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Keep Your Pets Safe in a Fire

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Pets can be considered family, too!

At any given moment, a fire emergency can take place in the area or abroad, and though unexpected; it can be beneficial to already have a plan in place for everyone in your home to evacuate and meet in a safe location. While you should always be most focused on keeping yourself and your family safe, you can also spend some time on pet preparation so that you can have a better chance of getting your pets out of danger as well. You can be better prepared to keep your pets safe during a fire emergency by following these safety tips:

Practice Evacuating 

In the confusion caused by a fire, it can be hard to think of everything you need to do right away. If you have a plan in place and practice it a few times, you can be better prepared to handle a fire emergency. This can not only be helpful for pet safety, but also for the safety of everyone in your household. 

Notice Where Your Pets Are 

An important part of the planning process can be noticing where your pets usually spend their time. It can be especially helpful to note where they hide when frightened. You don’t want to put yourself at risk by spending too much time searching for your dog or cat during a fire emergency, but you can be better prepared to get yourself and your pets out as soon as possible by having a checklist of areas you can look. 

Keep Collars and Leashes Handy

Fires can be especially frightening to pets. By keeping their collars and leashes handy, you can more easily guide them out of the house. If you are unable to find them, it can be easier for the fire department to get them out if they are wearing collars. It can be a good idea to hang leashes by the door you are planning to evacuate through. Call us at SERVPRO of Tupelo! (662)690-6502

Did you know??

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tupelo is always here to help! Call us today at 662-690-6502

SERVPRO is recognized as the leading fire and water cleanup and restoration provider by hundreds of insurance companies nationwide.  Did you know that SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer fast, reliable bio-hazard and crime scene cleanup and restoration services to residential and commercial property owners too? 

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments. Your local professionals at SERVPRO of Tupelo are trained to safely and effectively remove bio-hazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Tupelo can help turn unsafe environments, into clean, safe homes and offices. 

Water Damage Timeline

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

The professionals at SERVPRO of Tupelo are available for any size water damage 24/7. Call us today at (662) 690-6502.

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. SERVPRO of Tupelo arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout the property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious bio-hazard contamination is possible

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost may increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and bio-hazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants

Call SERPVRO of Tupelo at (662) 690-6502 if you need help with your water damage today!!

Tornado Tips!

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tupelo is always here to help, no matter the size of the storm! (662) 690-6502

Like it or not, tornado season is here and we all know that we live in an area prone to tornadoes!  Lets cover a few of the more basic tips that we often overlook but could be extremely helpful during a tornado.

If you are at home during a tornado:

  • Go to a windowless interior room on lowest level of your house. Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
  • Get away from the windows.
  • Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.
  • If you are in a mobile home, get out and find shelter elsewhere. 

If you are at work or school during a tornado: 

  • Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level.
  • Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways, or shopping malls.
  • Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

If you are outdoors during a tornado:

  • If possible, get indoors. 
  • If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Look out for flood waters which may also fill low areas.
  • Use your arms to protect head and neck.

If you are in a car during a tornado:

  • Never try to drive faster than a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.
  • Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
  • If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

Fire Extinguisher 101

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Always be prepared. SERVPRO of Tupelo is always here to help.

Ensuring your home has at least one working fire extinguisher is one of the first steps toward fire preparedness. However, these important tools can come in a variety of styles. Here are a few tips for choosing the right extinguisher for your home.

1.  Consider the Chemical Rating

Many extinguishers include an A, B or C rating to help you know which home fire type it is rated for. The A rating is used for dry combustible materials such as paper or wood, while the B rating indicates effectiveness against flammable liquids. Both of these ratings should have a number after the letter. These numbers indicate the effectiveness level with higher numbers being more effective than lower. The C rating indicates that the extinguisher materials are non-conductive, and may be used in the event of an electrical fire. There is no numeral indicator for C ratings.


2. Look at the Valve Type

There are two types of valves your fire extinguisher may come with. A plastic valve indicates the extinguisher is disposable and will need to be replaced after time or after being used. A metal valve is used for refilling the tank when the pressure gets low over an extended period of time, or after use. Most extinguishers include a gauge to help you determine when a refill may be necessary. 

3. Keep the Size in Mind

Extinguishers can come in a variety of sizes. The size you choose may depend on the location it is intended for. Large extinguishers should be kept in areas where a fire may grow quickly, while small to medium extinguishers are best for quick grab situations. In all cases you should know how to properly use your fire extinguisher and follow proper fire safety protocols.

Whatever type of fire extinguisher you choose, remember to read the instructions for its use. It’s also important to keep your extinguisher in working order by checking the pressure and age readings, and having your extinguisher refilled or replaced when needed. 

For professional fire damage repair or smoke remediation services, contact SERVPRO of Tupelo today at 662-690-6502.

3 Ways To Reduce Heating Bills

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tupelo is always here to help! Call us today at 662-690-6502

Temperatures in North Mississippi aren't high right now, but your heating bill might be! 

Here are 3 quick and easy ways to get your heating bills to drop with the temperature! 

  1. Smart Thermostat: Why not use the best of technology? Intelligent thermostats can provide significant savings in several different ways. Some even detect the outside temperature/humidity to help analyze and adjust the inside temperature to maximize efficiency and comfort. This is one of the most affordable ways to save money on heating bills! Some smart thermostats are available for under $30. Having a consistent and affordable indoor temp can help avoid costly damage, like frozen pipes. You can always count on SERVPRO of Tupelo to help with water damage from frozen pipes, but let's try to avoid that!
  2. Insulate attic and attic doors: If it's a bit drafty in your house, you can bet you're losing money. Insulation is an absolute must to keep heating bills down. Neglecting attic areas is a common mistake that can be reducing the efficiency of your heating source. 
  3. Pay attention to Windows and Doors:  25% of the heat in your house (heat that you've paid for!) is lost through windows and uninsulated patio doors. If you convert that percentage to a dollar amount, we think you'd be surprised at the amount of money you're spending to throw your heat out the window! Check your windows and doors seasonally, to ensure there are no broken seals, or you'll be facing more than a heat efficiency issue. With the amount of rain we’re getting this time of year, a broken seal will cause an indoor flood. SERVPRO of Tupelo specializes in water damage, and we are the best at restoring property catastrophes…but let's try to avoid that, shall we?

From smart thermostats to window seals, these little details all add up to higher cost and higher risk for potential home damage!

If you’re experiencing seasonal home damage, call SERVPRO of Tupelo at 662-690-6502. We are always here to help! 

SERVPRO of Tupelo: Mold Remedition Process

3/16/2019 (Permalink)

Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Tupelo handle all of your mold problems. Call us today at 662-690-6502

Mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours after water has entered your home. SERVPRO of Tupelo understands mold and mold growth and has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Our process is as follows:

Emergency Contact – 662-690-6502

Our mold cleanup and restoration process will begin when you call us. Our representative will ask a series of questions to determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.

Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. However, mold can be hidden from plain view as it feeds on cellulose and water. We use various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources.

Mold Containment

Our professionals use various containment procedure to prevent the spread of mold. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mold.

Air Filtration

During the process of the mold remediation, we utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of mold spores 

Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces the mold has grown on. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning Contents and Belongings

We clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and disinfect your belongings. We’re also trained to remove odors and deodorization using fogging equipment.

Restoration

The restoration step gets your home or business back to normal. Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may have been removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 

The Benefits Of Prompt Water Removal

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tupelo is always here to help for your water damage needs, no matter the time of day or day of year! Call us today at 662-690-6502.

When your home in north Mississippi sustains an overflowing sink or tub, broken pipe, or other lost water, getting the water out as quickly as possible from your living space comes with added benefits. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, making it possible for our teams to make the situation less troublesome for you.


We work with homeowners in the Tupelo area after lost water incidents cause problems by using water removal methods that help make things normal again fast. We want to make your residence like it was before, “Like it never even happened.” Because the process of extracting water while it is in its liquid form before it can escape into the air and additional objects inside your home than it is to pull moisture from the air, we start as soon as we possibly can.

The benefits go beyond a lower restoration cost, also. Not only does it cost less to extract more and dry less, but it also requires less time to accomplish this and start with cleanup. Because water that has less time to evaporate into the air and condense elsewhere, we do not need to use equipment to track it to other locations in your home.

We also can use less equipment, meaning the cost falls even more. Instead of four heaters, six air movers, and three desiccant machines, we can use about half of that number.

Other stories of your home might not become affected at all, meaning less traffic in these areas by our specialists, and increased privacy for your family members. Fewer or no machines in these areas also result in less noise that can disrupt children's schoolwork and interfere with anyone who sleeps during the daytime hours.

Fast action to a lost water event means that microbes have less time to become a problem for you. When mold's access to water is only temporary, the few spores that become active initially quickly die off from lack of continued moisture.

If your home in Tupelo, Fulton, or New Albany sustains a terrible incident involving lost water and you need water removal services,SERVPRO of Tupelo is the company you can trust to do the job right. Call our 24-hour emergency services line at 662-690-6502, year-round so that we can send out the appropriate crews and equipment your home needs.

Sewer Damage

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tupelo is here for all types of water damages, even the dirty ones! Call us today at 662-690-6502.

Sewer damage and drain back up can cause serious damage to Tupelo area homes. They also present health risks and should only be cleaned by certified water damage professionals. SERVPRO of Tupelo technicians are trained to deal with sewer damage issues.

Some examples include, but are not limited to: sewage, toilet backflows that originate from beyond the toilet trap regardless of visible content or color.

Below are some basic procedures for clean up

  1. Identify ALL safety issues
  2. Determine source or Sewer back up and get problem fixed as quickly as possible 
  3. Extract materials and/or remove all standing water
  4. Apply EPA registered disinfectant
  5. Remove and discard all contaminated porous and semi-porous structural materials included carpet and pad
  6. Measure and document all moisture levels in affected areas.
  7. Install barriers to contain damaged areas
  8. Install drying equipment 
  9. Monitor job daily.
  10. Once completely dry. Clean all areas prior to rebuild.

When your Tupelo home or business has a sewer back up, rely on the professionals at SERVPRO of Tupelo. Call us today at 662-690-6502. We are always here to help! 

Commercial Flood Prepareness

3/14/2019 (Permalink)

No job is too big or too small for the professionals at SERVPRO of Tupelo. Call us today at 662-690-6502.

The weather has been very unpredictable the past few weeks in our area.  We have experience heavy rains in a short period of time causing the sewer systems to back up and streets to flood. 

If you see there is a flash flood watch, this means that a flash flood is possible.  A flash flood warning means that a flood is about to happen or already taking place.  If a flash flood occurs, you should make sure everyone gets to higher ground as quickly as possible. 

Your business can prepare for any potential disaster, including flash floods. Keep all essential equipment and documents elevated from the floor.  Ideally, they should be stored on the second floor of the building or higher.  Back-up electronic data daily to cloud storage or to an external drive so the files can still be accessed in the event of a disaster.  

It is a good idea to have a battery-powered radio available on-site or even some sand bags to help with water absorption.  In case of a power outage, you and your staff can keep updated on the current conditions.  (FEMA) The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides a list of recommended sites in the event of a disaster, such as a flashlight and first aid kit. 

You can also check with the National Weather Service to get more tips on safety during flooding.

SERVPRO of Tupelo can help your business get back on track after flooding or other disasters. Call us today for more information at 662-690-6502.