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Appliance Malfunctions

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Dishwashers are one of the many dangers that are lurking in your kitchen. When a water line is not properly installed or a dishwasher is uneven, it can cause you a headache.  When a water line is attached incorrectly, it can result in a huge mess that will or can destroy your kitchen in a matter of minutes.

As soon as that dishwasher comes on, water will begin to flow. If the lines are not installed correctly, it will either start with a gradual leak or turn into a pool right before your eyes. When the water line comes off while the dishwasher is on and washing, it can cause a huge flow of water that in seconds will start to fill up the kitchen. You will need to quickly go to your water supply line and turn it off if it's safe to do so.  Water can become mold very quickly if not taken care of and dried up quickly.

Contact SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland today for all your water damage restoration needs!

Precautions to Prevent Fires

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Below are precautions you can take to help prevent house fires.

Electrical Equipment

  1. Make sure your outlets aren't overloaded 
  2. Your Electrical appliances don't have loose or frayed cords/plugs
  3. Don't have electrical wires under heavy equipment.

Candles

Keep candles on a level surface, away from combustible materials and out of reach of children or pets. Always blow them out before leaving the house. 

Cooking Equipment

When a pot and pan splatter grease, it can take seconds to cause a fire. When cooking stay close by, especially if using oil or high temperatures. Keep combustibles away from the heat source (e.g. oven mitts, dish towels, paper towels).

Fire Pits

  1. You may need a permit depending on where you live to have a fire. 
  2. Use a screen over your fire to keep the sparks from flying 
  3. Keep a bucket of water or a hose close by.
  4. You have to have a permit if your fire is bigger than 2 ft tall and 3 ft diameter. 
  5. Keep at least 25 ft away from structures and tree limbs. 

Facts about Tornadoes

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

We all may think we know "enough" about tornadoes; I mean, they are big, scary, and UNWANTED. But, did you know.....

  • The winds of a tornado can reach speeds of up to 480km per hour 
  • In extreme cases, tornadoes can last several hours and cross distances over 150km!
  • Tornadoes are measured using the Fujita Scale (or F-scale), ranging from F0 to F5, with F5 being the strongest and most destructive.
  • Most of the world’s tornadoes occur in the United States in what’s known as Tornado Alley. Stretching from West Texas to North Dakota, this area can see more than 200 tornadoes each year!
  • Tornadoes can be invisible until they pick up dust and debris, or a cloud forms within the spinning funnel.

More facts about tornadoes can be found at https://www.natgeokids.com/za/discover/geography/physical-geography/tornado-facts/

Risks Associated with Lighting Candles

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Burning candles in the home is an extremely common practice, whether it is for scent, ambiance or holiday celebrations—but with the regularity of an activity like this, it can be easy to forget the fire hazards that candles can pose in the home. While small, it is important to remember that candles are still an open flame and present the same dangers that any other type of fire would when in use.

Candles are responsible for nearly 10,000 fires every single year, many of which are entirely avoidable.

Many fires caused by candles are a result of people placing them too close to flammable objects, especially if they leave the room or fall asleep while the candle is still burning. Below, we will go over some candle safety tips so you can be certain you are decorating and celebrating safely.

Top Tips for Candle Safety in the Home

While candles can be a great way to decorate your home and add pleasant scents, you should still treat them as carefully as you would any other open flame. Here are some helpful safety tips:

  • Keep candles at least a foot from anything flammable, such as drapes, upholstery or blankets.
  • Rely on flashlights or lanterns for light sources instead of candles in case of a power outage.
  • Make sure candles are always out of reach of young children.
  • Do not place candles anywhere that they could be accidentally knocked over, especially if you have pets in the house.
  • Do not leave the room if a candle is burning and extinguish a candle if you think you may fall asleep.
  • Trim your candle’s wick before lighting to keep the flame low and prevent it from flickering or flaring up unpredictably.
  • Avoid placing your candle in a place that is drafty as this can blow the flame.

If your home is damaged by flames or smoke, you can count on our expert technicians to handle every aspect of the restoration. We are here 24 hours a day to take your call, give you more information or dispatch quickly to begin your restoration.  Call us today to learn more.

Clogged Drains

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

When you are dealing with a clogged drain at home, it may sound tempting to just pour a chemical cleaner to eliminate the problem. However, this is not always the right solution. Drain cleaner has some properties that can damage your pipes and wreak havoc on your home in Sunflower, Bolivar, or Washington County. Educate yourself about this type of cleaner to use it appropriately.

The Basics of Chemical Cleaners

Liquid cleaners used in sewage cleaning can be either oxidizing, caustic or acidic. No matter the type of chemicals, they create heat that dissolves organic blockage such as food, hair, or grease. Specifically, the cleaner triggers an electron transfer that either adds to or removes electrons from the organic matter. The heat generated by this exchange then weakens the clog, making it easier to flush away.

Potential Damage and Consequences
Despite the convenience of these cleaners, they are not ideal for every clogged drain case. There are specific situations where they can damage the pipes.

  • Plastic pipes
  • Older and weaker metal pipes
  • Complete drain blockage

The strong chemicals can diminish the pipes, leading to extensive water damage that only an emergency remediation service can fix. They also have secondary effects on both your health and the environment. Prevent these consequences by limiting use to partial blockage made of organic materials and only as a last resort when alternatives fail.

Alternatives to Cleaners
There are a couple of solutions to try before deploying a drain cleaner. First, you can go the mechanical route by using tools to manually unclog the drain. Augers and plunges are the most common devices for this method. If it does not work, try enzymatic cleaners. These products contain enzymes, or bacteria, that break down the clog. They usually take a day to unblock the pipe, but they are a safer option.
While chemical cleaners are a fast solution for a clogged drain, they are not always effective and should be used when out of options. Ensure your situation meets the right criteria before using this agent.

Storm Emergency Kit

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

There are many things you can do to prepare for a "storm event".  One of these very important items is a Home Emergency Kit/Car Emergency Kit.  In the kit is a collection of basic household/automobile items that you will need in an emergency. Try to assemble your kit as soon as possible so that it will be ready in case of an emergency and don't forget to rotate new items in so when you need it there will not be expired or out-of-date items.  

When there is a "storm event" it takes at least 72 hours for emergency and relief workers to be on scene. Services like electricity and phone might be cut off for over a week. Kits should be prepared with this information in mind.

Be Prepared!!  Use online resources to see what should be in your emergency kit!

What to know when calling SERVPRO

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland Answers the Phone Ready to Help Call Today - (662) 846-1700

Employment Opportunities

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland is currently hiring Production and Cleaning Technicians and a Marketing Representative. The requirements for these positions:

  • Must have a professional appearance and great attitude.
  • A valid driver license with a reasonable driving record.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check with no felony convictions or misdemeanors involving violence or theft.
  • Must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Because SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland provides 24-hour emergency services, must be willing to be on call, as needed.
  • Some night and weekend work is required.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
  • Must have a high school diploma or a GED certificate.  Please email your resume to SERVPRO8768@cableone.net or drop off your resume at 715 E. Sunflower Road Cleveland, MS 38732.

General Clean Up

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

On Friday, March 6, 2020, SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland started a project to clean four daycares located throughout Sunflower County.  These local daycares will be getting a general cleaning during their Spring Break.  Daycares included are Drew, Moorhead, Ruleville, and Sunflower, Mississippi.  SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland can perform any general cleanings or post construction cleanings in Bolivar, Sunflower, or Washington counties whether it is commercial or residential.  Cleaning can include inside and outside of cabinets, walls, ceilings, HVAC, floors, light fixtures, blinds, ceiling fans, baseboards, trim, windows, carpet cleaning, and so much more.  SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland also provides content cleaning.  Call SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland today to get an estimate for a general cleaning or post construction cleaning.  Call (662)846-1700 today!  At SERVPRO, we are always here to help!  

What Happens When You Have a Fire

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

When a fire occurs in your home there are many things to think about. How bad is the damage? What can be salvaged and restored? What has to be discarded? How long will it take? What will my insurance cover?

SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland can help you through this entire situation. We can answer all of these questions. We will determine what is salvageable and then we will restore those items. We will determine what has to be discarded and we will dispose of those items for you as well. We can guide you through the fire restoration of the structure of your home. We can make it "Like it never even happened."

At SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland, we are always here to help.  Contact us at (662)846-1700.

Why Choose SERVPRO When You Have a Water Damage

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Once water has penetrated your floor during a water damage, it is very possible that you may be required to remove the flooring. A lot of times, the floor is sitting on a sub floor or a vapor barrier which means it will hold moisture and SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland won't be able to dry it properly. If the floor isn't removed, water could be trapped and could be the cause of bacterial or mold growth in the future.

You should always consult with a professional before trying to dry your water damage on your own. You can always call us! We are available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Contact us today at (662)846-1700.  SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland is IICRC Certified and ready to help you day or night!

Why Choose SERVPRO?

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Why Choose SERVPRO for your next water or fire damage restoration?

SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland is an emergency service company that provides quality work and specializes in Water, Fire, and Mold Remediation.  SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland's staff and technicians are always available to help and are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified. From trainings and webinars, all SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland's employees are experienced in restoration.

SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland can also help you with HVAC cleanings, Carpet cleanings, and Upholstery cleanings.  A recent job SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland has completed is cleaning of a Kitchen and Dining area in a school due to vandalism.  SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland’s employees did an excellent job until finished to prepare the school to be back in working order before the 2019-2020 school year begins.  

Please contact us today at (662)846-1700 for your restoration needs!

Conditions In Bolivar, Sunflower, and Washington County Might Be Right For Mold

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at (662)846-1700.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland for mold remediation services.

Bolivar, Sunflower, and Washington County Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (662)846-1700.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Mold in Rosedale, MS

This Rosedale family discovered extensive microbial growth in their home. Believe it or not, mold problems like this can be mitigated with the right expertise and equipment. SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland has trained technicians that were able to remove the mold growth, and then restore the space to preloss conditions. The family was very grateful that we were able to recover their home and protect them from any potential health effects. 

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, call us at (662)846-1700 and we will go through our standard mold remediation process: 

    • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
    • Mold Containment
    • Air Filtration
    • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
    • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
    • Restoration

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (662)846-1700.

Our Services

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (662)846-1700.

Mold Growth

10/11/2018 (Permalink)

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 662-846-1700.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Greenville/Cleveland for mold remediation services.