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When Seconds Count, Have an Emergency Ready Program

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's ERP

Emergency Ready Program is an immediate plan of action for when your business experiences any damage. As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.

Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Get Started!

STEP 1: Visit SERVPRO.com/ready. Register for an account using your email address as your username and choose a password.

STEP 2: Choose your preferred SERVPRO Franchise Representative to contact in the event your home or business experiences water, fire, mold or other type of damage.

STEP 3: Begin creating ERPs for all of your properties.

STEP 4: Download the SERVPRO Ready Plan Application on your iPhone, tablet, Android or Blackberry device from the respective App Store.

STEP 5: Launch the Ready Plan App and sign in using the same username and password from STEP 1.

At this point, it may take a few minutes for the data to sync. All of your ERP information will appear on your tablet or mobile device. You can now access and manage ERP information from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia and our representative will help answer any ERP questions you may have! 

(601)823-1100

Commercial Restoration Districts

10/17/2020 (Permalink)

Damaged Commercial Property

Lincoln, Lawrence, Pike, Walthall or Marion Counties have the advantage of calling SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia and receiving a quick response.

When there is damage to your property, we do not recommend you to leave it unattended as it could potentially cause the damage to worsen. 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 matter— for every working day that you are closed due to damage, you will be losing money. That is a major inconvenience that SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia wants to save you from if at all possible. 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 lose money until they are able to reopen their doors. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, is able to work quickly, being even more valuable to these organizations in their time of need.

Professional Fire Restoration- Lincoln, Pike & Marion Counties

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire with "SERVPRO" logo Trust the professionals to help get your life back to normal.

After a Fire

A fire damage can be more involved than you may realize. Smoky residue saturates every opening because of the convection pattern that flames typically form during ignition. 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 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.  

"What could possibly happen if I do it myself?" 
A professional restoration team 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. Homeowners who do it themselves may experience the remaining impacts of indoor air pollution for numerous months later on, which could also form an increased respiratory discomfort.  

We are trained to help remove your belongings as well as cleaning and storing them until your property has been restored to its original condition. We want to save as much as possible.

"Like it never even happened."

What To Do After Residential Storm Damage

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

A stormy sky with "Storm Aftermath Tips" written across it. Storms don't have to ruin everything! SERVPRO has you covered.

Storms are out of our control and that is a very scary fact. Everyone’s first response is to protect themselves and their family during a severe storm. But when the chaos is over, who is going to save your home from the damage it took? SERVPRO is always ready for any disaster, whether it be from a hail storm or a hurricane.

Do Not Get Overwhelmed!


Here’s What You Can Do:

  1. Take pictures.  You want as much documentation as possible for your insurance company and adjusters.                        
  2. Extract any standing water.  Call a professional water mitigation company (like SERVPRO) to handle this.
  3. Keep air circulating!                                       
  4. Clean with a good disinfectant.                            
  5. Remove any wet drywall.                                    
  6. Remove any downed trees.                                
  7. Assess roofing for any damage.                           
  8. Check for leaks.                                                
  9.  Replace any broken windows.

You do not have to do this alone! That is what we are here for. Don’t get yourself worked up. We are your simple solution. And as always, we are here to help 24/7. Give us a call with all your emergency restoration needs! (601)823-1100

#StormAftermathTips

Save Your Business!

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

An image of Brookhaven SERVPRO workers cleaning with text across the image saying we are IICRC-certified. Our technicians are IICRC-certified! We are able to restore any job, small or large!

Damaged Businesses

No one ever wants to have a large commercial or small business water loss, but what would you do if you did? How could you possibly clean up all the water without causing other damages to your property? SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia has the equipment, and technicians with the expertise to get the job done right every time. We want your business back open as soon as possible.

No Job is Too Large or Too Small

Our professional SERVPRO team can get on the scene with vans full of dehumidifiers and air movers ready to begin the water restoration process.

We take pride in providing our employees with the best tools, training, equipment, and vehicles to get the problem solved with minimal stress and impact on our customers. We know it is never anticipated when a water emergency occurs, but when you call in our SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, you can count on us to get things clean and dry even when it seems impossible!

If your business is suffering from a water damage, call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia at (601) 823-1100! We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  We always want to help you and your business.

National Preparedness Month: Power Outage Tips

9/17/2020 (Permalink)

Severe storm that strikes lightning to a power line. Don't get yourself in a bind!

What is a power outage?

A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:

  • Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.
  • Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services.
  • Cause food spoilage and water contamination.
  • Prevent use of medical devices.

Survive DURING

  • Keep freezers and refrigerators closed. The refrigerator will keep food cold for about four hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Use coolers with ice if necessary. Monitor temperatures with a thermometer.
  • Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
  • Maintain food supplies that do not require refrigeration.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves, or charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven to heat your home.
  • Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.
  • Check on your neighbors. Older adults and young children are especially vulnerable to extreme temperatures.
  • If safe, go to a community location with power if heat or cold is extreme.
  • Turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage.

Be Safe AFTER

  • When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40 degrees or higher for two hours or more, or that has an unusual odor, color, or texture.
  • If the power is out for more than a day, discard any medication that should be refrigerated, unless the drug’s label says otherwise. If a life depends on the refrigerated drugs, consult a doctor or pharmacist and use medicine only until a new supply is available.

via www.ready.gov

Your friends here at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia wants you to be prepared for this hurricane season. Power outages can be costly, but hopefully these tips will help prepare and instruct you during unpredictable situations.

What To Do After A Fire

9/10/2020 (Permalink)

Woman cleaning up after a fire. Prevent yourself from further damage.

Fire Damage Tips

Here are some important tips after you have a fire damage in your residence or business:

  1. Keep your hands clean. It is easy to spread soot and you do not want to make a bigger mess than there already is.
  2. Limit movement in the home to also prevent further damage.
  3. Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
  4. If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  5. Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
  6. Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia.
  7. Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting us.
  8. Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without a repair service.

"Save as much as possible!"

We aim to return damaged areas and items to preloss conditions. We want to make your fire damage “Like it never even happened.” In this business, it is crucial to act fast. Our professional technicians arrive sooner for the chance to reduce damage and save money.  We are proud to serve Lincoln, Pike, Lawrence, Walthall and Marion counties. We are only a call away! (601) 823-1100

National Preparedness Month: Storm Evacuation Tips

9/7/2020 (Permalink)

A line of cars in traffic during evacuation with "Evacuation Tips" labeled across the photo. Be prepared during this hurricane season

Before an Evacuation

Plan how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate.

  • Identify several places you could go in an emergency such as a friend’s home in another town or a motel. Choose destinations in different directions so that you have options during an emergency.
  • If needed, identify a place to stay that will accept pets. Most public shelters allow only service animals.
  • Be familiar with alternate routes and other means of transportation out of your area.
  • Always follow the instructions of local officials and remember that your evacuation route may be on foot depending on the type of disaster.

During an Evacuation

  • A list of open shelters can be found during an active disaster in your local area by downloading the FEMA app
  • Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions.
  • Take your emergency supply kit.
  • Leave early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather.
  • Take your pets with you, but understand that only service animals may be permitted in public shelters. Plan how you will care for your pets in an emergency now.
  • If time allows:
  1. Call or email the out-of-state contact in your family communications plan. Tell them where you are going.
  2. Secure your home by closing and locking doors and windows.
  3. Unplug electrical equipment such as radios, televisions and small appliances. Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding. If there is damage to your home and you are instructed to do so, shut off water, gas and electricity before leaving.
  4. Leave a note telling others when you left and where you are going.
  5. Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts and a hat.
  6. Check with neighbors who may need a ride.
  • Follow recommended evacuation routes. Do not take shortcuts; they may be blocked.
  • Be alert for road hazards such as washed-out roads or bridges and downed power lines. Do not drive into flooded areas.

After an Evacuation

If you evacuated for the storm, check with local officials both where you’re staying and back home before you travel.

  • Residents returning to disaster-affected areas after significant events should expect and prepare for disruptions to daily activities, and remember that returning home before storm debris is cleared is dangerous.
  • Let friends and family know before you leave and when you arrive.
  • Charge devices and consider getting back-up batteries in case power-outages continue.
  • Fill up your gas tank and consider downloading a fuel app to check for outages along your route.
  • Bring supplies such as water and non-perishable food for the car ride.
  • Avoid downed power or utility lines; they may be live with deadly voltage. 
  • Stay away and report them immediately to your power or utility company.
  • Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home's electrical system.

www.ready.gov

National Preparedness Month: Storm Prep

9/1/2020 (Permalink)

A stormy sky with a quote: "National Preparedness Month." Are You Prepared?

"Preparation isn't about convenience, rather the relief that you did."

During this time of year in Mississippi we not only experience a lot of heat but also rain, which includes thunderstorms. It’s important to be prepared and have a plan in place. Talk with your family and create an emergency plan for thunderstorms, floods, and hurricanes. It would be beneficiary to think about an emergency shelter and evacuation plan. Below, we have a few suggestions to make sure you and your family are ready for whatever happens. 

Protect Your Electronics

Your electronics can get fried if they are not properly protected. Plug electronics into a surge protector to avoid damage during a storm. 

Prepare for Power Outages

Have battery-operated flashlights and lanterns in easy to get to places. Check on these items from time to time to make sure the batteries still work, replace them if necessary. Also, think about keeping the refrigerator and freezer doors shut to keep food from spoiling. If these food items rise above 40 degrees for 2 hours or more, they should be disregarded. Call your local power company to inform them of the outage and to get information regarding when the power should be restored. 

Stay Away from Power Lines

Do not go near power lines should they fall to the ground, they can be very hazardous. Call 911 if you see downed power lines. 

Don't Stay Outside 

If you hear thunder, it is likely that lightning is also occurring. Lightning can be dangerous, therefore, make sure to go inside when thunder occurs. 

Seek shelter

There are many different natural elements which can occur and be harmful when outside during a disaster. Therefore, during a storm, it is important to seek shelter and be safe. If you're inside, a good place to be is at the lowest level of your home. If you have a basement or storm cellar you can hang out in until the storm passes. 

Handy Emergency Kit 

Consider putting together a kit of things you may want to have on hand during a storm. Items you may want to include would be water, non-perishable food, flashlights, blankets extra batteries, a radio, and a first aid kit. 

If disaster does strike your home during a storm, your SERVPRO friends are ready to be apart of the team that pieces it back together. #SERVPROStrong 

(601) 823-1100

Business Damage Emergency Clean-Up

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water dripping from a water damaged office ceiling. We Are the Certified Water Restoration Professionals in Your Area! Call Today (601) 823-1100

When Commercial Property Experiences Damage 

Lincoln, Lawrence, Pike, Walthall or Marion Counties have the advantage of calling SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia and receiving a quick response.

When there is damage to your property, we do not recommend you to leave it unattended as it could potentially cause the damage to worsen. 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 matter— for every working day that you are closed due to damage, you will be losing money. That is a major inconvenience that SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia wants to save you from if at all possible. 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 lose money until they are able to reopen their doors. 

Water damage for example-- we have the equipment, knowledge and accuracy to dry the affected area so no other problems can form in the future (like mold)! We want the water to go down the drain, not your business!

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia works quickly so your business can get back up and running "Like it never even happened."