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Thunderstorm Facts

8/15/2020 (Permalink)

A picture of thunderstorm with a myth and fact wrote across it. Thunderstorm myth and fact!

Thunderstorms are defined as storms that produce thunder and lightning. Severe thunderstorms may also produce:

  • Rain

  • High winds

  • Sleet or snow

It’s important to note that thunderstorms do not always produce moisture. A storm in which you see lightning and hear thunder but never feel a drop of water is known as a “dry” thunderstorm. Thunderstorms that produce hail and tornadoes are known as “supercell” storms. Storms occur either in clusters or lines; therefore, they may present as a single thunderstorm or as multiple thunderstorms hitting one after the other.

Causes

Thunderstorms are caused when moisture from the lower or mid-level part of the atmosphere mixes with warm, unstable air from the ground. Moisture and air then push upwards into the higher atmosphere to form clouds that produce thunder and lightning, as well as potential precipitation. Spring, summer and fall are most conducive to thunderstorms because the sun heats the ground and moisture is more perceptible in the air, especially in humid climates.

Thunderstorms must also be lifted to begin their formation. Some sources of lift include:

  • More heat on the ground than in the air

  • Changes in atmospheric conditions near mountains

  • Weather front changes caused by clashing cold and hot air

  • Drylines, or when moist and dry air clash

  • Land or sea breezes

Any of these situations can immediately create a thunderstorm without warning, even in the middle of a clear blue day. In many cases, these storms will also be accompanied by lightning. Most will not come with hail or tornadoes, unless they occur in tornado-prone states such as Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is always here to give you the facts! 

Water Restoration Process

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Team cleaning up water damaged floor. "Like it never even happened,"

Don't let water damages blindside you

When calling a restoration company when you experience a water loss, the most important detail you need to know is the amount of time the structure has remained abnormally wet. If you don't know the exact time, that is okay. Give us your best guess. With that information, we can determine how quickly the damage needs to be responded to.

Call your local professionals- Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia!

Restoration Process

The goal of the restoration process is to bring an abnormally wet and potentially damaged structure back to its preloss condition in the most economical and efficient manner as possible.

In the beginning of the process your SERVPRO professional must identify all affected materials. Next comes documenting what type of materials are affected. Affected Materials are then evaluated against three criteria to determine if they should be restored or replaced.

What we take into account:

  •  Degree of contamination
  •  Damage to item
  •  Cost of restoration verses cost of replacement

Once material has been identified and the SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia professionals has decided what needs to be dried and what needs to be replaced, they will then measure the Temperature/Humidity for drying analysis.

NEXT

We remove as much water as possible from the affected area.

Don't worry about your furniture- it will be moved and blocked as necessary. It may be necessary to remove carpet pad to protect the subfloor and speed the drying process.

The carpet will be checked for restorability, delamination and mold growth.
Sometimes it is also necessary to include the application of a EPA- registered disinfectant.

Equipment:

Drying equipment such as commercial dehumidifiers and commercial air movers may be used to dry the property. The purpose of the equipment is to remove excess moisture and bring the relative humidity levels back down to normal.

The equipment is then left running for approximately three days until all affected material left in the home are at or below a goal level set by your IICRC certified SERVPRO professional.

Then What?

Throughout the drying process you can expect the Technician to visit the home daily to monitor the progress of the material and to adjust equipment as necessary.

Once our SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia professionals has deemed the structure is dry, the process of putting the home back together is now ready to begin. Soon your home will be back to normal and it will be ”Like it never even happened.”

(601) 823-1100

Business Biohazard Damage

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO team member in a PPE suit, restoring a damaged home. Our professions have the equipment and experience for cleaning contaminated content!

Business Biohazard Restoration

Removal of biohazardous substances and disposal of them properly takes professional hands that are trained to do a safe cleanup and restoration.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia professionals are equipped with the safety equipment and cleaning products needed to get your business back into clean, safe condition. Our technicians are specialized, trained and experienced in biohazard restoration, which is important when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

Biohazards contamination can be dangerous and emotional for all involved.

What Does Biohazard Cleanup & Restoration Mean?

These services include:

  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

What to Do?

Stay out of affected areas.

Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.

Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.

Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage

Other Tips on Contamination:

Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.

Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.

Don’t use television or other household appliances.

Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia understands that biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during business hours. We are available 24 hours a day365 days a year.

601-823-1100

Water Quality Month

8/1/2020 (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

How Did We Do?

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Tell Us Why Choose SERVPRO

Did a disaster occur and SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia truly make it "Like it never even happened."

Were we nice on the phone and fulfilled our promises we made?

Or are there some concerns you would like us to know about, so we can take care of them?

Your Feedback is Valuable to Us

Leaving us a you're feedback on any of our three websites is one of the best communications we have with our customers. It helps us determine what steps we need to make to improve our services. Not only does it help us better our work, but it also gives us encouragement and motivation for the next jobs. We love nothing more than our happy customers. 

We Want Our Customers' Voice

We highly enjoy receiving your feedback and hearing about your experience because of three honest reasons:

1.) We can address each customer based on their review/rating, allowing effective communication where we can resolve any misunderstandings. Don't be left in the dark! Speak out!

2.) If we made you truly satisfied, your voice carries. Recommend us to your friends! 

3.) This is a tool that always helps us. Positive feedback helps our technicians know they are doing something right. SERVPRO is so incredibly grateful for each positive voice. We truly love reading the uplifting things you have to say about SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia. Thank you.

Reviews & Ratings are your way of speaking out. So PLEASE, if you've used our services before, don't hesitate to give us you're feedback on the links below. Thank you.

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Summertime Fire Pit Safety Tips

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Here in Brookhaven, MS its a tradition to enjoy the cooler nights outside around a homemade fire pit! Many of us are looking forward to spending time gathering around them to enjoy time with family and friends. Before you start dreaming of moonlit nights and toasted marshmallows, take a moment to check out some of these tips from Allstate to remember.

Backyard Fire Pit Safety Tips:

  • Whether you prefer a built-in or portable fire pit, choose one that is not too large for the area. The pit should be a minimum of 10 feet away from any structures or combustible materials as well as away from trees, fences, sheds, power lines, and telephone wires.
  • Make sure that the seating area is large enough and properly placed for comfort and ventilation.
  • Check wind direction before lighting a fire.
  • Don’t use flammable fluids (gasoline, lighter fluid, etc.) to light or relight fires.
  • To start the fire, use a lighter to ignite crumpled pieces of paper covered with small sticks. Then, add larger sticks and a log or two to keep it burning. 
  • Burn only dry material. Damp material will create excess smoke. 
  • Don’t wear flammable clothing (like nylon) or any loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave the fire unattended, and keep pets and children far away from the fire as they will be attracted to it.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher, garden hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  • As the fire dies down, use a shovel and spread out the ashes to allow them to cool down. Then slowly pour water over those ashes and watch them closely to be sure that no burning embers remain or reignite. Put the cooled ashes in a specially designated ash storage metal can. 

Severe Storm Facts and Prep

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

Don't Let Storms Blindside You

Severe weather can be quite scary for us because it is out of our control and can happen at any time, and anywhere. Although we cannot control the weather, we can indeed control how to prepare for it.

Get the Statistics
Americans cope with an average of the following intense storms: 

  • 10,000 severe thunderstorms
  • 5,000 floods or flash floods
  • 1,000 tornadoes
  • 2 land falling, deadly hurricanes

Approximately 98 percent of all presidential declared disasters are weather-related, leading to around 500 deaths per year and nearly $15 billion in damage. That can be pretty alarming. So now knowing this information, what should you do? Become weather-ready!

Be Aware 

Being aware is the most important step in becoming weather-ready. What do we mean? Understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you, your business and your family. Check the weather forecast regularly, obtain a NOAA Weather Radio, and learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts. Severe weather comes in many forms and your shelter plan should include all types of local hazards.

Take the Next Step- Action! 

  • Create a system that monitors weather conditions locally, especially during hurricane season
  • Have more than one way to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts
  • Create a communication plan for your home or business
  • Establish a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center
  • Put together or purchase an emergency kit
  • Keep important papers and valuables in a safe place

Don't Be Silent 

Once you have taken action to prepare for severe weather, share your story with co-workers and family and friends on Facebook or Twitter. Your preparedness story will inspire others to do the same.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia (601)823-1100

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When Fire Attacks Your Business

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

Burned up office with a lot of soot. SERVPRO is here to help your business get back on track!

At SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, we take fire damages seriously. Fire losses account for approximately $2.3 billion in commercial and industrial direct property loss each year.  At times you can have large-loss fires that affect buildings such as apartments, facilities, and places people work. These types of losses affect multiple lives. It can take a lot of effort on everyone's part to provide support.

Property Owner Tips

  • Make sure everyone is safe and away from the property. Safety is the number one concern.
  • Get the community involved in helping families or workers that may be affected
  • Bring your adjuster in early to help manage things such as photos, mitigation, documenting anything they need to.
  • Analyze your policy, including all clauses, additions, extensions, and exclusions.
  • Bring in experts to check out the damages
  • Communication is key. Everyone should stay in good contact to get the job done as smoothly as possible.
  • Know that the process can be long and require a lot of patience.

We hope you never need these expert services but if you do, call us at (601) 823-1100 or send us a message through Facebook.

What To Do Until Help Arrives

6/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water damaged hallway carpet. Stay calm - Stay patient!

Water Damage To-Do's Until We Arrive

If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO arrives:

  • Shut off the source of the water.

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors

  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors

Why Call a Professional?

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damaged wall with the saying "Don't do it Yourself" across it. Hey Do-It-Yourselfer, Trust the Professionals!

Don’t Do It Yourself

We understand you want to save money, but taking the job upon yourself can cause more damage than it is worth. Don't be a “do-it-yourselfer”.

What Happens?

We had someone call about an extensive water leak in the roof. After they called around different businesses, they then decided to become a “do-it-yourselfer”. After a few hours on "Google" and "YouTube” they thought the job seemed simple enough. They then went to the expense to rent a carpet cleaner and buy a small dehumidifier. Thinking they fixed the problem themselves, they began to smell a musty odor. So they call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia to come deodorize the home, however our technicians wanted to find the location of the smell.

After pulling the baseboards and the corners of the carpet up, we noticed immediately the water and the mold starting. After the initial inspection was done we provided them with a full estimate to fix the damages. They were shocked at how much lower our estimate was from all the others they had received. Within hours we began our work, returning this family’s home to "like new" condition in only two weeks!

Call us straight away to save yourself the time and money! (601) 823-1100

Summer Time Business Upkeep

6/18/2020 (Permalink)

A hallway of an average business building. Let us help you keep your business looking the way it's supposed to!

Keep your business clean! Yes we've all done our spring cleaning, but what about summer time upkeep? Keeping your work environment pleasant and healthy during the summer is a big job. The heat and dust, insects, and workers out on vacation all can cause your workplace to look a bit less professional than it usually does. Here are some tips for you to use to keep your place of business looking great during the summer months:

DAILY

  • Install insect traps in places where they hide. Fly strips are a good idea to use near entrances.
  • Dust surfaces daily.
  • Clean and disinfect all bathrooms, to include: mirror, countertop, sinks, and both the inside AND outside of toilets.
  • Clean and disinfect doors, door handles, and light switches.
  • Sweep and mop floors, using a disinfectant liquid. Make sure the mop head gets cleaned and/or replaced regularly.
  • Clean cigarette trash from provided receptacles.
  • Clean and polish drinking fountain, if you have one.
  • Clean and disinfect kitchen area, to include sinks and countertops.
  • Clean all glass, especially entrance doors.

WEEKLY

  • Wipe down and disinfect work desks and machinery such as phones, keyboards, printers, and filing cabinets.
  • Sweep and vacuum all offices.
  • Dust accessible window sills and baseboards.
  • Dust artwork, framed certifications, and news articles, etc.
  • Clean out the refrigerator and wash/disinfect microwave.
  • Sweep exterior entrances, both front, and back.
  • Make sure break areas are clean and presentable.
  • Remove trash and debris from parking areas.
  • Ensure there is no standing water on the property that could attract mosquitoes.

MONTHLY

  • Inspect roofing, exterior doors and windows, and parking areas for potential problems and maintenance needs.
  • Trim back large bushes and tree limbs on your property ahead of wet summer weather.
  • Do a quick inspection of fencing and entrance gates.
  • Schedule periodic maintenance of HVAC and ductwork regularly during this season of heavy usage.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is ready to help you with all your cleaning and maintenance projects, both large and small. 

Need periodic inspections, or cleanup assistance after water or fire damage? Call us at (601) 823-1100

Hotel & Apartment Water Damage

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

Hotel hallway with SERVPRO equipment drying out rooms 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

Hurricane Season Tips

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Palm Tree blowing in strong winds Stay informed!

Hurricane Season is Here

Hurricane season starts on June 1st in Mississippi with our main threat being water and wind damage. Hurricanes are one of the most dramatic, damaging and life altering events that can occur in our state.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia wants to make sure you are prepare for this storm season.

Here are some tips:

  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio or to commercial radio or television newscasts for the latest information. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Look for approaching storms.
  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.

According to msema.org, prepare a three to five-day disaster kid that should contain:

  1. Flashlight and battery-powered radio with additional batteries.
  2. Canned and non-perishable food.
  3. Bottled water.
  4. Toiletry items.
  5. Pet food and pet supplies.
  6. Medicine and prescription medication.
  7. Copies of important family papers and documents.

Protect Your Home After Storms

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Be Prepared

Preparation is the Key. There is no homeowner that can be too prepared, especially those who purchase new homes. It is so important to pay attention to new homes these days, because even the slightest problems give water access to unprotected materials used during construction. 
 
SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia can get confused for just a carpet cleaning service, but we are so much more. We offer a variety of services to help dry your entire home, including crawl spaces and other hard to reach areas.

Crawl Spaces:

Depending on the foundation of your home, more than likely when you open your crawl space access, you'll find a dirt floor underneath. You may also find puddles of standing water, bugs, rodents, and little to no ventilation. 
 
At SERVPRO, we can provide you with crawl space encapsulation services. Our professional services involve the use of recent technology to separate the crawl space from the ground using a high-quality vapor barrier; this creates an additional layer that protects your home from outdoor elements. 
 
Our highly trained technicians perform a full inspection to determine the state of your crawl space before doing anything else. This involves locating and repairing any possible water problems that exist, along with cleaning, mold, and pest remediation services before encapsulating, to help avoid leaving vermin or fungi behind that can destroy the seal around the barrier we create. 
 
SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia can fully encapsulate your crawl space and install high-quality dehumidifiers to help regulate the temperature that exists, this often reduces foundation cracks, interior drywall cracks, developing uneven floors and produces great results your family can enjoy. 
 
Contact SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia for additional information or to obtain the services you need today.

(601) 823-1100

Understanding the Fire Damage Restoration Details

4/15/2020 (Permalink)

An image showing before and after of thick soot on a table and the clean results SERVPRO has not only the professional products but also the eye for detail to restore your fire damage content.

Fire Damage

Smoke and soot affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings are the very things that make a house a home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals specialize in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Their expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. They pretest your belongings to determine what items they can restore to pre-fire condition.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out has several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, they will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage. 

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. 

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician

Document/Photograph Drying

When you're valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water or fire, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. Learn more about our document restoration services.

Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia for your fire remediation process! (601) 823-1100 

Consequences to DIY Water Cleanup

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

After a water emergency that floods a home or business, the last thing that most people want to deal with is a bill for cleaning up the damage. This is what leads many homeowners to attempt water extraction on their own instead of calling a professional. 
 
If you're in need of water removal in the Brookhaven, McComb or Columbia area, you may be tempted to save money by trying to get rid of the excess water on your own. However, going this route typically has more consequences than benefits and will result in greater losses of time, money, and your possessions in the long run.

Here's why calling SERVPRO for professional water removal is a smart move:
 
Professional Do It the Best.
While some homeowners resort to opening windows and doors, turning on ceiling fans, and blotting towels around the house, SERVPRO has powerful equipment that ensures efficient and thorough water removal. We're also often able to restore documents, books, furnishings, and electronic devices affected by water damage, plus we'll get your home's humidity back to an appropriate level. 
 
Many Water Emergencies are Hazardous. 
If your house has been flooded with gray or black water, such as that from a natural disaster, backed up sewer line, or a leaky toilet, an expert's attention is the best. These types of water are risky for untrained persons to handle because it involves disease causing waste and debris. This is the type of material that can't simply be put out with the week's garbage and needs proper and safe disposal.  We're knowledgeable about how to get rid of contaminated waste during water extraction, so there are no lingering health risks to your family or pets. 
 
Did You Even Consider Mold or Mildew.
One reason that so many homeowners who attempt DIY water removal eventually end up calling a pro is unseen damage caused by mold and mildew. While your flooring and possessions may look and feel dry, without proper water extraction and controlling humidity, mold and mildew will thrive, cause foul odors, and ruin your home's structure along with your possessions and furniture. SERVPRO technicians are trained at protecting against the growth of mold and mildew and have effective strategies to combat it. 
 
At SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, we know how important it is to get your home back in order as quickly as possible. We'll help you mitigate the costs of any water emergency by restoring your possessions and preventing future damage to your home. For more information about our water removal services or to receive a quote, call us at (601) 823-1100.

Spring Storm Tips

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

An umbrella that has a SERVPRO logo on it April showers may bring May showers, but SERVPRO wants to be sure you have the tips to be prepared for the spring storms ahead.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

This is true, but unfortunately showers can also bring severe weather threats such as hail, high winds, tornadoes and lightning. According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms cause more than $1 billion in property damage each year. Without proper home preparation and maintenance upkeep, the damage could be very costly if severe weather came through. In Mississippi, the weather changes one day to the next. Below are some helpful tips to prevent spring storms from damaging your home.

 Spring Storm Tips:

1.  Clean the gutters. Cleaning out any leaves or debris that may have accumulated in the gutters will help prevent water damage. Check to make sure the downspout directs water away from the foundation, and add extensions if necessary to keep the water away from your house. It’s also a good plan to install gutter guards. These will protect your gutters from clogging and ensure that water does not accumulate on the roof.

2.  Maintain roof maintenance. Replace roof shingles that are cracked or loose. This will help prevent damage from roof leaks.

3.  Check the caulking. It is important to check caulking for decay around doors, windows, corner boards, and joints, and re-caulk where needed. Be sure the seals are tight to improve insulation and prevent water damage.

4.  Look around the yard. Trim your trees and remove dead or loose branches to prevent them from becoming projectiles during a storm.

5.  Prepare your patio before a storm. When a storm is approaching, be sure to move all patio furniture, trash cans and any other loose outside items to your shed or garage – these could become flying projectiles.

Spring Cleaning Tips 2020

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

Cleaning Supplies in a pile SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb and Columbia spring cleans all year long!

Every house hold knows what time of the year it is.

Yes, Spring Cleaning!

The day has arrived where it feels nice outside and you give your home or business that deep cleaning it's been needing all year. But here at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, we want you to keep your home or business in good condition all year long!

Helpful Spring-Cleaning Tips

OFFICE:

  • Divide your work space into zones:
    Determine how you want and need to use the space and set up zones for your daily functions. You may require a work space for your computer, a library area for your research, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. This will provide a foundation for a more efficient use of space.
  • Keep only what you need at arm's length: Boxes of pens, stacks of papers and old coffee cups need to go. Rid your desk of visual clutter by paring down the items on top to the essentials only. Supplies, paperwork and personal items should be kept in the zones you've establishes for them.
  • Create a daily paper system:
    Consider creating hanging files or baskets labeled "to read," "to do," and "to file." Establish set days for each, so that you don't get behind or feel the overwhelming need to do everything at once.
  • Sort your catch-all drawer:
    Use drawer dividers to give everything a place, like compartments for paperclips and rubber bands. Go through the drawer every six weeks and clear out anything that is out of place or isn't being used.
  • Eliminate digital clutter:
    Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter. Organize digital files and your email inbox just as you would paper files- with a system of logical and clearly labeled folders. Also, keep the icons on your desktop to a bare minimum, and trade in sticky notes on your monitor for calendar reminders.
  • Disinfect regularly:
    Prevent the buildup of dust, dirt, food stains and fingerprints. Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard and monitor once a week with disinfecting wipes

Tell us how these helpful tips work out for you by sending us a message on Facebook!

Can't do it all yourself? We don't expect you to. Call (601) 823-1100 and schedule a time for us to give your home or business a professional cleaning.

Keeping Your Home Safe

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

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! 

Watering Tips

3/26/2020 (Permalink)

An outside water faucet on the side of a house We care about you! SERVPRO always wants to give you the most beneficial tips.

INDOOR WATERING TIPS:

Don’t forget to check your faucets for leaks! Leaks waste water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Everyday Water Use

    • 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.

Watering Plants

    • 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.

When to Water

    • 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.

How to Water

    • 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.

For more information check out www.bwwb.org

Signs of Sewer Line Issues in Your Business

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

A business's employee bathroom before a sewage damage Sewage Damage Tips- Know the signs!

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.

1. Odors

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.

Unexpected Water Damage

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

An empty room that has water on the floor with SERVPRO's equipment drying it up Your trusted water restoration company is ready- 24/7/365!

What do water damages include?

  • Plumbing issues
  • Bursting/leaking pipes
  • Malfunctioning appliances
  • Weather-related water 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.

About US

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. 

Drying Process

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. 

Flash Flooding Tips 2020

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Flood waters entering a home through the garage door. We try to help our community prevent damages. But when disasters strike, we are here to help restore things back to pre-damage conditions!

FLASH FLOODING CAN HAPPEN WITHIN A FEW HOURS OR EVEN MINUTES

So far this year we have an an abundant amount of rain and lack of sunshine to dry everything up. Jackson, Ms is currently having flooding issues with the rising of Pearl River from all the rain, damaging homes and businesses that are in low-lying areas. Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, Ms can have the same flooding issues in low-lying areas, whether you're close to a water source or not. Don't wait until it's raining and it doesn't stop and waters start to rise.

BEFORE THE FLOOD:

  1. Have a qualified professional elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
  2. Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home or business.
  3. Seal walls in basement with waterproofing compounds to help avoid seepage.

DURING THE FLOOD:

  1. Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so.
  2. Disconnect electrical appliances!
  3. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  4. Do not walk through moving water- even six inches of moving water can make you fall.

AFTER THE FLOOD:

  1. Listen for news reports to learn if the community's water supply is safe to drink.
  2. Avoid floodwaters- water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage.  Water may also be electrically charged.
  3. Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
  4. Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

Should your home or business be affected by the recent significant rain fall or flooding....Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia.  We are always here to help!

Sewage Backup & Toilet Overflow Damages

2/16/2020 (Permalink)

Biohazard Help

Sewage backups and toilet overflows 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 not only trained to assess these issues, but has tackled these biohazard damages several times during 2019!

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

Valentine's Fire Hazards!

2/12/2020 (Permalink)

Don't Let Your Romance Go Up in Smoke!

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

The Trick to Coffee Stains!

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

A coffee cup spilled over on carpet. It's always best to stay away from harsh chemicals when it comes to removing carpet stains yourself.

You can't help but love SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia for sharing our home tips on how to get those stubborn coffee stains out of your carpeting!

Step One:

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!

Step Two:

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. 

Step Three: 

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!

Step Four:

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. 

Step Five:

Once your stain is gone, take a dry towel and lay over still wet area then 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

Foul Odor Removal Services

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

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!

Is Your Business Prepared?

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

50% of that may never reopen suffer from a disaster. Be Prepared!

Preparation Tips for Your Business

Though you hope a fire never affects your business in Brookhaven, McComb or Columbia, MS, fires can occur without warning and can quickly cause damage. As a business owner or manager, it’s helpful to know fire preparation approaches to take to keep your business and those around you safe.

1. Check Your Equipment

As you prepare your business for a fire, it’s important to take preventative steps to protect yourself, those around you and your business. Make sure all electrical equipment in the building is maintained as needed to lessen the chance of an electrical fire. It’s also important to check that the smoke alarms in your building are working and to change smoke alarm batteries yearly. If your smoke alarm hasn’t been replaced in ten years or more, it’s time for a replacement.

2. Protect Your Data

When it comes to fire preparation, it can be easy to forget about protecting information that is crucial to your business. Storing important documents in fire-resistant, water-resistant containers can help keep documents from becoming damage. It’s also helpful to have extra copies of documents. With any electronic information, make sure to have backups so you can access information elsewhere.

3. Have a Plan

Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is an important element of any disaster preparation plan. Make sure you know what routes to take if a fire starts in your building to escape. Make sure your employees and those around you are also aware of what to do in the event of a fire. Implementing fire drills every so often can help to keep you and those around you prepared in case a fire occurs. Creating an ERP with SERVPRO will also speed up the restoration process in case damage does occur.

Fire preparation can help you prepare your business for fires and for other emergencies. In the event that your business has already sustained damage from a fire, it might be helpful to work with fire damage restoration professionals, such as SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, who can help you restore your building.

(601) 823-1100

Need-to-Know Fire Facts

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

The aftermath of a severe house fire. Smut and ash is everywhere and the structure is destroyed. When all seems lost, our team is 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.

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

Gas Fireplace Hazards

1/22/2020 (Permalink)

Firefighters trying to put out a big house fire from the outside of the fireplace. It could happen to anyone.

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

Via Hunker.com

Water Damage Tips for Your Business

1/15/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage in Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia, MS, is a common cause of destruction to many businesses every year, and a flooded company can be difficult to clean. It costs time, money and energy to restore a business, but there are several steps you can take to make cleaning your business after water damage a less stressful, easier process.

Air Out the Space

When cleaning your business, it’s important to try to dry out as much as possible as quickly as possible. If it will not cause any further damage, opening windows can help increase the airflow in your business and will help items inside dry out more quickly. If the ceilings have not been affected by water, you can also use fans to help everything inside your building dry quickly. Clothing, however, should be removed and taken to dry cleaning.

Don’t Wait To Call

As overwhelming as you may be with your flooded company, it’s important to start cleaning your business as soon as it is safe. Keep an eye out for what could be the cause of loss such as broken pipes. When you know where the source is, then that helps in resolving the problem. The sooner you call for help, the sooner the cleanup begins and can reopen your business. 

Avoid Using Electrical Items

Though you may be tempted to try and see if various appliances still work, using electrical items that may have been damaged by water can be incredibly dangerous. Avoid the temptation to test out any appliances you may have and instead focus on safely moving other items. Make sure you also don’t use any sort of electrical items to try and clean up the area, as outlets in your business may be damaged.

As you clean your business, make sure you work with professionals who can help you safely make fixes. Although cleaning a flooded company may seem impossible, if you are mindful of working quickly and safely, you can quickly open your business’s doors again. For more information, visit our commercial water damage page on our website.

Water Damage Causes During Winter

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

A bathroom faucet dripping water. DON'T LET THE COLD SNEAK UP ON YOU.

Don't Forget About Those Pipes!

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, 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.”

Winter Weather Tips for Business Owners

1/10/2020 (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.

What To Be Aware of During New Years

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

Fireworks on the ground, shooting up sparkles Don't start the new year off with a disaster!

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

SERVPRO Saves As Much As Possible!

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

A stain on a club chair from being water damaged. 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.

The "Need-to-Know" on Holiday Decorating

12/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why Taking Safety Precautions During the Holidays is Important

Christmas trees aren't the only thing that will make your holiday go up in smoke!

Holiday Decorations: 

That's right, your decorations can be hazardous too! It's averaged, per year, that 780home structure fires began with decorations in 2013-2017. That's excluding Christmas trees.

As we always warn with Christmas trees, decorations were also too close to a heat source such as a candle or equipment in more than 44% of those fires.

A good portion of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. Sixteen percent of those fires started in the living room, family room or den.

Candles: 

Yes, your candles too! Though it may be obvious, having your candles placed & lit all in your garland, or whatever decoration, can be very regretting. On average, 22 home candle fires were reported each day between 2013-2017.

60% of those candle fires started when something that could burn, burned by being too close to the candle, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations.

A whopping 18% of December candle fires started in the living room and 8% started in the dining room, whereas for the rest of the year, fires are 14% and 3% for those areas. That's quite a difference when we are taking about actual fires, and those are only the ones that are reported!

The two peak days for candle fires were Christmas and Christmas Eve. Definitely not the way you'd want to spend your Christmas.

Holiday Cooking:

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, as we've cautioned you about before. But of course, with all the families and friends gathering together again, Christmas Day and Christmas Eve follow right behind Thanksgiving for fires caused by cooking.

Decorations pose a problem here too, causing 19% of home cooking fires. That is one of every five homes that was devastated by the damages of fire. The cause? Decorations that are left on or too close to a stove or other cooking equipment. 

Please don't take this information lightly! This is your need-to-know information to help keep you from being one of these numbers.

[via nfpa.org]

Rain Water Damage

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

A cut out in the water damaged ceiling with a later underneath the cut out Rain water can enter into your home through a damaged roof!

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

Tips to Avoid Christmas Tree Fires

12/15/2019 (Permalink)

A close up on a Christmas tree that is placed in front of a fire place Fact: Christmas tree fires can happen in the matter of SECONDS

The Stats

According to NFPA.org, between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees PER YEAR. The biggest portion (25%) of those Christmas tree fires started because of some type of heat source, such as a candle, fireplace or equipment, was too close to the tree. We hope to see these numbers go down!

We want to help you avoid your holiday from going up in smoke! 

Tips:

Picking the tree

Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2" from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source (like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights).
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit!
  • Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.

Lighting the tree

  • 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.

After Christmas

Why you should get rid of the tree after Christmas:
Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home.
Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards. Doing this also helps your Christmas light last longer.

via NFPA.org

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

Winter Water Damage Prevention

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

Airing out a water damaged bathroom with the cabinets and drawers open and about to set equipment 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.”

How To Identify Mold

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Dry wall that has been cut out to reveal the dark looking mold growing inside the wall Fact: There are thousands of different types of mold out there. Some are harmful while others aren't.

"What Does Mold Look Like?"

A lot of our customers want to know how to identify mold. First thing to know is that there is active and inactive mold. What does that mean? Well, active mold growth is either slimy or fuzzy. The color of mold is usually green, black, orange or purple. On the other hand, inactive mold is dry and powdery and may be white.
Early stages of mold can look like a fine web, whereas mold in full bloom looks bushy. Mold spores spread real easily, because they are carried by air currents, pets and people. Scary, huh?

“How can I Stop Mold from Spreading in my Home?”

The key is to WORK FAST.
We are at a disadvantage in the south because of our humid climate, but don’t let that hold you back! Mold cannot grow when the humidity and temperature is lowered. If there is a day when the humidity is low, open your windows. If not, use air conditioning and dehumidifiers (empty humidifiers often).

Another way to control mold from spreading is to isolate any moldy objects. Seal moldy trash in plastic bags and remove them immediately. Objects you can save should be dried or frozen ASAP because freezing inactivates mold.

Keep the area clean. Clean surfaces such as shelves and anywhere where valuables are kept. Use a disinfectant such as Lysol, and then use fans only after moldy objects are removed and all display and storage areas are clean.

"How Can I Save Moldy Possessions?"

It is possible to save your things that have been affected by mold. 
Air dry them away from other objects. Spread out papers, stand books on end and fan the pages open. Use blotting materials like clean towels or absorbent paper between layers of cloth or paper. Increase air circulation with a fan, but don't aim the fan directly at the objects.

If you can't dry the objects quickly or you have a large quantity, you can freeze books, documents and small textiles until conditions are right to dry them. Do not freeze moldy photographs.

Clean the mold only after it is dry and inactive. Very gently wipe or brush away the mold residue. Work outdoors if possible and always wear protective clothing and a respirator.

Avoid harsh cleaning products and bleach; they can ruin objects. Never vacuum fragile items. Use a household vacuum cleaner outdoors, since the exhaust will spread mold spores.

Be sure display and storage areas are free of mold before you return any clean object to its proper place. Reinspect the objects from time to time for any new mold growth.

Valuable artifacts and photographs should be handled by our professionals here at SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia.

Saving Your Home from Thanksgiving Disasters

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

A turkey that has caught on fire. Having fire damage can make your holiday harder than it should be. Take the easy route by following our safety precautions!

Making This Thanksgiving Easier 

"What could possibly go wrong at Thanksgiving, besides Uncle Eddie eating all the sweet potato pie?" Fire. Did you know fire damage is particularly higher this time of year? We need to keep fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time. It is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home. As you start preparing your holiday schedule and organizing that large family feast, remember, by following a few simple safety tips you can enjoy time with your loved ones and keep yourself and your family safer from fire.

Thanksgiving Facts
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving.

  • In 2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,600 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths. 

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

(via www.nfpa.org)

Space Heater Tips for Mississippi's Arctic Surge!

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

A space heater sitting on the living room floor Stay safe and warm during this arctic cold front this November!

Temperatures have already dropped with this arctic cold front this November! No one likes to be cold, but there are safety precautions when trying to stay warm. Portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of supplemental heat for your home or work place in cold weather. Unfortunately, they can pose significant fire and electric shock hazards if not used properly.

Safety should always be a top consideration when using space heaters. Here are some tips for on how to keep your home safe and warm during this arctic cold surge:

  • 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)

Certified Professional Water Restoration Company

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

Image consist of the text showing that IICRC stands for Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification Looking for the best restoration company? Trust the trained and certified professionals here at SERVPRO!

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.

[via IICRC.org]

How to Prepare for Cooler Weather

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Someone's hand has a glove on while cleaning out dead leaves from the gutter Autumn Weather Cleaning Tips!

Outdoor Cleaning Tips that Could help Prevent Damage this Fall

Happy fall, y'all! The chill is in the air and the leaves are finally falling. 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 fall 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!

Professional Fire Damage Restoration Team

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

A kitchen fire with SERVPRO's logo across the image and "Fire Damage?" ask underneath the logo SERVPRO is here to help!

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 Does Water Damage Look Like?

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage Signs

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!

Fire Prevention Week

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

Seconds Count

Seconds can mean the difference between residents of our community escaping safely from a fire or having their lives end in tragedy.

That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan. Here’s this year’s key campaign messages:

  • Draw a map of your home with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit.
  • Practice your home fire drill twice a year. Conduct one at night and one during the day with everyone in your home, and practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Make sure the number of your home is clearly marked and easy for the fire department to find.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave – this may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire.
  • Once you get outside, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building.

via http://www.nfpa.org/

Have you contacted your local fire department? See how you can get involved with them and your community to prevent house fires. Sometimes they will have events or give out smoke detectors for your home. Don't think this could never happen to you because it easily could. We don't have control over everything in our homes! We understand that, and SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is faster to any size disaster!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

pink ribbon with the words "Breast Cancer Awareness Month" next to it We support the pink ribbon!

This month we wear pink! SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia supports the pink ribbon. We dedicated this blog to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Are you aware?

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.

The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early. A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find breast cancer early when it’s easier to treat.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of detecting breast cancer early. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms, and encourage communities, organizations, families, and individuals to get involved.

How can National Breast Cancer Awareness Month make a difference?

We can use this opportunity to spread the word about steps women can take to detect breast cancer early.

Here are just a few ideas:

  • Ask doctors and nurses to speak to women about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer.
  • Encourage women ages 40 to 49 to talk with their doctors about when to start getting mammograms.
  • Organize an event to talk with women ages 50 to 74 in your community about getting mammograms every 2 years.

SERVPRO Values Your Time

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee walking away from a completed job site while carrying equipment We don't stopuntil the job is done!

Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia when you need it done right and done fast. Did you know when you hire us for your damage restoration needs, we work around your schedule and strive to get your business up & running ASAP? Quality cleaning and quick response - that is the SERVPRO way. Can't figure out how to get the job done? Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia for all your emergency restoration needs. When you experience a fire, water or mold damage in your home or facility, you need fast response and the expertise to get the job done right, ensuring you can get back into operation as quickly as possible. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information and the very best service at a fair price.

Storm Damage - What To Do Next

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricanes can cause extensive damage to your home or business. When the initial shock of the storm begins to fade, it’s hard to meet with reality on what to do next. How do I rebuild?  Where do I go from here? These are questions every homeowner faces after dealing with a major storm damage.

American Red Cross has some tips to help in that process.

Rebuilding

  • Secure double entry doors at the top and the bottom.
  • Strengthen existing garage doors to improve the wind resistance, particularly double- wide garage doors.
  • Protect windows with permanent storm shutters or one-half inch marine plywood that is pre-cut to fit your doors and windows.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding and unnecessary pressure on the awnings.
  • Select trees that are not as subject to uprooting to replace damaged ones. A gardening or landscaping professional can give you excellent advice.
  • Identify a place to store lawn furniture, toys, gardening tools and trash cans that is away from stairs and exits to prevent them from being moved by high winds and becoming missiles.

Ask a Pro to:

  • Ensure roof sheathing is properly installed.
  • Ensure end gables are securely fastened to the rest of the roof.
  • Fasten the roof to the walls with hurricane straps.
  • Elevate your home if it is near the coast and subject to flooding from storm surge.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia has not only the equipment to restore your home, but the professional hands to go along with it. Call today! (601) 823-1100

The Dedicated Restoration Company

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van out at night Day or night, we'll be there.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia truly cares for your situation. Our office manager spends time on the phone with our customers trying to write down every little detail of the situation, scheduling around their time and getting in touch with their adjusters. And sometimes a business/homeowner just needs some words of encouragement during this emotional time. Our whole crew teams up and calculates how we can get the job done the most efficient, fastest and cheapest way for the customer. We do not encourage disposal of damaged items. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia will always try to salvage your personal belongings and your business's equipment if we can. Though our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., that is not always the case with our technicians. Depending on how crucial the damage is, our technicians will stay till dark and on weekends working to get your home or business back to preloss conditions. We are dedicated to what we do, and we want our customers to know that we care. 

If at anytime you have any questions about our services and prices, please do not hesitate to call during our office hours. (601) 823-1100

"Like it never even happened."

Business Owners, Are You Aware?

9/2/2019 (Permalink)

Standing water puddled on the floor in a commercial building We always try to keep our business owners aware in order to make our community a better place!

Damage? To My Business? No way!

We don’t want your business to have any type of damage, but the reality of it is that any damage that can affect a residential property can also affect your commercial building. It is a topic no one likes to think about, but is necessary to be knowledge of.

So What Can Happen?

Storm: Damage caused by strong winds and heavy rain which can remove roof tiles, break windows and more. Storm damages can be very devastating and can cause your business to be put on hold until it’s restored.

Water: This damage can be caused by burst pipes, floods, rain or a number of other things. In any case, this can then result in contaminated water affecting surfaces and furniture, in mold growing and in items being eroded. Electricity and water damage are particularly volatile when combined.

Fire: This type damage can come from a gas stove, faulty outlet or a cigarette that isn’t properly put out. In any case, this can then cause severe destruction to your property which requires cleaning and restoration services.

Mold: This is highly unhygienic as well as being unappealing to look at. Mold spreads quickly around properties as air-borne spores and remediation is very important to prevent it from getting out of hand. Mold grows in any kind of moist environment. Even that small leak under your office’s bathroom sink can eventually cause mold growth.

Don’t remain unaware of what can happen to your commercial building. If you have any uncertainties of a problem you may be having, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia(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

Bat Droppings Cleanup Crew

7/24/2019 (Permalink)

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

Professional Drying Equipment

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture Meters (like the one above) are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials.

"Like it never even happened."

Small water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia has the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology, and equipment must be counted on to perform properly. Our team will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by our highly trained technicians: 

Moisture Sensors - Used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls. 

Moisture Meters - Used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia to monitor the drying process. 

Thermohygrometers - Measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, we can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.

 Ultra-Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers - Atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas. 

Thermal Foggers - Dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach. 

SERVPRO not only has professional technicians with water restoration knowledge, but the equipment that allows us to do the job right the first time. Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia if you are experiencing any type of water damage.

(601) 823-1100

Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia Carpet Cleaning Professionals

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Yikes! Do you really know what your carpet looks like? Don't get used to filth, call SERVPRO!

Fresh and Clean

When investing in a nice carpet, you want it to last. After while, even the nicest carpets begin to soil.  We want to help you protect your investment. 

Professional Cleaning

Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. 

How often will I need professional cleaning?

Depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months.

Best thing to do:

Clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, we have experienced Professionals trained to the highest standards to handle carpet and upholstery cleaning from New Hebron, MS to Osyka, Ms and Columbia, MS to McCall Creek, MS and all areas in between.

Call SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. (601) 823-1100 

We are always here to help.

Hurricane Florence Cleanup and Restoration

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Disaster Recovery Team Response

We are dispatching today! Hurricane Florence has caused some major flooding and wind destruction, and SERVPRO of Brookhaven, McComb & Columbia is responding. In addition to the local Franchises that are located in the areas likely to be affected, SERVPRO has a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and designated Disaster Recovery Teams ready to mobilize if more resources are needed.

North Carolina rivers including the Neuse, Trent, and Cape Fear is reported to remain above and near record flood stage through the end of the week, exacerbating the flooding problems already felt through this past weekend.

Last night’s update said the storm continues to produce "heavy and locally excessive rainfall" across parts of the Carolinas and Virginia. Catastrophic and historic river flooding will continue for days across portions of the Carolinas. By the storm's end, up to 40 inches will fall in southeastern North Carolina and the northeastern tip of South Carolina. Other parts of the Carolinas will be left with up to 20 inches of rain.

Hurricane damage can be devastating over a widespread area, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the extent of the damage, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic events like Hurricane Florence, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

via: National Weather Service

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