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Storm Tips

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Before the Storm

  1. Take all precautions to protect your property. The three main areas to protect from damage are:
    • roof
    • windows
    • doors (including garage doors)
  2. Eliminate all debris around your property. If you live in lowlands or areas prompt to flooding, evacuate your property. Take with you only the essentials, such as clothing and medicines.
  3. Review your insurance policies. Make sure you have hurricane protection and a flood policy if you live in a flood prone area and that it protects your home and your belongings. 
  4. Take pictures of your home before the emergency. This will help you in case you have to file a damage claim.
  5. Have your emergency bag ready. Store a set of clothing and canned food. Include also, a flashlight, batteries, medicines and bandages. Keep a copy of important papers in the bag such as birth certificates, passports and the insurance policies for your home. Remember to keep your bag handy. Store the bag near the exit so that in an emergency you can pick it up and get out quickly. Check the contents of the bag to ensure that the food and medicines haven’t expired. In case of a hurricane or tropical storm warning, remember to put your cell phone and charger in your emergency bag in case you need to leave.

 During the Storm

  1. Stay in a safe place. The most important thing during a storm is to protect yourself and your family. Keep away from windows or doors, because the wind may seriously damage these.
  2. Do not go out on the street. Stay away from rising rivers.
  3. Disconnect all unnecessary electronic appliances. This way you will avoid damages from changes in voltage or receiving an electric shock if your property gets flooded.
  4. Avoid fires. Use a battery flashlight instead of candles or gas lamps
  5. Use the phone only for emergencies.  Use text messages as a primary way of communicating.
  6. Protect your pets.  Have food and water and a designated area in your house. Talk to a veterinarian if your pet needs special care or medicines during the storm.

After the Storm

  1. Assess if your property suffered any structural damage.  Take pictures of all damaged property.
  2. Protect your property from further damages.  If a window broke cover it with wood or other material, but do not dispose of damaged property until an insurance adjuster has inspected it.
  3. Do not get near fallen electric cables. Do not touch anything that is in contact with them. The cables might be energized.
  4. Be careful turning on electric generators.

Prevention and planning are the best tools to guarantee the health and well being of your loved ones. If you have any questions call SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka today at 662-287-7881!

How to prevent Air Conditioner Water Damages

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Your air conditioning unit is susceptible to leaks, which can lead to water damage, if you do not perform several maintenance tasks periodically. The good news is that these routine tasks are rather easy to do and do not involve hiring a professional most of the time. Here are the most frequent causes for A/C leaks with tips on how to fix and prevent them:

  • The drain line is clogged – the drain line is a pipe which collects the condensed water that your A/C unit has produced and transports it outside your house. Sometimes, the drain line gets clogged with algae, dirt, mineral deposits and even mold or mildew, causing water to overflow into your home. Tips:
    • If the drain pipes are clogged, try using a wet-dry vacuum to suck out the water and debris from the outdoor drain pipe.
    • To prevent drain lines from clogging, pour a mix of half warm water, half bleach into the pipe once every 4 to 6 months, but make sure the pipes are not clogged first.
    • Consider installing an overflow shut off device on the drain line to automatically turn off the A/C unit if the drain line backs up.
  • The overflow drain pan is damaged - the drain pan collects any water that has overflowed due to a clogged drain line. Over time, drain pans made of metal or plastic may get damaged, resulting in leaks and water damage. Tips:
    • If you notice leaks near the drain pan, carefully inspect it for damage using a flashlight.
    • Consider patching up small holes or cracks using epoxy glue or replacing the pan entirely.
  • The air filter is dirty – air filters should be replaced once every 1 to 2 months (every month during the cooling season); failing to do so will restrict the airflow to the evaporator’s coils. Consequently, water can freeze on the coils and, when it melts, it will drip water. Change the filters periodically to prevent this from happening.

Storm Damage?...Call SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka Today!

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

When a devastating storm is on the move, timing is critical.  SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka answers your call and jumps into action 24/7.  Recognizing the trauma and emotional disruption that most people suffer with storm damage,  our professional technicians at SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka work compassionately, professionally and quickly to remediate the storm damage. 
Our technicians identify the full extent of storm damage, both obvious and unseen, by using sensors such as moisture detectors and hygrometers and help homeowners overcome their feeling of helplessness by explaining the property restoration process in a way that they can understand what is happening, what to expect, and what they can do.
Using state-of-the-art equipment for drying, dehumidifying, deodorizing, and disinfecting, SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka restores a home or business with minimal disruption so that people can get back to their normal lives. If you have experienced storm damage in your home or business, call SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka 24/7 for all of your storm damage property restoration needs at 662-287-7881!
 

Protect Your Attic Pipes from Freezing

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

In states that see cold winters, you never see plumbing pipes in attics, and for good reason. But in the South, it’s not uncommon for homes that are built on a slab foundation to have plumbing systems and pipes in the attics. It’s a logical place to house these key elements of the home, but the gamble is they’ll be safe there. And for the most part, there is never an issue. That is, until that crazy cold system blows through and causes extremely low temperatures.

Have you ever been up to your attic lately? If not, peek your head up there and see what you find.

Insulate any attic pipes that transfer water!

 If you look up in your attic and find exposed pipes, you really need to take immediate action. Luckily the cold weather is almost over for a while, so you’ve got some time to protect your home against flooding. Here is what you need to do:

Go to your local home improvement store and buy some pipe insulation material. It’s not very expensive and it’s extremely easy to place over your pipes. Make sure that you don’t leave any area exposed, including joints where sections of pipe connect. So before you go to the store, you need to go up into your attic and take inventory.

In one Saturday’s worth of work, you can end up saving yourself thousands of dollars. Because the reality is if you end up with a burst pipe in your attic due to freezing, the amount of water damage is going to be extensive. Within minutes, water will travel throughout your attic, down your wall cavities and through your ceiling. It can potentially flood every floor of your home within a few minutes.

 Have you suffered water damage from a frozen attic pipe?

 Give SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka a call

662-287-7881. We're always here to help!!

Black Mold in your Corinth/Iuka Crawlspace

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

What causes black mold damage in crawlspaces?

What causes black mold levels to become elevated in any environment are the same things, whether it’s in your bathroom vanity or below your home. Listed below are a few things mold needs to grow and expand inside a home is:

(1)The right temperatures

(2) food

(3) moisture

Unfortunately for us, mold is most comfortable in the same temperature range that we find comfortable, but can also thrive in considerably colder temps. And as for food, mold spores love  wood. That means the main components of your crawlspace, the floor joists and beams supporting your home, are the perfect food for toxic mold. So where does that leave us? Trying to measure and manage the one factor we can control: moisture. Here’s the main ways moisture enters your crawlspace:

Water pooling in your crawlspace

Most of your crawlspace resides underground. That can be troublesome when you have a water drainage problem outside of your home. 

In homes with crawlspaces, there is another potential cause of excess moisture: plumbing pipes. Both the supply lines and drain pipes that service your home’s plumbing systems are housed in this space. So if either develops a small leak, it can lead to a lot of water being dumped into your crawlspace.

Evaporating ground moisture

Depending on where you live your soil is going to naturally hold some moisture. If that is the case, that moisture can evaporate into your crawlspace.

Air from outside coming in through your vents

Your crawlspace needs to breathe. That’s why you’ll notice vents located around your home that allow air to exit your crawlspace. It also allows air to come into your crawlspace. In many cases, the air inside your crawlspace is cooler than the air outside. Cool air can’t hold as much moisture as warmer air, so the moisture trapped in the air turns to liquid as it cools in your crawlspace. Overtime, the moisture can create serious water issues that can allow for black mold growth.

If you suspect black mold in your home give SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka a call today at (662)287-7881

Storm Damage Restoration in your Corinth/Iuka Commerial Building

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storms and inclement weather can be devastating to any business. Wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding can occur suddenly and cause substantial damage in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or storm damage to strike your business. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

  •  24 Hour Emergency Services
  •  Faster to Any Size Disaster
  •  A Trusted Leader in the Storm and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm or water damage emergencies. Regardless of your property type or size, we will respond quickly to clean the property and manage the restoration project through to its completion. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka will respond immediately to the storm or flood event affecting your commercial property, regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

If you have storm damage to your commercial building give SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka a call today at 662-287-7881!

Understanding Mold

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Understanding Mold

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Consider these facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If You See Signs of Mold, 
Call Us Today – 662-287-7881

Here at SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka, We are always here to help!

SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka will take care of your belongings during a Water Damage

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka understands that your home is more than a structure; your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings help transform a house into a home.

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka specializes in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including the following:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including the following:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-back according to your needs. 

If You Have Questions or Need Help, 
Call SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka Today at 662-287-7881

Call SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka if you have a sewage backup in your home

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water from sewer system backups should be considered very dangerous. The water is grossly unsanitary and may contain bacteria and viruses that could cause serious illness. Special training and equipment is necessary to safely clean this type of contamination.

There are three major types of contaminated water. SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka will inspect that contaminated water to determine the type of water and then plan the appropriate response to safely restore your home or business.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka Today at 662-287-7881

Keep your Kids Safe with these Fire Safety tips

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

When creating an escape plan in your home, you should go over it with your children so they know how to get out the house. Kids typically don’t think about how they would escape from their home in a fire, so this is an important discussion to have with them.

  • Have a plan in place for children that cannot get out on their own, such as infants and toddlers. Talk about which family member is going to wake up the children and help them get out.
  • Always identify two different ways out of every room. You should know multiple ways to exit in every room in case one exit is blocked, or it is too dangerous to use.
  • Choose a destination outside the house to meet, a safe distance away. This could be across the street, or at a neighbors’ home.

In addition to fire prevention with children, there is the concern of burn prevention. In many instances of fires started by children, serious burn injuries can occur. Here are some tips to help keep your kids safe from fire and burns.

  • Children should be at least 3 feet away from anything hot. Stoves, space heaters, and curling irons are all good examples where additional caution is necessary.
  • Keep any kind of smoking materials away and placed up high, such as lighters and matches.
  • Never play with matches or lighters when your children are around. If they see adults doing this, they will think that it is okay, and possibly even fun.

 Accidents can happen at any time. But with some mindful planning, many of these can be completely avoided. If something should still happen, just know that SERVPRO of Corinth/Iuka is here to help anytime. Give us a call at 662-287-7881