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End of Semester Dorm Cleaning in Oxford, MS

4/9/2021 (Permalink)

A college student sits on stairs while studying Let us focus on cleaning so they can focus on their studies.

The end of the semester will be here before you know it.  Do you have a son or daughter in campus housing?  Finals will be here soon, and the deadline for checking out of their rooms is within 24 hours of their last final exam.  Their rooms need to be clean at checkout, or the school will assess charges to their account.  You know how that goes in most cases -- you wind up with the bill.

Your student should have received a Room Condition Report at move-in.  This is what will be used to assess damages to the rooms and the resulting fees. 

Final exams for the Spring semester are April 26-30, 2021.  Your student has hopefully started preparing for finals, but it's easy for the room cleanup to get lost in the chaos of it all.  The student is expected to thoroughly clean the room, wipe down all of the furniture and appliances, wipe down the closets, window sills and blinds.  Mirrors and windows need to be cleaned, and the room needs to be swept and mopped.  If the room is left unclean or unsanitary, including the furniture, the school will not consider that as normal wear and tear.  It will be classified as damaged and fines will be assessed.  The same goes for large marks on the walls beyond scuffs.  The most recent fee listing for an unclean room charges a minimum of $25 per bag of trash removed.  That could add up very quickly!

What if there was another way?  Leave the cleaning to us!  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is always here to help.  Give us a call at 662-281-1881.  We would be happy to discuss your needs and come up with a plan to get their room back up to school standards.  Your child could study for their final exams and prepare to move out in peace.

Living on campus can be wild.  We'll help make the mess "Like it never even happened."

Fireplace Maintenance Tips for Your Clarksdale, MS Home

3/29/2021 (Permalink)

Closeup of a crackling fire Keep your fireplace maintained to enjoy it for years to come.

The first cold snap of the winter season generally leaves people running for the fireplace to keep their homes warm.  While fireplaces generally do a great job of maintaining a comfortable temperature in the home, they do require maintenance.  This is especially true when your fireplace has been unused since the previous cold season.

Without proper maintenance, you're left with a potential fire hazard.  A sparking ember could jump from the fireplace and land somewhere flammable.  Creosote buildup could cause a chimney fire.  Should smoke drift from the fireplace and into the room, it is a sign that you should extinguish the fire and have your fireplace serviced immediately.  When smoke gets into a room, it greatly reduces the quality of the air inside.  This could be dangerous for those with respiratory illnesses.  Carbon monoxide could also enter the room, which can quickly become a deadly situation without a working carbon monoxide detector.

The best thing to do to keep your home and family safe is have a professional chimney sweep out to inspect, clean, and test your chimney yearly.  They get busy during fall and winter, so you might find it easier to book one in the summer.  It's also important to note that you should have a chimney sweep out to inspect the chimney if you've just moved into the home.

Should the unthinkable happen and you do experience a fire loss, the professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale are ready to help.  Give us a call at 662-281-1881.  We'll get right to work to make it "Like it never even happened."

When Minutes Matter

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck in front of building Our specialists are on call and ready to help 24/7.

Emergencies can be very traumatic.  In an emergency situation, time is often of the essence.  This is particularly true with water damage.  Water is invasive and once it saturates the walls, mold and mildew have the chance to form.  Beyond that, metal can corrode and the chance of biohazard contamination increases.  When you have a water emergency, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale.  We’re always here to help.

Should you suffer a fire loss, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is fast to respond and clean up the mess.  Fires are traumatic due to the personal and sentimental items that are often damaged by the soot left behind.  While not everything can be saved, some items can be restored.  We understand how important these items are to you and will work hard to restore them to pre-fire condition.  We’ll remove the soot from your house so you can come home.  We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

When a time-sensitive emergency such as a water loss or fire loss requires a fast response, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale a call at 662-281-1881. 

We’re always here to help.

We Now Do Reconstruction

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Did you know that along with water mitigation and fire restoration SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale also does reconstruction?  After our highly trained technicians are done drying a structure or restoring a home after a fire, we also have a team that can put it all back together to truly make it “Like it never even happened.”  Below are some of the excellent services our reconstruction team can help you with.

  • Drywall repair and installment
  • Painting
  • Floor repair and replacement
  • Kitchen and bath installation
  • Ceiling repair
  • Cabinet and trim installation
  • Fixture installation
  • Insulation installation
  • Storage options for your belongings while repairs are being made

So, if you suffer from water or fire damage, give us a call at 662-281-1881.  Our team stands ready to help with any size disaster. 

Thermal Imaging

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Thermal imaging was first developed for military use during the Korean War.  This kind of imaging uses temperature to distinguish hot and cold temperatures through walls and long distances.  It is used by firefighters to see through smoke and find people; It is also used by law enforcement to locate suspects and handle search and rescue efforts.  But those aren’t the only ways it can be effective or helpful. 

We use it to locate water trapped within walls or floors.  Water damage can create long term issues if not detected soon enough.  That’s why it is important to catch the source of the water and correct the problem and dry out any affected materials before it is too late.  Thermal imaging may be the solution before one has to take a destructive approach.  Although, thermal imaging cannon “see” water, it can detect differences in temperature that could indicate a location to test.  This is just one of the reasons why SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale can be of service to you.  If you suspect water damage, give us a call at 662-281-1881. 

Water Remediation After A Toilet Overflow

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

A clogged toilet bowl or tank malfunction can lead to a nasty overflow in your home.  Overflowing water can cause severe damage to floors and baseboards surrounding the malfunctioned toilet.   Contaminated water may also seep through walls and insulation down to lower floors if the toilet is found on an upper level.  Water damage requires immediate attention to prevent further damage caused by sitting water.

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has a team of trained professionals that know exactly how to restore your home in a timely manner.  Upon arrival, our team will identify the extent and severity of the seen and unseen damage.  This is possible using hygrometers and moisture detectors.  These tools allow us to ensure that no water is left to mold or mildew inside wall cavities.  Water is then extracted using heavy duty pumps so that the drying process will be quick and painless.  In some instances, parts of walls and baseboards may need to be removed.  However, we can promise that customers will be walked through their specific remediation plan prior to demolition.  After drying, all areas that were potentially contaminated by the overflowing water are sanitized.  We do this to ensure no future mold or bacterial growth.  

If you find yourself in need of our services, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881!

Standing Water in Basement or Crawlspace

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water in a basement or crawlspaces can occur for several reasons.  For example, heavy rain and rain associated problems often cause water damage in basements due to improper grading. In other words, water is not properly directed away from the home and therefore seeps in through cracks in basement walls or the foundation.  Deteriorations in foundation can also cause standing water in crawlspaces.  Another common cause of standing water in a crawlspace is humidity from the ground.  If your crawl space has an earthen ground of soil it can be very susceptible to high levels of moisture. Soil acts like a sponge for water coming from above or below.  Water may pool at the ground’s surface creating large puddles. Presently, this may not seem like a huge issue, but standing water in a home’s crawlspace can lead to structural damage, termites, and mold.

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale’s team of trained professionals know exactly how to handle standing water in a basement or crawlspace.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call us at 662-281-2881.  We would be happy to answer any questions regarding the importance or proper extraction and how to protect these lower spaces from moisture and future damage.

3 Types of Foundations: Pros and Cons

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

The foundation of a structure is the load bearing portion, typically built below ground.  This portion serves 3 purposes.

  1. Support the structure
  2. Keep out groundwater
  3. Function as a barrier to water and soil vapor

But, when deciding on the foundation of your home, it’s important to know the pros and cons of each option.

  • Slab Foundations:

These are the most cost efficient as well as the most common of the choices.  The process is simple, the slab starts with concrete footing poured 24 inches below projected finish grade.  Then concrete blocks are placed on top of the footers, internal piping is placed, then rock filler is added, and four inches of concrete poured on top.

The advantages of a slab foundation are that they are low maintenance and the least expensive option.  The disadvantages are that there is a higher potential for expensive repairs because plumbing is placed below the slab.  This means if there is a problem, the concrete would have to be broken to reach the issues at hand.  Another disadvantage is that a slab foundation has minimal protection from storms and bad weather. 

  • Crawlspace Foundations:

Homes with crawlspace foundations are raised a few feet off the ground.  As with slab foundations, footing is placed, and concrete blocks are placed the create the support for the walls. 

The advantages of a crawlspace foundation are the easy access for repairs to plumbing, electrical, piping, and ductwork.  A second advantage is warmer floors.  Because the floor is elevated and the underlying space is conditioned, the floors tend to be much warmer than a concrete slab. The disadvantages are that crawlspaces are prone to moisture.  It is important to keep an eye on your crawlspace to ensure you have proper insulation and ventilation.  Even with cutting edge vapor barriers there can still be potential for mold and fungi to grow due to increased moisture.  A second disadvantage is there is, like with slab foundations, little to no protection from storm and weather. 

  • Basement Foundations:

A basement is an eight-foot hole that ends in a concrete slab.  In the past, basements were built with cinder blocks, but they were prone to structural failures and leaks over time.  Nowadays, basements are built with poured concrete walls, which have improved the structural integrity on the foundation over time.

The advantages of a basement foundation are the extended square footage, easy access for repairs, and storm protection.  Having the additional space at a much lower cost per square foot than other parts of the house can create extra living space or entertainment.  As with crawlspace foundations, there is easy access for repairs.  However, unlike slab and crawlspace foundations, there is protection from storms and weather for you and the residents of the home.  The disadvantages of a basement foundation are increased costs.  Because of the added materials, labor, and square footage, the costs on installation are the most time consuming and expensive.  Another disadvantage is lack of natural light.  Because the foundation is underground, there are no possible options for windows, unless you create a walkout. 

Ultimately, the decision on which foundation you choose is personal preference.  There is no foundation type that “holds up” better than another.  However, if you do experience flooding or mold issues in your Oxford, MS home, give SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale a call at 662-281-1881!!

The Impact Of Smoking In Your Home

1/3/2021 (Permalink)

It is common knowledge that smoking has negative consequences on your health, but it can also be dangerous to your home.

Fire Danger

Smoking is the leading cause of death in home fires.  Fires caused by smoking is most common in bedrooms and living rooms where flammable items such as carpet, blankets, and furniture are exposed.

Resale Value

Homes occupied by someone who smokes regularly are much more difficult to sell.  On average, house value decreases by nearly 29%. The smell left behind by cigarettes can get trapped in cupboards, vents, and even the ceiling.

While exceedingly difficult, it is possible to reduce and potentially get rid of the smell of smoke in your home.  Thoroughly cleaning the walls and ceilings, followed by a deep cleaning of the carpet and floors is the first step.  It may also be necessary to professionally clean the air ducts to prevent the smell from continuing to circulate throughout your home.

Hurricane Sally 2020

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Hurricane Sally made landfall on September 16, 2020 causing catastrophic damage to the Alabama and Florida coast.  Sally began her journey of destruction on the coast of South Florida on September 11 beginning as a Tropical Depression.  The next day she strengthened into Tropical Storm Sally over the Gulf of Mexico.  The Florida Keys were met with flooding rainfall on September 12.  She then moved northward over the eastern Gulf of Mexico and by September 14 Sally had intensified into a hurricane.  Slowly this hurricane made its ways towards to coastline and on September 16th it strengthened to a category 2 hurricane and made landfall causing flash flooding. 

And like SERVPRO always does, we banded together to go help with relief efforts and helping those in need begin their journey of recovery.  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale loaded up on September 17 and got to work.  Our crews were on site for a whole month and were able to help over 20 families and a large apartment complex.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to travel to these heavily affected areas and help so many people make it “Like it never even happened.”