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What To Do After A Fire

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What To Do After A Fire SERVPRO wants to help you save yourself from losing more than what's already lost.

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.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia’s goal is to 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

Need-to-Know Mississippi Storm Info

8/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mississippi Resident: 

Are You Covered?

Check your insurance policy and make sure you are covered for all the types of storms that affect your areas. Some insurance policies do not cover flooding and earthquakes. Fortunately hail, windstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes are typically covered by most insurances. We recommend that you check your individual policy and have a good understanding of your level of protection, and purchase additional protection if necessary.

Storms Can Cause Damage

  • Hailstorms can cause great 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.
  • Lightning 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.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is ready for whatever nature throws our way! So when the disaster is over, when can come behind it and clean up the aftermath.

"Like it never even happened."

(601) 823-1100

Water Quality Month

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Should I Have My Water Tested?

The answer to this question depends on several factors. It concerns your health and the health of your family, so you need to know some basic facts. In addition to illness, a variety of less serious problems such as taste, color, odor and staining of clothes or fixtures are signs of possible water quality problems. Other things to think about include the nearness of your water well to septic systems and the composition of your home’s plumbing materials. This fact sheet provides information to help you decide whether or not to have your water tested, and if so, suggested tests for your situation.

Public Water Systems

When you turn on the tap, where does the water come from? If you pay a water bill, you are purchasing water from a public water system, where your water is monitored, tested and the results reported to the federal, state or tribal drinking water agencies responsible for making sure it meets the National Primary Drinking Water Standards. Your water company must notify you when contaminants are in the water they provide that may cause illness or other problems. Most people in the United States receive water from a community water system that provides its customers with an annual water quality report, also known as a Consumer Confidence Report. Normally, you will receive it with your water bill once a year in July. The report contains information on contaminants found, possible health effects, and the water’s source. If you do not receive a report, contact your water company for this information.

Private Water Supplies

If your drinking water does not come from a public water system, or you get your drinking water from a household well, you alone are responsible for assuring that it is safe. For this reason, routine testing for a few of the most common contaminants is highly recommended. Even if you currently have a safe, pure water supply, regular testing can be valuable because it establishes a record of water quality. This record is helpful in solving any future problems and in obtaining compensation if someone damages your water supply.

SERVPRO Cares

Here at SERVPRO, we want our customers to be aware of important matters like this one. Water plays a big factor in our lives, whether it be a water damage or for health reasons. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia wants what's best for our customers. 

via www.epa.gov

Professional Business Restoration Company

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Business Restoration Company 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 you're business can get back up and running "Like it never even happened."

Mold Facts - Cause & Affect

7/29/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Can Begin To Develop Within 24 Hours after Water Damage

Normal drying methods may be the first thought of the customer, but in most cases, are simply not enough to reduce the humidity levels in a home after a major accident of water loss. Mold is able to grow behind cabinets, walls and under flooring very quickly, so the threat has to be handled by professionals who know how to properly dry flooring, walls, and other fixtures on the property.

Mold Facts

  1. Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  2. Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air.
  3. Mold spores thrive on moisture.
  4. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  5. Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  6. Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.

If you think that your home or business may have a mold problem, SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia can assist with having you scheduled for a certified mold inspection, with a follow up service to use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise remediation. (601)823-1100

Residential Mold Damage Solution

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Residential Mold Damage Solution SERVPRO can clean your unexpected mold problem!

Surprise Mold Damage

A home owner moved out a few weeks ago, and as she took a look around the house, she noticed a musty odor throughout the property. She also noticed some visible growth on the back of the kitchen wall. In a panic, the tenants called us after she saw the damage to her rental property. What she did not know is just how serious this microbial growth or mold has escalated. She was unaware that it has been growing behind the cabinets. When our professional technicians came in, we were able to discover that there was a leak in the supply line to the sink which caused the mold.

SERVPRO Solution

We contained the affected area to prevent cross contamination into unaffected areas of the home. Then, we began with our mold remediation process. All affected drywall and cabinets were discarded. The remaining wood framing was sanded and the entire area was detail cleaned with HEPA Vacuums and the room was placed under negative air to capture the mold and mold spores to return home to favorable air quality and begin reconstruction.

Mold Remediation

As long-time professionals in the Mold Removal & Mold Remediation business, we would like to be your #1 resource for all your mold concerns and services. We are always willing to help answer questions over the phone as well! (601) 823-1100

Business Water, Fire & Storm Damage Emergency Dispatch Team

7/24/2019 (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

Bat Droppings Cleanup Crew

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

Biohazard Bat Droppings Cleanup Crew How to clean up bat droppings? The answer is call SERVPRO!

Bats!?

These flying mammals love dark and secure structures; therefore, that makes your attic the perfect candidate for them to move in.

Think you have an issue with bats at your property? Here is a helpful list of questions may need to answer:

  • Are there a large number of bats outside the building? 
  • Has anyone heard scratching or squeaking noises from walls, the chimney, or attic?
  • Are there unexplained stains on walls and ceilings?
  • Are there rub marks on the outside of the building around areas with holes or cracks? 

Bats can carry different diseases that can harm humans in many ways. Rabies being one of the illnesses. The other is Histoplasmosis. What's that? 
According to the Mayo Clinic, it's defined as:
An infection caused by breathing in spores of a fungus often found in bird and bat droppings. Histoplasmosis is most commonly transmitted when these spores become airborne, often during cleanup or demolition projects.

Not only are bats a pest in your home, mold can start to grow in the bat droppings.

Do Not Clean Yourself

There is a specialized remediation process to remove the bat droppings from the attic space and dispose of them. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is highly trained in the remediation process for buildings and homes affected by bat infestations.

During the removal process, all materials that have come in contact with the bat droppings would have to be removed and disposed of under state regulations for Bio Hazardous Waste.

What does that include?

Drywall, insulation, cloth materials, cardboard and wood (depending on the saturation of droppings)

If you've had a bad infestation, do not wait to give us a call. (601) 823-1100

Storm Aftermath - "Now What?"

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Aftermath - "Now What?" 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

What Areas Does SERVPRO Cover?

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Damage 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 even more valuable to these organizations in their time of need.