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The Dangers of Frozen Pipes in Clarksdale, MS

1/21/2022 (Permalink)

Water spreads across wooden parquet floors Water and hardwood floors don't mix.

Feel that chill in the air?  Your house does, too.  These recent drops in nighttime temperatures are more than just inconvenient -- they could wreak havoc on your home.  When temperatures drop below freezing and stay there for days,  it's natural to wonder if your pipes can handle the cold.  But just one night of cold temperatures isn't enough to make them freeze, right?

About that.

Depending on how low that one-night temp actually drops, it is absolutely possible for your pipes to freeze.  The number to remember is 20.  When the temperatures dip below 20 degrees, pipes often begin to freeze.  This results in a pressure increase in your pipes, which is why frozen pipes often burst. 

Watch your weather forecast.  Here in the South, local meteorologists tend to announce potential weather events like freezes well in advance.  If you know it's coming, it's easier to be prepared.  What else can you do?

  • Start by covering any exposed pipes.  The pipes that are more likely to freeze are in unheated areas like a garage or attic.
  • Let those faucets drip.  It's a great idea to pick one far away from the source of your water so it has to travel through more of the system to get there.
  • Open up those cabinets, especially if they're on an exterior wall.  The heat from your home will fill the cabinet space and help to warm up those pipes.
  • Planning on being away from home?  Don't turn off the heat!  No one wants to come home and open the door to a disaster.

Is it 100% foolproof?  Nothing is, really.  Sometimes things just happen.  That's where we come in.  We're available 24/7 and happy to mitigate any water damage resulting from a frozen pipe that burst.

Save us in your phone:

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale - 662-281-1881.

We're always here to help.

Disasters Never Take a Day Off

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

All text image stating "We're Open 24 Hours Every Day" We have leap years covered - we're open 24/7/366!

We made it through the holidays!  Hopefully they went off without a hitch and you got to relax and spend time with your family and friends.

Wouldn't it be great if we had the ability to schedule a disaster?  That way, we could push it out until the 12th of Never and we wouldn't have to worry about it! 

We know it doesn't always work out that way.

Pipes burst, fires spread, and accidents happen, usually at the most inconvenient time possible.

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is available 24/7/365 for your emergency disaster cleanup.  Put our number in your phone: 662-281-1881.  We have crews on call to make it "Like it never even happened."

Disasters don't stop for the holidays, and neither do we.  We're always here to help.

The Importance of Space Heater Safety

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

A closeup of hands being warmed by a space heater Know the basics of space heater safety before using one!

Despite the weeks of mild temperatures that set records around Christmas, it is still winter, and weather systems can turn cold quickly.  Before you turn on that space heater, there are some things that you should know. 

Space heaters are convenient, but they can also be dangerous.  There are some basic safety guidelines to follow when purchasing a new space heater.  These also apply before using an older model.

Accidents happen.  Should your space heater fall over, a fire could quickly start.  Make sure your space heater is the kind that automatically shuts off after a fall.  It's better to be safe than sorry, so if you are unsure if your older space heater has this capability, replace it with an upgraded model.

It is never safe to plug a space heater into a power strip.  They are not equipped to handle that type of power load.  A space heater's heating element can easily reach between 500 and 600 degrees, which could overheat and melt a power strip, possibly resulting in a fire.  A space heater needs to be plugged directly into a wall outlet, and it also needs to be the only device using the outlet.  It's important to check the plug periodically to ensure it has not overheated and started to deform or melt.  This is a fire hazard and the heater should be immediately discarded.

Lastly, location is key for the safe use of space heaters.   Place it on the floor and leave three feet of space between the heater and flammable items like furniture or textiles.  While in use, your space heater should never be left unattended.  Make sure children and pets are also kept away.  There have been too many tragic stories about house fire fatalities that occur after an unsupervised child turns on a space heater.   Break the cycle and use your space heater responsibly.

Space heaters are handy when the weather dips, but remember to make safety a priority and use them correctly to prevent one of the most common causes for winter house fires!

Category 3 Water Damage in Your Clarksdale, MS Home

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Muddy water runs through a storm pipe Category 3 water can quickly contaminate your home.

When your home experiences a water loss, it usually isn't something that can wait until later.  From the moment the water enters your home, the clock is ticking before the situation worsens.  There are three main categorizations of water loss -- we've previously discussed Category 1 and Category 2 water losses.  A Category 1 water loss originates from a sanitary source, like when a sink or bathtub overflows.  This type of water will not pose a substantial risk if it is accidentally ingested.  Category 2 water is also known as "greywater," which contains contaminants, such as an overflowed toilet that does not contain feces.  Accidental ingestion of this water could result in sickness.  The potential for bacteria and mold to breed and spread is significant with Category 2 water.  Once Category 2 water sits untreated for 48 hours, it could be reclassified as Category 3 water, or "black water."  Sewage backups, storm surge, ground surface water, and many other water sources are classified as Category 3 water.   This water is grossly contaminated and could cause serious illness if ingested.

It is imperative to have a Category 3 water loss remediated immediately.  Blackwater contaminates everything it touches, and if left to sit in a home, it will not only soak the contents of your home, but it can get into the drywall, flooring, and anywhere else it can reach.  This can cause health effects to the inhabitants.

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale understands the seriousness of a Category 3 water loss.  We have several IICRC Certified Water Restoration Technicians on staff ready to make it "Like it never even happened."  We're available 24/7 to discuss your needs at 662-281-1881.

We're always here to help.

When the Lights Go Out

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

A portable gas generator sits in a grassy area. A portable generator keeps the lights on when a storm leaves you in the dark.

A power outage is often an unfortunate after-effect of a storm.  Whether it's due to a tornado, ice storm, thunderstorm, or hurricane, an electrical loss can range from merely inconvenient to life-threatening.  When the lights go out, many businesses and homes rely on a generator to get them out of the dark.  There are a range of generator sizes available, depending on your needs.  A portable generator can handle important items like a refrigerator or freezer for a limited amount of time.  These generators run on gasoline and must be frequently refueled.  Another option is a whole-home generator.  It is permanently installed outside of a home and uses liquid propane or natural gas for fuel.  It is designed to kick on seconds after a power loss so the home will continue running as normal. 

Which is right for your home?  It depends on your needs.  There are several online calculators to help you narrow down the size and style of generator that would be most beneficial for your needs.

There are some important safety measures to keep in mind when considering a generator for your home.  Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the primary dangers of improper generator usage.  Carbon monoxide is produced as generators burn fuel.  It is odorless and colorless, and in enclosed spaces, it can be deadly.  Always make sure a generator is well-ventilated and kept at least 20ft from the home.  It must be outdoors, so do not put it in your garage!  Some more-modern portable generators have built-in sensors to shut off the generator in the event of too much carbon monoxide.  This is incredibly beneficial, but it's important to set up your generator in the proper location before first use! 

A portable or whole-home generator is a great standby source of electricity during a power outage.  They also save you money during a prolonged outage by keeping your refrigerator and freezer operational, preventing major food loss!  Be sure to buy the correct size generator for your home to prevent overloading it.  Keep a gasoline-powered portable generator away from your house to prevent carbon monoxide buildup.   Use it properly and keep it maintained so the next time your neighborhood has an outage, you can be the light in the dark!

What a Restaurant Fire Leaves Behind

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

A fire burns in a hot skillet. Smoke surrounds the photo. Soot needs to be thoroughly removed after a restaurant fire.

More than 8000 restaurants experience a fire loss each year.  They can range from something minor to a total loss situation.  Restaurant fires cause almost $250 million in property damage each year.   Whether small or large, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is always here to help!

Should your restaurant experience a small fire, you should know that it still needs mitigation before reopening.  Soot may not always be visible to the naked eye, but once there is a fire in a structure, the soot travels everywhere.  This is especially true if the HVAC system is running.  All surfaces need to be wiped down, and this goes double for the dishes, glasses, and cutlery!  The restaurant needs to be fully up to code before reopening. 

We don't just clean soot.  There is often water damage and debris left behind after a fire.  Don't leave your restaurant fire cleanup to an amateur.  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is very experienced in fire mitigation.  We'll get a team together to address the issue and make it "Like it never even happened." 

Give us a call today at 662-281-1881.

We're always here to help.

Rental Property Make-Ready Cleaning in Oxford, MS

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

An empty apartment room with freshly vacuumed carpet. All cleaned up and ready to go!

Property managers know that turnover is the name of the game. This is especially true in a large college town like Oxford. Once a tenant leaves, the search is on for their replacement. Empty rentals don't generate income, so quick turnaround time is imperative. Some tenants don't do the best job of cleaning up before returning the keys. This could cause delays. Depending on the size of the complex, it could easily become overwhelming.

Who do you call in a situation like this? Good property managers already know. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is always here to help! We are very experienced with rental make-ready cleaning. We can also dehumidify a recently painted room to get that paint dry even faster. Our final clean is also an available option. This includes carpet cleaning and floor prep, deodorization, window cleaning, and cleaning the ceiling walls, and fixtures.

Work smarter, not harder. Make your job easier and put SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale in your speed dial: 662-281-1881.

National Fire Prevention Week 2021

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

A cartoon silhouette of a man walking under a smoke detector to get to the door. Exit the building immediately if the smoke alarm sounds!

It's time for National Fire Prevention Week!  This year's campaign for fire safety awareness is October 3-9, 2021.  National Fire Prevention Week features a yearly theme, designed to draw attention to a particular aspect of fire awareness and education.  The 2021 theme is "Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety."  

You've surely heard the periodic chirp of a smoke detector with a low battery, but what do you do when it happens?  Do you replace it immediately, or do you tune it out?  If you ignore the chirp, stop!  Smoke detectors are an absolutely crucial part of fire safety.  Replace the batteries when they get low, and every 10 years, replace your smoke detectors entirely.  Pro tip:  Label both the smoke detector and the battery with the date of installation so you don't forget!

While smoke detectors are incredibly important, there are other alert systems available for households which include someone who is deaf or hard of hearing.  Some options include strobe lights and pillow or bed shakers.  Make sure whatever you choose is lab tested for safety!

Find out more about National Fire Prevention Week at their website: http://www.firepreventionweek.org/

Category 2 Water Damage in Your Batesville MS Home

9/1/2021 (Permalink)

Category 2 water losses can happen if a toilet or bathtub overflows 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."

Fall Tornado Season

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

A fallen tree lies in front of a Mississippi home after a tornado Cool season tornadoes are a possibility in Mississippi! Have a safety plan in place.

Tornado season usually happens in the spring.  Warm fronts and cold fronts collide as winter fades to an end, and when this happens, it can result in unstable weather patterns that can form tornadoes.  People typically think of the midwestern plains states like Oklahoma and Kansas in regards to high tornadic activity, but as just about anyone who lives in the South can tell you -- tornadoes come through here, too!  While parts of the South experience tornadic weather in the spring, there is an increased risk of tornadoes forming later in the year.  This is mostly due to the warm Gulf waters that keep the Gulf Coast warm while the weather begins to turn cool for the rest of the country.  Just like in the spring, this often makes atmospheric conditions favorable for strong thunderstorms that can spawn tornadoes. 

What atmospheric conditions need to be present for tornado formation?  There are four: Shear, Lift, Instability, and Moisture, or SLIM, for short.

SHEAR means the wind shear.  This refers to the speed and direction of the wind, which can increase rotation during a thunderstorm.

LIFT could be a warm or cool front that encounters the thunderstorm and pushes it up, sometimes resulting in rotation.

INSTABILITY is exactly that -- the atmosphere is a mix of different elements, like when a cool front encounters warm ground temperatures.  When wind shear is introduced, it lifts through the storm clouds and intensifies the thunderstorm.

MOISTURE means humidity.  Southern states are traditionally very humid, and warm weather lasts longer throughout the year.  The extreme humidity is like gasoline to thunderstorms.

When these atmospheric conditions combine, it increases the likelihood of a tornado breakout.  Pay attention to weather forecasts, and have a safety plan for yourself and your family.