep cleaning flooring or carpets, you can rely on us to make your workspace look its very best.

Have Questions? Call Today – (601)634-0909

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo offers cleaning services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

      *Duct Cleaning

      *Tile & Grout Cleaning

      *Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

      *Biohazard

      *Vandalism

      *Drapes & Blinds

If your commercial property needs some attention give SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo a call and let our trained professionals make your building like new again. 

Flooded Carpet & Pad

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooded Carpet & Pad Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909

After a flood, many homeowners and property managers wonder if their carpet and pad can be saved.  The answer is, it depends.  Factors such as the age and quality of the carpet and pad, as well as the type of installation used, have to be taken into consideration. However, the type of floodwater that caused the damage is most important when determining whether or not carpet and padding can be salvaged.

There are 3 floodwater categories that determine whether the carpet and padding can be restored to their pre-disaster condition:

  • Category 1 (clean water): non-contaminated water that may come from a broken pipe, sink, etc. After the water has been extracted, carpets and pads can be dried and restored in place.
  • Category 2 (gray water): dirty water that has been released by sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers, etc. The carpet can usually be restored if it has been wet for less than 48 hours. The pad is replaced in most cases.
  • Category 3 (black water): water containing dangerous contaminants that may originate from sewage and toilet backflows as well as from floods caused by natural disasters. To protect your family’s health, carpets and pads should be removed, discarded and replaced.

Since every water damage situation is different, you cannot know for sure if or when your carpet and pad can be salvaged until you have a professional restoration company inspect the situation.

The faster you report the disaster, the lower the costs will be. If you’re dealing with a flooding problem, contact  SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist at 601-634-0909.

Fire Safety Facts

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety Facts Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909

  • Limit movement in the area to prevent further damage.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Clearly mark the area with caution signs and safety tape.
  • If area is safe, list vital contents for emergency restoration/priority service. 
  • Be sure your staff wears proper personal protection equipment. 
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas. 
  • Wash off both sides of leaves on indoor plants.
  • Change HVAC filters and tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system. 
  • Do not attempt to wash walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO Professional. 
  • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first contacting your local SERVPRO Professional. 
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances, computers, television, radios, etc., that may have been close to fire, heat or water without first contacting an authorized repair service.

Tips For Flooded areas

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Because of our location as a gulf state, Mississippi residents are especially prone to damage caused by floods.  Flooding can be common during the hurricane season but unusual weather patterns can also bring unexpected flooding of the type we have witnessed in our state over the last few years.

If your home has flooded, it is important to conduct a list of safety checks before returning inside.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development has produced an in-depth document outlining these safety steps.  They include:

  • Checking the roof for dips across the surface
  • Checking external walls to determine if they are no longer plum
  • Checking the foundation from the outside to see if it has been damaged
  • Making sure electricity and gas have been shut off

Once inside, there can be multiple safety hazards and threats.  The presence of mold is a real possibility and a valid concern for your personal safety.  If you have an older home, there is also the risk of lead or asbestos contamination.  Flood water contains multiple health hazards and just because the visible water is gone, it doesn’t mean the contaminants are no longer a threat.

If your home or business is ever flooded call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909. 

Residential fires

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

When smoke and flames consume a residence, trying to pick up the pieces and return to a normal life may seem impossible.   Fire damage restoration is an important first step in the process of rebuilding the structure and making it a livable space once again. The process of remediation after this kind of loss is time-sensitive and involves a number of steps. Finding a professional organization to perform this process can lessen stress, on the body and mind as well as financially, and help property owners return to the home that they love. A professional fire damage restoration team follows a number of steps in achieving the goal of returning the affected property to its former state. Proper cleaning of the structure itself, proper cleaning of your contents as well as properly cleaning your air conditioning unit will ensure that your home will be smoke free and you can get back to normal.

If your home or business is ever damaged by a fire call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo (601)-634-0909 and let our trained professionals make it "Like it never even happened."

Do's and Dont's for a water damage.

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most common questions during a water damage is “what do I need to do until help arrives?”  Here a few Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to water damage.

Do’s:

  • Contact your local restoration company as soon as possible
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by shop vacuum, mopping or blotting
  • Wipe excess water from around wood furniture after removal of lamps and table top items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery items such as cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • In the summer, turn on HVAC unit to maximize drying
  • Remove colored rugs from wall to wall carpeting areas to minimize staining
  • Pick up loose items, such as toys and clothes,  to allow maximum air to reach the wet areas

Don’ts:

  • Leave fabrics wet in place, dry them as soon as possible
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature
  • Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet floors
  • Use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Use TV’s or other household appliances while standing on wet floors
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water

Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Do you know the different classes of a water damage?

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Do you know the different classes of a water damage? SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909

To get started in the restoration of a home or business that has been affected by water damage, it is important to know the extent of damage that you are getting into. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are four classes of destruction that explain the severity levels of water damage. Knowing the class of destruction first will help in making a restoration plan to fix the water damage.            

Classes of Destruction

*Class 1 –

            Class 1 is the easiest water damage to deal with due to the slow evaporation rate. Only part of the room or area is affected for this class and there is little to no wet carpet that has been affected.

*Class 2 –

            Due to the fast evaporation rate of Class 2, the whole room becomes affected. From the carpeting to the walls and structure, moisture covers the room.

*Class 3 -

            Class 3 involves the fastest evaporation rate where ceilings have now become involved. Most instances from this class have had liquid come from the ceiling. The moisture in these incidents will most likely affect the ceiling, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors.

*Class 4 –

            When an area has reached class 4, this means that the liquid has had enough time to completely saturate materials such as hardwood, brick or even stone. These incidents require specialty-drying situations.

If your home or business is ever affected by water call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let our trained professionals make it "Like it never even happened."

Ways to Prevent Mold Growth.

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Ways to Prevent Mold Growth. Call SERVPRO of VIcksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 for all of your Mold concerns.

NO home or business owner likes to see Mold growth. There are several ways to prevent mold growth in your home or business. Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Control your indoor climate
  2. Keep a eye out for standing water
  3. Do not leave wet clothing around for more then two days.
  4. If the moisture becomes to much in your home, add a dehumidifier. 
  5. Check for drainage problems around the home.
  6. Eliminate clutter in and outside of the home.
  7. Properly size your air conditioner unit to the size of your home.
  8. An indoor humidity monitor will help you keep track of the moisture in your home.
  9. Always check your air conditioning unit before turning it on for the season.
  10. Call a professional if you believe you may have any mold problem.

If you suspect you have mold growth in your home or business call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let us make it "Like it never even happened".