3 Types of Foundations: Pros and Cons
The foundation of a structure is the load bearing portion, typically built below ground. This portion serves 3 purposes.
- Support the structure
- Keep out groundwater
- 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.
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.
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.
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
It is common knowledge that smoking has negative consequences on your health, but it can also be dangerous to your home.
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.
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
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.”
Commercial Sewage Loss at Oxford, MS School
Sewage losses can be caused by many things like backed up sewer lines or infiltration of tree roots. Whatever the cause, the damage can be messy and should not be addressed as a basic cleaning. Sewage waste can be extremely hazardous and needs the attention of professionals.
Recently we were called out to a local school here in Oxford, MS. The sewage line had become clogged and waste was coming up through the drains in the bathrooms and seeping into classrooms and offices. We had first responders arrive immediately to assess the damage so the crews could load up and get there quickly. Thankfully, the contractors had built the walls to where there was a gap in between the sheet rock and the floor. This saved the school from having category 3 water affecting the walls which made cleanup much easier. Our team extracted all the standing water and waste and treated the floors with antimicrobial and disinfecting agents. Because of the quick response we were able to get the areas cleaned up so the students could return to a safe clean environment the next day!
So, if you experience a sewage loss in your commercial building contact SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881.
Prevent Carpet Mold After Water Damage
If your home has experienced water damage, mold can quickly become an issue. It does not take much water for mold to begin forming. This is especially true for surfaces such as carpet. Here are 5 steps for preventing mold in your carpets after water damage:
- Remove water as quickly as possible: Use a wet/dry vacuum to clean up as much water as soon as possible.
- Use fans to speed up carpet drying process: It can take several days for fans to completely dry a water-damaged area.
- Use a de-humidifier to dry out the room: these machines remove excessive moisture, which makes the air feel cooler and limits mold and mildew growth.
- Steam clean carpet and flooring
- Sanitize walls and baseboards: anything touched by storm water should be sanitized. Clean all walls, hard-surface floors and other household surfaces with soap and water.
Often the best choice to ensure these steps are followed is to hire a professional remediation company. Here at SERVPRO we have a specialized team of technicians that are eager to help you restore the flooring in your home or determine if it is unsalvageable. Call us at 662-281-1881 for help!
Dealing with Water Damage Caused by Fire Sprinklers
Fire sprinklers are an excellent way to protect your home or office from a fire, however, malfunctions or accidental discharges can also leave behind a lot of damage. One of these accidents could be caused by:
- a nearby heat source such as an engine or candle
- a sudden freeze followed by a thaw
- corrosion within the sprinkler (make sure to have your sprinklers inspected regularly to prevent this)
An accidental discharge will most likely be an easy cleanup, but it is important to take care of it early. If the sprinklers are cut off soon after they begin discharging, the mess can be dried up using some towels and a mop. However, if the sprinklers are not turned off right away, the problem becomes much larger and will likely require the services of a professional water remediation company. After an inspection and assessment of the property, the team will get to work on water extraction and removal using state-of-the-art equipment and proven methods. The next step of the restoration process is drying and ventilating the soaked area. This will prevent further damage and mold growth. Here at SERVPRO we have unique equipment to make the drying process as quick as possible.
National Fire Prevention Week
Fire Prevention Week
October 4-10, 2020
Fire Prevention Week began in 1922 and has been sponsored by the National Fire Protection Administration ever since. In 1925 it became a national observance which makes it the longest-running public health observance in the US. This year’s campaign “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” and is observed October 4 through October 10. The goal of the campaign is to educate the public on the easy ways they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen. The number one cause of home fires and injuries is cooking. This week fire fighters educate and provide life saving information to children, teachers, and adults across the US in hopes of reducing the amount of fire related injuries and deaths.
You can learn more about fire safety by visiting the NFPA website.
How Thermal Foggers Work to Remove Smoke Odors in your Home or Business
Even after a fire is extinguished, smoke and the odor that accompanies it will likely linger and spread to surrounding rooms. Odors are often not as pressing of a concern in the earliest stages of fire restoration; however, it is important to remediate this issue as quickly as possible. Trapped odors left for too long can become stronger and harder to remove as time goes by.
Thermal fogging is one of the first choices in deodorization because it is done using a versatile and lightweight unit that can easily move from room to room. It works by superheating specially formulated odor removal solutions into a vapor that can penetrate porous materials. Porous materials such as fabric and drywall are often the biggest culprits of holding onto smoky odors.
Depending on how severe the damage is, other methods of odor neutralization may be used. Other options include:
- Hydroxyl Machines
- Ozone Generators
- HEPA-Filtration Air Scrubbers
Removing/neutralizing odors after a fire may seem like an impossible task, but our SERVPRO team of technicians can manage these conditions quickly and efficiently. For more information call us 662-281-1881!
Is Storm Water Clean Water?
People often perceive storm water to be clean and free of pollutants. Take for example all the children and pets that love to play in puddles after a rainstorm. However, that is not always the case. Especially when water is left stagnant or seeps into your home. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), who sets the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration training, says that there are three levels or types of water damages.
Category 1: Clean Water
This type of water comes from sanitary sources or sources that you would normally get water from. This may include faucets, burst water pipes, or vertical falling rainwater.
Category 2: Grey Water
This type of water is worrisome if left for a long period or if ingested. Grey water comes from incidents such as washing machine, toilet, or dishwasher overflows.
Category 3: Black Water
This is easily the worst classification of water. Black water can cause illness if ingested and has the potential to destroy a home and its contents. Sewer backups, flooded rivers, feces tainted toilet overflow, and stagnant bacteria riddled water all fall into this category.
If you experience water damage in your home after a storm or accident, it is important to act fast. SERVPRO specialists can quickly assess the scene and determine what remediation steps need to be taken. With our professional help, your flooded home can be restored to its original condition. Call us at 662-281-1881!
How can we service your local business?
Whether you need a simple carpet cleaning or require industrial cleaning services, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help! Along with deep cleaning floors and specialized Covid19 cleaning, did you know you can rely on us for commercial duct cleaning too?
Maintaining a clean ventilation system is crucial in proper air quality within your office space. Make it a priority to inspect the duct work of your business. If your HVAC has not been cleaned in recent months, it could be circulating dust, odors, and other contaminants to each room. Not to mention, maintaining clean ducts can extend the life of your equipment.
Here at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale we have trained technicians that can help decide if duct cleaning is necessary.
Other benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak efficiency
- Helps to eliminate odors
- Reduced potential for mold growth
Contact us at 662-281-1881 today to discuss your indoor air quality concerns!