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5 Common Sewage Problems in Commercial Buildings

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

Your building's biggest drain is its sewer line.  Major problems can occur as a result of a damaged or blocked sewer line.  These issues can wreak havoc on a commercial building if they aren't discovered and solved early on. Beware of the following potential problems.

1. Substances Building Up 

Never put grease down a drain: it'll solidify and build up in pipes. Coffee grounds are also one of the worst substances for a drain.

2. Foreign Objects Getting Stuck

Sanitary sewer lines and bathroom drains-both residential and commercial-are designed to handle only human waste and toilet tissue.  Nothing else should be put down the drains. Even paper towels and "flushable wipes" are harmful to septic systems. 

3. Tree Roots Growing

In their search for moisture and nutients, tree roots will invariably find your sewer system.  They'll even grow into the line by infiltrating cracks that develop in the pipes.  this can cause serious problems such as pipe breaks, as well as leaking or blocked sewer lines. A toilet overflow is often the first sign of a sewer blockage. 

4. Lines Failing

Freezing and thawing cycles in the ground, shifting soil, tree roots or the settling of a structure can can pipe breaks, cracks or collapse.  When damaged sewer lines leak, the water will saturate the ground surrounding the pipes, causing more damage to the line when it freezes.  Piping that isn't made of PVC is a risk of deteriorating and can give way, obstructing flow through the pipe. 

5. Pipes Sagging

Over time, parts of pipes will sag deeper into the ground. Water, waste, and sediment will then collect in the "bellied" area and get trapped, blocking the line from flowing properly.  Always be mindful of signs of a leaking blocked sewer line at your commercial building. If a problem occurs, call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage is especially devastating for a business or commercial property. In addition to the fire and smoke damage, significant water damage from firefighting efforts and fire suppression systems may occur. Every hour spent restoring your business back to pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity.  If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we'll respond immediately to get you back to business. 

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and mange the restoration project through to its completion.  

We can respond immediately to your commercial fire damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage.  We are part of a national network of over 1,700 franchise with special disaster recovery teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disaster. 

We proudly service these counties: Humphreys, Holmes, Sharkey, Issaquena, Warren, Yazoo, Claiborne and Jefferson. 

Certified SERVPRO Cleaned

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

As our communities get back to business, we all have a new sense of what it means to be clean. In fact, 89% of consumers are still uneasy about going back to brick-and-mortar locations. At SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo, we are dedicated to inspiring confidence in our 8 counties as we all find our way to anew normal. 

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, is our defensive pathogen cleaning program, goes way beyond standard janitorial cleaning practices. This is a proactive viral pathogen cleaning. With over 50 years of experience in biochemical spill remediation and decontamination, you can trust SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo to bring a higher standard of clean to the places we gather. 

So how does it work? It's grounded in our unique 3 C's:

Consult: Not all business are the same, so we'll tailor a cleaning program on the business uniqueness. 

Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean in initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC. 

Certify: You'll know a business is CERTIFIED: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window.  Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security  of their employees, customers and community.

Choose SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo for all your commercial cleaning needs. 

YOUR BELONGINGS AND FIRE DAMAGE

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo understands your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure, they make it a home. 

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can't be replaced.  We pretest your belongs to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

Dry Cleaning-Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.

Wet Cleaning-An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues. 

Spray and Wipe-Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning. 

Foam Cleaning-Usef for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned. 

Abrasive Cleaning-Involved agitation of the surface being cleaned. 

Immersion Cleaning-Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can conduct and organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including: 

Quicker remodeling process

Protecting items from potential damage

Protection contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. 

Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909. We will come out and work with you and your insurance company to help put your life back together. 

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo has the resources to handle any size commercial water damage.  We have experience in handling commercial size water damages of all sizes and understand how important it is for your business to get back to "normal" as soon as possible. We at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo have a highly trained staff and our sister franchises are only a few towns away to help with the capacity of anything you may call us with. We are always here to help and are here to make the process as easy as possible for you! Please call us 24/7 at 601-634-0909 for all of your water and fire restoration needs. 

Fire Damage Restoration Process

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.  

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solutions, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our processes for the "typical" fire damage emergency. 

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us.  Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resource. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water.  We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.  

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongs to pre-fire condition. We're also trained to removed odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step-getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet: or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

Commercial Mold Remediation

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Beside causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial property.  Mold infestations can be caused by minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting.  Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your proeprty has a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo and we will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

-24 Hour Emergency Service

-Faster to Any Size Disaster

-A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 franchises

-Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialist

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated.  SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo will respond quickly, working  to first contain the infestation to help prevent its spread to other parts of the building.  Next, we will begin the remediation process, working safely and effectively to manage the situation.  We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.  

3 Reasons Not to Wait for an Adjuster to Visit before Restoring your Home

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

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

1. Adjusters are busy

Once a natural disaster 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'l be waiting to see an adjuster.  Waiting to begin making major fixes to your home isn't necessary, and you can document the damage that has been done by taking 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 that's okay.  Documenting the cleanup process can help to ensure you are fairly compensated for your losses. 

3. Your Home Could Become More Damaged

Minor issues in your home can quickly become major issues if they are not fixed in a timely manner.  Structural damage, mold damage and more 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.  

Knowing that you do not have to wait for your flood insurance company to send an adjuster to your home before beginning the restoration process might help you save money and protect your home.  As you start the restoration process, many people find it helpful to work with professionals in water damage cleanup and restoration. 

10 Things to focus on when dealing with a Water Damage Loss

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Experiencing a water loss can be a traumatic time for you or your business. We put together a free guide of 10 things that walk you through the process of what to focus on if you have a water loss in your home or business. 

1. Assess the situation: It is critical to look over the situation and see exactly what you are dealing with. It is critical to make sure that you take plenty of photographs of the damage and make sure that the source of what caused the damage is well documented. It is extremely important to make sure you do not walk or enter the water if the power is still on in the home or business. At this time it is recommended to check with your insurance company to see what type of coverage you have. 

2. Check was is wet throughout the damaged area: Through the use of moisture meters and other devices, you can begin to see what is wet and what is not. It is critical that you map out the damage and affected area.  This can be an important part of the documentation process. 

3. Begin the water extraction process: The first step after the documentation has begun, is to get the water removed as soon as possible. If the water sits for to long, it can cause secondary damage. 

4. Begin to removed damaged materials that can not be dried and ventilate enclosed areas. Once all of the water has been extracted, certain flood cuts and other vent holes might be necessary. this is to allow air flow in closed off spaces. 

5. Start to place air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the structure. The proper amount of equipment is critical when drying out a structure. It is important to make sure that all of the guidelines of the IICRC are followed to insure proper drying times. 

6. Monitor the drying process daily: Every 24 hours it is critical to make sure that you are checking the facility to make sure that it is drying. Sometimes there might be a delay in the drying process due to the source of the damage not being corrected. 

7. Remove Equipment: Once the home or building is dry, all of the equipment can be removed. It is important to make sure that the right cleaning products are used to clean up the affected area. 

8. Document with more photos: After the job is complete, be sure to document with more photos. 

9. Begin the reconstruction process: Once everything is dry, you can begin to put the pieces back together.  In some cases you might have to hire a contract to do specific tasked like repair damaged drywall from the water 

10. Keep complete records on file: After the entire job is complete, be sure to keep all of your records on backup

Remember to call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo if we can help at 601-634-0909!

What Should Go Inside a First Aid Kit?

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

It is imperative that any place of business or commercial property include one or more first aid kits. This means that you will be ready in the event of an injury or emergency.  You can find pre-made kits, but it can be more cost effective to put one together yourself.  What should go inside?

Bandages

One of the many important category of items is bandages.  You should include many different sizes and types. You can never have too many, but some basic additions you can make are:

gauze pads of multiple sizes

gauze roller bandages

triangular bandages

adhesive bandages of multiple sizes

band-aids

adhesive tape

Wound Preparation

Before the bandages go on, the injury should be tended to. This means your first aid kit should include tools for cleaning and stabilizing.  Typical cleaning agents like moistened towelettes or hydrogen peroxide are essential. Tweezers and scissors can help remove the debris or clothing from the area. 

Emergency Equipment

If possible, within the box or bag, you should also include an emergency kit. A blanket can be helpful in case of shock or if the injured person needs to be warmed up.  Resuscitation bags and pocket masks make CPR more sanitary.  Water bottles can also come in handy for both drinking and rinsing off.