Has your Water bill increased?
Have you noticed a change in your water bill? It could be a slow climb or a sudden increase, but either way it may be an indicator that you have a water leak. One of the most common reasons for a large water loss is a hidden leak in pipes that be may be concealed by walls, flooring or cabinets. If you notice a change in your water bill, you may want to take a closer look around your home for signs of hidden water leaks. Some things to look for are discoloration, bubbling or flaking paint, damp carpets, buckling or cupping wooden floor or a musty smell. If the water leak has been going on for an extended period of time, you may already have mold which can produce and "off" smell and you may have visible growth. The only way to detect the exact source is to use a moisture meter or cutting drywall. If you experience a water damage, give SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo a call at 601-634-0909 and we can make it "Like it never even happened."
Vacation Prep List
We often get water damages after people have been away from their house for an extended time. Here are a few preventive things you can do while you are away.
Exterior lighting, security systems and even smart phones enable a homeowner to deter intruders. For most of us, water damage never crosses our mind. Did you know that a 1/2 inch supply line flows at a rate of 50 gallons of water per minute? Just for reference, a standard tub holds roughly 80 gallons of water. Imagine your bathtub completely emptying in your home every 2 minutes! Can you imagine what damage could be done if this happens on the first day of your vacation and you don't know until you arrive back home days later. At SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo, we have the this kind of damage on numerous occasions. Not only flooding of the entire footprint of the home, but also mold. If left untreated, a water loss can cause mold growth to begin in as little as 24-48 hours. We recommend that as part of your pre-travel checklist, you add turning off the main water supply to your home. The best way to prevent disaster is to be prepared!
Let Us Help You
After a catastrophic storm event, you may feel like your life is in shambles. It can be overwhelming, stress and confusing. Where do you begin to pick up the pieces? That is where SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo comes in and can help! We have vast experience in handling storm situations. We have traveled all over the country to help those in need. Not only does this mean we are experts in figuring out the damage and quickly creating plans of action, but we are familiar with the insurance process as well. As a preferred provider for numerous carriers, we know what they want and how to get the job done quickly. We will take the burden off you by acting as an intermediary between you and your insurance company for any claims that are covered. Because we do this on a regular basis, many times we have resources that may be unavailable to a customer at the time. Such as dumpsters, pods or storage units. We are here to help you through it all. When it comes to disaster recovery, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo wants to help you when you need it the most. Let us handle the worry for you, so you can get your life back on track faster.
Things to Do After A Fire
Often SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is called when a fire is ongoing either by the customer, an insurance agent or insurance adjuster. These are some of the pointers that we have for our customers.
*Call your insurance company and report the claim
*Take pictures of damage
*Make sure the property is secure, we at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can help you with a board up
*If you are renting, contact the owner/landlord immediately
*Contact family and friends to let them know you are ok
*Keep all receipts for any personal items you may immediately need to replace-i.e. clothes, make-up, toiletries or food
*Notify your children's school so they will understand that the students are under unusual stress
*Contact utility companies to make them aware of the situation
At SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo, we are here to help, day or night. If you need us please call 601-634-0909.
Why Choose SERVPRO in a Move Out
When an insured experiences a fire loss, it is often necessary to move the home’s contents to another location for storage, security and restoration of damaged contents. This process is also referred to as a pack out.
Damage to a structure requiring a move out will involve the entire structure rather than be localized to one room. If only one room is affected, the contents may be moved to other rooms in the structure while repairs are being made instead of out of the house. In other occasions, it is necessary to move contents out of the entire structure. Once a move out is decided upon, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo follows a precise process to ensure that it is done correctly.
When arriving to assess the damage professionals will pretest items to determine their clean-ability. This process will help to determine what items are restorable and what items need to be deemed claim items. In all situations, our priority is getting your customer back into their home or office in a timely manner. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo professionals will make a complete inventory of all items being moved out of the structure on a room-to-room basis to ensure all items are detailed. Those items that are restorable will be carefully packed for removal.
After the contents are packed and the furniture is labeled, the professionals from SERVPRO will check off each item on the inventory list as it is being loaded into the moving can for removal.
Once removed, each item will be carefully restored and stored until the structure is ready for the move back. When the structure has been restored, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo professionals will return the cleaned and restored contents to the insured.
Water Damage in Commercial Buildings
Water Damage and commercial properties can result in a loss of revenues and customers. These damages can be due to broken plumbing, flooding, leaky pipes, or other issues. When it comes to your business, it is essential to get remediation as soon as possible. If water damage is left untreated, it can lead to the growth of mold, mildew, and fungi. Your carpets and furniture can have a strange odor which can deter your clients and customers. The further you allow the problem to persist, the more costly it can be in the future. Luckily, there are steps that you can take when you notice the first hint of damage.
Whether it is a flood or some form of moisture, commercial water damage in the Vicksburg & Yazoo area can be a major headache. One of the first things that you want to do when you discover potential water damage is to verify the extent of the problem. A visual check might not be enough to establish the full scope of the issue. Water can soak into many materials without showing any visible signs of damage for an extended period. To accurately tell how far the water has spread, you would need a unique tool to measure the moisture in the building. A moisture meter can help you measure the moisture content of the material to help you establish how much damage has spread the severity of the moisture. Unfortunately, these types of high tech tools can be quite costly and difficult to use and interpret. This issue is why it is essential to contact a water restoration expert to help you with this mess. Experts, such as SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo, can send a technician that can utilize advanced equipment to assist you in this battle.
The SERVPRO technician can use the mitigation process to get rid of water from the scene as quickly as possible. The extractor can clean your carpet and remove liquids from the floor. The air movers can enhance evaporation at the surface to reduce drying time.
If you are in need of a reliable restoration company, call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo.
Deodorizing Your Home After a Fire
Did you know that in two minutes a small fire can turn into a life-threatening situation? Not taking immediate action in the next five minutes can lead to your home burning down. Making that lifesaving call to the local fire department can save you and your family. If the damage is not extensive, your home is easy to restore back to the pre-fire damage condition. Before enter your home, removal of the smoke odor is a must. Here are three deodorization equipment used by fire damage restoration technicians.
Using the ozone machine by fire damage technicians in your home eliminates odors caused by mold and fire. As a portable unit, it works by generation ozone, an unstable gas composed of oxygen molecules. The gas reacts with smoke odor oxidizing the residue and removing it. Before turning on the machine, SERVPRO restoration experts ensure no pets, people or plants are present. After completion of the deodorization process, the gas reverts to normal oxygen.
SERVPRO fire damage experts also use the electric sprayers to dispense chemicals. It does this at 50 psi. During restoration, we spray the chemical directly on the surface. The electric sprayer method is applied to heavily charred structural components or carpets. When sprayed, the chemical wets the surface. This is the reason whey we only use it on surfaces with little or no potential of discoloring.
Ventilation Box Fan
Unlike the ozone machine, the ventilation box fan generates airflow at great velocity. With a velocity range of 3,000-5,000 cubic feet of air per minute, the machine works by removing odor, vapors, and fumes. To ventilate and deodorize fire damages, thermal fogging is necessary. To ensure complete removal of all smoke odor and residue, the exchange of air must be done 40 times. The ventilation box fan is also useful when drying a wet structure and firefighting.
SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is a trusted leader in the fire damage restoration industry that people have come to rely on. To get rid of smoke odor professionally, call our office at 601-634-0909
Do You Know What Kind of Homeowner's Coverage You Have?
It is likely that your homeowner's insurance policy will cover particular kinds of water damage to the inside of your home. There are several factors which will determine precisely what it covers. The type and cost of the homeowner's policy you carry will first determine the deductible, plus any limits to payouts that arise from particular claims. There are 3 basic types of insurance policies for homeowners, HO1, HO2, and HO3.
Their different coverage restrictions and premium costs differentiate each type. HO1 policies need lower premium payments, however, carry deductibles on the high side and might not cover some kinds of damage to the homes that are covered by other policies. HO2 policies are intermediate, and usually have deductibles that are moderate and cover a majority of damages. HO3 policies are the most expensive and generous for insurance for homeowners. These policies give you limited deductibles and have a lot of perks which make them well worth their extra cost.
There are cetain kinds of damages in the Vicksburg/Yazoo area which a homeowner's insurance policy does not cover. Natural flood damage from a source has to be covered under a distinct policy for flood insurance. Homes in elevated areas or dry climates away from natural sources of water might not need flood insurance policies. However, homes in low-lying areas along lakes, river or oceans could need flood insurance.
The market for these insurance types is quite localized. In areas that are flood-prone where there are regular basement floods, flood insurance can be extremely costly. This is true also in areas which regularly experience severe thunderstorms and hurricanes. The flood insurance market in Florida is regulated to lower the cost out-of pocket from the homeowners living there.
During a weather event, if your home sustains water damage, a homeowners policy that is generous could cover your repair costs in particular circumstances. You will likely need to show your claims adjuster that the damaged happened because of a defect in the construction of your home. This reasoning could work to explain why water seeped through a window that was sealed improperly or by the structure having a weak point. It is not as likely to be an explanation that is adequate for water which has entered into the home clearly through an open door or window.
A homeowner's insurance policy is likely more to cover water damage that is associated with faulty appliances, or plumbing. This outcome, of course, is not guaranteed, either.
SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can help you with any water damage inside your home.
All Water Damages Are Not the Same
Many people expect all water damage to be the result of a water line breaking, or from flooding, or perhaps a bathtub overflowing. Not all water damage is the product of such dramatic events. Even a minuscule leak can cause as much damage as a larger one, simply because it is either is not noticed or because it seems so insignificant.
Faucets can leak under the sink they are situated on, allowing water to spread slowly under the cabinetry. Leaks under the sink can include where the water lines meet the faucet, and also where the drain pipe connects to the sink's drain. Water can slowly travel from small cracks in either location and create a mess that can take months to make.
When tubs and faucets are not matched, misalignment can happen. Water flowing from the faucet into the tub can flow over the overflow vents. Unless these are properly connected, water can pool inside the wall or under the tub.
Appliances that use water can also be the reason for water damage. Leaks, overflows, and other malfunctions can either over time or suddenly, cause water emergencies. When an incident like this occurs, extra caution is warranted so that electrical shock does not cause injury or death. Your safety needs to always be a priority in such events.
When water damage has been building over time, secondary water damage should also be a concern. Water affects different materials in various ways, and this can change over time. Even small amounts of water can allow pathogens to grow, provide incentives to pests, such as ants, to colonize inside your home and weaken structures, such as the flooring under your tub or washing machine. If you have water damage , please call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
In a joint effort to honor the service and sacrifice of America's First Responders, the annual college football bowl games played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas gas been renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is set for Monday, Dec. 30. For the first time the game will be played at SMU's Gerald J. Ford in Dallas, Texas.
We are looking forward to the new venue and date as part of the celebration of the 10th year of this bowl game's history," said Brant Ringler, executive director of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. " In addition to those changes, we hope to grow the number of first responders who attend the game and find new ways to say thank you to them for their service in our communities."
For additional information about the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, please visist FirstResponderBow.com.