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Thermal Fogging

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

As experts in deodorization, SERVPRO of Hattiesburg is trained to eliminate smoke odors in your Hattiesburg/MS Gulf Coast home.

Fires can be especially devastating to your home or business. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Hattiesburg have specialized in fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor by doing Thermal fogging.

What is Thermal fogging?

A Hand held devise that takes a liquid and converts it to steam/fog. The technicians move around the structure with the devise to “fog” all areas affected by smoke and smoke odors to neutralize odors.

Thermal fogging is an effective smoke odor removal procedure because it recreates the fire related properties of heat and pressurization. Porous material pick up thermally activated deodorant droplets in the same manner in which they picked up the smoke odors, closely duplicating what occurs during a fire.

Some jobs are best left to the professionals, call SERVPRO of Hattiesburg for any questions or to schedule services. 601-544-0512

Mold and Wallpaper

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Are you flipping a house in the Hattiesburg/ MS Gulf Coast area? If you renovate homes often, do you find that a lot of older homes have wallpaper?

The wallpaper trend was very popular back in the day, and you may want to remove it for a more updated modern look. When removing old wallpaper, you may see "mold" behind it. This is due to the long term moisture that could be trapped behind the wallpaper and the sheetrock. This is more common in humid areas of the home such as in a bathroom, and the area not being able to dry properly. 

If you find mold while renovating your home, give SERVPRO of Hattiesburg a call at 601-544-0512 or 228-467-4450. We are open 24/7 365 days!

24 Hour Remediation Services

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hattiesburg is ready to answer your call 24/7/365!

As an independently owned business, we understand that every hour lost is a customer and revenue lost. With our highly trained and certified technicians, we can prevent loses such as water damage and mold from being long-term problem for your business. Being a 24-hour franchise, we have a flexible schedule to work around time strains you may have. 

We have the experience and the technology needed to solve any problem. If your business or residence is damaged by water, fire, or any other force of mother nature, Do not hesitate to call SERVPRO of Hattiesburg at 601-544-0512

We are here to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call if you need mitigation services for your home or business in the Hattiesburg or MS Gulf Coast Area! 

Advanced Technology and Techniques: Water Damage

1/8/2021 (Permalink)

What sets SERVPRO of Hattiesburg apart is our advanced technology and techniques that allow us to be pioneers in the restoration industry. The technology and best practices we use allows SERVPRO of Hattiesburg to get your home or business back to its preloss condition in no time!

When we first get to a job we need to measure the water damage using infrared cameras and moisture detection and measurement devices. The infrared camera allows us to see what the naked eye cannot see. 

Our powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the water from your home or business. SERVPRO of Hattiesburg uses both Truck-mounted and portable extraction units to perform efficient water removal.

Our drying equipment includes Industrial-grade dehumidifiers that help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture and High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture.

Our professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home or business. We’ll carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.

If you are experiencing water damage in your home or business call us today! 601-544-0512

Why you Should Board-up

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Board-Ups can Save you Time and Money

If you have experienced a fire, there are several reasons why you might want to board up structural damage or windows. Aside from the safety side of choosing to board-up your damage property, it can also prevent additional losses due to looting and make the fire cleanup process quicker. SERVPRO of Hattiesburg offers full-service restoration specialists who can also assist in board-up services.

In a commercial setting, there may still be viable stock on the premises. If products that appear viable remain in the building, you should consider boarding up. These items may require assessment and cleaning and may not be fit for sale, but having them properly processed rather than stolen can be helpful for insurance purposes.

Protect electronics and other valuables. Depending on the extent of the fire damage, you may be able to restore some electronics or other valuable property to working condition.

Keep out the elements. If the structure of your property has sustained extensive damage, you should try to keep the elements out to prevent additional damage. Exposure to additional water, wind, or sunlight can compound the damage caused by smoke residue and soot.

Limit soot damage. It is generally a good idea to reduce foot traffic on the scene of a recent fire. When soot gets embedded into carpeting or upholstery, it can be much more difficult to restore these materials to a pre-fire condition.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, Flu Season, & COVID-19

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Flu season is here once again. This year is especially unique due to the spread of COVID-19. Many may wonder, what does this mean for you? Experts are recommending to start by getting your flu shot, and continue following CDC guidelines that have been in place since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic. Wash your hands regularly, use hand sanitizer frequently, wear a mask and practice social distancing whenever possible. Regular cleaning and disinfection of high touch surfaces is also recommended, especially for offices and businesses open to the public.  You can always count on SERVPRO of Hattiesburg to be here every step of the way during this flu season. We have always been the experts in clean and our crews have undergone extensive IICRC training focusing on the removal of biohazard pathogens. Our stringent standards and adherence to all CDC and EPA guidelines means that you can have peace of mind knowing you are receiving the highest level of service.  When just “clean” won’t do, you need Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Call us today at 601-544-0512 or 228-467-4450

Holiday Fire Facts

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

The holidays are one of the most exciting times of the year! From family gatherings to festive decorations, there's always plenty to look forward to. No matter how we decorate, we are most likely going to be using some sort of electricity. If we aren’t careful, it can be a huge hazard if not used or maintained properly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Holiday fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually. On average, one of every 52 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 135 total reported home fires. 

SERVPRO of Hattiesburg wants to help keep you safe this Holiday season. With the help of the NPFA, here are some safety tips for you to keep in mind.

Electrical Fire Safety Tips

  • Make sure that there are smoke detectors installed on every floor of the building, inside each room and right outside of every sleeping area to ensure that the alarms can be heard even when sleeping.
  • Test smoke detectors monthly to make sure that they’re working properly and have working batteries.
  • Have your electrical system inspected by a certified professional to make sure that all of the electrical work meets the National Electric Code safety standards.
  • Look and listen for signs of electrical problems such as, flickering or dim lights, buzzing or sizzling sounds from electrical outlets, or insulation and circuit breakers that trip repeatedly. If any of these or any other electrical problems are found, contact a professional as soon as possible for the issue to be inspected.
  • Avoid overloading outlets with too many electronics. Consider having more outlets or circuits installed by a professional.
  • In homes with children, install tamper-resistant devices to keep children from getting electrical shocks or burns.
  • Create an evacuation plan that can be used in the event of a fire.

If an emergency occurs this Holiday season, SERVPRO of Hattiesburg is here to help 24/7, even on Holidays! 601-544-0512 or 228-467-4450

Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving!

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know there are more than three times as many home cooking fires on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year?

Our team at SERVPRO of Hattiesburg wants to make sure you enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones, so here are a few tips to ensure your safety this holiday:

•Never leave food cooking on the stovetop unattended, especially when frying and sautéing with oil. Stay in your home while the turkey is cooking and check on it frequently.

•Use a timer to keep track of cooking times, most notably when simmering, baking, or roasting foods that require longer cook times. Check the stove or oven frequently.

•Consider putting timers in different rooms so you can hear them over music and party chatter.

•Keep things that can catch fire like oven mitts, wooden utensils, food wrappers, and towels well away (a minimum of three feet) from the cooking area.

•Push up shirt sleeves and avoid wearing billowy clothing that may come in contact with open flames or other heat sources. 

•Avoid cooking when drinking alcohol, using other substances, or if you’re sleepy.

•Make sure children stay at least three feet away from all cooking areas, hot food, and liquids to avoid burns.

Keep these tips in mind when frying a turkey:

•Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.

•Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.

•Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.

•Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.

•Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.

•Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.

•Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.

•Never leave fryers unattended.

•Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.

•Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.

•Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep an "ABC" or grease-rated fire extinguisher close by. Do not to use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers.

•Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.

•Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.

•Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.

•Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.

If you do have an emergency this holiday season, SERVPRO of Hattiesburg is available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on holidays. Call us at 601-544-0512. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Keep in mind the potential dangers of deep frying a turkey:

-Turkey fryers should be used outdoors, a safe distance away from buildings and any other flammable materials.

-Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.

-Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dried. Water causes oil to spill over, leading to a fire or explosion.

-Turn the gas off before placing the turkey in the fryer.

-Never leave the fryer unattended.

-Never let children or pets near the fryer.

-Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.

Fire Safety Tips for Fall

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Did you know that fall carries the highest risk for house fires? According to the American Red Cross, statistically most house fires happen in the fall and winter months.

Luckily there are steps you can take to lower your risk of a fire starting in your home.

1. Check the batteries in your home’s smoke detectors.

Working smoke detectors help keep your home and family safe. Experts recommend having a smoke detector in every bedroom.

If you have issues remembering when you need to change your smoke detector batteries, a good rule of thumb is to switch them every spring and fall when you change your clocks.

2. Bonfire Safety

Do you enjoy bonfires with family and friends?

Bonfires are one of the most popular American fall activities. But if they aren’t properly attended, they can turn a fun night out into a disaster.

Supervising a bonfire safely really comes down to keeping an eye on the fire. Don’t leave a fire burning by itself in your yard. If you’re done for the night, be sure to put out your bonfire so it doesn’t cause any unintended damage.

3. Fireplace Safety 

Before you light your first fire this fall, have a professional check out your chimney and fireplace to be sure it’s safe.

You don’t want to light a fireplace if the chimney is clogged or damaged. Having a professional check the condition of your fireplace, and other heating units (like your furnace) can also help prevent fires caused by maintenance problems.

We’re Here if You Need Us

If an accident happens at your home this fall and you need help restoring fire or smoke damage, give SERVPRO of Hattiesburg a call at 601-544-0512 or 228-467-4450