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Severe Storms Can Allow Flood Damage To Your Home

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

From the moment that flood damages affect your Warren County home, you need to respond quickly to preserve the both the structural integrity of your property and the contents inside of it.  While the first call that many homeowners tend to make is to their insurance provider to begin the claims process, you should also call our SERVPRO emergency response team. 

That initial call can put boots on the ground with advanced equipment capable of lessening the impact of the floodwater on your property with fast extraction and drying possibilities. Once our team arrives at your home, our highly trained technicians can get to work on assessing the full scope of the flood damage that your home has sustained, cataloging the damages and irreparable conditions, and estimating the costs of repair and restoration for the property.  This information is what your insurance company requires to approve a loss claim. 

Our training awards us a reputation of providing experienced and educated technicians on every job that we do. This education begins with our extensive training regiment to obtain our IICRC certifications for water damage restoration and secondary certifications in areas like mitigation, mold remediation, and odor removal. 

While you might be unclear about how to respond to a flood in your home, by entrusting your property can get restored fast.  We offer 24-hour response to any size emergency that threatens your home to help you preserve what matters most. Give SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo a call today! 

After a Vicksburg Storm, SERVPRO Comes in With Advanced Equipment and Controlled Demolition to Address Walls and Flood Damage

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Any homeowner needs to know that there are times when DIY methods alone will not get your home the restoration level you need. If the walls in your Vicksburg home and take on water after a storm, they could need to be repaired and or replaces. 

What Can Skilled Technicians Do That I Cannot?

When you call us to help with the any storm damage, we get to work quickly to halt water migration and begin extraction measures. We utilized specialized techniques and industrial-grade equipment that homeowners cannot access. Drying times often depend on the dry air we can circulate as we regulate temperatures and bring down relative humidity within the living space.

   -Water damaged paneling and plaster are some times salvageable,but the sills and studs may need to be dried

   -We can remove laminated paneling, drywall and plaster to just above the level that water may have wicked up

  -Wallboards treated with vinyl-coating wallpaper will restrict drying, so removal is best to ensure no hidden moisture gets left behind. 

Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909 when you need skilled water mitigation. 

Mississippi Weather Can Be Unpredictable

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

This past weekend in Vicksburg, Mississippi, we enjoyed very comfortable temperature for this time of year. Actually, it was kinda of cold!!! And of course, now we have some rain coming in for the next few days. Here are some suggestions to protecting your home for upcoming storm damage.

Start with the Outside First:

   Clean your gutters: when gutters are full of leaves, they don't  allow rain water to flow naturally and can resulrt in an overflow of water. 

   Check trees around your house: any trees that are close to your home could ultimately fall in a windy storm, damaging your roof and allowing water to seep into your home. Trees that are too close to your home can also allow animals to climb into your attic, further breaching the roof's integrity. 

Time to Check Inside:

  Check your windows and doors: weather-stripping around doors and windows can hlep to make sure rain doen't come indoors. You wil want to look for obvious crack, spaces, and loose hardware. These items can allow droplets of rain into your home. 

  Check the foundation: Look for any cracks in the foundation or in the walls. If any are found, deal with them immediately.

  Check your garage door: it is important to ensure that it closes fully and properly to prevent water from entering during a storm. 

If Storm Damage Happens, call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

Commercial Fire Loss

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage to your commercial business can be catastrophic. It does not matter what your business does, it can mean downtime, loss of goods, costly equipment loss, loss of property, or worse. A fire can quickly move through a building and even put your team at risk. If you are not prepared it can be a situation that escalates faster than you are ready to handle. Good planning can help ensure that a fire does not happen or if it does, how it can be handled quickly and effectively. Below the United States Fire Administration has listed the top five leading causes of a commercial fire. 

Top causes of fires in commercial buildings

According to data from the United States Fire Administration, between 2006 and 2015, the top causes of fires in commercial buildings were: 

Cooking

Cooking is a huge danger, and it was a culprit behind 30,900 fires within the past decade. This is why it is so important to install fire alarms and a sprinkler system in your kitchen to prevent against the worst! 

Unintentional and Careless Behavior

This is a broad category. Unintentional and careless behavior, better known as accidents, caused more than 10,900 fires. While it’s hard to stop people from being careless, business owners and property managers can’t afford to be. 

Arson

Intentionally set fires represented 9,800 of the total fires in these properties. 

Electrical malfunction

Problems with the electricity or wiring in a building caused around 7,000 fires in the past decade. 

Heating problems

Problematic HVAC systems are the culprit behind about 6,000 commercial fires nationwide. 

Trust that SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo  keeps in mind that time down for your business, is money lost. So, our team will work around the clock to make sure it is “Like it never even happened,” and your business is back up and running! 

 

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.