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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. 

Carpet Cleaning for Your Batesville, MS Church

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

A Bible sits on an empty church pew on a carpeted floor. A professional cleaning can revive those worn-looking carpets before Sunday services!

No matter how often a carpet is vacuumed, an abundance of foot traffic can make it look worn-down over time.  Now that most churches are at full capacity, those with carpeted floors can look dingy in a hurry!  Churches offering child services like Sunday School and nurseries are especially prone to carpet woes.

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is always here to help!  Our professionally-trained cleaning technicians provide commercial carpet cleaning for churches large and small, so they'll be ready to go on Sunday morning.  We'll make those carpet blemishes look "Like it never even happened."

Does your church need more than just carpet cleaning?  We do it all!  From the offices to the pulpit and the pews in between, give us a call today at 662-281-1881 to discuss your needs.  We're always here to help.

The Dangers of Flash Floods in Oxford, MS

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

A view of the city is obstructed by a rain-covered window Flash floods can escalate quickly. Have a plan of what to do and where to go!

Flash flooding becomes a very real danger once an area experiences an overabundance of rain in a very short period of time.  The ground becomes overly saturated from the heavy rain, so it cannot absorb any more.  This causes water to rise and expand, which is how roadways become flooded and structures take on water.  Flash floods move very quickly and are very strong.  It only takes six inches of water to knock you down and sweep you away.  A foot of floodwater can do the same to a vehicle, so you should never walk or drive onto a flooded roadway.

The National Weather Service reports that flash floods are the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the United States.  These fatalities are overwhelmingly automobile-related.  You should never drive onto a water-covered roadway because you don't know the depth and speed of the water.  A car can be swept away before the driver even realizes the extent of the danger. 

Flash floods are more destructive in densely populated areas because more land is covered by roads and buildings.  Once the remaining ground is saturated, there is nowhere for the excess water to go, so it begins to rise.  Storm drains are often clogged with debris, which adds to the problem.  Low areas become extremely dangerous in situations like this.

Seek higher ground should your area fall under a Flash Flood Warning.  If asked to evacuate, do so immediately, because there is often not much time to react.  Seconds count.  Have a disaster plan in place for your family so you know what to do and where to go.  Practice it if your area is expecting heavy rains.  Above all, stay calm and stay safe.

Should your home or business be damaged due to a flash flood, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help.  Call us at 662-281-1881.  We're available 24/7 and will work with you to make it "Like it never even happened."

Category 1 Water Damage in Your Oxford MS Home

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

An overflowing sink in Oxford MS could cause water damage An overflowing sink is a common Category 1 water loss.

It's tough to be inconvenienced by a water loss, but should you have to deal with one, it's very important to remember that time is not on your side. The longer a water issue affects your property, the more likely it is to turn into major damage, resulting in a lengthy restoration process.

A water loss resulting from a sanitary source of water, such as a sink or bathtub overflowing is considered a Category 1 water loss. Exposure or ingestion of this water does not pose a risk because the water is not contaminated. While this water will not make you sick, if it is not remedied quickly, it can cause damage to your laminate floors, as well as any plywood, particleboard furniture, and the like. Should your carpet come into contact with Category 1 water, it is likely to escape long-term damage as long as the water is extracted quickly.

Once Category 1 water sits for a couple of days, it runs the risk of becoming reclassified as "greywater" (Category 2), or even worse, "black water" (Category 3). These water categories come with a risk of contamination and illness. That's why it's always best to have your water loss assessed and remediated as soon as you notice it. Should you suffer a Category 1 water loss, give us a call at 662-281-1881. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is available 24/7 and ready to make it "Like it never even happened."

We're always here to help.

Make Your Oxford, MS Real Estate Listings Shine!

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

A sold sign overlaps a real estate sign advertising a house that is for sale Make those first 10 seconds count with a make-ready cleaning for your real estate listings!

Attention real estate professionals! We don't need to tell you that the market is on fire right now. That's fantastic, but don't leave money on the table! Buyers typically know within 10 seconds whether or not they're interested in a listing. If your listing features stained carpets and dingy windows, a potential buyer only sees a list of projects. Projects cost money, and your buyer could back out and look for something more move-in ready. So if your listing isn't where it needs to be, a good top-to-bottom cleaning could work wonders!

We can help you with that. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale works with real estate agents to make their listings shine. We clean windows, walls, high-touch surfaces, carpets, rugs, ceilings, and appliances. Call today at 662-281-1881 to discuss your needs and tailor a make-ready cleaning package to bring your listing to the next level. With homes frequently selling above list in this market, that means more money in your pocket.

A make-ready clean from SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale could make a real difference for your real estate listings. We're always here to help.

Restaurant Cleanings for Your Oxford, MS Establishment

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Chairs are stacked on tables at an Oxford, MS restaurant Table for 2? This Oxford, MS restaurant received an "A" during their last inspection.

Restaurants dot the landscape in Oxford, MS. From national chains to mom and pop diners, they're everywhere you look. Sure, the food is good, but what would you see if you went inside the kitchen? You could be surprised.

A restaurant should be regularly cleaned and disinfected. A clean and sanitized kitchen reduces the spread of disease and illness among the kitchen staff, leading to fewer call-outs and sick days. Not only that, a commercial kitchen can easily become a fire hazard if the grease traps are not regularly cleaned.

The State of Mississippi has extensive regulations for the operation of restaurants, including those that are mobile. Restaurants are also subject to frequent inspections from the Mississippi Department of Health. The inspections are given a letter grade of A, B, or C. Should a restaurant pose an immediate health threat, it is shut down until it is up to code and safe to reopen.

In theory, all restaurants should remain completely up to code at all times. In reality, it doesn't always happen. Restaurants get busy and some of the required deep cleanings are put off until a later date, then an even later date, then it never happens at all. That could spell trouble if the restaurant is subject to a surprise inspection by the health department!

Don't let that happen to you. Let the trained professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale help! We offer restaurant deep cleanings that will leave you breathing a sigh of relief. We can deep clean both the kitchen and the front-of-house. Don't leave it to chance. Give us a call today at 662-281-1881 to discuss your restaurant's needs.

We're always here to help.

How Hurricanes Get Their Names

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Sally rolls into Gulf Shores, AL in September 2020 The storm name "Sally" was retired after Hurricane Sally devastated the Gulf Coast in September 2020.

Have you ever wondered why hurricanes and tropical storms are given proper names?   Typically, it's to avoid confusion.  Hurricane season hits its peak phase from mid-August through mid-October of each year, so during that time, there could be several tropical storms or hurricanes forming in the Atlantic at the same time.  A short name gives meteorologists and scientists and easy way to classify them.  The United States adopted the practice of naming hurricanes in 1953, but until 1978, the hurricane name list only included female names.  The 1979 Atlantic Storm Name list began including male names.  The names are maintained by the World Meteorological Organization. 

Ever thought you've heard a storm name from the past?  You probably have!  The official storm name list rotates and recycles every six years.  Certain storm names are permanently retired for sensitivity purposes, due to the costliness or deadliness of the original storm.  There could only be one Hurricane Betsy, Hurricane Camille, Hurricane Katrina, etc.  Once was enough!

Should an extremely active hurricane season produce more than 21 named storms (such as 2020), a different set of names is used.  Prior to 2021, the Greek alphabet was used as a backup list, since it was rare for such a large number of storms to form during the season.  The 2020 hurricane season was so active and devastating, more than one Greek-named storm met the criteria for name retirement.  Beginning in 2021, an entirely new alternate list of names has been approved to back up the main list of storm names.

While it's fun to see if your name or the names of your friends and family made the list, hurricanes can wreak havoc once they make landfall.  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale keeps an eye on the weather, and can assemble a traveling storm team at a moment's notice to help those affected by the devastation.

We're always here to help.

Celebrate the Fourth of July Safely

7/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fireworks explode in the night sky Celebrating the Fourth of July? Be sure to do it safely!

Nothing says summer like the Fourth of July.  It's hot, it's muggy, and there's nothing like hanging out with friends and family, grilling some food, and watching a fireworks display.  There's a lot to celebrate this year.  Independence Day takes on a whole new meaning in terms of the pandemic, as the country is steadily regaining its independence from stay-at-home orders, social distancing, and everything else we've experienced over the past year and change.  You might even want to purchase your own fireworks from one of the endless roadside stands that dot the landscape this time of year.  It's time to go big, right?

Maybe, but make sure not to get ahead of yourself! 

There are some key safety measures to keep in mind before you light that first fuse!  You don't want your night to end with a trip to the emergency room or a call to the fire department!

First, familiarize yourself with the state laws pertaining to fireworks in your area, wherever you may celebrate.  Mississippi laws only allow certain times of the year for firework purchases, and the consumer must be at least 12 years old.

Secondly, there are some basic firework safety precautions you should keep in mind.  Should you end up with a "dud" fuse that won't light, it's tempting to try it again, but don't do it!  It could explode and you could end up burned.  Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby when shooting fireworks, and don't lean over the fuse when you light it.  Burns from fireworks make up 44% of all firework injuries.  It's important to remember that, especially where your kids are concerned.  Many people think of sparklers as "kiddie fireworks," but did you know that a lit sparkler can burn at up to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit?  Sparklers are involved in half of the firework injuries in young children.  Keep your kids safe with streamers or glow sticks instead. 

Don't forget about your furry friends if you're planning to shoot fireworks.  Many dogs are highly sensitive to the flashing lights and loud noises from fireworks.  Plan to walk your dogs earlier in the day before the festivities begin so they can stay inside once it gets loud.  Dogs need to feel secure, so keep the curtains closed and turn on some music or leave the TV on to distract them from the outside noise.

With a little consideration and the proper safety precautions, fireworks can be a lot of fun.  However you celebrate, do it safely!  Happy Independence Day from your friends at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale!

We're There When You Need Us - 24/7/365

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

A worker in PPE mops the floor as part of an emergency cleaning in Oxford, MS. We'll be there when you need us, 24/7/365

Wouldn't life be convenient if everything stayed on schedule?  Everything happens on schedule, and the weekends are only for rest and relaxation.   Maybe in a perfect world… 

But this is the real world.  Disasters never take a day off.  Sometimes the emergency you experience is at 3 am.  A burst pipe isn't going to wait until Monday morning.  The lightning bolt that zaps the tree in front of your house, sending it crashing into your living room doesn't care that you were trying to sleep.  Once the fire department extinguishes the blaze, someone's got to come out and start to clean up the mess.

That's when you call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale!  Did you know that we have a team on-call every weekend?  Your call will be answered 24/7, and we'll be there when you need us.  We are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

When you experience a fire loss, have water damage, or experience an urgent emergency, you need to know that someone is available to help you immediately.  Call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale today at 662-281-1881.  Any time of day or night, we'll make it "Like it never even happened."