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Tips on How to Clean a Moldy Washing Machine

9/23/2022 (Permalink)

Take preventative measures in your washing machine.  It's natural to assume that our washing machine is self-cleaning, especially with all that soap and warm water tumbling around. However, this isn't always the case. Your laundry machine has a pretty high risk of falling victim to mold growth, especially if you don't take the proper preventative measures. Follow these steps if your laundry machine has an unwanted mold smell.

Getting Rid of the Mold:

Luckily, mold is extremely easy to clean out of a laundry machine. Just follow these steps:

  • Create a non-toxic, mold cleaning mixture using equal parts baking soda and fresh water, 1/4 of each product should suffice. Add this cleaning solution to the machine's detergent container.
  • Pour two cups of white vinegar directly into the drum itself.
  • Run a normal wash cycle on the highest heat setting possible. Make sure you don't have any clothes in the washer for this specific cycle.
  • After the cycle ends, use a kitchen sponge or scrub brush to attack any remaining patches of mold. Use a mixture that contains equal parts of white vinegar and fresh water for this process.
  • Even if your washing machine isn't suffering from mold growth, it's still a good idea to repeat the above process at least once each month for maintenance purposes. After all, the best offense is a great defense.

Preventing Mold Growth

Once you've gotten rid of the mold that caused your musty, dirty laundry, you're going to want to keep it away. Prevent subsequent mold growth by keeping your machine's drum as dry as possible. This involves removing your laundry as soon as possible after the wash cycle ends and leaving the washer's door open to dry out when you aren't using the machine. You might also consider running a fan near the washer to help accelerate airflow.

Nothing ruins the excitement of laundry day quite like a moldy washing machine. Using the above technique should solve the problem, but if it doesn't then you need to contact mold remediation experts for further help.

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How to Prevent Clogged Gutters from draining water into your home

9/21/2022 (Permalink)

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-Water Damage is a Possibility with Misaligned Gutters

Watching the rain hit a window as it cascades downward might entertain children, but homeowners should see such activity as a sign of impending problems involving their homes. Gutters clogged with leaves, twisted sections, or broken, disconnected areas can cause water to hit your home instead of flowing correctly.
Once your gutters receive the required repairs, SERVPRO can mitigate any water damage in your home's living space. When water damages a home because of misdirected rainfall, it can also affect window frames, particularly those made of wood. Interior walls made of drywall can break away in sections or crumble at the slightest touch.

When SERVPRO technicians perform mitigation of water damage, we always check the moisture content of surrounding materials to ensure that they remain undamaged. Materials can seem uncompromised even after water seeped into them. Early detection of this situation means we can get the affected area dried out quickly and prevent permanent damage. Helping our customers save money is always important to us at SERVPRO.

Water can also occur at the floor level after entering a house. Once there, it can begin warping trim and floorboards. We carry highly effective equipment that handles drying out the moisture inside walls and other structures inside a house. After removing the baseboards and drilling two small holes, we can place the flexible tubing attached to our injection system. Once ready, we can begin moving warm, dry air through the wall's cavity and get it dry again.
When moisture invades a floor, we can use mats that work similarly. Air movers also work to increase evaporation, and desiccant machines extract water vapor from the air as it circulates. Wherever materials show water damage, we only remove what is necessary and as neatly as possible.

SERVPRO wants to help you keep your home in the best condition possible.

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Do you know if you are in a Flood Zone?

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo "Like it never even happened."

Do you live in a potential flood risk zone? If you don’t know the answer to that very important question. It allows you to easily enter your business, home, or other address to determine if your property is at risk for flooding based on a visual flood map. If you happen to live in a flood risk zone and your residential or commercial property is hit with flood damage, we can come to your rescue and make the damage “Like it never even happened.”
With more than 1,700 franchises strategically positioned throughout the U.S. and Canada, help is near when you experience flooding at your home or business.

No job is ever too big or too small for our team here at SERVPRO. Our heroes have helped rescue the day at a number of storm emergencies, such as Hurricane Ida, and many others. We can do the same for you should you ever experience such an event.

Call your local SERVPRO today!

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Tips for Cleaning Your Crawlspace After a Flood

9/14/2022 (Permalink)

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A home flood can occur any time there is a storm. While there are things you can do to protect your home during storm season, floodwater may still get in. It’s important to mitigate the damage not only in the spaces you can see but also in the spaces that are not readily visible. You should always check your crawlspace for flooding after heavy rain.

Appropriate Safety Precautions

There are several safety precautions to take when you know your home has storm damage. Anyone who enters standing water should wear proper protective gear:

  • Rubber boots
  • Heavy gloves
  • Face mask
  • Protective coveralls

You should also turn off the electricity to reduce the risk of shock. Use good judgment -- if you think any part of your home may be unsafe, stay elsewhere. Leave wading through floodwater in your crawlspace to the technicians from the flood restoration company that you hire to mitigate the damage.

Accurate Documentation

You should report your home flood to your insurance company, but an adjuster may not be able to make it to your house quickly if there are a lot of problems in the area due to the storm. To capture the most accurate evidence of the damage, it’s a good idea to take pictures or videos of the flood’s impact on the crawlspace and other affected areas. This can be valuable when you are filing your claim.

Thorough Cleanup

Ideally, your sump pump will kick in when the water in your crawlspace starts to rise, so that should take care of a lot of the major extraction. The area must be completely dried and disinfected before the job is done, though. A thorough cleanup helps prevent mold growth and the subsequent damage it can cause to the structure of your home.

Home flood cleanup must cover both the areas you can see and those you cannot see. Don’t forget spaces such as your crawlspace when assessing the damage.

Ways You Can Safely Use Candles In Your Home

9/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Avoid Candle Fires in your Home

With warm light and pleasant fragrances, candles can be an easy way to create the atmosphere that you want in your home. However, they can also become a safety hazard if not used properly. Candle fires are common, but the following tips can help you avoid them.

1. Never Leave Burning Candles Unattended

It may seem like an annoyance to extinguish a candle every time you leave the room. However, leaving it burning could result in a candle fire if something gets too close to the flame or if it burns too low. It is best to blow out candles before going to sleep as well, even if you are in the same room.

2. Always Keep Them Out of Reach of Pets and Children

Both children and pets often come with an excess of energy and curiosity. For this reason, it can be easy for them to inadvertently start a candle fire. Keep burning candles in an area that is not within reach, and do not leave them unsupervised.

3. Keep Them Away From Any Flammable Items

When you are using a candle, you should be sure to have the area free of flammable objects. This can include papers as well as fabrics such as curtains and bedding. These types of items should be at least a foot away from any candles that are in use. Flammable liquids should be kept even further away.

4. Use an Alternative to Candles 

Perhaps the easiest way to prevent a fire is simply not to use candles at all. There are a variety of other ways that you can achieve a more relaxing home environment. If you are only interested in adding a pleasant scent to your home, a wax warmer is a great option. You can also buy battery-operated flameless candles that look and smell like the real thing.

While these tips can help you prevent an emergency, accidents can still occur. Whether it is small or large, fires often require smoke cleanup and some repairs. If this happens SERVPRO can help return your home to its previous condition.

Tips for Handling Water Damaged Electronics

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

a black keyboard with water on it Flooded electronics are just one of several problems caused by water damage.

Suppose your building was flooded, whether by a storm, or a burst pipe, then you will likely be dealing with quite a bit of damage. Along with the structure of the building and the furniture inside, your equipment can be affected as well. If you have flooded electronics, it is essential to handle them cautiously to prevent further damage. The following tips can help.

1. Remove Them From the Water Immediately

It is probably obvious that the first thing you should do is remove your electronics from the water. The longer they are submerged, the more damage they are likely to suffer. Quickly relocate them to a dry area to prevent additional problems from moisture.

2. Wipe Down the Exterior

While you are most likely more concerned with the inside of your flooded electronics, you should not neglect to care for the exterior. Use a towel or cloth to thoroughly dry the outside of any affected items to prevent corrosion. This also keeps any water on the outside from entering the device.

3. Do Not Turn Them On

It can be tempting to check the state of electronic damage by turning on your equipment, but this is not a good idea. Even if the outside is dry and it looks like it might be fine, moisture may be hiding on the inside. If you turn on your device before it has completely dried, this can cause even more damage that may make repairs impossible.

4. Have Them Inspected by a Professional

If your devices have been submerged in water, you need to have them examined by a professional to determine the extent of the electronic damage. In some cases, they may be able to repair them, saving you from the cost and frustration of having to purchase a replacement.
Flooded electronics are just one of several problems caused by water damage. If you need work done on your building, a clean-up and restoration service can do this for you. They can have your building back to its previous condition quickly and can salvage many of your damaged belongings.

Facts About Mold

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

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Where there is moisture there is mold. Don't wait when you find unwanted water call SERVPRO of DeSoto, Tate & Tunica Counties.

Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found nearly everywhere. It can be black, white, orange, purple, or green. Mold thrives on moisture and reproduces utilizing tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air. When mold is growing on a surface, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled.

The exact number of mold species is still unknown, scientists estimate that there are thousands. Many of them can affect your home and business.

Here are the three most common kinds of mold and how they are identified.

1. Aspergillus

Aspergillus is frequently found wherever dust accumulates and spreads to areas like floors, wallpapers, and air filters. It typically has a brown or dark green color and certain species are also found in food.

2. Cladosporium

Cladosporium colonies can grow in bathrooms, basements, and on any wooden surface. Typically, you can spot this type of mold by its green or brown color. This mold is possible to remove by yourself but calling qualified mold experts can assist in its disposal.

3. Stachybotrys 

Stachybotrys earned its nickname, black mold, through its distinctive greenish-black and gel-like appearance. It is frequently found where moisture dwells such as in restrooms or on walls in rooms that have experienced flooding. 

Ways You Can Safely Use Candles In Your Home

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

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Avoid Candle Fires in your Home
With warm light and pleasant fragrances, candles can be an easy way to create the atmosphere that you want in your home. However, they can also become a safety hazard if not used properly. Candle fires are common, but the following tips can help you avoid them.

1. Never Leave Burning Candles Unattended

It may seem like an annoyance to extinguish a candle every time you leave the room. However, leaving it burning could result in a candle fire if something gets too close to the flame or if it burns too low. It is best to blow out candles before going to sleep as well, even if you are in the same room.

2. Always Keep Them Out of Reach of Pets and Children

Both children and pets often come with an excess of energy and curiosity. For this reason, it can be easy for them to inadvertently start a candle fire. Keep burning candles in an area that is not within reach, and do not leave them unsupervised.

3. Keep Them Away From Any Flammable Items

When you are using a candle, you should be sure to have the area free of flammable objects. This can include papers as well as fabrics such as curtains and bedding. These types of items should be at least a foot away from any candles that are in use. Flammable liquids should be kept even further away.

4. Use an Alternative to Candles

Perhaps the easiest way to prevent a fire is simply not to use candles at all. There are a variety of other ways that you can achieve a more relaxing home environment. If you are only interested in adding a pleasant scent to your home, a wax warmer is a great option. You can also buy battery-operated flameless candles that look and smell like the real thing.

While these tips can help you prevent an emergency, accidents can still occur. Whether it is small or large, fires often require smoke cleanup and some repairs. If this happens, SERVPRO can help return your home to its previous condition.

Keep this in Mind... it’s the Water You Don't See

8/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Even minimal water damages have the potential to cause serious structural and indoor air quality issues over time. 

The key to avoiding costly future restoration is to handle every water problem as a real threat to your property. SERVPRO has the equipment, training, and experience to find and dry unseen water before secondary damages occur. The proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing the damage expense during a fire or water loss. When time matters, technology, and equipment must be counted on to perform. SERVPRO of DeSoto, Tate & Tunica Counties will answer your call with rapid action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. 

Here are a few of the tools we use.

  • Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, and walls.
  • Thermo hygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, we can calculate and create an environment most conducive to drying. When facing a contaminated water loss, it is not only important to dry the structure, but the structure must also be disinfected and often deodorized.
  • Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products by creating a dense fog. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that attach to and neutralize odor-causing particles.
  • Ultra Low-Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that can easily penetrate the site where odor-causing residues may accumulate.

The bottom line is that SERVPRO of DeSoto, Tate & Tunica Counties has the training and equipment to help make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Call us today at 662-349-6500

Facts About Mold

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Where there is moisture there is mold. Don't wait when you find unwanted water call SERVPRO!

Mold is a type of fungus that consists of small organisms found nearly everywhere. It can be black, white, orange, purple, or green. Mold thrives on moisture and reproduces utilizing tiny, lightweight spores that travel through the air. When mold is growing on a surface, spores can be released into the air where they can be easily inhaled.

The exact number of mold species is still unknown, scientists estimate that there are thousands. Many of them can affect your home and business.

Here are three of the most common kinds of mold and how they are identified.

1. Aspergillus

Aspergillus is frequently found wherever dust accumulates and spreads to areas like floors, wallpapers, and air filters. It typically has a brown or dark green color and certain species are also found on food.

2. Cladosporium

Cladosporium colonies can grow in bathrooms, basements, and on any wooden surface. Typically, you can spot this type of mold by its green or brown color. This mold is possible to remove by yourself but calling qualified mold experts can assist in its disposal.

3. Stachybotrys 

Stachybotrys earned its nickname, black mold, through its distinctive greenish-black and gel-like appearance. It is frequently found where moisture dwells such as in restrooms or on walls in rooms that have experienced flooding.