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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. 

Fire Prevention

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Safeguarding against potential fire hazards will significantly reduce the likelihood of a fire affecting your home and family. Make fire prevention and safety a priority in your home.

  • Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home and test it monthly.
  • Prevent electrical fires by never overloading circuits or extension cords.
  • Use appliances only as directed by the manufacturer. Unplug appliances when not in use.
  • Keep portable heaters at least three feet away from anything combustible.
  • Keep the fire in the fireplace. Use fire screens and have your chimney cleaned annually.
  • Install an affordable safety sprinkler system. In addition to keeping you safe, they can also increase property value and lower insurance rates.
  • Plan your escape. Practice your exit strategy from every room in the house.
  • Take the time to educate your children about the dangers of fire.

Do your Allergies have you Down? -Consider cleaning your HVAC

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

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If you are suffering from major allergies, consider having your HVAC system cleaned by SERVPRO of DeSoto, Tate & Tunica Counties!
Pollen and other contaminants such as cooking smells, smoke, and dust can enter your HVAC system and the smells do not leave until you properly clean your system.
SERVPRO of DeSoto, Tate & Tunica Counties specializes in air duct cleaning on Homes and Businesses. Our technicians are trained to handle any type of HVAC cleaning. The dust can cause major issues for adults and children. Cleaning your unit is a much more cost-effective way of keeping the pollutants out of your home.
Call our office today and we will look at your system and provide you with a detailed estimate of what your home or business might need.
You do not want yourself or your family living in an unhealthy environment.
SERVPRO of DeSoto, Tate & Tunica Counties has the professional equipment and crew to clean your HVAC system correctly!
Contact our office today for a free no-obligation estimate at
662-349-6500.

The Dangers of Thunderstorms- What You Need to Know

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

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At SERVPRO, we understand severe weather can be stressful. Always be prepared ahead of the storm, and be sure to have alerts set up.

When you think of severe weather, tornadoes may quickly come to mind. There’s a good reason for that. While these storms are most common during the spring, they can occur at any point in our warm, humid conditions.

But while tornadoes are a weather danger to keep in mind, it’s also a good idea to pay attention to thunderstorms.

Thunderstorms are defined as any storm that involves thunder. These storms are so common we often disregard them. But high winds, lightning, hail, flooding, and other issues involved in thunderstorms can quickly turn dangerous. A thunderstorm moves into the severe category when it contains hail that is one inch or larger and straight-line winds of 58 miles per hour or more. Here is what you should know about potential thunderstorm hazards:

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. You now know that thunderstorms always involve thunder. But did you know they also always have lightning? That’s because thunder and lightning are always paired together; you won’t have one without the other, even if lightning isn’t visible. Lightning strikes cause around 300 injuries every year, and they can also contribute to property damage both from direct contact with lightning and indirect effects such as fallen trees.

Harm from flash flooding. Flash floods can occur any time there is heavy rain for a plethora of reasons—even if storm drains back up or small ditches become filled with water, heavy rain can quickly turn these things into a life-threatening flooding scenario. This presents a particular danger on the roads. If flash flood conditions are possible, it’s best to stay at home.

Property damage due to hail. When it comes to hail, there are two factors to consider: the size of the hail and the force with which it falls. These ice pellets can range in size from tiny to very large, and the bigger they are, the more dangerous they are. In severe thunderstorms, where hail is larger, pellets can propel with some force on your roof, which can cause leaks and water damage.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, contact SERVPRO! 

Three Professional Smoke Removal Methods

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Below Are Five Methods that are Commonly Used:

Along with the visible damage, a fire may do to your business, there is also smoke damage to consider after the fire. If the smoke cleaning isn’t done right, it may mean years of a lingering odor. Traditional cleaning methods often aren’t enough to get rid of the smell. When you trust the restoration of your business to a fire damage and mitigation company, you can count on the most innovative equipment to be used.

Thermal Foggers

When trying to deodorize the smoke odor in a room, a thermal fogger may be used. During the process, a heated deodorizer is sprayed. Since it comes out in the form of fog, it can reach areas that traditional cleaning methods would mix. The cleaning mixture surrounds the smoke particles and absorbs them, making it an ideal neutralizing method. When this technique is used, the business will need to be evacuated.

Air Scrubbers

Designed to remove tiny pollutants from the air, scrubbers have a filtration system that takes in air and passes it through a filter, which is typically a HEPA filter. Once it goes throw, clean air is released back into the environment. As the process continues, the clean hair mingles with the smoky air to make it less dense. The speed that it works depends on the initial density, size of the room, and ventilation.

Ozone Machine

Another piece of smoke cleaning equipment used is an ozone generator. Similar to oxygen except it has three atoms instead of two, this colorless gas oxidizes odors. The ozone atoms attach to odor molecules to neutralize them. The machine breaks them down, along with odor-causing bacteria, to eradicate the smell. After a fire, charred items and layers of soot aren’t the only concern. Smoke cleaning is essential to ensure your business is back to 

“Like it never even happened.”

Types of Cleaning- For Your Fire Damaged Personal Property

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

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At SERVPRO, we use every method and tool in our inventory to restore everything possible after a fire occurs.

Cleaning Personal Property After Fire Damage

When possible, restoring a resident’s property after a fire is not just cost-efficient. It also helps lessen the personal loss to a family still dealing with watching that fire race through their home.

SERVPRO can restore most fire damage to the personal property of homeowners if flames did not heavily scorch it. Our teams use six methods to clean and restore personal property based on the type and level of damage, and the material that makes up the damaged item.

Wet Wiping

Technicians use this cleaning method for moderate-to-heavy soot and smoke residues. They use the same cloths and sponges, but also water or a mild cleaning solution. It is also our preferred choice for the property we cannot saturate with water or cleaners. In some cases, they use brushes for a better effect to remove much of the residues.

Dry Wiping

This is the first step our technicians take with almost every item. They use dusting cloths and sponges for dry surfaces with non-greasy, light-to-medium soot residues, usually a powder. If the layer of soil is very thick, they may use a commercial grade vacuum to remove it from the surface. Dry wiping is useful for other types of damage before our teams begin using other methods.

Foam Cleaning

This is similar to spray and wipe, but our teams use a pump-up bottle to force air into the liquid and apply foam. The method uses much less moisture while still applying a large amount of cleaning agent. It is our choice for cleaning upholstered furniture since too much liquid can cause the fabric to shrink and pull away from the frame.

Spray and Wipe

SERVPRO technicians use a spray bottle filled with water or a cleaner for more control over how much they use for cleaning an item. It is our first choice with curtains and drapes when there is a risk of the color fading, or running down the surface and onto carpets or floors.

Abrasive Cleaning

When the soot covers rough surfaces, like rock and marble, our technicians use a thicker cleaning agent and a variety of brushes to remove residues. For metal surfaces, they may have to use steel wool rather than a brush.

Immersion Cleaning

This is our choice for items with very thick residues and when other methods do not work. We immerse them in a tank containing water or a cleaning agent and then use sound waves to agitate the entire surface area with thousands of cleaning bubbles. It is exceptionally effective, even on items that absorbed a large number of residues over time.

Cleaning and restoring personal property is not a quick process. At SERVPRO, we use every method and tool in our inventory to restore everything possible after a fire. 

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4 of the Most Common Water Damage Areas

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

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If you are a homeowner or business owner knowing where the most common water damage areas are can be very beneficial to you when disaster strikes.

 SERVPRO of DeSoto, Tate & Tunica Counties is always Here to Help when disaster strikes. Every home and property has unique challenges when it comes to extracting water and drying out the structure.

These four water-damaged areas of the most common areas and why they prove to be so difficult.

Attic Space

Attic spaces can be hard to get equipment into and may have electrical hazards. Oftentimes attic spaces require that insulation is removed to properly dry the space. 

Duct Work 

Some duct systems made of fragile and porous materials make it difficult to dry and set up drying equipment.

Basements 

Many basements are unfinished with lots of porous materials that would need disposing of due to possible contamination in water. 

No matter the space or the cause of damage, SERVPRO of DeSoto, Tate & Tunica Counties is always Here to Help when disaster strikes. We have crews who are on call 24/7 because we know that when disaster strikes there is no time to wait. 

Crawlspace 

Crawlspace may be hard to work in and place drying equipment into. 

Low temperatures can make it difficult to warm the space and properly dry it. 

Call your local SERVPRO today! 

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Oh No! Help- My Commercial Toilet Won’t Stop Flushing

8/4/2022 (Permalink)

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My commercial toilet won't stop flushing!

Commercial toilets are quite different from the ones in your home. Bathrooms meant for public use typically use a tankless type of flushing system called a flushometer. These types tend to prevent a toilet overflow more effectively than toilets with a tank, but there are also some disadvantages.

Advantages and Disadvantages

The flushometer has some benefits compared to the tank type:

  • The high pressure of the water cleans the bowl better.
  • No time is required to fill a tank.
  • The force of the water dislodges all but the worst clogs.

One disadvantage is that it requires a larger than normal water supply line to function. Another is that it can spread germs more easily due to a phenomenon called a toilet plume. However, if they break and cause an overflow, you need a licensed commercial plumber to inspect the damage, fix the valve, and clean up any sewer water that spilled out.

How a Flushometer Works

In a typical toilet, when you depress the handle, gravity causes the tank to empty, pulling the water in the bowl down through suction. This works very well in most cases, but it does tend to clog if there is a lot of bulk in the bowl, potentially causing a toilet flood.

The flushometer system has no tank, helping to prevent toilet overflow. When the handle is depressed, it lifts a gasket that’s keeping the water pressure balanced inside the mechanism, creating a sudden, large pressure differential. This causes a blast of clean water to create the siphon necessary to flush the bowl.

How To Fix a Flushometer

If the flushometer won’t shut off, you’ll need to manually close the valve to the toilet. There will either be a slot for a flat-blade screwdriver or a hexagonal head that requires a wrench.

However, there’s also a hexagonal head on top of the mechanism. Don’t open this while trying to stop a toilet from running! The shut-off valve will always face horizontal, not vertical. Once this is turned off, you have time to call a professional who can fix the mechanism.

The flushometer system is very low maintenance and helps prevent a toilet overflow. Once you’ve learned how to shut off the water flow in an emergency, it should give you many years of trouble-free use.

Has a Storm Damaged The Basement of Your Home? 4 Steps to Take When Your Home Basement Is Flooded

8/1/2022 (Permalink)

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How to Deal With a Flooded Basement

Unfortunately, many homeowners have experienced a basement flood at one time or another. If you have standing water down there, it is vital to know how to deal with it. Before you begin the cleanup process, follow these steps.

1. Shut Off the Electricity

Before anything else, you want to shut off the electricity and power to the basement. Not doing so could lead to injuries, so take every precaution possible. If you are unsure of how to do this, it is best to call a water damage specialist.

2. Find the Source

If the basement flood was caused by rainfall, you can go ahead and begin the cleanup process. Otherwise, you need to find the source. To prevent any more contamination to the area, you should shut off the water. Once you have located the cause, you either need to fix it yourself or call a professional to come help.

3. Remove the Water

Getting rid of the water can take time. What you use depends on how badly the room was flooded. Sump pumps or pool pumps can be effective. If there is only a small amount of liquid on the ground, you may even be able to use a mop.

4. Call Your Insurance Company

You want to check on what type of insurance coverage you have after an ordeal like this. Oftentimes the company is more likely to pay if the problem is treated quickly and was not caused by negligence on your part. Using a trusted business to help with the cleanup may also help you get a better payout.

It is important to remember that a basement flood can be extremely dangerous. Take the utmost care when handling the damage yourself. If you feel at all uncomfortable or unsafe, call SERVPRO!