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4/18/2018 (Permalink)

NOAA Storm Data

The Storm Events Database contains the records used to create the official NOAA Storm Data publication, documenting: 

  1. The occurrence of storms and other significant weather phenomena having sufficient intensity to cause loss of life, injuries, significant property damage, and/or disruption to commerce;
  2. Rare, unusual, weather phenomena that generate media attention, such as snow flurries in South Florida or the San Diego coastal area; and
  3. Other significant meteorological events, such as record maximum or minimum temperatures or precipitation that occur in connection with another event.

The database currently contains data from January 1950 to November 2017, as entered by NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS). Due to changes in the data collection and processing procedures over time, there are unique periods of record available depending on the event type. NCEI has performed data reformatting and standardization of event types but has not changed any data values for locations, fatalities, injuries, damage, narratives and any other event specific information. Please refer to the Database Details page for more information. 

You can register your email address with NCEI to receive future information regarding access system downtime, data issues, new features and general news about the Storm Events Database. 

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4/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation GOT MOLD ??? Got Mold ?

A lot of home or business owners will encounter mold growth in their property at some point. Mold is in our natural environment. The problem lies when the mold growth reaches an unsafe level. There are somethings a home or business owner can do to prevent mold growth.

One way to prevent grow would be dehumidification. Removing moisture from the structure is key to preventing mold growth. There are different options available for dehumidifier systems. There is a system that can be hooked into a central climate control system. There are also dehumidifiers that can be bought and placed in areas where humidity and moisture is an issue. Dehumidifiers come with 2 options. One dehumidifier has a holding tank that needs to be emptied when it becomes full. The second kind has a drain hose that can be placed directly into an available drain. It is important to know the square footage of the space you are using the dehumidifier in and be sure the dehumidifier you are using is large enough to successfully remove moisture from that area.

A second way is controlling the climate in the home or business. Turning off an air conditioning unit can cause a spike in humidity levels in the structure. If the levels reach a high enough level they can assist in the growth of mold.

A third way in preventing mold growth is to ensure proper insulation is used in the structure. A simple vapor barrier can assist in stopping a condensation problem from becoming a mold growth issue.

Four, ensure there is no standing water within the property. Standing water is a breeding ground for mold to grow. Standing water can be present from things like a foundation leak or a empty property that has sustained a water intrusion.

A fifth way to prevent mold from developing is to be aware of the design of your property. It is important to be sure roofs are sealed, windows do not have any leaks, proper insulation is used, etc…

Lastly, it is very important to maintain your property. Check each area of the property on a regular basis, especially areas that are not seen daily, weekly, etc… Some examples of areas not seen often are empty properties, basements, crawl spaces, attics, closets, etc…

Mold can continue to grow in the right circumstances and can cause major damage to a structure. If mold growth gets severe enough it can affect the structural integrity of the home or business. Mold has also been linked with certain health issues. Therefore it is important to do what is possible to prevent its growth

Preparing for a Disaster

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile 

 If your home or business had a fire whom would you call after 911 and Waynesboro fire fighters have left? Your insurance agent? Your banker?  The interior decorator that made your office the warm and inviting place you did business. Now here is the important question. Do you have all of the numbers you need at your fingertips to call all the people you need to help you get back into business or your home quickly?

You can with the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile APP. This is free and only takes a little time to gather the info so you are ready for whatever could prevent you from enjoying your home or office.

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
  • Profile is viewable online or on your SERVPRO READY APP and is secured with a login and password.

Don't wait until a disaster strikes.

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Steps in Fire Restoration

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Today 1-800-SERVPRO

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the SERVPRO National Call Center, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch the nearest SERVPRO Franchise Professional with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the SERVPRO Franchise Professional can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

What is going on in our Community

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Pearl River/Hancock and Southwest Harrison Counties takes great pride in being a part of the Pearl River/Hancock and Southwest Harrison Counties community. We understand that communities like ours hold America together. We want to do our part to ensure the Birmingham community thrives by helping those less fortunate, keeping the area safe and making our community the best it can be. We are proud National Sponsors of the American Red Cross and very involved in the local Pearl River/Hancock and Southwest Harrison Counties Chapter.

Are You Ready?

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Community Are You Ready? SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

Is your business ready for a disaster. Even a simple pipe burst can cause a lot of damage and headache. With a SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile it can have the critical information to minimize damages, provide the resources for the employee's of the company, and provide property details and information. This is a FREE services that we provide to commercial properties. 

Make an appointment today to get started!

Preventing Puffbacks

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing Puffbacks During the Cleaning process after a puff back

During the Cleaning process after a puff back

A puffback is a messy furnace malfunction that occurs when an oil burner backfires, sending soot throughout the interior of a home. It can happen all at once, covering the interior in grimy soot, or it can leak soot more gradually.

Initially, many people mistake soot for dust and simply wipe it away. However, once cleaned, this “dust” often reappears and can sometimes be accompanied by a strong, oily odor. There are several steps your clients can take to prevent damage to their home. Remind them to:

  • Have the oil-burning furnace professionally checked and cleaned annually.
  • Keep an eye out for traces of soot around their home.
  • Install a carbon monoxide monitor. Puffbacks (and the soot they create) will increase the carbon monoxide levels in their home. A carbon monoxide monitor can help to detect the puffback in its early stages.

If soot begins accumulating on objects or walls within their home, they should turn off the heating system immediately. Contact a heating professional to service the heater and restore it to proper working order.

Fortunately, if your client does experience a puffback, SERVPRO has the knowledge and experience to complete a thorough cleaning and removal of any soot and odors. Our Fire Restoration Team will respond immediately and make it look "Like it never even happened®."

What is going on in our Community

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Hattiesburg takes great pride in being a part of the Hattiesburg community. We understand that communities like ours hold America together. We want to do our part to ensure the Birmingham community thrives by helping those less fortunate, keeping the area safe and making our community the best it can be. We are proud National Sponsors of the American Red Cross and very involved in the local Hattiesburg Chapter.

The Right Equipment for Fire Damages

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

We believe at SERVPRO of Pearl River/Hancock and Southwest Harrison Counties that the right tools for the job is vital to timely mitigation and restoration, but perhaps more important, SERVPRO of Pearl River/Hancock and Southwest Harrison Counties  fire damage professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration. For instance, knowing the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns are vital to proper restoration.

  • Wet Smoke – Plastics and Synthetics; Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary.
  • Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood; Fast burning, high temperatures, dry, powdery, nonsmeary residues.
  • Protein – Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.
  • Fuel Oil Soot – Furnace Puff Backs.
  • Other Types – Tear gas, fingerprint powder and fire extinguisher residue.

Deodorization Equipment

Ultra Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing a fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to apply fungicides and disinfectants.

Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fogs suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles.

Soot Damage

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Soot from a fire damage can have a big impact on walls, appliances, and furniture.  Be sure to have your belongings cleaned as soon as possible to limit the potential damage soot can leave behind.  SERVPRO of Pearl River/Hancock and Southwest Harrison Counties takes the time and diligence necessary to make sure everything is cleaned properly leaving no residue behind to stain. We understand how important it is to save a customer's personal items and return them back looking better than ever. That's why we invest in the best technology in the restoration industry to do just that! Our new ultrasonic content cleaning system is designed to carefully and thoroughly clean items affected from smoke and soot damage. Everything is transported in carrying baskets to cut back on human errors.