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Do you have a game plan for your furry friends?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Tupelo and SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen and West Point asks you to help your pets to be (pet) prepared.

Pets are just as important as any family member to many people, so make them a part of your preparedness planning.

There are several things you can do to make sure your pets stay safe during an emergency.

  • Have a trusted friend who can check on your pets if you are unable to get home.
  • Know how to find pet-friendly hotels along your travel routes.
  • Build a Pet Preparedness Kit: download this Pet Preparedness List from Ready.gov for more information about building a preparedness kit for your pet.

If your home or business is affected by storm damage, call the trusted professionals at 662-690-6502. The experienced crews of SERVPRO of Tupelo and SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen and West Point are always here to help.

Guidelines To Quickly and Effectively Clean Up Post-Flood

6/18/2021 (Permalink)

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A flood can wreak havoc on your home's structure, belongings, and even your home's environment, as the water can carry contaminants and mud. For this reason, it is imperative that you begin content cleaning efforts as soon as the waters recede, or as soon as the influx of water has stopped. The more time you take to begin cleanup efforts, the greater the chance that your home and belongings will experience irreversible damage.

Floods can damage everything from carpeting to furniture and from your home's ductwork to its HVAC system. If you want to minimize damage and restore your home to normal, there are particular areas to which you must pay attention:

• Heating and cooling systems

• Appliances

• Ceilings and walls

• Electrical systems

• Sewage systems

• Carpeting, vinyl, and wood floors

Content Cleaning Tips.

Though the majority of flood cleanup should be left to the professionals (especially if gray or black water is involved), there are a few steps you can take before your local SERVPRO team shows up. First, contact your insurance company. If your homeowners' insurance policy covers the damage, an adjuster will be in contact with you.

Once you've made the necessary phone calls, begin to shovel mud out of your home. If a garden hose reaches the flooded area, you can use the hose to spray mud away. Once the mud is gone, start sanitizing. Scrub surfaces with hot water and a heavy-duty cleaner. Soak belongings that can be soaked in a mixture of hot water and chlorine bleach. If the items in question are metal, such as silverware or pots and pans, simply let them sit in boiling water for 10 minutes.

Take any rugs and furniture outside to air dry and use a dehumidifier and fans to remove moisture from the air. You can also begin to toss smaller, contaminated items, such as toys, stuffed animals, and food.

Ideally, you should leave the deep content cleaning to the professionals, as professional flood restoration teams know what is salvageable and what is not. Moreover, experts have the necessary safety equipment to restore your home to a pre-flood condition.

For more information, call your local SERVPRO team today! 

Ways You Can Safely Use Candles In Your Home

6/17/2021 (Permalink)

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Avoid Candle Fires in your Home

With warm light and pleasant fragrances, candles can be an easy way to create the atmosphere that you want in your home. However, they can also become a safety hazard if not used properly. Candle fires are common, but the following tips can help you avoid them.

1. Never Leave Burning Candles Unattended

It may seem like an annoyance to extinguish a candle every time you leave the room. However, leaving it burning could result in a candle fire if something gets too close to the flame or if it burns too low. It is best to blow out candles before going to sleep as well, even if you are in the same room.

2. Always Keep Them Out of Reach of Pets and Children

Both children and pets often come with an excess of energy and curiosity. For this reason, it can be easy for them to inadvertently start a candle fire. Keep burning candles in an area that is not within reach, and do not leave them unsupervised.

3. Keep Them Away From Any Flammable Items

When you are using a candle, you should be sure to have the area free of flammable objects. This can include papers as well as fabrics such as curtains and bedding. These types of items should be at least a foot away from any candles that are in use. Flammable liquids should be kept even further away.

4. Use an Alternative to Candles 

Perhaps the easiest way to prevent a fire is simply not to use candles at all. There are a variety of other ways that you can achieve a more relaxing home environment. If you are only interested in adding a pleasant scent to your home, a wax warmer is a great option. You can also buy battery-operated flameless candles that look and smell like the real thing.

While these tips can help you prevent an emergency, accidents can still occur. Whether it is small or large, fires often require smoke cleanup and some repairs. If this happens, SERVPRO of Tupelo and SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point can help return your home to its previous condition.

How to Prevent Clogged Gutters from draining water into your home

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

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-Water Damage is a Possibility with Misaligned Gutters

Watching the rain hit a window as it cascades downward might entertain children, but homeowners should see such activity as a sign of impending problems involving their home. Gutters clogged with leaves, twisted sections, or broken, disconnected areas can cause water to hit your home instead of flowing correctly.
Once your gutters receive the required repairs, SERVPRO can mitigate any water damage in your home's living space. When water damages a home because of misdirected rainfall, it can also affect window frames, particularly those made of wood. Interior walls made of drywall can break away in sections or crumble at the slightest touch.

When SERVPRO technicians perform mitigation of water damage, we always check the moisture content of surrounding materials to ensure that they remain undamaged. Materials can seem uncompromised even after water seeped into them. Early detection of this situation means we can get the affected area dried out quickly and prevent any permanent damage. Helping our customers save money is always important to us at SERVPRO.

Water can also occur at the floor level after entering a house. Once there, it can begin warping trim and floorboards. We carry highly effective equipment that handles drying out the moisture inside walls and other structures inside a house. After removing the baseboards and drilling two small holes, we can place the flexible tubing attached to our injectidry system. Once ready, we can begin moving warm, dry air through the wall's cavity and get it dry again.
When moisture invades a floor, we can use mats that work similarly. Air movers also work to increase evaporation, and desiccant machines extract water vapor from the air as it circulates. Wherever materials show water damage, we only remove what is necessary and as neatly as possible.

SERVPRO of Tupelo, SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point wants to help you keep your home in the best condition possible.

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Home Protection Tips For Spring Showers

3/26/2021 (Permalink)

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With all the recent storms that have taken place in the area recently, it is a good idea to know how to prepare your house for these spring showers.

  • Inspect the house siding. 

Check for damage, cracks, and holes. Seal up leaks with paintable or clear caulk. Make sure the paint is in good condition. If it isn’t, consider getting the house painted before winter sets in.

  • Prepare or install storm doors and windows. 

If your home has a combination storm/screen door with interchangeable glass and screen panels, switch from screens to glass. Spray a little 

WD-40 on the storm door’s hinges and latches. Be sure the door closer is adjusted and working smoothly.

  • Weatherstrip windows and doors 

Do this to ensure less likelihood of drafts and to minimize heat loss. 

  • Clean your gutters and downspouts. 

When gutters and downspouts clog with leaves and debris, water overflows and spills down, affecting walls and footings. If your house is beneath many or few trees, it’s a great idea to clear the gutters at the beginning of the spring season, and then clean them again after the first rain to remove leaves and debris that wash down from the roof.

  • Check your roof, skylights, and flashing. 

The roof is the most obvious point of entry for rain. If checking your roof is more than you want to handle yourself, please see our affiliate partner, HomeAdvisor, or social media ads to receive free bids from local asphalt and shingle roof repair pros. 

  • Repair gutters and downspouts. 

Fix loose, sagging, or leaking gutters and make sure downspouts carry drainage well away from the house.

Call your local SERVPRO today! 

662-690-6502 

"Like it never even happened." 

3 Ways To Prevent Potential Basement Flooding From Storms

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

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Many homeowners dream of having a basement that they can make into their own space. Whether it’s for added living space, a man cave, or even a basement apartment. When adding features to a basement requires a substantial amount of investment, it’s paramount you protect your investment and the additional equity it has contributed to your property. 

Rainstorms and hurricanes can cause significant damage to your home ruining the investment you’ve made. Torrential rainfall and flash flooding may make water cleanup a further ordeal you rather not encounter. There are several steps that you can take to minimize the likelihood of a basement flood.

  1. Building a rain garden may assist in preventing excess rain from coming into your basement. 
  2. Review your basement windows to ensure they are sealed properly. 
  3. Evaluate your basement and your entire home for any plumbing leaks.

SERVPRO of Tupelo, SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point are experienced in the area of water cleanup, remediation, and mitigation. We’ve partnered with hundreds of homeowners during their water damage situations to resolve them effectively. 

Call your local SERVPRO today! 

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Tips For Making an Office Fire Escape Plan

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

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Post the emergency escape plan at strategic locations. Every workplace needs a fire escape plan. This plan should be posted throughout a building and shared with all occupants. Be sure to train new employees and perform regular drills to ensure that the emergency escape plan is carried out correctly in the event of a fire.

Test Fire Detection and Suppression Equipment

Many commercial properties are equipped with advanced detection and suppression systems. A fire escape plan should include regular tests to ensure the functionality of detectors and sprinklers. Hardwired alarm systems should have battery backups, and it is important to replace batteries that function as a main or backup power source. Make sure that fire extinguishers are of the appropriate class and filled with suppressant.

Plan Different Evacuation Routes

Use an accurate floorplan to determine evacuation routes from every room in a structure. It's a great idea to do the following:

  • Identify primary and secondary routes
  • Obtain equipment such as an escape ladder
  • Ensure that all routes are reasonable for occupants

Secondary routes may be less than ideal, but they should still be practical. Keep the age and physical condition of occupants in mind. 

Post the emergency escape plan at strategic locations in your building.

Keep Track of Occupants

Every business should maintain a current contact list. This list should include these details:

  • Names
  • Contact information
  • Departments

Keep this list in a location where it can be accessed remotely or physically removed in the event of a fire. Every business should have a safe location where employees can gather outside. This place should be far enough away from the structure without being downwind.

An office fire escape plan may also identify which employees are responsible for attempting to evacuate critical contents. It is smart to plan and back up important records off-site. If a fire damages a building Lee County, MS, rely on a mitigation and restoration company to resume business as soon as possible.

SERVPRO: "Like it never even happened." 

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Facts About Mold

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

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Where there is moisture there is mold. Don't wait when you find unwanted water call SERVPRO of Tupelo, SERVPRO of Amory/Aberdeen & West Point!

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 restrooms or on walls in rooms that have experienced flooding. 

Tupelo MS Water Cleanup - Avoid Creating Mold Infestations In Your Home

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

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1. Call SERVPRO to avoid water damage leading to mold growth.

Many consumers unintentionally create the right conditions that foster mold infestations. It begins with a water leak somewhere or perhaps an overflowing sink. Water spreads across the floor, into other rooms, soaking carpets and under padding. The leak is repaired, and the visible water is mopped up, and the flooring is allowed to dry naturally. These consumers may have created the perfect conditions for mold growth.

SERVPRO receives calls from consumers all of the time about water cleanup in Lee county. A mold infestation has appeared, there is a musty smell in the area, and family members are experiencing health effects. We can help manage the initial water event, clean up the water, and dry all areas affected to avoid future mold infestations.

2. Stop the Leak and Remove the Water

SERVPRO recommends that consumers manage the leak first and foremost. Turn the tap off, or shut off the main water supply, and make repairs if there is a water leak. Then call SERVPRO for help! SERVPRO 

can respond in less than 4 hours, we are available on a 24/7 basis. To start, begin mopping up as much of the water as possible. This limits the overall damage and controls the area that may become soaked with water.

3. Extracting the Moisture

SERVPRO has the equipment to remove every last drop of water and dry your floors, including hardwood, subfloors, and carpeting. We use a weighted water extractor to squeeze every last drop of moisture from the carpet and underpad. Hand-operated vacuums remove water from hard surfaces such as hardwood, linoleum floors, and tile.

4. Air Movers and Dehumidifiers 

We also want to avoid any opportunity for mold growth. We use desiccant air dryers to remove moisture from hard surfaces such as hardwood floors. Carpets are sometimes lifted to expose the underpad and subfloors. Air movers are used for blowing air into these areas to absorb moisture, and dehumidifiers are used to remove humidity from the air. SERVPRO ensures that there is no moisture left to support the growth of mold.

Ways To Protect Your Home From Hail Damage

3/19/2021 (Permalink)

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When rain and freezing temperatures mix we are at risk for hail damage. Hail is large, layered ice particles, often spherical, which are produced by thunderstorms having strong, tilted updrafts. Hailstorms form within an unusually unstable air mass, that is, an air mass in which the temperature falloff with height is much greater than normal.

Make sure your roof is in good condition

Inspect your roof to repair any wear and tear as preventative maintenance.

Choose steep-sloped roofs

If possible, select a home with a steep-sloped roof, as low-sloped and flat roofs suffer more severe hail damage.

Replace the roof when necessary:

If it’s time to replace the roof, make an informed decision and select a replacement shingle by reviewing the latest impact rating results by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

Select fiber-cement siding

Select fiber-cement siding where aluminum or vinyl siding would otherwise be used because it is more resilient to hail.

Select impact-rated skylights

Select impact-rated skylights that meet FM Approval Standard.

Close drapes, window shades, and blinds

Close drapes, blinds, or window shades during a severe hailstorm to keep the wind from blowing broken glass inside. Members of the National Roof Contractors Association (NRCA) are usually a good choice as they are normally up-to-date on the latest issues and product requirements. Some roofing manufacturers also have training and certification programs for contractors who install their products.