3 Ways to Avoid Water Damage When It Rains | SERVPRO of Hattiesburg
When unexpected water damage creeps into your home, SERVPRO of Hattiesburg is here for the rescue. Call us today!
A good soaking rain can be really beneficial for our area from time to time. A little rain can give gardens a boost, give your lawn a drink and can even function as a free car wash!
While you might appreciate when it rains, though, you certainly don’t want that rain to be leaking into your home.
Preparing ahead of any severe weather or heavy rainstorms can help you avoid damage or minimize a potential water damage situation. Doing these three things before it starts to rain can keep your home safe and dry:
Address Your Gutters
The wind and previous storms can easily toss about yard debris and leaves around your property. While the majority of debris will end up on your lawn, there is always the chance that it lands in your gutters and forms a backup.
A clog in your gutter system or in your downspouts can force water to back up onto your roof, or it can pour over the sides of your home and collect by your foundation, which can lead to a seriously flooded basement.
One simple way to avoid this is to clean out your gutters regularly! This is ideally done after every large storm, but it should at least be done once a season to ensure your gutters are free and clear to work how they should. Just be sure to do this task with a buddy or a family member nearby if you have to get up on the ladder.
Tackle Roof Damage
Our roofs protect us from many different kinds of threats and the force of Mother Nature, so it should be no surprise that they are one of the most common areas to experience damage when the weather turns south. Even just a minor gap along your roof line or a missing shingle on the back of your house can invite water into your attic that can leak down your walls.
Get on your roof and check it thoroughly after each storm passes to look for signs of damage. Fixing any minor issues on your own or calling a professional company out to do it for you can ensure your roof is once again sealed up tight and ready to keep you dry.
Check Your Equipment
If you have a sump pump in your home, you will want to check it every so often to ensure it is in good working condition. The time when you find out that it is malfunctioning should not be when your basement is being flooded with water and your sump pump is not working the way it should. Have it serviced regularly, and address issues with it right away.
We know that Mother Nature is unpredictable and can cause all kinds of watery chaos in your home, which is why we are here 24/7 to respond to your call for help. We will expertly dry out your home and address any necessary repairs to help you recover faster and more efficiently.
Our team is here to ensure your home is dried out and repaired quickly. Contact SERVPRO of Hattiesburg right away.
Important Steps to Take After a Flood | SERVPRO of Hattiesburg
When an unexpected flash flood strikes, SERVPRO of Hattiesburg is here to respond by restoring your home. Call us now!
Flood situations are always serious, no matter how they start. They can also cause some serious damage to your home and property!
Knowing what to do before, during and after a flood can help minimize damage and keep your family safe.
Start getting your home and family ready the moment a flash flood watch or warning is issued, even if it is not actively raining. Once the storm arrives, rain can fall fast and heavy and conditions can deteriorate quickly.
Head for home if you aren’t there yet, and be sure to avoid low-lying areas or roads that are known to flood during storms.
Tidy up your yard and move any household objects or toys inside for safekeeping. Secure any heavy objects like patio furniture and grills so they can’t be swept away by any fast-moving water.
Then head inside and start preparing your lowest level and your safe shelter location. Pull any important documents or possessions out of your basement and move anything fragile to a safe location. Grab your emergency kit and head to the highest part of your home to wait out the weather.
What to Do if Water Starts Flowing Inside
While we know it can be scary or really frustrating to watch water start to leak down your walls or rush in under your doorways, do your best to stay calm. Stay above the water line and be patient. Eventually the water will stop flowing into your home and the storm will pass.
When it does, use extreme caution when walking around your house. Flooded rooms may have suffered extensive damage and even the structural supports of your home could be compromised. If you must walk through the water, wear waterproof boots to help protect your feet from any hazards lurking beneath the water.
Take photos of any damage that you see, as these images will help us create a more robust recovery plan for you and will also help your insurance company understand the damage to ensure a more accurate claim. After that is all taken care of, get us on the phone.
How We Can Help After a Flood
Lingering water will continue to cause damage over time and can travel all over your home, so quick action is key when it comes to recovery.
Our team will arrive right away, and we will get to work to extract the standing water. We will detect and dry up any hidden moisture behind your walls or under your floors. We can also dry and clean your possessions if they were impacted by the floodwater. We are a trusted leader in document drying, and we can also dry out and restore soft materials like couches and cushions.
Once the water is gone and your home is dry, our team can then turn our attention to any repairs that need to be done. Standing water can easily warp walls, ruin floors and soak carpet, so we will ensure that any damage incurred by the flood will be repaired efficiently and thoroughly. When we are through, we will sanitize your space to prevent mold growth from occurring.
Even though suffering flood damage can feel overwhelming, our flood restoration team will always have your back. Contact us right away for a fast restoration!
Your Kids and the Realities of Fire Safety | SERVPRO of Hattiesburg
Make sure you have a plan to keep your family safe if a house fire occurs. Then, call SERVPRO of Hattiesburg to help get you back to normal.
Having children is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do, but it certainly is hard work! In addition to taking care of them every day, you have the important responsibility of teaching them about the world around them. Sometimes the realities of the world can be scary, especially for young children.
In order to teach your children about certain scary things, like house fires, you have to approach it carefully to avoid introducing anxieties while also preparing them for the possibilities.
Our SERVPRO of Hattiesburg team explains some easy ways to incorporate fire safety in a fun and engaging way for your child below, so read on to learn more.
Explain Where Fire Starts
We all know that fires can start in many different areas of your home, but the more common spaces are the ones where fire is already present or used often. Walk around your house with your child and discuss the spaces like your stove, bonfire pit, grill and the candles throughout the house. Talk about what fire is, how it starts and how it spreads from one surface to another.
This is also a good opportunity to introduce match and lighter safety. These tools are helpful in the right hands, but can lead to disastrous consequences in the hands of a child. Teach them that these items are never toys and should always be brought to a parent if found around the house.
Introduce the Concept of Firefighters
Many kids have the dream of growing up to become a firefighter or police officer, but many of those same kids can easily become shy around authority. This is especially true if the men and women are in uniform! Expose your children to pictures, books and videos of these friendly heroes. If you can, take them to local meet-and-greet opportunities so they can meet these people in person.
Teach them that in the event of a true fire emergency, these people will show up to your home and are only looking to help. In order to help your children, they need to not be afraid to yell for help! Practice this by having your kids yell their names as loudly as they can while in their rooms or running through the house, and end with an army crawling competition through the halls.
Creating Your Family’s Game Plan
Every family needs to have a detailed emergency exit plan that highlights how to get out of your home and where your fire extinguishers are located.
Let your kids lead the charge for this! Make it a game where your kids have to find all of the exits for each room as fast as they can and take the time to write down their findings. Once finished, make a map of your home and hang it up so it is easy to see.
Don’t let your children overlook the windows in your home. While it may seem irresponsible or scary to teach your kids how to open your windows, it could save their lives in an emergency. Explain how they work, and take the time to ensure they understand that the windows are only for emergencies and are never to be used for play.
Once you have everything finalized, put it into action! Practice your exit plan at least twice a year and end by gathering at your pre-determined meeting location.
Fires can cause widespread damage. Call us for a thorough and efficient restoration.
Prepare Your Staff For Weather Emergencies | SERVPRO of Hattiesburg
Storm damage can bring your business to a halt. Call SERVPRO of Hattiesburg to get your business back in action.
It’s your job as a business owner to ensure that your staff are ready to respond to a variety of scenarios. If they are properly trained, they can react appropriately and quickly to keep themselves and your customers safe in an emergency.
Extreme weather is a type of situation that can appear quickly and cause destruction in a short amount of time, so having your staff ready is vital! Use our tips below to ensure that your staff is prepared to weather any storm safely and efficiently.Understanding the Risk
Understanding the weather threats for our area is a great first step toward being prepared. We see a wide variety of severe weather in south central Mississippi. Winds over 70 miles per hour, hail and tornadoes are all common occurrences when the spring and summer storms roll through. Because of that, having a safe shelter location for your business is crucial.
You should also take the time to understand your flood risk for your specific business. Flood zones are different across the region and can affect one business while leaving another one completely dry. Stay current on weather forecasts and make plans early!Your Communication Strategy
Communicating with one another has never been easier! Be sure you have the contact information for everyone on your staff, and stay connected as weather alerts or forecasts come together.
When a potential weather situation arises, a quick text or mass email can help spread information about safe shelter locations, emergency exits or where your emergency supplies are located.Planning Your Evacuation Routes
You never know what a specific weather situation will entail. If you decide that a safe and efficient evacuation is needed, everyone on your team should be able to exit smoothly. Take the time to show your employees all of the evacuation routes and emergency exits, and label them clearly so they are easy to see in a hurry.
On the other spectrum, staying put might be your best bet to ensure your staff’s safety. In this case, communicating where your safe shelter location is ahead of time and prepping this space with food, water and emergency supplies is a great preemptive measure.
In order to keep everyone calm during this process, they need to be confident! Practice your evacuation routes or sheltering in place a few times each year and your team will be ready for anything.
Don’t let extreme weather take control! If storms strike your business, SERVPRO can help you restore your losses.
Controlling Fire Risk Around Your Property | SERVPRO of Hattiesburg
Experience a fire in your home? Call SERVPRO of Hattiesburg to help you recover.
Summer has arrived, and we are certainly excited about another beautiful season under the summer sun! While you are mapping out your family fun and planning to make some memories this year, it is also important for you to understand the importance of reducing your risk of a house or property fire.
Summer activities often carry a moderate level of fire risk, so taking the steps to be responsible around flame can help protect your home. Read on as we explain some key areas to pay attention to this season.
Be Mindful of Your Grill
Are you the self-proclaimed grill master? If so, you have a unique responsibility of ensuring your equipment is ready to use before firing anything up.
Be sure that you are checking your gas lines and propane tanks for cracks or dents before lighting your grill, and if you smell something like rotten eggs, do not turn anything on. That smell is a classic sign of a propane leak and needs to be investigated right away.
If you have a charcoal grill, keep your bag of briquettes far away from your grill to avoid a wandering spark from starting the whole bag on fire. Light it carefully and be sure to collect any ash that falls out of the bottom.
When you are done grilling, your job is not over! Ensure that your grill is either off or the flames are gone and the charcoal is cold. A fire can easily start back up with smoldering charcoal and the right breeze.
Your Bonfire Pit
We can smell the s’mores already! If you like to have bonfires in your backyard, make sure you are choosing an area that is far away from any structures like your house, shed or wood pile. Understand the local burn laws and if the conditions are right for a fire. If it is particularly windy or has been dry for a while, consider waiting until a different day.
Portable fire pits are also becoming a more common way to enjoy a fire. If you own one of these, don’t ever light yours in a garage, under an overhang, or on flammable or uneven ground.
Choose a concrete or solid surface, and always stay close by while the flames are going. No matter how you enjoy your bonfire, you need to float your logs and embers when you are done. This ensures that your fire is completely out and won’t start back up once you have gone inside.
The Benefits of Defensible Spaces
Taking care of your property is something that you should be doing during every season, but especially during the spring and summer when wildfires are more common. Consider landscaping using defensible space strategies, which means creating a buffer between your property and a potential incoming wildfire.
This can include removing dead or dry yard debris from your property regularly, planting your trees and shrubs in a strategic way, and keeping your gutters and spaces around your home clean and tidy. If you practice proper fire safety as often as you can, your risk of experiencing a devastating house or property fire greatly decreases.
Are you in the process of recovering after a fire? Contact SERVPRO of Hattiesburg for a full recovery.
How to Reduce Your Risk of Fire Damage | SERVPRO® of Hattiesburg
Reduce your home's risk for fire by following these steps. If disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Hattiesburg is here to help you recover.
The unfortunate thing about house fires is that they can happen to anyone at any time. Even if you do your best to prepare and prevent one, accidents and the unexpected can occur and can leave you with a large mess and a lot of questions.
Thankfully, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of experiencing a house fire. Most of the steps we have laid out below just require a little extra forethought and planning during your everyday activities, but can pay off in a big way if your home stays fire-free and your family stays safe.
Be Cautious With Your Electronics
Your electronics have the ability to malfunction at any point. Don’t give them the tools they need to spark a fire! Unplug things like your toaster, computers and gaming systems when they are not in use.
Even if they are turned off, there is still electricity coursing through them. That heat can build up, overheat your electronics and start a fire.
You should also consider getting a surge protector. If you have a part of your home that has a lot of electrical outlets in use, you should ensure that if there is any sort of energy surge for any reason, your electronics will be safe. It only takes a small amount of voltage to damage an electronic enough to malfunction, overheat or just catch on fire.
Stay Present Around Any Flame
All it takes is a responsible adult looking away for one moment for a fire to catch and spread. This can happen anywhere there is open flame or heat occurring. You should always be present in the kitchen while you are cooking.
Grease fires can erupt without much warning, or a flammable kitchen utensil or towel can easily get bumped into the flame, causing widespread damage in mere minutes. You should also never leave a candle unattended and certainly never leave one burning while you are asleep.
This also includes being present around any bonfires or while you are grilling your next dinner. Your bonfire should be completely out and cold before you head in for the night, and be sure your grill has cooled down and the coals are extinguished as well.
Keep a Clean Home
Having a tidy home can actually help you avoid a house fire, so you really should keep up with those routine cleanings and organizational tasks. Excess clutter is only fuel to a growing house fire, and it can actually make it harder and more dangerous to get out of your home in an emergency situation if you are tripping over things or can’t get out of your home because an exit is blocked.
Lastly, keep your lint trap clean and clear of lint buildup and swap out your furnace filter with the change in season. These easy tasks can be overlooked, but play a major role in preventing house fires all across the country.
If you experience fire damage, call us at SERVPRO of Hattiesburg right away for a fast recovery.
Prepare for Rain Damage
It has been a rainy week here in Hattiesburg, MS! Our team has been busy responding to calls due to roof leaks, groundwater intrusions, and an unfortunate part of excessive rain, sewage backups.
Water Damage is Serious.
It's important to identify any potential openings for water intrusion before it happens. Although, identifying potential causes can be difficult until a damage actually occurs, there are some ways that you can be proactive that can have a serious impact on preventing damages.
- Roof Inspection: having your roof inspected (especially if it is an older roof and has weathered many storms!) is an important item in your toolkit for preventing water damage. Our area is not a stranger to bad weather including tornadoes, tropical storms, or hurricanes. Even if you may not experience water damage, regular roof maintenance can be especially helpful in reducing risk for future damage.
- Identify potential causes for other water intrusion. Water can enter the home in a variety of ways whether that be due sealant failure around doors and windows, sump-pump failure, or drainage issues related to landscaping. If you notice any of these issues following decent raining, it is important to get these issues repaired before another storm. And, especially so as we enter hurricane season!
We're Here to Help.
SERVPRO of Hattiesburg can help you identify and repair these issues if you experience damage. We have the knowledge and resources to complete all of the necessary interior and exterior repairs - as well as drying if necessary - to make your water damage "Like it never even happened." If you suffer water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of Hattiesburg. We're available 24/7/365: 601-544-0512.
It's safe to say that most understand that hurricanes, tropical storms, tropical depressions, and tornadoes are dangerous weather events common in our area. However, unless you live near the Gulf Coast and have experienced these weather events, you may not realize that serious storms like hurricanes and tropical storms are often accompanied by tornadoes. Unfortunately, it is not only the wind damage from the hurricane or tropical storm that requires a safety plan, but also the very real threat of tornadoes.
Ready.gov is a wonderful resource for identifying ways that you can prepare for a tornado, stay safe during a tornado, and stay safe after a tornado.
Like all serious storms, in preparing for a tornado, it is important to know your area's risk, to know the signs of a tornado, and to heed local warnings. Unfortunately, our risk is very high like most of the Southeast. This is why making a plan for your family and pet(s) before the damage is so important. Having a physical shelter whether that be a dedicated storm shelter ideally or a small, windowless room within the interior of the home on the lowest level and preparing for the potential for long term sheltering in place can have life-saving consequences.
After the Storm
Safety is still a priority after the storm. Damaged electrical or structural support is a very real threat if you experienced damage. We suggest that you look to Ready.gov for a list of ways you can stay safe following a tornado. Once all is clear, contact your locally owned restoration contractor SERVPRO of Hattiesburg: 601-544-0512. As members of your community, we are always Here to Help.
Here to Help!
One of our clients recently called us regarding a flooded auditorium. Knowing the size of the auditorium, we knew that specialty drying techniques would be required in order to restore the affected area to preloss condition.
A determining factor in the choosing the amount and type of dehumidification required for a space is the volume of the space. While the tenting certainly looks impressive, the damage was not actually large enough to necessitate a desiccant dehumidifier, but due to the high ceilings, it did require that the volume of the space be reduced so that the equipment could run more efficiently, increasing the rate of evaporation and through dehumidification removing the moisture from the air. Tenting is not always feasible due to a variety of factors, but it is certainly effective in specialty drying situations such as that of an auditorium.
Specialty Drying Needed?
If you have a case that is beyond the typical approach, call SERVPRO of Hattiesburg. We recognize that not all mitigation projects are the same, and our team of experts is trained to assess your facility's individual needs. We're available 24/7/365. Call 601-544-0512 or submit a customer inquiry through our website here.
Kitchen Fire Damage
Even small house fires can cause damage. From grease to odor, many people may not realize that even small fires can cause soot stains on their walls and leave difficult to remove greasy residue on the walls, floor, and ceiling.
So, what should you do if you have a fire damage? Getting help as soon as possible is the best way to help reduce overall costs and additional repairs. SERVPRO of Hattiesburg and our team of trained professionals will respond to your home or business as soon as we receive your call.
No Job is Too Big or Too Small
Many don't realize that even smaller fires make need professional help remediating. Even if the home does not require reconstruction such as painting, flooring replacement, or other repairs, cleaning and deodorization may be required to remove soot stains, grease stains, and/or odor. Even small cooking fires can leave greasy soot on your walls, leave lingering malodor, and ashes can fall on your carpet, rugs, and upholstered furniture.
Call SERVPRO of Hattiesburg
Our team of professionals are experts in remediating fire and smoke damaged property and contents. We have been trained and certified to help restore after fire and smoke damage to the structure and contents through the IICRC. The IICRC is the standard in the restoration industry. Choosing a company that is both firm certified with technicians who are individually certified ensures you are working with professionals who truly know what they’re doing. Even after small damages our team can help by using cleaning agents designed to break down acidic soot residue and grease, utilize odor-reducing equipment, such as hydroxyl generators and thermal foggers, and professionally clean your carpet, rugs, and upholstery to reduce malodors and remove soot.
Here at SERVPRO of Hattiesburg, we have access to advanced technology designed to remediate the damages inside of your home. Using state of the art equipment and techniques, you can trust our team to help get your life back to normal after a fire.