Signs to look for when You're dealing with water damage
More American homeowners file water damage claims than you might expect. Given that about one in 50 American homeowners files water damage claims every year on their homeowner’s insurance, there’s a good chance that someone you know might have filed one last year.
Not only are water damage claims common, but they’re also growing. In fact, the insurance industry statisticians say that water damage claims have been growing annually over the past several years. But at the same time, fewer homeowners have made fire damage claims.
What you need to know about water damage
Many homeowners aren’t sure when leaks can be handled at home and when the water damage they cause need to be repaired and evaluated by professional water restoration technicians. You might notice these signs if you’re dealing with water damage that needs professional help.
You notice signs of mold, especially a musty odor. A distinctive, musty smell is one of the first signs of mold and mildew in a home. That means it’s important for you to take steps to stop the progression of mold and mildew before it grows more prevalent in your home.
Fabrics start to bleed, fade or stain. If you notice these problems with your curtains or the upholstery in your home, that can be a sign of too much moisture in your home. Don’t ignore this sign.
Your floorboards or furniture are damaged. Wet wood will start to warp within just a few days. If that happens in your home, it’s best to start seeking help from professionals who can help you restore your home.
Most of these problems won’t improve over time without professional intervention. So if you notice these issues, it’s important to start the water restoration process as soon as possible.
If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24⁄7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.
Navigating Storm Damage
How We Can Help Biloxi Residents Navigate Storm Damage | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport Residents of the Gulf Coast know well the kind of damage storms can do to personal property. Biloxi has been hit by the brunt of storms in the past, most recently in 2017 when Hurricane Nate made landfall. But even if it’s not a hurricane, the Gulf Coast deals with its fair share of extreme storm events. Storm damage claims are common. They can encompass everything from water damage from hurricanes and heavy rain to wind damage from thunderstorms or tornadoes, as well as lightning and hail damage. These types of storms form frequently. In 2020, the hurricane season for the Atlantic and the Gulf produced a record 30 named storms. That broke 2005’s record of 28 storms. This year, two hurricanes even formed before hurricane season officially started. Living on the coast brings lots of benefits—not the least of which include beautiful ocean views and good food. But it does come with the risks involved with a hurricane making landfall nearby. Residents of Biloxi, Gulfport and Ocean Springs have an ally at any time they need it, thanks to our storm damage expertise. What Makes SERVPRO Unique Here’s why residents know they can trust us when their home needs restoration: We have the experience families can trust. Because we’re here in the community, we know the dangers and pitfalls of dealing with hurricane and storm damage personally. Our teams can deal with large-scale storm damage. We know how to navigate multiple jobs and have staff available to cover needs in the community. Our team includes expert technicians using the latest technology. Because we’re part of the national SERVPRO brand, we have access to all the training and technology offered to a large organization. That means when we come to your home, you can rest assured that the plan we put in place will help you restore your home in the most budget-friendly and expert way. If your home is damaged due to a storm or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.
Why We’re Gulfport’s Storm Damage Resource | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport
House fires can happen at any point during the year. But did you know that they’re more common during the winter months?
There are various reasons for this, ranging from home chefs whipping up larger holiday meals to space heater accidents.
Fires involving Christmas trees are one of the leading causes of fire damage during the holiday season. But home heating malfunctions and kitchen accidents can also cause issues for homeowners.
Our Team Is Here to Help
While no one likes to think about the aftermath of a house fire, it’s a reality for millions of Americans every year. If a fire impacts your home, we want to help you repair the damage and move forward with your life.
Here’s why we are the trusted partner for fire damage remediation in Biloxi, Gulfport and Ocean Springs:
We can help with all the restoration steps. Fire damage includes things you may not think about—like smoke damage, water damage and issues with odors in furniture upholstery. Our team can work through restoration on whatever you need us to do.
Our team believes in restoration. We have the experience necessary to ensure you can get the help you need by working to save you money on both repairs and your insurance. We look for ways to make the restoration process as painless as possible and to restore as many of your heirlooms as we can. We know some things are irreplaceable.
We’re available at any time. Fires don’t happen on anyone’s schedule. And getting started with the restoration process fast is vital to putting your home back the way it was before a fire. We know that time matters when dealing with a home restoration. Our team is available 24⁄7 when you need emergency help.
We are proudly locally owned and operated. SERVPRO is a national company, but the owner of our location is a member of the community here. We can use the leading-edge resources, equipment and techniques available to a large national company at your home. But we live and work here and want to serve our many neighbors.
If you have fire damage in your home due to a kitchen, heating or other fire, you can count on us for restoration assistance. Our team is always ready to meet your needs and help you restore your home. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services.
Practicing Safety When Burning Candles This Winter | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport
While many of us enjoy candles all throughout the year, between holiday decorations and a general ambiance of coziness, the winter months are when candle usage hits its peak for most. The National Fire Protection Association has found that Christmas Day is the day of the year that sees the most candle-related fire incidents, as many people use them in their decorations, which can lead to hazards. Fortunately, candles can still be enjoyed safely, as long as you follow some helpful guidelines for fire protection. As with any open flame, candles present a risk that can be effectively managed if you are careful and diligent about fire safety. Safety Tips for Using Candles This Winter Always Stay Alert When Burning Candles As with any open flame, the top safety tip is to always stay alert and make sure to not become distracted or let your guard down when it is lit. It has been found that 11% of candle-related fires were due to someone falling asleep while they were burning, so be sure you are always awake, alert and in the room before lighting a candle in the home. Keep Candles Clear of Combustibles Candles are often small, contained flames, but if they are placed too near anything that is combustible, they can quickly spread and cause chaos. Always place candles away from the clutter on tabletops, and ensure there are no drapes, fabric, paper or other combustible materials that the flame could potentially travel to. Be Safe During Power Outages Many fires that are caused because of candles have to do with power outages, but candles are not a good source of light if the electricity cuts out. Keep plenty of flashlights, lanterns and batteries in the home so you do not have to rely on candles if your lights are out for any period of time. Use Sturdy Candle Holders If you are using pillar candles or another type that must be set into a candle holder, be sure that it is a sturdy piece that will not easily tip over. Just in case, do not put these types of candles near anything that they could catch on fire if they were to tip. If you experience a house fire, we are here to help. You can get in touch with us no matter the hour to learn more or to report damages. Contact us today.
Why We’re Gulfport’s Storm Damage Resource | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport
While you can take steps to protect your home from storm damage, the reality is that it’s impossible for anyone living along the Gulf Coast to predict when their house might suffer storm damage. But you can take many steps to lessen the likelihood that your home will be damaged during a hurricane, tropical storm or another severe weather event. Homeowners can take steps to board up windows, tie down or remove certain items that could be projectiles (like patio furniture or grills), and secure loose siding and shingles. It’s also smart to be sure your gutters are regularly cleaned and trees overhanging your home are removed. But even the most diligent homeowners can sometimes be impacted by severe weather—and have to deal with the resulting restoration and cleanup work. If your home is ever affected by extreme weather, the team here at SERVPRO is ready to help you get your home back to its original condition. Want to know why we’re Gulfport’s best choice for restoration? Here’s why: Our team is available 24/7 during emergencies like severe weather. That means we can begin working with you immediately to start the restoration process. A fast start is vital because water damage (which is common with storms) can worsen if you have to wait to get the process started. Having access to a team who’s available at any time helps you beat the clock. We’re a local business. While some scammers might come to the area after a storm and attempt to profit, we’re already here in the community doing quality work. Our team is made up of community members. We live and work in the community and want to serve our friends and neighbors by doing high-quality work. We have experience. Many times when a storm moves through the area, multiple local families are affected. That means many people require restoration services fast. Because we have years of experience and SERVPRO’s backing, we can bring more teams to the area to ensure all of our neighbors who need help are served. If your home suffers storm damage, you can depend on us to help you restore your home to its original condition. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.
Fire Safety Tips for Wintertime | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport
Make sure your fire risk is low during the holidays. If you experience any damage, SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport will be here to help.
The holidays will be here before we know it, and as we prepare with recipes and shopping for gifts, it is also vital to make sure we are remembering preparedness for house fires. The Red Cross has found that winter is the top time for house fires, and many of our favorite winter activities give fires ample opportunity to occur.
As you go about our holiday season preparations, be sure that fire safety remains top of mind. Cooking, heating and decorating are all associated with this time of year, but they also give fires plenty of opportunities to spark.
Practicing Fire Safety This Holiday Season
Keep safe when cooking. Cooking is consistently one of the top causes of fires in the home, and because more people tend to cook large meals and participate in holiday baking, these types of fires often increase during the winter. Every time you cook, be certain to keep flammable objects away from the stove, make sure a fire extinguisher is handy and keep at least three feet around the stove clear of all other people, children and pets.
Heat the house with proper precautions. Many people make use of space heaters and fireplaces to supplement their home’s heating system, but it is important that you always use these tools with caution. Space heaters should always cut off if they get too hot or tip over, and should never be used on carpet or near flammable items. If you use a fireplace, be sure to get your chimney inspected every year and never allow a fire to burn unattended.
Decorate with care. Winter lights, Christmas trees and other decorations are fun, but they do present an electrical hazard for homes. Around 25% of Christmas tree fires are a result of electrical issues, which can arise from overloading outlets and power strips, using decorations with frayed wires or not unplugging everything before leaving or going to bed.
If you have damage due to a house fire, you can depend on us to help. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.
Implementing Your Business’ Disaster Recovery Plan | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport
SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport is your go-to in case a disaster occurs. Get in touch with us to learn more.
Working hard to build your business and make it successful is rewarding, but it can be extremely disheartening when a disaster comes and completely derails your operations.
There are many businesses that are never able to recover from such a large financial impact to their operations, but by planning ahead, you can lessen the chances that a disaster will permanently impact you.
It is important to have a plan in place for the moment a disaster becomes imminent that is focused on keeping you and your employees safe, but it is also wise to have a recovery plan so you can begin to rebuild as soon as the threat has passed. Getting back to business as quickly as possible can help you mitigate a loss in income and ensure you are able to fully recover quickly.
How to Get Back to Business After a Disaster
Get in touch with your insurance and restoration companies. Depending on the type of insurance you have and the type of disaster that occurred, you may be able to claim some or all of the damages with your provider. It is important to contact both them and your chosen restoration company right away to get the process of recovery started—and in many cases, your restoration company will be able to work directly with your insurance company if you are able to make a claim.
Keep your customers in the loop. It is important to inform your customers of the situation as soon as you get the details sorted out to minimize confusion and let them know when they can support you once more. Communicate closures, timelines and operating hours as it is relevant. Additionally, it may be wise to offer online gift cards or other promotions so people can chip in now when you need it the most and redeem their purchases at a later date.
See what disaster assistance programs you qualify for. The disaster assistance program from the Small Business Administration is designed to help business owners cover costs of repairs, restoration and even losses in income due to a disaster. These loans are offered with flexible repayment options, low interest rates and easy terms to make it easy for business owners to qualify and make use of this resource.
If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.
An Overview of Our Commercial Restoration Services | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport
If you are a business owner, you understand how vital it is to plan ahead for a variety of
scenarios—but have you considered how to plan ahead for damage that occurs to your
business? While you may think that carrying a commercial insurance policy is sufficient, there
are many other things to consider when it comes to having damage taken care of. Fortunately,
we are here to be a resource for Biloxi-area businesses so we can help you do just that.
From start to finish, we are here to help with all your commercial restoration needs. From
working with your insurance to handling damage to fully restoring your business back to the way
it was, you can count on us to help you every step of the way.
The Commercial Restoration Services We Offer
We are available 24 hours a day and seven days a week to get started on your restoration, so
you can be certain you will receive a quick response no matter when you discover damage to
your commercial property. With our well-trained technicians and extensive fleet of equipment,
we are able to handle every element of water damage, fire damage and storm damage so your
business can get back on track.
The Types of Commercial Buildings We Restore
We make sure that our technicians are well-versed in many types of damages and have
experience with a variety of restoration scenarios. In the past, we have helped offices of all
sizes, apartment and hotel buildings, restaurants and retail stores, manufacturing and
government buildings and more recover from damage. If you are curious about whether we
have experience with your particular type of business, get in touch to learn more about it.
How We Can Get You Back to Business Faster
We understand that reducing the time your business must remain closed is the top priority,
which is why we work to provide you with restoration as quickly as possible. We are always here
to take your call, so no matter when you discover damage to your commercial space, you can
expect the same level of service. Once we dispatch to your property, we will quickly assess the
area and get our team mobilized as quickly as possible to start tackling the damage efficiently
Curious about our commercial restoration services and how we can help your business? Get in
touch with us today to learn more—we are here 24/7 to answer your call.
How to Do a Household Water Damage Inspection | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport
Do you have any water damage to your home? Contact SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport, we are your local water restoration experts.
There are few things worse for the structure of your home than untreated (or unnoticed) water damage.
Damage due to moisture can lead to unsightly stains, cosmetic issues and mold buildup, and it can also eat away at the structural elements of your home and cause significant issues if it is not quickly addressed.
With a little bit of knowledge for what to look for, all homeowners can be empowered to check for water damage around the house on a regular basis. Insurance claims are often over $10,000 for water damage, but the earlier you notice it, the more quickly you can have it restored.
How Can I Check for Water Damage in My Home?
Inspect your walls and ceilings. Because walls and ceilings make it easy to spot water damage, they are a good place to start. Unusual stains, softened drywall or bubbling paint can all be signs of water damage, whether it is a result of weather or a leaky pipe. It is also wise to pay extra attention to window frames and doors, as these are common damage hotspots.
Don’t forget to look down. It is not uncommon to find water damage that shows itself in the floor, since they are the lowest spot in every room. Water can pool and begin to saturate the subfloor, not causing surface issues but instead showing up with warped floorboards, buckling or a general smell of mildew which should always be checked out.
Inspect your roof. To prevent any water damage related to weather, you want to make sure your roof is doing its job as your first defense against rain. Check with binoculars for signs there may be issues, such as loose or twisted shingles or flashing that is not sealed. During the next bout of rain, you can also go out and verify that your gutters are pitched properly and draining away from your foundation correctly.
Pay close attention to the basement. While people used to think that damp basements were just a given, it does not have to be that way. Check your basement for any signs of moisture on a regular basis. A general damp feeling can often be fixed with a dehumidifier, but it can also be indicative of a much bigger problem in some instances. In any case, watch out for wet foundation walls, musty odors or water stains just in case.
If you have water damage anywhere in your home, we are here to help. You can contact us at any hour to learn more about our services or to report damages. Get in touch today to speak with a water damage restoration expert.
Tips for Increasing Household Fire Safety | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport
If you experience any property damage due to a fire, we are here for you. Contact SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport to learn more.
Having a fire break out in your home is a terrifying experience, and something no one ever wants to go through in their own home. The rapid spreading of fires is part of what makes them extremely dangerous—a small flame can often spread into a full-fledged fire in under a minute. However, through practicing smart fire safety, you can significantly improve your chances of never having to worry about a house fire.
Prevention is the best tactic to reduce your chances of experiencing a house fire. Implementing smart fire safety habits can prevent a fire from ever breaking out in the first place. Here are some ways to give your fire safety a boost.
How Can I Give My Home’s Fire Safety a Boost?
Check your smoke detectors. Smoke detectors are the top safety measure for any home, and making sure that yours are operational is extremely important. Get in the habit of testing your smoke detectors on a monthly basis using their test button, and change the batteries whenever the unit begins to chirp.
Create a fire escape plan. In case the fire alarms sound, knowing how to escape the home quickly is so important. Experts recommend being able to get out of the house in two minutes or less to avoid smoke exposure. For this reason, it is smart to have a fire escape plan, ensure every room has at least two exits and create a meeting spot with your family for when you get out of the home.
Limit your fire risks. Overall, practicing good habits around the house can go a long way in fire prevention. Simple things such as cleaning out your dryer’s lint tray regularly, avoiding running extension cords under rugs and always supervising open flames can have a big impact in your overall fire risk in the home.
Keep a fire extinguisher handy. Though there are many situations where it is not safe to attempt to use a fire extinguisher, in some cases, you may be able to extinguish small flames before they become a huge house fire. It is smart to always keep an operational fire extinguisher handy just in case the need to use it arises.
If your home is damaged by a house fire, we are here to help. Our expert fire restoration technicians are here 24⁄7 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.