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Hurricane Ida - Sweet 16

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Ida made landfall 16 years to the day after Hurricane Katrina.  Louisiana is in a state of emergency after being pelted by another strong hurricane.  SERVPRO has activated the multiple Storm Teams across the United States.  Many franchises are sending crews to help those in need now.  If you need help, please call us immediately.  We will be bringing drying equipment, generators, and SERVPRO employees to an area near to you within the next several days.  Remember to remind family and friends to watch for potential dangers like flowing flood waters and electricity dangers.  Please be safe and watch your surroundings! 

You can rest assured that your home can be cleaned and restored to home again by SERVPRO of Jackson and of Madison County when you reach out to us at (601) 353-2286. We’re available 24/7 to help you through to make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire and Safety Tips

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

  1. Install fire protection
    Smoke alarms are your best early warning system in the event of fire. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, and outside each sleeping area. If you sleep with the door closed, install one inside your sleeping area as well.

    Test alarms every month and replace batteries once a year, or whenever an alarm "chirps" to signal low battery power. Never "borrow" a smoke alarm's battery for another use - a disabled alarm can't save your life. Replace all alarms that are more than 10 years old. For complete home protection, consider installing an automatic fire sprinkler system.
  2. Plan your escape from fire
    If a fire occurs in your home, you have to get out fast. Sit down with your family and work out an escape plan in advance. Be sure that everyone knows at least two unobstructed exits - including windows - from every room. (If you live in an apartment building, use the stairs, not the elevator to escape from fire.) Decide on a meeting place outside. Have your entire household practice you escape plan at least twice a year.
  3. Keep an eye on smokers
    Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths in North America. Smoking in bed or when you are drowsy could be fatal. Provide smokers with large, deep, non-tip ashtrays, and soak butts with water before discarding them. Before going to sleep or leaving home after someone has been smoking, check under cushions and around upholstered furniture for smoldering cigarettes.
  4. Remember:matches and lighters are tools, for adults only! Use only child-resistant lighters and store all matches and lighters up high, where kids can't see or reach them, preferably in locked cabinet. Teach children that matches and lighters are tools, for grown-ups only. Teach young children to tell a grown-up if they find matches or lighters; older children should bring matches and lighters to an adult immediately.
  5. Kitchen safety
    Always stay near cooking to monitor it closely. Keep cooking areas clear of combustibles, and wear clothes with short, rolled-up, or tight-fitting sleeves when you cook. Turn pot handles inward on the stove where you can't bump them and children can't grab them. Enforce a "kid-free" zone three feet (one meter) around your kitchen range. If grease catches fire in a pan, slide a lid over the pan to smother the flames and turn off the heat source. Leave the lid on until the pan is completely cool.
  6. Give space heaters space
    Keep portable heaters and space heaters at least three feet (one meter) away from anything that can burn. Keep children and pets away from heaters, and turn them off when you leave home or go to sleep.
  7. Use electricity safely
    If an electric appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately, then have it serviced before using it again. Replace any electrical cord that is cracked or frayed. Plug only one electrical cord into each receptacle. Avoid running any cords under rugs. Don't tamper with your fuse box or use improper-size fuses.
  8. Cool a burn
    Run cool water over a burn for 10 to 15 minutes. Never apply ice. Never put butter or any other grease on a burn. If the burned skin blisters or is charred, see a doctor immediately.
  9. Crawl low under smoke
    If you encounter smoke while you are escaping from a fire, use an alternative escape route. If you must escape through smoke, crawl on your hands and knees, keeping your head 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 centimeters) above the floor, where the air will be cleaner.
  10. Stop, drop, and roll
    If your clothes catch fire, don't run. Stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll over and over to smother the flames. Cool the burn with water and call for help.

You can rest assured that your home can be cleaned and restored to home again by our SERVPRO of Jackson and of Madison County when you reach out to us at (601) 353-2286. We’re available 24/7 to help you through. "Like it never even happened.”

When Flooding Occurs

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

When Flooding Occurs

Keep Water Safe

Follow these steps to keep your WATER SAFE during and after flooding.

  • Only use water from a safe source for drinking and washing or preparing food.
  • Use bottled water not exposed to flood waters, if available.
  • If you don’t have bottled water, you should boil or disinfect water to make it safe. (see steps below).
  • If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agricultural extension agent for specific advice.

You can rest assured that your home can be cleaned and restored to home again by our SERVPRO of Jackson and of Madison County when you reach out to us at (601) 353-2286. We’re available 24/7 to help you through. "Like it never even happened.”

What Causes Fires?

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

  • Careless smoking is the leading cause of residential fire deaths. Smoke detectors and smolder-resistant bedding and upholstered furniture are significant fire deterrents.
  • Arson is the second largest cause of residential fires and residential fire deaths. In commercial properties, arson is the major cause of deaths, injuries and dollar loss.
  • Heating is the third leading cause of residential fire deaths. Heater fires are the leading cause of fire deaths in the southeastern U.S.; wood stoves are particularly a problem in the northern U.S.
  • Cooking is the leading cause of apartment fires and the second most frequent cause of single-family residential fires. These fires often result from unattended cooking and human error, rather than from mechanical failures of stoves or ovens.

Top Ten Areas of Origin

  1. Kitchen 27.1%
  2. Bedroom 12.7%
  3. Den      8.7%
  4. Chimney 8.3%
  5. Laundry Area 3.7%
  6. Heating Area 3.1%
  7. Garage 2.6%
  8. Bathroom 2.0%
  9. Hallway 1.4%
  10. Closet 1.3%

Where Fires Occur

  • The southeastern U.S. has the highest fire death rate per capita
  • People living in urban and rural areas have a much higher risk of dying in a fire than those living in suburban areas and small towns
  • About 65% of all residential fire tragedies occur in single-family homes and duplexes
  • At least 785 fire deaths occur in apartments each year. 20% of all structural fires are in apartments -- typically 60, 000 fires per year.
  • About 80 people die in hotel/motel fires annually. Careless smoking is the leading cause of these deaths.

What Saves Lives

  • A working smoke detector doubles a person's chance of surviving a fire. Approximately 86% of U.S. homes have at least one smoke detector.
  • About 64% of residential fire deaths occur in the 18% of U.S. homes with no smoke detectors.
  • Between 75% to 90% of all residential fire deaths could be prevented if residential sprinklers were used in conjunction with smoke detectors.
  • Residential Sprinklers can now be connected to standard home plumbing systems and activated at the point where fire strikes, minimizing injuries and localizing property damage.

You can rest assured that your home can be cleaned and restored to home again by our SERVPRO of Jackson and of Madison County when you reach out to us at (601) 353-2286. We’re available 24/7 to help you through. "Like it never even happened.”

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

6/13/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration Commercial storm

Commercial Storm Damage Restoration

Storms and inclement weather can bring wind damage, heavy rain, and flooding that can devastate any business in a matter of minutes. There’s never a convenient time for flooding or water damage to strike, and storms don’t just strike during regular business hours; that’s why SERVPRO Franchise Professionals offer 24 hour emergency service 365 days per year.

Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give our Professionals a call and they’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 601.353.2286

Disaster Recovery Team

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether it’s a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison County.

You can rest assured that your home can be cleaned and restored to home again by our SERVPRO of Jackson and of Madison County when you reach out to us at (601) 353-2286. We’re available 24/7 to help you through. "Like it never even happened.”

COVID-19 Commercial Cleaning

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison County Are Coronavirus Cleaning Services and Biohazard Experts

Here to Help® and Ready to Respond

About Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to respond to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus that was first detected in China and has now spread internationally. While the virus is termed coronavirus, the sickness that results after infection has been termed COVID-19.

COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic, which is a global outbreak of a disease.

For specialized cleaning services, including the new Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned defensive pathogen cleaning program, call Us Today 601.353.2286

Expert Level Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison County professionals are uniquely prepared during this unprecedented time to clean and disinfect your home or business according to the protocols set forth by the CDC. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. Our professionals are trained to perform a proactive cleanup that involves facility or structure cleaning and disinfection. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of waste.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

    • Kitchen/Food Areas
    • Bathrooms
    • Schools/Classrooms
    • Offices
    • Retail Spaces
    • Water Fountains
    • Shelving/Racks
    • Sales Counters
    • Carpets and Rugs
    • Stair Handrails
    • Elevator Cars
    • Playground Equipment
    • Fitness Equipment

You can rest assured that your home can be cleaned and restored to home again by our SERVPRO of Jackson and of Madison County when you reach out to us at (601) 353-2286. We’re available 24/7 to help you through. "Like it never even happened."

Storm Case Study

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Storm case Storm case

Senior Living Center Catches Fire

Affected Square Footage: 100,000+
Type of Loss: Fire
Brief Scope: A tenant fire caused significant damage to the immediate area and smoke damage throughout structure. SERVPRO® was able to extract, treat, dry, and clean the structure to restore it to preloss conditions.

Hospital Floods

Affected Square Footage: 100,000+
Type of Loss: Water
Brief Scope: A four-inch fire suppression line burst due to freezing. The ensuing flood impacted four floors and the basement. SERVPRO® performed extensive water extraction, structural dehumidification, environmental controls, surveyal of building materials, selective demolition, mold remediation and asbestos, lead and mold (ACM) remediation.

Hospital Hit by Tornadoes

Affected Square Footage: 230,000+
Type of Loss: Water, Wind, Structural
Brief Scope: A series of tornadoes pounded the Oklahoma City area and a local hospital took a direct hit. SERVPRO® worked in conjunction with the General Contractor to remove water and dry the structure while providing stabilization services, including desiccant dehumidification and portable air conditioning.

Storm Surge Damages Medical Center

Affected Square Footage: 100,000+
Type of Loss: Storm Surge
Brief Scope: A large hospital was affected by a hurricane’s storm surge. Four buildings, including the main hospital were affected. SERVPRO® completed all of the following services: mitigation, drying, cleaning, removal of drywall, replacement of drywall, replacement of RFP to walls, painting, demo of ceiling tiles, etc. Double-containment was used throughout the hospital to prevent cross-contamination. The hospital never lost a single hour of patient care while SERVPRO restores their facility.

You can rest assured that your home can be cleaned and restored to home again by our SERVPRO of Jackson and of Madison County when you reach out to us at (601) 353-2286. We’re available 24/7 to help you through.

Sewage Restoration Facts

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration Toilet example

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration

Sewer backups should be considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

Toilet Overflow or Sewer Backup?
Call Today 601.353.2286

Water damage can be classified by the three types of contaminated water. SERVPRO Professionals will inspect your home or business to determine the appropriate plan of action for the type of water encountered.

The three types of contaminated water:

Category 1: "Clean Water"

Category 1 water is from a clean source like a broken water supply line or leaking faucet. If not treated quickly, this water can turn into category 2 or 3, depending on length of time, temperature, and contact with surrounding contaminants.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, can degrade into category 2 or 3

Category 2: "Gray Water"

Category 2 water is contaminated and could cause discomfort or illness. Examples include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

  • May contain bacteria and viruses
  • Can quickly degrade into category 3 if left untreated

Category 3: "Black Water"

Category 3 water is grossly contaminated and could cause severe illness or death if ingested and any contact should be avoided. Examples include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

24 Hour Emergency Service

You can rest assured that your home can be cleaned and restored to home again by our SERVPRO of Jackson and of Madison County when you reach out to us at (601) 353-2286. We’re available 24/7 to help you through. "Like it never even happened."

Crime Scene Clean Up

6/8/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage Cleanup and Restoration Pexample

What are some biohazard examples?

  • Human blood and blood products. This includes items that have been contaminated with blood and other body fluids or tissues that contain visible blood.
  • Animal waste. ...
  • Human body fluids. ...
  • Microbiological wastes. ...
  • Pathological waste. ...
  • Sharps waste.

 A biohazard is defined as any biological substances that pose a threat to the health of living organisms. By now you know that biohazards can include certain bacteria, viruses and medical waste.Across the world, the biohazard symbol is used to report and warn people of any dangerous substance that may cause harm to them. It was first adopted in the 1960s to indicate possible exposure to biological substances that may contain toxins, viruses, or medical waste.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are trained to safely clean and remove biohazardous substances and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are here to help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Storm season is approaching fast....

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Storm Alert We’re here 24/7.. 601.353.2286

Hurricanes are catastrophic, causing severe damage to homes and businesses. Relief efforts often cease long before an area has recovered and people are left with only local resources to recover. So many homes are affected by exponential water damage that in the recovery process, you may begin to witness the appearance of mold and mildew within your home.

Knowledge of emergency preparedness when it comes to mold growth that follows devastating storms?

Hurricanes are catastrophic and bring the potential for severe damage to homes and businesses from storm surge, high winds, debris, tornadoes, and rain/flooding. Preliminary preparation is always recommended, but what does one do in the aftermath of a tropical storm? In addition to the high humidity found in storm-affected areas, a water-soaked interior is an ideal habitat for a mold colony to grow and thrive.

Contaminated materials that create mold exposure can cause serious health effects. Many people who suffer from allergies or respiratory issues are especially sensitive to molds. The prevention of mold can be difficult and will require the assistance of a trained professional from our SERVPRO TEAM.

Mold removal is not an easy task

On the surface, mold removal may seem easy to get rid of, but that is certainly not the case. For one, mold spores are invisible to the naked eye. And they begin to grow in no more than a few hours and spread as quickly as they can. It goes without saying that it may take days or even weeks before homeowners can begin to clean up their homes following a devastating flood.

But, by that time, it may be a little too late; mold may have colonized the upholstered furniture, occupied the home surfaces (walls and ceilings), or invaded the duct system, etc. Naturally, any attempt to clean mold growth on this scale on your own may not only result in spreading the spores even further but may also drag out the cleanup process.

With SERVPRO, mold remediation always involves a mold inspection. Cleaning up existing mold while avoiding exposure to oneself as well as homeowners. We also prevent new growth by addressing the moisture source. Based on calculations of the contamination area, we determine the area we will be working in. Some examples of steps we take to take care of the mold:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Jackson & SERVPRO of Madison County?

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

In as little as 48 hours, a minor mold issue can quickly spread through a home or business. Once you contact us, we’re dedicated to starting the remediation process quickly. This fast response lessens the mold damage, limits additional damage, and reduces the remediation cost.

We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

As water and mold damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician

We Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment

We invest in the latest equipment and ongoing mold remediation training because it helps us restore your home or business quickly and effectively. We will isolate the affected area using physical barriers and a negative air pressure chamber.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different, and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our “typical” process:

  1. Emergency Contact - (601) 353-2286
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  7. Restoration

    You can rest assured that your home can be cleaned and restored to home again by our SERVPRO of Jackson and of Madison County when you reach out to us at (601) 353-2286. We’re available 24/7 to help you through. "Like it never even happened."