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Cooking Safety

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

One of the most frequent causes of household fire and smoke damage is due to cooking.  Because of this, it is important to practice safe cooking habits every time you cook! Below we have some helpful hints.

Protect Children from Scalds and Burns-Young children are at a high risk of being burned by hot food and liquids.  Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove

Watch What You're Cooking-The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or cooking food on the stove top.

Keep Things That Can Catch Fire and Heat Sources Apart-Keep anything that can catch fire-potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags away from any heat source.

Know Where Your Fire Extinguisher Is-Always have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to use it! 

Make sure to follow these helpful tips. And if you need us, we are always here to help at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909

3 Reasons Not to Wait on a Adjuster Before Restoring Your Home

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

After your home has sustained water damage due to a flood, flood insurances often requires an adjuster to come to your home to assess the damage that has been done.  However, waiting to restore your home until after an adjuster has seen is often not necessary for several reasons. 

1. Adjusters Are Busy

Once a natural diaster has occurred, insurance companies immediately begin to work with their customers to help them restore their homes. However, the demand for an adjuster to visit homes can mean you'll be waiting. Waiting to begin making major fixes to your home isn't necessary, and you can document the damage that has been by done by photographs and saving receipts. 

2. You Won't Lose Money Cleaning Up

Although you might be tempted to leave your home exactly as it is after is has sustained flood damage, you will not receive less compensation if you start the cleanup process quickly.  It is likely that you will want or need certain items removed from your home before your flood insurance company sends an adjuster to visit your home, and this is okay. Document the cleanup process can help to ensure you are fairly compensated for your loss.

3. Your Home Could Have More Damage

Minor issues in your home can quickly become major issues if they are not fixed in a timely manner.  Structural and mold damage can occur if your home is not dried out and if standing water is not removed.  In order to save yourself from having to spend more money, time and effort in restoring your home, it's often wise to start the restoration process quickly.

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is here to answer any questions you may have during this time. Give us a call at 601-634-0909

Tornado Tips!

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Tornadoes in Mississippi can be rampant this time of year because of the ever-changing weather. 

Here are some tips for being weather aware:

If you are at home during a tornado: 

Go to a windowless interior room on the lowest level of your house. Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller room without windows. 

Get away from windows.

Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.

Get under a heavy piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.

If you are at work or school during a tornado:

Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level.

Avoid places with wide-pan roof such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways or shopping malls.

If you are in a car during a tornado:

Never try to drive faster than a tornado in a car or truck.  Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.

Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.

If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle.  Be aware of the potential for flooding. 

As always, if SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can help in any way, give us a call at 601-634-0909.

Fire and SERVPRO

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Prevention Month is the perfect time to talk with your whole family about fire safety-include testing alarms, changing the batteries or upgrading to a 10-year sealed battery alarm for hassle -free protection, and escape planning.  

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo handles from the smallest of kitchen fires to the whole house being affected.  We are the Number 1 in the restoration business. We will come in and figure out what is salvageable and non salvageable and help you with your contents list for your insurance company.  We will work closely with your agent and adjuster and the homeowner to keep everyone informed of the progress in your home. You deserve the best for your home and family and we believe we are the best.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 601-634-0909.  

Categories of Water

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical.  

Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source: rainwater is also considered clean.  Gray water is slightly contaminated water;clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated.  Black water is highly contaminated  and filled with fungi, bacteria, and chemicals. Black water is usually caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster.  Black water should ALWAYS be handled by a trained professional.  

Make sure if you have a water damage to:

Shut off the water source if possible

Turn off the circuit breakers, to prevent electrical shock

Remove excess water by mopping and blotting

Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions

Move any paintings, art, computers, documents, and other items of value to a safe place

Don't use your household vacuum cleaner since there is potential for electrical shock

If you have any questions, call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

Useful Tips During a Storm

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can come about unexpectedly and can be severe! Are you ready for what happens if your area has storm damage?

If you have a power outage in the Vicksburg & Yazoo area be sure to:

Keep freezer and refrigerator doors closed. It will reduce the chance of food spoilage.

Use generators only outdoors and away from windows

Disconnect appliances/electronics. Power surges can destroy equipment

For people who use power wheelchairs, have a battery. 

Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home and/or business

If your area has a storm event it's a great idea to have an Emergency Preparedness Kit:

Inside of one, you could have non perishable food and water supplies for 72 hours.  Also a battery operated weather radio to keep you informed

Be sure to have a basic first aid kit for any emergency needs. 

If you have storm damage, make sure to call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

Your restaurant’s nightly checklist has to be followed to the letter in order to keep your business in great shape and ready for the next business day. Every item has to be thoroughly washed and sparkling clean on a daily basis; the kitchen flooring, stovetops and ovens, utensils, pots and coffee makers…. And then there’s the front of house - bathrooms, host stand, and bar area with all your glassware that needs attention. But you and your team have it all handled, every day.

Flooring in a busy restaurant can be a challenge, as well. Many eateries choose to install hardwood floors, which have to be treated regularly to avoid damage from high heels, spills, and scratches from table and chair movement.

Perhaps, however, your establishment has carpeting. A nightly vacuum and spot cleaning will go a long way towards preventing potential mold growth and other issues that can cause unpleasant odors, but your carpeting will still need a regular deep cleaning to keep floors looking the way you want them to. With carpeting, spills on carpeting don’t come up quite as easily or as completely as those on hardwood flooring, and a carpet in need of deep cleaning can look dull and worn, with the colors no longer as bright and fresh; that can reflect negatively on your guest’s experience. Make sure a deep cleaning is on your cleaning checklist! Just call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

10 Reasons to Use SERVPRO

10/9/2019 (Permalink)

People and businesses rely on SERVPRO to restore damaged property for many reasons. Here are just 10.


1. We Get It
SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo understands your situation. You want to keep costs down, repair the damage, and get back to normal. Those are our goals, too.

2. SERVPRO Is Qualified
Our repair and restoration team members have the best training in the industry. Our results will create a measurable difference for you.

3. We Respond To You Immediately
You can reach us 24/7. When a disaster strikes we respond as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can draw on more than 1,650 U.S. and Canadian locations to get the right equipment and right professionals to you faster than other companies.

4. You’re Part Of Our Team
We work with you and for you. You are in charge. You receive a complete explanation of the work we will do and why it needs to be done a certain way. Like you, we don’t appreciate surprises.

5. We Use The Latest Technology
The past few years have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo   to restore your property to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

6. We Practice The Golden Rule Of Restoration
Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo  professionals practice the golden rule, "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." We make sure pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restorability.

7. For Claim And Other Purposes, Your Loss Is Itemized
SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo  can give you an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items. 

8. We’ll Help You Prevent Losses, Not Just Deal With Them
Our services start with prevention. We’ll come out to your business or home and do a review of how you can protect yourself, your family, your business, and your property from potential losses. That’s another old rule (from Ben Franklin) we like: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Check out our SERVPRO Ready Plan. 

9. We Handle Any Loss From A Natural Disaster—Big Or Small
Have multiple locations? No problem. Suffer a small loss from water or fire or wind? We can handle it. Have a massive, complex disaster to recover from? That’s within our scope of services, too.

10. We’re Approved, Certified, And Experienced
We’re trained to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our professionals attend SERVPRO continuing education classes. SERVPRO has been in business for more than 45 years.  Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. 

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Carpet Cleaning An After Photo of A Commercial Carpet Cleaning

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

Commercial carpet cleaning is a job that is very competitive in today's society. Whether you are needing your carpet cleaning due to damages, such as fire or water damage, or just because it is a frequently used and worn down area that needs a good cleaning, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo team will go above and beyond to meet your expectations. For more severe jobs, the Alabama team may even come up to the job and price the cleaning. SERVPRO teams from all over come together and do what they can to make sure that the customer is happy and completely satisfied with the outcome. 

If you ever need commercial carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning or even duct cleaning, just call our office at 601-634-0909! SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo will gladly come out and give you a free estimate!

FIRE SAFETY TIPS

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Bedroom Fire The aftermath of a Bedroom Fire

Fires and fire damage are common things we see in our world.  But if you are prepared, you have a much better chance of having the least damage to your home.  

Fire Extinguishers:

-Always have more than one working extinguisher in your home. Some great places to keep an extinguisher are under the kitchen sink and in the bedroom

-If you are going to install an extinguisher on the wall remember to place it high on the wall and away from any heat soucres

Smoke Alarms:

-Test smoke alarms every month and batteries should be replaced at least once a year

-Make sure you have ample smoke alarms throughout the home

And have an evacuation plan with your family  and practice it! 

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is here to help if you have any questions.  Just give us a call at 601-634-0909