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The Importance of Cleaning Dryer Vents

5/24/2017 (Permalink)

According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home dryer fires. Home dryer fires cause $35 million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. To reduce the risk of these fires happening in your or your insured’s home or business, SERVPRO® can help clean dryer vents and ducts that may have lint buildup. Other tips for keeping your dryer vents clean from the National Fire Protection Agency include cleaning the lint filter before and after each load, and making sure the outdoor vent flap will open and is not restricted by snow, a bird’s nest, or other potential obstacles. For more information on cleaning dryer vents contact your local SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals

As always, SERVPRO is always here to help!  Give us a call with all your emergency restoration needs!

Unattended Mold

5/18/2017 (Permalink)

Upon asking our Marketing Reps what stood out to them the most of all the jobs they have been on, one of our veteran reps immediately remembered a mold situation they were called out to.  The home had been damaged during Hurricane Katrina and abandoned.  They moisture had never been dealt with, so mold had grown throughout the entire residence.  The mold was so severe that it was the worse case our reps had ever seen. 

One of the worse things a home or business owner can do in this case is to leave it unattended.  The mold damage increases extensively by not being dealt with as soon as possible, which increases both the amount of work need to remedy, as well as the cost to you. 

If you see, or even think you see, mold in your home or business, call a professional immediately.  Don't wait until it's so bad that you can't handle it on your own. 

Mistakes Homeowners Make

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

I recently asked our crew members, who have responded to unlimited amounts of fire and water jobs, what the biggest make they have seen homeowners make, and how that impacts the extent of the damage.


Some of the responses I got were things that I never would have thought of.  But here are some tips for homeowners to use!



  1. When going on vacation, turn off your water.  Some of the most extensive damage our guys have seen has been from homeowners being gone for a few days and their water running the entire time.  This makes the extent of the damage worse due to the length of time.

  2. Do not place your A/C or hot water heater in the attic.  When these have a malfunction and burst, it causes the water to run through the entire attic and into the remainder of the house, causing a great deal more damage than if the appliances were in the bottom floor of the home.

  3. Another big mistakes homeowners make is not calling a restoration company quickly.  The longer the water is in the home, and the longer the materials stay wet, the more severe the damage is going to be.

  4. Lastly, the biggest mistake our crew members mentioned was homeowners who decide to do it themselves.  In this day of DIY popularity, everyone wants to jump on board and attempt to handle the restoration themselves.  However, this can sometimes do more harm than good.  When it comes to your home, let the professionals handle it. 

Mistakes after the Fire

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

I recently asked our crew members, who have responded to unlimited amounts of fire and water jobs, what the biggest make they have seen homeowners make, and how that impacts the extent of the damage.


Some of the responses I got were things that I never would have thought of.  But here are some tips for homeowners to use!



  1. The number one mistake that our crew members mentioned was cooking in the kitchen and not paying close attention to the stove/oven.  Grease fires/kitchen fires are one of the main sources of fire in homes, and can be deadly.  When you are cooking, do not leave the kitchen!

  2. Another big mistake homeowners make is not calling a restoration company quickly.  The longer the smoke/fire damage is in the home, and the longer the materials go without being attended to, the more severe the damage is going to be.

  3. Another big mistakes is running your A/C after a fire.  Do not attempt to circulate air by running your A/C.  This will only pull the smoke and soot through your ducts and cause further damage.

  4. Another big mistake is leaving items plugged into outlets.  Phone chargers, air fresheners, etc.  They should all be unplugged when you are not using them.

  5. Lastly, the biggest mistake our crew members mentioned was homeowners who decide to do it themselves.  In this day of DIY popularity, everyone wants to jump on board and attempt to handle the restoration themselves.  However, this can sometimes do more harm than good.  When it comes to your home, let the professionals handle it. 

Commercial Water Damage Tips

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Tips::

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (601)544-0512

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • 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.

Water Damage Tips

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

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What you can do until help arrives

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (601) 544-0512

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • 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.

If you suspect mold

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

Moisture problems can have many causes. Some moisture problems have been linked to changes in building construction practices since the 1970s. These practices led to buildings that are tightly sealed but, in some cases, lack adequate ventilation. Without adequate ventilation, moisture may build up indoors and mold may grow.

A building must be properly designed for climate, site location and use, and its design must be accurately followed during construction or the building may have moisture-control problems.

Delayed or insufficient maintenance can lead to moisture problems in buildings. Undiscovered or ignored moisture problems can create an environment in which mold can grow. Moisture problems in temporary structures, such as portable classrooms, are also frequently associated with mold problems.

Common moisture problems include:

  • Leaking roofs.
  • Leaking or condensing water pipes, especially pipes inside wall cavities or pipe chases.
  • Leaking fire-protection sprinkler systems.
  • Landscaping, gutters and down spouts that direct water into or under a building.
  • High humidity (60% relative humidity).
  • Unvented combustion appliances such as clothes dryers vented into a garage. (Clothes dryers and other combustion appliances should be vented to the outside.)

Some moisture problems are not easy to see. For example, the inside of walls where pipes and wires are run (pipe chases and utility tunnels) are common sites of mold growth. Mold is frequently found on walls in cold corners behind furniture where condensation forms. Other possible locations of hidden moisture, resulting in hidden mold growth are:

  • Poorly draining condensate drain pains inside air handling units.
  • Porous thermal or acoustic liners inside duct work.
  • Roof materials above ceiling tiles.
  • The back side of drywall (also known as gypsum board, wallboard, or sheetrock), paneling, and wallpaper.
  • The underside of carpets and pads.

You may suspect mold, even if you can't see it, if a building smells moldy. You may also suspect hidden mold if you know there has been a water problem in the building and its occupants are reporting health problems.

Mold

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

If you suspect mold in your home, it is best to get a professional brought in to test the home.  Once mold is discovered, it is imperative to bring in a professional mitigation company to help.  Treating mold on your own can lead to more damage and expense.

The three main types of mold tests are:

  • Air testing
  • Surface testing
  • Bulk testing


Ideally you should use all three types of tests since each have their own strengths and weaknesses.

The main reasons for having mold testing performed in your home are:

  • You notice signs of mold such as a mold smell or mold symptoms
  • To identify the species of mold in your home
  • To help you find where mold is growing
  • To test indoor air quality by measuring the amount of spores in the air
  • To test if mold in your home has been fully removed

Removing Smoke Odor

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

If you've experienced  a small fire in your home, one of the lasting effects, even if there is not a lot of visual damage, is the odor.  Eliminating smoke odor can be a daunting task, and can leave you with embarrassment.


Here are some tips for removing smoke odor in your home.



  • Vinegar is an excellent odor eliminator.  Try placing a bowl of vinegar, with sliced lemons, in the center of the room.

  • Shampoo your carpets.  This will help remove the odor trapped in those fibers.

  • Baking soda can help.  Dust all upholstered/fabric items in your home with baking soda, and allow to settle for a couple of days before vacuuming.

  • Clean shades, curtains, fixtures, lamps, etc.

  • Fresh Air:  Open windows and doors and allow clean air to circulate through the home.

Storm Aftermath Cleanup Tips

5/12/2017 (Permalink)

In the aftermath of a storm, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the damage and not no where to turn first. 


Here are some tips to help keep you from getting to overwhelmed.


1. Take pictures.  You want as much documentation as possible for your insurance company and adjusters.


2. Extract any standing water.  Call a professional water mitigation company to handle this.


3. Keep air circulating.


4. Clean with a good disinfectant.


5. Remove any wet drywall.


6. Remove any downed trees.


7. Assess roofing for any damage.


8. Check for leaks.


9. Replace any broken windows.


If you are faced with storm damage, don't try to handle it on your own.  Call SERVPRO and let us handle it!


As always, SERVPRO is always here to help!  Give us a call with all your emergency restoration needs!