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Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow

These damages can cause serious damage to Brookhaven, McComb and Columbia homes. They also present health risks and should only be cleaned by certified water damage professionals. SERVPRO of Brookhaven. McComb & Columbia is trained to deal with sewer damage issues.

Some examples include, but are not limited to: sewage, toilet backflows that originate from beyond the toilet trap regardless of visible content or color.

Clean Up Procedures: 

  1. Identify ALL safety issues
  2. Determine source or Sewer back up and get problem fixed as quickly as possible 
  3. Extract materials and/or remove all standing water
  4. Apply EPA registered disinfectant
  5. Remove and discard all contaminated porous and semi-porous structural materials included carpet and pad
  6. Measure and document all moisture levels in affected areas.
  7. Install barriers to contain damaged areas
  8. Install drying equipment 
  9. Monitor job daily.
  10. Once completely dry. Clean all areas prior to rebuild.

When your Brookhaven, McComb or Columbia home or business has a sewer back up, rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia. For a free estimate call (601)823-1100

IICRC Certified

2/15/2018 (Permalink)

General IICRC Certified IICRC

Water Damage Can Be Deceptive

Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required.

IICRC ?

More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.

All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.

[Information via IICRC.org]

Don't Make Fire Your Valentine!

2/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Make Fire Your Valentine! Flameless candles are the safest candles!

It’s Valentine’s Day!

Your friends here at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia want to spread some love by cautioning you on this Valentine’s Day. Today is all about love and happiness, what could go wrong? Well believe it or not, accidents still happen on this lover’s holiday and we want to make sure you are prepared.

Candle Safety Stats

Candle fires caused an annual average of:

  • $295 million in direct property damage
  • More than 37% of home candle fires began in the bedroom, although the National Candle Association found that only 13% of candle users burn candles in the bedroom most often
  • 58% candle fires started when burnable items (furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations) was too close to the candle.
  • In 16% of the fires, the candles were unattended or abandoned.

In movies, they might line hallways, tables, and bathtubs with candles on Valentine’s Day, but that is a guaranteed fire hazard. Don’t let your romantic ambience become a romantic fire hazard.

Candle Safety Tips

Avoid candle fires by:

  • NOT leaving candles unattended or abandoned. Blow out all candles when you leave a room or before you go to sleep
  • Putting out any candles before you go to bed.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that could burn or catch on fire
  • Placing candles in sturdy holders made of glass, metal or ceramic. (If you’re not sure about something, don’t do it.)
  • Placing candles on a flat surface where they could not be knocked over
  • Keep all candles out of reach of children and pets
  • Make sure fire alarms are in working order before you light your candles.
  • When possible, use battery-operated candles.

source: http://www.nfpa.org

Fire Facts

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Facts Massive Fire Damage in Lincoln County.

What To Do?

If you receive a call from a client today with a fire loss, what would you do?

You have a fire loss on one of your properties OR You have a fire at your own personal property?

Here is some helpful information that might help you be prepared.

Statistics:

Fire claims spike during the months of November - February.

On average, Fire causes over $12.4 billion in property damage annualy.

Top 5 Causes of Fire loss:

  • Cooking equipment
  • Heating equipment
  • Intentional
  • Electrical distribution & lighting equipment
  • Smoking materials

What to do after the fire is out:

You need a Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration company like SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia.

Why not a Contractor?

Mitigate, clean, & restore FIRST! Then repair and rebuild.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia can handle it all -One Stop Shop.

Our services also include:

BOARDUP!
Many times, the home or building must be secured immediately BEFORE anything else.

Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia (601) 823-1100

Mold Remediation Process

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Process A MOLD PROBLEM IS NO PROBLEM FOR SERVPRO

It’s not uncommon to have water in your home without realizing it. The result of that is mold. It can cause health issues and damage to your property. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment to handle your mold problem.

We normally get questions on how the mold remediation process takes place. Here at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, we want you to know how we go about our mold jobs.

 What Happens:

  1. Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call us. One of our employees will ask a series of questions to help determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel needed.

  1. Assessment

Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.

  1. Containment

Different containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold, like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

  1. Air Filtration

Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia technicians use powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.

  1. Removing

The process of mold remediation depends on the amount of mold growth and the type of surface it's on. Anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new ones from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary.

  1. Cleaning

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia cleans your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings.

  1. Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, some building materials may have to be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs or major repairs such as reconstruction.

If you have a mold problem, give us a call and we will start this process of mold remediation.
(601) 823-1100

Commercial Winter Weather Tips

1/9/2018 (Permalink)

Don’t let the winter weather affect your business!


Nothing is more inconvenient when your business is put on hold because of a water damage due to the weather. Here are some tips our SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia Technicians want to give to you to help prevent any accidents.

  1. Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain and ice, can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
  1. Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
  1. Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas.
  1. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
  1. Wrap any pipes to help prevent them from freezing.
  1. Do not turn your heating unit completely off at night, or your chances of freezing pipes are higher.

Salvage Personal Belongings From Water Damage

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Salvage Personal Belongings From Water Damage Water Stained Chair -- No Problem For Us!

Do Not Panic

Your grandmother’s mother’s antique chair that was in your den when you experienced water damage is not ruined! It doesn’t matter if it is fittings, furniture, or other decorative accessories such as carpets and curtains, water has no mercy.

It’s Not “Just Water

  • If the water spreads to the upholstery, it can stain or leave watermarks on the fabric.
  • Mud and silt can also penetrate the fabric and padding if the furniture stays in the water for several hours.
  • Water buildup can lead to the growth of mildew both internally and externally.
  • Finished wood surfaces become cloudy, while joints in the frames turn loose.
  • If the disaster is a flood, it can also lead industrial chemicals, pesticides, and sewage into the house.

What Could Possibly Happen?

Upholstery:

Water damage can affect your upholstery in several ways. Wooden framing, in particular, is susceptible to cracking and swelling. Water can also compromise glue and cause damage to your furniture. In case there are water spots on the fabrics, we may have to wet the entire piece of furniture to avoid water lines. This process can lead to stains on the floors or carpets. Our technicians apply spot removal procedures to get rid of these stains. This step is important to prevent the color bleed from causing a permanent tint.

SERVPRO also follows IICRC guidelines to carry out mildew control procedures when restoring upholstery affected by water damage. This step involves rapid drying to eliminate the source of water. For this purpose, we use dehumidifiers and air movers to speed up the drying time.

Wood Furniture:

Excessive water can leave water spots on your furniture or cause cracking, swelling, or weakening of the joints. To deal with the water spots, our specialists use specialized wood care products to clean and dry the surface. Water damaged furniture frames are slightly more expensive to repair – sometimes even more costly than replacing them. SERVPRO technicians can assess and advise accordingly.

It may look ruined but it is not!

Here at SERVPRO, we want to help save your things. We care as much as you do. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia has many years of experience in restoring furnishings affected by water damage. Our team is quick and efficient and has the necessary tools to begin the restoration process.

Act fast! We offer 24/7 emergency service and are available when you need us. Call us whenever at (601) 823-1100.

Firework Safety Tips

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Firework Safety Tips Stay safe and avoid any accidents!

Happy New Year!

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia would like to wish everyone a new year full of happiness and free of disaster. Every New Year’s Eve, America gets in the spirit of popping fireworks in celebration of the New Year.

Believe it or not, fireworks are a fire hazard! SERVPRO would like to help you avoid any accidents that could lead to a fire.

Firework Safety Tips:

  • If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800°F (982°C) - hot enough to melt gold.
  • Never try to make your own fireworks.
  • Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.
  • Steer clear of others - fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction.
  • It is not safe to throw or point fireworks at someone.
  • Aim fireworks towards an open sky – avoid aiming anywhere towards your house, vehicles or trees.
  • Light one firework at a time (not in glass or metal containers), and do not relight a dud.
  • Don't allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.
  • Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can

source: kidshealth.org

Stay Dry!!

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Stay Dry!! SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb and Columbia saving the day after house experienced water damage from rain storm!

When It Rains It Pours

Water damage can be just as devastating as fire damage. The water damage that rain can cause is one of the costliest repairs to a home due to its devastating effect on foundations and contribution to mold development. It’s almost like a domino effect. At SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, we want to ensure the safety of your home and family.

How do I protect my property from rain damage?

Check Everything:

It’s easy to forget about your roof since you hardly ever get on it. But, it is important to remember that rooftops are the primary structure that keeps rainwater from entering a home. A damaged rooftop can cause water damage inside your home, so check all aspects of the rooftop and ensure its construction is not damaged in any way. Even a tiny opening is enough space to allow leakage in your home or business.


Make sure all gutters are cleaned regularly. It is important to direct downspouts away from the house, and hopefully the slope of your yard should be directed away from the foundation to ensure rainwater is directed away from the home and not into the foundation. Trees, hail, and other objects can create weaknesses that might lead to leaks in your roof, so check for missing shingles and other issues. Because trees can fall during a rain storm, cut off branches that are dangerously close to a home’s rooftop. Of course, you’ll want to make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed also.

Why check your chimney and sump pump annually:

Two things that allow rain damage if they fail are a home’s chimney and sump pump. For those who don’t know what a sump pump is, it’s a pump used to remove water. If you have a sump pump, it should be inspected by a professional annually. Not only that, but your sump pump should also be checked visually and operationally more often during long periods of heavy rain or more extraordinary climates, like hurricane seasons.
Chimneys should also be checked to ensure bricks have no gaps and are tightly sealed. To prevent water damage in your home, bricks should be waterproofed to ensure water and moisture is not absorb from the outside. It is a good idea to install a chimney cap prior to the stormy season to prevent rainwater from coming in at all.

Then What Do I Do?

If your home received water damage you should call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia to come help restore your home back to normal. (601) 823-1100

Gas Fireplaces Can Cause Fire Damage Too

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Gas Fireplaces Can Cause Fire Damage Too Photo is credited to www.RCMD.com

Did You Know? 

Gas fireplaces might be safer than wood burning fireplaces, but everyone should still take precaution. Fire damage is possible even though you are not burning wood in your fireplace. The misleading thought of “Oh, it won’t happen to me” causes people so much heart ache when it does happen to them. Do not be left in the dark about your gas fireplace. Know the risks and be prepared. Some things you need to know about your gas fireplace is:

The Possible Faulty Gas Valves

Fireplace explosions exist with gas fireplaces. Scary right? Faulty gas valves leak flammable gas into the air and cause explosions that leads to major fire damage in your home. 
How does fire place explosions happen? Well, when the valve's "On/Off" switch fails, it continues to seep gas into the fireplace pilot light area. Any little spark or flame can cause the gas in the air to immediately catch fire, and create a powerful explosion.

Chimney and Flue Design Mistake

Another cause of fire explosions in gas fireplaces may be because of chimney and flue design. If you don’t know what a flue is, it’s a duct for smoke and waste gases. Some chimneys are unable to withstand high temperatures, contributing to soot and creosote buildup, because they are designed for natural gas. Creosote is a black, sticky substance formed from liquefied gas. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, creosote is the leading cause of chimney fires. Double venting systems worsens the issue and can cause gases to back up into flues connecting to other stoves or furnaces. The resulting backup causes an explosion or leaks carbon monoxide into the home.

Accidental Plugged Burners

Paint and building materials can form over the burner hole port. Ceramic coals or mineral wool may inadvertently be placed over the ports, creating a blockage and unbalanced flame. Consequently, the plugged burner hole can delay fireplace ignition, and cause gas in the fireplace to explode.

Precautions

Call a professional service technician to remove creosote buildup from chimneys and fireplace walls. Gas valves and hose connections leading to the fireplace burner and tank should also be inspected by a professional technician. Moreover, check for cracks in the flue lining and firebox, and look for signs of rust and corrosion. Your fireplace should also be equipped with a thermocouple, which shuts off the gas in case the pilot light is extinguished.

At SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, we are eager to help you in any way possible! If this unfortunate disaster happens to you, call us immediately! "Faster to Any Size Disaster"
(601) 823-1100

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