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Water: How Do We Stop It!!

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Water: How Do We Stop It:

Stopping water movement is not always easy.  SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo

Water: How Do We Stop It:

Stopping water movement is not always easy.  SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo employees are trained to know how to stop water from spreading when a water loss occurs.  Here are some step we take to limit the spread of water once we get onsite at a water loss.

  • STOP the cause of loss (stop the flow of water!)
  • Extract the water that has already spread around the loss site
  • Start setting equipment such as dehumidifiers to manage humidity.  This limits the spread of moisture through the air.
  • Remove affected materials that will substantially slow down the drying process, such as baseboards and / or drywall.
  • Then air movers will be placed to start the drying process.  We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Why SERVPRO?  You are choosing a nation wide company who has been training teams for decades.  Experience is important!  Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo.  We're Faster To Any Size Disaster!

Our employees are trained to know how to stop water from spreading when a water loss occurs.  Here are some step we take to limit the spread of water once we get onsite at a water loss.

The Science of Drying

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of psychometrics is essential to restoring a water damaged structure to its preloss condition. While your initial reaction may be to grab a few towels to mop up the mess and place a fan or two around the damaged area, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is trained in the science of drying and follows strict industry-approved standards to help lower the chances of secondary damages, like mold. If your home or business suffers water damage, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo will:

  • Inspect the building to detect every component that is wet, to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
  • Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor weather the materials are drying properly.
  • Speed up Mother Nature by using professional drying equipment

What exactly does it mean to help “speed up Mother Nature”? A wet building can often dry naturally because the environment always seeks equilibrium. When materials are we, moisture will naturally move to drier air at the surface of the material—but only if the air is, indeed, drier. The only problem is, nature takes too long and secondary damages may occur while the building is drying out.

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo has the tools and equipment to help Mother Nature along, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces, inside walls, and much more. SERVPRO also uses state-of-the-art monitoring equipment, and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying process of your home or business.

The bottom line? SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo  has the training and equipment to help make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Can Lead to Mold

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Mold – The Biggest Threats to a Healthy and Happy Home

Mold comes in a variety of colors and can sometimes be difficult to differentiate.  The most common types include Cladosporium, aspergillus, and stachybotrys.  In this post we will help inform you about each type and what you can do to prevent mold growth in your home.

Cladosporium - Typically a black or green mold. Tends to grow on the back of toilets, smooth painted surfaces, and fiberglass air ducts. It has a “pepper like” look to it and may cause health effects.

Aspergillus – Black on the surface and usually white or yellow underneath.  Different species of this mold may differ slightly in color. It is commonly found on foods and in-home AC systems. It is an allergenic mold.

Stachybotrys (aka black mold) – Green/black in color and grows on material with high cellulose content. For example: paper, fiberboard, dust, lint, etc.  It will likely be found in a place with a lot of moisture and humidity.

Mold needs a food source to grow and sporulate.  Water can be the source of life for mold.  It only takes a tiny bit of water for mold to begin colonizing.  This could come from a roof leak, plumbing issue or storm damage.  The key is to catch the water loss before it becomes a problem.  Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo for your water remediation needs.

However, if you find your home growing mold it important to act fast.  Simply wiping it away will not solve your problem.  Our team of trained professionals know how to safely remove and restore your home to keep it healthy and happy. We are here to help, if you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 601-634-0909

When Storms Happen, We are there to Help

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

When SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo businesses suffer serious damage after storm events, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo will work around the clock to clean up any debris and to restore the property to preloss conditions. We understand that commercial storm damage can be very costly in terms of productivity; that is why it is always our goal to get your business back up and running as quickly and as seamlessly as possible.

We have the resources to handle large storm damage.

When a storm hits Warren County and surrounding areas we can scale our resources to handle large-loss commercial restoration projects. We have access to equipment and personnel from a network of over 1,600 franchises across the country, as well as elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout.

If your home or business is ever damaged by severe floods or storms, call us right away. Disaster can strike when we least expect it, but we will be there to help you weather the storm.

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