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Know the Facts about Business Fires

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

According to the U.S. Small Business Administrations, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward. It's true, overcoming a major loss is extremely difficult, but with the right restoration company and team on your side, working hand-in-hand with your insurance company, the chance of surviving is pretty high! 

Here are some stats from the NFPA:

Time of Day

Peak time of day for office fires:Noon-2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)

69% happened between 7 a.m.  and 7 p.m.

The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer.  This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems. 

19% of fires happened on weekends

Cause of the Business Fires

29% were caused by cooking equipment.  However, just 6% of these fires caused actual damage.  

Intentionally-set fires caused the most direct property damage -21%

Electrical equipment is the second leading cause of office fires.

Just 2% of office fires start in a concealed space, like an attic, in the ceiling, or in another concealed space. However, these fires accounted for 13% of the direct property damage. 

Containment & Putting it Out

4 of of 5 fires were confined to the room of origin

90% of fires were large enough to activate sprinklers, which were effective 88% of the time.

Deaths per 1,000 stores were 62% lower in offices equipped with sprinklers comped to those without.

Industrial/Manufacturing Facility Fires 

The NFPA also has statistics specific to manufacturing facilities. According to their research, there are about 37,000 fires at industrial or manufacturing facilities each year, resulting in 18 deaths, 279 injuries, and 1 billion in property damage. Heating equipment and stop tools were the leading cause-sparking 28 percent of the fires.  Mechanical failure or malfunction caused 24 percent of the fires.

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can help you get back to business, faster. If you have a Commercial Fire Loss we will work with you and your insurance and get you back in business.  

Can My Carpet Be Saved After a Flood?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

After a flood many homeowners and property managers wonder if their carpet and pad can be saved.  The answer is, it depends.  Factors such as the age and quality of the carpet and pad as well as the type of installation used, have to be taken into consideration.  However, the type of floodwater that caused the damage is most import and will determine whether or not carpet and padding can be salvaged.

There are 3 floodwater categories that determine whether the carpet and padding can be restored to their pre-disaster condition.  

Category 1(clean water) non-contaminated water that may come from a broken pipe, sink, etc.  After the water has been extracted, carpets and pads can be dried and restored in place, depending on the padding.

Category 2 (grey water) dirty water that has been released by sump pumps, washing machines, dishwasher, etc. The pad is replaced in most cases.

Category 3(black water) Water containing dangerous contaminants that may originate from sewage and toilet backflows as well as from floods caused by natural disaster. To protect your family's health, carpets and pads must be removed, discarded and replaced.  

Since every water damage situation is different, you cannot know for sure if or when your carpet and pad can be salvaged until you have a professional restoration company inspect the situation.

The faster you report the disaster, the lower the costs will be.  If we can help, call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo@ 601-634-0909

Storm Damage Restoration Process

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Violent weather such as storm damage can wreak havoc on buildings as well as vegetation.  Wind damage can be a hazard to the structure of a building, by loosening the shingles or tiles on the roof.  This can cause moisture such as rain and snow to infiltrate into the protective surfaces of the roof, which will result in the wood swelling and later on disintegration and mold growth.  This outcome will lead to a sagging ceiling and further problems.  Elements such as wind, rain, hail and lightning can result in turning people's lives upside down, which is why having SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo to help in this type of emergency is a good option. 

Here are some of the activities you can expect from the SERVPRO professionals.

Whether it is a business or residence SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo will come to your property and our trained experts will do a thorough examination of the interior and exterior of your building.  This will help us discover the level of the damage.  In many cases, SERVPRO will discuss the restoration with you and your insurance adjuster.

When everything is agreed upon, the work begins. Depending on what type of damage is present, this will determine the type of equipment that we will use.  In the case of flooding, we will use specialized pumps and vacuums to remove  water from the affected areas. 

Generators will be brought in to operate dehumidifiers and air movers so mold and mildew do not have a chance to make matters worse.  

Fire Tips for the Fall

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

The Fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities. But the season also brings many fire risks. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free. 

Decorations

Fall decorations, like dried flowers, leaves and cornstalks, are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.  Since these items are dry, they can ignite very easily and spread flames quickly.

Have a Plan

Be sure you have a Fire preparedness Plan and your family knows what to do if a fire breaks out in your home.  Keep emergency exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. 

Protect your family by teaching your children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. 

Ensure your smoke alarms are in working order and that  you have an easily accessible fire extinguisher. 

Make Halloween Safe

Remember safety when choosing a Halloween costume.  Consider avoiding billowing fabrics. If you are making your costume, choose material that won't easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame. 

It is safest to use a flashlight or battery -operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle.  Place lit pumpkins away from from anything that can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

Be Careful in the Kitchen

With the holidays quickly approaching, your kitchen may be working on overdrive.  While cooking, it can be easy to get distracted, especially if you have children.  However kitchens are a high-risk area for household fires, so it important to remain watchful.

If you have any questions or need or services, please call 601-634-0909

Are You Prepared?

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

"What would your family do? Would you know where to meet?" Talk to your family about these important issues! You never know when a disaster could strike. 

It is important at least once a year to get together with your family and come up with a plan. The following is a list of some important things to consider when getting you family's plan in place.

-"Where will we meet if our neighborhood is evacuated, or we are not allowed to go home by law enforcement?"

-"Is there a trusted neighbor, friend, or relative that can pick up the kids if parents can not get to them? Are they already on the pre-approved pick-up list for that child's school?"

-"Do you have a list of medications handy, and are they up to date which prescriptions filled regularly? This includes pets as well."

-"Make a list of shelters that allow pets ahead of time, and have a plan in place for pets if you cannot get them to a shelter. If you are staying with a relative, make sure your pet can come to, and purchase supplies ahead of time so your pet will be comfortable on a spare of the moment road trip."

-"If you have an elderly family member/friend, or a special needs family member/friend in an assisted living facility, learn that facility's evacuation plan and ask questions. Will they provide transportation for that family member, or will you need to get them? What would you do if you couldn't get to them, or got separated?"

-"Make a disaster kit! If you are riding out a disaster or are in a voluntary evacuation zone, you could be without water or power for days. Include water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, medications, pet supplies and pet food, flashlights, batteries, crank radio, wet wipes, and cleaning supplies you don't need water to use. Ever toilet paper and paper towels are also a good idea. Fill up your bath tub with water before disaster strikes so you can use that water to flush your toilets."

If you have any questions, please contact SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

Tips After A Flood

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Flood water in your home can be a terrifying sight. Water damage can destroy your priceless belongings and the foundation of your home. 

If a storm does flood your house, your safety and health should be the top priority. With that in mind, here are some tips for what not to do following a flood. 

Do NOT be a hero 

When you see your flooded home, your first instinct may be to stay in the house and try to salvage everything. Floods lead to plenty of hidden dangers. Your best bet is to stay in a hotel or shelter until it is safe to return. Once you do go back to your house, make sure to contact a professional water damage repair company like SERVPRO. 

Do NOT leave yourself exposed 

Even when the flood water has stopped rising, it can still be dangerous. Electric currents, in particular, can be deadly. Once you go back to your home, avoid standing water and to protect yourself with rubber boots. You should also keep your hands and face away form contaminated city water. Make sure to avoid breathing in any growing mold, as well. 

Do NOT wait too long to contact your lender or insurer

Mortgage lenders typically waive late fees if you are caught in a severe residential storm. Make sure to notify the company immediately so you can arrange a new payment date. Similarly, call your property insurance provider as soon as possible to ensure a quick resolution of your claim. 

Do NOT get caught without cash

You will likely need cash to buy essentials such as gasoline after a storm. You should thus make sure to withdraw some money from your bank as soon as possible. Your bank may even set up a mobile branch for your community. 

Flood water can be dangerous and devastating if you do not know how to deal with it properly. If you follow the above advice, however, you should remain safe and hopefully limit your losses. 

Disaster and Your Business

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Nobody wants interruption to their business ever! Natural disasters can be terrifying. Especially if there are a wide variety of different catastrophes that could strike your business, including floods, hurricanes, tornado, fires and more. If one of these unfortunate events happens, you don't want to find yourself unprepared! Discover the most important steps to take following a major disaster so you are able to recover quickly and safely.

!. Assess the Situation

As soon as the calamity has died down, check yourself and any family members to make sure no one is hurt. If you have any nearby neighbors, see if they are in need of any help. Turn of the gas and electricity in your home if it is safe to do so, and avoid entering your home for awhile, as there could be damage to your floors or ceilings that could cause them to collapse

2. Finding Food and Shelter

If your business no longer has running water, you can obtain it through emergency sources, such as rainwater, your hot water tank, your toilet reservoir or ice cube trays. Shelters are usually assembled by the American Red Cross in emergency situations for those whose homes are too damaged to stay in:look for one of these if you feel your home or business is dangerous. The Federal Emergency Management Agency as well as local churches and community services, are also good resources for any needs you might have in the dire situations.

3. Be Cautious

Disasters always leave a trail of destruction behind, be wary of contaminated floodwaters, fallen power lines, or any criminals taking advantage of all the chaos. Don't turn the gas back on in your home, as there could be a leak, and make sure your house is ventilated if you're cooking over your fireplace.

4. Recovering Important Information

One of the last steps of disaster rehabilitation and recovery is to salvage as many of the important documents from the wreckage, such as your insurance policies, birth certificates, driver's license, deeds, wills, financial statements, and any other precious information. Although these procedures might be difficult, it will help you and your family recover from this crisis as quickly as possible.

Surviving During a Storm

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately. Do not drive around barricades or into flooded water areas

If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You could become trapped by flood water

Have backup power and batteries for radios and cell phone usage

Listen for current emergency information and instructions

Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water

After the storm, be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone

Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water

Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris 

Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends. 

Document any property damage with photographs. If you are discarding high ticketed items, make sure you have serial numbers, make, models and pictures if insurance will be involved

Will Clean Water Damage My Home?

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

While sewer water or blackwater as is it defined can quickly lead to mold growth in a home, clean water can also lead to dangerous mold growth. Blackwater contains lots of dirty bacteria that can quickly promote mold growth by itself. Clean water can cause mold spores that are naturally present in air and dust can also lead to mold growth.

The dangers in clean water leading to mold growth are that clean water can easily go unseen in a home due to the lack of odor when compared to black water. Clean water or gray water which is rainwater, can leak into a home’s attic or walls or crawl spaces and linger without being spotted. This water can then lead to mold spores activating and growing in these unseen areas. It’s not until the mold spreads to visible parts of the home or causes a musty odor that it is finally found. By that time, the damage caused by the mold can be quite extensive.

So even if you have a leak in your home that isn't Blackwater , give SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo a call to get the affected areas dried out to prevent further damage from starting.

Has your Water bill increased?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

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."