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Preventing Mold Growth

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Preventing Mold Growth SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County: Preventing Mold Growth.

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County is licensed in mold remediation. We hope you never have a mold problem.

Mold starts growing within 24 hours of exposure to moisture.

To prevent mold from getting a start, SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County suggests:

  • Elevate equipment above basement floor
  • Repair leaky pipes
  • Remove any damp areas near sinks and tubs
  • Maintain humidity below 40%
  • Use water-resistant materials when you build or rebuild. Materials include:
    • galvanized or stainless-steel hardware
    • waterproof wallboard
    • tile
    • sealed stone
    • sealed concrete
    • water-resistant glues
    • synthetic fibers
  • Use gutters to divert rain water
  • Landscape, so water moves away from the house
  • Cover dirt in crawl spaces. Moisture can seep up through dirt
  • Ventilate as much as possible

Important:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a “large amount” of mold as 10 square feet or more. The EPA rules that only licensed professionals can remediate large areas.

You cannot prevent storms or floods. However, if a storm or flood affects you, we can help you clean up the damage.

Links:

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf        

Possible Causes for Water Damage Causes

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Possible Causes for Water Damage Causes SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

Causes & Categories of Water Damage in Jackson/Crockett County:

An old poem has the line, “water, water, everywhere”. When you need to say this in your house, you know there is trouble. You may be looking at water damage. There are several different possible causes of water damage in Jackson/Crockett County.   

Causes can include:

  • Leaky dishwashers or washing machines
  • Clogged pipes
  • Leaking roofs
  • Broken toilet pipes
  • Heavy rain
  • Snow or ice

The amount of water damage depends on the amount of water and on the cause of the damage.

It is also important to start cleanup as soon as possible. The longer your home or business is water-logged, the more damage.

Categories of Water Damage in Jackson/Crockett County:

  1. Clean water. It might come from an overflowing sink or a broken appliance. The water does not pose a threat to people. Keep in mind that any water will become contaminated after it stops flowing.
  2. Gray water. This water is contaminated from the get-go. It comes from broken toilets or sump pumps. It might not look dirty, or it might be brown.
  • Black water. Like gray water, it might not look dirty. One major source of black water is broken sewage pipes. Another source is any water that has been standing still.

Links:

http://www.thewaterpage.com/water-damage-effects.htm

Escape Route, Evacuation Plans

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Escape Route, Evacuation Plans SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of  Jackson/Crockett County hopes your home or business never has to deal with fire or smoke damage.  Sometimes, a portable fire extinguisher is not enough to save your property and the only thing you can do is escape.

A small flame can turn into a large fire in a matter of minutes. Lives are more important than objects, so get yourself and others out of danger.

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County Tips for Escape:

  • Make an escape plan ahead of time. Make sure everyone knows the plan
  • Make sure that all doors and windows open easily
  • Plan at least two different ways of escaping every room
  • When you leave, close the doors and windows to shut in the flames
  • Practice the plan
  • Do not stop to pick up valuables. You can replace objects
  • Make sure your plan includes a place to meet that is a safe distance from the home
  • Do not turn off smoke alarms when you cook. You may need the warning
  • If you have to go through smoke, crawl under it

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County reminds you to call the fire department once you are outside the home.

Links:

https://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/fire-and-life-safety-equipment/fire-extinguishers

https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/EscapePlanningTips.ashx?la=en

Mold in Rental Property

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold in Rental Property SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County presents: Mold in Rental Property

 SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County: Mold:

  • grows from mold spores
    • spores are too small to see unaided
    • spores can survive harsh environments for many years
  • can grow almost anywhere
  • needs to have only
    • above-freezing temperatures
    • protein, such as in animal dander, skin cells, wood, plaster, carpet
    • moisture (high humidity is enough)
  • grows rapidly
  • damages property
  • has a bad smell
  • is unsightly

If have a small amount of mold on a dish, you can clean it. You can even throw away the dish.

If you have a large amount of mold, you need licensed mold remediation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a “large amount” as 10 square feet or more.

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County is licensed in mold remediation.

Talk to your landlord if you think he/she should hire licensed professionals. If the landlord disagrees:

  • Contact the Jackson/Crockett County housing authority
  • Review your lease about your rights and responsibilities

Links:

https://www.cdc.gov/mold/faqs.htm

https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

Loss of Electricity in Jackson/Crockett County

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Loss of Electricity in Jackson/Crockett County SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

Managing Without Power in Jackson/Crockett County: 

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County has seen storm damage lead to power outages.  

A power outage can:

  • Disrupt communication
  • Make transportation difficult
  • Shut down water pipes
  • Close businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, ATMS, other services
  • Lead to food spoilage
  • Lead to contaminated water
  • Disable medical devices

During a power outage in Jackson/Crockett County, be sure to:

  • Keep freezer & refrigerator doors closed. It will reduce the chance of food spoilage
  • User generators only outdoors and away from windows
  • Disconnect appliances/electronics. Power surges can destroy equipment
  • Have already set up plan to refrigerate medicines
  • For people who use power wheelchairs, have a backup battery.You may also need a manual chair
  • The local power company should already know that someone in your home relies on medical devices
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your homeor business
  • If travel is safe, go to another location for proper heating or cooling
  • Check on your neighbors.

Links:

https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/index.html

How to Get Flood Insurance

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Get Flood Insurance SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

Water Damage & Insurance in Jackson/Crockett County:

Most insurance rates vary by company. Rules for insurance vary by state.  Flood insurance is an exception.

Most property insurance does not cover flood damage.

Some homeowners’ policies will cover water damage if the damage comes from:

  • sewer or drain backup
  • sudden & accidental damage from plumbing, heating systems, or air conditioning

The policy might also cover mold remediation, but not if a flood caused the problem.

How to get flood insurance in Jackson/Crockett County:

  • Check whether your community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). You can still get flood insurance if you live in a low-risk area. The insurance will cost less if you live in a low-risk area.
  • Find an insurance agent in Jackson/Crockett County. The NFIP is the only flood-insurance provider, but the government does not sell it. Buy the insurance through an insurance agent. The NFIP sets the rates.
  • If your insurance agent doesn’t know about the NFIP, call the help center at 1-800-427-4661

Links:

https://www.usa.gov/property-insurance

www.fema.gov

Halloween Safety Tips

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Halloween is next week and with it comes candy and costumes. SERVPRO wants your little ones to stay safe so our good friend Frankenstein has given us a few tips:

  • Tip #1: Stay in a group and communicate where everyone will be going.
  • Tip #2: Use reflective tape for costumes and/or trick or treat bags so that particularly drivers can clearly see you.
  • Tip #3: Check candy to make sure it is safe. Particularly you want to watch out for opened candy wrappers.

BONUS TIP: Always have a cell phone handy for quick communication.

About SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 423-9944!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Pet Safety in Winter

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Temperatures will soon start dropping and many of us have four-legged friends that we tend to. Most of us are good about being aware of our animals in the extreme heat but watching out for them in the extreme cold is just as important. Here are a few tips to keep in mind during the winter time

  • Tip #1: Be aware of cats seeking warmth in your car engine. It’s always a safe bet to make some noise around the hood before you start the car.
  • Tip #2: There are dogs that just love to play in the snow. If that’s your animal be sure to wipe their paws as ice, salt and snow can be very painful stuck in their paws.
  • Tip #3: Don’t leave your animal in a cold car as it can act as a refrigerator.

About SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County understands the stress and worry that comes with a fire or water damage and the disruption it causes your life and home or business. Our goal is to help minimize the interruption to your life and quickly make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage. SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County can also mitigate mold and mildew from your home or business.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call us today at (731) 423-9944!

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Insurance and Payment Information

For a stress-free claims process, SERVPRO works with your insurance to help manage the insurance process and paperwork.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis
  • Madison County Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Bronze Chairman Award

Protecting Your Business from Tornadoes

10/21/2018 (Permalink)

Tornado season is upon us once again. We often think about securing our homes but many business owners don't have a tornado plan for their business. SERVPRO cares about your home AND business. Here are some tips offered by the Environmental Protection Agency on how to back up your business on-site records.

Most businesses keep on-site records and files (both hardcopy and electronic) that are essential to normal operations. Some businesses also store raw materials and product inventory. The loss of essential records, files, and other materials during a disaster is commonplace and can not only add to your damage costs but also delay your return to normal operations. The longer your business is not operating, the more likely you are to lose customers permanently to your competitors. To reduce your vulnerability, determine which records, files, and materials are most important; consider their vulnerability to damage during different types of disasters (such as floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes) and take steps to protect them, including the following:

  • Raising computers above the flood level and moving them away from large windows
  • Moving heavy and fragile objects to low shelves Storing vital documents (plans, legal papers, etc.) in a secure off-site location
  • Regularly backing up vital electronic files (such as billing and payroll records and customer lists) and storing backup copies in a secure off-site location
  • Securing equipment that could move or fall during an earthquake
  • Prior to hurricanes, cover or protect vital documents and electrical equipment from potential wind driven rain, which may breech the building envelope through windows, doors, or roof systems.

BENEFITS OF UTILIZING THIS MITIGATION STRATEGY Helps to prevent the loss of essential business records and files, and protects raw materials and product inventory Helps a quick return to normal business operations Helps to prevent the loss of customers to competitors.

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett County is faster to any size disaster. You can reach our professionals at (731) 423-9944, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Important Tips to Protect our Business Records

10/21/2018 (Permalink)

Here some more helpful tips on keeping your business secure ahead of a tornado. Keep these points in mind when protecting your business records and inventory:

  • Make sure you are aware of the details of your flood insurance and other hazard insurance policies, specifically which items and contents are covered and under what conditions. For example, if you have a home business, you may need two flood insurance policies, a home policy and a separate business policy, depending on the percentage of the total square footage of your house that is devoted to business use. Check with your insurance agent if you have questions about any of your policies.
  • When you identify equipment susceptible to damage, consider the location of the equipment. For example, equipment near a hot water tank or pipes could be damaged if the pipes burst during an earthquake, and equipment near large windows could be damaged during hurricanes.
  • Assign disaster mitigation duties to your employees. For example, some employees could be responsible for securing storage bins and others for backing up computer files and delivering copies to a secure location.
  • You may want to consider having other offices of your company or a contractor perform some administrative duties, such as maintaining payroll records or providing customer service.
  • Estimate the cost of repairing or replacing each essential piece of equipment in your business. Your estimates will help you assess your vulnerability and focus your efforts.
  • For both insurance and tax purposes, you should maintain written and photographic inventories of all important materials and equipment. The inventory should be stored in a safety deposit box or other secure location.
  • Periodically evaluate the building envelope to make sure that wind and water are not able to penetrate the building. Do regular maintenance and repairs to maintain the strength of the building envelope.

SERVPRO of Jackson/Crockett Count is faster to any size disaster. You can reach their professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (731) 423-9944.