Signs of Sewer Line Issues in Your Business
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Commercial Property Management
While a blocked sewer drain is relatively common in commercial properties, legitimate concerns over sewer line functionality may be few and far between. However, when major sewer line issues occur, it is essential to remedy the problems quickly to avoid potential backups and structural damage. Be aware of these four signs, which may indicate sewer line problems.
While drain or toilet overflow are frequent problems in commercial properties, you should pay attention to odors surrounding these problems. For instance, if after clearing a clog you smell sewer gas, you may want to call a plumber for an inspection, as strong sewer smells can be an indicator of issues further in the line.
2. Clogged Drains
A blocked sewer will not only cause unpleasant odors to occur in your building, but the blocked pipe can also cause frequent clogging of your drains and toilets. This problem may also cause sewer backups into your facility.
3. Indentations in Landscaping
Also, while you may not have any clogging issues, it is still possible that your sewer lines have failed. Pipe breaks may cause indentations in your landscaping, like divots in the lawn. If the break is severe enough, it is possible that sewage is leaking into the grounds of your property. Eventually, this can also lead to a sewage backup in your building.
4. Deformations in Landscaping
In addition to indentations in the lawn, you may notice perpetual puddling in certain areas. You may also see that areas of your parking lot have sunken or cracked along with sidewalks. Depending on how close the break is to your building, you may even notice cracks in the foundation. These issues often require the expertise of a disaster restoration specialist, like SERVPRO, to resolve, which depending on your insurance policy may be covered.
A blocked sewer line can wreak havoc on a business and may even lead to significant business interruption. You should be aware of the warning signs of such a problem so that you can resolve the issue as early as possible.
Everyday Water Tips
Tips from SERVPRO!
INDOOR WATERING TIPS:
Don’t forget to check your faucets for leaks! Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Do not let the faucet run while brushing your teeth. Just wet your toothbrush and fill a small glass with water for rinsing out your mouth.
- Limit showers to no longer than 5-minutes.
- Select the appropriate water level for the size of your load of laundry or dishes.
- Rotate plants toward the light whenever you water them to keep them growing straight.
- Water hanging plants with ice cubes to keep water from spilling out of the bottom.
- Use pots made from non-porous material such as plastic to help plants retain moisture longer
OUTDOOR WATERING TIPS:
Lawn care When the weather is hot, outdoor water usage increases significantly. The good news is that most lawns can thrive with less water than you think.
- To determine if your grass needs watering, step on it. If it springs back up, it doesn’t need watering. If the blades of the grass lie flat, it’s time to water.
- Turn the sprinklers on at a low speed to avoid wasteful run-off. Remember, over-watering promotes shallow root growth, making your lawn less hardy.
- Water early in the morning or in the evening after the sun has set to help prevent losing water to evaporation. As much as 30% of water can be lost to evaporation.
- If using automatic sprinklers, install a rain sensor to avoid watering on rainy days.
- Water slowly and thoroughly during cool, windless hours, and as infrequently as possible. Never water to the point of run-off.
- If necessary, water in several short sessions rather than one long one. Three ten-minute sessions spaced 30 minutes apart will allow your lawn to better absorb moisture.
- Let grass grow taller in hot weather. Most southern lawns will thrive if they receive one inch of water per week during the summer.
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Faster to any size disaster!
Water Damage Happens to Businesses Too
Water damages can include:
- Plumbing leaks
- Malfunctioning fixtures
- Storm damage
Water enters unprotected areas quite often and need professional assistance to help them recover fast.
It may be comforting to know that someone trustworthy is available to provide you with the services you need to keep your business running.
We respond to your service request and provide you with rapid response times, and a unique solution to your problem. With several years of experience in the restoration industry and quality equipment at our disposal, we have the ability to handle water damage incidents affecting a single unit, or your entire building.
The information you provide during your initial call, helps us determine the amount of equipment and personnel needed to address your situation properly. So that once we arrive on your property, we can address any possible hazards and fully inspect the affected area for damages, getting to work immediately to solve your problem.
We have access to both hand-held and truck mounted water extraction equipment, each with three main elements, a heater, pump, and vacuum system. Portable extractors hold anywhere from five to twelve gallons of water, while the truck mounted version handles up to 100 gallons of water or more, making it easy to remove excess water from various types of flooring, including carpeting and other upholstery items, such as rugs, and curtains.
Our SERVPRO technicians use a variety of equipment to locate hidden moisture pockets, in walls, attics, and crawl spaces; water cannot hide from a quality infrared moisture detection device. Making it possible for us to dry hard to read, or hidden areas throughout your building and prevent secondary water damage from developing.
SERVPRO technicians place the proper amount of air moving equipment and dehumidifiers into the affected area. We also use detection devices to check the vicinity for moisture and monitor relative humidity to ensure a proper drying environment exists to complete the water damage restoration and limit any interruptions to your businesses daily operations.
Leave your water damage restoration services in the hands of our professional staff at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia. (601)823-1100
SERVPRO Gets Down & Dirty
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:
- Identify ALL safety issues
- Determine source or Sewer back up and get problem fixed as quickly as possible
- Extract materials and/or remove all standing water
- Apply EPA registered disinfectant
- Remove and discard all contaminated porous and semi-porous structural materials included carpet and pad
- Measure and document all moisture levels in affected areas.
- Install barriers to contain damaged areas
- Install drying equipment
- Monitor job daily.
- 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
Your Safe Dwelling Place
Your home should be your place of rest. But when water begins leaking - even small leaks in areas you can't see - your home could quickly become a source of stress. The possibility of harmful mold, rot and unseen damage may affect the value of your home and the health of loved ones.
SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia professionals understand how disruptive water damages can be for your entire family and will help ensure the water is identified, regardless of where it hides. That is why we offer 24-hour emergency response by trained, uniformed restoration professionals. With top-of-the line equipment and time-tested cleanup and restoration techniques, SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia has the expertise to help make your house feel like home again.
After all, when it comes to your home and your family, even small disasters can feel like huge problems. So if a water damage occurs in your home, just call us 601-823-1100. We'll be there to help!
Odor Removal Experts
Ew, What's That Smell?
Whether you just moved into a home with smelly carpets or discovered a sewer backup, our highly skilled SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia odor removal and deodorizer team can quickly turn an unpleasant smell into a fresh scent. We can quickly and easily neutralize smells inside and outside of your home, corporate building and office space. While some odor neutralizing solutions provide temporary relief, our proven odor removal system gets the smell out for good.
What Causes Odors in Homes?
Various factors cause a foul odor to develop in your residence or business. Many people have moved away from installing carpeting in high traffic areas to avoid buildup of dirt and smells. Sometimes it can be difficult to get rid of odors that develop over time, especially in high traffic areas. Not to mention when storms occur and cause the sewers to back up into your home or office. Other odors might be caused by stains or pet accidents that weren't properly cleaned up. Cat urine is notorious for being difficult to remove from carpets and even concrete. Food or other household products left unattended can develop smells over time as well. Smoking can also cause a home or office to have a foul odor over time. Many people don't realize how offensive odors develop suddenly in their homes, but the truth is that some of these smells evolve and go undetected for a long time, especially where smoking is concerned.
How Can We Help?
The highly trained SERVPRO team in your area can neutralize and get rid of any foul odors you may be experiencing in your home or office. We’ll inspect the premises to identify the source of the smell, and propose a plan for deodorizing and eliminating the unwanted odors. We use environmentally safe products, and ensure that your home or office is left in better shape than we found it. You’ll be glad you called us to eliminate foul odors in your home. We’ll be able to provide you with some feedback about conditions that could be causing the offensive odors, and if necessary, we can facilitate the removal of surfaces, such as counter tops, carpets, and flooring that might be holding the scent. If left untreated, the cause of the odor could lead to mold, health concerns and more.
Contact Us Today
If you are living with a foul smell in your home or office, don’t delay in calling us at (601) 823-1100 to inspect your premises right away. There could be a problem that is bigger than just a bad smell. For example, you could have damaged sewer lines, water lines, and even eroded structures from issues caused by sewer and water. We’ll conduct a thorough inspection and provide you with solutions that resolve the odor and leave your home or office feeling and smelling clean. If you are tired of living with foul smells that could be making you sick or destroying your home or office, call us today!
Using flameless candles is always the safest option!
Don't Let Fire Become Your Valentine!
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.
Coffee Stained Carpet Tip
It's always best to stay away from harsh chemicals when it comes to removing carpet stains yourself.
Got to love SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia for sharing our home tips on how to get those stubborn coffee stains out of your carpeting!
Always start with water! If you catch the spill immediately, take a clean towel and blot blot blot. Start at the edges and work your way to middle. Spray with water and repeat until the coffee is all removed. On a still wet stain this may be all you need to do!
Still stained? Try foamy white shaving cream. Gently rub into the carpet without pressing (you don't want to push the stain in further). Allow to stand for a few minutes, then blot. To rinse, spray with water and blot. Repeat process until completely rinsed.
Got an already dry stain? No problem! Make a baking soda and water paste, rub into the carpet, and allow to dry. Once dry, vacuum up the powder. You should be stain free!
Stain a tad more stubborn? Mix one part white vinegar, two parts water and spray directly to the stained area. Blot with a clean dry towel. Rinse by spraying water and thoroughly blotting. Repeat the rinse until all the vinegar is removed.
Once your stain is gone, take a dry towel and lay over still wet area then stomp stomp your feet over it. Ta Da!
Need any other tips? Just give us a call and we'll try to help you the best we can! (601) 823-1100
Important Fire Facts
SERVPRO is always here to help.
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.
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
- 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:
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 Step by Step
Mold can grow anywhere.
"I just discovered mold! What's next?"
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.