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Reduce Your Risk of Mold: Repair Leaky Applicances

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Reduce Your Risk of Mold: Repair Leaky Applicances Call the professionals at SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica counties if you have mold problems. We are always here to help. 662-349-6500.

Leaky appliances in your home can lead to extensive water damage and even mold growth if not taken care of quickly. If the conditions are right, it only takes 24-48 hours for mold to start growing. By keeping an eye on your appliances, you can help catch leaks early and reduce the risk of mold growth.

Follow these tips to help reduce the risk of leaky appliances and pipes in your home and reduce your risk of mold growth.

  • Regularly check your washing machine, dishwasher, refrigerator, water heater, sinks and toilets for signs of leaks.
  • Routinely check for leaky pipes, appliance hoses and faucets.
  • If you see signs of leaks, such as condensation or water collecting anywhere, dry it quickly and find the source of the leak and fix it.
  • Fix plumbing problems immediately.
  • Monitor your utility bills each month. An unusually high water bill can be a sign of an unseen leak.

By keeping an eye out for leaks from appliances and other water sources in your home, you can catch leaks early and reduce the risk of water damage and mold growth. If you do encounter mold growth or other water damage, give us a call at 662-349-6500. SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties can make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Keep Fall Fire Free

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keep Fall Fire Free SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties is here to help 24/7. Call us whatever your fire, mold, or water needs may be. 662-349-6500

The fall season brings cooler temperatures, beautiful colors, and an abundance of outdoor activities. But the season also brings many fire risks. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free.

Decorations

Fall decorations, like dried flowers, leaves and cornstalks, are highly flammable. Keep these and other decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters. Since these items are dry, they can ignite very easily and spread flames quickly.

Have A Plan

Be sure you have a Fire Preparedness Plan and your family knows what to do if a fire breaks out in your home. Keep emergency exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.

Protect your family by teaching your children to stay away from open flames. Be sure they know how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing catches fire.

Ensure your smoke alarms are in working order and that you have an easily accessible fire extinguisher.

Make Halloween Safe

Remember safety first when choosing a Halloween costume. Consider avoiding billowing fabrics. If you are making your costume, choose material that won’t easily ignite if it comes into contact with heat or a flame.

It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Use extreme caution if using a real candle. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn, and out of the way of doorsteps, walkways, and yards.

Be Careful in the Kitchen

With the holidays quickly approaching, your kitchen may be working on overdrive. While cooking, it can be easy to get distracted, especially if you have children. However, kitchens are a high-risk area for household fires, so it’s important to remain watchful.

Never leave food unattended while cooking, especially working with oil. Hot grease can splash and ignite. Keep flammable objects, like washcloths, potholders, and paper towels, away from the stovetop.

If a fire starts in your oven, keep the door closed. Turn it off and wait for the fire to extinguish.

Safely Use Your Fireplace

As the weather turns cold and brisk,fireplaces can bring a warm and inviting atmosphere to any home. However, if fireplaces are not properly cared for, they can lead to an increased fire and smoke risk. Make sure your fireplace is clean and well maintained and never left unattended when lit.

While you can take precautions to prevent fires this fall, sometimes accidents happen. If your home suffers any fire or smoke damage, call SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties.

After smoke or fire damages a home, it’s important to get it fixed as soon as possible. Call us at 662-349-6500, and we’ll assess the damage and make your home “Like it never even happened.”

Hurricane Florence Relief

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Florence Relief No job is too big, and no job is too small. SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties is always here to help! 662-349-6500.
 

Last month, Hurricane Florence brought two feet of water to the two states in just three days.  Hurricane Florence rained more in one hour over the city than the area typically gets during the entire month of September. This record amount of rainfall left countless homes severely damaged or completely washed away.

After the rain stopped, everyone got to work picking up the pieces of their homes and businesses to begin getting things back to normal. During this time, local SERVPRO teams were so over-encumbered they called in other SERVPRO teams from all over the country to aid in clean-up and restoration. SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties was one of hundreds of teams who responded to the call.

We loaded up SERVPRO trucks and vans and made our way through to the Carolinas. Over the weeks that followed, we helped many families get their lives back to normal by drying hardwood floors, tearing out carpets, and ripping out soggy drywall.

SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties is proud to be part of the Storm Response Team Caring for the Carolinas. Faster to any size disaster, SERVPRO of Tupelo will make it "Like it never even happened."

Give us a call at 662-349-6500. We are always here to help

Water Damage: What Your Adjuster Needs From You

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage: What Your Adjuster Needs From You SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties is always here to help. Call us 24/7 at 662-349-6500.

As a homeowner, you do not plan for your home in Olive Branch, MS to flood, but if it does, it is important to know the critical first steps to take. Your home adjuster is tasked with assessing the damage, and there are a few key things you can document to assist with the analysis:

• Written list of all that is damaged or destroyed
• Cost to repair or replace damaged items
• Pictures of the damage
• Estimate from restoration specialists


Structural Damage


If there is visible damage to the house itself, you need to make note of it. Make a list of every wall that has signs of water damage. Check your floor for warping or missing tiles. If there are cracks in your walls or in your foundation, put that on the list as well. Take pictures of everything you write down to back up your statements. It is advisable to contact professional water damage restoration technicians to get an estimate in writing of how much the repairs to your home are going to cost to give to your home adjuster.


Destroyed Possessions


The insurance claim you file is likely to include damaged items in your home. Make an inventory of everything that needs to be replaced as a result of the flooding. Beside each item, list when you purchased it and approximately how much it would cost to replace it. Keep the damaged items and take digital pictures so you can print them out or email them. 

Once you have compiled an inventory of the damage to your home for your insurance claim, make a copy for your records before you hand it off to the home adjuster. That way, if there is a discrepancy between what the adjuster finds and what your records show, you have your own proof. Ensuring that you and the adjuster have the same information may help your insurance company settle your claim and get your home back to normal more quickly.

Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups To the Professionals

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Leave the Hassle of Board-Ups To the Professionals SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties can take care of boarding up your property after a storm or fire. Call us 24/7 at 662-349-6500.
Whether after a fire, storm, or other structural disaster, boarding up damaged property is a burden that no one should ever have to go through— especially if it's your property that has been damaged.

Boarding up damaged property incorrectly could cause secondary damages such as moisture or animal intrusion, making the situation even worse. The process of boarding up after an unexpected damage can also be as dangerous as the damage itself.

SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties can board up your damaged property and mitigate and remediate the original damage, providing you with peace of mind while helping make it “Like it never even happened.”

We have the skills and knowledge to board up broken windows, damaged roofs, burned drywall or any other damaged entrance to your property. Whether the damage is from fire, flooding, or debris during windstorms, we have the experience to board up your home and secure it from further damage. And we are available 24/7, so we can get there before the damage gets even worse.

If your property is in need of any board-up services, give SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties a call at 662-349-6500. We are always here to help! 

Hurricane Season 2018 is Here

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Season 2018 is Here SERVPRO is always here to help!

Weather models have flipped the switch': Hurricane season coming to life in the Atlantic

The sleeping giant may be about to awaken.

Hurricane activity in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico is forecast to ramp up over the next couple of weeks. "Weather models have flipped the switch on the Atlantic hurricane season and see multiple areas of development possible starting mainly this weekend," weather.us meteorologist Ryan Maue said.  

One storm could spin up in the Caribbean over the next couple of days and potentially affect Florida over the Labor Day weekend. Looking further ahead, "there is the potential for two or three tropical features spinning over the Atlantic by the second weekend in September," AccuWeather meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said.

The next tropical storm or hurricane in the Atlantic basin will be called Florence.

One of the reasons for the predicted uptick in activity is that wind shear, which tends to rip apart developing hurricanes, appears to be decreasing. "There are signs now that wind shear may drop over a significant part of the Atlantic basin over the next couple of weeks," according to AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno.

However, it's still too early to predict exactly where or when any storm might form or whether a storm will affect land areas.  

SERVPRO nationwide is ready for whatever size disaster.

Secondary Water Damage

8/18/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Secondary Water Damage The professionals at SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counites are ready 24/7 for your water damage. Call us today at 662-349-6500.

Water damage is a serious issue that you need to deal with promptly when it happens.

There are some things you can do on your own to help while waiting for professionals and those tasks are in our previous post of do's and dont's for water damage.

If water damage is not fixed quickly can destroy the integrity of your house.

Structural Damage

The biggest problem faced by homeowners after their houses are damaged by water is structural damage. It might sound obvious, but when your house has been hit by a lot of water the whole structure can be weakened. That’s particularly true in any area where water was allowed to sit for more than a few hours.
If you have water sitting on the floors and on your walls for days, after a major catastrophe you could really be facing some serious structural issues. Hire a professional to look at your home and don’t walk on floors, else it could be very badly damaged.

Even if your home doesn’t have significant structural damage, being in a home that’s been badly damaged by water can create some other serious issues. Mold and mildew are the most common problems, and walls and floors that have been soaked by water can start growing unpleasant  mold in just a few hours.

Homes in climates with high humidity are even more susceptible to mold and mildew.

When the STORM Rolls Out, We Roll In

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When the STORM Rolls Out, We Roll In SERVPRO can handle everything from emergency board up to mitigation to post construction. Call us today at 662-349-6500.

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Tupelo knows immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal. 

Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines we strive to:

  • Contact you within 1 hour from notice of loss to arrange for your service. 
  • Be-on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.
  • Provide verbal briefing of scope to you within 8 business hour of on-site arrival. 

Exceptions to our 1-4-8 Service Response times may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation. 

We also perform pack-out services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.

If you have storm damage to your home or property, call us today 662-395-6500.  Timely mitigation is the key to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms.  We are also a one stop shop. We can handle everything from tarping and board ups to all of your post construction needs as well. 

Fire Damage: Restoration vs Replace

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage: Restoration vs Replace Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties handle your fire damage today. 662-349-6500. We are always here to help!

The first 48 hours after fire damage occurs can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems.  Our trained professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration.  These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.  

A back draft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. 

After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties help you restore it.  

So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to clean up the damage yourself, call us today 662-349-6500.

Commercial Fire Damage Emergency Service

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage Emergency Service SERVPRO of Desoto, Tate, & Tunica Counties is here for your business day or night. Call us at 662-349-6500.
For many small business owners, their small business is their livelihood. Any disaster that happens to hurt the company can be detrimental the owner’s finances in a huge way. One of the most common issues that many business owners face is commercial fire damage. There are many ways in which fire can affect your business. However, there are steps that a company can take both before and after fire damage occurs to mitigate any damage that a fire may cause.

Fire Prevention

Although it seems obvious, being able to prevent fire damage from occurring is the best defense against fire.  There are many things that a business can do to increase their first line against fire issues.  First, always use the highest quality building materials possible. Many new building materials are much more fire resistant and can end up saving a lot of money.  They may be more expensive to put in, but if a fire occurs, they can help save thousands of dollars in repairs.  Also, if your facility has a lot of employees, be sure to have safety meetings and discuss the ways they can reduce the likelihood of a fire taking place.  For example, a cigarette should be disposed of properly rather than just throwing it on the ground or in a trash can.  These steps can go a long way in reducing the chances of a fire.  However, at the end of the day even if a business takes the necessary precautions, a fire may still occur.  It is important to have a good plan in place and a company that you trust to help clean up the fire damages. 

Fire Damage

Some business owners may thing that fire damage is something that will easily be cleaned up.  However, there are often several layers of issues that the small business owner faces in the aftermath.  Flames in a fire can cause damage to the exterior and the interior of the building.  Sometimes there may even be structural damage as well.  The damage caused by fire and smoke are a significant issue.  Many people may feel as though the smoke just smells bad but it can cause long term damage as well.  It is important that you work with a quality experienced restoration company to restore the building that was damaged.