Recent Storm Damage Posts

Disaster Readiness Kit

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

When preparing for a storm, it is important to make sure that you have an emergency supply kit on hand.  We all know that a supply of non-perishable food and drinking water are essential, but do you know what else should be included in your kit?  SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is prepared to help you pick up the pieces after the storm.  We want you to be prepared to weather the storm and recovery.  In addition to food and water, your disaster readiness kit should include the following items:

  • Battery powered or hand-cranked radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle (to signal for help)
  • Dust mask (to filter contaminated air)
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
  • Manual can opener
  • Cell phone with battery backups
  • Important documents (like birth certificates, social security cards)
  • Prescription Medications

If you choose to weather the storm, it is important that you have all necessary items to get you through until help arrives.  As part of the network of SERVPRO storm teams, we are always ready to set out as soon as possible to help those affected.  We are ready and we want to make sure you are too!

How to Choose a Restoration Company

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

Like Mother Nature herself, Natural disasters are unpredictable and unavoidable.  When disaster does strike it can be stressful and overwhelming.  As the storm clears and the cleanup begins there is much to be done.  The first thing you must decide as a homeowner is what restoration company you will use.  At SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo we have responded to a multitude of storm situations and we want to help you be prepared should you ever face such a decision.  From flooding to fire, you should first make sure that the company you choose has the skill set to handle any situation.  First and foremost, they should be able to coordinate with insurance companies and know how to work directly with them.  Next, make sure the company you choose has experience in dealing with storm situations.  SERVPRO has a national network of franchises that has undergone additional training and certification to become part of the Storm Response Team.  You also want to make sure they offer a range of services from water and fire to reconstruction and mold remediation.  It is much easier to deal with one contractor that can handle it all.  SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is a dedicated member of the Storm Response Team and we know how to handle it all!  If you ever experience a catastrophic situation, be sure to call the experts! We are always here to help! 

Tips after a Storm

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

If your home has had damage do to a storm here are some tips that you can use before help arrives. 

Turn off circuit breaker when access to power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.

Extract as much water as possible in affected areas. Do not use a vacuum  to extract water, it may cause electrical shock.

Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet.

Move paintings, computer, important documents to a dry place.

Take photographs of the damage before any work is performed. 

As always, SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is here to help!

Surviving After The Storm

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Surviving After The Storm Tree through a kitchen and garage

On April 13, 2019 SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo's hometown, Vicksburg, Mississippi had 3 F2 tornado's reek havoc on various parts of our town.  We immediately went into action by sending vendors out to remove trees from people's homes and start tarping the roofs. The next day was" boots on ground" as adjusters and clients started calling in claims. We worked tirelessly through the last couple of weeks taking care of customers. We have worked with their adjusters and their agents trying to take the best care of them. We have coordinated housing with our real estate contacts, found lodging  through our hotel contacts and have helped them make their non salvageable list.  All in a day's work.  We are so proud of our hometown and  we are so proud of our staff! They have done a phenomenal job. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo! 

Carpet and Pad after a flood.

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

After a flood, many homeowners and property managers wonder if their carpet and pad can be saved. Let SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo give you the answer, 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 important when determining 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.
  • Category 2 (gray water): dirty water that has been released by sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers, etc. The carpet can usually be restored if it has been wet for less than 48 hours. 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 disasters. To protect your family’s health, carpets and pads should 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 you’re dealing with a flooding problem, contact  SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist at 601-634-0909

Flooded Areas

11/12/2018 (Permalink)

Because of our location as a gulf state, Mississippi residents are especially prone to damage caused by floods.  Flooding can be common during the hurricane season but unusual weather patterns can also bring unexpected flooding of the type we have witnessed in our state over the last few years.

If your home has flooded, it is important to conduct a list of safety checks before returning inside.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development has produced an in-depth document outlining these safety steps.  They include:

  • Checking the roof for dips across the surface
  • Checking external walls to determine if they are no longer plum
  • Checking the foundation from the outside to see if it has been damaged
  • Making sure electricity and gas have been shut off

Once inside, there can be multiple safety hazards and threats.  The presence of mold is a real possibility and a valid concern for your personal safety.  If you have an older home, there is also the risk of lead or asbestos contamination.  Flood water contains multiple health hazards and just because the visible water is gone, it doesn’t mean the contaminants are no longer a threat.

If your residential or commercial property is ever flooded call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909. 

Be Prepared For Thunderstorms! Know the difference!!

9/7/2018 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms can happen nearly anywhere around the world and have the potential to be extremely dangerous. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes; nearly 1,800 thunderstorms are happening at any moment around the world! Although thunderstorms can occur year-round they are more common during the spring and summer months.

WATCH VS. WARNING

  • watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area. It does not mean that a thunderstorm will occur, only that it is possible.
  • warning is issued when severe thunderstorms are occurring or imminent in the warning area.

BE PREPARED

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Keep dead or rotting limbs trimmed to prevent them from falling during a storm.
  • Do not hesitate to postpone outdoor activities.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Shutter your windows and secure outside doors.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives!

If your home or business is damaged from a storm call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909. 

Hurricane Tips

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

During Hurrican season everyone tries to be prepared for before and during the storm, but very few people get far enough to think about what to do AFTER a storm.

Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross to help with post-hurricane chaos.

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
  • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

SERVPRO Storm Response

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

Every year, all over the country, catastrophic natural disasters wreck havoc on communities large and small.

Whether its turbulent blizzards, or torrid flooding, the effects of these colossal events can be felt across the nation.

In the midst of the chaos and stress caused by these happenings, it is easy for business and home owners to feel overwhelmed and lost.

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo strives to put our customers at ease, guiding them and supporting them through the STORM emergency process while providing education and knowledge on how to best navigate the situation. 

From the initial damage assessment, to communicating with your insurance adjuster, to final billing and processing, SERVPRO supports our clients by providing superior customer service.

SERVPRO happily responds to local and outside STORM events. Nationwide, SERVPRO franchises mobilize and act fast, traveling cross country to assist in disaster clean up in communities across the US and Canada.

SERVPRO works in conjunction with all insurance companies, and is part of the Preferred Service Provider program for many nationally recognized insurance organizations.

For our self-pay customers, SERVPRO offers reasonable, competitive pricing and payment options. We understand that STORM cleanup is an unexpected expense, and strive to make reasonably priced restoration accessible to all our customers.

So in the event that your home or business is involved in a STORM, you can rely on SERVPRO to turn a stressful situation into a manageable, professional experience.

Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo today, no matter how big or small your water or fire damage may be. 601-634-0909. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. "Like it never even happened."

Do you know the difference from a Watch and a Warning?

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo like to make sure you and your family are safe during inclement weather. Thunderstorms can happen anywhere around the world and have the potential to be extremely dangerous at times. An average thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts about 30 minutes; an average estimate of 1,800 thunderstorms happen at any moment around the world. Thunderstorms can happen at any time of year but are most common in spring and summer months. 

WATCH VS. WARNING

  • WATCH is issued when conditions in your area are favorable for the development of severe weather. It does NOT mean that a thunderstorm will happen, only that it is possible.
  • WARNING is issued when severe storms are occurring or imminent in the area. During this warning the storms are capable of producing hail. 

ALWAYS be alert and prepared!! Make sure you and your family have an emergency kit and a plan in case of severe weather. If your home or business floods due to inclement weather call SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909, and let us make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Of VIcksburg & Yazoo Is Always Ready For the Storm!

6/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important to many customers. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Warren or Yazoo Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

So the next time your home or business is affected by a storm call us 601-634-0909.

Facts About Flooding

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that flooding is one of the top natural disasters and can cause a massive amount of damage within your home. Heavy downpours of rain in your area can cause drainage issues which could lead to a flooded home. Here are a few things you can do in your home to minimize damage:

1. Keep water heater and electrical panels elevated

2. Make sure you and your family have an emergency kit and a plan

3. If you are under a warning be sure to tune into your tv/radio

4. If at all possible move your furniture and important items to a higher level. 

5. ALWAYS remember to AVOID contact with flood waters. 

If your home is ever affected by a natural disaster call SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909, we use the most up to date equipment to make sure your home looks "Like it never even happened."

Flooded Carpet & Pad

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flooded Carpet & Pad Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909

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 important when determining 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.
  • Category 2 (gray water): dirty water that has been released by sump pumps, washing machines, dishwashers, etc. The carpet can usually be restored if it has been wet for less than 48 hours. 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 disasters. To protect your family’s health, carpets and pads should 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 you’re dealing with a flooding problem, contact  SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo today to speak to a Mitigation Specialist at 601-634-0909.

Tips For Flooded areas

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

Because of our location as a gulf state, Mississippi residents are especially prone to damage caused by floods.  Flooding can be common during the hurricane season but unusual weather patterns can also bring unexpected flooding of the type we have witnessed in our state over the last few years.

If your home has flooded, it is important to conduct a list of safety checks before returning inside.  The Department of Housing and Urban Development has produced an in-depth document outlining these safety steps.  They include:

  • Checking the roof for dips across the surface
  • Checking external walls to determine if they are no longer plum
  • Checking the foundation from the outside to see if it has been damaged
  • Making sure electricity and gas have been shut off

Once inside, there can be multiple safety hazards and threats.  The presence of mold is a real possibility and a valid concern for your personal safety.  If you have an older home, there is also the risk of lead or asbestos contamination.  Flood water contains multiple health hazards and just because the visible water is gone, it doesn’t mean the contaminants are no longer a threat.

If your home or business is ever flooded call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909. 

Facts About Thunderstorms!

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms can happen nearly anywhere around the world and have the potential to be extremely dangerous. The typical thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts an average of 30 minutes; nearly 1,800 thunderstorms are happening at any moment around the world! Although thunderstorms can occur year-round they are more common during the spring and summer months.

WATCH VS. WARNING

  • watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area. It does not mean that a thunderstorm will occur, only that it is possible.
  • warning is issued when severe thunderstorms are occurring or imminent in the warning area.

BE PREPARED

  • Build an emergency kit and make a family communication plan.
  • Keep dead or rotting limbs trimmed to prevent them from falling during a storm.
  • Do not hesitate to postpone outdoor activities.
  • Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
  • Shutter your windows and secure outside doors.
  • Unplug any electronic equipment well before the storm arrives!

If your home or business is damaged from a storm call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909. 

SERVPRO Storm Response- Ready for Whatever Happens

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

Every year, all over the country, catastrophic natural disasters wreck havoc on communities large and small.

Whether its turbulent blizzards, or torrid flooding, the effects of these colossal events can be felt across the nation.

In the midst of the chaos and stress caused by these happenings, it is easy for business and home owners to feel overwhelmed and lost.

SERVPRO strives to put our customers at ease, guiding them and supporting them through the STORM emergency process while providing education and knowledge on how to best navigate the situation. 

From the initial damage assessment, to communicating with your insurance adjuster, to final billing and processing, SERVPRO supports our clients by providing superior customer service.

SERVPRO happily responds to local and outside STORM events. Nationwide, SERVPRO franchises mobilize and act fast, traveling cross country to assist in disaster clean up in communities across the US and Canada.

SERVPRO works in conjunction with all insurance companies, and is part of the Preferred Service Provider program for many nationally recognized insurance organizations.

For our self-pay customers, SERVPRO offers reasonable, competitive pricing and payment options. We understand that STORM cleanup is an unexpected expense, and strive to make reasonably priced restoration accessible to all our customers.

So in the event that your home or business is involved in a STORM, you can rely on SERVPRO to turn a stressful situation into a manageable, professional experience.

Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo today, no matter how big or small your water or fire damage may be. 601-634-0909. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Tips to help with Post Hurricane chaos

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

With the recent storms in Texas, everyone is thinking about what has happened, and what could happen.  Everyone tries to be prepared for before and during the storm, but very few people get far enough to think about what to do AFTER a storm.

Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross to help with post-hurricane chaos.

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
  • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  

Restoring Hattiesburg

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

On the morning of Saturday, January 21, 2017 a category 3 tornado ripped through parts of Hattiesburg and Petal Mississippi leaving in its wake four people dead and more than 500 homes in two counties severely damaged or destroyed and roughly another 600 with minor damage. The United States get more tornadoes than any other place on earth. The U.S sees about 1,250 tornadoes per year. Canada is second with about 100 per year.

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo was honored to answer the call when the local franchise called for help. We arrived on Sunday, Jan. 22 to produce our first job and the devastation was terrible. There were no trees left standing in the hardest hit areas and homes and businesses were completely destroyed. Fourteen days and 7 jobs later the event began to wind down from a mitigation stand point but the reconstruction will be continuing for the better than a year. The support from the local community and compassion of the people of Hattiesburg and Petal is inspiring and we wish them all the best in their continuing efforts to rebuild their community.

When Storms or Floods hit Warren or Yazoo Counties, SERVPRO is ready!

5/3/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage  When Storms or Floods hit Warren or Yazoo Counties, SERVPRO is ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Warren and Yazoo Counties.

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Warren or Yazoo Counties, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams www.SERVPROofbirmingham.com that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (601)634-0909