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Water Damage in Commercial Buildings

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

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

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

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.  

Ozone Machine

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. 

Electric Sprayer

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?

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

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

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

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

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Happy Holiday! 

Insurance Agents Choose SERVPRO

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why Many Insurance Agents and Adjusters Use SERVPRO 

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo has worked with many insurance agents and claim adjusters. We understand your situation.  As an agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claim costs down while providing the best services possible for your clients. Here are a few reason why so many insurance agents and adjusters trust us:

Fast Emergency Response

Restoring commercial or residential property is the first priority at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo. Your insurance client will appreciate your immediate response and you will know we;re doing everything we can to limit the damage and the costs.  

Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense

Like insurance agents and claim adjusters, we know resorting property is less expensive than replacing property.  Our goal is always to restore whenever possible and replace only when necessary.  That's why SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo performs pretesting on every loss so we can determine restorability. 

Claims Inventory Service

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can provide insurance agents and claim adjusters with an itemized loss inventory.  We give you a report and pictures of important items. Your work is made simpler and clearer becasue we provide you with a complete and accurate picture of the incident. 

Serving Adjusters and Your Clients

At SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo it is our job to reassure your clients, perform quality service, and report to you quickly.  We know your job is to interpret the policy and adjust the claim.  We don't want you to have to deal with problems from vendors.  Working with you, we strive to save you time so you can focus on priority files, while having complete control of every loss you've assigned.  We offer you 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation and loss assessment in a timely fashion.  SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo's documented, measured performance increases value to you, your agency, your managers and your clients. 

Here to Help

The job of SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is to reassure the customer, provide excellent service and communication with the insurance agents and adjusters quickly.  We work together with the agents to provide quick and effective property restoration and make it "Like it never even happened."  

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.