Fall Weather Threats
Autumn is finally upon us, meaning pumpkin spice, football, and sweater weather. While most fall days are some of the most pleasant weather days of the year, there are also significant opportunities for weather threats. Some of these threats can be caused by cold, dry air and warm, humid air clashing causing air masses that can then turn into severe thunderstorms during the months of October and November. A second threat that can come from fall weather is intense fog. Fog can be severely dangerous for motorists and cause several traffic accidents. The cause of fog increasing during the fall season is due to cooler, longer nights. Fog usually develops during overnight hours and carries into early to mid-morning hours. The third threat caused by fall weather is frost. Frost occurs mostly in rural areas because there are more wide-open spaces. A fourth occurrence of fall weather is snowstorms. Now, we live in the south, so this is unlikely to happen here, but stranger things have happened. As we all say, “That’s Mississippi weather for you!” While most snow is light and powdery and perfect for skiing or snowboarding, fall weather can be mostly wet and heavy. This is especially dangerous because snow accumulates of leaves that haven’t yet fallen. This accumulation causes more weight and the trees are more likely to have broken branches or snap. These branches or fallen trees could damage a home, car or cause power outages if they land on a power line. Heavy and wet snow can also cause the roadways to become more slippery and slushy causing crashes. The final threat caused by fall weather is hurricanes. The peak of hurricane season is September, but the season doesn’t end until November 30. Sea surfaces remain warm even during cooler times which can cause cyclones to occur. Hurricane Matthew is the most recent late season hurricane to hit the US.
Coming Together For Our Communities
An outstanding view of the layout provided for the guests attending the SERVPRO golf tournament.
Every year SERVPRO of North Mississippi gets together to fellowship and play in a golf tournament with the various franchises and a few select guests that were invited by each. This year the 14th Annual Golf Tournament was held on October 9 at the championship golf course at Old Waverly Golf Club. Five franchise owners and their marketing teams were involved and around sixty guests.
This tournament allows each of the owners and marketing team to connect with many members of the communities they service. As always, SERVPRO is committed to helping all the people needing our services. Therefore, we work hard to find out the needs of the community so we can better serve you.
It was a beautiful day of coming together and enjoying a nice round of golf on one of the most sought-after courses in Mississippi. Those of us at SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale were happy to be a part of such a great day of fellowship.
Indoor Air Quality Test For Your Business
A visitation room at a local funeral home that was affected by water damage and mold.
When owning a business, there are many factors to consider when assessing the safety of your employees and customers. According to OSHA employers are required to “Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and comply with standards, rules and regulations issued under the OSH Act.” This can pertain to many things, but did you ever think about the air quality in your business environment. If your business has had water damage, or suffered from high humidity, you could have mold spores in the air that you, your employees, and customers are breathing. That’s where we can help. SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale can come inspect your business for mold and perform an “indoor air quality test.” This test can collect any mold spores into a cartridge and then we send this off to a lab to have it tested. If you have elevated spores, our team can then assess this report and create a plan to remediate the mold spores creating a clean environment for your business. If you think you might have a mold problem in your business call SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville/ Clarksdale and we can make it “Like it never even happened.”
Don't Let Water Damage Ruin Your Big Day
There’s a lot of strategic planning that goes into planning a big event such as a wedding, or birthday party. One thing many don’t plan for is water damage occurring before the big day. Whether it is a water heater leak or storm damage it could affect the property you have chosen for your event.
SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has specialty drying equipment such as, desiccant dehumidifiers and air max air movers, and trained technicians to get your event space back in working order in a timely manner. We have 24 hour 7 days a week service, so day or night, we are ready for any size disaster. Let SERVPRO make it like the water damage never even happened so you can enjoy your big day!
Tips To Help Winterize Your Pipes
Fall weather is upon us, which means lots of pumpkin spice, sweaters, and football. Yay! However, fall weather also means, winter is right around the corner. Which means colder temperatures, higher electric bill, and possibly snow.
That’s why it is important to prepare for the colder weather by winterizing your pipes. Below is a checklist of important things to consider/complete.
- Use insulation sleeves to insulate pipes. Make sure you cover the pipes fully and do not leave any gaps without insulation as cold air can reach these areas and affect the pipe.
- Be sure to inspect the outside areas of the home or property. Cold air can enter through cracks and cause freezing. That is why it is important to seal any visible cracks with caulk or spray foam.
- When freezing temperatures do occur it is a good idea to allow a faucet to drip to allow water to move continuously throughout the pipes preventing freezing water.
- If the home or property has a crawl space be sure that it properly insulated and block any openings that can allow cold air in.
These measures should ensure that your home or property will be safe from water damage this winter. But, if you do suffer from a water loss, remember that SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale is always “here to help.”
Smoke and Soot Damage to Neighboring Property
A question I was once asked: Can my house be affected by a fire in the house next door? The answer is yes! Let SERVPRO do an inspection of your home and find out if smoke and soot has penetrated the interior of your home. It is common for the houses on either side or behind a home that has had an extensive fire to have smoke and soot residue. It can get into the attic and even into the interior of the home by being drawn in through the HVAC system. Depending on the materials that were in the actual fire the soot and smoke residue can be very corrosive to different items in your home. Let SERVPRO inspect the HVAC system and the interior and remove any smoke and soot therein.
Smoldering fire is a flameless, low temperature burn. There are many materials that can withhold a smolder such as decaying wood, cotton clothing, tobacco, coal, and polymeric foams that are primarily used in bedding and upholstery. Smoldering fires can be difficult to detect and are easily initiated. This makes a smolder a severe hazard. According to statistics smoldering fires are the leading cause of fire deaths in residential areas.
Therefore, it is important to follow the safety rules of preventing fires.
- Have smoke alarms installed and change the batteries when needed.
- There should be one on every level of the home.
- Place one in each bedroom, near each stairwell, and in the kitchen.
- Have a fire extinguisher
- Maintain and monitor electrical cords and appliances
- Have an escape plan
- Many people don’t plan for a fire so it is important to be prepared if it ever happens to you and your family.
Workplace Emergency Drills
Unexpected events such as fires, storms, or floods can cause panic and chaos within a workplace. Conducting drills will help employees learn what to do when a disaster strikes. Having a plan and practicing that plan will ensure that your business is ready for any emergency. Here are 3 tips to help make sure your emergency drills are as effective as possible.
- Conduct Emergency Drills Regularly
The number of drills your company needs to conduct can vary based on the following factors:
- Employee turnover rates
- Employee schedules
- Workplace risk factors
- State laws
- Local municipality laws or codes
- Industry-Specific guidelines
- Keep the Drill Unpredictable
Planned drills, while still helpful, are not nearly as effective as an unscheduled drill. Regular unannounced drills will keep employees on their toes. With this approach, workers are more likely to find the best and safest building exits during a real-life disaster.
- Evaluate Each Drill
It is important to conduct regular drills, but it is also important to have post-drill evaluations. Make sure to look at what worked and where the problem areas are. Make sure to ask employees for their feedback.
Be Prepared for a Hurricane
It is important to be prepared for fall storms. Extreme fall weather, such as hurricanes can cause unexpected damage, so knowing what to expect can help you be prepared.
Torrential downpours, extreme winds, floods and power outages are just a few of the effects of a hurricane. According to NASA, hurricanes are the most violent storms on Earth. A hurricane is fueled by just two things; heat and water. This is a dangerous combination and causes horrendous damage.
A few tips to help you “stormproof” your home are:
- Trimming trees or removing damaged trees and limbs
- Make sure your rain gutters are free of debris and fixed in place
- Reinforcing the roof, doors and windows
- Have a power generator and fuel ready
- Build a “safe room” to take shelter during a hurricane
It is also important to have supplies ready and on hand
- A three-day supply of non-perishable food
- Gallon of water per person for three days
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit
If you or your family suffer damages from a hurricane, call SERVPRO. We are always “here to help.”
Use Hurricane Shutters to Protect Your Home
Mississippi is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms. It is important to be prepared for the heavy rain and strong winds that accompany these natural disasters. One way to do this is by installing hurricane shutters on the outside of your home. There are several different types of storm shutters; keep reading to learn which type may be right for you!
These are permanent shutters made of polycarbonate or metal. They are very strong and effective. An accordion shutter is attached to the side of a window and can be unfolded and locked into place. These run about $15-$25 per square foot.
Bahama awnings are ideal for those living in hot, sunny climates. Besides protecting from falling debris, they also provide necessary shade. These cost between $15-$20 per square foot.
This type of storm shutter is perfect for those who want a permanent change to the outside of their house. They are made from polycarbonate or quality metal. They protect from high winds while also providing privacy and insulation. These are pricier, averaging $20-$30 per square foot.
The colonial security shutter looks very similar to a traditional decorative shutter. However, it can be bolted into place during a storm. The price varies from $200-$500 per individual window.
Storm panels are used for temporary protection from a storm threat. They often come in steel, aluminum, or polycarbonate. These average around $100 per window.