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Dorm Cleanups in Oxford, MS

4/8/2022 (Permalink)

A girl wearing headphones sings into a karaoke microphone while standing on a clothes-covered bed in a messy dorm room We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

The end of the semester will be here before you know it.  Do you have a son or daughter in campus housing?  Finals will be here soon, and the deadline for checking out of their rooms is within 24 hours of their last final exam.  Their rooms need to be clean at checkout, or the school will assess charges to their account.  You know how that goes in most cases -- you wind up with the bill.

Your student should have received a Room Condition Report at move-in.  This is what will be used to assess damages to the rooms and the resulting fees. 

Final exams for the Spring semester are May 2-6, 2022.  Your student has hopefully started preparing for finals, but it's easy for the room cleanup to get lost in the chaos of it all.  The student is expected to thoroughly clean the room, wipe down all of the furniture and appliances, wipe down the closets, window sills and blinds.  Mirrors and windows need to be cleaned, and the room needs to be swept and mopped.  If the room is left unclean or unsanitary, including the furniture, the school will not consider that as normal wear and tear.  It will be classified as damaged and fines will be assessed.  The same goes for large marks on the walls beyond scuffs.  The most recent fee listing for an unclean room assesses a minimum fee of $25 per bag of trash removed.  That could add up very quickly!

What if there was another way?  Leave the cleaning to us!  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is always here to help.  Give us a call at 662-281-1881.  We would be happy to discuss your needs and come up with a plan to get your student's room back up to school standards.  Your child could study for their final exams and prepare to move out in peace.

Living on campus can be wild.  We'll help make the mess "Like it never even happened."

Faulty Wiring Fires in Water Valley, MS

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

Melted plastic surrounds a wall outlet Watch for signs of an impending electrical fire.

An electrical fire in the home is often unpredictable, which makes it one of the more dangerous kinds of house fires. Fires caused by faulty wiring often happen in the middle of the night, which can quickly lead to a tragic situation if the home doesn't have functional smoke alarms. Electrical fires represent 10% of home fires, but sadly, are responsible for 19% of home fire deaths. While faulty wiring inside the home needs to be repaired by a professional, other types of electrical fires occur in the home as well. These can be prevented with a little maintenance and by keeping some tips top-of-mind while using the electrical items.

Extension cords can be useful but think of them as a temporary solution to a problem. Before using an electrical cord, check for any damage, and if there is any, don't use it!   Also, remember to never overload an extension cord because you could quite literally be playing with fire.  

It's also a good idea to only plug in appliances that generate heat when you need to use them. This includes household items like toasters, irons, hairdryers, curling irons, and hair straighteners. Should one of these devices malfunction and heat up unexpectedly, it could cause a fire.  

Sometimes, trouble lets you know that it's on the way. 

Don't ignore it. Should you see burn marks around a light, this could become an issue. Have you noticed a cord that feels hot to the touch when it wasn't like that before? 

Stop using it. Has a device started sparking when you plug it into the outlet? Take it as the huge sign that it is that something is wrong and the item should either be repaired or tossed. If the problem is at the outlet, consult an electrician.

Keeping fire safety at the top of mind when you use the electrical appliances in your home goes a long way to keep a fire from happening. 

Though should the unexpected happen and you experience a fire loss in your home, we're always here to help. 

Give the professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale a call at 662-281-1881. 

Available 24/7, we're always here to help. We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

My Oxford, MS House Smells Like Nicotine!

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

Used cigarettes spell out the word "NO" Treat left-behind nicotine and tar before moving in, or it will almost certainly return!

Photographs tell a story, but sometimes the story leaves out a few details.  This is especially true with the current real estate market.  Properties are often snapped up based solely off the listing photos.  What a surprise when the new homeowner gets their first good look at what they bought and realizes the former owner must have been a heavy indoor smoker.  For decades.

Now what?

The smell left behind after years of heavy smoking isn't something that goes away without assistance, and sometimes it is next to impossible to get all of it out, but there are some things you can do to lessen the severity.  No, we don't mean plugging in an air freshener and calling it a day.    Before beginning any nicotine cleaning, it's a good idea to have the air ducts cleaned.  Air is recirculated throughout a home, so possible years of buildup could be lurking in your ducts. 

Once the ducts are clean, the inside needs a thorough scrubbing and encapsulation (sealing).  This means that cabinets, vanities, and other hard surfaces need to be cleaned to remove the tar left behind after a smoker leaves.  Walls and ceilings should be repainted with a stain-blocking primer after washing the walls with a strong cleaner formulated to combat tar and nicotine.  Simply painting over a smoker's walls will not work because stains will eventually bleed through. 

It is important to make sure all of the steps are performed, otherwise, the smell will almost definitely return.  It can be a bit overwhelming.

Why not make one call and have all of it handled?

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has it covered!  Air duct cleaning, encapsulation, fogging, and anything else needed to get your new home smoke-free, we've got you.  Give us a call to discuss your needs at 662-281-1881.

We're always here to help.

Crime Scene Cleaning in Clarksdale, MS

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Criminal with crowbar is spying through the window blinds. Should something bad happen, we're always here to help.

Local crime rates are skyrocketing all across the nation.  Crimes can happen anywhere, but when it happens at home, it's personal.  Once your home has been designated a crime scene, many important decisions have to be made.

Who cleans up the mess?

This generally falls to the homeowner.

People often feel violated after a crime is committed on their property, no matter the size or type of crime that occurred.  Someone could easily become overwhelmed at the idea of cleaning and restoring their home after such a traumatic experience.

Additionally, specialized cleaning processes are often required to remove the chemicals left behind after police gather evidence, as is the case with fingerprint powder.  Should the crime involve bloodshed, the area must be properly cleaned and sanitized to eliminate any bloodborne pathogens that could transmit infectious diseases.

SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is a local provider of Crime Scene Cleanup services.  Our technicians utilize the proper PPE and are trained in the proper cleaning techniques.  We are always sensitive to your needs and strive to quickly and discretely restore your property from the "crime scene" to the place that you call home.

We hope it never happens to you, but should you need a Crime Scene Cleaner at your home, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881.

We're always here to help.

Have You Found Mold or Mildew in Your Oxford, MS Home?

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

Fuzzy mold spots rest on a purple background If it's fuzzy, there's a good chance it's mold.

Have you found something growing in or on your home?  It can be a bit unsettling!  Mold growth in a home is often a cause of concern for a homeowner, and a lot of times, they automatically assume the worst.  Mold and mildew are often used interchangeably, but they are two different things with different treatment protocols.  You need to know what you're dealing with before attempting to treat a spot. 

Here are a few of the major differences between mold and mildew: 

Do you see a flat spot or is it more three-dimensional?  Mildew is always flat, but mold is often raised. 

What color is it?  Mildew is usually white or grey.  It looks dry, or sometimes even has a  powdery appearance.  Mold is either red, blue, green, or black.  It can look slimy or even fuzzy. 

How does it smell?  A musty smell like damp socks generally indicates mildew, but a pungent odor is more commonly found with mold.   

It's important to remember that mold and mildew need to be stopped at the source, otherwise the problem is likely to return!  Moisture is the key to their survival and reproduction, so the source of the excess moisture needs to be located and repaired.   

Think you have a mold issue?  We're always here to help!  Give SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale a call at 662-281-1881, and we'll be happy to schedule an inspection and plan a course of action.   

We'll make it "Like it never even happened." 

Let That Air Flow!

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

A dirty lint filter sits in the open door of a clothes dryer There's more to dryer vent maintenance than cleaning off the screen!

There's nothing better than the smell of clean laundry, fresh out of the dryer. The dryer is one of the most-used appliances in a home. Proper maintenance is essential to keep your machine running at peak performance. Not only that, ignoring one of the primary maintenance tasks could cause your dryer – and your home – to go up in flames! The leading cause of dryer fires is a failure to properly clean them. There are close to 3,000 home clothes dryer fires every year, resulting in $35 million in property loss. Keep an eye out for some tell-tale signs that you need to level up your dryer maintenance game.

 Has this ever happened to you? Your dryer worked like a champ until you noticed that sometimes you needed to add more time to the cycle to make sure the clothes were totally dry. You clean off the lint screen every time you finish a load, so maybe the dryer is just aging? Not necessarily. Cleaning the lint screen is the first part of dryer maintenance. Periodically, give it a deep clean and a rinse! Dryer sheets leave behind a residue that can build up and cause an issue. While you're at it, wipe down the inside drum of the dryer with a touch of rubbing alcohol on a microfiber cloth. Finish it by removing the lint trap screen and using a dryer lint brush to clean out the lint built up inside. It's like a spa day for your dryer!

It's also important to watch the size of your dryer loads. Just because your dryer might claim to have extra capacity, it doesn't mean your college kid should come home and shove two months' worth of clothes into one load! Overfilling your dryer uses more energy and not all of the clothes are likely getting completely dry. That sour, musty smell is never a good look on anyone! Show some restraint and dry regular-sized loads of clothes each time.

Outdoor build-up like dirt, snow and even lawn debris can often affect the vent cover on the exterior of your home. Dryer fires are more prevalent in the fall and winter, so be sure to keep the area clear.

The most important part of dryer maintenance lies within the exhaust vent. At a minimum, your exhaust vent should be completely cleaned every two years. This can be done professionally, but if you're the DIY-type, it's a relatively easy job. Here's how to do it:

  • Unplug the dryer and detach the vent hose from the wall. Use a screwdriver to unfasten the holding clamps.
  • Carefully remove the vent hose from the dryer and use the crevice tool on your vacuum cleaner to suck out the lint. Do both ends of the hose until it's all gone, but be gentle so the hose won't be damaged.
  • Find a clog? A wire hanger can snake out any large clogs. Be careful not to scratch the sides!
  • Reattach your hose with the clamps and slide it back into place.
  • Go outside and remove the exterior vent cover. Wear gloves and clear out the lint.
  • Plug in the machine and run it empty on the air dry setting for 20 minutes. Make sure air is blowing out of the vent before replacing the outside cover.
  • You're done!
  • Make it easy to keep up your dryer's maintenance by scheduling a recurring reminder on your phone!

    Don't feel like doing it yourself?  Call us for your dryer vent cleaning!  Save our number on your phone: 662-281-1881.

    We're always here to help at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale.

    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. 

    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."

    Preparing for a Cookout?

    6/11/2021 (Permalink)

    A BBQ grill is ready for use with an American flag as a backdrop in Clarksdale, MS Before you have that Fourth of July cookout, make sure you revisit our BBQ safety tips!

    The Fourth of July will be here before you know it, and Americans are itching to partake in one of their favorite pastimes: the cookout! According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 64% of US adults own a grill or smoker – that's almost two-thirds of the population! The massive popularity of outdoor cooking can end badly if proper safety precautions are not observed. So let's run through a few safety tips to make your cookout a success!

    Sure, you know your grill, but how well do you really know your grill? Keep a copy of your manual if possible; alternately, it should be available on the manufacturer's website. . Become familiar with your specific model, as features and functions differ between grill models.

    Location, Location, Location! A grill should only be set up on a flat surface so it cannot tip over.  Set up a grill pad or splatter mat underneath your grill to protect your deck or patio. Consult your manual for the minimum keep-clear distance required for your grill.  If you're using a gas grill, make sure to check for a propane leak.  Just apply a light soap and water solution to the hose, then turn on the gas. If you see any bubbling, you've got a leak that needs to be fixed before going any further!

    Always make sure to clean the grease off the grill before using it again.  Keep it clean!  Make sure to have baking soda on-hand in case of a grease fire. Should the flame go out, turn off the grill and the gas and give it at least five minutes before re-lighting it.

    Charcoal grills cause more fires than gas grills, so always proceed with caution. Allow the coals to cool completely before disposing of them in a metal container.

    We know that cookouts usually aren't complete without a few adult beverages of choice, but if you're in charge of the fire, keep it in check to avoid carelessness!

    All of us at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale love a good cookout, but we know that accidents sometimes happen. We're always here to help. Give us a call at 662-281-1881. Fire & Water – Cleanup & Restoration. We'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

    Water vs Laminate Flooring

    6/3/2021 (Permalink)

    Closeup of standing water on a customer's laminate floor in Water Valley, MS A burst pipe saturated the laminate flooring of this Water Valley, MS homeowner.

    Laminate flooring is one of the most popular types of flooring in homes today, and the trend doesn't appear to be going away any time soon.  The lower price point and realistic wood finishes are the perfect choice for homeowners wanting to upgrade or renovate their homes with a luxury feel.  Laminate floors are also popular in newly built homes.  The quality of the laminate has greatly improved over the years, with some brands claiming to offer waterproof laminate flooring.  While this sounds ideal, the idea of completely waterproof laminate flooring is a bit misleading.

    Many types of laminate flooring can withstand the wear and tear and occasional spills of everyday use.  As long as a spill is wiped up immediately, most laminate stays in good shape.  Should your home suffer water damage from other sources, such as a leaking appliance or burst pipe, the reality is that your flooring would most likely need to be replaced.

    Laminate flooring is manufactured, so once the materials start to take on water, the underside starts to break down due to saturation.  There are signs to look for if you think your laminate flooring might have water damage.  The planks that typically lay flat could start splitting or bubbling.  They could begin to buckle.  Should you notice discoloration or visible mold, your floor is definitely damaged and needs to be replaced.

    If you've experienced water damage, give the pros at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale a call at 662-281-1881.  We'll take out the ruined floor and make it "Like it never even happened."

    We're always here to help.

    Water Damage from Another Tenant in a Multi-Unit Dwelling

    5/27/2021 (Permalink)

    Work truck preparing to fix water damage at an Oxford, MS condo Should your multi-unit dwelling suffer water damage from a neighbor, be familiar with your building's bylaws to determine fault.

    Living in a multi-unit dwelling comes with its own set of pros and cons, but what happens when something goes wrong? Your home could experience water damage from another unit in the dwelling. What happens then? Are you responsible for getting it repaired yourself? Laws vary throughout the country, but the tricky answer is that “it depends.” Mostly, it depends on what was damaged and the location of the damage. Most condos and townhouses have a Homeowners Association (HOA) that spells out what happens when a unit is damaged. In many cases, the bylaws cover “common elements” and damage in a unit is the responsibility of the owner. Should an incident be caused by negligence of one owner, resulting in damages to another owner's property, the negligent owner's liability insurance could come into play.

    There are some things to look for to stop water damage before it becomes a problem. One of the major culprits is blocked gutters. Keep your gutters clean and clear so they don't overflow and cause an issue. It is also important to ensure your appliances are maintained. Refrigerators, dishwashers, and washing machines can leak into a neighbor's unit, and you would likely be on the hook for the bill. Follow a maintenance schedule for your appliances to keep them working properly. Does your condo or townhome have a sump pump? These are often the cause of water issues in multi-unit dwellings. While the HOA is usually the owner of the sump pump, they're sometimes located in a particular unit, meaning that the owner needs to make sure it is operating efficiently.

    In short, make sure you are familiar with the bylaws of your multi-unit condo or townhome. Should any damage occur, it's a good idea to consult the bylaws to ensure you're following the proper steps to get the problem solved. Should your condo or townhome experience a water loss, give us a call at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881.  We're available 24/7 and quick to the scene to make it “Like it never even happened.”

    The 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season

    5/14/2021 (Permalink)

    The SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale work truck sits in front of a home damaged by Hurricane Sally in Gulf Shores, AL Our storm team hit the road, ready to help once Hurricane Sally left a path of destruction in Gulf Shores, AL.

    The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season shattered records.  The National Hurricane Center had to move on to the Greek Alphabet for storm names after the season produced thirty named storms.  Once a tropical storm has maximum sustained wind speeds of 74mph, it is then classified as a hurricane.  This happened thirteen different times in the 2020 hurricane season.  Should the wind speed increase above 111mph, it is then considered to be a major hurricane.  Six of the thirteen 2020 hurricanes met the criteria for a major hurricane.

    The official 2021 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1st and runs through November 30th.  The past six hurricane seasons got a jumpstart on the date, so as of this year, the National Hurricane Center will begin issuing tropical weather outlooks for the Atlantic on May 15th, 2021.

    Last year's hurricane season was so turbulent, that means the 2021 season shouldn't be so bad, right?

    Not so fast.

    Experts predict an above-average probability for a number of major hurricanes to make landfall in 2021.

    While tropical weather doesn't usually reach Northern Mississippi, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale keeps an eye on potential hurricanes and stand ready to assemble a storm team to go to the affected area and assist if it becomes necessary. 

    We're always here to help.

    Grease Fire Safety

    5/13/2021 (Permalink)

    Charred aftermath of a grease fire in Lauderdale, MS Have the proper tools on hand to put out a grease fire before it gets out of hand!

    Beginning in 2020 and continuing through today, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever turned to their own kitchens to relieve stress and feed their families. The rising numbers of new home chefs call for a reminder of basic kitchen safety.

    Kitchen Safety 101

    Always give your full attention to cooking. It's sometimes difficult to do when family members are both working and schooling from home, but it is essential. Forty-nine percent of home fires begin with cooking equipment, and thirty-three percent of those are from unattended equipment! A moment's distraction could end in tragedy.

    A grease fire is the most common type of kitchen fire. Pay attention to your settings -- your burner is too hot if the oil is smoking! Should a fire develop, turn off the heat immediately! When frying on the stovetop, always have a lid nearby to suffocate a fire. A large box of baking soda is imperative to keep on hand to put out a small grease fire. Resist the urge to pour water on a grease fire – it will only make it worse! Every kitchen should also be equipped with a fire extinguisher.

    Once you've finished cooking, always clean up any grease splatter on and around the stove. Thoroughly clean the heating elements or glass top so remnants cannot catch fire the next time the stove is in use.

    Cooking is a fun and relaxing activity, but sometimes things do go wrong. Should your kitchen become damaged from a fire or water, give us a call! SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is available 24/7 at 662-281-1881. Call in the professionals and we'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

    We're always here to help.

    The Dangers of Nocturnal Tornadoes

    5/4/2021 (Permalink)

    Dark clouds roll in at night Nighttime tornadoes can be both devastating and deadly.

    The recent tornado emergency in Tupelo, MS highlights an uneasy fact about many Southern tornadoes:  They strike in the dark hours of the night.  Tornadoes are massively unpredictable.  A small funnel cloud descending from a strong thunderstorm can explode into a  monster once it touches the ground.  It's bad enough when they happen during the daytime, but the danger intensifies exponentially once a tornado touches ground at night.

    Tornadoes that strike between 9 pm and 6 am are known as Nocturnal Tornadoes.  These tornadoes are more than twice as likely to be deadly for a number of reasons.  Primarily, it's next to impossible to see a tornado at night.  Meteorologists rely on storm spotters to let them know if they confirm a tornado on the ground; fewer spotters are on the road late at night, so that makes it more difficult to broadcast precise, accurate information about the location of a tornado.  Not only that, more people are usually asleep late at night, so they might miss the warnings altogether.  While tornado sirens typically go off during a storm, someone who lives further away from the siren might not be able to hear it over the sound of the rain.  A sound sleeper may not wake at all, which could be devastating if they live in a mobile home or other structure unlikely to withstand high tornadic winds.

    Nocturnal tornadoes have a higher likelihood of striking in southern states.  The states with the highest percentage of tornadoes that strike at night are Tennessee (46%), Arkansas (43%), Kentucky (42%), and Mississippi (39%).  Southern states are vulnerable to nighttime tornadoes for many reasons.  Winters are generally mild in the South, which means that a tornado can strike at any time of year.  Once the time changes in late fall, it gets dark much earlier, making any potential tornadic weather more dangerous.  Additionally, Southern states have a much higher instance of residents living in mobile homes.  These factors overlap as a very real threat of danger whenever tornadoes are a possibility. 

    There are some tools available to assist those in vulnerable areas.  The National Weather Service sends wireless emergency alerts, as well as many weather apps available on Android and iPhone.  NOAA weather radios are also available; they broadcast a loud tone, followed by the weather warning.  This could be enough to startle awake a heavy sleeper with enough time for them to get to safety.

    Tornadoes are unpredictable and potentially devastating.  Should your home or business suffer a loss from a tornado, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is always here to help.  Give us a call at 662-281-1881 to discuss your needs.  We're available 24/7/365.  We'll make it "Like it never even happened."

    COVID-19 Cleaning for Your Oxford, MS Business

    5/3/2021 (Permalink)

    A worker in PPE fogs the bathroom as part of a COVID-19 cleaning in Oxford, MS A COVID-19 cleaning will safely get you ready to reopen faster. Call us for more details.

    COVID-19 is still a very real presence in the United States.  While cases have thankfully dropped in many states, they have not gone away altogether.  So if an employee at your business contracts COVID-19, your business may have to shut down, causing lost revenue.  You definitely don't want to go down that route again, so what do you do?

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale proudly offers COVID-19 cleanings for your business!  What's involved with a COVID cleaning?  We suit up and arrive at your location and decontaminate the location, adhering to CDC guidelines.  We'll fog the entire space, making sure to thoroughly cover highly-traveled areas, such as breakrooms and bathrooms.  Next, our crews wipe down all high-touch areas, including tables, chairs, sinks, and doorknobs.  All walls are wiped down and bathrooms thoroughly cleaned before the floors are swept and mopped.  Once we're finished with your building, we re-sanitize our transport vehicle to ensure the disinfection is complete. 

    Give us a call today at 662-281-1881 so we can discuss your needs.  We will go to great lengths to make your COVID-contaminated office "Like it never even happened." 

    We're always here to help.

    End of Semester Dorm Cleaning in Oxford, MS

    4/9/2021 (Permalink)

    A college student sits on stairs while studying Let us focus on cleaning so they can focus on their studies.

    The end of the semester will be here before you know it.  Do you have a son or daughter in campus housing?  Finals will be here soon, and the deadline for checking out of their rooms is within 24 hours of their last final exam.  Their rooms need to be clean at checkout, or the school will assess charges to their account.  You know how that goes in most cases -- you wind up with the bill.

    Your student should have received a Room Condition Report at move-in.  This is what will be used to assess damages to the rooms and the resulting fees. 

    Final exams for the Spring semester are April 26-30, 2021.  Your student has hopefully started preparing for finals, but it's easy for the room cleanup to get lost in the chaos of it all.  The student is expected to thoroughly clean the room, wipe down all of the furniture and appliances, wipe down the closets, window sills and blinds.  Mirrors and windows need to be cleaned, and the room needs to be swept and mopped.  If the room is left unclean or unsanitary, including the furniture, the school will not consider that as normal wear and tear.  It will be classified as damaged and fines will be assessed.  The same goes for large marks on the walls beyond scuffs.  The most recent fee listing for an unclean room charges a minimum of $25 per bag of trash removed.  That could add up very quickly!

    What if there was another way?  Leave the cleaning to us!  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is always here to help.  Give us a call at 662-281-1881.  We would be happy to discuss your needs and come up with a plan to get their room back up to school standards.  Your child could study for their final exams and prepare to move out in peace.

    Living on campus can be wild.  We'll help make the mess "Like it never even happened."

    Fireplace Maintenance Tips for Your Clarksdale, MS Home

    3/29/2021 (Permalink)

    Closeup of a crackling fire Keep your fireplace maintained to enjoy it for years to come.

    The first cold snap of the winter season generally leaves people running for the fireplace to keep their homes warm.  While fireplaces generally do a great job of maintaining a comfortable temperature in the home, they do require maintenance.  This is especially true when your fireplace has been unused since the previous cold season.

    Without proper maintenance, you're left with a potential fire hazard.  A sparking ember could jump from the fireplace and land somewhere flammable.  Creosote buildup could cause a chimney fire.  Should smoke drift from the fireplace and into the room, it is a sign that you should extinguish the fire and have your fireplace serviced immediately.  When smoke gets into a room, it greatly reduces the quality of the air inside.  This could be dangerous for those with respiratory illnesses.  Carbon monoxide could also enter the room, which can quickly become a deadly situation without a working carbon monoxide detector.

    The best thing to do to keep your home and family safe is have a professional chimney sweep out to inspect, clean, and test your chimney yearly.  They get busy during fall and winter, so you might find it easier to book one in the summer.  It's also important to note that you should have a chimney sweep out to inspect the chimney if you've just moved into the home.

    Should the unthinkable happen and you do experience a fire loss, the professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale are ready to help.  Give us a call at 662-281-1881.  We'll get right to work to make it "Like it never even happened."

    When Minutes Matter

    3/17/2021 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO truck in front of building Our specialists are on call and ready to help 24/7.

    Emergencies can be very traumatic.  In an emergency situation, time is often of the essence.  This is particularly true with water damage.  Water is invasive and once it saturates the walls, mold and mildew have the chance to form.  Beyond that, metal can corrode and the chance of biohazard contamination increases.  When you have a water emergency, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale.  We’re always here to help.

    Should you suffer a fire loss, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is fast to respond and clean up the mess.  Fires are traumatic due to the personal and sentimental items that are often damaged by the soot left behind.  While not everything can be saved, some items can be restored.  We understand how important these items are to you and will work hard to restore them to pre-fire condition.  We’ll remove the soot from your house so you can come home.  We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

    When a time-sensitive emergency such as a water loss or fire loss requires a fast response, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale a call at 662-281-1881. 

    We’re always here to help.

    We Now Do Reconstruction

    2/11/2021 (Permalink)

    Did you know that along with water mitigation and fire restoration SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale also does reconstruction?  After our highly trained technicians are done drying a structure or restoring a home after a fire, we also have a team that can put it all back together to truly make it “Like it never even happened.”  Below are some of the excellent services our reconstruction team can help you with.

    • Drywall repair and installment
    • Painting
    • Floor repair and replacement
    • Kitchen and bath installation
    • Ceiling repair
    • Cabinet and trim installation
    • Fixture installation
    • Insulation installation
    • Storage options for your belongings while repairs are being made

    So, if you suffer from water or fire damage, give us a call at 662-281-1881.  Our team stands ready to help with any size disaster. 

    Thermal Imaging

    2/8/2021 (Permalink)

    Thermal imaging was first developed for military use during the Korean War.  This kind of imaging uses temperature to distinguish hot and cold temperatures through walls and long distances.  It is used by firefighters to see through smoke and find people; It is also used by law enforcement to locate suspects and handle search and rescue efforts.  But those aren’t the only ways it can be effective or helpful. 

    We use it to locate water trapped within walls or floors.  Water damage can create long term issues if not detected soon enough.  That’s why it is important to catch the source of the water and correct the problem and dry out any affected materials before it is too late.  Thermal imaging may be the solution before one has to take a destructive approach.  Although, thermal imaging cannon “see” water, it can detect differences in temperature that could indicate a location to test.  This is just one of the reasons why SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale can be of service to you.  If you suspect water damage, give us a call at 662-281-1881. 

    Water Remediation After A Toilet Overflow

    2/8/2021 (Permalink)

    A clogged toilet bowl or tank malfunction can lead to a nasty overflow in your home.  Overflowing water can cause severe damage to floors and baseboards surrounding the malfunctioned toilet.   Contaminated water may also seep through walls and insulation down to lower floors if the toilet is found on an upper level.  Water damage requires immediate attention to prevent further damage caused by sitting water.

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has a team of trained professionals that know exactly how to restore your home in a timely manner.  Upon arrival, our team will identify the extent and severity of the seen and unseen damage.  This is possible using hygrometers and moisture detectors.  These tools allow us to ensure that no water is left to mold or mildew inside wall cavities.  Water is then extracted using heavy duty pumps so that the drying process will be quick and painless.  In some instances, parts of walls and baseboards may need to be removed.  However, we can promise that customers will be walked through their specific remediation plan prior to demolition.  After drying, all areas that were potentially contaminated by the overflowing water are sanitized.  We do this to ensure no future mold or bacterial growth.  

    If you find yourself in need of our services, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881!

    Standing Water in Basement or Crawlspace

    1/25/2021 (Permalink)

    Standing water in a basement or crawlspaces can occur for several reasons.  For example, heavy rain and rain associated problems often cause water damage in basements due to improper grading. In other words, water is not properly directed away from the home and therefore seeps in through cracks in basement walls or the foundation.  Deteriorations in foundation can also cause standing water in crawlspaces.  Another common cause of standing water in a crawlspace is humidity from the ground.  If your crawl space has an earthen ground of soil it can be very susceptible to high levels of moisture. Soil acts like a sponge for water coming from above or below.  Water may pool at the ground’s surface creating large puddles. Presently, this may not seem like a huge issue, but standing water in a home’s crawlspace can lead to structural damage, termites, and mold.

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale’s team of trained professionals know exactly how to handle standing water in a basement or crawlspace.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call us at 662-281-2881.  We would be happy to answer any questions regarding the importance or proper extraction and how to protect these lower spaces from moisture and future damage.

    3 Types of Foundations: Pros and Cons

    1/5/2021 (Permalink)

    The foundation of a structure is the load bearing portion, typically built below ground.  This portion serves 3 purposes.

    1. Support the structure
    2. Keep out groundwater
    3. Function as a barrier to water and soil vapor

    But, when deciding on the foundation of your home, it’s important to know the pros and cons of each option.

    • Slab Foundations:

    These are the most cost efficient as well as the most common of the choices.  The process is simple, the slab starts with concrete footing poured 24 inches below projected finish grade.  Then concrete blocks are placed on top of the footers, internal piping is placed, then rock filler is added, and four inches of concrete poured on top.

    The advantages of a slab foundation are that they are low maintenance and the least expensive option.  The disadvantages are that there is a higher potential for expensive repairs because plumbing is placed below the slab.  This means if there is a problem, the concrete would have to be broken to reach the issues at hand.  Another disadvantage is that a slab foundation has minimal protection from storms and bad weather. 

    • Crawlspace Foundations:

    Homes with crawlspace foundations are raised a few feet off the ground.  As with slab foundations, footing is placed, and concrete blocks are placed the create the support for the walls. 

    The advantages of a crawlspace foundation are the easy access for repairs to plumbing, electrical, piping, and ductwork.  A second advantage is warmer floors.  Because the floor is elevated and the underlying space is conditioned, the floors tend to be much warmer than a concrete slab. The disadvantages are that crawlspaces are prone to moisture.  It is important to keep an eye on your crawlspace to ensure you have proper insulation and ventilation.  Even with cutting edge vapor barriers there can still be potential for mold and fungi to grow due to increased moisture.  A second disadvantage is there is, like with slab foundations, little to no protection from storm and weather. 

    • Basement Foundations:

    A basement is an eight-foot hole that ends in a concrete slab.  In the past, basements were built with cinder blocks, but they were prone to structural failures and leaks over time.  Nowadays, basements are built with poured concrete walls, which have improved the structural integrity on the foundation over time.

    The advantages of a basement foundation are the extended square footage, easy access for repairs, and storm protection.  Having the additional space at a much lower cost per square foot than other parts of the house can create extra living space or entertainment.  As with crawlspace foundations, there is easy access for repairs.  However, unlike slab and crawlspace foundations, there is protection from storms and weather for you and the residents of the home.  The disadvantages of a basement foundation are increased costs.  Because of the added materials, labor, and square footage, the costs on installation are the most time consuming and expensive.  Another disadvantage is lack of natural light.  Because the foundation is underground, there are no possible options for windows, unless you create a walkout. 

    Ultimately, the decision on which foundation you choose is personal preference.  There is no foundation type that “holds up” better than another.  However, if you do experience flooding or mold issues in your Oxford, MS home, give SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale a call at 662-281-1881!!

    The Impact Of Smoking In Your Home

    1/3/2021 (Permalink)

    It is common knowledge that smoking has negative consequences on your health, but it can also be dangerous to your home.

    Fire Danger

    Smoking is the leading cause of death in home fires.  Fires caused by smoking is most common in bedrooms and living rooms where flammable items such as carpet, blankets, and furniture are exposed.

    Resale Value

    Homes occupied by someone who smokes regularly are much more difficult to sell.  On average, house value decreases by nearly 29%. The smell left behind by cigarettes can get trapped in cupboards, vents, and even the ceiling.

    While exceedingly difficult, it is possible to reduce and potentially get rid of the smell of smoke in your home.  Thoroughly cleaning the walls and ceilings, followed by a deep cleaning of the carpet and floors is the first step.  It may also be necessary to professionally clean the air ducts to prevent the smell from continuing to circulate throughout your home.

    Hurricane Sally 2020

    11/13/2020 (Permalink)

    Hurricane Sally made landfall on September 16, 2020 causing catastrophic damage to the Alabama and Florida coast.  Sally began her journey of destruction on the coast of South Florida on September 11 beginning as a Tropical Depression.  The next day she strengthened into Tropical Storm Sally over the Gulf of Mexico.  The Florida Keys were met with flooding rainfall on September 12.  She then moved northward over the eastern Gulf of Mexico and by September 14 Sally had intensified into a hurricane.  Slowly this hurricane made its ways towards to coastline and on September 16th it strengthened to a category 2 hurricane and made landfall causing flash flooding. 

    And like SERVPRO always does, we banded together to go help with relief efforts and helping those in need begin their journey of recovery.  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale loaded up on September 17 and got to work.  Our crews were on site for a whole month and were able to help over 20 families and a large apartment complex.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to travel to these heavily affected areas and help so many people make it “Like it never even happened.”

    Commercial Sewage Loss at Oxford, MS School

    10/21/2020 (Permalink)

    Sewage losses can be caused by many things like backed up sewer lines or infiltration of tree roots.  Whatever the cause, the damage can be messy and should not be addressed as a basic cleaning.  Sewage waste can be extremely hazardous and needs the attention of professionals. 

    Recently we were called out to a local school here in Oxford, MS.  The sewage line had become clogged and waste was coming up through the drains in the bathrooms and seeping into classrooms and offices.  We had first responders arrive immediately to assess the damage so the crews could load up and get there quickly.  Thankfully, the contractors had built the walls to where there was a gap in between the sheet rock and the floor.  This saved the school from having category 3 water affecting the walls which made cleanup much easier.  Our team extracted all the standing water and waste and treated the floors with antimicrobial and disinfecting agents.  Because of the quick response we were able to get the areas cleaned up so the students could return to a safe clean environment the next day!

    So, if you experience a sewage loss in your commercial building contact SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881. 

    Prevent Carpet Mold After Water Damage

    10/12/2020 (Permalink)

    If your home has experienced water damage, mold can quickly become an issue.  It does not take much water for mold to begin forming.  This is especially true for surfaces such as carpet.  Here are 5 steps for preventing mold in your carpets after water damage:

    1. Remove water as quickly as possible: Use a wet/dry vacuum to clean up as much water as soon as possible.
    2. Use fans to speed up carpet drying process: It can take several days for fans to completely dry a water-damaged area.
    3. Use a de-humidifier to dry out the room: these machines remove excessive moisture, which makes the air feel cooler and limits mold and mildew growth.
    4. Steam clean carpet and flooring
    5. Sanitize walls and baseboards: anything touched by storm water should be sanitized. Clean all walls, hard-surface floors and other household surfaces with soap and water.

    Often the best choice to ensure these steps are followed is to hire a professional remediation company. Here at SERVPRO we have a specialized team of technicians that are eager to help you restore the flooring in your home or determine if it is unsalvageable. Call us at 662-281-1881 for help!

    Dealing with Water Damage Caused by Fire Sprinklers

    10/12/2020 (Permalink)

    Fire sprinklers are an excellent way to protect your home or office from a fire, however, malfunctions or accidental discharges can also leave behind a lot of damage.  One of these accidents could be caused by:

    • a nearby heat source such as an engine or candle
    • a sudden freeze followed by a thaw
    • corrosion within the sprinkler (make sure to have your sprinklers inspected regularly to prevent this)

    An accidental discharge will most likely be an easy cleanup, but it is important to take care of it early. If the sprinklers are cut off soon after they begin discharging, the mess can be dried up using some towels and a mop. However, if the sprinklers are not turned off right away, the problem becomes much larger and will likely require the services of a professional water remediation company. After an inspection and assessment of the property, the team will get to work on water extraction and removal using state-of-the-art equipment and proven methods. The next step of the restoration process is drying and ventilating the soaked area. This will prevent further damage and mold growth.  Here at SERVPRO we have unique equipment to make the drying process as quick as possible. 

    National Fire Prevention Week

    10/8/2020 (Permalink)

    Dalmation dressed as fire fighter and other dog holding up a sign with the Fire Prevention Week campaign photo Fire Prevention Week October 4-10, 2020

    Fire Prevention Week began in 1922 and has been sponsored by the National Fire Protection Administration ever since.  In 1925 it became a national observance which makes it the longest-running public health observance in the US.  This year’s campaign “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” and is observed October 4 through October 10.    The goal of the campaign is to educate the public on the easy ways they can take to keep themselves, and those around them, safe in the kitchen. The number one cause of home fires and injuries is cooking.  This week fire fighters educate and provide life saving information to children, teachers, and adults across the US in hopes of reducing the amount of fire related injuries and deaths.

    You can learn more about fire safety by visiting the NFPA website.

    How Thermal Foggers Work to Remove Smoke Odors in your Home or Business

    9/8/2020 (Permalink)

    Even after a fire is extinguished, smoke and the odor that accompanies it will likely linger and spread to surrounding rooms.  Odors are often not as pressing of a concern in the earliest stages of fire restoration; however, it is important to remediate this issue as quickly as possible.  Trapped odors left for too long can become stronger and harder to remove as time goes by.

    Thermal fogging is one of the first choices in deodorization because it is done using a versatile and lightweight unit that can easily move from room to room.  It works by superheating specially formulated odor removal solutions into a vapor that can penetrate porous materials.  Porous materials such as fabric and drywall are often the biggest culprits of holding onto smoky odors. 

    Depending on how severe the damage is, other methods of odor neutralization may be used.  Other options include:

    • Hydroxyl Machines
    • Ozone Generators
    • HEPA-Filtration Air Scrubbers

    Removing/neutralizing odors after a fire may seem like an impossible task, but our SERVPRO team of technicians can manage these conditions quickly and efficiently.  For more information call us 662-281-1881!

    Is Storm Water Clean Water?

    8/26/2020 (Permalink)

    People often perceive storm water to be clean and free of pollutants.  Take for example all the children and pets that love to play in puddles after a rainstorm.  However, that is not always the case.  Especially when water is left stagnant or seeps into your home.  The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), who sets the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration training, says that there are three levels or types of water damages.

    Category 1: Clean Water

    This type of water comes from sanitary sources or sources that you would normally get water from.  This may include faucets, burst water pipes, or vertical falling rainwater.

    Category 2: Grey Water

    This type of water is worrisome if left for a long period or if ingested.  Grey water comes from incidents such as washing machine, toilet, or dishwasher overflows.

    Category 3: Black Water

    This is easily the worst classification of water.  Black water can cause illness if ingested and has the potential to destroy a home and its contents. Sewer backups, flooded rivers, feces tainted toilet overflow, and stagnant bacteria riddled water all fall into this category.

    If you experience water damage in your home after a storm or accident, it is important to act fast.  SERVPRO specialists can quickly assess the scene and determine what remediation steps need to be taken.  With our professional help, your flooded home can be restored to its original condition. Call us at 662-281-1881!

    How can we service your local business?

    8/26/2020 (Permalink)

     

    Whether you need a simple carpet cleaning or require industrial cleaning services, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help! Along with deep cleaning floors and specialized Covid19 cleaning, did you know you can rely on us for commercial duct cleaning too?

    Maintaining a clean ventilation system is crucial in proper air quality within your office space. Make it a priority to inspect the duct work of your business.  If your HVAC has not been cleaned in recent months, it could be circulating dust, odors, and other contaminants to each room. Not to mention, maintaining clean ducts can extend the life of your equipment.

    Here at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale we have trained technicians that can help decide if duct cleaning is necessary.

    Other benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:

    • Helps to restore peak efficiency
    • Helps to eliminate odors
    • Reduced potential for mold growth

    Contact us at 662-281-1881 today to discuss your indoor air quality concerns!

    Seeking Shelter During a Storm

    8/24/2020 (Permalink)

    Thunderstorms are quite common during the warm summer months.  However, that does not make them any less frightening and dangerous.  Big storms can be very overwhelming, especially for pets and children.  They can be even more stressful when you are away from your home.  Knowing your shelter options can help relieve some of the added tension of a storm.

    Thunderstorms often appear out of the blue. It is important to be aware of proper safety protocols to follow when you are caught in a storm. Here are some alternative solutions for sheltering during a thunderstorm when you are away from home:

    • In a Store or Mall: any commercial structure is a great option for shelter. These buildings are sturdy and a good place to wait out a thunderstorm.
    • In the Car: contrary to popular belief, sheltering from a storm in your car is quite safe, provided you can take proper precautions. Pull over somewhere that is safe, turn off your engine, switch on your hazards and avoid touching anything metal in the vehicle for the duration of the storm. Even your steering wheel, gear shift and radio knobs may contain metal, so keep your hands off just in case.
    • On Low Ground: If you are caught outside away from your car or buildings, make sure to avoid hill tops and other high land. Instead, crouch in an unexposed area away from tall structures. This includes trees, flagpoles, fences, etc.

    If you experience storm damage to your Oxford, MS home or office building, our experienced technicians are ready to help. Contact us at 662-281-1881 any time!

    Commercial Mold Remediation

    8/19/2020 (Permalink)

    Mold growth in a working environment can cause serious health effects for both employees and customers.  Once colonization is discovered, containment strategies are critical to prevent cross-contamination where foot traffic and exposed individuals could transfer mold spores to other areas of the building.  There are two important containment strategies to consider when mold is found in your business:

    • Containment Barriers: one of the most effective methods for keeping employees and customers out of contaminated areas is to establish physical barriers with thick poly sheeting. These temporary plastic walls will maximize the efficiency of drying and deodorization.  If needed, we can even remove furniture and unaffected devices from this containment zone before sealing it off from the rest of the building/office.
    • Limiting Air Circulation: mold sports can easily be carried to unaffected areas through a high-powered HVAC system. For effective containment, air circulation must be shut down until remediation has completed.

    Mold remediation is a considerable challenge for office buildings.  Optimally throughout the cleaning process your business should be able to continue running.  Effective containment and speedy remediation techniques by our SERVPRO team can make this possible.  Call us at 662-281-1881!

    Emergency Water Loss

    8/14/2020 (Permalink)

    At SERVPRO we deal with emergencies in the homes and businesses of our customers every day. The most common one is a water loss. Usually it is from a broken water line or a busted drain hose that is attached to some appliance. Some keys to mitigating such a water loss is 1) getting the source of the water shut off and repaired. 2) extracting the excess water as quickly as possible and starting the drying process. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has the experienced staff to mitigate this type of water loss and others. Once the water has been extracted, technicians will utilize equipment to determine the depth of wetness on affected materials. Then communicating with you, the homeowner, and the insurance company a plan will be put in place and action steps taken to make your home “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is an IICRC Certified Company and our technicians are trained by their (WRT) Water Restoration Technician standards. If you have a need for our services or maybe just a question or two, feel free to call us at 662-281-1881.

    Summer Thunderstorms

    7/31/2020 (Permalink)

    The two most basic elements that create a thunderstorm are:

    1. Moisture2. Rapidly rising warm air

    Therefore, it makes sense that thunderstorms occur more often during the summer months.  This is especially true for Southeastern US. Thunderstorms bring strong winds, thunder, lightning, and heavy rain. This is a recipe for disaster when it comes to leaks and other problems.  It is important to take precautionary measures to protect your home from storm damage. Here are five preventive steps you can take before a storm:

    - Clear away outdoor items: make sure all lawn furniture, gardening tools, equipment, and other items are stored away so high winds cannot blow them away or into your home.  - Trim the trees: it is important to trim down oversized branches that could fall into your home or vehicle.  - Install storm shutters: windows are especially vulnerable to damage during a storm.  Impact resistant shutters or impact resistant glass can prevent your windows from shattering. - Have standby power: a whole-house surge protective device runs around $200-$300 and is not difficult to install.  For severe weather, it is worth considering a home generator to prevent long-term electricity outages.- Check your house for weaknesses: high winds can cause week spots in your home to fail.  Be sure to check the roof, windows, doors, and garage door.

    Stay safe during this storm season by following these tips.  If you do find that your home has suffered from storm damage, our team here at SERVPRO is ready to help. Call us at 662-281-1881!

    Flooded Commercial Building

    7/23/2020 (Permalink)

    A water loss in a commercial space can be disastrous.  It is best to know beforehand how to manage the cleanup in order to act quickly in the event of a flood or burst pipe. Here are 5 steps our team will take to handle a flooded commercial building:

    1. Turn off Electricity – before touching or handling the water, make sure to shut off power to the flooded area. If you cannot safely navigate to the breaker box, call an electrician to turn the electricity off at the meter.
    2. Stop the flow of Water - shut off the water line in the event of a burst pipe or block the flow of rainwater using flood bags or other tools. It may be necessary to call a plumber to fix any internal damages to pipes.
    3. Extract Standing Water – a wet/dry vacuum is the optimal tool to use for removing any standing water. 
    4. Remove Water-Damaged material – waterlogged materials need to be removed as soon as possible to prevent mold growth and further damage. Items may be kept if they can be completely dried within 48 hours.
    5. Disinfect and Dry – it is important to sanitize and dry all surfaces as quickly and thoroughly as possible.

    If your property has experienced water damage, storm restoration professionals like us can help.  From water extraction to tear out and drying, we have a team of professionals ready for the job. 

    Act Fast After A Flash Flood

    7/20/2020 (Permalink)

    Flooding is a year-round threat to every state in the US. The most common cause of flooding is water due to rain and/or snow melt that accumulates faster than soils can absorb it, or rivers can carry it away. Flooding, specifically flash floods, are common to Mississippi. Flash floods generally develop within 6 hours from excessive rainfall and are the most frequently occurring natural disaster.

    Flash Flood Warning vs Flash Flood Watch

    • Watch: conditions are ripe for a flood, but one has not been spotted
    • Warning: a flood is occurring or is imminent within the next hour

    Some terrains that are more prone to flash flooding include:

    • Low lying areas
    • Areas near water
    • Areas near steep hills or gullies

    How to Secure your Home:

    • Turn off utilities at main switches/valves and disconnect appliances.
    • Do not touch electrical lines or equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
    • Move essential items to an upper floor our elevated space.
    • Bring in outdoor furniture/belongings.

    If your home has experienced water damage from flash flooding, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help! Call us at 662-281-1881!

    Sprinkler System Accident Causes Water Loss

    6/18/2020 (Permalink)

    Most commercial buildings require sprinkler systems. They are a great safety measure for when a fire occurs, however, if one were to go off accidentally or from construction, they could cause major water damage to your business. This particular Oxford location was having renovations done and while removing a ceiling the sprinkler was activated and began filling the second floor with water. They quickly called SERVPRO and we arrived to assess the damage within minutes. Our crew loaded up extracting and drying equipment and was on the scene soon after. They worked well into the evening extracting water and placing dehumidifiers and air movement to begin the drying process. Because they called us quickly we were able to remove the water quickly and prevent further damage to the walls andfirst floor.If you have a water loss at your commercial business, call SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale. We are “here to help.”

    Lightning Safety

    6/18/2020 (Permalink)

    Lightning strikes are a serious safety hazard and can be the cause of extensive property damage.  This is because lighting may cause fires, power surges, and shock waves.  In 2015, over 99,423 lightning claims resulted in over $700 million in property damages.  This may seem scary, but there are some easy ways to protect yourself and your home during the spring and summer seasons.

    There are some important safety precautions to take when inside your home during a lightning storm.  Firstly, avoid all water sources.  This includes bathing, showering, washing dishes, etc. Lighting can travel through your home’s plumbing systems.  Secondly, avoid using electronic equipment such as computers, game systems, washers, stoves, or anything else connected to an electrical outlet.  Lastly, avoid windows, doors, porches, and concrete.  Lightning can travel through concrete due to the metal wires running through it. 

    There are also some ways to directly protect your home from damages.  First, make sure to equip your home with whole-house surge protectors to protect appliances.  Second, install lighting rods to protect from a direct lightning strike.  Homes struck by a direct strike are more likely to catch on fire.  Lightning rods work by creating a conductive path for the harmful electrical discharge to follow and disperse the energy safely into the ground. 

    AC Leak Damage

    6/17/2020 (Permalink)

    Summer 2020 has already proved itself to being a hot season as it always is here in Mississippi.  Everyone loves to enjoy the warm sunshine but when you go inside you enjoy the cool air that your air conditioner blows.  But what happens if your AC begins to leak? 

    Some common causes for AC leaks are:

    • Cracked drain pan
    • Condensation buildup in ductwork
    • Damaged evaporator coils
    • Dirty unit filter
    • Clogged condensate line
    • Faulty condensation pump

    A leaky AC unit if not addressed quickly can cause serious water damage.  Most AC units are housed in a closet, that no one opens on a regular basis, in one’s home.  Perhaps the leak has been going on for quite some time and walls, floors, and baseboards are all soaked by the time you realize there is even an issue.  If your AC unit is in the attic, it could affect the ceiling and walls all the way to the baseboards.  

    If you experience a water loss due to a leak in your AC unit, the first step is to turn off the unit and assess the unit and damage.  Then, call a HVAC company to come and fix the issue.  The last step is to call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881 to begin the drying process.

    Protect Your Home Before Leaving For Summer Vacation To Prevent Damage

    6/15/2020 (Permalink)

    Last minute summer trips may have you running out the door in a hurry.  Please make sure to take a minute to protect your home from accidental water or fire damage! Here is a quick check list to ensure your home is in the same condition you left it in.

    • Kitchen: turn off the stove/oven and unplug any small electrical appliances.
    • Living Areas: turn off ceiling fans and unplug any unnecessary electrical devices
    • Bathroom: Unplug irons/hair dryer and make sure no faucets are running
    • Bedrooms: again, turn off ceiling fans and make sure no candles were left lit
    • Laundry Room: make sure the dryer is not running

    Lastly, make sure all toilets are flushed and the trash is taken out! This will keep your home smelling fresh as well.  We hope this short list of precautions is helpful and creates a less stressful traveling experience!                       

    Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

    6/15/2020 (Permalink)

     Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

    Let us help you get back to business

    As our communities re-open, we are all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we have developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

    Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we are offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you have selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

    Extensive training and specialized products

    As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

    From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

    3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

    When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

    • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
    • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
    • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

    Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

    We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities, we all call home.

    Call SERVPRO of Oxford/Bateville/Clarksdale today at  662-281-1881 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

    * #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

    Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

    Close Before You Doze

    6/11/2020 (Permalink)

    More than 60% of Americans sleep with their bedroom doors open at night.  This may be out of habit or because they think it is the safer option.  However, according to the Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), this may not be the best idea.  About half of home fire deaths occur between 11 pm and 7 am.  House fires grow at a rapid pace and the thing standing between life and death may be your bedroom door.  If nothing else, it can also save your home from severe smoke damage. Fires spread more quickly when they have access to oxygen, closing a door can slow the spread and reduce toxic smoke levels.  Oxygen levels inside your bedroom will remain livable and the amount of carbon monoxide will not increase as quickly.  Lastly, if you find yourself with time to escape your home before a fire grows to a considerable size, make sure to close any doors behind you! It may be time to pick up a new nighttime habit and “close before you doze”!

    Water Damage Can Lead To Mold

    6/11/2020 (Permalink)

    Mold – The Biggest Threats to a Healthy and Happy Home

    Mold comes in a variety of colors and can sometimes be difficult to differentiate.  The most common types include Cladosporium, aspergillus, and stachybotrys.  In this post we will help inform you about each type and what you can do to prevent mold growth in your home.

    Cladosporium - Typically a black or green mold. Tends to grow on the back of toilets, smooth painted surfaces, and fiberglass air ducts. It has a “pepper like” look to it and may cause common allergy symptoms.

    Aspergillus – Black on the surface and usually white or yellow underneath.  Different species of this mold may differ slightly in color. It is commonly found on foods and in-home AC systems. It is an allergenic mold.

    Stachybotrys (aka black mold) – Green/black in color and grows on material with high cellulose content. For example: paper, fiberboard, dust, lint, etc.  It will likely be found in a place with a lot of moisture and humidity.

    Mold needs a food source to grow and sporulate.  Water can be the source of life for mold.  It only takes a tiny bit of water for mold to begin colonizing.  This could come from a roof leak, plumbing issue or storm damage.  The key is to catch the water loss before it becomes a problem.  Call SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale for your water remediation needs.

    However, if you find your home growing mold it important to act fast.  Simply wiping it away will not solve your problem.  Our team of trained professionals know how to safely remove and restore your home to keep it healthy and happy. 

    Here For Our Community

    6/3/2020 (Permalink)

    Here at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale we love giving back to our communities.  Due to the CDC’s recommendations of cleaning and sanitizing high touch areas we decided to give back to our Oxford and Batesville communities by proactively cleaning the vehicles of our first responders.  We reached out to the police chief of the Oxford Police Department, Batesville Police Department, University Police Department, and the Chief of the Oxford Fire Station and they gladly accepted our offer. So, we set up a time to clean the squad cars and fire engines.  We used our ULV fogging machines to distribute the disinfectant, then followed up with a wipe down of high touch areas such as the steering wheel, door handles, and radios. 

    We appreciate their service during this unprecedented time, and it was a great way to help them so they can continue to serve and protect the citizens of our communities. 

    Do You Have a Fire Extinguisher in Your Home?

    3/30/2020 (Permalink)

    Accidents happen.  Small fires can happen at home for a variety of reasons.  Fires caused by space heaters, candles, cigarettes, or small grease fires can potentially be put out quickly using a fire extinguisher depending on its severity and size.  However, it is important that you are equipped with the proper extinguisher and the knowledge of how to properly use it. The following are 3 different types of fire extinguishers:

    Type A: able to put out burning paper, wood, or fabric

    Type B: works best to put our fires caused by oil, butane, or gasoline

    Type C: best for electrical fires

    These types may be further categorized such as a “2-A” extinguisher vs a “4-A” extinguisher. You may find that it would be best to keep more than one type in your home in order to be better prepared for any type of fire.  If you find that a fire erupts in your home that is bigger than a small grease fire, call 911 immediately.  You and your family’s safety is most important.

    If you find yourself in need of Fire Restoration Services, Call SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale at 662-281-1881 to help! Our team of trained professionals know how to properly restore your home to make it “Like it never even happened.”

    We are Cleaning Experts

    3/19/2020 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

    During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

    Specialized Training

    We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

    The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

    • Kitchen/Food Areas
    • Bathrooms
    • Schools/Classrooms
    • Offices
    • Retail Spaces
    • Water Fountains
    • Shelving/Racks
    • Sales Counters
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Stair Handrails
    • Elevator Cars
    • Playground Equipment
    • Fitness Equipment

    Specialized Products

    The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

    Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

    If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881

    Thermal Imaging

    2/18/2020 (Permalink)

    Thermal imaging was first developed for military use during the Korean War.  This kind of imaging uses temperature to distinguish hot and cold temperatures through walls and long distances.  It is used by firefighters to see through smoke and find people; It is also used by law enforcement to locate suspects and handle search and rescue efforts.  But those aren’t the only ways it can be effective or helpful. 

    How We Use Thermal Imaging

    We use it to locate water trapped within walls or floors.  Water damage can create long term issues if not detected soon enough.  That’s why it is important to catch the source of the water and correct the problem and dry out any affected materials before it is too late.  Thermal imaging may be the solution before one has to take a destructive approach.  Although, thermal imaging cannon “see” water, it can detect differences in temperature that could indicate a location to test.  This is just one of the reasons why SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale can be of service to you.  If you suspect water damage, give us a call at 662-281-1881. 

    Water Remediation After a Toilet Overflow

    2/13/2020 (Permalink)

    A clogged toilet bowl or tank malfunction can lead to a nasty overflow in your home.  Overflowing water can cause severe damage to floors and baseboards surrounding the malfunctioned toilet.   Contaminated water may also seep through walls and insulation down to lower floors if the toilet is found on an upper level.  Water damage requires immediate attention to prevent further damage caused by sitting water.

    SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale has a team of trained professionals that know exactly how to restore your home in a timely manner.  Upon arrival, our team will identify the extent and severity of the seen and unseen damage.  This is possible using hygrometers and moisture detectors.  These tools allow us to ensure that no water is left to mold or mildew inside wall cavities.  Water is then extracted using heavy duty pumps so that the drying process will be quick and painless.  In some instances, parts of walls and baseboards may need to be removed.  However, we can promise that customers will be walked through their specific remediation plan prior to demolition.  After drying, all areas that were potentially contaminated by the overflowing water are sanitized.  We do this to ensure no future mold or bacterial growth.  

    If you find yourself in need of our services, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale at 662-281-1881!

    Continuing Education

    2/7/2020 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO offers various Continuing Education classes to insurance agents and adjusters as well as Real Estate professionals.  These courses are a great way to learn more about the mitigation and restoration industry and the various ways we can help your customers. 

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale offers these courses:

    • Understanding the Restoration Industry: Property Fire Damage Restoration
    • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
    • Restoring Contaminated Buildings
    • Restorative Drying for Water Damage
    • Cleaning and Restoring Smoke-Damaged Contents
    • Deodorization of Malodors
    • Mitigation Awareness and Response Seminar (MARS)
    • Ethics
    • Biohazard Cleanup

    If you are interested in attending a CE class, reach out to your SERVPRO Marketing Rep to find out how you can be a part of this learning experience and receive CE credits.  Or you can call the office at 662-281-1881. 

    Standing Water In Basement or Crawlspace

    1/23/2020 (Permalink)

    Standing water in a basement or crawlspaces can occur for several reasons.  For example, heavy rain and rain associated problems often cause water damage in basements due to improper grading. In other words, water is not properly directed away from the home and therefore seeps in through cracks in basement walls or the foundation.  Deterioration in foundation can also cause standing water in crawlspaces.  Another common cause of standing water in a crawlspace is humidity from the ground.  If your crawl space has an earthen ground of soil it can be very susceptible to high levels of moisture. Soil acts like a sponge for water coming from above or below.  Water may pool at the ground’s surface creating large puddles. Presently, this may not seem like a huge issue, but standing water in a home’s crawlspace can lead to structural damage, termites, and mold.

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale’s team of trained professionals know exactly how to handle standing water in a basement or crawlspace.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call us at 662-281-1881.  We would be happy to answer any questions regarding the importance or proper extraction and how to protect these lower spaces from moisture and future damage.

    Our Vision

    1/9/2020 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO Industries Vision statement is:

    “To be the premier cleaning and restoration company in the world.”  

    That statement could not be more true to those of us at SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale. Our goal and core values are to be the best of the best for our customers. This means requiring our technicians to become certified within the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications) standards. Whether our team is helping a customer who has had storm or fire damage or if we are cleaning carpet and upholstery, we strive to be the leader in the industry. 

    This is why SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale should be your first and last choice for your cleaning and restoration needs. We are always “here to help.”

    We Are The Professionals

    1/9/2020 (Permalink)

    We get lots of general cleaning calls but every once in a while, we get the occasional off the wall request that no one else can tackle. Some of these include:

    Biohazard

    Cleaning up after a bio hazard situation requires a specific process for removal and disposal, as well as Personal Protective Equipment. One should not attempt to handle this situation without professional help. SERVPRO is certified and can clean and remove all affected areas and materials properly. 

    This could be from blood or trauma, hoarding, sewage, and chemical or gas spills. 

    Vandalism 

    Paint can be a tricky thing to clean up. But, when one vandalizes another’s property, it can be traumatizing. SERVPRO has skilled professionals and specific chemical combinations to remove graffiti and paint. 

    So, if you have a situation that requires professional services, give SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale a call at 662-281-1881.

    How To Dispose of A Real Christmas Tree Properly

    1/7/2020 (Permalink)

    Christmas has come and gone so now it is time to pack up the decorations and discard of your tree.  If you choose to have a real tree to celebrate the holidays, it is important to know the proper ways to dispose of the tree properly to ensure they are not a fire risk.  One way to discard of your tree properly is recycling.  Check your local city utility service to see if your community offers a recycling service such as curbside pickup.

    However, some people choose to burn their trees instead.  If you choose to do so, use extreme caution.  Be sure to check your local ordinances to ensure there is not a county burn ban in place.  Also never burn on dry or windy days.  Select a burn location that is far away from your home, natural areas, and roads.  Be sure to remove all ornaments and cut the tree into manageable sections.  Never leave a fire unattended and have a water source and a shovel to suppress the fire if one occurs.  And finally, call 911 immediately to report any fires. 

    Fall Weather Threats

    11/13/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    10/23/2019 (Permalink)

    Overview of the golf carts and SERVPRO tent at the 14th Annual SERVPRO of Mississippi Golf Tournament 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

    10/23/2019 (Permalink)

    Room affected by mold in a local funeral home 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

    10/15/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    10/15/2019 (Permalink)

    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.

    1. 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. 
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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

    10/11/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    9/9/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    8/29/2019 (Permalink)

    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.

    1. 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
    1. 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.

    1. 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

    8/26/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    8/26/2019 (Permalink)

    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!

    Accordion

    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/Bermuda

    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.

    Roll-Down/Roll-Up

    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.

    Colonial

    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

    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.

    3 Types of Water Damage

    8/23/2019 (Permalink)

    There are three separate types of water damage that may affect your home or business:

    1. Clean Water Damage is caused by “clean water” originating from a water pipe or rain. This is typically the easiest and least expensive type of water disaster to deal with depending on the extent of damage.
    2. Grey Water Damage is usually caused by water coming from a water-appliance. Grey water will have chemicals such as soap that will have to be treated during the cleanup process.
    3. Black Water Damage is the most hazardous and expensive type of water damage. It is usually caused by a sewer backup.  This type of water damage contains harmful bacteria and chemicals that are unsafe to your health.

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is prepared with certified technicians that are trained to restore your home or business regardless of which category of water disaster.

    Post Construction Cleanup

    8/20/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    8/3/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    7/24/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    7/23/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    6/21/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    6/20/2019 (Permalink)

    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!

    Kitchen

    • 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.

    Bathrooms

    • 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

    6/20/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    6/20/2019 (Permalink)

    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

    6/17/2019 (Permalink)

    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.”

    Fire Hazards

    6/17/2019 (Permalink)

    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.
    • Candles
      • 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

    An unknown leak can wreak havoc

    6/13/2019 (Permalink)

    Mold caused from a leak in the AC unit

    Here at SERVPRO, we classify water into 3 different categories that are provided by the IICRC. 

    • Category 1-water is clean water; water that one could drink and be okay.  
    • Category 2-water that poses health risks; water that has become stagnant or water that comes from a washing machine or dishwasher.
    • Category 3-water that is grossly unsanitary; this can be flood water or sewage water.  

    So, when you have a leak in your home or commercial business, it likely starts out as Category 1 water, if the leak goes on for a couple of days, it then becomes Category 2.  But, if the leak continues, it becomes Category 3.  

    When the leak becomes Category 3, it provides the perfect breading grounds for mold.  Mold can be very dangerous to many people but its effects can be more harmful to infants and children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions.  

    If you have a water leak that has lead to mold, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale.  We are always here to help.  

    We are here for our community!

    4/4/2019 (Permalink)

    Photo from the third floor, overlooking the atrium at the Kappa Delta House.

    The recent flooding and storm damage that came though Oxford affected many homes and businesses.  Most damage was minimal, and some was catastrophic.  SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale was very busy that weekend, doing what we love, helping people in need.

    But the most damage we saw was at the Kappa Delta House at The University of Mississippi.  The roof gave in and half of the house was affected three stories down.  The damage happened Friday night, and our team was there setting equipment first thing Saturday morning.  Throughout the next two weeks our technicians monitored the drying process and removed wet materials that were too damaged to restore. 

    The University is a huge part of our community here in Oxford, and we were so grateful to be able to be there for the staff and students of the Kappa Delta Sorority.  

    Water Damage to your Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale home? We are here to help!

    4/2/2019 (Permalink)

    Local Business' roof affected by flood damage

    Flood and water damage can happen suddenly and unexpectantly.  No matter how closely you watch the weather or take the precautions needed, sometimes it’s just not enough. 

    This local business was affected by the recent storms that wreaked havoc on our town.  They closed for the weekend that Friday, and came back to water flooding their business, during tax season, no less.  But thankfully they called SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale.  Our technicians were on site extracting water and cleaning up debris within hours.  They also placed a tarp to prevent further damage until the roof could be fixed.  We placed drying equipment and dehumidifiers and allowed them to stay open and continue working during their busiest season of the year.  Because, after all, even in a disaster, work and life must continue. 

    When disaster strikes your home or business, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale.  We are here to help!!

    Cleaning is our specialty, too!

    4/2/2019 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is more that just a water and fire damage restoration company.  We also do commercial and residential cleaning.  This also can sometimes include biohazard cleaning jobs. 

    This home was occupied by someone with a disability.  They were unable to clean up after themselves and were later hospitalized.  The homeowner’s family wanted the home to be clean and refreshed when he arrived home.  So, they called SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale to help with their cleaning needs.  Our technicians went through the home with a fine-tooth comb and honestly made it shine when they were done.  The homeowner was able to come home to and rest without the mess. 

    If you would like a cleaning estimate contact SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale.  We are here to help!!

    When a fire occurs in your Oxford business, we are here to help.

    4/2/2019 (Permalink)

    Our team is working hard at cleaning the walls and ceilings of this Oxford, MS restaurant

    Most people don’t realize when a fire occurs smoke and soot travel all over the home or business.  It doesn’t just stay confined to the location that was affected.  Smoke and soot get in the HVAC system and affects walls, floors, and contents.  Our highly trained technicians and our specialized equipment and products are the reason people call SERVPRO.

    This local restaurant had a fire occur in the bathroom.  The fire department arrived and were able to contain the fire to that area which was a blessing, but they still had to close to clean the entire area, especially to meet food safety code.  They called SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale and our technicians were able to begin working on cleaning up the soot and smoke damage as well as remove any debris or wet materials left over from the fire itself and the fire department.  We were in and out within a week and the business was back up and running. 

    If your home or business suffers from fire or smoke/soot damage, contact SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale. 

    Why you should have your HVAC system cleaned

    2/21/2019 (Permalink)

    Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality.  Did you know that your HVAC system is the lungs of your home?  It takes air in and breathes air out, circulating air and contaminates 5 to 7 times a day, on average. 

    Some of these contaminants are:

    • Dust and dander
    • Pollen
    • Odors
    • Dirt and Debris
    • Other contaminants

    These contaminants can be harmful to all occupants, but some may be more sensitive than others.  Allergy and asthma sufferers as well as elderly and young children could be more susceptible to the types of poor indoor quality that air duct cleaning can help address. 

    Another reason to have your heating and cooling system cleaned is for energy savings.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25 to 40 percent of the energy used for heating or cooling a home is wasted.  Contaminants cause the systems to work harder and shorten the life of your system.  When the HVAC system is clean, it doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the temperature you desire. 

    To schedule your HVAC cleaning call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881

    Giving Back

    2/19/2019 (Permalink)

    Here at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale we love giving back to our community year-round, but especially during the holidays.  This past Christmas our marketing team volunteered for the Salvation Army and rang the bell at our local Wal-Mart.  They were able to spread holiday cheer and help families in need by accepting donations from passing patrons. 

    But, one of our favorite ways to give back is giving back to those whom have served our country.  We have several employees that sacrificed their lives for our freedom, so this cause is near and dear to our hearts.  We reached out to the personnel at the Veterans Home and asked what their residents would like to receive.  Turns out they needed long sleeve t-shirts.  So, our marketing team ventured out and purchased around 20 t-shirts and wrapped them all individually.  It was such a blessing to be able to give back and support our local veterans. 

    We have exciting news!!

    2/19/2019 (Permalink)

    www.SERVPROsalinecounty.com

    We have exciting news! Our owners, Steve and Tara Jones, have recently purchased a BRAND-NEW franchise in Saline County, Arkansas!  We are so happy to be expanding our business and helping others in Arkansas.  Our office/shop is located in Bryant and we are working hard at building our team.  At SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale and now SERVPRO of Saline County, our goal is to be the premier cleaning and restoration company in the markets that we service.  Our grand opening is scheduled for March 1, 2019.  So, check out our website for Saline County, www.SERVPROsalinecounty.com and keep an eye on the exciting things we are working on!  We are so thankful and blessed to be able to expand our business and now have more opportunities to help.  #heretohelp

    SERVPRO Storm Team

    1/25/2019 (Permalink)

    Our Production Technicians getting ready for departure to Wilmington, NC

    Disasters can strike at any moment, especially when you least expect it.  These disasters can come in the form of a tornado, tropical storm, or a hurricane.  And when these disasters strike, SERVPRO is ready.  Storm teams become activated and franchises from all over the country work as a team to help local franchises service the areas affected from the storm. 

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has been apart of several storms over the past 3 years.  Our first storm event was in Baton Rouge, LA.  While there, were able to help many families begin the process to get back to preloss condition.  Our team extracted water, removed debris, and set drying equipment and monitored the progress.  After Baton Rouge, we traveled to Kansas City to help with flood damaged homes and businesses.  We then traveled to Houston, TX in the summer of 2017 after Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the city.  We were able to help around 25 families with in 4 weeks.  Our most recent event to travel to was Wilmington, NC after Hurricane Florence struck the coast.  Our teams were there for almost a month and helped close to 20 homeowners. 

    During storms we see many different situations and our technicians get valuable experience that we use in our every day jobs.  We strive to help communities afar and in our own backyard.  When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is faster to any size disaster!

    Emergency Ready Program

    1/25/2019 (Permalink)

    It is estimated that over 50% of business that close due to fire and water damage never re-open.  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale offers various services for residential and commercial buildings.  However, one of our most valuable resources for our commercial businesses is our Emergency Ready Plan.  Our ERP provides your business with a quick reference of important building and contact information.  Our marketing team works with a maintenance professional to find quality information, such as water cut off areas, to help you or your employees be ready for a disaster.  This process allows you to be prepared and proactive rather than simply reacting to a disaster situation. 

    If you would like to have access to our FREE Emergency Ready Program, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881.

    Highly Trained Technicians

    1/13/2019 (Permalink)

    Here at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale our technicians are IICRC certified.  They receive training in water mitigation, mold remediation, fire restoration, and general cleaning.  This allows us the perform at the standards that you deserve. 

    The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a certification and standard-setting non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning, and restoration industries.

    Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

    Initial Franchise Training

    SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility provides new Franchise owners training in Fire Restoration, Water Restoration, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, and Mold Mitigation.  This is the foundation of the training program designed by SERVPRO.  The process is a 15-day hands-on course that provides the owners with valuable information

    Employee Certification Training

    The Employee Certification Training is a series of course materials and examination process that SERVPRO Franchise employees complete to receive certification in the following:

    • Crew Training
    • Fire Restoration
    • Water Restoration
    • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

    e-Learnings 

    SERVPRO has a plethora of web-based training.  Technicians and office staff have access to learn and tests their knowledge on industry standards and professional quality.  These courses often are video presentations as well as support materials that challenge our technicians to be the best they can be for our customers.

    Smoke Webs Are Caused By Heat Rising

    1/9/2019 (Permalink)

    A fire can leave behind a multitude of problems, for instance, soot and smoke damage, as well as an intense odor. Smoke produced by burning plastic carries a stronger charge than smoke from wood, paper or cotton.  Heat rises, therefore, creating a stronger residue along ceilings and higher walls.  What many people do not know about is the smoke webs caused by the synthetic materials in plastic.  These smoke webs appear along ceilings as corners.  Another area that may be damaged more severely than others is windows.  This is caused because heat is attracted to areas with a lower temperature. 

    If you experience a fire, it is important to reach out to SERVPRO to assess the damage and begin the restoration process to get you and your family back in your home as quickly as possible.  Call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville Clarksdale 662-281-1881

    Steps to Mold Remediation

    11/5/2018 (Permalink)

    Mold in an Oxford, MS residence that was caused by unattended moisture.

    Mold is found both indoors and outdoors. There are healthy levels of mold and dangerous levels of mold. One thing mold needs to grow is moisture and darkness. That is why it’s important to remove moisture from any leaks from a damaged roof, flood, or something as simple as a washing machine overflowing. Just because the water has been extracted doesn’t mean there is no danger of mold. After water damage one should clean up and dry out the affected area within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth. If you see signs of mold in your home, here are some steps to get you back to normal. 

    1. Emergency Contact (662) 281-1881 

    2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assesment 

    3. Mold Containment 

    4. Air Filtration

    5. Removing Mold and Mold Infested Materials 

    6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings 

    7. Restoration 

    As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Oxford community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be. 

    Commercial Basement Flood Extraction and Mediation

    10/26/2018 (Permalink)

    Before and after

    Many commercial residents have basements. They are sometimes used for storage and sometimes used for entertaining. Recently, we were called out to a restaurant here in Oxford to clean up a basement that was used as a bar. In this instance, a leaky pipe burst and caused around 6 inches of flood water. Our first step was having the water extracted, then our team went to work. We cut removed affected sheetrock and insulation and sprayed our antimicrobial to start the process. In the meantime, the basement began to flood again, so we had the water extracted and set drying equipment. Finally, we were able to remove all equipment, so they could begin the restoration process.

    Reasons to call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale for your commercial water damage

    • 24 Hour Emergency Service
    • Faster to Any Size Disaster
    • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry with over 1.700 Franchises
    • Highly Trained Water Damage Restoration Specialists

    Water Damage or Flooding? Call Us Today (662)-281-1881

    The Importance of Cleaning your Commercial HVAC System

    10/22/2018 (Permalink)

    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

    10/22/2018 (Permalink)

    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

    10/15/2018 (Permalink)

    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

    10/12/2018 (Permalink)

    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

    10/3/2018 (Permalink)

    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
    • Deodorization
    • 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

    10/3/2018 (Permalink)

    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

    9/10/2018 (Permalink)

    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

    9/6/2018 (Permalink)

    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

    8/31/2018 (Permalink)

    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

    8/31/2018 (Permalink)

    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.

    Emergencies Happen, SERVPRO Is Here To Help

    8/29/2018 (Permalink)

    Broken sprinkler line that led to water damage at the property.

    Unexpected emergencies happen, no matter how prepared you are.  Recently we were called out to a commercial account who had contractors doing some work and they had accidentally stepped on and broken a sprinkler supply line.  As you can imagine this meant water everywhere and left the construction company needing assistance.  Thankfully they called SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale.  Getting to an emergency job is a top priority for SERVPRO of OBC so we utilize our 1-4-8 Response Guidelines.  

    This means we strive to:

    • Within 1 hour of notice of loss be in contact with you developing a plan to begin service
    • Actively on-site within 4 hours to begin work
    • Within the first 8 hours of work provide an update of scope of work

    Because of this guideline this construction company didn’t have to worry about making sure their mistake was properly taken care of.  Not only did our team arrive immediately to get first eyes on the job, we stayed until late in the night to make sure any water extraction was completed, immediate cleanup was taken care of, and the drying process had been started.

    If you find yourself with water damage to your commercial property that you need immediate assistance on call 662-281-1881.  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is ready and willing to help.

    Why Should You Have The Quality Of The Air In Your Home Tested

    8/28/2018 (Permalink)

    Suspected microbial growth on a chair in an Oxford, MS residence that lead to an air quality test.

    It is very possible that at some point you may find something inside your home you suspect is mold.  The question is what do you do next?  Many people assume just because it may be black and mold that it is “black mold” or what is formally called Stachybotrys.   

    In such an instance where you fear you may in fact have a microbial growth issue, you could in fact need an air quality test performed.  The main thing to keep in mind is that mold is present everywhere indoors as well as outdoors.  Because of this it is important that you keep those levels in check; the spore count inside your home should be less than what is found outside your home.

    Once the test is performed in your home pay special attention to the levels and see if there are any areas inside your home that are higher than what was found outside.  If this is the case then we suggest calling a certified remediation company like SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale to devise a plan of action.  Our team can work with you to come up with strategy to get the levels in your home back down to a safe count. 

    How Do You Get Rid Of Unwanted Odors After A Fire?

    8/28/2018 (Permalink)

    Smoke smells can linger after the fire is put out.

    Fires at your home or business can leave an unwanted smoke and soot damage on your contents.  The smoke smell may leave you wondering if you will ever get to the way your home or business used to smell.  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has the proper equipment and methods to remove these odors. 

    Depending on the area as well as items affected Thermal Fogging and/or Ozone may be used.   When Thermal Fogging is performed a special solvent-based deodorizer is heated and droplets are applied as a dry fog to the area.  The fog will leave behind a pleasant odor that aids in neutralizes any unwanted smells.  Ozone is also an effective way to remove smoke odor by destroying them at their source.  O3 is circulated throughout the affected space and oxidizes the fumes and smoke residue. 

    If you suffer fire damage that leaves a smoke and/or soot odors in your home or business, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale to help. 

    Tips For Closing Your Pool Down For Fall

    8/27/2018 (Permalink)

    The end of summer is always bittersweet.  It means less pool days but that also means cooler temperatures.  Because we do have such hot summers, many homes in the south also have pools.  With all of the fun a pool brings it also comes with responsibilities such as closing it down for the cooler months.

    If you have a pool at your home and are getting ready to close it for the fall and winter months, here are some tips:

    • Insulate any pipes that may be exposed
    • Take any floats, ropes, toys from the pool and store inside
    • Remove any diving boards, railings, or ladders to reduce weathering
    • Install a pool cover to protect it from debris
    • Lock all gates and access points to ensure there are not entrances left open

    These are just a few of the steps to take to not only prolong the life of your pool and pool accessories but also ways to keep your pool safe for you and non-swimmers that may visit.

    What If Your Oxford, MS Apartment Suffers Water Or Fire Damage

    8/27/2018 (Permalink)

    A kitchen cabinet in an Oxford, MS apartment who's neighbor had a fire that caused them to have soot and smoke damage in their unit.

    Living in a college town such as Oxford, MS many find themselves residing in an apartment for a period of time.  Besides learning to live with potential roommates, apartment living also means being prepared to take care of the contents of your apartment if water or fire damage should occur.  You may have a protocol in place for when these types of disasters happen within your apartment, but what about if it happens to your neighbor and it causes issues within your apartment as well?

    Here are some tips of taking care of your apartment after secondary water or fire damage:

    • Contact your property manager and let them know the extent of the damage
    • Contact your renter’s insurance and see what all coverage you have
    • Call a professional

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help if you suffer water or fire damage to your apartment.  Not only do we have the proper equipment to handle the job, we have qualified technicians ready 24/7 to help.  If your apartment experiences water or fire damage call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881

    What's The Difference Between A Watch And A Warning

    8/24/2018 (Permalink)

    Summer’s in the south bring many rain storms.  It's important to stay aware of severe weather watches and warnings and to know how to react. A watch means that conditions are favorable for severe storms. Watches are typically issued for large areas and are in effect for several hours. During a severe weather watch you don’t need to alter your plans just make sure you stay aware of the conditions.

    A warning means severe weather is occurring or will be soon, and action should be immediate. Severe thunderstorms are capable of producing damaging wind and possibly hail.

    One thing to remember is that lighting happens in every thunderstorm. This does should not downplay the damage of a strike. During these conditions find a safe place such as the inside of a sturdy building and keep informed of the conditions and remain there until it’s clear.   

    2018 California Wildfires

    8/8/2018 (Permalink)

    Firefighters working on active wildfire.

    Northern California was declared a national disaster on Aug 4, 2018. There’s been over 5,000 fires that have burned an area of 712,135 acres as of 7th of August. These fires are still ongoing but have already been named the largest in California’s history.

    There are many factors that led to the 2018 wildfire season in California being so devastating. One of these direct causes was the increase in dead tree fuel in the state, there was a record 129 million dead trees. The atmospheric conditions aren’t helping the matters either, increasing temperatures and dryness have increased the wildfire risk. Also, home development in these areas has increased over the years it has increased the number destroyed when these events occur.

    Along with decreased air quality there have been fatalities associated with these fires. The death toll is up to 12 and there are still people unaccounted for in these communities included firefighters working to put them out.

    8 Common Causes In Water Damage In Your Oxford, MS Home

    7/31/2018 (Permalink)

    Flooring in a home that had a leak from their condensation line on their HVAC system.

    Not only do undetected water leaks damage your home, but they can increase your utility buills as well as encouraged other secondary issues.  One of the best ways to keep your home safe from future leaks is to be aware of common situations that lead to leaks.

    Here are 8 of the most common causes of leaks:

    1. Broken seals- overtime seals around water connectors make break or wear, watch for condensation or puddles of water near appliances.
    2. Clogged lines- keep your gutters and HVAC system clean to prevent serious clogs
    3. Corrosion- as your plumbing system ages you may see rust or other forms of corrosion eat away at the pipes, if you notice such discoloration or warping have a plumber come out and assess.
    4. Damaged pipe joints- where your pipes connect can be the weakest point on the line.If you have pipes that make a ticking or banging noise (especially when running hot water) have a plumber come take a look.
    5. Excess water pressure- it can be nice to have high water pressure but most pipes and faucets can only withstand certain pressure, any extra can cause leaks.If you feel that your pressure may be too high have a professional come out and measure.
    6. Intruding tree roots- most issues come inside the house but tree roots can intrude water lines and cause moisture in your yard.If you notice wet patches or sink holes call a plumber to check for intrusion.
    7. Loose water connectors- hoses and pipes that supply your appliances can become loose, again check for puddles around the appliance as well as water coming out of line.
    8. Rapid temperature changes- extreme outside temperature changes can cause your pipes to expand and contrast which can crack pipes.

    If you notice an increase in your water bill, a musty smell around a drain or a change in water flow contact a plumber.  If water damage as occurred, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help dry your home once the cause has been identified. 

    How To Keep Your Produce Fresh

    7/27/2018 (Permalink)

    Summertime is a great time of year to get fresh, in season fruits and vegetables. Whether you have your own garden, go to the local farmers market, or your neighborhood grocery store finding ways to keep you produce fresh longer is always helpful. Not only does it allow you to be less wasteful but gives you a longer timeline to enjoy your fruits and vegetables.

    Here are some tips to help keep your produce fresh longer:

    • Keep potatoes, onions, and tomatoes in a cool, dry place, but not in the fridge. The cold will ruin their flavor.
    • Store salad greens and fresh herbs in bags filled with air and sealed tightly.
    • Produce such as carrots, lettuce, and broccoli start to spoil as soon as they're picked, so place these in separate plastic baggies in the crisper in your fridge.
    • Avoid washing berries until right before you're ready to eat them. Wetness encourages mold growth.
    • Buy only what you need. Go to the market more frequently, or if that's not possible, plan out your meals ahead of time so you only buy what you know you'll use.

    How Safe Is Your Restaurant's Kitchen

    7/25/2018 (Permalink)

    Kitchen vent hood in local Oxford, MS restaurant.

    Owning a restaurant can be a fun fast paced job that comes with many responsibilities.  Obviously, you want a good kitchen and wait staff along with food that brings in customers.  You also want to focus on the environment not only the atmosphere but making sure you are up to codes.  One area that may consistently get dirty and require a routine maintenance is the kitchen, in particular the vent hood.  You’ve spent all this time, money and energy, make sure you don’t overlook the importance of cleaning the kitchen exhausts, it can not only help prevent fires but also make your kitchen safer for yourself and employees.   Here are five reasons on what this is so important:

    1. Fire Code Compliance
    2. Fire Safetey
    3. Odor Removal
    4. Improved Air Quality
    5. Energy Savings

    If you haven’t set up a regular cleaning schedule in your kitchen or maybe you need a quote on this service, SERVPPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help.  Call 662-281-1881 today to set up your kitchen cleaning inspection.

    Summer Rain Storms Can Cause Roof Damage

    7/25/2018 (Permalink)

    Roof damage to a Batesville, MS hotel after a summer storm.

    The summer months are mostly categorized by the heat and humidity.  Most people stay inside and limit their outside activities during the hotter times of the day.  One thing people don’t normally complain about in the summer is the rain, it lowers the temperature and makes the outside more bearable most of the time.  However, in some cases, these higher temperatures bring summer storms.  The rain storms this summer have not only caused some flooding but roof damage as well.  Here are some tips on how to check your roof for damage following a storm:

    • Look for damaged or broken shingles
    • Check for tears or buckling in the flashing
    • Make sure gutters are free of debris
    • Chimneys shouldn’t be leaning or missing/loose flashing
    • Inspect the inside of your home for moisture marks

    If you see any of these signs you should get them fixed immediately.  The longer you wait more damage can occur.  You should also consult your insurance and see if you should file a claim.  If you suspect moisture inside your home, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has the equipment and training to effectively dry your home to keep secondary issues such as mold from happening. 

    Fire Hazards In Your Bathroom

    7/13/2018 (Permalink)

    Fire damage in a bathroom at a Batesville, MS home.

    Household fires can be devastating. They can destroy your home and memories in minutes. Many fire hazards exist in your home and should be regularly inspected as well as maintained to prevent these hazards from turning into an actual fire. One of these places is the exhaust fan/vent in your bathroom. Exhaust fans are used to help prevent steam on mirrors, damp walls and fogged windows as well as removing odors. If not cleaned properly, overtime they build up lint which can cause the motor to overheat and ignite the lint. Here are some ways you can prevent this:

    1. Make sure you follow your manufacturers recommendations for cleaning and add the exhaust fans to your regular cleaning schedule.
    2. When you clean make sure you also take the fan cover off and remove lint from around the motor, even washing it in warm soapy water.
    3. If your fan shows any signs of heat damage, make sure you replace immediately.
    4. These bathroom fans should only be used for brief periods of time such as during a shower. Make it a habit to turn them off when their job is done.

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here to help. If you suffer from any time of fire or smoke damage in your home or business, please call our professional team at 662-281-1881 to help.

    Top Tips For Tornadoes

    7/12/2018 (Permalink)

    Tornadoes are something we’ve become more accustomed to in North Mississippi. They can be violent storms that can demolish even the best made structures. Tornadoes can uproot trees and throw other objects around. Here are three top tips to keep in mind about tornadoes from the American Red Cross:

    • Identify a safe space in your home where your family and pets can gather. It should be the lowest floor, most interior room, with no windows.
    • If you find yourself in a high rise building just find a hallway that is in the center in case, you do not have time to get to the lowest floor.
    • If in a mobile home, find a safe place close by, no mobile home is safe in a tornado.

    One last think to keep in mind is to know the difference between a Tornado Warning and Tornado Watch. A Tornado Watch means the conditions are probable for activity whereas a Tornado Warning means one is near or could occur soon so find a safe space immediately.

    Lowering Your Electric Bills Could Cause Mold

    7/12/2018 (Permalink)

    If you suspect microbial growth, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is trained and ready to help remediate that issue. Give us a call at 662-281

    In the south, especially in the summer months our AC seems to never stop working.  Many homeowners try to combat the higher electricity bills by cutting off their AC when they aren’t home or using it.  This can cause other issues one of which is mold because an enclosed dark and damp environment is a perfect situation for mold spores to grow. 

    In these warmer months, a closed house with the air-conditioning turned off will have higher humidity levels than an air-conditioned home.  These side effects are even more pronounced when the home is vacant because a vacant home receives little to no sunlight through closed shades and no air movement with the fan off and doors staying closed. 

    To reduce these potential for mold in your home keep your air-conditioning unit set around 75 degrees with the fan on. This will keep an air flow in your home as well as keep humidity levels down. 

    If you suspect microbial growth, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is trained and ready to help remediate that issue.  Give us a call at 662-281-1881.

    Regular Cleaning of Your Dryer Vent Reduces Your Chances of a Fire

    7/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Do you know what's inside your dryer vent?

    You usually think about your washer and dryer cleaning clothing and soft goods for you, but how often do you clean them?  Keeping your dryer vent clean not only helps you dry your clothes faster it also lowers the chances of it malfunctioning.  There are almost 3,000 dryer related fires reported each year, proper maintenance such as having the vent cleaned can reduce this.  Here are some benefits of having your dryer vent cleaned:

    • Reduces the potential of a dryer fire and keeps your dryer from overheating
    • Can lower your power bill
    • Lengthen the life of your dryer and keep repairs to a minimal
    • Clothes will dry faster and less lent

    It is suggested that this be a yearly maintenance especially if your vent line is longer than 10 feet.  Our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is trained and ready to help keep your home safe and help it run more efficiently. 

    2018 Hurricane Season

    7/2/2018 (Permalink)

    Subtropical storm Alberto hit land on May 28, 2018.

    Hurricane season is described as a continuous event in the formation of tropical cyclones in the Northern Hemisphere.  The season officially began on June 1, 2018 and will end on November 30, 2018.  This is the period of time they are most likely however, it is possible at any time of the year. 

    This seasons forecast is to be a average for 2018 with a total of 11 named storms, 4 hurricanes and only 1 major hurricane.  These numbers are because of the continued cooling in the Atlantic and an increasing chance of El Nino forming later in the year. 

    Here’s some tips from FEMA on how to prepare for future hurricanes:

    • Know what you should do before, during and after a hurricane
    • Create an emergency communication plan with your family
    • Know your local community’s evacuation plans
    • Check your insurance coverage
    • Have emergency supplies at home
    • Download the FEMA mobile app

    These 3 Signs Could Mean Mold In Your Home or Business

    6/21/2018 (Permalink)

    Signs of microbial growth found in an Oxford, MS apartment.

    There’s a four-letter word every homeowner and/or business owner hates to hear—mold.  Not only is it something that most people are terrified of, it also can cause damage but also be a health hazard.  Keep in mind not all everything that appears to be mold, is in fact actually mold.  Here are three warning signs of microbial growth that you should pay attention to:

    1. Water spots are a potential sign of microbial growth. These can be found in numerous places in your home or business.  Pay attention to around your air vents, behind sinks, ceilings and walls.  If you find a place that has suspected moisture make sure you act quickly.  Using someone with proper training such as SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is always a good option.
    2. Discoloration is another sign. If there is a spot that is an off color from the rest of the wall or ceiling or floor that is possibly yellow/green/black that is sign of microbial growth. 
    3. Smell is the third sign. Microbial growth can cause a bad smell and depending on the type of microbial growth and how far it’s reached the smell can be strong or faint.  Any odd smell in your home or business should be properly investigated.

    Even though microbial growth is the last thing a home or business owner wants to hear, it should not be ignored.  If you suspect any of these warning signs call 662-281-1881 and SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale can help.  Not only do we have trained staff we also have the proper equipment and products to use in mold remediation. 

    Are The Carpets In Your Hotel Clean?

    6/21/2018 (Permalink)

    Stained carpet from where rain water entered into the hotel room from the french doors.

    Does your hotel look as good in person as it does on your website?  Although the lobby and downstairs is the first thing guests see, they want to be just as pleased with the conditions of their room.  One of the things that shows the first signs of wear, is the carpet.

    Your hotel most likely has a housekeeping team that’s primary job is to keep the hotel looking as good as new.  Normal day to day maintenance is easy for them to handle, but what about those tough stains or areas such as in front of the elevator that are high traffic?

    In cases where you have these hard to clean carpets, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale.  Not only is our staff trained on cleaning all types of carpets, we also have the solutions and products to help clean those hard to clean areas.  Call us today at 662-281-1881 to have your carpets inspected so you can proudly welcome guests into your hotel. 

    2018 LOU 4th of July Celebration

    6/19/2018 (Permalink)

    The Chamber of Commerce continues to unite a team of volunteers to partner with the City of Oxford, Lafayette County, and the University of Mississippi for the Annual LOU 4th of July Community Celebration.  This year’s committee was spearheaded by committee chair Meredith Rawl, from local agency Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Inc. Family Crisis is a victim service organization providing intervention services to individuals, as well as family support services and prevention education.

    The LOU 4th of July committee’s intention is to create a full day of events for the citizen’s of our area to come together and celebrate our community, our military, our veterans and America’s hard-won freedoms.

    4th of July Committee

    Wayne Andrews, Jimmy Algood, Denny Buchannon, Mary Margaret Chaffe, Thelma Curry, Don Douglas, Lea Anne & Kevin Griffin, Dennis Irwin, Libby Lyle, Anna Claire McBride, Jeff McCutchen, Ethan Peterson, Pam Swain, and Jessica Windham.  Would you like to get involved? We are looking for VOLUNTEERS!

    2018 Schedule of Events

    Thursday, June 28th

    • 7-11 p.m. 6th Annual Firecracker Bash, presented by Leap Frog
      • Venue: The Lyric
      • The Soul Shockers from Memphis!
      • Mr. and Mrs. America Crowning!
      • Performance by Leap Frog Students!!!
      • Bottom-less Beer Cups, provided by Yalobusha Brewery
      • BBQ
      • Silent Auction
      • Casual Dress
      • Ticket prices: $25, all proceeds benefit Leap Frog
      • Tickets may be purchased at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church or at the door

    Wednesday, July 4th (THE BIG DAY)

    • 7:30 a.m.: “Stars & Stripes on the Square” 5K Classic to benefit the Oxford Lafayette Humane Society Join our facebook page!
    • 8:30 a.m.: Fun Run
    • 9:30 a.m.: LOU 4th of July Children’s Parade on the Square, lineup begins at 9 a.m. by Something Southern.  Parade registration 2018
    • 4 p.m.- Nightfall: Activities in the Grove at Ole Miss
      • Activities include: Live Music and Food Vendors  Vendor Application 2018
      • Children’s Area, featuring: Petting Zoo, Train Rides, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Balloon Art
    • 4-5 p.m. – LOU Community Band
    • 5:30 p.m. – Independence Day Pageant Lil’ Mr & Miss Firecracker Contest 2018 Entry Form
    • 6 p.m.: Independence Day Ceremony in the Grove, a moment to reflect on the occasion and  honor our local service men and women.  Parade awards announced.
    • 6:15 -8:15 p.m.: Music in the Grove
      • Damein Walsh
      • Funkatomic
    • 7:30 p.m.: Gates open to the Oxford University Stadium (Swayze Field) for a $2 donation, proceeds going to the 2019 4th of July Celebration.  No coolers.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.  Local films will be shown on the stadium screen prior to fireworks.
    • 9 p.m. (Nightfall): Fireworks Presentation over Oxford-University Stadium-Swayze Field.  Fireworks sponsored by Olin-Winchester.  The show will be 20 minutes.  Please take care to note the perimeter is marked for safety.

    The LOU 4th of July Committee is presented by the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce.  For more information visit: https://oxfordms.com/live-in-oxford/lou-4th-of-july/

    Heavy Rainfall Can Flood Your Oxford, MS Business

    6/7/2018 (Permalink)

    Office in Oxford, MS that received flood damage.

    Residents in Oxford, MS don’t usually worry about flooding, but that changed the first week of June 2018. Oxford received five inches of rain in an hour span and left many businesses wondering what to do about the water that made its way inside. Floods rank as one of the most common widespread natural disasters in the United States.  Here’s what you can do to minimize flood damage at your business until professional help arrives:

    • Document the damage
    • Contact Insurance if you think you have flood coverage
    • Move anything you can off the wet flooring
    • Check for any electrical hazards

    Flood damage to your business should be promptly mitigated, lingering moisture from floodwater may cause secondary issues. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale can properly remediate to reduce these issues. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to the structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often overwhelming. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is prepared to handle and size disaster.

    Call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881 if you are a flood damage victim.

    No Fire Doesn't Mean No Damage

    6/1/2018 (Permalink)

    Soot damage on a ceiling.

    Just because you didn’t experience the flames of a fire doesn’t mean you didn’t experience damage.  Smoke and soot damage can be far reaching and sometimes seem impossible to clean.  If your home or office has experienced smoke or soot damage, there are some things to keep in mind to prevent further damage. 

    • Don’t try to wipe or wash any absorbent surfaces like walls or ceilings—soot needs special attention to remediated
    • Don’t use any upholstered furniture
    • Don’t wash or dry any affected clothing or tapestry, this may set in the smoke odor
    • Don’t walk on carpet or flooring that has soot unless you lay something on top of it, this will minimize the soot from being ground in the flooring as well as being transferred to other areas.

    Smoke and soot damage requires such careful treatment, and you don’t want to make things worse, so call the professionals at SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale to help. We are certified in the correct treatment and remediation of soot damage.  Our team is ready and willing to help, so if you suffer smoke and/or soot damage call us at 662-281-1881.

    Oxford Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

    5/22/2018 (Permalink)

    This Oxford Business’s bathroom in their basement flooded due to a sewage backup.

    A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale basement could flood, including: 

    • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
    • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
    • Storm sewer backup
    • Sanitary sewer backup
    • Foundation drainage failure
    • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
    • And many more

    Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

    Call Today -662-281-1881

    If flood water or sewage backup is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

    The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Oxford/ Batesville/ Clarksdale and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

    We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

    • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
    • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
    • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
    • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
    • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
    • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

    Water in your Basement? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help 662-281-1881

    How Clean Is The Air Inside Your Office

    5/14/2018 (Permalink)

    Before and after a duct line cleaning.

    For most full-time employees, their job is like a second home, you spend at least 40 hours a week there and in many cases your co-workers are involved in the day – to – day activities of your life. Since you are spending so much time in your office shouldn’t you maintain it the way you would your home? You pick up after yourself and maintain a fairly organized desk, but have you thought how clean the air you are breathing is? Here are so tips to ensure your air ducts are clean and your office has good air quality:

     • Make sure you are using the correct air filter for your heating and cooling system

    • Change filters regularly

    • During renovations or construction seal off registers and don’t operate the system until after cleaning up the dust.

    If you have completed this check list and still seem to have issues with your heating and cooling system give SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale a call at 662-281-1881. Routine HVAC and air duct cleanings are one of our key services and could possibly be what you need to improve the quality of air at your office.

    SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale In The Community

    5/14/2018 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of OBC's tent at the Spring Run and PBR Shootout

    April and May were a fun and busy month for SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale.  We not only were busy helping out many residential customers with general cleaning services and mold remediation we were active in the Oxford and Batesville communities. 

    The last weekend in April if you live in Oxford, MS is devoted to the Double Decker Arts Festival.  The name only begins to tell you about this weekend.  Yes, there is art and music that you would expect, but the largest day of the weekend is Saturday that is kicked off with a Spring Run.  Even though we did not participate in the actual running our team at SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale woke up early to have treats for the 1000+ runners that were there to either run the 5k or 10k race.  Whether they needed a pre-run boost of energy or a post run recovery, our booth with hundreds of packs of trail mix was ready!

    The next weekend we were a proud sponsor of the PBR Shootout at the Batesville Civic Center.  This is a new event for Batesville and SERVPRO of OBC was happy to contribute and set up a booth at the event.  Not only were there SERVPRO koozies being given away we also had a fun time raffling off a cooler with goodies including a belt buckle for any aspiring cowboys in attendance. 

    So, the next time you’re at an event in the Oxford/Batesville/Clarkdale area, be on the look-out for our green tent!

    Tornado Damage in Alabama

    5/14/2018 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale is ready to help you start rebuilding after the storm.

    SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale main priority will always be the customers in our service area.  We aim to be the premier cleaning and restoration company and the one you call when disaster strikes.  Sometimes while taking care of our customers at home we also get to help some of our fellow SERVPRO’s throughout the country. This past spring, we did just that in Alabama. 

    In March, numerous tornadoes were sighted and one touched down in Jacksonville, AL. The damage from this F-3 tornado and the storms surrounding it left many homes and buildings with damage.  One of the major benefits of choosing SERVPRO when this type of large disaster happens is our ability to gather resources.  Just days later our crew from Mississippi was on the ground helping the crews in Alabama reach their customers and help them begin to rebuild.   

    When disaster happens call SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale, our 24/7 emergency service is ready to help!

    Is There Mold Behind Your Wallpaper?

    5/3/2018 (Permalink)

    Wallpaper after hotel suffered fire and water damage.

    Wallpaper is common in many homes and businesses.  It’s a pretty easy and inexpensive way to update or change a space.  One concern with wallpaper, especially in bathrooms would be the potential for microbial growth behind the paper.  A bathroom is the most common place for this occurrence because of the amount of moisture in this room from things such as daily showering.  The glue also attracts dust which is an organic material that is a favorite of mold. 

    For the most part people who discover microbial growth behind their wallpaper never suspect it.  If and when you discover microbial growth the Environmental Protection Agency even suggest using an expert mold remediation company.  This is where SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale is ready to help.  Our franchise is has employees that are certified  IICRC AMRT (Applied Microbial Remediation Technician).  By choosing a professional to help you can rest easy that the correct protocol is taken and risk for further growth or exposure are diminished. 

    If you have had suspect microbial growth, give us a call at 662-281-1881!

    What To Do If Your Home Or Business Has A Fire

    4/17/2018 (Permalink)

    Fires are something you never want to have to deal with; but should also be something you are always prepared for when they do happen.  Here are some tips to remember if you should experience a fire at your home or business:

    • Know how to operate a fire extinguisher properly
    • Call 911
    • Yell FIRE several times and go outside right away
    • Get Out and Stay Out
    • Check closed door handles before opening, if warm, use your secondary exit
    • If you must go through smoke, get low and go under the smoke. Close the doors behind you.
    • Never re-enter a building until it has been cleared 

    SERVPRO of Oxford / Batesville / Clarksdale specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Sewage Backup at Your Oxford, MS Home or Business

    4/11/2018 (Permalink)

    Sewage backup at local Oxford, MS business.

    Sewage backup creates a mess no one really wants to clean up, however when it happens you need to act quickly. Sometimes if it is small you can manage without professional help for example if the backup is confined to a bathroom or kitchen. A major spill or backup will require professional help because sewage and sewage water is unsanitary and could contain bacteria and viruses that cause illness. In this case it is best to call in professionals.

    The first thing you can do when sewage backup happens, is keep high risk people out of the area (elderly and children). Next it is important to get a plumber and cleanup specialist. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale has the special training and the proper equipment to clean up and disinfect.

    If you experience a sewage back up and want to understand more about the best cleanup plans, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale will inspect and determine the appropriate sanitation and cleanup plan to restore your home or business.

    Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call Us Today – 662-281-1881

    Tornado and Water Damage to Your Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale Home or Business

    4/4/2018 (Permalink)

    Pictures from tornado damage in Jacksonville, AL where we sent crews to help out a local SERVPRO franchise.

    When you think about tornadoes you normally just think of the damage from the high winds. Each tornadic event is different but if it was a quick moving storm with lots of rainfall your home or business could be left with water damage as well. If you have experienced storm damage here are some steps to get you started in the clean-up process:

    Safety of Structure: Inspect the quality of the structure and make sure it is safe. Not only could there be potential fallen debris but depending on the amount of rain there could be electrical hazards.

    Access Damage: If the structure is safe take the time to walk it and see what all is damaged, so you can see a complete picture of what is going on in your home and be able to let your insurance company know.

    Contact Insurance: As soon as you can, contact your insurance to let them know you have experienced damage to your home or business. Make them aware of what you are seeing and go over your coverage, so you have a better idea of what they will pay for.

    Remove Water: Depending on the amount of water contacting a professional to remove is usually your best option. At SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale not only do we have the equipment to successfully extract the water, we also have the professionals to handle the job to ensure your structure is completely dry.

    Start Put Back: Once your home or business is dry then you can begin to rebuild. Contact a professional contractor to start plans for replacing anything that was lost or damaged due the tornado, rains, or winds.

    Have a powerful storm damage your property can be a stressful time. SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make this a less stressful process for you to go through.

    Rainfall Can Lead To Flooding In Your Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Home or Business

    3/13/2018 (Permalink)

    This is a basement in an Oxford, MS business that had 9 inches of water in their basement due to the large amounts of rainfall.

    Floods rank as one of the most common natural disasters in the United States. With all the rainfall we have experienced so far in 2018 some areas in Mississippi have seen elevated water levels that have caused some concerns. With large amounts of rainfall, areas that typically do  not have concerns with flooding have seen signs.  You’d be shocked to know that nearly 25% of last year’s claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program were for policies in moderate to low-risk communities. According to NFIP, houses in the United States have a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30 year mortgage, while businesses face similar risks by flooding. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the United States:  Here are some more “Flood Facts” you may not know:

    • Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S., making flooding the most deadly natural disaster.
    • More than half of the fatalities during floods are auto related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current.
    • The principle causes of foods in the eastern United States are hurricanes and storms.
    • The principle causes of floods in the western United States are snowmelt and rainstorms.
    • Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash flood - especially at night, when it's difficult to see.

    If your home or business experiences flood damage and isn’t properly addressed you can begin to see secondary issues.  One of these issues is microbial growth.  SERVPRO of Oxford/ Batesville/ Clarkdale uses IICRC standards when drying structures, which means we take the proper steps to alleviate the potential of microbial growth.  Even minor floods can cause major damage if not addressed right away.  At SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale we know this can be overwhelming so we are here and ready to help. 

    Call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarkdsale at 662-690-6502 if you experience flood damage.

    Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

    3/7/2018 (Permalink)

    Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

    If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

    What to Do:

    • Stay out of affected areas.
    • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
    • Contact SERVPRO of [[Franchise Name]] for mold remediation services.

    What Not to Do:

    • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
    • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
    • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
    • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

    About Our Mold Remediation Services

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 662-281-1881

    Conditions in Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Might Be Right For Mold

    2/7/2018 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale knows what to do if mold grows in your home.

    It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

    If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

    • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
    • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
    • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

    Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

    If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

    If you suspect mold, call us today at 662-281-1881

    What to Do:

    • Stay out of affected areas.
    • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
    • Contact SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale for mold remediation services.

    Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Smoke and Soot Cleanup

    2/7/2018 (Permalink)

    Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Home.

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and soot facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

    Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

    Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

    • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
    Call Us Today – 662-281-1881

    Where Is Mold Hiding In Your Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Home?

    11/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Microbial growth from a hot water heater leak in an Oxford home.

    Microbial growth needs heat, moisture and darkness to thrive so there are many places in your home where it can hide.  It’s in these areas where significant damage can happen because it can go unseen for substantial amounts of time.   Basements, bathrooms, under appliances and under your home are top places to be sure check regularly.

    Basements

    Finished and unfinished basements alike are susceptible to microbial growth.  Make sure you have good ventilation as well as keep it dry.  If your basement smells musty you may have growth that is being spread throughout your home through the air ducts. 

    Crawl Spaces

    Vapor barriers keep ground moisture from coming onto the joists of the home is crucial to keep microbial out.  In addition to a vapor barrier, ventilation under your home can help flow out any moisture that may come under your home. 

    Bathrooms

    Just like under your home ventilation is key in your bathroom.  Turning on your fan in your bathroom especially during hot showers can help alleviate steam from adding moisture onto your ceiling that could lead to microbial growth.  Also watch for leaky toilets or sinks.  These small leaks can lead to larger issues such as mold under your sink or behind your toilet. 

    Appliances

    Some refrigerators have drip pans where water can collect or water leaks from the line of your ice maker.  Checking these lines and cleaning coils regularly can help these issues or catch them before they turn into something bigger.  Also remember hot water heaters and washing machines also can leak as well as steam from dryer vent.  It’s important to be aware of these areas and check and clean them on a regular basis. 

    If you suspect microbial growth in any of these areas around your home don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881.  Our certified team is “Ready For Whatever Happens”.

    What Do Your Business’ Carpets Say About You?

    10/27/2017 (Permalink)

    Carpet cleaning at an Oxford hotel

    We’ve all walked into businesses that seem to have it all together.  The paint looks fresh, the décor is perfectly placed, it even smells good.  They seem to really have it all together and then you look down.  Their carpet or accent rug shows all the signs of wear and tear.  There are spots from who knows what that have stained the fibers.   Now, this business that has done a lot of things right, you can only look at what’s wrong.  Let SERVPRO help you put your business’ best foot forward with our carpet cleaning services.  We have professional technicians trained in all carpet/rug types to ensure we can get them looking as good as new. 

    What SERVPRO Can Do For You

    • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care- We use the latest training and best equipment to remove entrapped soils deep within your carpet’s pile and backing
    • Stain Removal and Stain Resistance Applications-We use IICRC standards for our carpet guides and our team will go over with you the best options for the level of soiling as well as the benefits of soil protection.

    If your business’ carpets aren’t looking as good as they once did, give us a call today 662-281-1881.  We would be glad to come and look at them as well as go over a plan to get them looking like new. 

    Water Damage Is More Likely Than Fire Damage

    10/25/2017 (Permalink)

    Drying equipment placed in a condo that suffered a water loss.

    While you should be prepared for any type of damage in your home, recent research into claims made with Travelers Insurance suggests that water damage can be as much as 10 times more likely than fire. 
    Around 3 percent of those water claims were from weather related incidents, meaning that the others could be avoided with proper maintenance.

    Here are the top four common causes of non-weather related water damage:

    1. Leaks from washing machine hoses: These should be inspected every year and replaced every five years or when signs of cracking or bulging appear
    2. Leaks around water heaters: These should be inspected annually and if possible install your water heater in an area with floor drains to minimize damage in the case of leaks
    3. Leaks from refrigerator ice machines: Inspect these connections every year and replace any hoses that are cracked or corroded
    4. Clogged drains line on air conditioning units: Check these drain lines once a year

    These steps will greatly reduce your chances of water damage, it is always a possibility.  In the case of water damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale at 662-281-1881 so we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

    Commercial Cleaning Services For Your Oxford Business

    10/24/2017 (Permalink)

    When your Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale business needs cleaning timing is important.  You want it done right and done fast.  When you hire SERVPRO for cleaning you get restoration services created with you in mind.   

    What SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Can Do For You And Your Business?

    • Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup Restoration
    • Water Removal and Dehumidification
    • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup
    • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
    • Contents Claim Inventory Service
    • Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning
    • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care
    • Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Application
    • Odor Identification and Deodorization
    • Upholstery and Drapes: Wet or Dry Cleaning Methods

    No matter what situation your business may face, our team is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce interruptions to your business and reduce recovery costs. 

    Fire Damage At Your Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale Business

    10/16/2017 (Permalink)

    Call SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale for all your fire restoration needs-662-281-1881

    Fire and soot damage in your Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale commercial properties often are complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether it’s a small contained fire or a large impact fire we are always ready. 

    About SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial property after a fire damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Here are some other stats from the NFPA:

    Time of Day

    • Peak time of day for office fires: Noon – 2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)
    • 69% happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
    • The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer. This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems.
    • 19% of fires happened on weekends.

    Cause of the Business Fires

    • 29% were caused by cooking equipment. However, just 6% of these fires caused actual property damage.
    • Intentionally-set fires caused the most direct property damage – 21%.
    • Electrical equipment is the second leading cause of office fires.
    • Just 2% of office fires start in a concealed space like an attic, in the ceiling, or in another conceals space. However, these fires accounted for 13% of the direct property damage.

    Containment & Putting it Out

    • 4 out of 5 fires were confined to the room of origin.
    • 90% of fires were large enough to activate sprinklers, which were effective 88% of the time.
    • Deaths per 1,000 stores were 62% lower in offices equipped with sprinklers compared to those without.

    Staticically speaking, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward. Although these odds can be hard to overcome, working with the right restoration company and team on your side will improve your chances.  

    How To Keep Mold Away From Your Pumpkins

    10/13/2017 (Permalink)

    Our SERVPRO pumpkin

    Fall brings cooler weather and with it many traditions.  One of which is pumpkin carving.  Whether you are making a work of art, just having fun, or both you don’t want all your hard work to go to waste. 

    Here are some tips to keep your pumpkin around through the end of October. 

    1. After your pumpkin has been carved, rinse it out with water to get rid of excess strings and gunk.
    2. Take a large bucket or tub and fill it with one gallon of water.
    3. Stir three teaspoons of an anti-microbial such as concrobium into the water.
    4. Dunk in the pumpkin. Be sure to hold it down as it will try to float. The entire pumpkin should sit in the solution for two minutes. You might want to wear gloves, too.  Remove from the solution and let the pumpkin air dry.

    Saving Your Carpets After Water Damage

    9/13/2017 (Permalink)

    Office in Batesville, MS where there was standing water on the carpet from a water loss next door.

    When your home or property takes on water, one of the first questions you ask is what can be saved.  In regards to the carpet and the carpet pad, the answer varies on the situation.  The age and quality of the carpet as well as how it was installed are factors to be considered.  These factors as well as the type of water that caused the damage play a key role in the restoration process. 

    Previously we discussed the three categories of water and how they determine how we restore.  Category 1 is still considered clean water so the carpet and pad can usually be dried and restored in place.  Category 2 water is considered dirty so the pad is replaced in most cases but the carpet can usually be restored if it has been wet less than 48 hours.  Category 3 water which is often referred to as black water that comes into contact with carpet results in it being removed and discarded.  The reason for this is that Category 3 water can contain dangerous contaminants that are unhealthy for you to be in contact with it. 

    Every water loss situation is different so that’s why it is important to contact a SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale to assess the situation.  We are a professional restoration company with certified water specialist that will be able to inspect your situation.  It is important to report the damage as soon as possible to limit the effects and lower the cost. 

    How To Prevent Workplace Fires

    9/13/2017 (Permalink)

    We all know who to call if there is a fire (your local fire department) but there are also things we can do to help prevent them as well.  Most people have emergency plans for the homes but often forget about their workplace. 

    Here are some tips to help a fire from happening in your office:

    • Don’t overload your outlets
    • Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each work day
    • Check electrical cords for damage and replace as needed. Also don’t put cords in areas where they might become trip hazards or stepped on.  
    • Keep heat producing equipment (computers, coffee makers, etc) away from anything that might burn

    These tips are helpful in prevention of fires.  You may also want to have a fire safety meeting as well as appoint someone to be in charge of checking this list periodically and making sure the office is in compliance.  If a fire does occur SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale is here ready to help. 

    Flood Waters Are Beginning To Go Down... Now What?

    9/7/2017 (Permalink)

    Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

    With all the hurricanes and natural disasters in the news right now, it is important to know the steps to follow once the rain and flood waters have left your home or business.  The aftermath of the water damage can be overwhelming task to face and can sometimes feel impossible.  This is where SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale motto of “Ready For Whatever Happens” comes in to play.  Not only are our phone lines open 24/7 but we also have a staff of well trained technicians ready to help.  

    Here’s what you can do until help arrives per the American Red Cross:

    • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
    • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
    • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
    • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
    • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
    • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
    • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
    • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
    • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
    • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
    • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
    • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
    • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

    How You Can Help With Hurrican Harvey

    8/29/2017 (Permalink)

    Sunday in Houston, TX Thomas B. Shea/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

    ATTENTION: Important Chamber Announcement | HURRICANE HARVEY PHLASH DRIVE

    Dear Chamber Members,

    I’m sure most of you are aware of the severity of the devastation and flooding that has engulfed many areas in Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey. If you have seen pictures you know this devastation is beyond anything our minds can even imagine. Communities are in great need right now, with homes, businesses, schools, and more, all underwater. Here is our opportunity to help!

    I am challenging EVERYONE in Oxford and Lafayette County…….and I mean EVERYONE, to give! I encourage businesses, churches, schools, the University, etc. to donate whatever they can.
    The items needed are: 
    · cleaning supplies
    · first aid kits
    · bleach
    · rubber gloves
    · hand sanitizer
    · towels (new)
    · diapers & baby wipes
    · baby formula
    · dry pet food
    · (PLEASE, NO BOTTLED WATER, USED ITEMS OR CLOTHING ITEMS AT THIS TIME.)

    Monetary donations are also being accepted to cover the expense of the very large rental truck that has been secured as well as gas to transport the items.

    Here’s the thing…donate whatever you can. Even if it’s one small thing, please give--it might be a big thing to someone else. Let’s do this, Oxford!

    There will be a truck leaving Oxford on Thursday afternoon headed to Texas and we hope it will be filled to the brim!

    We need all items to the Chamber of Commerce by NOON on Thursday!

    Remember, a community is a place, but it is much more than that. It is that feeling that exists in our hearts when we think of our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our homes. More importantly, it is the desire to share that feeling with those who need it most; those that may have lost all of those things. Please give!


    Sincerely,
    David Guyton
    Chairman of the Board of Directors
    Oxford/Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce

    Three Catergories Of Water

    8/3/2017 (Permalink)

    Water damage in an Oxford, MS Condo

    Water damage in your home or business is something few are prepared for.  The first step is to find out where the water is coming from and stop it.  Depending on where or how the water got there helps SERVPRO follow the proper protocol for mitigation and restoration.  Our crew at SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale follows the IICRC Standards for Professional Water Damage Restoration which breaks water down into three categories.

    Category 1- water orginated from a sanitary source and does not pose substantial risk from dermal, ingestion, or inhalation exposure (example burst water pipes, failed supply lines on appliances, vertically falling rainwater)

    Category 2- significant contamination and has potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed. (example- water coming from dishwasher or washing machine overflow)

    Category 3- Commonly referred to as "black water" this water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogens or toxic agents. (example- sewage backup or flooding from rivers)

    If you experience a water leak/damage, SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale is always here to help!! Call us 24 hours/ 7 days a week at 662-281-1881!

    Is Your Oxford, MS Business Ready For Whatever Happens?

    7/28/2017 (Permalink)

    A SERVPRO ERP Commercial Walkthrough

    Did you know that 50% of businesses may never reopen after experiencing flood or fire damage?  A large majority of the ones that do re-open had a plan in place before the emergency happened.  Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at giving you that reassurance that you have an action plan in place for your company.  An Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) gives you just that, a cohesive and efficient plan.

    Having a plan in place not only gives you a peace of mind and a game plan for emergency situations it also gives that same peace to employees.  Employees now have a deeper trust in their business and have less to worry about. 

    Advantages of having an ERP:

    • A free outline of your business
    • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
    • Establishes SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    • A plan to help you get back into your building following a disaster.

    No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, "Are you Ready for whatever happens?"

    Call us today at 662-281-1881 to set up a free appointment and get started.

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale Heads To Storm In Kansas

    7/28/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale on STORM in Kansas.

    Throughout the year, all over the country, catastrophic natural disasters wreak havoc on communities large and small.  Many times heavy rain fall over a significant amount of time can lead to flooding.  This can cause homeowners to feel overwhelmed and confused on what should happen next. 

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale is always ready to help our local customers as well as other franchises that may experience natural disasters.  Nationwide, SERVPRO has over 1,600 franchises who can mobilize and travel to assist in disaster clean up in communities across the United States. 

    The last week of July 2017 the Kansas City area received large amounts of rainfall that led to flooding in the area.  Our SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale was asked to respond and travel to assist.  Within 24 hours of receiving that phone call we already had crews in homes helping extract water and begin the drying process. 

    This should ease any hesitation you may have if you experienced the same kind of flooding to know you can rely on SERVPRO to turn a stressful situation into a manageable, professional experience.

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale is here to help, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

    How Mold Can Spread

    7/28/2017 (Permalink)

    Our production crew onsite at a commercial HVAC

    Mold can be found almost anywhere, especially if you look hard enough.  Most types of mold are present in nature so as long as your spore count is less inside than outside you are at a safe level inside your home or business.  Mold starts out as a spore mass in the air and remains there until they settle on a surface.   This surface needs to be organic and only needs two days and the warmer temperature to grow. 

    Controlling the humidity in your home or business will help with growth prevention.  This means taking the time and money to maintain your HVAC and air ducts.  HVACs that are not performing at optimum capacity can keep the air feeling warm and damp and increase spores and/or create the right temperature for them to settle and grow. 

    This commercial space had an HVAC that working at half its power and created the perfect scenario for mold growth.  Not only were we able to clean the HVAC but wipe down the area with anti-microbial to kill any spores as well as purify the air. 

    Our SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale team is equipped with IICRC Mold Remediation.  This ensures the job is handled properly and every option is used to remediate as well as prevent the reoccurrence.

    Why Choose SERVPRO for Fire or Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

    7/18/2017 (Permalink)

    Ready to help your business, whatever happens.

    When disaster happens within your business it’s important to know who to call.  SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale works to exceed customers’ expectations and be ready for when you need us most. 

    7 Reasons Why You Should Choose SERVPRO  

    1. 24-Hour Emergency Response

    Rapid response is crucial to controlling damage, downtime and recovery costs and when you choose SERVPRO.

    1. You’re informed from start to finish

    Communication helps keep everyone informed and puts nerves at ease during more stressful times.  You will be aware of the job status and progress along the way to completion. 

    1. Shorter Recovery Time

    We understand anytime your business’ doors are closed, there is a negative impact on everyone.  We arrive to the site as quickly as possible and begin mitigation.  This allows cleanup and restoration to happen in an efficient time which will have your doors open as soon as possible. 

    1. Saves You Money

    When our team is able to properly restore items to preloss conditions not only saves you money on replacing those items, it also salvages treasured belongings.

    1. Already Have A Plan In Place Before Disaster Strikes

    Businesses that take advantage of our Emergency Response Profile (ERP) will already have a plan of action at their fingertips in the event of an emergency situation.  This lessens some of the stress because you already have a plan of action.

    1. Array of services for your cleanup needs

    You do not have to find more vendors to clean your carpets, or remove the water, or deodorize, or clean your hard floors.  SERVPRO offers those services and more so you don’t have to call numerous places and schedule all these different services. 

    1. National leader in large loss response teams

    There are over 1,600 SERVPRO’s nationwide all ready to help you in your time of crisis.  This means that when disaster strikes not only is SERVPRO there but they have resources within their network of franchises to help as well. 

    Why Bleach Doesn't Kill Mold

    7/13/2017 (Permalink)

    We build containment to protect your business as we begin the mold removal process.

    Bleach has always been a staple cleaning agent that can do wonders on stains and killing germs. One common misconception about bleach is that it should be used to remove mold.

    Why You Don’t Want To Use Bleach To Kill Mold

    1. It promotes mold growth on porous surfaces because bleach is made up of about 90% water
    2. It only removes the color, leaving the roots that will continue to grow
    3. The EPA and OSHA both advise against using bleach
    4. Bleach can also be harmful for surfaces. (It will weaken wood and corrode metal)
    5. Bleach is harmful to your skin, lungs, and eyes
    6. Mixing Bleach with other cleaners (acids) increases its corrosive nature
    7. Bleach loses its sanitizing agent when it’s mixed with an organic material

    In every mold remediation job we encounter, we follow the IICRC recommended protocol for safe mold removal. This ensures the killing of the mold you see and can’t see.

    Finding mold in your home or business can be scary, if you have questions about mold in the Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale area call SERVPRO at 662-281-1881

    Protecting Your Pets From Storms

    7/13/2017 (Permalink)

    Keep these fury family members safe during storms!

    Many people have evacuation plans and emergency kits ready for their families when crisis hits, but do you have a plan for your four-legged family members.  Having a plan for pets during these stressful times takes some of the unknown fears out of the equation. 

    Use these tips to have your pets ready:

    • Have An Action Plan

    The first step is to have a plan in place with storms and other natural disasters happen.  Have a place in mind to go and supplies ready.

    • Don’t Deter From The Plan

    If you decide to leave town because of potential warnings or safety, GO!  Don’t re-evaluate the plan or go back and forth on what you should do, this costs you valuable time.

    • Have A Pet Emergency Kit

    This should be very similar for the one you make for you and your family.  It should include food and water, plastic bags, puppy pads/litterbox, leash and information in case you get separated.

    • Stay Calm

    Your pet can sense your emotions and you demeanor can positively or negatively affect them.  Use a calm voice and be attentive during this time. 

    Once the storm passes and everyone is okay and accounted for, assess structural damage.  If you need help in cases of water or fire, give SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale a call 662-281-1881.

    How To Avoid Fires At Your Oxford, MS Barbeque

    7/6/2017 (Permalink)

    Quick tips to ensure fire safety while grilling

    One of many peoples favorite summer pastime is grilling.   It’s something fun to bring friends and family together and spend time outside in the warmer months.   Whether it’s hot dogs, hamburgers or steaks your main focus when using a grill is safety.   Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

    • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors
    • Place your grill far enough away from your home, deck railings and overhanging branches
    • Never leave a grill unattended
    • Keeps people and pets away from the grill
    • Use long-handled utensils made for grilling
    • Make sure you have a clean grill before beginning cooking (remove grease or fat build up)

    Please follow these safety guidelines to avoid making your cookout memorable for all the wrong reasons. Happy grilling!!

    When Storms Strike SERVPRO's Teams Are Ready

    7/6/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale is part of the Disaster Recovery Team that is always here to help!

    Spring and summer for many Oxford, Batesville, and Clarksdale residents means trips to the beach.  It’s a great break to get away and enjoy a little sun and sand when kids are out of school and parents need a vacation.  One thing that can alter plans while at the beach is rain storms, tropical storms and even hurricanes. 

    The official Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June 1 through November 30.  The majority of the storms hit during what is called “peak season”, which is between the months of August and October.   The Climate Prediction Center classifies hurricane seasons each year based on how active they believe it will be.  This year they are predicting what they refer to as an above-normal hurricane season in the Atlantic.  Above normal means that they predict between 12 and 28 tropical storms and between 7 to 17 hurricanes during the 2017 hurricane season.

    Things to keep in mind when at the beach during bad weather:

    1. Listen to lifeguards and check caution flags
    2. Check weather stations and websites
    3. Use rainy days for shopping and other inside activities

    For peace of mind remember when a storm or disaster strikes, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team® is poised and “Ready for whatever happens.” With a network of over 1,600 Franchises, the SERVPRO® System strives to be faster to any size disaster. Strategically located throughout the United States allowing for a faster response time, SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery Team®, is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and highest flood waters.

    Annual LOU 4th of July Celebration in Oxford, MS

    6/30/2017 (Permalink)

    The Chamber of Commerce continues to unite a team of volunteers to partner with the City of Oxford, Lafayette County, and the University of Mississippi for the Annual LOU 4th of July Community Celebration.  This year’s committee was spearheaded by committee chair Meredith Rawl, from local agency Family Crisis Services of Northwest Mississippi, Inc. Family Crisis is a victim service organization providing intervention services to individuals, as well as family support services and prevention education.

    The LOU 4th of July committee’s intention is to create a full day of events for the citizen’s of our area to come together and celebrate our community, our military, our veterans and America’s hard-won freedoms.

    4th of July Committee

    Teresa Adams, Wayne Andrews, Jimmy Algood, Gail Brown, Bill DeJournett, Denny Buchannon, Thelma Curry, Lea Anne & Kevin Griffin, Dennis Irwin, Ashley Jones, Katie Kaiser, Jeff McCutchen, Ethan Peterson, Pam Swain, and Jessica Windham.  Would you like to get involved? We are looking for VOLUNTEERS!

    2017 Schedule of Events

    Thursday, June 29th

    • 7-11 p.m. 5th Annual Firecracker Bash, presented by Leap Frog
      • Venue: The Powerhouse
      • The Bouffants are returning this year!
      • Mr. and Mrs. America Crowning!
      • Performance by Leap Frog Students!!!
      • Bottom-less Beer Cups, provided by Yalobusha Brewery
      • BBQ
      • Silent Auction
      • Casual Dress
      • Ticket prices: $25, all proceeds benefit Leap Frog
      • Tickets may be purchased at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church or at the door

    Tuesday, July 4th (THE BIG DAY)

    • 7:30 a.m.: “Stars & Stripes on the Square” 5K Classic to benefit the Oxford Lafayette Humane Society Join our facebook page!
    • 8:30 a.m.: Fun Run
    • 9:30 a.m.: LOU 4th of July Children’s Parade on the Square, lineup begins at 9 a.m. by Something Southern.  Parade registration 2017
    • 4 p.m.- Nightfall: Activities in the Grove at Ole Miss
      • Activities include: Live Music and Food Vendors  Vendor Application
      • Children’s Area, featuring: Petting Zoo, Train Rides, Bounce Houses, Face Painting, Balloon Art
    • 4-5 p.m. – LOU Community Band
    • 5:30 p.m. – Inaugural Independence Day Pageant Click for Details
    • 6:30 p.m.: Independence Day Ceremony in the Grove, a moment to reflect on the occasion and  honor our local service men and women.  Parade awards announced.
    • 7 -8:15 p.m.: Music in the Grove
    • 7:30 p.m.: Gates open to the Oxford University Stadium (Swayze Field) for a $2 donation, proceeds going to the 2018 4th of July Celebration.  No coolers.  Refreshments will be available for purchase.  Local films will be shown on the stadium screen prior to fireworks.
    • 9 p.m. (Nightfall): Fireworks Presentation over Oxford-University Stadium-Swayze Field.  Fireworks sponsored by Olin-Winchester.  The show will be 20 minutes.  Please take care to note the perimeter is marked for safety.

    The LOU 4th of July Committee is presented by the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce.

    Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

    6/22/2017 (Permalink)

    Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

    If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

    What to Do:

    • Stay out of affected areas.
    • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
    • Contact SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale for mold remediation services.

    What Not to Do:

    • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
    • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
    • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
    • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

    About Our Mold Remediation Services

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 662-281-1881

    Here To Help With Your Oxford Business Renovations

    6/22/2017 (Permalink)

    Wildrose Kennels' puppies playing with our SERVPRO green ducks.

    We spend a lot of our time at SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale assisting customers in times of emergency.  Whether it’s for a water loss or maybe a fire, it’s usually something unexpected.  However, not only are we trained to help in times of unpredicted incidents but we’re also there to help with planned construction and renovations.  

    This month we had the pleasure of helping a local business prepare their facility for renovations.  Wildrose Kennels is a premier breeding and training facility in Oxford, MS.  Wildrose specializes in Labradors of British and Irish influence.  They pride themselves in their ability to produce a Gentleman’s Gundog.   Wildrose describes their training by using what they call The Wildrose Way. It is such a sought after training that people come from all over the country to acquire one of their dogs. 

    The project we worked with them, concentrated on prepping their puppy house for upcoming renovations.  We helped them prepare for the building contractor they had scheduled by taking the puppy house down to its bare structure.  This allowed them to be ahead of the game when construction started the following week.  

    Initially we planned to be there for 5 days but were able to complete the job in 3.  The staff there was more than helpful during our time there, even allowing us to spend some quality time with the new puppies.  They were also pleased that we were able to complete our portion of their renovation process early so they could get a jump start on upgrade.

    If you need help in preparing for a renovation or upgrading a residential or commercial building please call SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale at 662-281-1881.

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville Clarksdale For All Your Commercial Cleaning Needs

    6/8/2017 (Permalink)

    From carpets to catastrophes, when you need it done right and done fast, call SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale.  Not only is our team qualified for whatever job you may need but when you hire SERVPRO you get around-the-clock restoration services.  If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t figure out how to get the job done, our trained professionals are here to help.  When you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your facility you need fast response and expertise to get the job done right, and to ensure you are back into operation as quickly as possible. 

    What SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale Professionals Can Do For You: 

    • Fire, Smoke and Soot Cleanup and Restoration
    • Water Removal and Dehumidification
    • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup
    • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
    • Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning
    • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care
    • Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications
    • Odor Identification and Deodorization
    • Upholstery and Drapes Cleaning

    No matter your needs, expect the most reliable information as well as the best service.  We are committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs.  No damage is too big or too small. 

    Call us today 662-281-1881

    Quick Response Is Crucial in Restoration After A Fire

    6/5/2017 (Permalink)

    This is the bathroom after the fire.

    The First 48 hours after a fire, damage can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.   Allowing SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale to assist you can help prevent fire damage turning into long-term problems.  Our team’s timely response will help increase the chances of your property, belongings and memories being returned to preloss conditions. 

    What You Can Do Until Help Arrives

    • Limit movement in home to help prevent spreading of soot particles
    • Place clean towels or linens on rugs, high traffic areas, and upholstery
    • Coat chrome faucets, trim and appliances with petroleum jelly or oil
    • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
    • Do not wash walls or painted surfaces
    • Do not shampoo carpet
    • Do not clean any electrical equipment
    • Do not send apparel or other textiles to dry cleaners since improper cleaning may set smoke

    At SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale we know there’s a range of emotions after a fire.  Our team of expertise is here to help restore not only your home but your peace of mind.  SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale is available 24-hours a day, 365 days a year to help.

    Faster to your Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale Water Damage Event

    5/22/2017 (Permalink)

    Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

    Faster To Any Size Disaster

    Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

    Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 662-281-1881

    Water Damage Timeline

    Within Minutes

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

    Hours 1 - 24:

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
    • A musty odor appears.

    48 Hours to 1 Week:

    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
    • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
    • Paint begins to blister.
    • Wood flooring swells and warps.
    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

    More Than 1 Week:

    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
    • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

    About SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale 

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Clean Homes Sell Faster in Oxford

    5/19/2017 (Permalink)

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale helping a local homeowner prepare their home for listing.

    When you are planning on putting your home on the market first think of how prospective buyers will view your home.  You want them to picture their family making as many memories as you did.  It has been proven that a clean, fresh smelling home sells faster.  SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale wants to make this a reality for you.  Homeowners are encouraged to keep their homes in their best condition for very important reasons:

    • Increased market value
    • Reduced list to sale conversion times
    • Enhanced reputation for quality listings and quick sales

     

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale offers a variety of services to make your selling process less stressful and more successful.   The ways we can help do this are:

     

    • Capet, Upholstery, Drapery and Blind Cleaning
    • Ceiling, Wall and Hard Floor Cleaning
    • Deodorization
    • Duct & HVAC Cleaning
    • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

     

    Call 662-281-1881 TODAY to get your home ready to list!!!

    When Storms or Floods hit Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale, SERVPRO is ready!

    5/15/2017 (Permalink)

    Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage.

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

    Faster Response

    Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

    Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

    When storms hit Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams  that are strategically located throughout the United States.

    Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 662-281-1881

    Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale Home

    5/12/2017 (Permalink)

    We are an IICRC Certified Firm

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

    IICRC Certified Firms must

    • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

    • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

    • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

    • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

    • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

    The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

    The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

    Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

    About SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Restoring Your Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

    5/11/2017 (Permalink)

    Flooding and water damage events in Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

    Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

    Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

    About SERVPRO of SERVPRO Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale

    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

    Does Your Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale Home Have A Mold Problem?

    5/4/2017 (Permalink)

    In Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

    Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:



    • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.

    • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.

    • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.

    • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.

    • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

    • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.


     


    If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.


    If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 662-281-1881

    Got Dirty Ducts? SERVPRO can help!

    4/27/2017 (Permalink)

    A/C register before cleaning took place

    Spring time is a great time to have your HVAC duct system cleaned.


     Ventilation systems are often the biggest culprit in poor indoor air quality. Make it a priority to inspect the ductwork of your home or business.


     Do you have allergies?  Do you have young children?  Do you have a family member that has a weakened immune system?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should consider having your HVAC system professional cleaned.  


    If your HVAC has been operating for some time without attention, it could be circulating one or more of the following:



    • Dust

    • Pollen

    • Odors

    • Dirt and debris

    • Other contaminants


    SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale Professionals routinely inspect the heating, ventilation and air conditioning unit (HVAC).  Keeping them clean can extend the life of the equipment. This can in turn save you money and give you cleaner air to breathe.


    However, duct cleaning is not always necessary. We will 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 and air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale today, 662-281-1881.

    Smoke and Soot cleanup can be tackled

    4/18/2017 (Permalink)

    Electrical Fire Causes Heavy Soot in Home

    Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor.  Our smoke damage expertise allows SERVPRO to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

    Smoke and Soot Facts:

    • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure
    • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor
    • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process

    Different Types of Smoke

    There are two different types of smoke--wet and dry.  As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire.  Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage has occurred.  The cleaning prodecures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting.  Here is some additional information:

    Wet Smoke--Plastic and Rubber

    • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.  Smoke webs are more difficult to clean

    Dry Smoke--Paper and Wood

    • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

    Protein Fire Residue--Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

    • Virtually invisible, discolors paint and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

    Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

    Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect for your property with care.  

    Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

    Call Us Today--662-281-1881

     

    Faster to your Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale and Surrounding Areas Water Damage Event

    4/13/2017 (Permalink)

    Water damage resulting from a pipe burst in the attic.

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service.  

    We are Faster to Any Size Disaster!

    Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we.  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week--including holidays.

    Flooding and water damage is very invasive.  Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture and more.  SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.  This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.  

    Need emergency service?  Call us 24/7--662-281-1881

    Water Damage Timeline

    Within Minutes

    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery and belongings.
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
    • Photographs, books and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

    Hours 1-24:

    • Drywall begins to swell and break down
    • Metal services begin to tarnish
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
    • A musty odor appears.

    48 Hours to 1 Week:

    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
    • Doors, windows and studs swell and warp
    • Metal begins to rust and corrode
    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
    • Pain begins to blister.
    • Wood flooring swells and warps.
    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

    More Than 1 Week:

    Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.

    Structural safety, mold growth and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

    About SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale

    SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.  Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.  From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regularly IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.  

     

     

    Oxford, Batesville, Clarksdale and Surrounding Area Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

    3/22/2017 (Permalink)

    A sewage backup affected the basement in this home. Before picture shows mess left behind after water receded. SERVPRO took care of it!

    A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall.  Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally build partly or entirely below ground level.  There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including:

    • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
    • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
    • Storm sewer backup
    • Foundation drainage failure
    • Water supply-line break or hot water tank failure

    Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

    Call SERVPRO today--662-281-1881

    If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety and cause severe damage to your home's structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

     

    The bottom line:  a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety and your home's integrity.  It's worth making a call to SERVPRO of Oxford/Batesville/Clarksdale and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly.  We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners and property professionals.  

     

    We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

    • We are available 24 hours/7 days a week
    • We are a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
    • We bill the insurance directly--one less thing for you to worry about
    • Our technicians are highly trained in water restoration techniques
    • We use IICRC Restoration Standards
    • Advanced inspection and extraction equipment

    Basement flooded?  Call us today--We are always here to help!  662-281-1881

    Attention Agents and Adjusters

    2/27/2017 (Permalink)

    Need "free" C.E. credits for insurance?  SERVPRO of Oxford, Batesville & Clarksdale offers ce courses for insurance agents and adjusters.  Our next course is scheduled for March 24th, from 8 A.M.-1 P.M. at the Oxford-Lafayette County Chamber of Commerce.    4 hours of credit will be earned upon completion of this course.  The topic will be "Ethics" and "Restorative Drying for Water Loss."  Call our local number during business hours to sign up!  662-281-1881.  As always, call our number 24-7 for emergency water, fire, bio or mold remediation.  We are ready to work for YOU! 

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