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In some areas of the country, rain is almost a daily occurrence during summertime, and summer storm damages are something to be prepared for. Flooding can be a summer storm hazard, and that can be inconvenient and even dangerous. Possessions can be ruined, and the structures of homes and businesses can be negatively affected. A professional water damage restoration company can be a vital resource during such times; such companies are able to complete all necessary repairs in a timely and efficient manner.
While storms can’t be predicted much of the time, education yourself in the most common areas vulnerable to storm damages will help you be prepared to handle such an event. Some areas of your home or business are going to be more apt to experience damage than others during storms, such as low-lying areas like basements and cellars which can be flooded.
Here is a list of the three most common areas that suffer from summer storm damages:
Basements and cellars, the lowest parts of a house or building, need to be watched during wet weather since they have a number of easy entry points for water. If there is heavy rainfall during inclement weather, or if the building is near a body of water such as a lake or river, they are going to be in danger. Keep an eye open for cracks in the foundation, ceiling, and walls of these areas!
- ATTICS, ROOFS, AND GUTTERS
A damaged roof, either from weather or fire, is susceptible to water damage, and the areas underneath it will suffer. A small leak can turn into a big problem before you know it. If rain gutters have not been properly maintained, you may experience some problems stemming from standing water - even indoors.
- WINDOWS, DOORS, AND ENTRYWAYS
Keep an eye on your doors and windows. If they are not properly sealed against wet conditions, you will know it right away. Entryways are also a potential problem area; make sure they are free of standing water and debris so that people don’t get hurt.
Our team of professionals here at SERVPRO of Tupelo are experienced in repairs and cleanup from damages caused by water and fire. You can call us at 662-690-6502 24/7! We are always here to help!
Mold Tips: Keeping Mold Out of Your Bathroom
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There’s no room in your house that is more prone to mold growth, and it is no wonder: most of the time, there is water everywhere in the bathroom! You need to practice preventive measures to ensure that your bath area doesn’t develop serious mold growth in one of the most-used rooms in your home.
Your bathroom has higher humidity levels than most of the other rooms in your house, of course, and surfaces can become moldy quickly if not kept dry. Once mold has established a hold on an area, it can come back even more quickly every time humidity rises.
Here are some tips to prevent mold from the start:
- Use mold-resistant paints. Products of this type are readily available at your local hardware or home goods store. This is a great idea for your kitchen as well or for any other area that sustains a high level of humidity year round.
- Call a professional. When doing any type of repair or renovation in the bathroom area, check with a professional to learn about products that contain mold-resistant ingredients, such as mold-resistant flooring and drywall.
- Keep dry! Avoid leaving standing water in this area of the home, or in any other room for that matter. During floor cleaning, use less water than you might otherwise, and always dry off countertops after cleaning, paying special attention to cracks and crevasses.
- Stay current on repairs and maintenance. Ensure that all window and door frames and weather stripping are in good condition prior to wetter and more humid weather.
- Look for leaks. Keep an eye on the cabinets under the sinks and around the toilet for leaks from hoses and pipes leading to walls. Clean behind and underneath them well on a regular basis, and take a good look while you are completing this task.
- Ventilation is essential. Ensure your bathroom area is well-ventilated; you can always use a dehumidifier if you feel it is necessary.
Keeping mold out of your bathroom will contribute to a pleasant overall experience in your bathing area; after all, this room might just be the busiest in the whole house!
Here at SERVPRO of Tupelo, we have the experience, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you with any mold remediatIon. We are also available for cleanup when you have experienced fire and water damage.
Suprising Places You May Find Mold
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Do you know where mold may be hiding in your home?
If you've ever dealt with mold in your the house, you likely know how unsettling it is. Regardless of your experience with mold, you may think that it lurks only in certain places. However, mold of different types can surprise you.
Every morning, you might pour water into your coffee machine as you eagerly await that cup of energy. While the water does find its way into the coffee cup, that doesn't mean the entire inside of the machine is dry. Mold can grow there, and this mold can enter into your morning beverage.
During the summer months, the kids may love to take the hose and fill up the plastic pool in the backyard. The water keeps them refreshed and entertained for a significant period of time. However, you might skip over drying off the pool and find yourself in need of mold remediation services to combat it.
Plenty of people have seen mold coming to life in the corners of their bathrooms, but the cabinets can also act as major spots for this existence. The mold may start to grow on or inside of the cabinets, requiring a call to SERVPRO of Tupelo.
Reaching inside of the fridge and grabbing some old food that has become covered in mold is an unpleasant experience. As much as you wipe down the fridge, you might have accidentally dropped some crumbs or pieces of food in the back of it at one point. Unless you are reaching back into the depths of the fridge on a regular basis, these crevices may have become dwellings for mold.
Grabbing your water bottle before heading to work or school is a way to make sure you are hydrated, but you probably don't get every last drop of water out of it. Ensuring that the bottle is properly cleaned before your next usage is one way to make certain that you are not ingesting mold in a bid for proper hydration.
Mold can lurk in many places inside and outside of your home. Working with the professionals is a smart way to determine if you have mold living on your property and to figure out where that mold is coming from. By treating the source, SERVPRO of Tupelo can help to ensure that the mold is away from you for good.
Water Damage & Your Business: Summer Edition
Water damages can happen to anyone at anytime. Call SERVPRO of Tupelo today. We are always here to help!
Most of the time, disasters are unexpected. If you aren’t prepared beforehand for what can happen, your business may suffer more than it needs to.
The volume of water from a summer storm can present problems. Take a good look around your place of business; is the weather stripping in doors and windows in good repair for damp conditions? Do exterior doors fit tightly and close as they should? The roof of your office or warehouse needs to be completely watertight, as well, to protect machinery, product, and furniture from water damages.
The parking lot of your business needs to have a well-planned drainage system so that clients and employees can get to and from their vehicles safely. If people have to wade into your business, your floors will suffer, and a slip-and-fall accident due to wet floors can be a disaster for everyone. Make sure you keep an eye on potholes as well; even a small amount of water can dig a pretty deep hole in a very short period of time!
- KEEPING AN EYE OUT FOR THE WEATHER
Rain gutters and spouts need to be checked periodically; if a rain gutter becomes clogged with debris like dead leaves or small branches, it won’t be able to drain away rain water. As water backs up, it will leak back into the walls of your building, sometimes without you knowing it, and you can find yourself with a mold problem.
Large trees on your property can become unstable if a large amount of water lands in the area. Do you need to take them out or cut them back so that they are not a risk factor? That’s something to consider.
Power lines and telephone poles near your place of business can be a possible issue. Contact your utilities companies and have them come take a look prior to wet weather to make sure you, your business, and your employees will be safe.
For your records, take pictures of your business, such as tools and machinery, furniture, and premises, so that you have proof of their prior condition for insurance purposes in case of storm damages. Save these types of photos to a CD, a flash drive, and/or the cloud for future access. Paper records will be lost if exposed to water; make sure that your hard copies are kept in a manner that will preserve them in case of any water damage. Scanning them and saving to your computer system is always a good idea, and backing up those computer records will keep your business in working order, no matter what comes!
Call the team at SERVPRO of Tupelo for all your large clean up jobs! We are experts when it comes to fire and water damage.
It's Getting Hot in Here! - Your Commercial HVAC System
Don't let your HVAC quit working because of lack of maintenance. Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Tupelo help!
It’s always a good idea to hire a professional to come inspect your HVAC system; if any maintenance is needed, that same company can take care of it right away. You will want to have an inspection done every fall and again in spring, after the heavier use months during winter and summer. A professional will inspect and clean all of your unit’s wiring and mechanisms, which would be a bit challenging for anyone without the training or expertise. Using a professional ensures that the future of your business’ HVAC is bright!
As a business owner, there are several simple maintenance chores that you can do to prolong your system’s life and increase its efficiency between professional inspections and maintenance, such as:
- Get a high-efficiency, pleated air filter for your system
- Keep your heating units and AC free of pollen, leaves, and grass
- Keep two feet of space clear around your outdoor AC and heating units
- Inspect refrigerant lines every month
- Replace air filters at least every 90 days
- In the summer, turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier
- In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on
- Replace the carbon monoxide detector battery
- Make sure your outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground
- Clean AC condensation with a bleach and water mixture
Caring for your HVAC properly throughout the year will keep your work environment air quality and atmosphere pleasant, which keeps your staff happy and content. It will also save you money by improving and maintaining your energy efficiency throughout your building.
The team at SERVPRO of Tupelo is always ready to inspect and maintain your HVAC system, and we are here to answer any questions you might have. We are also experienced in large cleanup jobs such as those needed because of fire damage or water damage, and we are pros at mold remediation. Call us today at 662-690-6502.
Restoring Documents After a Fire Damage
You never know what can be restored until you ask! Let us help you at SERVPRO of Tupelo for all of your fire restoration needs.
Fires are devastating in many ways, and they can destroy valuable items in your home or office. You may worry about important documents, such as birth certificates and social security cards. Knowing some important about document restoration can help you to restore those items in the event of a fire.
Taking precautionary measures can better prepare your valuable items for document restoration. For example, you could store them in a fireproof box. In the event that they experience some damage, possibly because of a hole in the box, restoring them would likely be more of a possibility. You should also keep them together so that you don't waste valuable time trying to locate them after a fire.
If you wait too long to call SERVPRO of Tupelo, you may discover that it is too late to perform full fire restoration services when it comes to your documents. Recovering from a fire is often tremendously difficult, and you may not want to think more about the incident. However, by taking the time to call early, you can allow your family and home to start to heal.
Ask for Instructions
When you are on the phone booking an appointment with the professionals, ask if you should do anything to better preserve your documents. For example, if you touch damaged documents, the paper might crumble. The team may advise you to leave the documents exactly where they are, or you may receive instructions to handle them in a certain manner.
Maintain Realistic Expectations
In the event that an important document was seriously damaged, you may have high hopes that it will be restored. Keep in mind that an evaluation of the situation is one of the first steps. If the documents have been completely burned in the fire, restoring them might prove impossible.
Create a List of Resources
Before a damaging event takes place, work to create a list of resources with which you can consult in the event that the documents are beyond repair. For example, you can find out what entity to contact if you lose your social security card or birth certificate in the fire
Fires provoke fear in many people. You likely have your own anxieties about fires. One of these fears may relate to the potential destruction of documents. Fortunately, you have options if you think your documents have been ruined; you can call to inquire about restoration.
Fire Safety Tip: Keep Your Dryer Vent Clean
Clean your dryer vent daily!!
It may surprise you to learn that one of the leading causes of home fires is your dryer vent. When your dryer vent becomes clogged with lint, it is susceptible to catching fire. That can result in plenty of costly fire damage to your home.
There's a reason why clothes dryer fires are so common. Lint is actually extremely combustible. When it accumulates in your dryer, and the heat from drying comes in contact with it, it's little surprise that this material occasionally bursts into flame. Keep your lint trap clean!
However, this isn't the only way to reduce the possibility of a clothes dryer fire. You also need to check your dryer's vent hose. Make sure the hose is aluminum, and that it is not kinked or crushed. If the flow of hot air is obstructed, you'll boost the chances of a fire. You should also clean your vent line often. Lint can accumulate inside the hose, and that can also increase the likelihood of a fire. If you can't clean the hose on your own, hire a contractor to tackle this job.
Keep the area around your dryer clean. If your dryer does start a fire, you want that fire to spread as slowly as possible. Keeping boxes, clothing and other items away from your dryer will help keep any fire contained.
If you do suffer a dryer fire, know that you can call on the professionals at SERVPRO of Tupelo. We can help with fire restoration efforts and with cleaning up the results of fire damage.
No one wants to suffer any type of fire. A fire that is as easily preventable as a clothes dryer fire, though, can be particularly upsetting. Make sure to keep your dryer's vents and lint trap clean to avoid these costly fires.
When Lightning Strikes
If your home is affected by a lightning storm, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of Tupelo. 662-690-6502. We are always here to help!
Each year thousands of homes and other properties are destroyed or damaged by lightning strikes.
The first step to protecting your home is contacting a professional who is qualified to design and install a certified lightning protection system. It will be designed to control or force the discharge onto a specified path, thereby eliminating the chance of fire or explosion within non-conductive parts of the house such as those made of wood, brick, tile, etc. A lightning protection system is not intended to prevent a strike. Its purpose is to provide a safe path on which the current can be safely directed to the ground.
A typical lightning protection system
A complete system is made up of the following components:
- Air terminals:Also referred to as lightning rods, these inconspicuous copper or aluminum rods are vertically mounted on the roof at regular intervals. The air terminals serve as strike receptors, designed to intercept the lightning strike.
- Main conductors:Constructed of aluminum or copper, these braided cables connect the air terminals to the other system components and the grounds.
- Grounds:A minimum of two ground rods, driven at least 10 feet deep in the earth are required for all structures. The ground terminations direct the dangerous current into the ground, to eliminate the chance of injury or damage to the structure.
- Bonds:Bonding joins metallic bodies (roof components) and grounded building systems to the main conductor to ensure conductivity and prevent side flashing (lightning jumping between two objects).
- Surge arresters and suppressors:A surge is an increase in electrical current due to a lightning strike on or near a power line or utility service. Surge suppression is installed at the electrical panel(s) to prevent the entrance of over-voltages which can cause a fire. Arresters installed at electrical panels help protect heavy appliances and prevent fires at service panel entrances. Additional devices may be needed to protect other in-house electronics. Surge protection devices are typically installed in conjunction with a lightning protection system.
Tree protection: The Lightning Protection Institute recommends that any tree taller than a home or within 10 feet of the structure be equipped with a lightning protection system. Trees do not offer protection and many homeowners choose to have trees protected for their own value. An unprotected tree in close proximity to a structure can also create a side-flash hazard to the nearby home.
What To Do When Your Home or Office Floods
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A flooded home is a devastating event for any homeowner. It has the ability to ruin many of your possessions in addition to your property itself. Due to the fact that water damage can quickly become permanent if not addressed as soon as possible, if you do suffer flood damage to your home, it’s important that you call the professionals at SERVPRO of Tupelo to help restore the home. However, there are some things that you can do before they arrive. Here are some things you can do immediately after a flood to start the restoration process.
Call Your Insurance Agent
Regardless of how bad a flood has hit your home, it’s likely done some significant damage to some of your possessions and to the structure of your home. Soon after you recognize the damage, you should call your insurance agent. Most water damage in the home is covered by homeowner’s insurance policies but you’ll want to contact them to make sure as there could be exclusions.
Check Before Entering Home
Before you re-enter your home after flood damage, check for any structural damage that may have occurred. Severe flooding or water damage has the ability to compromise the integrity of the structure. If you enter the home without closely inspecting what you’re walking into, the building could potentially collapse, trapping you inside. Once you’ve entered the home, you should be very careful about where you’re walking, especially if you’re moving from carpeting onto a hard surface.
Once you have entered the home, document the evidence of that damage that has been done by taking photos of it. If there are any questions, particularly by your insurance company about the validity of your claim, you’ll have evidence to show them. While you document the damage, save any items that you can. Some items, such as porous materials, may have been damaged beyond repair. When the SERVPRO crew arrives to restore the home, they’ll save as many items as possible. But if there are items that have not been damaged, you can take them out to avoid any further potential damage.
While you’re examining the damage that has occurred in your home, make a list of the damage or lost items in the home. Make sure to include the date they were purchased and their value with any receipts you may have. Store that list with any inventory of your possessions that you may have taken before the flood. If any of your possessions must be disposed of, which some may, make sure you have photographs of the items.
Turn Off Power
After the flood damage occurs, turn off all power, especially to the affected rooms. Also refrain from using any electrical appliances as you could electrocute yourself if you’re standing in water. Keep the power to the home off until an electrician can come and thoroughly inspect the system to ensure it’s safe to turn back on again.
Mold thrives in environments where moisture is present which makes flooded parts of a house ideal for mold growth. The existence of mold in a home can be hazardous so it’s important to prevent the mold from growing if at all possible. Removing any wet contents from the home as soon as possible will help to prevent such mold growth around the home.
Regardless of how well you think you can clean up after a flood, you should call the professionals at SERVPRO of Tupelo to ensure that as much of your property is salvaged as possible. But if you do decide to start the cleanup process before they arrive, it’s important that you are properly attired. Wear long sleeves, pants, gloves, and boots when dealing with flood water to ensure your safety.
If you suffer flood damage in your home, you should contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Tupelo to clean up. But if you want to get the process started prior to their arrival, these tips will help you remain safe.
Commercial Water Damage - When Pipes Freeze
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We experienced terrible winter weather earlier this year. There are things you can do to help prepare for this type of weather. When the temperatures go below freezing level, your property is at risk for frozen pipes, which can create a major disaster in your home or business.
- Know where your water shut off is located, in case of a frozen water pipe burst.
- Insulate exposed pipes in your home or business, especially if they are in unheated rooms.
- Open bathroom and kitchen cabinet doors during cold spells to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing.
- During extremely cold weather, keep a slow trickle of water flowing through faucets. Running water is less likely to freeze.
- Consider shutting off outdoor faucets and open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it completely drains and the inner valve is shut off.
- Keep your heat set to the same temperature both day and night.
- If you plan on being away from your property for an extended period of time, leave the heat on and set the thermostat to at least 55°F.
Discovered Frozen Pipe
- First sign of freezing is reduced water flow from a faucet.
- Keep the faucet open when treating frozen pipes.
- Apply heat to the frozen sections using a heating pad, hair drier, or another safe heat source. Do not use an open flame device.
- Check additional pipes and faucets for freezing.
When a Pipe Bursts
- Shut off the water at the main valve.
- Call your local restoration professionals, SERVPRO of Tupelo at 662-690-6502.
A burst pipe can cause considerable damage to your property if not addressed quickly. If winter weather causes water damage to your home or business, call SERVPRO of Tupelo. We are available 24/7/365 and are always here to help!