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What Type of Damage Affects Commercial Buildings?

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

All the same types of damage that can affect residential properties have an equal chance of affecting commercial buildings. These include:

  • Storm and wind damage – Damage caused by strong winds and heavy rain which can remove roof tiles, break windows and more.
  • Water damage – Water damage can be caused by burst pipes, floods, rain or a number of other things. In any case, this can then result in contaminated water affecting surfaces and furniture, in mold growing and in items being eroded. Electricity and water damage are particularly volatile when combined.
  • Fire damage – Fire damage can come from a cigarette that isn’t properly put out, from a gas stove or from lightning. In any case, this can then cause severe destruction to your property which requires cleaning and restoration services.

Mold – Mold is highly unhygienic as well as being unappealing to look at. Mold spreads quickly around properties as air-borne spores and remediation is very important to prevent it from getting out of hand.

Why Commercial Restoration Services Are So Important

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

If you have a damaged commercial property in Lincoln, Lawrence, Pike, Walthall or Marion Counties, call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia as quickly as possible.

As with any type of property damage, leaving your damage unattended could potentially cause it to get worse. Rainwater can get into your property if you have an exposed roof for instance and this can then cause mold and water damage. Likewise, if you have broken window, this can leave your commercial business vulnerable to theft and vandalism.

 Commercial restoration is also urgent for another reason – which is that for every working day that you are closed due to damage, you will be losing money. Commercial businesses pay a lot of overheads such as salaries, rent, bills and more on the good faith that they will be able to earn their expenses back. Unfortunately, when commercial damage strikes, these companies are left unable to make their money back and unable to make a profit. Thus, they will  lose money until they are able to reopen their doors. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, is able to work quickly even more valuable to these organizations in their time of need.

Commercial Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

The devastating effects of fire can damage or destroy any type of commercial facilities such as banks, schools, offices, hospitals, churches and more.

We know how serious the consequences of fire damage are and thanks to our experience, a highly trained team and specialized, state-of-of-the-art equipment and restoration techniques, we can help you to get your business back in operation. At SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, we recognize the urgency involved when it comes to protecting your investment, and we’re here to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Working through Fire and Smoke Damage

Smoke can cause more damage to a building than is visible to the naked eye. A facility affected by even a small fire will need to be thoroughly checked and cleaned before re-use. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia uses cutting-edge equipment to clean and restore items like carpets, walls, ceilings, electronics and woodwork from damage caused by smoke. We can also clean the HVAC  and air duct system to remove allergens, soot, and mold.

Commercial Bio-Hazard Cleanup & Restoration

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly. They are equipped with the safety equipment and cleaning products needed to get your business back into clean, safe condition.

A business or home contaminated due to trauma, sewage backups, hoarding, homicide cleanups or other biohazards can be dangerous and emotional for all involved. We have specialized trained and experienced professionals which is important when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Need Biohazard Cleanup?
Call Us  601-823-1100

Services for biohazard situations include:

  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia understands that biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during business hours. We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Prepare differently for different storms

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

The following are some of the most common types of damaging storms in the U.S. To be prepared, check your insurance policy and make sure you are covered for all the types of storms that affect your areas. Flooding and earthquakes are not covered by most insurance policies, but hail, windstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes are typically covered by most insurance. It is always a good idea to check your individual policy and have a good understanding of your level of protection, and purchase additional protection if necessary.

Many residents living in the U.S. have already experienced a severe hailstorm and witnessed the damage hail can cause to homes, automobiles, businesses and other property. When a hailstorm  hits, it does the greatest amount of damage to the exterior of your home or property. Common types of damage caused by hail are: roof damage, siding damage, shingle damage, window damage and automobile damage

Thunderstorms can produce many types of damaging weather such as lightning, hail, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and more. The biggest contributors to damaged property are likely hail and wind, which can cause many types of exterior property damage

Ice storms produce freezing rain that coats everything in its path with a layer of glaze ice. Generally speaking, if a storm causes accumulation of more than a quarter inch on exposed surfaces, the storm can be classified as an ice storm. This type of accumulation can cause broken tree branches, power outages and other hazardous conditions.

Lightening storms are a major cause of storm damage in many areas around the country. The National Lightning Safety Institute estimates the cost of lightning damage in the $5 to $6 billion dollar per year range. Lightning that hits trees and the ground is a common cause of wildfires, structure fires, property damage and power outages

Blizzards are severe winter storms that combine heavy snowfall, with high winds and freezing temperatures. The combination of cold, wind and snow damages homes, businesses and automobiles. Heavy snow can produce dangerous conditions, including roof collapse.

Floods are typically the result of heavy rain and water that rises faster than storm drains can handle. Flash floods driven by quick, violent bursts of rain can flood homes, basements and businesses, causing serious damage to both interiors and exteriors. Flooding is a very dangerous storm phenomenon that results in numerous deaths and extensive property damage each year.

Be Storm Smart. Be Storm Ready.

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Severe weather can happen any time, and anywhere. Each year, Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms*:

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling, deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidentially declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage.* Knowing your risk of severe weather,

taking action and being an example are just a few steps you can take to be better prepared to save your life and assist in saving the lives of others.

Know Your Risk. The first step to becoming weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take Action. Take the next step in severe weather preparedness by creating a communications plan for your home or business. Put together or purchase an emergency kit. Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place.

Be an Example. Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

*Facts provided by

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Keep Hands Clean.

Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.

Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.

If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.

Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.

Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia.

Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting us.

Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without a repair service.

Our number one goal at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is to return the damaged areas and items to preloss condition, doing all we can to make it "Like it never even happened." In our business, you need us fast!  The sooner we arrive, the better the chance we can reduce damage and save money.  We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year proudly serving Lincoln, Pike, Lawrence, Walthall and Marion counties.

Cigarette Smoke Cleaning

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cigarette Smoke Cleaning Cigarette and cigar smoke residue is tough to remove.

Removing odors from a structure can be tricky, but we have specialty equipment and products that are very effective in permanently removing odors from tobacco smoke.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia can perform an inspection to determine the level of smoke odors, we like to know how long the smoking was going on and what type of smoke it was.  

The first step is to remove the source of what caused the odor by washing the walls, ceilings and all hard surfaces with a counteractant that removes odors over time eliminating the odor.

Usually a duct cleaning is required and depending on how long the smoking was going on, it may be recommended to remove the carpet and padding.  

Next step is to seal with an alcohol based primer and paint with a high quality paint to help encapsulate any remaining odors.

The final step is have us fog with a counteractant that will work it's way into every nook and cranny in the structure just like smoke does.  The fogging will keep working for a few days as the house is closed up allowing the counteractant to continue to eat away at the odors.

Call us today to learn more and schedule a free inspection at 601-823-1100.

Why Trusting a Restoration Professional After a Fire Is So Important

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Because of the convection pattern that flames typically form during ignition, smoky residue saturates every opening. The soot constructs up in layers that may end up being solidified and tough to eliminate which is another reason to leave the cleaning to a specialist. When the cleaning teams do arrive, they promptly different salvageable items from charred debris, taking the things creating the strongest odors out for cleaning.

Following a fire, wall surface areas can be harmed by soot. Non-water based cleaners need to be used to remove soot from walls. These kinds of chemicals should be handled by a specialist due to the fumes and toxicity. Water-based cleaning items can cause spots to bleed into plaster walls, which is why a trained specialist should be left to deal with these chemicals.  

Most importantly, a restoration effort reduces the after-effects a blaze can have on the health of those who return in. If a homeowner does not have the property restored by a professional, the results can be found later on down the line. To an untrained eye they might believe the issue has been fixed, they experience the remaining impacts of indoor air pollution for numerous months later on in the form of increased respiratory discomfort.  

Companies like SERVPRO are leading experts in fire restoration. They are trained to help remove your belongings as well as cleaning and storing them until your property has been restored to its original condition

Water Damage...What to Expect

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage...What to Expect What to expect with a water damage

When a water loss occurs, the single most critical factor in defining the amount of potential damage is the amount of time the structure remains abnormally wet. It is for this reason that the most critical course of action in the restorative drying process is how quickly the damage is responded to. This is the time to call in your local SERVPRO professionals.

The goal of the restoration process is to bring an abnormally wet and potentially damaged structure back to its preloss condition in the most economical and efficient manner as possible.

In the beginning of the process your SERVPRO professional must identify all affected materials. Next comes documenting what type of materials are affected. Affected Materials are then evaluated against three criteria to determine if they should be restored or replaced.

Things are taken into account are:

 Degree of contamination

 Damage to item

 Cost of restoration verses cost of replacement.

Once material has been identified and the SERVPRO professional has decided what needs to be dried and what needs to be replaced’ they will then measure the Temperature/ Humidity for drying analysis.

 Our next step is to remove as much water as possible from the affected area.

 Furniture will be moved and blocked as necessary. It may be necessary to remove carpet pad to protect the subfloor and speed the drying process.

 The carpet will be checked for restorability, delamination and mold growth.

 Sometimes it is also necessary to include the application of a EPA- registered disinfectant.

Drying equipment such as commercial dehumidifiers and commercial air movers may be used to dry the property. The purpose of the equipment is to remove excess moisture and bring the relative humidity levels back down to normal.

The equipment is then left running for approximately three days until all affected material left in the home are at or below a goal level set by your IICRC certified SERVPRO professional.

Throughout the drying process you can expect the Technician to visit the home daily to monitor the progress of the material and to adjust equipment as necessary.

Once the SERVPRO professional has deemed the structure dry, the process of putting the home back together is now ready to begin. Soon your home will be back to normal and it will be ”Like it never even happened.”