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We Can Save True Hardwood Floors

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

There are many reasons that you want to call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo, and one of those reasons is the equipment that we use on the job site. Not only do we use air movers and dehumidifiers, but we also have specialty drying equipment as well. 

One of those pieces of equipment that we have is our Injectidry system. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is the only mitigation in the area that uses this system.  The Injectidry system is used when a loss has occurred and hardwood floors are affected. Unless the floor has begun to buckle, the Injectidry can be used to potentially save the hardwood flooring instead of having to pull and replace it. The Injectidry system contains a series of mats that are sealed tight to the floor, and the mats have hoses attached to the top that are hooked up to a vacuum that pulls the water out from underneath the floor. The water travels to a filling tank where it can be dumped out. We have saved many floors by using this system! If you have a water damage are hardwood floors are involved, give us a call at 601-634-0909! 

The Dreaded 4 Letter Word:Mold

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Two dreaded word for homeowners:Mold and Mildew. Microbial growth can cause all kinds of issues and can be very expensive to mitigate. Many insurances companies have no mold coverage and some have extremely limited coverage for any kind of microbial activity. 

Microbial growth grows best in dark, damp, humid and warm conditions and spreads by reproducing spores. We live in Mississippi so we can check the box for all of the above! Some common indoor types are Cladosporium, Penicillium,Alternaria and Aspergillus. These kinds of microbial growth, and others, can cause health effects. 

Here are a few locations that are more likely to have mold issues in your area:

Antique shops

Greenhouses

Saunas

Farms

Mills

Construction Areas

Flower Shops

Summer Cottage

If you believe you are having a microbial growth issue in your home or business, let SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo come do a visual inspection for you.  

Mysterious Spots

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

When black or green spots start to show up on your walls and ceilings, there is a good chance that the spots are beginning stages of microbial growth. Microbial growth manifests when bacteria is allowed to cultivate in an ideal environment. Microbial growth needs moisture to thrive, and can have serious side effects of the tenants of the property. Do not let someone tell you that you can bleach the microbial growth away. If you just wipe away the microbial growth, it will come back with a vengeance. It will come back stronger. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is a reputable restoration and remediation company with a professional staff that brings many years of experience to the table. Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo and we will be more than happy to help you with any mold or mildew issues. 

Why the Insurance Agents and Adjusters Use US!

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

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 reasons 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 our immediate response and you will know we're doing everything we can to limit the damage and the costs. 

Prestesting Reduces Claims Expense:

Like insurance agents and claims adjusters, we know restoring 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 because we provide you with a complete and accurate picture of the incident.

Serving Adjusters and Your Clients:

Our job is 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 a 24 hour emergency response, damage mitigation, loss assessment, and an electronic file within hours. 

Here to Help:

The job of SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is to reassure the customer, provid excellent service and communicate 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." 

Did You Even Know?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is recognized as the leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide. Did you know that SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer fast, reliable bio-hazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners too? 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminates can poser serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely removed such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. Your local professionals at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo are trained to safely and effectively remove bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices. 

What's an ERP?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs. SERVPRO can provide: 

Over 40 years of experience as leading fire and water cleanup and restoration providers. 

A SERVPRO franchise nearby-more than 1,500 franchises servicing 48 states. 

More locations for faster responses. 

Large loss capabilities-no fire or water damage is too big

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be. 

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you help to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. You will know what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance is helpful in receiving timely mitigation and can help minimize the affects that fire and water can have on your business. 

Call today for your free ERP to save your business time and money if your business suffers a disaster. 

SERVPRO, "Like it never even happened." 

601-634-0909

You have Storm Damage, Now What?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

You can't plan when a storm could strike. It could be a holiday, a weekend, or overnight. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo always has a crew available for you! 

We understand at SERVPRO that the most crucial time to start remediation of water is immediately. So using the most advanced equipment, we begin water removal and treatment of space to quickly restore your home back to preloss condition. 

We are here for you 24/7, large or small. All you need to do is call 601-634-0909 for immediate service.

Our SERVPRO representative will ask several questions:

Your name and contact information

Your insurance information(if applicable)

Address of affected property

When did the damage occur?

What caused the water damage (if known)?

Is there electricity available (on site)?

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after damaging event.  Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility for regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

How to Avoid Mold

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

1. Call SERVPRO to avoid water damage that could lead to mold growth.

Many consumers unintentionally create the right conditions that foster mold infestations. It begins with a water leak somewhere or perhaps an overflowing sink.  Water spreads across the floor, into other rooms, soaking carpets and  under padding. The leak is repaired, and the visible water is mopped up, and the flooring is allowed to dry naturally. These consumers may have created the perfect conditions for mold growth.

SERVPRO receives calls from consumers all the time about water clean up.  A mold infestation has appeared, there is a musty smell in the area, and family members are experiencing health effects. We can help manage the initial water event, clean up the water and dry all areas affected to avoid future mold infestations. 

2. Stop the Leak and Remove the Water

SERVPRO recommends that consumers manage the leak first and foremost. Turn the tap off, or shut off the main water supply, and make repairs if there is a water leak. Then call SERVPRO for help. SERVPRO will respond within 4 hours. 

3. Extracting the Moisture

SERVPRO has the equipment to remove every last drop of water and dry your floors, including true hardwood, subfloors and carpeting. 

4. Air Movers and Dehumidifiers

We also want to avoid any opportunity for mold growth. We use desiccant air dryers to remove moisture from hard surfaces such as hardwood floors. Carpets are sometimes lifted to expose the underpad and subfloors. Air movers are used for blowing air into these areas to absorb moisture, and dehumidifiers are used to removed humidity from the air.

Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo today at 601-634-0909

Smoke and Soot Can Leave a Lasting Odor in Your Home

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot can cause hidden damage and odor. Our Production Techs are experts when it comes to smoke damage who can accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a plan of action.   

Facts about Smoke and Soot

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

 Different Types of Smoke Did you know there are actually different types of smoke? There is what is called wet smoke and dry smoke! Check out the two types below in more detail. Wet Smoke // Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke // Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.

 Protein Fire Residue // Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor

Do you know how to you a fire extingusher

10/1/2021 (Permalink)

Hopefully, we all have easy access to a fire extinguisher in our home or place of business….The question is, do you know how to use one and on what types of fires?  

A fire-extinguisher can certainly be very helpful in preventing fire and smoke damage from spreading throughout your home or office in Northeast Mississippi. If the worst happens, remember that SERVPRO of Tupelo and Amory/Aberdeen & West Point has caring experts to help you in cleaning up the damage left from a fire.

OSHA has some helpful training tips (see below). If you have any doubts or concerns at all, leave the premises and 911 once you are outside.

SERVPRO of Tupelo and Amory/Aberdeen & West Point wants you to know that you can try to fight a small fire if and only if:

  • You have the right class of fire extinguisher
  • You know how to use the fire extinguisher
  • You can get to the fire extinguisher quickly. Fire is fast. Fire damage and smoke damage are less painful than injuries to you or others.

Types of Portable Fire Extinguishers 

  • Class A fire extinguishers should be used to put out fires involving cardboard, paper, wood, dried vegetation. 
  • Class B fire extinguishers should be used to put out fires involving flammable and combustible liquids, such as gasoline, diesel, oil, and oil-based paints, and many solvents. 
  • Class C fire extinguishers are suitable for use to extinguish fires that involve appliances, tools, or other equipment that is plugged in or otherwise electrically energized, as well as for fires burning in close proximity to electrically-energized equipment. 
  • Class D fire extinguishers are designed for use to extinguish combustible metals, such as magnesium or sodium, and are often designed for the specific type of combustible metal. This does NOT include ordinary carbon steel, only metals that will burn when ignited. 
  • Class K fire extinguishers are designed to be used for putting out fires that involve oils and greases used for cooking in kitchens, such as vegetable and animal-based oils and fat.