Is Your Generator Ready for Hurricane Season?
We have had a lot of tornado's in the last 3 months in the Vicksburg area and now we are headed into hurricane season! Is your generator prepared? In order to ensure your generator is functioning properly take these maintenance tips into consideration.
The typical life expectancy for a generator is between 20,000 and 30,000 hours, serving a crucial role while waiting for a storm restoration company to come to your business.
You are going to need to perform small maintenance tasks every week. These include:
Running the engine
Checking for alarms or warnings
Ensuring adequate fuel levels for an emergency
Setting the engine to auto mode
Checking that the circuit breaker is closed
Ensuring there are no leaks
On a monthly basis, you will need to spend more time checking fluid levels, such as the coolant and oi. You should also check the battery to ensure you are ready for a disaster.
You are going to want to check the thermal protection levels every six months. At the same time, inspect the drive belts to ensure they have the proper tension and are in good condition.
A certified technician will need to come out every year and perform crucial tasks, such as cnanging the engine oil, fuel filter, air filter, and spark plugs. If any extra maintenance is needed, like a coolant system flush, your technician will perform these items at your annual service.
take precautions like this can have many benefits for your home or business. The primary one is that you put off replacing your equipment longer. If you are looking to push the maximum number of hours and avoid generator problems, you need to consider required preventative maintenance.
For any storm-related damage, call the storm professionals at 601-634-0909. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is always here to help!
The water damage from a natural disaster in your home often comes with odors and mold growth that can be hard to find. If you suspect you have mold but don't see any growth, we recommend finding an industrial hygienist who can find out what mold may or may not be in your home. Other measures you can take to help with the funk are below:
Air It Out
Open all doors and windows to allow air to circulate in your residence. This should help dissipate any lingering smells that remain and will also facilitate the drying of the affected areas.
Dry the Wet Areas
You may install dehumidifiers to speed up the drying process. Removing moisture from porous and absorbent surfaces such as carpet and upholstery can greatly reduce the chance of foul aromas remaining after the flood and can mitigate the appearance of mold.
Deodorize Your Home
There are natural methods that you can utilize to expedite the deodorizing process in your house. Baking soda sprinkled into carpets or other absorbent surfaces can be vacuumed up with getting rid of foul odors. On less porous surfaces, vinegar applied liberally can aid in combating persistent smells.
Keep an Eye Out for Mold
As with any area that has had prolonged exposure to moisture, mold growth can be a threat that, if not addressed immediately can become a huge problem. It is imperative that proper steps are taken to ensure that mold and spores do not have the opportunity to spread in your home.
Sewage loss can lead to your home being contaminated by sewage contents when floodwater finds its way past your threshold. This can leave behind an overpowering smell even after the moisture has been removed due to the bacteria in the water. These horrendouse smells often cannot be removed by household cleaners and require the services of a professional flood restoration company.
Eliminating odors can be a tricky thing, so give us a call at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909
Modern Technology During Major Disasters
Technology can cause stress and sometimes is more of a burden than helpful. However, in the case of emergencies such as natural disasters, it can be extremely helpful for keeping you updated and letting friends and family know where your are. You more than likely already have the technology in your home to keep you and your family safe during a disaster, so follow these tips to use it effectively!
Remember, always be sure to keep portable charges ready in your emergency kit so you can always access your technology when you need it most.
Social Media for News
Using social media is a great way to get up-to-date news straight to your smartphone. Almost all local and national government has social media pages that are updated regularly, especially during a natural disaster.
Mark Yourself Safe
Another way to use social media is to mark yourself safe. Facebook offers a feature called Safety Check that allows you to mark yourself safe if you are in the area of a dangerous situation. Marking yourself safe lets friends and family know that although you are in the area of disaster, you are safe. The Red Cross offers a similar feature called Safe & Well which is both an app and a website where you can mark yourself as safe for friends and family.
Use Online Storage
Services like Google Drive and DropBox are a great way to store personal information online in a safe manner. Keeping copies of identification cards, passports, insurance policies, medical records, and pet information is important is your documents get lost in a disaster or you forget them when you are evacuating. You can also access DropBox and Google drive on any computer or phone, just make sure you remember your password!
Stay Safe and Stay Charged!
Is Your Business Prepared?
Most companies require yearly fire drills in order to ensure safety and follow fire department guidelines. Many employees and managers dislike fire drills due to the interruption during the day. However, these drills could save lives at some point.
Here are some tips to follow to help with fire drills:
Always take them seriously. Leading by example is a great way to get employees on board. Also having drills without warning will allow for employees to take them more seriously.
Prepare your team ahead of time. Before there ever is an actual drill, make sure employees know what the fire plan is. Especially if you work in a high-rise building, making sure employees know where exits and emergency stairwells are is important.
For employees that could be dealing with customers during a fire drill, provide them with a few bullet points they can use during their conversation. For example due to a local emergency, the call must be disconnected and we will return your call once we are back.
If your business experiences a fire, we have the resources in order to mitigate both fire damaged items and move damaged structures. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can get you back into your office in no time!
Water Damage at Your Business
Does your business have a plan? Flooding and other natural disasters can cause business in Vicksburg, Ms. to shut down for good. However, implementing plans to deal with certain situations, such as a broken pipe and getting water restoration professionals quickly can help your company survive. This is known as a business interruption plan, and there are several different steps to help you develop it.
1. Determine Your Risks
When calculating the risks that could interrupt your operations, examine both environmental and human-caused risks, such as floodind and a running faucet. Consider which ones you can prevent and the unavoidable ones. ONce you have identified them, you should delve deeper into each hazard. Then, rank your disasters based on their likelihood of occurring and their severity.
2. Calculate the Costs
Once you have analyzed all potential risks, calculate the costs they would bring. For example, flood could cause lost of income, extra expenses, contractual penalities, and business closure.
3. Read Your Insurance Contract
The next step is to examine your insurance policy. Interruption insurance can be filed for when there is property damage or a government shutdown that prohibits your business from operation. These funds are available during the period of restoration. However each policy can differ, so you must closely examine yours to understandy any restricitions such as exclusions, waiting periods, and coverage limits.
4. Implement Prevention Strategies
There are several strategies that you can develop to reduce your interruption. This includes preventing risks, deterring criminal activity, and planning to mitigate unpreventable hazards.
5. Create Communications Plans
Having a communication plan is the best way to keep customers and employees informed about your business's status during a disaster. A good plan will include a command chain, scripted messages, and open communication channels.
Taking the steps helps minimize the interruption of your business from large water damage and other disasters. This is the basis for creating a basis for creation a business interruption plan.
Picking up the pieces after a tornado
Storm and water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.
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SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Northeast Delta Lands can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including:
- A quicker remodeling process
- Protecting items from potential damage
- Protecting 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.
Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:
- Television sets
- DVD players
- And more
The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.
Document / Photograph Drying
When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO of Northeast Delta Lands can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.
Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:
- Air Drying
- Freezer Drying
- Vacuum Freeze Drying
- Vacuum Thermal Drying
Contents Claim Inventory Service
When a storm event happens, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.
Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:
- Preloss list and value of contents
- Detailed and accurate report
- Better information to settle claims quicker
- Assistance with burden of proof for claims
- Peace of mind when you need it most
Tornadoes In Mississippi
Last week and this week, Mississippi saw multiple tornadoes touch down in our territory, along with straight line winds. The devastation that these type of storms can produce to a homeowner's dwelling is monumental. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is always here to help pick up the pieces when disaster strikes! Our trained professionals care about every single home, and by calling 601-634-0909 it is guaranteed that the moisture in your home will be gone as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can help get your life and home back to normal. We can help ease the stressful challenge of making a non salvageable list on your contents. We can actually test your furniture to see whether or not we think that it will be salvageable. We can supply your insurance company with all the needed paperwork and we are in constant contact with our insurers to help with anything that may arise in the midst of the incident. We are always here to help!
Where is the water coming from?
Water leaks in your home are never a good thing. If you do have an experience where water is not where it is supposed to be, you obviously need to know the cause of the unwanted water. Once the problem is corrected, it is imperative that you remove any remaining water. Damage caused by remaining water could be farm more costly than the original cause itself. Why? Because residual water will continue to damage key structures in your home, wood, sheet rock, etc. Prolonged water exposure can rot wood, soften drywall, and cause mold. So as soon as possible after fixing a water issue in your home, call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo to come search out and removed the unwanted water. Time is not on your side, the longer you don't mitigate the water, it will cause more damage and we call that secondary damage. A minor water issue that is not addressed could become a major issue within your home!
Why You Need the Expert's After a Fire
Fire and smoke damage can be extremely stressful if an experienced team is not called to respond to the emergency. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is available to assist with a team of experts 24/7 to begin the recovery process of your property. Our team of highly skilled professionals undergo extensive fire and smoke restoration training and certification to restore your property. Our team of highly skilled professionals undergo extensive fire and smoke restoration training and certification to restore your belongs "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo offers extensive cleaning and restoration services to your fire and smoke damaged property.
-Structural Cleaning-ONce a fire loss has occurred SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo will assess your fire and smoke loss to determine the depth of cleaning and equipment that must be used to thoroughly restore the structure. Ceilings, walls, carpeting, artwork, and wood floors all require a specific cleaning process. At SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo professional may also be able to reduce the cost of refinishing and repainting surfaces by lightly cleaning surfaces with minimal soot. Lightly cleaning surfaces that have less fire and smoke damage will deodorize and prepare the surface for fresh paint.
-Contents Cleaning-our team of trained professionals will carefully inspect contents such as furniture, area rugs, and draperies to determine the most appropriate cleaning method. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can provide wet or dry cleaning methods to your contents. Additionally, preloss condition will be restored to other contents by our professionals using our extensive deodorization and cleaning methods. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can provide you with an inventory list if your loss has items that are deemed non-salvageable by the professionals.
-Deodorization-SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo also provide you with a specialized deodorization process to rid your property and contents of fire and smoke odors. Ask you SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo professionals to explain the various methods that are available and will work best for you and your family. Just give us a call at 601-634-0909. We are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Can You Fix Flood Damage?
No matter what the source of water is that caused a flood on your property, there are steps you must take to protect your family, save your home, prevent health hazards and decrease the costs involved in the restoration process. Although flood damage can be remediated, it takes a concentrated effort by all those involved, from the homeowners that have been affected to the professional team that is tasked with remediating the water damage.
The Post-Flood Cleanup Process
Cleaning up after a flood is a long, arduous process that involves ieticulously removing all water damage, salvaging what you can and safely drying out the structure.
Remediationg Flood Damage
After the flood waters recede and the cleanup has been done, most homeowners are eager to get back into their homes and start rebuilding. The problem with going that route of repaid rebuilding after water damage is your wood has been submerged in water. Its surface has liley absorbed a large amount of water making the processs of rebuilding too quickly a cause for concern. that could lead to mold growth.
Preventing Mold Damage
your space mold-free before or after flood damage is key. Installing dehumidifiers that have a capacity large enough for your space can help you keep the humidity in your home low enough so that mold doesn't grow. Cleaning water soaked carpets and floors is difficult under any conditions but especially after a flood or storm
Being Prepared for Flood Damage
Rather than not know who to turn to in the case of flood damage or to try to DIY the repairs yourself, you can get a piece of mind by using the professionals at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo