The two most basic elements that create a thunderstorm are:1. Moisture2. Rapidly rising warm air
Therefore, it makes sense that thunderstorms occur more often during the summer months. This is especially true for Southeastern US. Thunderstorms bring strong winds, thunder, lightning, and heavy rain. This is a recipe for disaster when it comes to leaks and other problems. It is important to take precautionary measures to protect your home from storm damage. Here are five preventive steps you can take before a storm: - Clear away outdoor items: make sure all lawn furniture, gardening tools, equipment, and other items are stored away so high winds cannot blow them away or into your home. - Trim the trees: it is important to trim down oversized branches that could fall into your home or vehicle. - Install storm shutters: windows are especially vulnerable to damage during a storm. Impact resistant shutters or impact resistant glass can prevent your windows from shattering. - Have standby power: a whole-house surge protective device runs around $200-$300 and is not difficult to install. For severe weather, it is worth considering a home generator to prevent long-term electricity outages.- Check your house for weaknesses: high winds can cause week spots in your home to fail. Be sure to check the roof, windows, doors, and garage door.
Stay safe during this storm season by following these tips. If you do find that your home has suffered from storm damage, our team here at SERVPRO is ready to help. Call us at 662-281-1881!
Flooded Commercial Building
A water loss in a commercial space can be disastrous. It is best to know beforehand how to manage the cleanup in order to act quickly in the event of a flood or burst pipe. Here are 5 steps our team will take to handle a flooded commercial building:
- Turn off Electricity – before touching or handling the water, make sure to shut off power to the flooded area. If you cannot safely navigate to the breaker box, call an electrician to turn the electricity off at the meter.
- Stop the flow of Water - shut off the water line in the event of a burst pipe or block the flow of rainwater using flood bags or other tools. It may be necessary to call a plumber to fix any internal damages to pipes.
- Extract Standing Water – a wet/dry vacuum is the optimal tool to use for removing any standing water.
- Remove Water-Damaged material – waterlogged materials need to be removed as soon as possible to prevent mold growth and further damage. Items may be kept if they can be completely dried within 48 hours.
- Disinfect and Dry – it is important to sanitize and dry all surfaces as quickly and thoroughly as possible.
If your property has experienced water damage, storm restoration professionals like us can help. From water extraction to tear out and drying, we have a team of professionals ready for the job.
Act Fast After A Flash Flood
Flooding is a year-round threat to every state in the US. The most common cause of flooding is water due to rain and/or snow melt that accumulates faster than soils can absorb it, or rivers can carry it away. Flooding, specifically flash floods, are common to Mississippi. Flash floods generally develop within 6 hours from excessive rainfall and are the most frequently occurring natural disaster.
Flash Flood Warning vs Flash Flood Watch
- Watch: conditions are ripe for a flood, but one has not been spotted
- Warning: a flood is occurring or is imminent within the next hour
Some terrains that are more prone to flash flooding include:
- Low lying areas
- Areas near water
- Areas near steep hills or gullies
How to Secure your Home:
- Turn off utilities at main switches/valves and disconnect appliances.
- Do not touch electrical lines or equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
- Move essential items to an upper floor our elevated space.
- Bring in outdoor furniture/belongings.
If your home has experienced water damage from flash flooding, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help! Call us at 662-281-1881!
Sprinkler System Accident Causes Water Loss
Most commercial buildings require sprinkler systems. They are a great safety measure for when a fire occurs, however, if one were to go off accidentally or from construction, they could cause major water damage to your business. This particular Oxford location was having renovations done and while removing a ceiling the sprinkler was activated and began filling the second floor with water. They quickly called SERVPRO and we arrived to assess the damage within minutes. Our crew loaded up extracting and drying equipment and was on the scene soon after. They worked well into the evening extracting water and placing dehumidifiers and air movement to begin the drying process. Because they called us quickly we were able to remove the water quickly and prevent further damage to the walls andfirst floor.If you have a water loss at your commercial business, call SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale. We are “here to help.”
Lightning strikes are a serious safety hazard and can be the cause of extensive property damage. This is because lighting may cause fires, power surges, and shock waves. In 2015, over 99,423 lightning claims resulted in over $700 million in property damages. This may seem scary, but there are some easy ways to protect yourself and your home during the spring and summer seasons.
There are some important safety precautions to take when inside your home during a lightning storm. Firstly, avoid all water sources. This includes bathing, showering, washing dishes, etc. Lighting can travel through your home’s plumbing systems. Secondly, avoid using electronic equipment such as computers, game systems, washers, stoves, or anything else connected to an electrical outlet. Lastly, avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete. Lightning can travel through concrete due to the metal wires running through it.
There are also some ways to directly protect your home from damages. First, make sure to equip your home with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances. Second, install lighting rods to protect from a direct lightning strike. Homes struck by a direct strike are more likely to catch on fire. Lightning rods work by creating a conductive path for the harmful electrical discharge to follow and disperse the energy safely into the ground.
AC Leak Damage
Summer 2020 has already proved itself to being a hot season as it always is here in Mississippi. Everyone loves to enjoy the warm sunshine but when you go inside you enjoy the cool air that your air conditioner blows. But what happens if your AC begins to leak?
Some common causes for AC leaks are:
- Cracked drain pan
- Condensation buildup in ductwork
- Damaged evaporator coils
- Dirty unit filter
- Clogged condensate line
- Faulty condensation pump
A leaky AC unit if not addressed quickly can cause serious water damage. Most AC units are housed in a closet, that no one opens on a regular basis, in one’s home. Perhaps the leak has been going on for quite some time and walls, floors, and baseboards are all soaked by the time you realize there is even an issue. If your AC unit is in the attic, it could affect the ceiling and walls all the way to the baseboards.
If you experience a water loss due to a leak in your AC unit, the first step is to turn off the unit and assess the unit and damage. Then, call a HVAC company to come and fix the issue. The last step is to call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881 to begin the drying process.
Protect Your Home Before Leaving For Summer Vacation To Prevent Damage
Last minute summer trips may have you running out the door in a hurry. Please make sure to take a minute to protect your home from accidental water or fire damage! Here is a quick check list to ensure your home is in the same condition you left it in.
- Kitchen: turn off the stove/oven and unplug any small electrical appliances.
- Living Areas: turn off ceiling fans and unplug any unnecessary electrical devices
- Bathroom: Unplug irons/hair dryer and make sure no faucets are running
- Bedrooms: again, turn off ceiling fans and make sure no candles were left lit
- Laundry Room: make sure the dryer is not running
Lastly, make sure all toilets are flushed and the trash is taken out! This will keep your home smelling fresh as well. We hope this short list of precautions is helpful and creates a less stressful traveling experience!
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program
Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.
Let us help you get back to business
As our communities re-open, we are all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we have developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we are offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you have selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Extensive training and specialized products
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify
When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
- Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
- Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
- Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.
Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation
We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities, we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of Oxford/Bateville/Clarksdale today at 662-281-1881 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.
Close Before You Doze
More than 60% of Americans sleep with their bedroom doors open at night. This may be out of habit or because they think it is the safer option. However, according to the Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), this may not be the best idea. About half of home fire deaths occur between 11 pm and 7 am. House fires grow at a rapid pace and the thing standing between life and death may be your bedroom door. If nothing else, it can also save your home from severe smoke damage. Fires spread more quickly when they have access to oxygen, closing a door can slow the spread and reduce toxic smoke levels. Oxygen levels inside your bedroom will remain livable and the amount of carbon monoxide will not increase as quickly. Lastly, if you find yourself with time to escape your home before a fire grows to a considerable size, make sure to close any doors behind you! It may be time to pick up a new nighttime habit and “close before you doze”!
Water Damage Can Lead To Mold
Mold – The Biggest Threats to a Healthy and Happy Home
Mold comes in a variety of colors and can sometimes be difficult to differentiate. The most common types include Cladosporium, aspergillus, and stachybotrys. In this post we will help inform you about each type and what you can do to prevent mold growth in your home.
Cladosporium - Typically a black or green mold. Tends to grow on the back of toilets, smooth painted surfaces, and fiberglass air ducts. It has a “pepper like” look to it and may cause common allergy symptoms.
Aspergillus – Black on the surface and usually white or yellow underneath. Different species of this mold may differ slightly in color. It is commonly found on foods and in-home AC systems. It is an allergenic mold.
Stachybotrys (aka black mold) – Green/black in color and grows on material with high cellulose content. For example: paper, fiberboard, dust, lint, etc. It will likely be found in a place with a lot of moisture and humidity.
Mold needs a food source to grow and sporulate. Water can be the source of life for mold. It only takes a tiny bit of water for mold to begin colonizing. This could come from a roof leak, plumbing issue or storm damage. The key is to catch the water loss before it becomes a problem. Call SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale for your water remediation needs.
However, if you find your home growing mold it important to act fast. Simply wiping it away will not solve your problem. Our team of trained professionals know how to safely remove and restore your home to keep it healthy and happy.