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We Clean Ducts!
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
- 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!
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
What Happens After a Fire
After a fire, smoky residue saturates every opening because of the convection pattern that flames typically form during ignition. The soot constructs up in layers that may end up being solidified and tough to eliminate which is another reason to leave the cleaning to a specialist.
When the cleaning teams arrive, they promptly differentiate salvageable items from charred debris, taking the things creating the strongest odors out for cleaning.
Following a fire, wall surface areas can be harmed by soot. Non-water based cleaners need to be used to remove soot from walls. These kinds of chemicals should be handled by a specialist due to the fumes and toxicity. Water-based cleaning items can cause spots to bleed into plaster walls, which is why a trained specialist should be left to deal with these chemicals.
"What could possibly happen if I do it myself?"
A professional restoration team reduces the after-effects a blaze can have on the health of those who return. If a homeowner does not have the property restored by a professional, the results can be found later on down the line. To an untrained eye, they might believe the issue has been fixed. Homeowners who do it themselves may experience the remaining impacts of indoor air pollution for numerous months later on, which could also form an increased respiratory discomfort.
We are trained to help remove your belongings as well as cleaning and storing them until your property has been restored to its original condition. We want to save as much as possible.
"Like it never even happened."
Preparing For Cold Weather
Outdoor Cleaning Tips that Could help Prevent Damage this Fall
Happy fall, y'all! The chill is in the air and the leaves are finally falling. Some of our customers wonder what they should do to prepare for the cooler weather. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo always wants to help you out by giving you tips. We are here to help!
Here are some things you may want to add to your to do list for your fall cleaning!
- Check weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows.(Repair or replace as needed.)
- Check and clean the gutters.
(Do the downspouts, too.)
- Clean the patio furniture.(Then store away.)
- Drain and store garden hoses.
- Check the exterior paint.(Touch up as needed.)
- Drain the pool, if applicable.(Close it up for the year)
Some of these tips can help prevent future water damage as well, like cleaning your gutters and repair the weather stripping & caulk.
SERVPRO wants you to know how to prevent damage to your home during the cooler months. Autumn water damages are just as serious as any other damage that can happen. Stay ahead! Get prepared!
3 Reasons Not to Wait for an Adjuster to Visit before Restoring your Home
After your home has sustained water damage due to a flood, flood insurance often requires an adjuster to come to your home to asses the damage that has been done. However, waiting to restore your home until after an adjuster comes is often not necessary for several reasons.
1. Adjusters are busy
Once a natural disaster has occurred, insurance companies immediately begin to work with their customers to help them restore their homes. However, the demand for an adjuster to visit homes can mean you'l be waiting to see an adjuster. Waiting to begin making major fixes to your home isn't necessary, and you can document the damage that has been done by taking photographs and saving receipts.
2. You Won't Lose Money Cleaning Up
Although you might be tempted to leave your home exactly as it is after is has sustained flood damage, you will not receive less compensation if you start the cleanup process quickly. It is likely that you will want or need certain items removed from your home before your flood insurance company sends an adjuster to visit your home, and that's okay. Documenting the cleanup process can help to ensure you are fairly compensated for your losses.
3. Your Home Could Become More Damaged
Minor issues in your home can quickly become major issues if they are not fixed in a timely manner. Structural damage, mold damage and more can occur if your home is not dried out and if standing water is not removed. In order to save yourself from having to spend more money, time and effort in restoring your home, it's often wise to start the restoration process quickly.
Knowing that you do not have to wait for your flood insurance company to send an adjuster to your home before beginning the restoration process might help you save money and protect your home. As you start the restoration process, many people find it helpful to work with professionals in water damage cleanup and restoration.
SERVPRO is here to Help
This is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.
We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.
The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables.
The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogen claims.
If you need SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo, we are here to help at 601-634-0909
Why Choose SERVPRO in a Move Out
When an insured experiences a fire loss, it is often necessary to move the home’s contents to another location for storage, security and restoration of damaged contents. This process is also referred to as a pack out.
Damage to a structure requiring a move out will involve the entire structure rather than be localized to one room. If only one room is affected, the contents may be moved to other rooms in the structure while repairs are being made instead of out of the house. In other occasions, it is necessary to move contents out of the entire structure. Once a move out is decided upon, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo follows a precise process to ensure that it is done correctly.
When arriving to assess the damage professionals will pretest items to determine their clean-ability. This process will help to determine what items are restorable and what items need to be deemed claim items. In all situations, our priority is getting your customer back into their home or office in a timely manner. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo professionals will make a complete inventory of all items being moved out of the structure on a room-to-room basis to ensure all items are detailed. Those items that are restorable will be carefully packed for removal.
After the contents are packed and the furniture is labeled, the professionals from SERVPRO will check off each item on the inventory list as it is being loaded into the moving can for removal.
Once removed, each item will be carefully restored and stored until the structure is ready for the move back. When the structure has been restored, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo professionals will return the cleaned and restored contents to the insured.
SERVPRO First Responder Bowl
In a joint effort to honor the service and sacrifice of America's First Responders, the annual college football bowl games played at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas gas been renamed the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is set for Monday, Dec. 30. For the first time the game will be played at SMU's Gerald J. Ford in Dallas, Texas.
We are looking forward to the new venue and date as part of the celebration of the 10th year of this bowl game's history," said Brant Ringler, executive director of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. " In addition to those changes, we hope to grow the number of first responders who attend the game and find new ways to say thank you to them for their service in our communities."
For additional information about the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, please visist FirstResponderBow.com.
Insurance Agents Choose SERVPRO
Why Many Insurance Agents and Adjusters Use SERVPRO
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 reason 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 your immediate response and you will know we;re doing everything we can to limit the damage and the costs.
Pretesting Reduces Claims Expense
Like insurance agents and claim adjusters, we know resorting 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 becasue we provide you with a complete and accurate picture of the incident.
Serving Adjusters and Your Clients
At SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo it is our job 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 24-hour emergency response, damage mitigation and loss assessment in a timely fashion. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo's documented, measured performance increases value to you, your agency, your managers and your clients.
Here to Help
The job of SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is to reassure the customer, provide excellent service and communication 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."
One of the most frequent causes of household fire and smoke damage is due to cooking. Because of this, it is important to practice safe cooking habits every time you cook! Below we have some helpful hints.
Protect Children from Scalds and Burns-Young children are at a high risk of being burned by hot food and liquids. Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove
Watch What You're Cooking-The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or cooking food on the stove top.
Keep Things That Can Catch Fire and Heat Sources Apart-Keep anything that can catch fire-potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags away from any heat source.
Know Where Your Fire Extinguisher Is-Always have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and know how to use it!
Make sure to follow these helpful tips. And if you need us, we are always here to help at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909
3 Reasons Not to Wait on a Adjuster Before Restoring Your Home
After your home has sustained water damage due to a flood, flood insurances often requires an adjuster to come to your home to assess the damage that has been done. However, waiting to restore your home until after an adjuster has seen is often not necessary for several reasons.
1. Adjusters Are Busy
Once a natural diaster has occurred, insurance companies immediately begin to work with their customers to help them restore their homes. However, the demand for an adjuster to visit homes can mean you'll be waiting. Waiting to begin making major fixes to your home isn't necessary, and you can document the damage that has been by done by photographs and saving receipts.
2. You Won't Lose Money Cleaning Up
Although you might be tempted to leave your home exactly as it is after is has sustained flood damage, you will not receive less compensation if you start the cleanup process quickly. It is likely that you will want or need certain items removed from your home before your flood insurance company sends an adjuster to visit your home, and this is okay. Document the cleanup process can help to ensure you are fairly compensated for your loss.
3. Your Home Could Have More Damage
Minor issues in your home can quickly become major issues if they are not fixed in a timely manner. Structural and mold damage can occur if your home is not dried out and if standing water is not removed. In order to save yourself from having to spend more money, time and effort in restoring your home, it's often wise to start the restoration process quickly.
SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is here to answer any questions you may have during this time. Give us a call at 601-634-0909
Fire and SERVPRO
Fire Prevention Month is the perfect time to talk with your whole family about fire safety-include testing alarms, changing the batteries or upgrading to a 10-year sealed battery alarm for hassle -free protection, and escape planning.
SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo handles from the smallest of kitchen fires to the whole house being affected. We are the Number 1 in the restoration business. We will come in and figure out what is salvageable and non salvageable and help you with your contents list for your insurance company. We will work closely with your agent and adjuster and the homeowner to keep everyone informed of the progress in your home. You deserve the best for your home and family and we believe we are the best. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 601-634-0909.
10 Reasons to Use SERVPRO
People and businesses rely on SERVPRO to restore damaged property for many reasons. Here are just 10.
1. We Get It
SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo understands your situation. You want to keep costs down, repair the damage, and get back to normal. Those are our goals, too.
2. SERVPRO Is Qualified
Our repair and restoration team members have the best training in the industry. Our results will create a measurable difference for you.
3. We Respond To You Immediately
You can reach us 24/7. When a disaster strikes we respond as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can draw on more than 1,650 U.S. and Canadian locations to get the right equipment and right professionals to you faster than other companies.
4. You’re Part Of Our Team
We work with you and for you. You are in charge. You receive a complete explanation of the work we will do and why it needs to be done a certain way. Like you, we don’t appreciate surprises.
5. We Use The Latest Technology
The past few years have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo to restore your property to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.
6. We Practice The Golden Rule Of Restoration
Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo professionals practice the golden rule, "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." We make sure pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restorability.
7. For Claim And Other Purposes, Your Loss Is Itemized
SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can give you an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items.
8. We’ll Help You Prevent Losses, Not Just Deal With Them
Our services start with prevention. We’ll come out to your business or home and do a review of how you can protect yourself, your family, your business, and your property from potential losses. That’s another old rule (from Ben Franklin) we like: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Check out our SERVPRO Ready Plan.
9. We Handle Any Loss From A Natural Disaster—Big Or Small
Have multiple locations? No problem. Suffer a small loss from water or fire or wind? We can handle it. Have a massive, complex disaster to recover from? That’s within our scope of services, too.
10. We’re Approved, Certified, And Experienced
We’re trained to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our professionals attend SERVPRO continuing education classes. SERVPRO has been in business for more than 45 years. Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry.
We are Here to Help
Why Choose Us?SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is locally owned and operated and we are located at 6270 Hwy. 80, Vicksburg, Ms.
Here at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo, we understand what you are going through. As an insurance agent or adjuster, you have a responsibility to keep claim costs down, while also providing the best service possible. Our professionals are uniquely qualified to help. Restoring property is SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo top priority. You will appreciate the immediate response, and you will rest assure knowing that everything to prevent loss is being done. We know that restoring property is cheaper than replacing property- and that is drilled into our minds. We do an itemized loss inventory. This means you will get an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items. Our technicians go through rigorous IICRC training in Fire and Water Restoration Cleanup. We are here to help
SERVPRO a trusted leader in Restoration
SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry
The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
About SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo
SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification.
General Cleaning Services
SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo offers more then just Fire, Water and Mold restoration! Here at SERVPRO we also offer carpet cleaning, tile & grout,upholstery and duct cleaning. We also offer general cleaning needs such as cleaning baseboards,windows,bathrooms, etc. so when your home or business is in need of a good spring cleaning call our office and get an estimate for all of your cleaning needs!! Our crews have advanced equipment and products to do the job to the best of their ability and to make your home or business look and smelling great. We also take pride in the jobs we produce and make sure our customers are satisfied at the completion of the job. Call us TODAY for your general cleaning quote 601-634-0909
Commercial Fire/Water Services
Commercial Properties are a big investment and we at SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo are always here to help from water and fire damages to your general cleaning needs. We understand that a fire or water loss at your commercial property is also lost revenue for your business and can be devastating and this is one of the reasons we offer 24 hour emergency services 7 days a week. Our crews are highly trained,have advanced equipment and resources so that we can get your commercial property back to operating and pre loss condition in a timely matter. If your commercial property is ever affected call our professionals at SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."
Have you ever had a disaster happen at your residential or commercial property and SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo came to your rescue??
If so was our staff courteous and understanding of your concerns? Or did you encounter some issues that were not taking care of that our franchise needs to be aware of?
We value your opinion and experience so leaving us feedback on your experience with SERVPRO would help us greatly. We have three sites our customers are able to leave feedback on Yelp, Facebook and Google.
SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo is locally owned and operated,so please take the time to leave us your feedback,we look forward to hearing our customers experiences and are willing to address any concerns we may encounter.
SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo
Did you know that SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo is locally owned and operated to better serve our community and surrounding areas! As a locally owned company we offer emergency services 24 hours a day 7 days a week making us faster to any disaster. Our technicians are highly trained and use advanced restoration and cleaning equipment. With over 1,700 franchises in the US and Canada there's a SERVPRO near and ready to help if and whenever your residential or commercial property is affected! Although we are located in Vicksburg,Ms we also service Yazoo City, Crystal Springs, Hazelhurst, Port Gibson, Belzoni, Bentonia & Rolling Fork. SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo take pride in our services and we are ready to help!! SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909
Commercial Fire/Water Services
Commercial Properties are a big investment and we at SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo are always here to help from water and fire damages to your general cleaning needs. We understand that a fire or water loss at your commercial property is also lost revenue for you business and can be devastating and this is one of the reasons we offer 24 hour emergency services. Our crews are highly trained,have advanced equipment and resources so that we can get your commercial property back to operating condition in a timely matter. If your commercial property is ever affected call our professionals at SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."