Thoughts on Fire Damage
When smoke and flames consume a residence, trying to pick up the pieces and return to a normal life may seem impossible. Fire damage restoration is an important first step in the process of rebuilding the structure and making it a livable space once again. The process of remediation after this kind of loss is time-sensitive and involves a number of steps. Finding a professional organization to perform this process can lessen stress, on the body and mind as well as financially, and help property owners return to the home that they love. A professional fire damage restoration team follows a number of steps in achieving the goal of returning the affected property to its former state. Proper cleaning of the structure itself, proper cleaning of your contents as well as properly cleaning your air conditioning unit will ensure that your home will be smoke free and you can get back to normal.
We are very fortunate to have as many small towns as we do in our area. These towns bring a level of community that most places do not understand or or appreciate. This Christmas season we have had the pleasure of being a part of 4 different Christmas Parades. These were located in Starkville, Carthage, Philadelphia and Kosciusko. Our staff came together with some great ideas about decorating vehicles. As small as this seems to some, the impact of being a part of the community has great impact for business. Most individuals would like to see local business succeed. Being involved in these community events lets our potential clients know we are a part of the community. This is something we are proud to say we are a part of, and will continue to strive toward.
Our SERVPRO Family
This is the season to get together with the ones you love and celebrate the Season. Most of us have different traditions that every year we hold strong to. But lets take a moment to think about this, we spend a majority of our time with the people we work with. I know I see my co-workers much more than I do my son. Which brings me to the point of this, our co-workers should be looked at as extended family to a degree. We should respect each other and be thankful for what we have been given. We had our annual Christmas Party and the entire evening was enjoyable. From the youngest member to the oldest, its great to have our SERVPRO Family.
Fire Safety During the Holiday
Holiday Hazards: Fire, Lights, and Christmas Trees
It's that time of year again. And while we are wasting no time ensuring that our homes are filled with joy and holiday spirit, all that optimism can make it easy for us to forget about the potential dangers that come along with the festivities.
Holiday Hazards: Fire, Lights, and Christmas Trees
Here are some safety tips that you can follow to prevent or reduce the risk of fire hazards this holiday season.
- Place all candles in non-tip candle holders
- Keep all lit candles away from the curtains, the Christmas tree, and out of the reach of children and pets
- Never leave lit candles unattended, and be sure to snuff each of them out before going to bed
- Always use a secure screen to contain sparks and embers
- Never leave a lit fireplace unattended
Other Fire Safety Tips
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Do not overload electrical circuits
- Keep a working fire extinguisher close at hand
- Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home
- Test both of these detectors monthly, and replace their batteries at least twice a year
Why use a professional?
I hear this a lot from consumers...I got the water mopped up, I think it have it under control. Well this is what IICRC has to say "Water damage can be deceptive. Water penetrates into structural cavities creating trapped pockets of saturation. The detection of water in these areas can often only be discovered with sophisticated moisture detection meters. Undetected moisture will continue to cause damage. This damage, at a minimum, will cause odors. Greater damage will surface when materials delaminate, shrink, split and further deteriorate to where costly repairs are required."
More than just removing excess water, IICRC-certified restorers have the knowledge and equipment to further dry a home or facility (including substructure materials) completely back to preloss conditions. Through timely response and the careful monitoring of water damage, mold and other health issues can be prevented. If water damage has been present too long, mold will occur.
All IICRC-certified professionals have the training and experience to identify moisture sources, evaluate mold growth (visible or suspected), contain damage, remove contamination and dry materials to ensure that mold will not return.
The 2017 Boo Fest, Games, activities, candy in downtown Kosciusko. Activities, games, booths along Madison Street on the square, courtesy of our local businesses and community organizations. SERVPRO of Northeast Delta Lands participated. We got very creative this year and made our candy bowl out of an air mover it turned out great. The Office Manager dressed as one of our Hometown Heroes and gave away over 2000 pieces of candy. The smiles on the faces of the children were what really makes this event a success for our community. Kosciusko put a wrap on October Tuesday evening with the annual safety parade on the downtown square. This event is always a safe way for the children of our community to have a safe and fun Halloween.
Don't let a water leak damage your home!
There are several things you as a home owner you can do to prevent water damage from happening to you. Here are a few examples of some simple things you can do to reduce your risk.
** Be careful where you plant
Some plants and trees, like weeping willows and elm trees, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.
** Keep an eye on your water bill
With the majority of your water pipes hidden behind walls and in the floors in your house, you might not know there’s a leak until the damage is done. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on your monthly water bill. If you see it starting to creep up, or get one that’s uncommonly high, it’s a pretty good sign that you may have a leak somewhere
** Upgrade supply line hoses
Old, brittle or leaky hoses are among the most frequent causes of water loss for home owners. Checking or replacing the supply lines on your sink, toilets and appliances can potentially save you a lot of time, money and headache. Replace yours every five years or so and you might avoid a mess and very expensive damage to your home.
** Never pour grease down your sink
You’ve probably heard this before, but you should definitely avoid pouring grease down your kitchen sink. It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water. It can still congeal and cling to your pipes, and could still cause some serious damage and blockage.
Some people use detergent to break up grease before pouring it down the drain…and that may help sometimes. But there’s no guarantee that it’ll keep the grease from sticking to your pipes, so why take the risk?
The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it.
I recently had the opportunity to travel to a flood zone and work for and meet some great people. This area had flood waters higher than they had experienced in years. There were families that were land locked and could not leave, some houses were underwater completely. There were others that were affected in different ways such as sewage backups and drainage systems that failed due to such a large volume of water. But even in the midst of all the chaos, business interruptions and displacements, the customers were so nice and welcoming to all of us. The restaurants, hotels, service stations we visited while in the area were thanking us as well for what we were doing in the area helping get others homes back in order. There were other franchises in the area from out of state that I had the chance to speak with and they shared the same sentiment. It’s great to be able to work for a company that can have this kind of positive impact in a community where customer can feel comfortable knowing we have their best interest in mind.
What do I do??
One of the most common questions during a water damage is “what do I need to do until help arrives?” Here a few Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to water damage.
- Contact your local restoration company as soon as possible
- Remove as much excess water as possible by shop vacuum, mopping or blotting
- Wipe excess water from around wood furniture after removal of lamps and table top items
- Remove and prop up wet upholstery items such as cushions for even drying
- Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
- In the summer, turn on HVAC unit to maximize drying
- Remove colored rugs from wall to wall carpeting areas to minimize staining
- Pick up loose items, such as toys and clothes, to allow maximum air to reach the wet areas
- Leave fabrics wet in place, dry them as soon as possible
- Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature
- Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet floors
- Use your household vacuum to remove water
- Use TV’s or other household appliances while standing on wet floors
- Turn on ceiling fans to help with drying if the ceiling has been wet
- Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water
Our Christmas Sleigh
Christmas is always a fun time of year for our staff and communities. SERVPRO of Northeast Delta Lands is ready for the holidays and was more than happy to participate in the Kosciusko Christmas Parade and the Carthage Christmas parade. Our staff worked hard on decorating our new Fire/water wrap truck with a Lighted Christmas tree, lighted wreaths, Santa hats and more. The high top van in Carthage was a big hit with the children and our staff had a great time getting everything ready. We love to show our Christmas Spirit and support our local Chamber of Commerces, Main Streets and Development organizations. Everyone in our SERVPRO family would like to wish everyone in your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.