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Services SERVPRO Offers After Storms

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Services SERVPRO Offers After Storms Have questions about our services? Call us at (662)494-7733.

Demand for damage mitigation and restoration services spikes after a severe storm. Insurance agents and adjusters need to be able to rely on a local mitigation and restoration company to provide timely storm response services. Here are three services that make a local SERVPRO franchise the right choice for storm restoration.

1. Disaster Response
No matter how many properties are affected by a storm, a Disaster Response Team can arrive on each location within a matter of hours. Independent mitigation and restoration services are more likely to be backlogged than a national corporation that can dispatch employees and equipment from nearby franchises to areas that have experienced large losses.

2. Mitigation and Cleanup
The initial stage of storm response involves mitigating damage. In the case of structural damage, this may involve boarding up broken windows or breaches in a building envelope or putting tarp over a damaged roof. Standing water resulting from flood damage should be extracted as soon as possible. A full-service company can ensure that these initial measures contribute toward complete storm restoration.

3. All-In-One Restoration
A company that offers mitigation and restoration services can reduce the workload on insurance agents and adjusters while simplifying the claim process for property owners. Relying on a one-stop shop may make miscommunication less likely, prevent scheduling conflicts and allow for a faster and more thorough restoration job. Depending on a single service also means that the initial estimate is likely to be more accurate.

These storm restoration services set SERVPRO franchises apart from independent companies. The business model means that each location has the backing of a national corporation and the ability to call on nearby locations for additional personnel and equipment. A single estimate from a service that can clean up damage and rebuild a commercial property can also be more convenient for insurance agents, adjusters, and clients. 

About SERVPRO ofAmory/Aberdeen & West Point

SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Tips to Prevent Fires in the Workplace

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips to Prevent Fires in the Workplace No fire damage is too big or too small. We are always here to help! Rely on us, 24/7 for an immediate response, by calling (662) 494-7733.

Commercial fire damage repair may not be something you think you will ever need for your business, but the unfortunate reality is some businesses will experience a fire damaging event. It is always a good time to go over workplace fire safety and prevention.  The following 12 tips can ensure a fire-safe workplace:

Step 1. Get Organized– Practice good workplace housekeeping. Clutter contributes to fires by providing fuel and by preventing access to exits and emergency equipment.

Step 2. Designated Smoking Areas – Smoke only in designated areas, and extinguish smoking materials safely. Never smoke in storerooms or chemical storage areas.

Step 3. Fire Extinguishers – Maintaining the appropriate type and number of fire extinguishers and learn how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

Step 4. Electrical Hazards – Report all electrical hazards. Many fires start in faulty wiring and malfunctioning electrical equipment.

Step 5. Access to Control Panels – Electrical control panels need to have free access maintained so that the electric could be shut off easily.

Step 6. Maintenance – Maintain machinery to prevent overheating and friction sparks.

Step 7. Sprinkler Systems & Smoke Detectors – Never block sprinklers, firefighting equipment or emergency exits. Observe clearances when stacking materials. Testing of sprinkler systems and smoke detectors at least annually.

Step 8. Chemical Safety – Use and store chemicals safely. Read the label and the Material Safety Data Sheet to determine flammability and other fire hazards. Provide adequate ventilation when using and storing these substances.

Step 9. Waste Control & Storage – Control the accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials and residues so that they do not contribute to a fire emergency.

Step 10. Prevent Ignition – Use all precautions to prevent ignition in potentially explosive atmospheres such as those containing flammable liquid vapors or fine particles. Use non-sparking tools, and control static electricity as required.

Step 11. Exits – Emergency exit diagrams should be posted and emergency exits should be well lit with neon-regulation signs.

Step 12. Contact Info – Employees should have a list of emergency contact phone numbers in case of emergency. Remember that people will often panic in an intense situation; therefore basics such as the company address, phone number and floor plan should be posted.

All of these tips can help prevent fires in your business, office or warehouse.  But it's important to note that sometimes the unexpected happens regardless of preventative measures.  The simple truth is that fire emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere. If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.

What to do until SERVPRO arrives!

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do until SERVPRO arrives! SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point is always here to help no matter the situation! (662)494-7733

If you have a any 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 of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point arrives.

  • Shut off the source of the water.

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building so 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 drying. 

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between the furniture legs and wet carpet. 

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

  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors. 

  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with the wet carpet or floors. 

Call SERPVRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point at (662)494-7733 if you need help with your water damage today!!

Chimney Cleaning in the Summer

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Chimney Cleaning in the Summer You can never be too prepared. SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point is always here to help. (662) 494-7733

During the summer, most of us aren’t thinking about the cool nights of Fall. We are too busy splashing around in the pool or at the beach and enjoying the sun. But planning ahead is always helpful; summer will be over before you know it, and you can relax just knowing that you are ready!

The warm glow of a fireplace is one of the pleasures of cooler weather. Sitting in front of a fire in your home on a crisp day is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy time with family, and it’s even better when knowing that your chimney has been cleaned and serviced. The safety of your home and loved ones is high on your list of priorities, so making sure your chimney is in good shape going into Fall and Winter will give you peace of mind. A chimney that has not been properly cared for allows fumes and dangerous toxins to escape into the home when you light a fire, and a regular cleaning can prevent these issues.

All chimneys should be completely cleaned at least once a year. Homeowners should also inspect this area several times a year to help identify any potential problems. Use a flashlight and take a good look at the floor of the fireplace itself, where ashes accumulate, and note any issues with the brick. These bricks are more heat tolerant than ordinary brick used in other parts of the home, so these will need to be kept in good repair. If even one brick is out of place it can affect the entire fireplace and could possibly mean that it will be non-functional until repairs can be made.

Checking the chimney itself for obstructions due to bird nests or small rodents is also necessary as well as checking for creosote build-up. If this build-up becomes too thick, one spark can cause a chimney fire. The National Fire Prevention Association says that 30 percent of all home fires are caused by fires in the chimney itself. Make sure your home is not part of that statistic by regular inspection and maintenance.

Many Types of Storms Can Damage Your Property

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Many Types of Storms Can Damage Your Property SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point is always here to help, no matter the size of the storm!

Unfortunately, storm damage usually occurs with little to no warning. From a tornado's destructive winds tearing the siding off your home to hail battering your roof, storms can cause extensive damage. To help you better understand what you may face after a storm has passed through the area, here is a look at the different types of damage caused by the storms that most commonly occur. 

  • Tornadoes:  Thanks to their ability to form in a matter of minutes, tornadoes are extremely unpredictable and have the potential to wreak havoc on anything in their path. With wind speeds reaching to as much as 200 mph, they can tear shingles off roofing and siding off sheathing without any difficulty. Also, homes may be damaged by flying debris, uprooted trees, basketball goals, and even cars. When a tornado hits, no part of your property is immune to potential harm, which is why it is so important to inspect your home thoroughly once the area has been declared safe.  
  • Thunderstorms:  There are many components of a thunderstorm that leave your home at risk for injury. For example, the high winds can cause problems like those discussed above. Lightning associated with the storm can strike your property and enter the wiring, which can leave plugged-in electrical appliances ruined. Lightning also can spark fires, which have the potential to cause extensive storm damage if not quickly controlled. Also, hail can easily cause holes in your roof and siding of your home while also bending or denting gutters. In some cases, hail may even cause windows to shatter. 
  • Heavy Rains:  Whether rain accompanies a tornado or thunderstorm or is alone, it is also a cause for concern, though it doesn't usually cause structural damage on its own. However, if your walls or roof have any gaps, the water can easily enter your home causing water damage, which has the potential to result in mold growth if not treated properly. Excessive amounts of rain can also cause rain gutters to become overloaded, leaving the rain with no other place to go but directly to the ground, where it can pool and damage the foundation. Of course, flooding can also be a significant problem. 
  • Snow / Ice:  While Amory/Aberdeen & West Point aren't known for getting significant amounts of snow, it is still a possibility, as is ice. When snow or ice accumulates on your roof, it can put a substantial strain on the physical support systems, causing holes or buckling. Also, snow or ice that may form on an overhanging tree branch can fall onto your home. Heavy snow and ice also have the potential to cause gutters to bend and break.

Call SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point today, we are available 24/7! (662) 494-7733

SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point Construction Services

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point Construction Services Your business is important to us! Call us today at 662-494-7733.

When it comes to commercial cleaning and restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point responds quickly to your business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies.

Commercial Restoration Services

•Commercial Water Damage Restoration

•Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

•Commercial Mold Remediation

•Commercial Storm and Major Events

•Disaster Recovery Team

For Emergency Services, Call 24/7 – 662-494-7733.

In addition to Commercial Restoration Services, SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point offers Commercial Cleaning Services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing bio-hazard contaminants. We have the specialized equipment, various products, and skilled cleaning methods to make your business look its very best. 

Commercial Cleaning Services

•Air Ducts and HVAC

•Bio-hazard and Sewage

•Post-Construction Clean

•Carpet and Upholstery

•Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors

•Odor Removal and Deodorization

•Vandalism 

When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

About SERVPRO ofAmory/Aberdeen & West Point

SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Have Questions? Call us - 662-494-7733.

Tips To Prevent Water Damages

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Tips To Prevent Water Damages Don't let a water damage slow you down. Call us at SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point.

1. Be careful where you plant

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

2. Clean out roof gutters

You know it’s on your to-do list anyway, so if you can, take a safe climb up to your roof next Sunday and check out your gutters. If you’re seeing lots of leaves, birds’ nests, sticks, and whatnot up there, your gutters may not be doing the job you hired them for. And on a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. And if your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.

3.  Keep an eye on your water bill

With so many water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere.

4. Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals

No matter how crazy clean you are, from your shower to your kitchen sink, clogs are going to happen. And chances are at some point in your life you’ve used one of those powerful chemical drain cleaners to get things moving again. But as convenient as they may be, most folks don’t realize those caustic chemicals are also eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

5. Never pour grease down your sink

You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.

What's That Smell?

3/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What's That Smell? Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point 24/7 at 662-494-7733 for your water restoration needs. We are always here to help!

Have you had a toilet overflow, a pipe burst, a washer malfunction or walk into a basement completely flooded by rainwater? Water can seep into almost every material and cause irreversible damage. When water saturates your carpet or walls, you will need to make decisions and make them quickly! Do not waste time contemplating how to clean up the water, each hour counts when water is involved. The longer water sits in porous material, like carpet or drywall, the sooner bacteria and microbial growth begins to grow.

One of the prime locations for microbial growth to spread is in a humid room with sopping wet carpet and walls. What do you do? Grab a shop vac and suck it up? Grab a slew of towels and cover the floor while dancing on top of them, hoping they will absorb all of the water? Grab all the fans you own and try to set them in just the right places, hoping that everything will dry out in time? Go ahead and try those techniques, but you will have a huge and more costly headache to deal with in a month.

If you choose to call a restoration company, be sure to call one who has the certifications to back up their work.

SERVPROs all over the country are locally owned franchises, and the majority of them are run by the actual owner. At SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point I know that our project managers, office staff, marketing team and even the owners are WRT IICRC certified. That means they know everything it takes to get water out of your home or business.

We are not magicians; we can not save all carpet and walls, but we can certainly extract the water from the affected areas and remove any wall that is not salvageable, ultimately leaving you a clean, bacteria-free slate to work with. We even have a construction division that can help you get your home back to preloss condition. Do not waste time trying to clean up a disaster on your own or have the local neighborhood handyman clean it up, just call SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point and we will walk you through the process. You will be informed and updated of the restoration/mitigation process throughout the entire job so that nothing is questionable. We are your go-to! Give us a call even if you just have a question and we will be happy to help. 662-494-7733

Commercial Property Cleanup & Restoration

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Property Cleanup & Restoration SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point is here for all of your commercial cleanup and restoration needs. Call us today at 662-494-7733.

We are committed to handling our customer's emergency needs 24/7.

In the event of a commercial loss, it is important to know in advance who you can trust to mitigate your damage in a timely and effective manner. Here are 7 reasons you should choose SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point for your commercial property's cleanup and restoration:  

  1. 24 Hour Emergency Response. In any type of loss, whether it be due to fire, water, mold, or biohazard, timely mitigation is vital to controlling damage and recovery costs. You can count on SERVPRO’s nationwide coverage and full line of restoration services to help your company make a speedy recovery.
  2. Communication. SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point will keep you informed from start to finish. You’ll know what’s happening every step of the way. From the first notice of loss until the job is complete, we are dedicated to effectively communicating with property owners and managers. Jobs are documented extensively as well to ensure timely mitigation and communication with our customers.
  3. Reduce Recovery Time. When damage occurs in a business, it affects everyone from the owner, the managers, the employees, the tenants, and even the customers. Our team at SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point understands the importance of mitigating damage to the structure and contents in a timely manner to help reduce recovery time and lessen business interruption.
  4. Lower Recovery Costs. As an independent franchise ourselves, SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point understands the importance of frugality. This is why we teach our technicians to employ similar concepts when working with our customers. The following are ways that the SERVPRO System can help your business save money during mitigation:
    • Emergency mitigation services help minimize your secondary damages.
    • Proper restoration versus replacement of contents is less expensive.
    • Faster recovery lessens loss.
    • We use preapproved pricing and procedures.
    • Comprehensive clean up and restoration services help prevent further problems and potential liability risks.
  5. Emergency Response Profile. The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile serves as a quick reference of important building and contact information or can be an ideal supplement to any well-designed emergency preparedness or existing contingency program.  Rather than simply reacting to disaster situations, most prefer proactive measures to establish a relationship with a restoration services company. SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point can help you plan for recovery before disaster even strikes.
  6. Full Line of Services. SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point professionals are trained extensively to utilize the right equipment and supplies to handle all of your clean up needs. 

What Causes Mold To Grow

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Causes Mold To Grow Have a Mold problem? Call us today at 662-494-7733. We are always here to help!

What Mold Needs to Grow

Mold Growth Conditions :

  • Darkness (mold can't grow under ultraviolet light)
  • Warmth (mold can't grow in freezing temperatures)
  • Oxygen
  • Moisture (eg water leaks, humidity)
  • Enough time (most molds can begin to grow in 24-48 hours if the conditions are right)

Humidity Causes Mold

If you live where humidity in the air is naturally high, like near the coast or another large body of water, then mold growth in your home can also be a recurring problem.

When moisture inside your house evaporates into the air it increases the humidity indoors. If your home isn't well ventilated then the humidity will stay high for a long time.

HVAC systems can also create humidity problems while it artificially heats or cools the air.

Sometimes people use humidifiers in their homes. But there are molds that only need the humidity level to be higher than 55% to start growing. Be sure to keep the humidity below 55%.

High humidity feeds mold. High humidity can also causes puddles of water and damp materials in the home take longer to dry out. These wet surfaces can in turn create mold growth of their own.

Poor Ventilation Causes Mold

Poor ventilation can create pockets of stagnant moist air which mold thrives in. Steam and water evaporating into the air creates humidity inside which then needs to be circulated outdoors through windows to keep the moisture level balanced.

Poor ventilation also means wet surfaces dry out slowly. Ventilation is especially important in rooms such as the bathroom and the kitchen where there is a lot of steam.

Mold Growth in Basements 

Basements often contain higher amounts of moisture or humidity than other rooms because they are usually not well ventilated. Basements are often colder which causes more condensation leading to damp and humid conditions

When water leaks in your home it will often end up running down to the basement. Not only is mold more likely to grow in basements, but because they are usually neglected mold growth may not be discovered until it is well set in.

If you have questions regarding mold please contact us at 662-494-7733.