The Mold Process
When there is water in your home, mold can quickly become an issue. It can cause health issues and damage to your property. SERVPRO of Natchez has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment to handle your mold problem.
Call SERVPRO of Natchez at 601.304.5554. The mold cleanup and restoration process begin when you call us. One of knowledgeable office employees will ask a series of questions to help determine how to help you remediate any mold and get information that will help the technician who will come to do an assessment at your property.
Your property will be carefully inspected for signs of mold using various technologies to detect mold and hidden water sources. Mold feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view.
Different containment procedures will be placed to prevent the spread of mold, like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.
Specialized filtration equipment captures microscopic mold spores out of the air. SERVPRO of Natchez’s technicians use powerful air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in progress.
The process of mold remediation depends on the amount of mold growth and the type of surface it's on. Anti-fungal and antimicrobial treatments will be used to eliminate mold colonies and help prevent new ones from forming. Removing and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and flooring, may be necessary.
SERVPRO of Natchez cleans your furniture, decorative items, curtains, and other restorable items affected by mold. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings.
Contents after a Fire
After a fire strikes, most people are overwhelmed and often the first question is what happens to our belongings. At SERVPRO of Natchez we can help by offering to inventory, clean and store your belongings. When our technicians first arrive at your property, they will start taking pictures, room by room, documenting and bar coding anything that will be removed from the property. After everything is documented and bar coded your contents and furniture will be loaded into our trucks and taken back to our Natchez office for cleaning and storage. Every step of your belongings journey from fire damaged, to restored will be documented and pictures takes. Insurance companies, especially like the list and details that SERVPRO of Natchez is able to provide.
If you have any questions about contents tracking please call SERVPRO of Natchez at 601.304.5554.
Kitchen Fire Safety Tips and Prevention
Everyday the number one cause of a house fire if from cooking. Unfortunately, fires caused by cooking can be the most smelly and difficult to mitigate. Preventing kitchen fires are easy and could save a lot of heartache. Bellow are a few easy tips to prevent kitchen fires:
- Do not leave the stove area while cooking.
- Watch what you wear.
- Do not have dish clothes or fabric over the cooking area.
- Do not keep grease on the stove where it can get hot, and do not hot grease down in the trash or down the sink.
- Keep a working fire extinguisher near the stove. (Remember to check extinguishers yearly)
- Install and check semi-yearly fire detectors.
There is no way to 100% prevent kitchen fires and if disasters strikes be sure to call SERVPRO of Natchez. We are always available 24/7 at 601.304.5554.
Not all Water Damage is the Same!
Many people expect all water damage to be the result of a water line breaking, or from flooding, or perhaps a bathtub overflowing. Not all water damage is the product of such dramatic events. Even a minuscule leak can cause as much damage as a larger one, simply because it is either is not noticed or because it seems so insignificant.
Faucets can leak under the sink they are situated on, allowing water to spread slowly under the cabinetry. Leaks under the sink can include where the water lines meet the faucet, and also where the drain pipe connects to the sink's drain. Water can slowly travel from small cracks in either location and create a mess that can take months to make.
When tubs and faucets are not matched, misalignment can happen. Water flowing from the faucet into the tub can flow over the overflow vents. Unless these are properly connected, water can pool inside the wall or under the tub.
Appliances that use water can also be the reason for water damage. Leaks, overflows, and other malfunctions can either over time or suddenly, cause water emergencies. When an incident like this occurs, extra caution is warranted so that electrical shock does not cause injury or death. Your safety needs to always be a priority in such events.
When water damage has been building over time, secondary water damage should also be a concern. Water affects different materials in various ways, and this can change over time. Even small amounts of water can allow pathogens to grow, provide incentives to pests, such as ants, to colonize inside your home and weaken structures, such as the flooring under your tub or washing machine. If you have water damage , please call SERVPRO of Natchez at 601.304.5554.
Prevent Mold in Closet Areas
In many older homes your closet could be affected by moisture and a smelly odor. It is very important you deal with moisture issues in a closet to prevent microbial growth and mildew. Here are a few tips on how you could prevent this issue from happening.
- Always let any damp material to dry completely before putting them away.
- Make sure clothes or any other items stored away are cleaned because soiled items can be the breeding ground for microbial growth.
- Try not to pack your closets to tight with items so you can allow air flow.
- Store shoe boxes on wire shelves instead of the floor so you do not trap moisture under the boxes.
Hopefully these few tips can help you prevent microbial growth, if you have any questions or concerns contact SERVPRO Of Natchez at 601.304.5554.
Tornadoes in Mississippi can be rampant this time of year because of the ever-changing weather.
Here are some tips for being weather aware:
If you are at home during a tornado:
Go to a windowless interior room on the lowest level of your house. Go to a storm cellar or basement if your house has one. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller room without windows.
Get away from windows.
Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
Get under a heavy piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
If you are at work or school during a tornado:
Go to the basement or to an inside hallway at the lowest level.
Avoid places with wide-pan roof such as auditoriums, cafeterias, large hallways or shopping malls.
If you are in a car during a tornado:
Never try to drive faster than a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.
Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
As always, if SERVPRO of Natchez can help in any way, give us a call at 601.304.5554.
When a storm hits your town!
Severe weather can take a toll on your home. It's not unusual for storm damage to affect your home, leading to serious problems in the aftermath of the weather. SERVPRO of Natchez provides 24-hour restoration services for weather-related damage to homes.
When a storm strikes, it's important to be aware of the potential problems that can develop. You can't control the weather, but you can control how you respond in the immediate aftermath. Here are three of the issues that could afflict your home after a storm hits:
- Roof Damage: Roofs are susceptible to damage during any major storm, from heavy winds and torrential rains to snowstorms. Moisture can weaken already vulnerable areas of the roof, and strong winds can knock down loose shingles or cause visible damage to them. You may notice a leak in your attic or ceiling if a storm damages your roof.
- Windows Are Vulnerable: A thoroughly sealed and weather-stripped window is unlikely to suffer severe storm damage, but old windows that haven't been catered to recently could develop problems if it rains. For example, the moisture can seep into openings around the window, causing a leak inside the house. Rain can also cause wood to rot and mold to develop in the window's vicinity. Rugs and carpets in the area could also be susceptible to water damage. Windows in the basement are extremely vulnerable if they aren't protected, which leads to flooded basements and potentially damaged property.
- Gutters Can Become Clogged: Gutters aren't immediately obvious problems because you have to inspect them to see if they've become clogged after the storm. Rain can wash all kinds of debris into them, and once they become congested, they no longer filter water away from your home. The result could be water damage to your property, and the gutters could also suffer damage later since the excess weight of debris can cause them to sag.
Storm damage affects more than just the trees around the house. It can also have an impact on your home's foundation. After a major storm, take a close look at your home and investigate for problematic signs. If you discover anything, call the restoration service team at SERVPRO of Natchez at 601.304.5554.
Sewage Makes a Mess at Local School
Local school cafeteria floor covered in sewage, if your commercial business experiences a sewage loss we are the trained professionals.
When teachers and administrators walked into a school with nearly 2 inches of sewage, they knew exactly who to call, SERVPRO of Natchez. Our crews quickly arrived and began emergency extraction and mitigation services. School administrators stressed that state testing was underway, and needed the children back in school as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Natchez’s technicians were up to the challenge. For day 1 technicians did nothing but extract sewage and finally at 5 in the evening were able to place equipment to start drying. The next couple of days technicians, and even office employees, were pulled to either disinfect or dispose of damaged chairs, desk, books, etc. With all of SERVPRO of Natchez’s staff working extremely hard and long days during the weekend, the school was able to remain open to students the following Monday.
If your school or place of business has a sewage back up call SERVPRO of Natchez at 601.304.5554.
How to Winterize your Pipes at your Residential or Commercial Property
Don't let freezing temperatures cause a mess at your property, here are some helpful tips!
Fall weather is upon us, which means lots of pumpkin spice, sweaters, and football. Yay! However, fall weather also means, winter is right around the corner. Which means colder temperatures, higher electric bill, and possibly snow.
That’s why it is important to prepare for the colder weather by winterizing your pipes. Below is a checklist of important things to consider/complete.
- Use insulation sleeves to insulate pipes. Make sure you cover the pipes fully and do not leave any gaps without insulation as cold air can reach these areas and affect the pipe.
- Be sure to inspect the outside areas of the home or property. Cold air can enter through cracks and cause freezing. That is why it is important to seal any visible cracks with caulk or spray foam.
- When freezing temperatures do occur it is a good idea to allow a faucet to drip to allow water to move continuously throughout the pipes preventing freezing water.
- If the home or property has a crawl space be sure that it properly insulated and block any openings that can allow cold air in.
These measures should ensure that your home or property will be safe from water damage this winter. But, if you do suffer from a water loss, remember that SERVPRO of Natchez is always “here to help.”
Spotting Water Damage in your Home
Thermal imaging can detect cooler temperatures in materials. Cooler temperatures are usually a sign of water damage.
In general, a house is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. In order to protect that investment, you should vigilantly look out for household problems and address them before they worsen.
One such dreaded homeowner issue is water damage. If left unattended, residential water damage can detrimentally impact the structure or spawn other complications, including mold that poses a health risk to inhabitants. Here are several methods for detecting water damage within your house.
- Check the Floors
No matter what kind of flooring you have, it will manifest signs of water damage. For tile and wood, look for cracked, buckling or warped flooring. When it comes to carpet, be wary of damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots or the smell of mold and dampness.
- Look for Stains
Water stains on the floor around the bathtub, toilet or sink, as well as stains on ceilings and walls, are some of the most obvious signs of water damage. Unusual stains could indicate there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Cracks in the drywall or areas that appear swollen and are soft to touch also may signify trouble. Peeling paint is another sign of loose water within wall spaces. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.
- Inspect Outside
Observe the exterior of your house. What you want to look for are pools of standing water that can indicate poor drainage in the yard, gutter spouts that aren’t transporting water far enough from the house or leaky rain gutters. Any of those issues could threaten the foundation of your house. Additionally, common signs of water damage on the roof may include pools of water; cracked, curled or missing shingles; or broken flashing.
- Watch for Rust and Mold
Inspect your water heater and check for rust on the tank or damp spots on the floor. A rusted tank could indicate a slow leak. Additionally, corrosion around pipe connections could be caused by water seepage. Visual signs of active mold growth mean moisture contacting microscopic mold spores, often in the nooks and crannies of your home. Finally, don’t rely solely on sight. When water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow, producing a musty, unpleasant smell.