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Hazardous Mold Can Begin To Develop Within 24 Hours After Water Damage

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

With the expertise and reputation of SERVPRO of Hattiesburg, we can handle water damage emergencies immediately, as the threat of potentially hazardous mold can begin to grow and develop as soon as 24 hours after the original water damage. 

When a water loss occurs, SERVPRO of Hattiesburg uses specialized equipment like dehumidifiers and air movers to dry properties and reduce the humidity levels. This is an extremely important part of cleanup after water damage. 

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

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

If you think that your home or business may have a mold problem, we can assist with having you scheduled for a certified mold test and inspection, with a follow up service to use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise remediation.

Soot and Smoke Clean up

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot can be very invasive and penetrates various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • 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

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Hattiesburg will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

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. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Business ERP

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

If you own a business, it is a necessity to have a solid Emergency Response Plan.  Too often, we encounter a business that has suffered a flood or fire damage, and they get overwhelmed by trying to figure out who to contact and what to do next.

Our trained professional here at SERVPRO are trained in putting together a sold Emergency Ready Profile for our businesses.  This includes everything from emergency contacts, insurance agents, utility contacts, location of utility meters in the building, exit points, etc.  An Emergency Ready Profile contains a plethora of information that is vital to the rapid response time of your emergency providers. 

SERVPRO welcomes the opportunity to assist any of our local businesses in preparing this vital information.  Please give us a call to schedule yours!

Do's and Don’ts While Waiting for the Emergency Restoration Team

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

It can be overwhelming when faced with a fire or flood emergency as to know what you should do after the first responders have addressed the situation. Suddenly you’re faced with the task of getting your life back on track. The wisest move would be to call an emergency restoration company to start you on that journey. Call right away – don’t wait!

Below are some dos and don’ts while you’re waiting for the emergency restoration team to arrive.

DO…

  • Stay away from contaminated areas.
  • Unplug all electrical devices and appliances. If necessary, switch off water, gas and electrical supplies.
  • Open the refrigerator door.
  • Open cupboard doors and drawers.
  • Discard all food (including cans) that may have been affected.
  • If you think it will not be possible for you to stay in your home, gather your valuables and some immediate belongings.

DON’T…

  • Enter your home until you have been given the go-ahead by the responding authorities.
  • Leave the area unattended until the emergency restoration technicians arrive to perform the board-up services.
  • Allow children, pets, the elderly, or anyone in poor health back into your home if soot and smoke are still present.

Note: If you have flood damage, the water is considered contaminated. Therefore any contaminated absorbent materials (upholstered furniture, rugs, carpets, etc.) should be removed and discarded.

Contact our emergency restoration specialists at SERVPRO when fire or water damage occurs in your business or home. We’ll start your journey to a full recovery with our vast experience and state-of-the-art equipment, and we’ll work with your insurance company. Contact us today for more information.

Commercial Water Damage and ERP

5/15/2018 (Permalink)

A Commercial Water Damage can happen at any time.  The effects of a water damage can be devastating to a business owner who is now left with the responsibility of cleaning up the aftermath, and deciding what steps to take next.

If a water damage occurs in your business, do you know what steps to take?  Do you know who you would call in the instance?

Some tips to help prevent a large scale water damage in your business:

  • Know where you water shutoff valves are.
  • Have a contingency plan if you are not available.
  • Create an emergency plan with a list of what to do in this circumstance, and a list of numbers of who to call.
  • Make sure to have someone you trust who is allowed to make decisions if you are unavailable.

It is the best idea to locate someone in your local area who handles water damage, and have that number listed along with your other emergency contacts.  Know your insurance agent, and have that number available as well. 

SERVPRO of Hattiesburg provides 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days a year emergency response for any time you have a water damage.  We have crews on call specifically to handle this.

If you would like one of our highly trained professional to walk you through the process of developing your emergency  plan, please contact our office and we will be glad to set an appointment for you.

Any Time, Any Problem - We Are Ready to Help With Our Restoration Services

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

With any disaster, cleanup can be a hassle. The mess left by floods, fires, or mold is a lot to handle by yourself. At SERVPRO, we provide emergency cleaning services for any of these problems. Let us help you get your life back to normal after any emergency.

Sometimes the most damaging thing from a fire is the smoke and soot that comes with it. Our cleaning professionals will remove any traces and odor left by smoke and soot after a fire. Getting rid of the mess after a fire is a difficult job, and it requires knowledge and experience to be completely successful. The same is true when it comes to removing mold, mildew, and sewage. With our trusted professionals, you can be sure the damage from any disaster will be minimized as much as possible. Cleaning services from SERVPRO will take care of these messes so you don’t have to!

If you’ve already had to deal with the stress of a disaster, let us take the stress out of the cleanup. We are available 24/7 to help with any emergency, at any time. Contact us today, and our professional cleaning services will take care of any emergencies you have.

Whether its mold, water, or fire damage, our team at SERVPRO has the most reliable emergency restoration services. We are available any time, day or night, to help with any problem, and you can trust us to do our best work every time.

Mold Damage- Mold grows when water damage has not been dried properly. If you have had previous water damage and are now seeing fuzzy or wet spots of mold somewhere in your home, call us today. The quicker a mold problem is taken care of by our professional restoration team, the less overall damage you will have to deal with.

Water Damage- Immense water damage, like a flood from a burst pipe, always happens when you least expect it. Our emergency restoration services are available 24/7 because these emergencies cannot wait. Immediate action must be taken in order to save your home or business. Our trusted team will respond quickly to clean up the mess and lower the possibility of mold growth.

Fire Damage- Fires are destructive, as well as the smoke and soot that comes with them. If these problems aren’t taken care of very quickly, the damage will be severe and permanent. Take action instantly after a fire and call our restoration team. We can fix all of the problems that come after a fire, and we do our best work to return your home or business to normal.

No matter what emergency you’re facing, contact us at SERVPRO today, and let our emergency restoration services team take care of it!

Why should you recycle?

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

US Waste

Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic beverage bottles every hour.

The United States of America is the #1 trash-producing country in the world at 1,609 pounds per person per year. This means that 5% of the world's people generate 40% of the world's waste.

Americans toss out enough aluminum every 3 months to rebuild our entire commercial air fleet.

The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood, and other products made from trees. This amounts to about 2 billion trees per year.

Every month, we throw out enough glass bottles and jars to fill up a giant skyscraper.

Manufacturers produce more than 15 million tons of expanded polystyrene (aka, StyrofoamTM) each year, but we recycle less than 1% of it.

According to theEPA, yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 24% of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream.

The highest point in Hamilton County, Ohio (near Cincinnati) is "Mount Rumpke." It is actually a mountain of trash at the Rumpke sanitary landfill towering 1045 ft. above sea level.

The US population discards each year 16 billion diapers, 1.6 billion pens, 2 billion razor blades, and 220 million car tireseach year.

Recycling & Energy

Recycling aluminum requires 95% less energy than making aluminum from raw materials, and produces 95% less air pollution and 97% less water pollution.

Only 10% of the 140.3 million cell phones retired in 2007 were recycled. If we recycled all of the cell phones retired each year, we would save enough energy to power 18,500 homes for a year.

Recycling one million laptops saves enough energy to power 3,657 American homes in a year.

Recycling paper takes 60% less energy than making paper form raw materials.

Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it in an incinerator.

Recycling plastic takes 88% less energy than making plastic from raw materials.

Over a ton of natural resources are conserved for every ton of glass recycled, including 1,300 pounds of sand, 410 pounds of soda ash, 380 pounds of limestone, and 160 pounds of feldspar. Source: Keep America Beautiful

The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours. It also causes 20% less air pollution and 50% less water pollution than when a new bottle is made from raw materials.

Courtesy of: aeconline.org

Steps in Fire Restoration

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Today 1-800-SERVPRO

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Preparing for Disaster

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile 

 If your home or business had a fire whom would you call after 911 and Waynesboro fire fighters have left? Your insurance agent? Your banker?  The interior decorator that made your office the warm and inviting place you did business. Now here is the important question. Do you have all of the numbers you need at your fingertips to call all the people you need to help you get back into business or your home quickly?

You can with the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile APP. This is free and only takes a little time to gather the info so you are ready for whatever could prevent you from enjoying your home or office.

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
  • Profile is viewable online or on your SERVPRO READY APP and is secured with a login and password.

Don't wait until a disaster strikes.

Or visit https://ready.SERVPRO.com/

Tips for Preventing Mud from Tracking Inside Your Home

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

As hurricane season approaches it means mud and dirty everywhere. When it comes to wet weather, you’re going to want to take extra precautions to ensure that your home stays clean and tidy. Here are a few tips for making sure the mud stays outside where it belongs.

Designate a “Mud Room” Entrance

The most obvious thing you can do to prevent mud from tracking into your home is to set designated entrances for muddy feet and paws. Consider the high traffic areas in your home and remove any carpet or furniture from that area that could fall victim to muddy children or dogs. You’ll also want to set up an area for people to clean off with fresh towels and leave their shoes and boots. And don’t underestimate the power of doormats! They can do a lot to reduce dirt from trafficking into your home.

Keep Mud Off Your Floors

It’s a good idea to teach children and dogs early that the door rug is for wiping off feet and paws. A simple boot tray or shoe rack is also an inexpensive solution to muddy shoes and boots. If you don’t have a “no shoe” policy, now might be the time to institute one. Provide guests and family members with slippers to make the transition easy.

Maintain Your Mats

Don’t neglect your doormats either. All you have to do is take them out occasionally for a good shake to get out the dirt and dust. An occasional vacuuming is also a good idea. When mats get really grimy, give them a quick scrubbing with some soapy water, rinse, and air dry. Maintaining your mats will prevent people from picking up more dirt as they enter your home.

Install Gutters and Ground Covers Near Entrances

Ground cover plants can stop mud from trafficking into your home by limiting the amount of bare patches of dirt in your yard. Installing gutters near doorways will also divert roof runoff from pooling outside your entrances. Gutters are an easy way to make sure your guests don’t have to walk through a waterfall to get to your front door.