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Before You Shop for Fireworks in Batesville, MS

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

Colorful fireworks explode in the night sky Celebrate the Fourth of July safely this year.

Tis the season for those little roadside tents to pop up along the landscape. You know the ones. You'll see more and more fireworks stands as the calendar edges closer to the Fourth of July. This is the year you're going BIG.

Well, maybe not so fast.

There are some key safety measures to keep in mind before you light that first fuse! The goal is to have fun, and if safety isn't a priority, your celebration could end with something burning other than the fuse or worse, a surprise trip to the emergency room.

First, familiarize yourself with the state laws pertaining to fireworks in your area, wherever you may celebrate. Mississippi only permits certain types of firework purchases during specific times of the year, and only to those 12 years old and older.

Secondly, keep yourself safe! Make sure to never lean over the fuse when lighting it and keep a garden hose or water bucket nearby as a safety precaution. It's extremely tempting to try and re-light a "dud" firework, but don't do it! It could explode and burn you. Did you know that 44% of firework injuries were due to burns? That's an important percentage to remember, especially when it comes to children. Many people see sparklers as harmless, but a lit sparkler burns at around 2000 degrees. Half of the total firework injuries to young children involved sparklers. Please choose a safer alternative like a glow stick or streamer for your child.

When it comes to fireworks, don't forget about your furry friends. Dogs are extremely sensitive to loud noises and flashing lights. Walk them earlier in the day and leave them indoors when fireworks are in use. Close the curtains and make them a comfortable spot with music or a television playing to distract from the loud noises outside.

With a little consideration and the proper safety precautions, fireworks can be a lot of fun. No matter how you celebrate, do it safely! Have a Happy Independence Day from your friends at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale!

When You Lose Power in Oxford, MS

6/27/2022 (Permalink)

A young boy reads a book by flashlight while holding an apple Some power outages are lengthy

If you've been in Mississippi for a minute, you know that there's always a chance of sudden severe weather situations.  We're only a few days into summer, but there's already a line of thunderstorms on deck for Oxford.  During the day, should your power go out during a storm, it's just an inconvenience to most people.

When it's knocked out at night, it can be treacherous.

Could you find your way around your home in the middle of the night?  If the answer is no, it's probably a good idea to keep a small flashlight in each bedroom so you can quickly access it when you need it!

Many power companies send text alerts to let you know when your power might be restored.  Depending on the severity of the storm that caused it, it could be awhile.  This is especially true for those in more rural locations.

That's when it gets a little tricky.

Ideally, if you've experienced a prolonged power outage in the past, you want to be prepared for next time.  This might mean having a portable generator, or even a whole-home generator.  

Generators can be a godsend when dealing with power that will be shut off for the immediate future.  They'll keep your food cold and your TV on while you wait out the electric company.   The trade-out is that portable generators, and especially whole-home generators require ongoing maintenance.

So what happens when you don't have a generator?

In short: the timer starts counting down on anything perishable in the house.  The food in your freezer should hold for around 48 hours.  Now the bad part:  If there is a lot of food in your fridge, it should keep its temperature for around four hours.  It's probably a good idea to have a large cooler and several ice packs available so the food can move to a cold cooler to make it last longer.

The next time storms blow through, we hope your power stays on.  Familiarize yourself with these tips in case it doesn't.    Stay safe out there and give us a call if you need us.  From your friends at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale.

We're Always Here to Help

6/10/2022 (Permalink)

Timestamp: Wednesday - 8:45 pm. 

You hear a deep gurgling noise in the kitchen, and the next thing you know, water is everywhere. 

Who do you call?

Timestamp: Monday - 5:30 pm. 

You get home from work and realize your child must have left the water running before school.  Water is all over the bathroom and going into the hallway.

Who do you call?

Timestamp: Tuesday - 11:45 am.

You discover that your recently evicted tenant left a nasty mess in every room and a fridge full of rotten food.  It's too much to even think of handling on your own.

Who do you call?

Timestamp: Sunday - 3:23 am.

The ring of your work cell wakes you from a deep sleep because the sprinkler system malfunctioned and there is standing water throughout the facility.

Who do you call?

The answer is easy!

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale!

We know there's never a good time for an emergency, so our business hours are 24/7/365.  Put us in your phone so we'll be there when you need us.  Call: 662-281-1881. 

We're always here to help.

Category 2 Water Damage in Your Batesville, MS Home

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

Overhead view of a toilet on a black and white checked floor. A Category 2 water loss could happen when a toilet or bathtub overflows.

Every water loss is different and can take many forms, depending on what kind of water caused the damage. We've discussed Category 1 water, and how it originates from a sanitary water source. A sink or bathtub overflow would be considered Category 1 water. Time is always of the essence when dealing with a water loss because if that sanitary water sits for 48-72 hours, you could be looking at a Category 2 water loss.

If you've heard the term "grey water," this is another name for Category 2 water. This water contains enough contaminants to potentially make someone ill were they to accidentally ingest it or if it touches an open wound. Water damage from a leaking waterbed, overflowing aquarium, or leaking dishwasher or washing machine is considered Category 2 water.

Category 2 water contains microorganisms, but once it has been sitting for more than 48 hours, the bacteria multiply, and mold begins to form. At this point, you're dealing with "black water," which is Category 3 water. This water is extremely dangerous, and it is best to not let your water damage get to this point.

Should you experience a Category 2 water loss, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is always here to help! Give us a call at 662-281-1881. We're available 24/7 and work hard to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

Category 1 Water Damage in Your Oxford MS Home

5/26/2022 (Permalink)

Water runs from a sink faucet in front of a colorful backsplash. An overflowing sink is a common Category 1 water loss.

It's tough to be inconvenienced by a water loss, but should you have to deal with one, it's very important to remember that time is not on your side. The longer a water issue affects your property, the more likely it is to turn into major damage, resulting in a lengthy restoration process.

A water loss resulting from a sanitary source of water, such as a sink or bathtub overflowing is considered a Category 1 water loss. Exposure or ingestion of this water does not pose a risk because the water is not contaminated. While this water will not make you sick, if it is not remedied quickly, it can cause damage to your laminate floors, as well as any plywood, particleboard furniture, and the like. Should your carpet come into contact with Category 1 water, it is likely to escape long-term damage as long as the water is extracted quickly.

Once Category 1 water sits for a couple of days, it runs the risk of becoming reclassified as "greywater" (Category 2), or even worse, "black water" (Category 3). These water categories come with a risk of contamination and illness. That's why it's always best to have your water loss assessed and remediated as soon as you notice it. Should you suffer a Category 1 water loss, give us a call at 662-281-1881. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is available 24/7 and ready to make it "Like it never even happened."

We're always here to help.

The "I" of the Storm

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Satellite view of a hurricane system "I" storms usually arrive at the peak of hurricane season.

What's in a name?  Specifically, the names used for hurricanes.  The World Meteorological Organization releases a list of the hurricane names ahead of each year's hurricane season.  In 1979, a  permanent list of names was established by the WMO.  The names rotate on a six-year cycle and are reused unless a name has been retired.

A name is retired when it is associated with a storm that was particularly costly or deadly, like Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  

Which letter has the most retired names?

"I" can tell you that, as of the beginning of the 2022 Hurricane season, the letter I has 13 names that have been retired from use:

Ida (2021), Igor (2010), Ike (2008), Inez (1966), Ingrid (2013), Ione (1955), Iota (2020), Irene (2011), Iris (2001), Irma (2017), Isabel (2003), Isidore (2002), and Ivan (2004).

The 2022 I name is Ian.

Here's hoping he's gentle.  Though, should it turn into a major storm, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is ready to hit the road and help make it "Like it never even happened."  

We're always here to help.

Tornado Season 2022

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

A tornado crosses an empty field Stay safe this tornado season!

The 2022 Tornado Season has already been incredibly active in the south, and as we enter May, there doesn't appear to be many signs of slowing down.  May has traditionally been the month with the most tornadoes, as the tornado season hits its peak. 

That statement hits a bit different when you look at where our tornado season stands when compared to last year. 

  • March 2021 - 139 tornadoes recorded in the United States
  • April 2021 - 79 tornadoes recorded in the United States
  • May 2021 - 259 tornadoes recorded in the United States

Here's where we are as of May 1st:

  • March 2022 - 226 tornadoes recorded in the United States
  • April 2022 - 193 tornadoes recorded in the United States
  • May 2022 - ???

You see the cause for concern. 

People who have spent at least a few years in the South have an idea of what to do when a tornado watch or warning is issued for their area.  But a refresher never hurt anyone, especially when the population has grown so much over the past few years! 

  • Many properties actually have storm shelters.  These are ideal, but if that isn't an option, go to an interior room of the home.  Bathrooms without windows tend to fare a bit better than rooms with outside walls. 
  • Keep cell phones charged to receive weather warnings and in the event of a power outage.
  • Have a plan for yourself and your family in the event of a tornado.  Don't forget your pets!

Tornadoes are a part of southern life during the spring.  Should your home experience water damage from a tornado or wind event, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is always here to help.  Give us a call at 662-281-1881.

Getting Ready to Sell Your House? Read This First!

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

A sold sign overlaps a real estate sign advertising a house that is for sale Don't leave money on the table!

Attention real estate professionals!  We don't need to tell you that the market is on fire right now.  That's fantastic, but don't leave money on the table!  Buyers typically know within 10 seconds whether or not they're interested in a listing.  If your listing features stained carpets and dingy windows, a potential buyer only sees a list of projects.  Projects cost money, and your buyer could back out and look for something more move-in ready.  So if your listing isn't where it needs to be, a good top-to-bottom cleaning could work wonders!

We can help you with that.  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale works with real estate agents to make their listings shine.  We clean windows, walls, high-touch surfaces, carpets, rugs, ceilings, and appliances.  Call today at 662-281-1881 to discuss your needs and tailor a make-ready cleaning package to bring your listing to the next level.  With homes frequently selling above list in this market, that means more money in your pocket.

A make-ready clean from SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale could make a real difference for your real estate listings. 

We're always here to help.

Kitchen Safety for your Oxford, MS Home

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

A fire extinguisher sits on a kitchen counter. Follow proper kitchen safety precautions to keep that fire extinguisher looking shiny and unused.

People have been getting more and more creative in the kitchen over the past two years. The pandemic kept everyone home for most of 2020 and 2021. Restrictions relaxed quite a bit in 2022, so people were excited to get out of their homes and head to restaurants. Then came unprecedented inflation. Prices shot through the roof on basically everything, so a lot of people had to forego the luxury of dining out. There's a pretty good chance that home cooks throughout the South are going to fry something on the stove more than once. Give us our comfort food and understand that's just how it goes in Mississippi!

So, let's revisit some basic kitchen safety tips to keep the good food coming with none of the nasty grease fires!

Kitchen Safety 101

Always give your full attention to cooking. It's sometimes difficult to do when family members are home and everything is hectic, but it is essential. Forty-nine percent of home fires begin with cooking equipment, and thirty-three percent of those are from unattended equipment! A moment's distraction could end in tragedy.

A grease fire is the most common type of kitchen fire. Smoking oil is a sign that your burner is too hot! Should a fire develop, turn off the heat immediately! When frying on the stovetop, always have a lid nearby to suffocate a fire. It is also important to keep a large box of baking soda on-hand to put out a small grease fire. Never pour water on a grease fire – it will only make it worse! Every kitchen should have a fire extinguisher as a last resort.

Once you've finished cooking, always clean up any grease splatter on and around the stove. Thoroughly clean the heating elements or glass top so remnants cannot catch fire the next time the stove is in use.

Cooking is a fun and relaxing activity, but sometimes things do go wrong. Should your kitchen become damaged from a fire or water, give us a call! SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is available 24/7 at 662-281-1881. Call in the professionals and we'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

We're always here to help.

Church Fires are More Common Than You Think

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

Several red pillar candles burn in a dark room There are an average of three church fires a day in the United States.

A church holds a special place in the hearts of its parishioners. Often, communities come together as one to erect a new place of worship for the residents. Once the church is built, it is especially important to understand that contributing factors could lead to the new church becoming susceptible to fire. Donated labor, while appreciated, could often unintentionally overlook important safety guidelines required for construction.

There is an average of three church fires per day in the United States. While the number is relatively small in regards to the thousands of American churches, a church fire often causes tens of thousands of dollars in damages, resulting in the church being declared a total loss. Almost 35% of these church fires can be attributed to defective furnaces and stoves. The second leading cause of church fires is a result of defective wiring. Churches should have protection against lightning and quality installation of light and heating elements.

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale understands that your church is an extension of your home.  Should the unthinkable happen and your church suffer fire damage or water damage, give us a call at 662-281-1881 and we'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

We're always here to help.