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How to Choose Between Mold Removal and Mold Remediation

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How to Choose Between Mold Removal and Mold Remediation Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point today at 662-494-7733.

Discovering mold growth in your home can be an awful experience, and if left unchecked, mold can wreak havoc and destruction. Calling in experts to remove the growth can restore the safety of your home before the growth gets out of control. You need to be careful when choosing a professional because some may try to pull the wool over your eyes on how the process works. 

What happens during this process is not a complete wipe of mold in the home. The reason why is because it’s impossible: mold spores are everywhere much in the same way bacteria is, and they can’t be destroyed in totality. Services who claim they can may either be misinformed or dishonest, so it pays to know ahead of time what you need for your home. A company with the experience and expertise to know the difference won’t lead you astray.

The professionals here at SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point can handle mold growths in home, whether they spring up or worsen over time. The true process is mold remediation, in which the source of the growth is addressed and treated until mold levels reach a safe, natural amount. It takes more than removing mold-infested surfaces and filtering in fungicides, so the root of the problem is the most important thing to tackle.

Even though mold spots look and smell unpleasant, they aren’t going to be the main concern. Any business that eliminates the physical threat of mold alone isn’t doing the whole job, which is why it’s important to distinguish between a “removal” and remediation. The obvious signs of a growth go when the actual cause of the mold goes, so make sure you’re getting the procedure you need done.

If you need a mold assessment give SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point a call today! 662-494-7733.

Winter Weather Preparedness

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Winter Weather Preparedness When Winter weather strikes...SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point strikes back!

SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point is here is to help in any winter weather condition you may experience in your home or business. When winter weather strikes...we strick back! 

Here are some tips to help prepare your home and business for winter weather: 

1. Keep cabinet doors open during cold spells. This allows warm air to circulate around pipes.

2. Keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets, especially if the pipes for faucets run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.

3. Consider shutting off outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off vavle in the basement or crawl space and turn it to "off". 

4. Ensure gutters are clean and secure. Leaves and debri accumulate, causing a damming effect on gutters, which could lead to roof problems and water damage.

5. Proper maintenance of your furnace can help reduce the risk of puffbacks. 

6. Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Weather, such as wind, heavy rain, ice and snow, can cause brances to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.

7. Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.

8. Inspect all handrails, stairwells and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.

9. Let your Marketing Rep at SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point start a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business. It will be too late before you realize you need it! 

Understanding the Behavior of Smoke

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding the Behavior of Smoke Call us today at 662-494-7733. We are Here to Help!

The damage to your property following a fire can often be complicated due to the unique behavior of smoke. There are two different types of smoke-wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. The SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point Professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns. Knowing this information is vital to proper restoration. Before restoration begins, The SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point Professionals will survey the loss to determine the extent of impact from fire, smoke, heat, and moisture on the building materials and contents. The soot will then be tested to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. Pretesting determines the proper cleaning method and allows the SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point Professionals to focus on saving your precious items.

The SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point Professionals know smoke can penetrate various cavities within the structure, causing hidden damage and odor. Their knowledge of building systems helps them investigate how far smoke damage may have spread. The following are additional facts you may not know about smoke.

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different types of Smoke

  • Wet Smoke (Plastic and Rubber) - Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean
  • Dry Smoke (Paper and Wood) – Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.
  • Protein Fire Residue (Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire) – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) – While “puff backs” can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.
  • Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue) – Special loss situations require special care.

The SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point Professionals are trained to handle even the toughest losses. If your home or business suffers fire or smoke damage, contact the SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point Franchise Professionals to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire: The Facts.

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire: The Facts. If you are a victim of a fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point at 662-494-7733.

In 2014, fires caused 2745 deaths, 11,825 injuries, and $6.8 Billion in property damage.

Three out of five home fire deaths are caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or not working alarms.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94 percent of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80 percent of the time.

When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.

One quarter of home fire deaths are caused by fires that start in the bedroom. Another quarter result from fires in the living room, family room or den.

One-third of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening.   The time available is often much less.  Only 8 percent said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out.

Facts provided by National Fire Protection Association, nfpa.org

 WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Change HVAC filters; leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.                               

DON’T:

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.
  • If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Fire: The Facts.

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire: The Facts. If you are a victim of a fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point at 662-494-7733.

In 2014, fires caused 2745 deaths, 11,825 injuries, and $6.8 Billion in property damage.

Three out of five home fire deaths are caused by fires in homes with no smoke alarms or not working alarms.

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in reported home fires in half.

In fires considered large enough to activate the smoke alarm, hardwired alarms operated 94 percent of the time, while battery powered alarms operated 80 percent of the time.

When smoke alarms fail to operate, it is usually because batteries are missing, disconnected, or dead.

One quarter of home fire deaths are caused by fires that start in the bedroom. Another quarter result from fires in the living room, family room or den.

One-third of survey respondents who made an estimate thought they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire in their home would become life-threatening.   The time available is often much less.  Only 8 percent said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out.

Facts provided by National Fire Protection Association, nfpa.org

 WHAT TO DO UNTIL HELP ARRIVES

DO:

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
  • Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer/refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
  • Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
  • If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
  • Change HVAC filters; leave system off until a trained professional can check the system.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.                               

DON’T:

  • Don’t attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
  • Don’t attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting your SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances (TV sets, radios, etc.) that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without first consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Do not consume any food or beverages that may have been stored close to fire, heat or water, as they may be contaminated.
  • If ceiling is wet, do not turn on ceiling fans. Wiring may be wet or damaged and cause electrical shock, and air movement may create secondary damage.
  • Don’t send garments to the dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set in smoke odor.

Why SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Why SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point Call SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point today no matter how big or small your water damage is. 662-494-7733.

Rapid Response Recovery Time

Why should I choose a professional restoration company for water intrusion/ damage?

  • Homeowners and business owners should not risk doing the work themselves as there may hidden water or moisture that can go undetected to the untrained eye. Taking into account that mold growth can occur in as little as 24-48 hours in the presence of moisture, undetected water damage can pose long term problems if not properly handled.
  • Due to the potential hazards associated with water-related damage, moisture and water should be handled by properly trained and equipped professionals to ensure complete and necessary drying to prevent future harm, extensive structural damage and possible contamination.
  • Improper cleanup could hinder property re-sale value.
  • Professional restoration companies have essential tools and techniques to measure moisture in the area to ensure proper and complete drying in a timely manner.
  • Water technicians should be fully aware of water or moisture-related characteristics to locate leaks or water damaged areas that may otherwise go unnoticed.
  • Homes and other properties are large and often expensive assets. Why run the risks associated with improper drying, deodorizing and disinfecting which can lead to potential secondary structural damage? Help protect your property’s value by calling the professionals at SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point.

Why should I choose SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point for water cleanup and restoration?

  • SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point recognizes the necessity for prompt and accurate response and offer 1-4-8 Response Guidelines to help minimize additional, secondary or permanent damage and contamination. In addition, SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point is available for emergency response 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Knowledge and training are key elements in effective water removal and moisture damage. SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point applies their industry knowledge, training and understanding of how relative humidity, temperature, vapor pressure and air movement influence drying conditions.
  • Powerful and professional equipment is essential for proper mitigation and efficient restoration of water damaged areas. SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point is outfitted with state-of-the-art industrial grade equipment and products to measure the extent of moisture saturation and offer proper drying, deodorizing and disinfecting of water damaged areas.
  • SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point offers content restoration to restore water damaged contents and personal belongings. Often when water damage occurs, personal possessions are also damaged by moisture. SERVPRO Technicians work diligently to try and return personal contents to preloss conditions.
  • SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point works with insurance, real estate, contracting and property management companies to offer complete file management, estimates and detailed explanations of work, including status updates, changes and feedback to keep companies fully aware of a property’s drying, cleaning and restoration status. At SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point, we know you want quality information and proof of results. SERVPRO technology is designed to support your efforts!
  • Timely mitigation is key to the restoration process. Restoring property is the SERVPRO Professional’s first priority. You will appreciate the immediate response, and you will know everything possible is being done to limit the damage. Even if a loss is below the deductible amount, fast action helps assure the event will stay small!

Call SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point today at 662-494-7733. No water damage is too big or too small. 

Commercial Post Construction Clean-up & Restoration

8/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Post Construction Clean-up & Restoration Call SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point today to make it "Like It Never Even Happened!" 662-494-7733

SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point now specializes in post construction cleanup and restoration. Structural integrity, materials, labor, safety, customer satisfaction and deadlines - the list goes on and on when building a commercial facility. The bottom line, however, is you are responsible for getting the doors doors open on time.

SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point can help you meet your deadlines by providing thorough post-construction services in a timely manner. These services include:

    • Post-Construction Cleaning
    • Dehumidification and Drying
    • Fast-Track Drying
    • Emergency Response Restoration and Cleanup Services 

Post-construction cleaning takes place once the floors are down and the dry wall is up. The debris and dirt needs to be removed in order to lay down carpet, paint, and decorate. SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point can provide the debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design. 

During the construction phase, a building can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. If you think one of your projects may have a moisture issue, rely on SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point to provide the help you need eliminating moisture and preventing the potential for mold growth. 

If you  want the facility to look its best when the doors open, SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine. Services include: 

    • Carpet, resilient, and non-resilient floor prep and finish
    • Ceiling, walls, and fixture cleaning
    • Deodorization
    • Air Duct Cleaning
    • Debris Removal
    • Window Cleaning

Rely on SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point to help ensure your post-construction cleanup gets done as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point also offers the following system services: 

RESTORATION: 

    • Fire, Smoke, & Soot
    • Water Removal and Dehumidification
    • Mold Mitigation & Remediation
    • Catastrophic Storm Response
    • Move Outs and Contents Restoration
    • Electronics & Equipment
    • Document Drying 
    • Contents Claim Inventory Service 

Call us today at 662-494-7733!

After the Flood...Then What?

8/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage After the Flood...Then What? No Storm damage is too big or too small for the professionals at SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point. Here to Help!

Nobody expected that the creek could rise that far. It never had before. Now, the house is a muddy mess of debris, water and extensive damage. For some people, moving would be the first thought that came to mind. However, others want to stay in their homes, repair the water damage, and live on in the house they love.


Flood damage is more than just the standing water left after the creek recedes. It's ruined carpets and furniture, wet plaster and more. Water in the home or business is just the start of the problems. Without proper clean-up and sanitizing, mold can grow, floor damage can be permanent and drywall can be ruined. It is imperative to immediately start the restoration process to help limit the damage and mounting costs. A call to a professional water mitigation company should be the first step taken by a home owner after flooding occurs.

Water cleanup begins with bringing in equipment to extract the water in the home. Pumps and specialized vacuums are used to suck up the water. Restoration is a process. Once the puddles have been cleared, the next step will begin. The water damage will be in the walls, floors and furnishings. Drying is imperative to help stop the damage and to prevent mold from growing.

Fans, dehumidifiers and other equipment will be brought in to help dry out the water in walls and moisture from furnishings and floors. Thoroughly drying water in the home will save thousands of dollars worth of damage later.

Restoration from the devastation of flood damage is not an easy process. A professional service should be called to handle the process so that it is done correctly. For instance, not many individuals would know that after the water in their business is removed or the water in their home is dried, more steps are still necessary. Sanitizing the surfaces, furnishings and anything else the water touched should be done.

Water in the business or home could have left a foul odor. Professionals can remove the lingering odors left even after the water cleanup. Mitigation professionals know how to use fogging equipment and industrial air scrubbers to help remove the last traces of the water damage.

After the restoration process of water cleanup, drying, sanitizing and odor elimination, there is still one last step in the water damage mitigation process - repairs. Water in a business can damage walls, carpeting and flooring. Drywall may need to be replaced. Electrical outlets and wiring should be checked for damage. Water in a business may have warped sub-flooring, damaged floor joists and wrecked major appliances. Time is money, so flood damage needs to be taken care of as quickly as possible. Quick yet thorough mitigation will get a business back up and running after flood damage has occurred.

Storms, floods and even appliance malfunctions like a dishwasher overflow can cause homes and businesses the headaches of having to deal with the water cleanup process. Nobody wants to go through it, but when it happens a person shouldn't go through it alone. Professionals who know how to deal with the devastation left behind are the best option for a quick, safe restoration. Since professional water damage restoration companies have the equipment and training to handle cleaning, drying and even rebuilding homes and businesses, they should be the first choice for mitigation.

Sure, the damage is devastating and overwhelming. Of course, nobody wants to go through flooding and the after-effects. The reality is that these occurrences can and do happen every day. The good news is that there are people specifically trained to restore homes and businesses to their pre-flood conditions. Call SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point today at 662-494-7733.

Emergency Ready Profile

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Emergency Ready Profile Call SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point today to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile at 662-494-7733! Here to Help!

The Best Way to Reduce a Business Interruption Following a Disaster to Your Business is to Plan Ahead for One

As many as 50% of businesses never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point can help you plan ahead for a disaster to minimize business interruption by developing an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) for your business before one strikes. An ERP provides important contact and building information needed to begin a timely mitigation to help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business. Benefits of an ERP include:

-A no cost assessment of your facility which means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.

-A concise profile document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency. It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.

-A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster. This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.

-Establishes SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by, when needed.

-Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin. This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.

-Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information. Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”

Contact SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point to schedule your FREE Emergency Ready Profile today. 662-494-7733

Know the Facts: Commercial Fires

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Know the Facts: Commercial Fires Call SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point if you experience a fire at your home or business. We are Here to Help 24/7. 662-494-7733

Know the Facts about Business Fires

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, as many as one in four businesses that suffer some kind of major disaster do not reopen afterward. It’s true, overcoming a major loss is extremely difficult, but with the right restoration company and team on your side, working hand-in-hand with your insurance company, the chance of your Tupelo-area company surviving is pretty high!

Depending on the size of the fire, and the amount of damage, some businesses that have come to Total Restoration for help have reopened just days after the fire happened. Thanks to innovations in smoke odor removal, fire damage restoration, and cleaning in general, it is possible for crews to start work nearly immediately after the fire department clears the scene, and have things back up and running in no time. Although, again, that all depends on the severity of the fire. But no matter the severity, recovery is possible!

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, U.S. fire departments responded to about 3,300 office property fires per year between 2007 and 2011. Those fires resulted in about $112 million in property damage each year, and most were in business offices – and happened during business hours. However, the good news is the number of business fires was down a whopping 71 percent from 1980 to 2011.

Here are some other stats from the NFPA:

Time of Day

  • Peak time of day for office fires: Noon – 2p.m. (a.k.a. lunch time!)
  • 69% happened between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • The 31% that occurred between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. caused 67% of recorded property damage, because they went undetected longer. This also highlights the need for automatic detection equipment and working sprinkler systems.
  • 19% of fires happened on weekends.

Cause of the Business Fires

  • 29% were caused by cooking equipment. However, just 6% of these fires caused actual property damage.
  • Intentionally-set fires caused the most direct property damage – 21%.
  • Electrical equipment is the second leading cause of office fires.
  • Just 2% of office fires start in a concealed space like an attic, in the ceiling, or in another conceals space. However, these fires accounted for 13% of the direct property damage.

Containment & Putting it Out

  • 4 out of 5 fires were confined to the room of origin.
  • 90% of fires were large enough to activate sprinklers, which were effective 88% of the time.
  • Deaths per 1,000 stores were 62% lower in offices equipped with sprinklers compared to those without.

Industrial/Manufacturing Facility Fires

The NFPA also has statistics specific to manufacturing facilities. According to their research, there are about 37,000 fires at industrial or manufacturing facilities each year, resulting in 18 deaths, 279 injuries, and $1 billion in property damage. Heating equipment and stop tools were the leading cause – sparking 28 percent of the fires. Mechanical failure or malfunction caused 24 percent of the fires.