Carpeting: A Love / Hate Relationship
Here's the thing about carpeting: the plush, dense fibers we love to feel underfoot (the Love part) are also really great at clinging to dust, dirt, smoke, pet odors, and whatever other grime comes through the door. (The Hate part)
Chris Rome with SERVPRO of Hattiesburg gives us a few tips.
"Don't clean your carpet on a humid day," he says, "You don't want it to take too long to dry." Extra moisture could cause mold and mildew, so open windows when your carpet is drying.
Before you deep clean with the machine, suck up loose dirt and debris with a thorough vacuuming. Otherwise, you might end up grinding dirt deeper into the fibers.
Give your carpet's dirtiest spots and spills attention first. "Pretreat the worst stains with a spotting solution," says Pauley. "Let it sit for the recommended length — it will need some time to work."
Rome says you should have your carpets cleaned professionally at least once a year. A company like SERVPRO of Hattiesburg can do a great job on regular maintenance cleaning, because they are trained to do the more difficult deep cleaning like fire damage and soot.
"Regular vacuuming is your carpet's best friend "Dirt is gritty, and actually wears at the fibers." Vacuum at least once a week, and more often if you have pets, allergies, or lots of dirty-foot traffic.
Most of us have busy lifestyles, so make it easy on yourself and call a real professional like SERVPRO of Hattiesburg!
Once The Smoke Clears. What's next?
A fire in your home or business are always hard to handle emotionally and physically. There are often so many "what if's" that run through your mind, but how do you figure out where to start once the fire is put out and the smoke clears. What is on your list of things to do? How quickly can you get you home restored to its original state? Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. SERVPRO® of Hattiesburg has been restoring homes and businesses in the Hattiesburg area for over 15 years. 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. With the many years of experience, and our certified crews on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all you need to know is SERVPRO of Hattiesburg will help make the damage “Like it never even happened.”
2018 In Hattiesburg
Commercial Water Damage to Start off 2018
As we look back on our year at SERVPRO, we are filled with thankfulness at the year we have had. The year started off cold and blustery. This brought with it frozen water pipes and many water damages. As we ended 2017 we are surrounded by many water emergencies from the recent Christmas flooding. In between all of these water issues we have seen our share of fire and mold remediation oppertunities. We couldn’t be more thankful that it was a successful year and that we were able to help people in their time of need. We are happy to be able to stand behind our motto, “Like it never even happened.” Here’s to 2018 and all that it may bring.
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.
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The Importance of Professional Mitigation
In July of this year, a local creek flooded after several days of heavy rain fall. On the banks of this creek is a large RV park which houses dozens of campers, motor homes, etc. Unfortunately during this flood, many of these RV's were severely damaged.
One in particular was under water for a couple of days, with approximately three feet of water inside the camper. Once the water receded, the owners elected to mitigate the damages themselves rather than utilize a professional company. Unfortunately they did not follow the appropriate protocol to efficiently dry the area. Now, five months later, there is more damage and mold in the unit due to ineffective treatment.
What could have been remedied very quickly by utilizing a professional company and most likely salvaged the entire unit has now led to greatly increased damages, and the possibility of the unit being totaled by the insurance company. This is all a result of inadequate drying procedures.
Failing to provide appropriate airflow to areas that need drying can lead to much deeper damages. It takes a trained professional to know what areas are wet, what areas need drying or removed, what areas need treating with antimicrobial sprays, and what equipment to use to dry it.
It is extremely important to consult professionals when you experience water damage. It may seem to be expensive, but in the end it prevents a much more expensive job later down the road.
If you experience a damage, call SERVPRO of Hattiesburg and let us handle it for you!
How Bad Can it Get?
We have recently begun working on a residential fire job, which we initially perceived as being a relatively simple and short job. However, as we progressed, more and more started to pile up for us to do. As we uncovered more things, we realized more damage. Which led to more work. This ended up being a much larger job that what we initially scoped.
My purpose for writing this is that sometimes a homeowner may look at their home after a fire damage and think that they can clean it themselves. But damages may go much deeper than what the eye can see, and typically requires the assistance of trained and experienced technicians to restore the home back to pre-fire condition. The purpose of using a restoration company after a fire damage is to insure that the home is safe and has been cleaned to industry safe standards in order to prevent further damage, and/or health problems later on.
Any time you have experienced a fire or water damage to your home, it is imperative that you heed the advice of your insurance company or adjuster and let the professionals handle your restoration.
Mold Inspection Safety
We recently had a homeowner contact us regarding a property that they were wanting to purchase. The home had been vacant for a great deal of time, and had not had any air circulation through the home. It had also had a hot tub drained on the second floor of the home which led to excess moisture.
When our staff member arrived at the home and entered, the home was entirely covered in mold. The homeowners had been walking through the home periodically for weeks with no protective respirator or gear at all. They had no idea that this could be a hazard to their health. This home is in need of total demo and rebuild inside, and the amount of mold in the home was frightening.
If you suspect that there is mold in your home or business, please take the necessary precautions to protect your health. Have it tested by a professional, and have it restored by a professional. Your health is much more important than the risk is worth.
Fall Home Preparation Tips
Fall is a wonderful time of year! Cooler weather, bonfires, holiday foods. It is also a great time to begin some preparation on your home for the coming cooler weather.
Here are some tips that can help you make sure your home is ready for the next seasons. Most of these are easily done by a homeowner, with no need for a professional!
- Get your mind in the gutters. Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts.
- Button up your overcoat. Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk.
- Get on top of roof problems. Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
- Walks the walks (and drives). Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
- Chill out. Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
- Freshen your filter. Clean or replace dirty furnace filters.
- Give your furnace a physical. Have a professional inspect your heating system.
- Gather round the hearth. Check fireplaces for soot or creosote build-up. Better yet, schedule a visit from a reputable chimney sweep.
- Keep the humidifier humming. Clean the plates or pads to ensure efficient operation.
- Head-off gas problems. If you have a gas-fired room heater, have it inspected by a pro. Also, perform any routine maintenance recommended by the maker.
- Keep the wood fires burning brightly. Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
- Keep your family safe at home. A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans, and rid your home of old newspapers and other fire hazards.
Clogged Gutters and Water Damage
Fall clogged gutters
Fall is my favorite time of year. Hands down. Pumpkin spice candles, cool weather, colorful leaves. Colorful leaves.........those can also be a hazard. As beautiful as they may be falling in your yard and creating that wonderful fall appearance, they also fall into your gutters, which causes a whole list of problems.
Here are some tips to help prevent water damage from occurring this year:
- heck and clean your gutters at regular intervals throughout the year, but especially during autumn when leaves are falling.
- Consider installing gutter guards that screen out leaves and other debris while still admitting roof runoff.
- To ensure adequate drainage and avoid overflows during heavy rains, you should have one downspout for every 40 feet of gutter length.
- Make sure your gutters aren’t sagging. For optimum drainage into downspouts, gutters are installed with a slight pitch. Sagging disrupts proper gravity flow of water and triggers overflow.
- Install downspout extensions that divert runoff far enough from the house to prevent penetration into the foundation or basement walls. Ideally, each downspout should discharge water at least three feet from the house. Downspouts can also be connected to an underground pipe to convey water even further away.
Preventing Fires in the Workplace
Anytime you have multiple employees working in a building, coming and going at different times, utilizing different appliances or outlets in the building, you run the risk of a fire. Unless you have the absolute perfect system of accountability, there is always the risk of a forgotten appliance or forgotten candle burning that may cause fire.
Here are a few tips to help prevent fires in your business:
- Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire.
- Check on your electrical cords. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it. Try not to lay cords in places where they can be stepped on, as this will contribute to deterioration of the protective outside coating.
- Don't overload your circuits.
- Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day.
- Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn. This includes copiers, coffee makers, computers, etc.
In the event that you DO have a fire, here are some tips to follow to ensure employee safety and expedient response by emergency responders:
- Upon finding a fire, call 911 immediately and don't hand up with the emergency responder until told to do so.
- Close doors when exiting to help limit the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building.
- Never use elevators during an evacuation.
- Follow the escape plan and meet at a per-determined place outside of your building and away from danger. Conduct a headcount to ensure all of your staff has evacuated.