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Is Your Business Prepared for Winter

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Prepare your business for winter weather!

-Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries. 

-Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential. 

-Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.

-Ask your SERVPRO Professional about starting an Emergency Ready Profile for your business. 

What is an Emergency Ready Profile?

It is a "snapshot" of each building owned/managed by a business, that provides critical information for emergency preparation. 

Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at  601-634-0909 to schedule a time to start an Emergency Ready Profile 

Eliminating Cigarette Smell

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Have you just moved into a home or apartment with a strong nicotine smell? There are some home remedies to try, but these will only work under certain circumstances.  There are many questions to consider, like how long the cigarette smoke has been impacting the area, how strong the smell is, and where the smell is concentrated. 

If the home remedies are unsuccessful, it is best to send a professional out to inspect it.  Once we can establish the extent of the damage, we beginning to plan action steps for ridding the home of the stench. Often nicotine residue can cling to the HVAC system, so a full duct cleaning could be the answer to residual odor that seems to outlast other odor removal methods.  If the ducts have been cleaned, then we will ozone the affected areas. We will bring in air scrubbers to remove the airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process. 

Aft the ozone process is complete, we will us a thermal fogger, which uses a special solvent-based deodorizer that is heated and applied as a dry fog/smoke. Thermal foggers rely on a deodorizing solution that is vaporized in the fogger then blown into the room permeating all of the contents and structural elements. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909. 

Are Your Appliances Causing Water Damage?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Think about the last time your appliances were moved or inspected

Many of us don't think about the household appliances that we use every single day. For most, they probably become a passing thought about how much wear and tear they are receiving. Most of the appliances we use to make our everyday lives easier to utilize water. This means they are prone to leaks at some point if they are not caught early on. Water damage can sit for ages before you as a homeowner realize.  This is why regular inspections are important for prevention. 

Inspect These Appliances for Leaks Often:

Hot Water Heater

The lifetime of a hot water heater will typically span 10 to 15 years, but leaks can start much earlier than this. The seals and pipes connected to the hot water heater can often break down, so keeping an eye out for any accumulation both during and after us is a smart move. 

Refrigerator

The rarity with which refrigerators are moved can lead to secret water damage that festers for ages before it is brought to light.  A refrigerator's water lines are typically made from a soft plastic that can easily fall, so checking for leaks behind and under the fridge as part of your annual home maintenance is wise. 

Dishwasher

A dishwasher's tubbing is just as problematic as a refrigerator, but is even more isolated and utilizes far more water.  Additionally, homeowner's insurance often does not cover water damage caused by older models of dishwashers, so regular checks are extremely important to keep up with. 

Washing Machine

Washing machine hoses are some of the most common sources of leaks. Because they notorious for this, it is recommended that they are inspected at least once a month by homeowners so you can be sure no issues have arisen.  In addition to the regular checks, they should be fully replaced every five years in order to prevent hidden deterioration. 

Air Conditioner

The drain in your HVAC unit is designed to keep condensation from pooling in and around the unit, but if this drain malfunctions, water damage can quickly be caused. Reference your manufacturer's manual to determine how often your unit should be inspected and serviced-having a professional technician evaluate your machine is the best defense against HVAC=created water damage

24/7 Emergency Water Damage

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is available 24 hours a day for emergency damage services. Whe you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial.  A delay in dealing with the water damage can greatly impact the severity of the water damage. 

We answer the phone 24 hours a day, ready to help you! 

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, upset and vulnerable. You will need an expert to guide your through this tough time. 

What to Expect

When you call us we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency.  These questions will help us determine the scope of the damage, the type and quantity of equipment and resources that may be required, including how many trained SERVPRO professionals will be needed. 

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask:

Your Name and Contact Information

The Address of the Water Damage

When did the Damage Occur

What Cause the Water Damage

How many Rooms were affected

The flooring type of the affected Rooms

Is there Electricity Available

Your Insurance Information ( if applicable) 

If you need help during a water damage, call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

We Clean Ducts!

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality.  Did you know that your HVAC system is the lungs of your home?  It takes air in and breathes air out, circulating air and contaminates 5 to 7 times a day, on average. 

Some of these contaminants are:

  • Dust and dander
  • Pollen
  • Odors
  • Dirt and Debris
  • Other contaminants

These contaminants can be harmful to all occupants, but some may be more sensitive than others.  Allergy and asthma sufferers as well as elderly and young children could be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor quality that air duct cleaning can help address. 

Another reason to have your heating and cooling system cleaned is for energy savings.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted.  Contaminants cause the systems to work harder and shorten the life of your system.  When the HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. 

To schedule your HVAC cleaning call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

Let Us Help You Sell Your House Today!

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Currently, we are in a time where the real estate market is hot. Houses are selling faster than they can be listed. We are seeing interest rates drop to an all-time low and what a better time to have an edge with a reputation for having quality listings whether it be a commercial or a residential listing. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo understands that you want to move a sale through quickly to get your commission. How your listing looks is everything to a potential buyer and we can assist in making that happen. It doesn’t matter what shape or situation your listing is in, the SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo team can assist you in many different ways to make this sale is quick and the most profitable for you!  Our team can assist you in inspecting a crawl space/attic area for mold, water, or biohazard damage and fix this damage efficiently.  Our team can even assist in estate sales in the case of hoarder cleanouts with optional inventory itemization and cleaning services.   A SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo professional would be happy to attend your next sales meeting to discuss how to recognize the potential for mold and what to do in case of a fire or water emergency. Just give us a call at 601-634-0909

What Happens After a Fire

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

After a fire, smoky residue saturates every opening because of the convection pattern that flames typically form during ignition. The soot constructs up in layers that may end up being solidified and tough to eliminate which is another reason to leave the cleaning to a specialist.

When the cleaning teams arrive, they promptly differentiate salvageable items from charred debris, taking the things creating the strongest odors out for cleaning.

Following a fire, wall surface areas can be harmed by soot. Non-water based cleaners need to be used to remove soot from walls. These kinds of chemicals should be handled by a specialist due to the fumes and toxicity. Water-based cleaning items can cause spots to bleed into plaster walls, which is why a trained specialist should be left to deal with these chemicals.  

"What could possibly happen if I do it myself?" 
A professional restoration team reduces the after-effects a blaze can have on the health of those who return. If a homeowner does not have the property restored by a professional, the results can be found later on down the line. To an untrained eye, they might believe the issue has been fixed. Homeowners who do it themselves may experience the remaining impacts of indoor air pollution for numerous months later on, which could also form an increased respiratory discomfort.  

We are trained to help remove your belongings as well as cleaning and storing them until your property has been restored to its original condition. We want to save as much as possible.

"Like it never even happened."

Preparing For Cold Weather

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Outdoor Cleaning Tips that Could help Prevent Damage this Fall

Happy fall, y'all! The chill is in the air and the leaves are finally falling. Some of our customers wonder what they should do to prepare for the cooler weather. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo always wants to help you out by giving you tips. We are here to help!

Here are some things you may want to add to your to do list for your fall cleaning! 

  • Check weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows.(Repair or replace as needed.)
  • Check and clean the gutters.
    (Do the downspouts, too.)
  • Clean the patio furniture.(Then store away.)
  • Drain and store garden hoses.
  • Check the exterior paint.(Touch up as needed.)
  • Drain the pool, if applicable.(Close it up for the year)

Some of these tips can help prevent future water damage as well, like cleaning your gutters and repair the weather stripping & caulk. 

SERVPRO wants you to know how to prevent damage to your home during the cooler months. Autumn water damages are just as serious as any other damage that can happen. Stay ahead! Get prepared!

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.