The Importance of Cleaning your Commercial HVAC System
Commercial properties often have more needs for routine cleaning. One need could be cleaning of the HVAC system. Commercial properties have larger more complex ducts and vents. Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. We were recently called out to a local shooting range to clean the HVAC and change air filters. You can imagine gun powder getting in the air it causes poor air quality.
SERVPRO Franchise Professionals routinely inspect HVAC systems. Checking and maintaining them can extend the life of the equipment saving you money and giving you cleaner air to breathe.
However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale can make recommendations about the best way to address any indoor air quality concerns. This can save you money and provide peace of mind on the health of your system.
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
- Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
- May help to eliminate offensive odors.
- Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
For more information on HVAC cleaning contact SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale. We are here to help!
Wind Driven Rain Damage caused by Hurricane Florence
Home tarped from damage done by Hurricane Florence in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Recently, our team was called to help with the damage done by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina. Many families suffered by flooding and category 3 water. While others suffered by wind driven rain causing roof damage and water damage around windows and doors. This allowed water to travel through studs and affect larger areas. Therefore, immediate action is necessary to prevent further damage. Our team is trained to get the drying process started quickly to get your property back to its pre-water damage condition. We used advanced water removal and drying equipment as well as scientific drying principles. Our team documents the drying process to validate your home or business is ready.
Our Water Damage Restoration Process
Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification
Step 5: Cleaning and Repair
Step 6: Restoration
Tips on ways to prevent electrical fire
Cause of Loss in Oxford home due to faulty electrical on the aquarium.
Some of the most common reasons for fires in homes include cooking equipment, heating, candles, and faulty wiring. We at SERVPRO see all kinds of reasons and recently had a fire cleanup at a home here in Oxford that was caused by the aquarium. Yes, the wiring to the aquarium became too hot and caused the unit to catch fire. Unfortunately, the homeowners were not able to catch it in time and severe damage occurred. We were called out to help the homeowners clean up the structure and contents of the home and remove any odors caused from the fire.
Tips to prevent electrical fire:
- Make sure all electrical outlets are fitted and tight to the wall
- Do not tamper with electrical plugs
- Use surge protector fur multi plugs
- Replace any frayed or cracked electrical cords
- Use extension cords as a temporary solution
- Keep electrical cords away from carpets and water
And, if you do have a fire, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale.
The importance of maintaining your second home
Leather chair covered with microbial growth
Many people have homes they live in permanently and home that they vacation in or visit infrequently. What most people with second homes don’t know is the importance of running your HVAC while the home is not occupied, especially in warmer weather. Microbial growth occurs in dark damp spaces so when the humidity is higher spores grow rapidly. Running your HVAC and keeping the home cool can reduce the risks for microbial growth. Recently we were called out to a home in Oxford, that was used as a gameday weekend home. The owners had not visited the home since the previous fall and it was closed without adequate air flow for a very long time. This allowed spores to cover the structure and contents. Because the homeowner called SERVPRO we were able to do a complete mold remediation by cleaning all contents and structure.
If you see signs of microbial growth, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale can perform the necessary tasks to help you.
SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Is Here To Help Your Business
New businesses are opening weekly, if not daily in Oxford, MS. This offers residents new places to find items they need, or maybe didn’t even know they needed. If you are one of these new business owners, you know it takes a lot of hard work to get to opening day. Not only do you want to make your dream a reality, but you also want it to be a place where people keep coming back. Whether its outside or inside of your business here are some ways SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale can help you with your new business:
- Capet Cleaning
- Post Construction Clean
- General or Deep Cleaning
- Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning
- Pressure Washing
- Vandalism Cleanup
While some of these services are a one-time service, some can be set up on a scheduled basis. Quarterly carpet cleans are very common as well as Air Duct cleanings every few years. Call SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale at 662-281-1881 and find out all the ways we can work for you!
How To Keep Mold Out Of Your Storage Unit
After picture of a leather chair a customer received from storage that had microbial growth on it.
Most people move several times over their life. Some moves may be near and into similar sized homes. However, some cases may require you to use storage if the move is a great distance or into a smaller space. One thing you may not think of protecting your stored items from is mold. Here are some tips to keep in mind when using storage facilities especially if your storage unit is not climate controlled to ensure your items are safe.
- Before placing items in the unit check the floors, ceilings and walls for signs of mold, this could also be a smell in the unit.
- Look for standing water or possible signs of previous leaks.
- Ask if the unit is well ventilated, discuss with owners or consider adding a dehumidifier to your unit.
- Look out for standing water in this area. During storms, your unit could develop a leak due to roofing or wall damage. Alert the storage company and managers immediately or contact a contractor or building expert to help with repairs on your own property.
These are just some tips to keep in mind. If you feel like your items may have microbial growth on them from storage, please contact us at 662-281-1881 for an estimate of cleaning.
Hurricane Florence Headed To The East Coast
Predicted path of Hurricane Florence from the Hurricane Storm Center.
Hurricane Florence has developed into a Category 4 major hurricane over the weekend. It is currently southeast of Bermuda and is tracking to hit the east coast of the United States later this week. As of now it is predicted to come with a storm surge, destructive winds and lots of rainfall. Hurricane Florence has the potential to be on the strongest storms recorded on the East Coast.
If you and/or friends or family are on the East Coast in the area predicted to be in Hurricane Florence’s path now is the time to develop or review your preparedness plan. Be sure to follow orders from local officials for your safety.
If you don’t have a plan of what do just yet, The Weather Channel has some helpful links on what you can do to be prepared if you are in the path as well as what to do after the storm. Just visit http://www.flash.org/hurricanestrong/ and follow the links as well as watch these helpful videos.
How To Clean Smoke Damage
An example of sponge cleaning soot damage.
A fire produces smoke, we all know this, but did you know there are two different types of smoke? Smoke can either be wet smoke or dry smoke. Wet smoke occurs when it is a low heat fire, can have a pungent odor, be sticky and smear. These webs can be more difficult to clean. Wet smoke usually occurs from plastic or rubber burning. Dry smoke occurs when paper or wood burn. This comes from a fast burning fire at a high temperature. Due to their differences, they also leave different types of residue. To make sure your smoke/soot damage is effectively cleaned, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale will test the soot to see which type of soot damage occurred. The results of testing will help us to identify a cleaning procedure to proceed with. In most cases we use a dry, sponge method or what we call wet wiping. Some more severe cases require both methods to be used. If you have suffered a fire and want help cleaning up, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881 to help.
Safety Tips While At Water Parks
Summertime brings many seasonal pastimes many of which involve ways to stay cool. One that is usually a big hit, especially with kids are water parks. Not only do they have many activities to keep the kids entertained there are plenty of ways to beat the heat.
Here are some tips for safety while at the park:
- Keep eyes on anyone in your group while they are in the water
- Use floaties or life vest when applicable
- Don’t run around the pool
- Wear sunscreen and lip balm
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- Obey the rules of the park
- Bring a dry change of clothes
- Have a meeting point with your group
SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale hopes everyone has an enjoyable summer and stays safe!
Why Mold On Cheese Isn't A Bad Thing
As a general rule of thumb, mold on your food is not a good sign. On fresh foods mold is an indicator that they may no longer be fresh. Not only does mold on our food make it look unappetizing but also can change the texture and smell the food gives off.
Cheese is one food that mold isn’t necessarily a bad thing. According to the Mayo Clinic, harmful bacteria can grow along with mold on foods. However, mold can’t generally penetrate that far into hard and semi soft cheese. So, when eating Cheddar, Colby, Swiss for example you can cut away the molded parts and eat the rest.
This leads us to blue cheese and why in this case it’s okay to eat. While there are dangerous molds that produce mycotoxins as well as aflatoxins, that can affect our respiratory systems. However, these are not the types of molds used for cheese. Blue molds that are used for cheeses cannot produce these toxins in cheese.