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.
Mississippi River Flooding
At over 180 days and counting, the Mississippi river has been above flood stage for the longest period in recorded history, surpassing the 1927 flood record of 152 days.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working tirelessly to manage the river’s flood waters and prevent additional flooding to communities across the Mississippi River Valley. Communities upriver have experienced devastating flooding, but luckily those in and around Louisiana have been largely protected from flooding as a result of the Mississippi River & Tributaries System.
Nearly 170 trillion gallons of water have flowed down the Mississippi River since the start of the year. This volume of water is 60% greater than the 10-year average!
This is certainly the longest flood of our time. 2019 will be remembered as record breaking and the most unprecedented flood in recorded history.
Commercial Fire Loss-We Can Help
Water leftover after the fire department extinguished the fire.
When a commercial fire happens, it can be catastrophic for your business. With some fires there is clear cause, and, in some instances, it remains a mystery. Whatever the reason, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is ready for any size disaster.
We recently were able to help a local tire factory cleanup after a fire wreaked havoc on their warehouse. The fire began around 2 pm and as you can imagine, it grew quickly. The fire affected 31,494 square feet. The fire department acted quickly and was able to extinguish the flames but, that left gallons upon gallons of water in the warehouse. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale was able to arrive quickly and begin extracting water. We worked tirelessly throughout the night and extracted roughly 12,000 gallons of water. Because this was a warehouse, the smoke and soot did not do extensive damage, so they were able to resume work immediately.
If your business experiences a fire, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale. We are always here to help.
Protecting your home from storm damage
During the summer, warm weather and sunshine are often accompanied by strong winds and heavy rain. It is important to know what you can do to prevent storms from wreaking havoc on your home this season.
- Inspect your foundation: cracks in your home’s foundation may lead to unwanted water seeping in during a storm.
- Check for dead trees: dead and diseased trees may not be able to hold up against strong wind and rain during a storm. A fallen branch or limb has the potential to cause major water damage.
- Clean your gutters: clogged gutters cause water buildup around your roof. Over time this may lead to a major water loss.
- Have your roof inspected: finding any flaws or issues ahead of time will allow you to fortify your roof in preparation for a storm.
Tips for preventing a water loss
Preventing a Water Loss
- While SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help at a moment’s notice if a water disaster strikes, it is still important to know what you can do to prevent a water loss from happening in your home.
Finding Hidden Leaks
- Turn off faucets and appliances that may be using water, and do not flush toilets for one hour. Check your water meter reading. Take note of If the flow indicator is spinning or if the meter reading changes while no water is being used. If it does, you may have a leak!
- Look for evidence of leaks such as discolored or warped flooring as well as damaged cabinets near the fridge, sink, and dishwasher. Keep an eye out for a wet spot underneath the fridge, as this may indicate a crimped ice-maker line about to burst. It is also important to regularly check pipes and hose attachments for small leaks that can cause BIG damage over time.
- It is important to replace the deteriorated caulk and grout in your showers or bathtubs. Cracks in these sealants will allow water to seep through causing stains and unsafe mold or mildew conditions. Also be wary of potential toilet clogs caused by too much toilet paper or items such as hanging toilet deodorants.
Basement/Laundry Room/Utility Room
- It is essential to be on top of your washing machine maintenance. Make sure to replace the hose at least every 4 years and allow 4 inches of space between the water connection and the back of the washing machine to prevent kinking. Your water heater also has potential to be the source of a major water disaster. Keep an eye out for wet spots on the floor or a rusted tank, as this can indicate a leak. You should also make sure to replace your water heater every 8-12 years.
Commercial Mold Remediation
Most commercial buildings have sprinkler systems, and we all know sometimes they can go off even if there is not a fire. That was the case in this instance. The building was purchased and plans for renovations were being made so, it stayed unoccupied for a while. During that time, the sprinkler system went off unbeknownst to the owners of the building. So, when they went over to check on everything, there was standing water and mold had began to grow, EVERYWHERE! They called SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale and we were on the scene within an hour. We then came up with our plan of action and began the process of mold remediation. We removed all affected materials and cleaned all non-porous materials with an anti-microbial. Dealing with mold can be very dangerous and requires precautions, so it is important to call professionals.
If your commercial property shows signs of mold, call SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale.
Polar Vortex in Flint, MI
We are always here to help, no matter where the disaster strikes!
Mother nature She can cause hurricanes, tornadoes, extreme heat, and extremely cold weather. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale travels all over the United States when disasters strike.
The most recent storm we helped on was in Flint, MI. This past winter, a severe cold wave caused by a weakened jet stream around the Arctic polar vortex hit the Midwestern United States. It brought the coldest temperatures in over 20 years to most locations in the affected region, bringing up to 13 inches of snow in some regions from January 27-29. So, as a result of this weather, many homeowners and businesses pipes burst. So, our team loaded up drying equipment and tools and headed to Michigan. They endured the cold temperatures and helped around 20 homeowners get back to normal.
SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale is always ready for any size disaster, no matter where it happens.
Fire Safety Tips
Fire damage can be devastating. That’s why it is so important to be prepared for any situation and know what to do if a fire occurs. Here are a few fire safety tips.
- Make sure you have a working fire alarm and change the batteries as needed. A fire alarm can save your life by providing you with an early sign of a fire.
- Have an exit strategy. Make sure you know the fastest way to get out should a fire occur.
- Invest in a portable fire extinguisher. Getting a small grease fire out quickly could save your home.
- Make sure everyone in the home knows how to call 911 and knows the exit strategy.
If you suffer from fire damage, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale so we can get you back in your home “Like it never even happened.”
Home and commercial fires can happen quickly and always unexpectantly. Here are some common causes of home fires and ways to reduce the risk
- Electrical Equipment
- Faulty or frayed cords can be the culprit to an electrical fire. Even seemingly harmless appliances like a toaster oven or blender can be dangerous if the cord is damaged. Make sure all cords plugged in are in good condition.
- Approximately 37 percent of fires caused from candles start in a bedroom, because it is easy to forget about a candle or fall asleep with one lit. Make sure to blow out a candle when leaving the room and be sure to keep tissue boxes, books, and curtains away.
- Heating Mechanisms
- Winter months can sometimes require extra heating devices. Portable heaters are useful but are dangerous. Furniture, clothes, curtains, and other flammable objects can all catch fire if near a portable heater. Be sure to keep those items away from the device and monitor regularly.
There is always a risk of fire hazards so it’s important to know the potential sources