Bio-Hazard Clean Up
SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland provides 24-hour emergency services and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Washington, Bolivar, and Sunflower counties. We are committed to responding immediately to your Bio-Hazard emergency and have the expertise to handle your advanced cleaning needs. Bio-Hazard cleanings are a different animal. You have to be extremely detailed and safety orientated. Our team works around the clock relentlessly to make sure we properly, safely and efficiently mitigate any and all effected content and structure so that returning to your home or business is a breeze!
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
If your business needs our help, call SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland today at (662)846-1700.
HVAC systems may seem like the last thing that would cause a severe water disaster in your home but they definitely can do their fair share of damage if not being looked after properly. The most common causes of HVAC issues include frozen evaporator coils, clogged drains and pipes that may not be connected properly.
You should always do these simple things to make sure you help to prevent any water damage caused by your HVAC unit.
- Change the HVAC filter regularly
- Clean the condenser
- Install a condensation pump
- Maintain the overflow drain plan
- Maintain the condensation drain line
- And always have your HVAC system inspected professionally
If you have a fire, water, or mold disaster give SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland a call today. Our highly trained professionals are ready to help day or night. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all of your cleaning and restoration needs.
Just think, one minute you are cooking food on your grill enjoying a beautiful fall day with your family, and the next moment you are trying to put out a fire in your home!
When a fire starts near or around a home it will instantly start to warp parts of the structure in which it is close to. Siding and lighting among others things will start to get hot and change its structure as the fire begins to heat them up. Fire also can cause sever soot damage which can result in the loss of many of your items.
So what can you do to avoid a grill fire this fall? According to www.charbroil.com you can follow these simply tips and tricks to help avoid any kind of fire disaster.
- Trim the fat. Flare-ups usually happen because of excess fat, sauces or oily marinades.
- Keep the lid open. When searing fatty foods, leave the grill lid opened.
- Avoid wind. Try to keep your grill away from windy areas.
- Move your food.
- Burn the grease away.
- Clean your grill
If you have a fire, give SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland a call today at (662)846-1700.
4 Things Not to Do After a Flood Occurs
It isn't uncommon to feel a bit panicked when you see flood water gathering in your basement or around your yard. Unfortunately, that heightened sense of fear can lead to some steps that may put you in danger or cause damage to your home. Protect your home and family with this list of Do Nots:
1. Do Not Use Any Electricity in Your Home
It only takes a tiny amount of water to carry enough electricity to give you a pretty good shock. Electrocution is a very real danger as water damage affects your home. Avoid this type of injury by staying away from the water and turning off the power at your main breaker box. Shutting off the power also decreases the risk of fire after you've been evacuated.
2. Do Not Go in the Water
Whether you're driving down the street or walking through your flooded home, there could be danger in the water, including raw sewage, animals, insects, chemicals, and live electricity. Water on the roads or walkways can be deceptively deep and may have swift currents that put you and any potential rescuers at risk.
3. Do Not Attempt Cleanup or Repairs Without Proper Gear
Before you begin hauling out your belongings, gather together waterproof boots and gloves and consider using a mask. Remember that floodwater carries a lot of contaminants, so protective clothing helps you avoid exposure to germs.
4. Do Not Enter Your Home Without an Official Okay
There are many professionals trained to respond to disasters. When you listen to emergency responders, home inspectors, and even home cleanup and repair professionals, you're more likely to avoid injuries and further damage to the home.
It's natural to want to start cleaning up as soon as possible after floodwater damages your flooded home. However, these common mistakes lead to further harm, either by leading to injuries or secondary damage.
Getting the Fall Leaves Out of Your Yard
Raking the leaves off your lawn is one of the most tiresome parts of the fall weather. Unless you’re making a leaf pile for your kids to enjoy, it can seem like a never-ending job as more and more leaves fall every day. But perhaps there are other options for those pesky leaves that don’t involve a rake at all. HGTV has a list of unique ideas that could put those fallen leaves to better use;
- Mow over the leaves to use for mulch
- Make Leaf Mold near the base of your trees
- Chop leaves for a Compost pile
- Put the leaves beneath shrubs and in planting beds to provide winter protection for insects or small critters
- Blow leaves away with a leaf blower
- Add leaves to vegetable gardens to help protect roots from harsh winter weather
- Use leaves for Art Projects
- Try Community Recycling and give your leaves to someone who can use them
The falling leaves of autumn don’t necessarily have to be a pain in the butt. There are ways to make fall fun again, even if you’re too big to be jumping into those leaf piles. So get creative this fall and try a raking alternative.
As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland is just one call away. Contact us at (662)846-1700.
Avoiding Cigarette Fires
Cigarettes are a common cause of fire even though these fires are easily preventable. Here are three ways to prevent a cigarette fire.
1. Smoke outside. Most cigarette fires start when a smoker falls asleep. Bedrooms and couches are the most common places for cigarette fires to break out. Keep in mind that the same risks apply to smoking on a screened-in porch or a deck with furniture. It is best to smoke away from the house in an outdoor chair. You may be less likely to get comfortable enough to fall asleep outside with a lit cigarette.
2. Completely extinguish cigarettes. If you do not put out the burning end of a cigarette, you will greatly increase a fire risk inside or outside of your home. Take an extra moment to make sure that your cigarette is completely extinguished before leaving the area.
3. Use stable, enclosed ashtrays. An ashtray fire is a common type of cigarette fire. This type of blaze can occur if a pet knocks over an ashtray that contains smoldering butts or if burning butts get blown out of the ashtray onto combustible materials outdoors. Choose an ashtray that is hard to knock over, and that is enclosed or features a material that makes it easy to ensure that smoldering butts no longer pose a fire risk.
These are three simple and effective ways to prevent fires caused by cigarettes in or around your home. If a cigarette fire does break out, you can either extinguish a minor fire yourself or call the fire department. If your home sustains damage, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland at (662)846-1700.
Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisioning
Carbon Monoxide is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas. It can cause severe health effects. This deadly gas exists in combustion fumes that result from burning fuel (gas, wood, propane, etc.) in various appliances and machines. Those include stoves, fireplaces, gas ranges, lawnmowers, electric generators, cars, and more. Here are some tips to prevent CO poisoning in your Washington, Bolivar, or Sunflower county home.
- Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal-burning appliances inspected and/or serviced at least once a year by a certified professional.
- Never use gas ranges or ovens to heat your home. Also, don’t use gas camp stoves or charcoal grills indoors. Using these can cause a buildup of CO inside your home, cabin, or camper.
- Be careful when using gas-powered electric generators. Never use them in your home, basement, or garage, and keep them at least 20 feet from windows, vents, or doors.
- Indoor vent pipes should go up slightly as they go toward the outdoors. Doing this will help prevent CO or other gases from leaking if the joints or pipes are not adequately tightened or affixed.
- Never patch a vent pipe with tape, gum, or anything else. This kind of patch can make CO build up in your home.
- Keep the vents for the stove, fireplace, dryer, and furnace clear of snow during and after a snowstorm.
- Have your chimney checked for soot, debris, and corrosion at least once a year. Hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney annually.
- When the fireplace is in use, open the flues. Close your fireplace or damper only when the fire is completely out.
- Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms in your home.
- Never idle your vehicle inside a garage that’s attached to the house or living space, even if you leave the door open. Have a mechanic inspect your vehicle’s exhaust system once a year to prevent CO build-up.
- If you drive a vehicle with a tailgate — when opening the tailgate, open vents or windows to make sure the air is moving through your car. If only the tailgate is open, CO from the exhaust will pull into the car.
Pack-Outs/Move-Outs after a Storm hits
SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland understands that your home is more than a structure. Its your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings that help you transform a house into a home.
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning after a storm, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:
- A quicker remodeling process
- Protecting contents from further on-site damage
- Protecting items from potential damage
When restoration is completed, Our team will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your specific insurance coverage. Contact SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland today at (662)846-1700. We are always here to help!
How Your Business Can Prepare for Emergencies
Risk management is a huge part of being a business owner. Risk management can cover many things, from inventory control to employee safety. Many aspects of running a business need risk management strategies that you may not even think of. When it comes to the risk management of the physical structure of your business, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland is Here to help!
At SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland, we have a wonderful program we offer free of charge to our commercial customers. The program is known as the Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP for short. In the simplest of terms, the ERP is an assessment of the structure of your business. We will tour through your facility and find areas of importance to know of when an emergency strikes. Say your office complex has a burst pipe and you need to know where the water main shutoff is in a hurry to stop more water from coming out. With an ERP performed at your business, you will have that information at the tip of your fingers.
After compiling the necessary information from your business, our team will send over a completed hard copy profile as well as an invitation to download the ERP app, which allows you to have all the necessary emergency information available to you on your phone.
Cleaning and Maintaining Your Gas Range
While more and more homes have electric stoves and ovens, a gas range is still a popular choice for many people, especially those who are serious about home cooking. One downside to a gas stove over a flat-top electric stove is that the cleaning process is more involved. However, not only does regular cleaning keep your kitchen looking spic and span, but it can also prevent smoke and grease fires.
1. Remove Grates
On a gas range, you can remove the grates around the burners. Soak them in a sink of warm, soapy water while you work on the rest of the stove. Later, scrub them clean.
2. Clean Crumbs
Loose crumbs on your stove are what cause a smoke smell while you're cooking. Charred bits of pasta, crusted on sauce, and other mysterious tidbits that always end up right under the flames not only smell bad, but can lead to a fire.
3. Spray Cleaner
Choose your favorite cleaning products but keep in mind that some more abrasive chemicals might strip the temperature markings from your stove's dials. A mixture of vinegar and water works well to cut grease from your stovetop. Spray it on, let it sit for a bit, and then wipe clean.
4. Scrub Stains
For stubborn stains usually caused by grease, dish soap and a toothbrush can work wonders. This is the part where regular maintenance makes this chore much easier. By taking care of a couple of grease spots now, you save yourself hours of work later if you let the stains build up.
5. Degrease Burners
Even the burners need some love. The burner tops can soak with the grates while the toothbrush can help get grease out of the burner heads. Where there is grease buildup, there's a fire risk. While a fire restoration company can help you put your kitchen back together after a fire, proper range cleaning will prevent many problems.