2018 California Wildfires
Firefighters working on active wildfire.
Northern California was declared a national disaster on Aug 4, 2018. There’s been over 5,000 fires that have burned an area of 712,135 acres as of 7th of August. These fires are still ongoing but have already been named the largest in California’s history.
There are many factors that led to the 2018 wildfire season in California being so devastating. One of these direct causes was the increase in dead tree fuel in the state, there was a record 129 million dead trees. The atmospheric conditions aren’t helping the matters either, increasing temperatures and dryness have increased the wildfire risk. Also, home development in these areas has increased over the years it has increased the number destroyed when these events occur.
Along with decreased air quality there have been fatalities associated with these fires. The death toll is up to 12 and there are still people unaccounted for in these communities included firefighters working to put them out.
8 Common Causes In Water Damage In Your Oxford, MS Home
Flooring in a home that had a leak from their condensation line on their HVAC system.
Not only do undetected water leaks damage your home, but they can increase your utility buills as well as encouraged other secondary issues. One of the best ways to keep your home safe from future leaks is to be aware of common situations that lead to leaks.
Here are 8 of the most common causes of leaks:
- Broken seals- overtime seals around water connectors make break or wear, watch for condensation or puddles of water near appliances.
- Clogged lines- keep your gutters and HVAC system clean to prevent serious clogs
- Corrosion- as your plumbing system ages you may see rust or other forms of corrosion eat away at the pipes, if you notice such discoloration or warping have a plumber come out and assess.
- Damaged pipe joints- where your pipes connect can be the weakest point on the line.If you have pipes that make a ticking or banging noise (especially when running hot water) have a plumber come take a look.
- Excess water pressure- it can be nice to have high water pressure but most pipes and faucets can only withstand certain pressure, any extra can cause leaks.If you feel that your pressure may be too high have a professional come out and measure.
- Intruding tree roots- most issues come inside the house but tree roots can intrude water lines and cause moisture in your yard.If you notice wet patches or sink holes call a plumber to check for intrusion.
- Loose water connectors- hoses and pipes that supply your appliances can become loose, again check for puddles around the appliance as well as water coming out of line.
- Rapid temperature changes- extreme outside temperature changes can cause your pipes to expand and contrast which can crack pipes.
If you notice an increase in your water bill, a musty smell around a drain or a change in water flow contact a plumber. If water damage as occurred, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help dry your home once the cause has been identified.
How To Keep Your Produce Fresh
Summertime is a great time of year to get fresh, in season fruits and vegetables. Whether you have your own garden, go to the local farmers market, or your neighborhood grocery store finding ways to keep you produce fresh longer is always helpful. Not only does it allow you to be less wasteful but gives you a longer timeline to enjoy your fruits and vegetables.
Here are some tips to help keep your produce fresh longer:
- Keep potatoes, onions, and tomatoes in a cool, dry place, but not in the fridge. The cold will ruin their flavor.
- Store salad greens and fresh herbs in bags filled with air and sealed tightly.
- Produce such as carrots, lettuce, and broccoli start to spoil as soon as they're picked, so place these in separate plastic baggies in the crisper in your fridge.
- Avoid washing berries until right before you're ready to eat them. Wetness encourages mold growth.
- Buy only what you need. Go to the market more frequently, or if that's not possible, plan out your meals ahead of time so you only buy what you know you'll use.
How Safe Is Your Restaurant's Kitchen
Kitchen vent hood in local Oxford, MS restaurant.
Owning a restaurant can be a fun fast paced job that comes with many responsibilities. Obviously, you want a good kitchen and wait staff along with food that brings in customers. You also want to focus on the environment not only the atmosphere but making sure you are up to codes. One area that may consistently get dirty and require a routine maintenance is the kitchen, in particular the vent hood. You’ve spent all this time, money and energy, make sure you don’t overlook the importance of cleaning the kitchen exhausts, it can not only help prevent fires but also make your kitchen safer for yourself and employees. Here are five reasons on what this is so important:
- Fire Code Compliance
- Fire Safetey
- Odor Removal
- Improved Air Quality
- Energy Savings
If you haven’t set up a regular cleaning schedule in your kitchen or maybe you need a quote on this service, SERVPPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help. Call 662-281-1881 today to set up your kitchen cleaning inspection.
Summer Rain Storms Can Cause Roof Damage
Roof damage to a Batesville, MS hotel after a summer storm.
The summer months are mostly categorized by the heat and humidity. Most people stay inside and limit their outside activities during the hotter times of the day. One thing people don’t normally complain about in the summer is the rain, it lowers the temperature and makes the outside more bearable most of the time. However, in some cases, these higher temperatures bring summer storms. The rain storms this summer have not only caused some flooding but roof damage as well. Here are some tips on how to check your roof for damage following a storm:
- Look for damaged or broken shingles
- Check for tears or buckling in the flashing
- Make sure gutters are free of debris
- Chimneys shouldn’t be leaning or missing/loose flashing
- Inspect the inside of your home for moisture marks
If you see any of these signs you should get them fixed immediately. The longer you wait more damage can occur. You should also consult your insurance and see if you should file a claim. If you suspect moisture inside your home, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has the equipment and training to effectively dry your home to keep secondary issues such as mold from happening.
Fire Hazards In Your Bathroom
Fire damage in a bathroom at a Batesville, MS home.
Household fires can be devastating. They can destroy your home and memories in minutes. Many fire hazards exist in your home and should be regularly inspected as well as maintained to prevent these hazards from turning into an actual fire. One of these places is the exhaust fan/vent in your bathroom. Exhaust fans are used to help prevent steam on mirrors, damp walls and fogged windows as well as removing odors. If not cleaned properly, overtime they build up lint which can cause the motor to overheat and ignite the lint. Here are some ways you can prevent this:
- Make sure you follow your manufacturers recommendations for cleaning and add the exhaust fans to your regular cleaning schedule.
- When you clean make sure you also take the fan cover off and remove lint from around the motor, even washing it in warm soapy water.
- If your fan shows any signs of heat damage, make sure you replace immediately.
- These bathroom fans should only be used for brief periods of time such as during a shower. Make it a habit to turn them off when their job is done.
SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help. If you suffer from any time of fire or smoke damage in your home or business, please call our professional team at 662-281-1881 to help.
Top Tips For Tornadoes
Tornadoes are something we’ve become more accustomed to in North Mississippi. They can be violent storms that can demolish even the best made structures. Tornadoes can uproot trees and throw other objects around. Here are three top tips to keep in mind about tornadoes from the American Red Cross:
- Identify a safe space in your home where your family and pets can gather. It should be the lowest floor, most interior room, with no windows.
- If you find yourself in a high rise building just find a hallway that is in the center in case, you do not have time to get to the lowest floor.
- If in a mobile home, find a safe place close by, no mobile home is safe in a tornado.
One last think to keep in mind is to know the difference between a Tornado Warning and Tornado Watch. A Tornado Watch means the conditions are probable for activity whereas a Tornado Warning means one is near or could occur soon so find a safe space immediately.
Lowering Your Electric Bills Could Cause Mold
If you suspect microbial growth, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is trained and ready to help remediate that issue. Give us a call at 662-281
In the south, especially in the summer months our AC seems to never stop working. Many homeowners try to combat the higher electricity bills by cutting off their AC when they aren’t home or using it. This can cause other issues one of which is mold because an enclosed dark and damp environment is a perfect situation for mold spores to grow.
In these warmer months, a closed house with the air-conditioning turned off will have higher humidity levels than an air-conditioned home. These side effects are even more pronounced when the home is vacant because a vacant home receives little to no sunlight through closed shades and no air movement with the fan off and doors staying closed.
To reduce these potential for mold in your home keep your air-conditioning unit set around 75 degrees with the fan on. This will keep an air flow in your home as well as keep humidity levels down.
If you suspect microbial growth, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is trained and ready to help remediate that issue. Give us a call at 662-281-1881.
Regular Cleaning of Your Dryer Vent Reduces Your Chances of a Fire
Do you know what's inside your dryer vent?
You usually think about your washer and dryer cleaning clothing and soft goods for you, but how often do you clean them? Keeping your dryer vent clean not only helps you dry your clothes faster it also lowers the chances of it malfunctioning. There are almost 3,000 dryer related fires reported each year, proper maintenance such as having the vent cleaned can reduce this. Here are some benefits of having your dryer vent cleaned:
- Reduces the potential of a dryer fire and keeps your dryer from overheating
- Can lower your power bill
- Lengthen the life of your dryer and keep repairs to a minimal
- Clothes will dry faster and less lent
It is suggested that this be a yearly maintenance especially if your vent line is longer than 10 feet. Our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is trained and ready to help keep your home safe and help it run more efficiently.
2018 Hurricane Season
Subtropical storm Alberto hit land on May 28, 2018.
Hurricane season is described as a continuous event in the formation of tropical cyclones in the Northern Hemisphere. The season officially began on June 1, 2018 and will end on November 30, 2018. This is the period of time they are most likely however, it is possible at any time of the year.
This seasons forecast is to be a average for 2018 with a total of 11 named storms, 4 hurricanes and only 1 major hurricane. These numbers are because of the continued cooling in the Atlantic and an increasing chance of El Nino forming later in the year.
Here’s some tips from FEMA on how to prepare for future hurricanes:
- Know what you should do before, during and after a hurricane
- Create an emergency communication plan with your family
- Know your local community’s evacuation plans
- Check your insurance coverage
- Have emergency supplies at home
- Download the FEMA mobile app