Family Emergency Plan - Always Be Prepared
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An emergency can happen when we least expect it. It is important to prepare as much as possible for any situation. Having a family emergency plan is crucial to keeping your family safe during an imminent crisis. SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties would like to share strategies you can use with your family in the event of a crisis to keep them prepared and safe.
Have a Designated Meeting Space
In the event of a fire or other disaster inside the home, it’s important to have a designated meeting space that is close to the property. If a fire happens, find somewhere safe that is close by for the family to meet.
Dealing with Natural Disasters
With the weather acting as unpredictable as it has been of late, it’s important to understand your town’s geography and climate and prepare for whatever weather affects it the most. In the case of a flood, don’t wait for the water to get to unsafe levels! Your family’s safety comes first, and it’s not worth risking staying in your home if it’s going to flood from the water. Take what little belongings you can and leave before the water gets too out of control.
Know Basic CPR
If one of your family members becomes injured, faints, or worse, it’s important to know basic CPR skills before paramedics can arrive. Make sure your whole family attends CPR classes; they’re affordable, hands-on, and can save a life! Keeping track of your loved ones’ medical history is important, too. If disaster strikes and a medical flare-up happens, you need to know what to do!
Disaster strikes when we least expect it to. We oftentimes live comfortable lives and forget that an emergency can strike at any time. Your family’s safety should be a top priority, and planning is the best way to ensure this. Communicate with your family, create contingency plans for disasters, and you’ll find yourself more prepared than you thought you were in the event of a disaster.
Preventing Water Damages While You Are On Vacation
Don't let your vacation be ruined by a water damage when you get home! Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties.
One of the highest insurance claims by homeowners is water damage, according to a study done by the Insurance Institute. In fact, leaky pipes and in often cases appliances cause millions of dollars of damage in freezing weather and storms annually. While you’re on vacation, it’s no surprise that a leaky pipe can burst and cause hundreds of dollars of repairs. This is why it’s important to read our steps below on how to prevent water damages in your home while you’re away.
Step 1. Check for Leaks Before Going on Vacation
Before embarking on your trip, check pipes under your sinks and the water heater for any rust, cracks, or damage. You should also check the seals around your windows to make sure there are no cracks that might cause water damage. Additionally, check the exterior of your house and see what condition your roof shingles are in. If any show damage, getting them replaced before leaving for vacation is a good idea.
Step 2. Inspect Your Major Appliances
It’s important that you inspect the hoses that connect to important appliances in your home, such as dishwashers, washer/dryers, and refrigerator. If there is any damage, you should get the hose replaced before you leave to prevent extensive water damage.
Step 3. Clear Out Your Gutters
Make sure to get any debris out of your rain gutters before leaving for vacation. This way, you won’t have any blockages that can cause damage while you’re away.
Step 4. Inspect Your Sump Pump
Make sure it is in good condition and clear any debris from clogging the pit. You should also run a few tests, listening to the sounds it makes and making sure that the water in the pump is actually going outside. You should also install a battery-powered backup in case there is a power outage while you’re away.
Step 5. Insulate Exposed Pipes
If you are planning on being away from your home during the winter, it can be a good idea to insulate any exposed pipes. This will prevent them from freezing while you are away.
Step 6. Get Someone to Check on Your Home
Call a friend or hire a professional house sitter to check on your home every week while you are gone. Instruct them to ensure that the heat is always on if your vacation is during the winter. Also, show them where the water main is in case of an emergency.
Step 7. Turn Off the Water
Lastly, if you cannot find someone to check on your home, you should turn off the water main. You will also want to drain the pipes completely so that they do not freeze or burst during the colder months. To do this, run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water. You should also open the cabinets under your sink to let the warm air surround the pipes.
If you do experience water damage while you are away from your home, contact SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties soon as possible. 662-349-6500
Fire Damage Tip: Chimney Sweep
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At SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties, we know the lovely warm glow a chimney can add to any home. Sitting in front of a fireplace in your Southaven home on a crisp day is a wonderful way to relax and enjoy an evening with family. There is nothing more important than keeping your home and family safe. To help keep those fires going, it's useful to make sure the chimney is periodically cleaned. Chimney cleaning can help a fireplace stay in good shape and reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in your home. Additionally, the chimney allows smoke, fumes and dangerous toxins escape the home through its ventilation. Read on for some helpful tips on having your chimney services.
Inspect the Brick
All chimneys should be completely cleaned at least once a year. Proper cleaning is important to make sure that the chimney is in good working order. Any homeowner should also perform an inspection on their own. This can help identify any potential problems that must be addressed as soon as possible. It's a good idea to bring a flashlight and have a good look at the floor. All the ashes in the chimney accumulate here. The flooring needs to be kept in good shape to make sure the fire can be turned on. Note any problems with the brick surrounding it. The bricks used in a fireplace are more heat tolerant than ordinary bricks. They need to be maintained to prevent any fire in the fireplace from spreading to other areas of the home. If a single brick is out of place, this can make the rest of the chimney far less functional.
Have a Look Up
After having a good look at the area surrounding the fireplace, it's a good idea to have a look at the rest of the chimney. Put on some old clothes and get in the area surrounding the fireplace. Have a look at the chimney area. You should see if there's any obstruction or other issues. Small birds and rodents often find themselves stuck or you could have a thick layer of creosote and soot sticking to the flue and masonry inside the chimney. When this gets too thick, all it takes is a spark and you have a chimney fire on your hands.
According to the National Fire Prevention Association, 30 percent of home fires are caused by chimney fires. Be sure your home is not one of them and have your chimney cleaned regularly.If you do run into trouble with smoke or fire in your home, give us a call today.
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Fire Damage Process
If you are a victim of fire damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties. We are always here to help! 662-349-6500.
No matter how the fire started, a rush of emotions and feelings of panic seem to follow. After the calling the Fire Department to put out the fire, who do you call to help you clean up the damage caused by the fire?
SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate & Tunica Counties is here to help you any time, day or night. Here is an overview of our fire damage process:
ONE HOUR: Within one hour from notice of loss, SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate & Tunica Counties will contact you to arrange for service. You'll know help is on the way!
FOUR HOURS: Within four hours of loss notificiation, SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties will be on-site to start mitigation services. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.
DETAILED EXPLANATION: A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties professional will walk you through the job process step-by-step, explaining what to expect and anticipated outcome.
PRETESTING: We will begin pretesting for restorability, working from the source of the damage outward.
EIGHT HOURS: Within eight business hours of on-site arrival, a verbal breifing of the scope will be communicated to the appropriate person, normally your adjuster or property manager.
CLEANING, RESTORATION, & DEODORIZATION: We will work neatly and efficiently to help you regain control of your property when a damaging event has taken over. They will use state-of-the-art restoration techniques to ensure your property is taken care of right the first time.
FINAL WALK-THROUGH: After the work has been completed, a final walk through will be conducted with your to help ensure your satisfaction.
Call us today at SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties at (662) 349-6500 for all of your fire restoration needs.
Water Heater Water Damage
Water damages can happen to anyone, anywhere in their home or business. Call SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, and Tunica Counties. 662-349-6500.
One pipe leak can result in major water damage throughout many rooms in a home. When a hot water heater leaks in the attic it can cause damage in several rooms below. Typically in these situations, you don't know there is a problem until it's too late!
SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate & Tunica Counties is equipped to respond to these type of water damage the same day the job is called in. We will extract the water, remove damaged structure, and set up drying equipment. We will monitor the job daily until all structure is dry!
It is recommended that you check your hot water heater on a regular basis, especially if it's in your attic. When your hot water heater is in your attic it is even more important to keep a maintenance schedule and to stick to that schedule. If your hot water heater is slowly leaking, it won't take much time for the pan to begin to overflow from a 50 gallon water tank. The bottom of the water tank can then rust. Also, the leak can cause moisture in the air that can then cause mold!
Things we don't see often, or ever for that matter are easy to forget! If you are a victim of a hot water heater water damage, call us at SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties today! (662) 349-6500.
Be SERVPRO Ready!
As many as 50% of businesses close for good following a disaster. Call SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties at 662-349-6500. We are here to help
SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate & Tunica Counties is committed to providing fire and water cleanup and restoration services to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs. SERVPRO can provide:
- Over 40 years of experience as leading fire and water cleanup and restoration providers.
- A SERVPRO franchise nearby - more than 1,500 franchises servicing 48 states.
- More locations for faster responses.
- Quick response time to help ensure the damage is contained and the restoration process begins promptly.
- Large loss capabilities - no fire or water damage is too big.
As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event you business is affected by a disaster, they don't necessarily have to be.
By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you help to minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Know what to do, who to call and what to expect in advance is helpful in receiving timely mitigation and can help minimize the affects water and fire damage can have on your business.
Dry Ice Blasting
Dry Ice Blasting
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Dry Ice Blasting is a revolutionary blasting method that uses dry ice pellets (CO2 in solid form) as the blasting material. The process is very environmentally friendly and provides a fast and effective alternative to traditional methods of cleaning industrial production equipment.
Dry Ice Blasting is a 3 step process:
1. Kinetic - When dry ice pellets are accelerated in a jet of compressed air and strike a surface at the speed of sound, they crack and loosen the coating of the surface being treated.
2. Thermal - The low temperature of dry ice pellets (-79 degrees C/-110 degrees F) makes coating brittle, cracks it and loosens it. This allows dry ice to permeate the coating.
3. Sublimation - Dry ice penetrates the coating and immediately sublimes (passes directly from solid to vapor state). This results in a 700-fold increase in volume, an explosive effect that lifts the coating off the surface.
The Benefits of Dry Blasting:
1. A dry cleaning process - Dry ice blasting is a completely dry process because dry ice pellets consists of CO2 and vaporize immediately on contact with the surface to be cleaned.
2. No waste disposal - The system produces no waste products. Only the coating that has been removed remains to be disposed of, and this can usually be swept or vacuumed from the floor.
3. Environmentally friendly - Dry ice blasting is completely non-toxic and no hazardous chemicals are used. Costs connected with the disposal of blasting materials and solvents are saved.
4. No abrasion - Dry ice blasting is non-abrasive and therefore surfaces are treated very gently. Wear and tear resulting from the use of steel brushes, scrapers and other blasting materials is avoided.
5. Improved production quality - Dry ice blasting often allows for your production equipment to be cleaned while in operation without the need for dismantling or costly downtime.
SERVPRO of DeSoto, Tate, and Tunica Counties also offers many other services:
- Fire, Smoke, and Soot
- Water Removal and Dehumidification
- Mold Mitigation and Remediation
- Catastrophic Storm Response
- Move Outs and Contents Restoration
- Electronics and Equipment
- Document Drying
- Contents Claim Inventory Service
- Air Ducts and HVAC
- Bio hazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism
- Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
- Ceilings, Walls, and Hard Floors
SERVPRO of DeSoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties is available 24/7! Call us today! 662-349-6500
Got Mold? Call SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate & Tunica Counties
Got Mold? We are here to help.
SERVPRO of DeSoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. Mold is more likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your property has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure promptly. If there is an ongoing moisture porblem in the building, it is important to be alert for:
1. The presence of visible mold.
2. Strong musty odors which may indicate mold is present.
3. Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.
4. Excessive humidity.
These conditions may require the expertise of a qualifed Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.
If you think you might have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of DeSoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties at (662) 349-6500. One of our team members that is trained in mold remediation will examine the structure for any visible signs of mold.
Flooding Can Happen Anywhere - Even Southaven, MS
If your business is the victim of flood damage, call the professionals at SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties at 662-349-6500!
Floods rank as one of the most common widespread natural disasters in the United States. Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffereing flood damage. In fact, nearly 25% of last year's claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program were for plicies in moderate to low-risk communities. According to NFIP, houses in the United States have a 26% chance of being damaged by a flood during the course of a 30 year mortgage, while businesses face similar risks by flooding. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. The following are a few more little-known flood facts:
- Floods kill an average of 140 people per year in the U.S., making flooding the most deadly natural disaster.
- More than half of the fatalities during floods are auto related, often the result of drivers misjudging the depth of water on a road and being swept away in a swiftly moving current.
- The principle causes of lfoods in the eastern United States are hurricanes and storms.
- The principle causes of floods in the western United States are snowmelt and rainstorms.
- Underpasses can be some of the most dangerous places during a flash flood - especially at night, when it's difficult to see.
If flood damage to your home or business is not promptly mitigated, lingering moisture from floodwater may elevate the risk of mold growth. SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties can properly remediate mold damage in your home or business. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to the structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often overwhelming. SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties is prepared to handle and size disaster and help make it "Like it never even happened."
Call SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties at 662-349-6500 if you are a flood damage victim.
Understanding the Equipment We Use
Choosing the correct equipment and the correct amount of equipment is very important for your water damage. Call us today at 662-349-6500!
The Right Equipment
SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate & Tunica Counties understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. We at SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained, uniformed professionals. Certainly, the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation, but perhaps more important, we are water damage professionals that thoroughly understand how to dry a structure and personal property effectively.
Scoping involves locating the areas of the structure affected by water and defining the extent to which the structure and contents have absorbed moisture. Moisture detection devices are also used to verifty that an environment has been dried thoroughly.
- Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls.
- Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials.
- Thermohygrometers measure both temperature and relative humidity.
The most effective method of removing moisture from a structure is extraction. This is why it is critical to respond quickly to a water damage and to provide emergency mitigation services. When the water is extracted quickly, the environment can usually be dried much faster.
Air Moving Equipment
Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level, thereby reducting drying time. As airflow at the surface level increases, the moisture in the air increases. The moisture is then eliminated via the use of dehumidification equipment.
By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. In a water damaged structure, dehumidifiers pull in moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture from wet materials.
Call SERPVRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties at (662) 349-6500 if you need help with your water damage today!!