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Pros of Fire Sprinklers

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Reasons to invest in fire sprinkler systems

    • They add about 1% to the cost of a new home. This is about the same as the cost to upgrade carpeting.
    • They increase property value. 
    • The can lower your homeowners insurance.
    • They do not freeze up.
    • They can put out a house fire in 1 1/2 minutes.
    • They cause less damage to belongings.
    • Most of them can be concealed when not in use. 
    • Lowers the risk for injury and even death.

It gives you a sense of peace knowing that your family is more safe and secure. We all want our homes to be a place where we can be comfortable and at ease. Talk with others such as neighbors and friends about installing a system in there homes. Most people don't think about installing a fire sprinkler system as a safety measure but maybe it is time you and them to  reconsider this when thinking of a great investment for your home or business. 

We hope you never need these expert services but if you do, call us at 601.304.5554 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROnatchez.com.

What Plumbers Say Cause Drain Issues

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Plumbers Say Cause Drain Issues When this happens, call SERVPRO of Natchez 601.304.5554. "Like it never even happened."

As a homeowner you should never underestimate the seriousness of drainage issues. Plumbers have weighed in and have given their expert opinion on what causes these issues and some tips on how to avoid them. Here are the four things to look for.

  1. Recurring Clogs- If a clog returns, chances are that there is a deeper clog. 
  2. Multiple Clogged drains-If you have several clogged drains, you may have a clog in your main drain.
  3. Foul odor-Persistent sewer odors coming from your drain or drains can be a major sign of a drainage issue. 
  4. Flooding-One of the worst problems associated with clog drains is sewage backup. Getting a professional on the site as soon as you can will help you avoid a big problem.

Routine maintenance is key to keeping those drains open. Use drain catchers or less toilet paper. Also make sure that you run plenty of water into the garbage disposal after use. Just those few things help a lot. If you ever do have water damage, call SERVPRO of Natchez with your water needs. We will be there to clean up the mess those clogged drains made. 

Again, we hope you never need these expert services but if you do, call us at 601.304.5554 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROnatchez.com.   We have helped hundreds of families recover from water loss damages. 

Mold Prevention Tips

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Prevention Tips Call us at 601.304.5554 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROnatchez.com.

Nobody likes a mold problem. There are several ways to prevent mold growth in your home. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  1. Control your indoor climate
  2. Keep a eye out for standing water
  3. Do not leave wet clothing around for more then two days.
  4. If the moisture becomes to much in your home, add a dehumidifier. 
  5. Check for drainage problems around the home.
  6. Eliminate clutter in and outside of the home.
  7. Properly size your air conditioner unit to the size of your home.
  8. An indoor humidity monitor will help you keep track of the moisture in your home.
  9. Always check your air conditioning unit before turning it on for the season.
  10. Call a professional if you believe you may have any mold problem.

Call us at 601.304.5554 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROnatchez.com.

Restoring Your Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals at SERVPRO of Natchez, are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

Call us at 601.304.5554 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROnatchez.com.

Commercial Loss Challenges

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Fire losses account for approximately $2.3 billion in commercial and industrial direct property loss each year.  At times you can have large-loss fires that affect buildings such as apartments, facilities, and places people work. These types of losses affect multiple lives. It can take a lot of effort on everyone's part to provide support. Here are some tips for the property owner to consider during this time.

  • Make sure everyone is safe and away from the property. Safety is the number one concern.
  • Get the community involved in helping families or workers that may be affected
  • Bring your adjuster in early to help manage things such as photos, mitigation, documenting anything they need to.
  • Analyze your policy, including all clauses, additions, extensions, and exclusions.
  • Bring in experts to check out the damages
  • Communication is key. Everyone should stay in good contact to get the job done as smoothly as possible.
  • Know that the process can be long and require a lot of patience.

Again, we hope you never need these expert services but if you do, call us at 601.304.5554 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROnatchez.com.

Restoring your Property after a Water Damage Event

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water damage events at near by commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Natchez

SERVPRO of Natchez specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. 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.

Call us at 601.304.5554 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROnatchez.com.

Preventing Fires in the Workplace

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Anytime you have multiple employees working in a building, coming and going at different times, utilizing different appliances or outlets in the building, you run the risk of a fire.  Unless you have the absolute perfect system of accountability, there is always the risk of a forgotten appliance or forgotten candle burning that may cause fire. 

Here are a few tips to help prevent fires in your business: 

  • Keep your work area free of waste paper, trash and other items that can easily catch fire.

  • Check on your electrical cords. If a cord is damaged in any way, replace it. Try not to lay cords in places where they can be stepped on, as this will contribute to deterioration of the protective outside coating.

  • Don't overload your circuits.

  • Turn off electrical appliances at the end of each day.

  • Keep heat producing equipment away from anything that might burn. This includes copiers, coffee makers, computers, etc.

In the event that you DO have a fire, here are some tips to follow to ensure employee safety and expedient response by emergency responders:

  • Upon finding a fire, call 911 immediately and don't hand up with the emergency responder until told to do so.

  • Close doors when exiting to help limit the spread of smoke and fire throughout the building.

  • Never use elevators during an evacuation. 

  • Follow the escape plan and meet at a per-determined place outside of your building and away from danger. Conduct a headcount to ensure all of your staff has evacuated.

Call us at 601.304.5554 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROnatchez.com.

Good Mold vs. Bad Mold

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

When most of us hear the word mold we assume it could be good mold or bad mold. Let's take good mold for example. It is found in medicines to cure illness. It is also found in cheeses and of course the moldy loaf of bread left open a little to long.  Next we have a type of normal mold that falls in between good and bad. There are two types of normal molds. There are airborne mold spores and mold growth. There is simply no way around the airborne mold. This type of mold is present to some degree in the air we breath. The mold we see in our homes such as in the window seals and bathtubs are simply common day to day molds. They are not from a sustainable food source. It can be cleaned away, so this makes it normal. The bad mold people fear most is considered bad mold because it could potentially affect the air with elevated mold spores which is quite a bit different than normal. The food sources within a home are pretty numerous. Materials must be properly removed and/or cleaned. Airborne issues must also be addressed. 

The first step a homeowner should take if they suspect mold is to call a specialist to ensure the proper precautions and testing are done properly.

Call us at 601.304.5554 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROnatchez.com.

Getting Rid of Mold

10/18/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Getting Rid of Mold Getting rid of mold is a tough job! Give SERVPRO of Natchez a call 601.304.5554

Here are some healthy tips to follow when you are dealing with mold. Some people cringe at the sound of the word mold but it may be easier to take care of then you think. Hopefully these will help ease the stress along the way.

  • Take things that were wet for 2 or more days outside. Things that stay wet 2 or more days can have mold on them. Mold is not always visible by looking.
  • Take out stuff made of cloth, unless you can wash them in HOT water.
  • Use bleach to clean mold on hard things or surfaces (like floors, counter tops, toys, tools, and plates.)
  • Never mix bleach with ammonia or other cleaners.
  • wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, goggles, and a mask.
  • Open windows and doors to get fresh air when you use bleach.
  • Mix no more than 1 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water.
  • Wash the item with the bleach and water mixture.
  • Rinse the item with clean water.
  • Dry the item or leave it out to dry. 

Call us at 601.304.5554 or visit us on the web at www.SERVPROnatchez.com.

NADCA

10/16/2017 (Permalink)

NADCA had some fantastic frequently asked questions so I had to share...

Are there any health benefits that come from HVAC system cleaning?

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems have been shown to collection a variety of contaminants such as mold, fungi, bacteria and very small particles of dust that have the potential to affect overall health. The removal of such contaminants from the HVAC system and home should be considered one component in an overall plan to improve indoor air quality.

How can I determine if the HVAC system cleaning was effective?

The best way to determine if the HVAC system cleaning was effective is to perform a visual inspection of the system before and after cleaning. If any dust or debris can be seen during the visual inspection, the system should not be considered cleaned. While you can perform your own visual inspection using a flashlight and mirror, a professional cleaning contractor should be able to allow you better access to system components and perhaps the use of specialized inspection tools. In addition, following the Residential Cleaning Checklist can help to ensure a top quality

"How often"

How often should residential HVAC systems be cleaned?

Frequency of cleaning depends on several factors, not the least of which is the preference of the homeowner. Some of the things that may lead a homeowner to consider more frequent cleaning include:

  • smokers in the household
  • pets that shed high amounts of hair and dander
  • water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
  • residents with allergies or asthma who might benefit from a reduction in the amount of indoor air pollutants in the home’s HVAC system
  • after home renovations or remodeling
  • prior to occupancy of a new home.

How should a residential HVAC system be cleaned?

The most effective way to clean air ducts and ventilation systems is to employ source removal methods of cleaning. This requires a contractor to place the system under negative pressure, through the use of a specialized, powerful vacuum. While the vacuum draws air through the system, devices are inserted into the ducts to dislodge any debris that might be stuck to interior surfaces. The debris can then travel down the ducts to the vacuum, which removes it from the system and the home.

What are antimicrobial chemicals and why would they need to be used?

Antimicrobial chemicals are applied by some companies to the interior surface of the air ducts to treat microbial contamination such as fungi (mold), viruses or bacteria. Before any antimicrobial chemicals are used, the system should be thoroughly cleaned. It is critical that any antimicrobial treatment used in your system be registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency specifically for use in HVAC systems. The use of antimicrobial chemicals is an additional service that is not part of a typical air duct cleaning project. Review the NADCA White Paper on Chemical Applications in HVAC Systems for more information. 

What criteria should I use when selecting an HVAC system cleaning contractor?

You should interview as many local contractors as possible. Ask them to come to your home and perform a system inspection and give you a quote. To narrow down your pool of potential contractors, use the following pre-qualifications:

  • Make sure the company is a member in good standing of NADCA.
  • See if the company has been in business long enough to have adequate experience.
  • Get proof that the company is properly licensed and adequately insured.
  • Verify that the company is certified by NADCA to perform HVAC system cleaning.
  • Make sure that the company is going to clean and visually inspect all of the air ducts and related system components.
  • Avoid advertisements for “$99 whole house specials” and other sales gimmicks.
  • Ask if the company has the right equipment to effectively perform cleaning, and if the company has done work in homes similar to yours.
  • Get references from neighbors if possible.

You can also use the Residential Cleaning Checklist as part of the contractor selection process. 

What is the normal price range for the air duct cleaning service?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that “duct cleaning services typically – but not always – range in cost from $450 to $1,000 per heating and cooling system, depending on the services offered, the size of the system to be cleaned, system accessibility, climactic region and level of contamination” and type of duct material. Consumers should beware of air duct cleaning companies that make sweeping claims about the health benefits of duct cleaning, as such claims are unsubstantiated.

Consumers should also beware of “blow-and-go” air duct cleaning companies. These companies often charge a nominal fee and do a poor job of cleaning the heating and cooling system. These companies may also persuade the consumer to pay for unneeded services with and/or without their permission. (If you have knowledge of a practicing “blow-and-go” air duct cleaner, contact your local Better Business Bureau to report the company, and your local, federal and state elected officials to demand legislation.)

What kind of equipment is best for cleaning - truck mounted vacuums or portable vacuums?

NADCA does not endorse one kind of equipment over another. There are two main types of vacuum collection devices: (1) those mounted on trucks and trailers, and (2) portable units. Truck/trailer mounted equipment is generally more powerful than portable equipment. However, portable equipment can often be brought directly into a facility, allowing the vacuum source to be located closer to the ductwork. Both types of equipment will clean to ACR, the NADCA standard. All vacuum units should be attached to a collection device for safe containment prior to disposal. Any vacuum collection device which exhausts indoors must be HEPA filtered. A vacuum collection device alone will not get an HVAC system clean. The use of methods and tools designed to agitate debris adhered to the surfaces within the system, in conjunction with the use of the vacuum collection device(s), is required to clean HVAC systems. (For example: brushes, air whips and “skipper balls.”)

Why should I choose a NADCA member to have my air ducts cleaned?

NADCA members have signed a Code of Ethics stating they will do everything possible to protect the consumer and follow ACR, the NADCA Standard, for cleaning to the best of their ability. Find a NADCA professional near you. Air duct cleaning companies must meet strict requirements to become a NADCA member. Among those requirements, all NADCA members must have a certified Air System Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) on staff who has taken and passed the NADCA certification examination. Passing the exam demonstrates extensive knowledge in HVAC design and cleaning methodologies. ASCSs are also required to further their industry education by attending seminars in order to maintain their NADCA certification status. View the NADCA Code of Ethics.

Will HVAC system cleaning reduce our home energy bills?

Research by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has demonstrated that HVAC system cleaning may allow systems to run more efficiently by removing debris from sensitive mechanical components. Clean, efficient systems are less likely to break down, have a longer life span and generally operate more effectively than dirty systems.

Courtesy of nadca.com