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A Warm & Safe 2021

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

No one likes to be cold! Portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home or work place during cold weather. Unfortunately, they can pose significant fire and electric shock hazards if not used properly.

How to keep your home safe and warm:

  • Make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.
  • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep, and don't let pets or children play too close to a space heater.
  • Space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.
  • Install smoke alarms on every floor of your home and outside all sleeping areas and test them once a month.
  • Proper placement of space heaters is critical. Heaters must be kept at least three feet away from anything that can burn, including papers, clothing and rugs.
  • Locate space heaters out of high traffic areas and doorways where they may pose a tripping hazard.
  • Plug space heaters directly into a wall outlet. Do not use an extension cord or power strip, which could overheat and result in a fire. Do not plug any other electrical devices into the same outlet as the heater.
  • Place space heaters on level, flat surfaces. Never place heaters on cabinets, tables, furniture, or carpet, which can overheat and start a fire.
  • Always unplug and safely store the heater when it is not in use.

(via esfi.org)

Pipe Freeze Precautions

1/10/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen cabinets open to dry due to water damage from bursted pipes. Tip: Keep an eye out on the weather so you can wrap those pipes before a freeze occurs!

Be Aware

Down south, our winter is all over the grid. One day it is warm and humid, the next it’s cold and sleeting. That’s Mississippi for you! But here at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia Mississippi, we want to help make sure you take care of your home or business by not forgetting about your pipes in the freezing weather.

The most common winter weather damage is frozen pipes. An average of a quarter of a million American families have one or more rooms in their homes ruined and their lives disrupted each winter by water pipes freezing and breaking, according to State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. Frozen pipes can burst and cost you devastating water damage and money loss. Here are some helpful tips about your pipes during the winter season.

Prevent Freezing Pipes:

  1. Consider installing specific insulation for pipes
  2. Drain and detach any water hoses from exterior spigots.
  3. Check your basement, crawl space, attic, and garage for any uninsulated pipes. Make sure to keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines located there.
  4. Check under kitchen and bathroom cabinets as well.  Open the cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing. .
  5. Let water drip from a faucet served by exposed pipes since this will help prevent them from freezing.
  6. If you will be gone from your home during cold weather, don't allow your thermostat below 55 degrees. 
  7. Make sure you drain water from a water sprinkler system or a swimming pool.  There are typically manufacturing directions on how to do so.

"I Think I Already Have a Frozen Pipe"

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, chances are good that your pipe is frozen.  It will most likely be located near an exterior wall or where your water service comes into your home.

  • Apply heat to the pipe with an electric heating pad, an electric hair dryer or a portable space heater (maker sure nothing flammable is close by).  You can also wrap the pipes in towels soaked with warm water.  DO NOT use a blowtorch, kerosene, propane heater, for any other open flame device.
  • Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and water begins to melt, it will then begin to flow through the frozen area.  It will also help to melt additional ice in the pipe.
  • If you cannot thaw the pipe, aren't able to locate the frozen area, or you can't get access to it, call a licensed plumber.
  • Be sure to check all other faucets in your home because chances are if you have one frozen pipe, most likely you have others as well.

What to do if your pipes burst:

  1. Do not panic.
  2. Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia at (601) 823-1100.
  3. Let us make it “Like it never happened.”

Post-Holiday Reminder

1/5/2021 (Permalink)

Christmas tree close up in front of fire place. Fact: Christmas tree fires can happen in the matter of SECONDS

Live Christmas Trees

Throw out the Christmas tree! Dried-out Christmas trees create a potential fire hazard. After the holidays are over, we tend to forget to water the tree. Because how flammable dried pine trees are, they should not be left in the home or garage near heat sources. Especially avoid placing it outside against the home, even if for a few hours. It only takes one accident to happen. 

Don't forget about bringing outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to further prevent any fire hazards. Plus, doing this also helps your Christmas light last longer.

Tree Light Tips

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer's instructions for number of light strands to connect. 
  • Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia will help save your Christmas from going up in flames! 
(601) 823-1100

Hotel & Apartment Water Restoration

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Water restoration equipment lining down the hallway of a hotel. Don't Let Water Damage Interrupt Your Business- Call SERVPRO.

No one wants to sleep somewhere where there is water damage!

Business owners, we understand how important it is to have your water damage restored to preloss conditions.

When water damage happens, it usually involves plumbing leaks, malfunctioning fixtures, or storm damage that allowed water to enter unprotected areas. These incidences often require professional assistance to help recover fast. 

Trust SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia

We want our business owners to find comfort in knowing that someone trustworthy is available to provide services needed to restore their businesses or keep them from foregoing any interruptions due to water damage.

Our SERVPRO technicians not only respond to your service request but also 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.

It is important you provide us with detailed information during your initial call. This helps us determine the amount of equipment and personnel needed to address your situation properly. Once we arrive on your property, we work immediately to solve your problem by addressing any possible hazards and fully inspect the affected area for damages.  

What SERVPRO Can Do?

We have the equipment that is needed for water restoration! Our technicians use a variety of equipment to locate hidden moisture pockets, in walls, attics, and crawl spaces. Though water isn’t always visible to us, it cannot hide from a quality infrared moisture detection device. We are able to dry hard to read or hidden areas throughout your building and prevent secondary water damage from developing.

We have equipment that not only detects moister but also removes any water on any surface. SERVPRO has 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. Our equipment makes it easy to remove excess water from various types of flooring, including carpeting and other upholstery items, such as rugs, and curtains. 

After removing the excess water, SERVPRO technicians begin the drying process. During this process, we place the proper amount of air moving equipment and dehumidifiers into the affected area. We also use detection devices to double 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. 
 

We Are Sensitive To Your Water Damage

Every water damage is different in its own way. Our technicians are not only trained to use SERVPRO's advanced equipment, but they are also knowledgeable on how to strategize and approach each water damage. We are honest to our customers and try to inform you on how to better prevent previous incidents. Leave your faith in the hands of our professional staff at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia.

(601) 823-1100

Outdoor Maintenance Reminder for Winter

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

A person with orange gloves on cleaning out a gutter full of leaves. Don't forget the outside of your home!

Outdoor Cleaning Tips that Could help Prevent Damage

The chill is in the air and the leaves are continuing to fall. Some of our customers wonder what they should do to prepare for the cooler weather. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia always wants to help you out by giving you tips. We are here to help!

Here are some things you may want to add to your to do list for your outdoor cleaning! 

  • Check weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows.(Repair or replace as needed.)
  • Check and clean the gutters.
    (Do the downspouts, too.)
  • Clean the patio furniture.(Then store away.)
  • Drain and store garden hoses.
  • Check the exterior paint.(Touch up as needed.)
  • Drain the pool, if applicable.(Close it up for the year)

Some of these tips can help prevent future water damage as well, like cleaning your gutters and repair the weather stripping & caulk. 

SERVPRO wants you to know how to prevent damage to your home during the cooler months. Autumn water damages are just as serious as any other damage that can happen. Stay ahead! Get prepared!

Water Damage Signs

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

A dark spot on the ceiling that indicates a water spot from water damage. This residential ceiling has a huge dark spot, which was discovered to be a water spot, from a leak upstairs.

What does water damage look like?

Water damage can be very detrimental to your home or business

The problem is the longer you wait after having water damage the more damage you are actually causing to your home or business. When you have water damage the best thing to do is shut off the water source that is causing the damage. If the damage is coming from something you are unable to cut off them you may need to contact a plumber in your area. Once this is completed then you want to call the professional experts here at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia to come out and assess the problem. It doesn’t matter the size of the damage we will be able to help get it under control. Water damage can be difficult to spot but some signs you can look for in your home and business:

  • Water rings ("water spots") on your ceiling or walls
  • Soft or sagging on your ceiling or walls
  • Wet or soggy carpets
  • Warping in your wood flooring

The best thing to do is call an expert right away before the problem gets worse. Our highly trained technicians are waiting for your call. We have our specialized equipment ready to use to get to your emergency mitigated as soon as possible. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse, call our highly trained team at SERVPRO® of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia at (601) 823-1100!

 

Efficient Fire Restoration

11/29/2020 (Permalink)

What Happens After a Fire

After a fire, 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 differentiate 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. 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."

Avoiding Damage During Fall

11/29/2020 (Permalink)

Outdoor Cleaning Tips that Could help Prevent Damage this Fall

The chill is in the air and the leaves are piling up. Our team at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is committed to helping our friends, you, by offering little tips and important reminders to help during times of need or to prevent damage altogether. As cooler weather approaches, here are some things you may want to add to your cleaning to-do's:

  • Check weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows.(Repair or replace as needed.)
  • Check and clean the gutters.
    (Do the downspouts, too.)
  • Clean the patio furniture.(Then store away.)
  • Drain and store garden hoses.
  • Check the exterior paint.(Touch up as needed.)
  • Drain the pool, if applicable.(Close it up for the year)

Some of these tips can help prevent future water damage as well, like cleaning your gutters and repair the weather stripping & caulk. So, remember:

Stay ahead. Be prepared.

Water Damaged Furniture Restoration

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

A blue chair with stains and spots from water damage. Even if it looks ruined, SERVPRO has the products and equipment to try to salvage your upholstery!

Salvaging Upholstery 

Whether it's your grandmother’s mother’s antique chair or a new chair from your local furniture store, don't assume the water damage has ruined it! 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.

Hoarder Home Restoration

11/3/2020 (Permalink)

What is “Hoarding Disorder

According to The American Psychiatric Association "People with hoarding disorder excessively save items that others may view as worthless. They have persistent difficulty getting rid of or parting with possessions, leading to clutter that disrupts their ability to use their living or work spaces.Hoarding is not the same as collecting. Collectors look for specific items, such as model cars or stamps, and may organize or display them. People with hoarding disorder often save random items and store them haphazardly. In most cases, they save items that they feel they may need in the future, are valuable or have sentimental value. Some may also feel safer surrounded by the things they save.Hoarding disorder occurs in an estimated 2 to 6 percent of the population and often leads to substantial distress and problems functioning. Some research show hoarding disorder is more common in males than females. It is also more common among older adults--three times as many adults 55 to 94 years are affected by hoarding disorder compared to adults 34 to 44 years old” Ranna Parekh, M.D., M.P.H. in July 2017 via www.psychiatry.org

What is Hoarding?

Hoarded items are often things others would throw away or look at as junk or garbage such as old newspapers, junk mail or packaging. Hoarding can lead to homes filled with extreme clutter to full capacity from years of accumulation, making living conditions unsanitary and crowded. Bugs, fleas, rats and other vermin may be present, at which point an exterminator would need to be called. At times, hoarding may spread to outside the home as well, to storage facilities, or even the garage or yard.

How can SERVPRO Help?

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia encounters hoarding situations in several different ways. We may be called for a fire or water loss and find the hoarding situation when we arrive on-site. We will communicate with the insurance company regarding the customer's contents coverage, and after approval, contents can be packed out and possibly cleaned, dried, and stored in our temporary storage in our warehouse so work on the fire or water loss can begin. Another way SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia encounters hoarding jobs is through calls from landlords, caseworkers, real estate agents, or family members, often after the death of a loved one. In these situations, the crew will see if they should look for any items of importance while they clean the job. Sometimes, family members will come and try to help the hoarder sort through their contents as well. Each case is very different, and hoarding jobs are often sensitive situations, but SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” If you encounter a hoarding situation at one of your properties, or with your insureds, call us anytime at (601) 823-1100