SERVPRO of Columbus / Starkville Storm Damage News And Updates
Extended power outages may impact the whole community and the economy. A power outage is when the electrical power goes out unexpectedly. A power outage may:
Disrupt communications, water, and transportation.
Close retail businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, ATMs, banks, and other services.
Cause food spoilage and water contamination.
Prevent use of medical devices.
PROTECT YOURSELF DURING A POWER OUTAGE:
Keep freezers and refrigerators closed.
Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
Do not use a gas stove to heat your home.
Disconnect appliances and electronics to avoid damage from electrical surges.
Have alternate plans for refrigerating medicines or using power-dependent medical devices.
If safe, go to an alternate location for heat or cooling.
Check on neighbors.
HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A POWER OUTAGE THREATENS:
Take an inventory of the items you need that rely on electricity.
Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
Review the supplies that are available in case of a power outage. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know the temperature when the power is restored. Throw out food if the temperature is 40 degrees or higher.
Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.
SERVPRO of Columbus / Starkville Water Damage News And Updates
Even small 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® of Columbus/Starkville have 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 Columbus/Starkville will answer your call with fast action and a full arsenal of drying equipment. Here are a few of the tools used by SERVPRO® of Columbus/Starkville:
Moisture Sensors are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards and walls.
Moisture Meters are used to determine the actual moisture content of various materials. The moisture tester provides accurate readings, allowing SERVPRO® of Columbus/Starkville to monitor the drying process.
SERVPRO of Columbus / Starkville Water Damage News And Updates
Thermohygrometers measure temperature and relative humidity. When armed with this information, SERVPRO® of Columbus/Starkville 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.
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. This device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other hard-to-reach areas.
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 to deodorize structures, garments, automobiles and other places where cleaning cannot reach.
The bottom line? SERVPRO® of Columbus/Starkville has the training and equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO of Columbus / Starkville Fire Damage News And Updates
A fire can leave behind soot, smoke damage and a host of other problems. Ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting, and floors will often need a thorough professional cleaning. If your home or business suffers a fire, it is important to take the appropriate steps to prevent further damage until your local SERVPRO of Columbus/Starkville arrives. The following tips may help reduce damage and increase chances of a successful restoration.
-Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpet.
-Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork. n Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
-If electricity is off, empty freezer/ refrigerator completely and prop doors open to help prevent odor.
-Wipe soot from chrome kitchen/ bathroom faucets, trim and appliances, then protect these surfaces with a light coating of lubricant.
-If heat is off during winter, pour RV antifreeze in sinks, toilet bowls, holding tanks and tubs to avoid freezing pipes and fixtures.
-Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers to stop particles of soot from getting in or out of the HVAC system.
After a water emergency strikes in a commercial building, you own your immediate concerns involve both personal losses along with the added stress and responsibility to get all of your tenants back in business or living comfortably in your units again. SERVPRO offers the resources locally and on a national level to rehabilitate even a complex commercial water damage scenario. We exceed your needs both to repair your property and also to restore the trust the companies and individuals have invested in your professional commercial management.
Although burst pipes or a roof leak may start in a confined area of your office building, apartment complex or warehouse space, the resultant flood and seepage of water can spread far from the original breach. Many if not all of the businesses or residents renting from you are in peril of losing personal and professional property as well as their means to make a living if you do not take immediate steps to solve your commercial water damage. Even if the water overflow can be traced to the negligence of a tenant, you as the owner are charged with the task of protecting your building and fixtures and ensuring that all those who live in or operate a business within your commercial property have the use and quiet enjoyment of their leased premises quickly restored.
SERVPRO understands how important it is to limit the downtime of your and your tenants’ business operations. We make every effort to clean and dry the structure quickly, staging the restoration process with an eye to reestablishing business operations even before the entire remediation is accomplished, if appropriate and safe. Preventing secondary damage from contaminated water is a major goal, made more attainable if we are involved as soon as possible in the process. Our services for you and your tenants can also include a pack out and detailed inventory of documents soaked by the water. We follow up with our state of the art procedures for saving and drying paperwork, books, pictures and other crucial work products you and your lessees may have feared would be lost due to the water infiltration.
If your commercial property has suffered water damage, call SERVPRO of Columbus / Starkville immediately at 662-324-3003. Our technicians are eager to return you and your renters to business as swiftly as possible.
Indoor air can get polluted with dust, allergens, and other small particles. If you are concerned about your indoor air quality, you might benefit from having your air ducts cleaned. Having your air ducts professionally cleaned may make a difference in the overall quality of your indoor air. And, cleaning your air ducts may also help your HVAC system function more efficiently.
When it comes to air duct cleaning, homeowners often have many questions. Here are a few of the most common:
Does a professional air duct cleaning really make a difference? A professional air duct cleaning can benefit you in more than one way. First, the cleaning will remove dust, debris and other pollutants from your air duct system. This can be beneficial to anyone living in the home who suffers from allergies, has breathing problems, or is sensitive to pollutants. Second, clean air ducts can result in a more efficient HVAC system. When your home’s ventilation system is clean, it can function more efficiently – which may ultimately save you money on your monthly energy bill.
How often should I have my air ducts cleaned? Unless you are in the midst of a home renovation project or you live in an area with extremely high pollution, you should not need to clean your air ducts more than once a year. In fact, after your air ducts are professionally cleaned, you may not need another thorough cleaning for several years. For advice on how often you should have your air ducts cleaned, make sure to ask your air conditioner repair company. If the air conditioner company does not offer air duct cleaning services, they should be able to provide you with the name of a reputable company to call.
Can I clean the air ducts in my home myself? Many homeowners wonder if they can clean their home’s air ducts with their own vacuum cleaner. In reality, it is practically impossible to clean an air duct system with a regular vacuum. Air duct cleaning companies use special equipment that is designed to specifically clean air ducts. As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do to prevent pollutants from infiltrating your air ducts is regularly change your HVAC system’s air filters.
Is a professional air duct cleaning expensive? The cost of air duct cleaning services varies. Factors that are taken into consideration when an air duct cleaning company provides you with a quote include the number of air ducts in your home, the age of your home, the length of time since the air ducts were last cleaned, the current condition of the air ducts, and more.
The benefits of servicing your HVAC unit include:
Helps to restore peak energy efficiency.
May help to eliminate offensive odors.
Helps reduce the potential for mold growth.
For more information on HVAC and air duct cleaning, call SERVPRO of Columbus / Starkville today at 662-324-3003.
You may not learn about the mold problem in your building until you hear complaints about the irritating musty odor. Some people think that the smell actually comes from tiny particles of mold in the air or from mold spores. Neither are true. Odors from molds are caused by mycotoxins, which are gases released during the digestive process of some molds.
Molds are fungi, just like mushrooms. Some scientists think the mycotoxin production from certain types of molds is actually an adaptation developed to protect the molds from animals and insects. Nobody is sure how many varieties of mold live on our planet because they are so abundant, living wherever oxygen and moisture are found, especially here in the humid South. Since molds exist abundantly in our environment, it's just about impossible to keep them out. Here are a few ways the spores can enter a building:
• On pets and clothing • Through windows and doors • Via cooling, ventilation, and heating systems
The problem is when mold spores land in a hospitable environment, one with organic material, moisture, and oxygen. That is when the mold begins to grow and form colonies. As it grows, it consumes organic material as food, producing that familiar musty smell.
How Can You Prevent Mold?
The best way to prevent molds is to make sure you are not providing a welcome environment for their growth and development. You can manage your building's environment by reducing humidity with ventilation systems and dehumidifiers, fixing leaky areas from pipes or roofing, and proper remediation of water damage.
When you do follow that musty odor to the source and discover mold in your building, at least you can count on professional mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO of Columbus / Starkville to clean up the problem. During the cleaning process, professionals use HEPA air filtration equipment and containment procedures to reduce further spread of mold spores inside your building. This cleanup process will prevent mycotoxin production, making the environment more hospitable to your human building occupants again.
Thunderstorms are common here in the South, and can oftentimes become very severe with strong winds, lightning, tornadoes, hail, and flash flooding. It is important to be prepared before these storms happen to protect yourself and your family. You should take a few precautions in order to keep you and your family safe.
Before a Thunderstorm:
Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a thunderstorm hazard, including understanding the difference between a severe thunderstorm watch and a severe thunderstorm warning. A severe thunderstorm watch means there is the potential for severe thunderstorms (damaging winds/large hail) to impact your area within the next 6 hours. A severe thunderstorm warning means a severe thunderstorm is occurring or will likely occur soon. If you are advised to take shelter, do so immediately. Note, a severe thunderstorm refers to a thunderstorm producing winds of 58 mph or greater, 1-inch (quarter) sized hail or larger, and/or a tornado. Although lightning can be deadly, severe thunderstorm watches and warnings are not issued specifically for lightning.
Remove dead or rotting trees and branches that could fall and cause injury or damage during a thunderstorm.
Know your lightning safety rules. For example, if you hear thunder or see lightning, go indoors. Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder.
If thunderstorms are expected in your area, postpone outdoor activities.
Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage.
Shutter windows and secure outside doors. If shutters are not available, close window blinds, shades, or curtains.
During a Thunderstorm:
If there is a thunderstorm in the area, go quickly inside a home, building, or hard top automobile, if possible.
If shelter is not available, go to the lowest area nearby.
If on open water, get to land and shelter immediately.
Listen to a battery-operated NOAA Weather Radio or radio for the latest updates.
Avoid taking a shower or a bath during a thunderstorm. Plumbing and bathroom fixtures can conduct electricity.
Do not use electrical items such as computers or television sets as power surges from lightning can cause serious damage.
A corded telephone should only be used in an emergency, but cordless phones and cell phones are safe to use.
Things to avoid include:
Tall or isolated trees or other tall objects Hilltops, open fields, the beach, a pool, a boat on the water, isolated sheds or other small structures in open areas. Anything metal — wires, metal fences, tractors, farm equipment, motorcycles, golf carts, golf clubs, and bicycles.
After a Thunderstorm, remember to:
Never drive through a flooded roadway. Turn around, don’t drown!
Stay away from storm-damaged areas to keep from putting yourself at risk from the effects of thunderstorms.
Stay away from downed power lines and report them immediately to your local power company.
If your home or business is damaged by a storm, please contact SERVPRO of Columbus / Starkville. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.
Violent weather such as storm damage can wreak havoc on buildings as well as vegetation. Wind damage can be a hazard to the structure of a building, by loosening the shingles or tiles on the roof. This can cause moisture such as rain and snow to infiltrate into the protective surface of the roof, which will result in the wood swelling and later on disintegration and becoming moldy. This outcome will lead to a sagging ceiling and further problems. Elements such as wind, rain, hail, and lightning can result in turning people’s lives upside down, this is why having SERVPRO to help this type of emergency is a good option.
Here are some of the activities you can expect from the SERVPRO professionals.
Whether it is a business or residence, SERVPRO of Columbus / Starkville will come to your property and our trained experts will do a thorough examination of the interior and exterior of your building. This will help us discover the level of the damage. In many cases, SERVPRO will discuss the restoration plans with you and your insurance adjuster.
When everything is agreed upon, the work begins. Depending on what type of damage is present, this will determine the type of equipment that we will use. In the case of flooding, we will use specialized pumps and vacuums to remove water from the affected areas.
Generators will be brought in to operate dehumidifiers and air movers so mold and mildew do not have a chance to make matters worse. Using customized cleaners, we will then disinfect hard surfaces and shampoo salvageable carpets as well as apply deodorant to combat any odors. If you've recently suffered from storm damage and are looking for storm damage repair or water damage cleanup, contact the specialists at SERVPRO of Columbus / Starkville at 662-324-3003 today to help reinstate your home.
Fixture Wear Can Lead To Water Damage In Your Home
Properties Often Suffer Water Problems from Failed Plumbing
While there are countless ways that water can negatively impact your home, few people tend to think of something as simple as a broken fixture. Something as fundamental as a broken faucet or connection to the plumbing underneath a sink or leading to a shower could result in damages. These kinds of problems that are out of their line of sight are out of mind until a problem appears.
By the time that these fixtures fail in your home, any number of water damages could result. Even a fast reaction time on your part to cut the water supply could still impact all of the rooms adjacent to the walls housing the plumbing. Even if you are not aware of where exactly the leak has occurred, you can trust that the experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Columbus / Starkville, can identify the problem as well as how to restore the damage that it caused.
Our SERVPRO technicians arrive at your home get to work immediately on assessing the full scope of the damage and the equipment that we need to fix the problem you face. Extraction is often a large part of this process, especially in areas where substantial water damage has occurred. While hard flooring surfaces are ideal for using our wet-vacs and portable pumps, sometimes specialized equipment like weighted extractors are necessary for carpeted areas that get impacted by the spread of the water.
Drying the area is a critical step for our SERVPRO technicians. While air movers and dehumidification equipment work to remove the moisture from open areas that got affected, our system moves air through the wall cavity where the plumbing problem has gotten repaired to eliminate any lingering dampness or moisture in these areas. This process also helps to prevent dormant mold spores from developing into significant and damaging colonies.
There are plenty of ways that water and the resulting damage can affect your home, but no matter the reason, having the right team of professionals can make all the difference in how smoothly the restoration goes. Trust our experienced team at SERVPRO of Columbus / Starkville to help you with any water damage effects your home faces. We are available 24/7 by calling (662) 324-3003.