What To Do If Your Home Or Business Has A Fire
Fires are something you never want to have to deal with; but should also be something you are always prepared for when they do happen. Here are some tips to remember if you should experience a fire at your home or business:
- Know how to operate a fire extinguisher properly
- Call 911
- Yell FIRE several times and go outside right away
- Get Out and Stay Out
- Check closed door handles before opening, if warm, use your secondary exit
- If you must go through smoke, get low and go under the smoke. Close the doors behind you.
- Never re-enter a building until it has been cleared
SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale 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. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.
Sewage Backup at Your Oxford, MS Home or Business
Sewage backup at local Oxford, MS business.
Sewage backup creates a mess no one really wants to clean up, however when it happens you need to act quickly. Sometimes if it is small you can manage without professional help for example if the backup is confined to a bathroom or kitchen. A major spill or backup will require professional help because sewage and sewage water is unsanitary and could contain bacteria and viruses that cause illness. In this case it is best to call in professionals.
The first thing you can do when sewage backup happens, is keep high risk people out of the area (elderly and children). Next it is important to get a plumber and cleanup specialist. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has the special training and the proper equipment to clean up and disinfect.
If you experience a sewage back up and want to understand more about the best cleanup plans, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale will inspect and determine the appropriate sanitation and cleanup plan to restore your home or business.
Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – 662-281-1881
Tornado and Water Damage to Your Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale Home or Business
Pictures from tornado damage in Jacksonville, AL where we sent crews to help out a local SERVPRO franchise.
When you think about tornadoes you normally just think of the damage from the high winds. Each tornadic event is different but if it was a quick moving storm with lots of rainfall your home or business could be left with water damage as well. If you have experienced storm damage here are some steps to get you started in the clean-up process:
Safety of Structure: Inspect the quality of the structure and make sure it is safe. Not only could there be potential fallen debris but depending on the amount of rain there could be electrical hazards.
Access Damage: If the structure is safe take the time to walk it and see what all is damaged, so you can see a complete picture of what is going on in your home and be able to let your insurance company know.
Contact Insurance: As soon as you can, contact your insurance to let them know you have experienced damage to your home or business. Make them aware of what you are seeing and go over your coverage, so you have a better idea of what they will pay for.
Remove Water: Depending on the amount of water contacting a professional to remove is usually your best option. At SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale not only do we have the equipment to successfully extract the water, we also have the professionals to handle the job to ensure your structure is completely dry.
Start Put Back: Once your home or business is dry then you can begin to rebuild. Contact a professional contractor to start plans for replacing anything that was lost or damaged due the tornado, rains, or winds.
Have a powerful storm damage your property can be a stressful time. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make this a less stressful process for you to go through.
Rainfall Can Lead To Flooding In Your Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Home or Business
This is a basement in an Oxford, MS business that had 9 inches of water in their basement due to the large amounts of rainfall.
Floods rank as one of the most common natural disasters in the United States. With all the rainfall we have experienced so far in 2018 some areas in Mississippi have seen elevated water levels that have caused some concerns. With large amounts of rainfall, areas that typically do not have concerns with flooding have seen signs. You’d be shocked to know that nearly 25% of last year’s claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities. According to NFIP, houses in the United States have a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30 year mortgage, while businesses face similar risks by flooding. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the United States: Here are some more “Flood Facts” you may not know:
- Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S., making flooding the most deadly natural disaster.
- More than half of the fatalities during floods are auto related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current.
- The principle causes of foods in the eastern United States are hurricanes and storms.
- The principle causes of floods in the western United States are snowmelt and rainstorms.
- Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash flood - especially at night, when it's difficult to see.
If your home or business experiences flood damage and isn’t properly addressed you can begin to see secondary issues. One of these issues is microbial growth. SERVPRO of Oxford/ Batesville/ Clarkdale uses IICRC standards when drying structures, which means we take the proper steps to alleviate the potential of microbial growth. Even minor floods can cause major damage if not addressed right away. At SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale we know this can be overwhelming so we are here and ready to help.
Call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarkdsale at 662-690-6502 if you experience flood damage.
Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold
Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.
If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] for mold remediation services.
What Not to Do:
- Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
- Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
- Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
- Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.
About Our Mold Remediation Services
SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 662-281-1881
Conditions in Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Might Be Right For Mold
SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale knows what to do if mold grows in your home.
It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.
If the right conditions exist, mold will grow. Those conditions include:
- Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.
- Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
- Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.
Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.
If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.
If you suspect mold, call us today at 662-281-1881
What to Do:
- Stay out of affected areas.
- Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
- Contact SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale for mold remediation services.
Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Smoke and Soot Cleanup
Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Home.
Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.
Smoke and soot facts:
- 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
There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:
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.
Our Fire Damage Restoration Services
Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.
Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 662-281-1881
Where Is Mold Hiding In Your Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Home?
Microbial growth from a hot water heater leak in an Oxford home.
Microbial growth needs heat, moisture and darkness to thrive so there are many places in your home where it can hide. It’s in these areas where significant damage can happen because it can go unseen for substantial amounts of time. Basements, bathrooms, under appliances and under your home are top places to be sure check regularly.
Finished and unfinished basements alike are susceptible to microbial growth. Make sure you have good ventilation as well as keep it dry. If your basement smells musty you may have growth that is being spread throughout your home through the air ducts.
Vapor barriers keep ground moisture from coming onto the joists of the home is crucial to keep microbial out. In addition to a vapor barrier, ventilation under your home can help flow out any moisture that may come under your home.
Just like under your home ventilation is key in your bathroom. Turning on your fan in your bathroom especially during hot showers can help alleviate steam from adding moisture onto your ceiling that could lead to microbial growth. Also watch for leaky toilets or sinks. These small leaks can lead to larger issues such as mold under your sink or behind your toilet.
Some refrigerators have drip pans where water can collect or water leaks from the line of your ice maker. Checking these lines and cleaning coils regularly can help these issues or catch them before they turn into something bigger. Also remember hot water heaters and washing machines also can leak as well as steam from dryer vent. It’s important to be aware of these areas and check and clean them on a regular basis.
If you suspect microbial growth in any of these areas around your home don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881. Our certified team is “Ready For Whatever Happens”.
What Do Your Business’ Carpets Say About You?
Carpet cleaning at an Oxford hotel
We’ve all walked into businesses that seem to have it all together. The paint looks fresh, the décor is perfectly placed, it even smells good. They seem to really have it all together and then you look down. Their carpet or accent rug shows all the signs of wear and tear. There are spots from who knows what that have stained the fibers. Now, this business that has done a lot of things right, you can only look at what’s wrong. Let SERVPRO help you put your business’ best foot forward with our carpet cleaning services. We have professional technicians trained in all carpet/rug types to ensure we can get them looking as good as new.
What SERVPRO Can Do For You
- Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care- We use the latest training and best equipment to remove entrapped soils deep within your carpet’s pile and backing
- Stain Removal and Stain Resistance Applications-We use IICRC standards for our carpet guides and our team will go over with you the best options for the level of soiling as well as the benefits of soil protection.
If your business’ carpets aren’t looking as good as they once did, give us a call today 662-281-1881. We would be glad to come and look at them as well as go over a plan to get them looking like new.
Water Damage Is More Likely Than Fire Damage
Drying equipment placed in a condo that suffered a water loss.
While you should be prepared for any type of damage in your home, recent research into claims made with Travelers Insurance suggests that water damage can be as much as 10 times more likely than fire.
Around 3 percent of those water claims were from weather related incidents, meaning that the others could be avoided with proper maintenance.
Here are the top four common causes of non-weather related water damage:
- Leaks from washing machine hoses: These should be inspected every year and replaced every five years or when signs of cracking or bulging appear
- Leaks around water heaters: These should be inspected annually and if possible install your water heater in an area with floor drains to minimize damage in the case of leaks
- Leaks from refrigerator ice machines: Inspect these connections every year and replace any hoses that are cracked or corroded
- Clogged drains line on air conditioning units: Check these drain lines once a year
These steps will greatly reduce your chances of water damage, it is always a possibility. In the case of water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881 so we can make it “Like it never even happened.”