Don't Let Water Damage Ruin Your Big Day
There’s a lot of strategic planning that goes into planning a big event such as a wedding, or birthday party. One thing many don’t plan for is water damage occurring before the big day. Whether it is a water heater leak or storm damage it could affect the property you have chosen for your event.
SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has specialty drying equipment such as, desiccant dehumidifiers and air max air movers, and trained technicians to get your event space back in working order in a timely manner. We have 24 hour 7 days a week service, so day or night, we are ready for any size disaster. Let SERVPRO make it like the water damage never even happened so you can enjoy your big day!
Tips To Help Winterize Your Pipes
Fall weather is upon us, which means lots of pumpkin spice, sweaters, and football. Yay! However, fall weather also means, winter is right around the corner. Which means colder temperatures, higher electric bill, and possibly snow.
That’s why it is important to prepare for the colder weather by winterizing your pipes. Below is a checklist of important things to consider/complete.
- Use insulation sleeves to insulate pipes. Make sure you cover the pipes fully and do not leave any gaps without insulation as cold air can reach these areas and affect the pipe.
- Be sure to inspect the outside areas of the home or property. Cold air can enter through cracks and cause freezing. That is why it is important to seal any visible cracks with caulk or spray foam.
- When freezing temperatures do occur it is a good idea to allow a faucet to drip to allow water to move continuously throughout the pipes preventing freezing water.
- If the home or property has a crawl space be sure that it properly insulated and block any openings that can allow cold air in.
These measures should ensure that your home or property will be safe from water damage this winter. But, if you do suffer from a water loss, remember that SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale is always “here to help.”
Smoke and Soot Damage to Neighboring Property
A question I was once asked: Can my house be affected by a fire in the house next door? The answer is yes! Let SERVPRO do an inspection of your home and find out if smoke and soot has penetrated the interior of your home. It is common for the houses on either side or behind a home that has had an extensive fire to have smoke and soot residue. It can get into the attic and even into the interior of the home by being drawn in through the HVAC system. Depending on the materials that were in the actual fire the soot and smoke residue can be very corrosive to different items in your home. Let SERVPRO inspect the HVAC system and the interior and remove any smoke and soot therein.
Smoldering fire is a flameless, low temperature burn. There are many materials that can withhold a smolder such as decaying wood, cotton clothing, tobacco, coal, and polymeric foams that are primarily used in bedding and upholstery. Smoldering fires can be difficult to detect and are easily initiated. This makes a smolder a severe hazard. According to statistics smoldering fires are the leading cause of fire deaths in residential areas.
Therefore, it is important to follow the safety rules of preventing fires.
- Have smoke alarms installed and change the batteries when needed.
- There should be one on every level of the home.
- Place one in each bedroom, near each stairwell, and in the kitchen.
- Have a fire extinguisher
- Maintain and monitor electrical cords and appliances
- Have an escape plan
- Many people don’t plan for a fire so it is important to be prepared if it ever happens to you and your family.
Workplace Emergency Drills
Unexpected events such as fires, storms, or floods can cause panic and chaos within a workplace. Conducting drills will help employees learn what to do when a disaster strikes. Having a plan and practicing that plan will ensure that your business is ready for any emergency. Here are 3 tips to help make sure your emergency drills are as effective as possible.
- Conduct Emergency Drills Regularly
The number of drills your company needs to conduct can vary based on the following factors:
- Employee turnover rates
- Employee schedules
- Workplace risk factors
- State laws
- Local municipality laws or codes
- Industry-Specific guidelines
- Keep the Drill Unpredictable
Planned drills, while still helpful, are not nearly as effective as an unscheduled drill. Regular unannounced drills will keep employees on their toes. With this approach, workers are more likely to find the best and safest building exits during a real-life disaster.
- Evaluate Each Drill
It is important to conduct regular drills, but it is also important to have post-drill evaluations. Make sure to look at what worked and where the problem areas are. Make sure to ask employees for their feedback.
Be Prepared for a Hurricane
It is important to be prepared for fall storms. Extreme fall weather, such as hurricanes can cause unexpected damage, so knowing what to expect can help you be prepared.
Torrential downpours, extreme winds, floods and power outages are just a few of the effects of a hurricane. According to NASA, hurricanes are the most violent storms on Earth. A hurricane is fueled by just two things; heat and water. This is a dangerous combination and causes horrendous damage.
A few tips to help you “stormproof” your home are:
- Trimming trees or removing damaged trees and limbs
- Make sure your rain gutters are free of debris and fixed in place
- Reinforcing the roof, doors and windows
- Have a power generator and fuel ready
- Build a “safe room” to take shelter during a hurricane
It is also important to have supplies ready and on hand
- A three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Gallon of water per person for three days
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit
If you or your family suffer damages from a hurricane, call SERVPRO. We are always “here to help.”
Use Hurricane Shutters to Protect Your Home
Mississippi is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms. It is important to be prepared for the heavy rain and strong winds that accompany these natural disasters. One way to do this is by installing hurricane shutters on the outside of your home. There are several different types of storm shutters; keep reading to learn which type may be right for you!
These are permanent shutters made of polycarbonate or metal. They are very strong and effective. An accordion shutter is attached to the side of a window and can be unfolded and locked into place. These run about $15-$25 per square foot.
Bahama awnings are ideal for those living in hot, sunny climates. Besides protecting from falling debris, they also provide necessary shade. These cost between $15-$20 per square foot.
This type of storm shutter is perfect for those who want a permanent change to the outside of their house. They are made from polycarbonate or quality metal. They protect from high winds while also providing privacy and insulation. These are pricier, averaging $20-$30 per square foot.
The colonial security shutter looks very similar to a traditional decorative shutter. However, it can be bolted into place during a storm. The price varies from $200-$500 per individual window.
Storm panels are used for temporary protection from a storm threat. They often come in steel, aluminum, or polycarbonate. These average around $100 per window.
3 Types of Water Damage
There are three separate types of water damage that may affect your home or business:
- Clean Water Damage is caused by “clean water” originating from a water pipe or rain. This is typically the easiest and least expensive type of water disaster to deal with depending on the extent of damage.
- Grey Water Damage is usually caused by water coming from a water-appliance. Grey water will have chemicals such as soap that will have to be treated during the cleanup process.
- Black Water Damage is the most hazardous and expensive type of water damage. It is usually caused by a sewer backup. This type of water damage contains harmful bacteria and chemicals that are unsafe to your health.
SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is prepared with certified technicians that are trained to restore your home or business regardless of which category of water disaster.
Post Construction Cleanup
Whether you’re taking on a lengthy renovation project or building a whole new commercial structure, it can leave a huge job to clean up. The cleanup process can last several weeks, but we can help get your business back up and running in no time! SERVPRO offers a huge range of cleaning services which includes post construction cleanup. Our highly trained team knows how to clean every bit of your newly built/ renovated space, whether it be a kitchen, large office building, or warehouse space. As a part of a national franchise system with over 40 years in the cleaning industry, SERVPRO of Oxford/ Batesville/Clarksdale will deliver on our promise of exceptional results.
Call us today at 662-281-1881 for more information!
Recap of Hurricane Barry
Hurricane Barry's path across Louisiana
Barry originated from a cluster of thunderstorms in the Plains around the fourth of July. This cluster of storms started a spinning formation which eventually moved into the Gulf of Mexico. Barry made landfall along the Louisiana coast as a Category 1 hurricane on July 13, 2019. This caused extremely heavy rainfall and flooding in Louisiana and Arkansas. In fact, Arkansas may have set a new state record for the most rainfall from a tropical cyclone. The peak storm surge inundation occurred where Barry made landfall creating a surge of 6 to 7 feet above normal high tide level. The strongest winds were generally east and south of the center of the hurricane near the Gulf coast. Luckily Barry was only briefly categorized as a hurricane and did not cause any catastrophic damages.