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An Overview of Our Commercial Restoration Services | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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
and rapidly.
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

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

tan wall with water damage spots showing through 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

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

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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 247 to spring into action as soon as you call. Contact us at any hour to report your damage and receive a quick response.

Tips for Preparing for Severe Weather at Home | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport

8/24/2020 (Permalink)

large yellow storm warning sign in front of dark forming clouds SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport is here to provide you with a rapid response. Contact us right away if your home has any storm damage.

Though there may be seasons and periods of the year where storms are more likely to develop, as a whole they are quite unpredictable and can come about with little notice—that is why we always urge people to be prepared well in advance of any severe weather.

Planning ahead can help you prevent damage to your home, keep your family safe and maintain comfort during a disaster. Here are some tips for making that happen.

Severe Weather Emergency Preparedness Tips

Prepare your home as much as possible. Preventing damage from severe weather is not something any preparedness can guarantee, but there are things homeowners can do to reduce their chances. Trimming bushes and trees around the property and securing loose objects can prevent projectiles from damaging your home. You also may want to consider installing a generator in case of a power outage.

Create a family communications plan. Everyone in your household should be aware of what to do in case of a severe weather emergency, even if they are not home when things begin. Make sure you know how to communicate with one another when someone is away, as well as making sure you have a designated safe zone in your home for all the people and pets in the house to hide out in during severe weather.

Make sure your emergency kit is stocked. An emergency kit is useful in two main ways: for one, when you are in your safe area, you will have access to food, water and medical equipment during the duration of the storm. It can also come in handy after the storm passes, in case power is out and it is difficult to access resources in the aftermath. Either way, stock your emergency kit for both short and long-term supplies to remain safe.

Consider getting a weather radio. Though most of us will depend on the internet to provide us with household updates, if a storm is severe, it may require more analog solutions for staying informed. If the power goes out and your phone dies, a weather radio can be a great solution so you can still get weather and emergency alerts. Be sure to choose a model that is either powered manually or with a type of battery that you have a surplus of, just in case.

If your home is damaged by a storm, you can depend on us to take care of any damages. Contact us at any hour to report damage and receive a rapid response.

Why Our Storm Damage Process Is the Best in the Business | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Sustaining damage, whether it is to residential or business buildings, is typically a traumatic experience. Some storm damage might simply involve missing shingles or mild hail damage, but in most cases, there will be structural, electrical and water-related components of the damage that must be handled at once.

Because of this, picking a restoration company with expertise is so important to having any issues handled.

The tasks you have to do to start restoration may feel insurmountable, but working with the right restoration company can make the process as easy as possible. Though storm damage has continued to become more severe over the years, we have risen to the occasion in many ways.

How We Are Here to Handle Storm Damage

We work hard to uphold our reputation. After a storm, there is an unfortunate number of scammers that will attempt to move into an area to make a quick buck on those who are vulnerable. It is best to find a company that is established in the community instead of simply dropping in to repair damage, so you can research their reputation and be certain they work to uphold it.

We can increase our resources as needed. When a large storm moves through an area, there are generally many people needing restoration all at one time. While many companies may be overwhelmed by this and let their service standards slide, we are the exact opposite. We make sure we are ready for any size disaster with our nationwide team of SERVPRO® locations we can call upon for extra resources when needed.

We provide 247 service and a rapid response time. Discovering you have damage will never be an enjoyable process, but no matter when you discover it, we will be around to help. We are available 24 hours a day, meaning whenever you discover damage, you can give us a call. Regardless of the time, we will begin formulating a response to tackle your damage and return your property to its pre-storm state.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. Contact us at any hour to see our exceptional service in action.

Practice Grill Safety Every Time | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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For most people during the summer months, the grill is likely the source of the majority of your meals—and for good reason! There is nothing better than grilling your dinner and enjoying a family meal outside, but because it is such a regular activity, it can be one where people forget to take the proper safety precautions if they are not a habit.

Around 5,700 grill fires occur annually as reported by the U.S. Fire Administration, and they can be quite a costly occurrence to your patio and even to your home. Getting in the habit of always practicing fire safety when grilling is the best thing you can do to protect and enjoy yourself.

Get Into the Habit of Grilling Safely

Create a safe zone around your grill. Though walking out your back door and being at your grill sounds ideal, it can lead to a serious issue if a fire were to start. A grill flare-up can span several feet, so if your grill is near wood deck railing, vinyl siding or anything else flammable, it can start a fire immediately. Creating a safe zone of at least three feet around your grill at all times is recommended.

Clean your grill grates often. Food particles can build up on the grill over time, creating a prime opportunity for a grease fire to break out on your grates. It is important to get into good cleaning habits so food does not have the opportunity to stay stuck on the grill for long—just giving the grill a quick brush after each use should suffice.

Never leave the grill unattended. Though grills may feel safer to walk away from due to their lid, even with the lid closed, they can start a fire in an instant. Treat the grill just as you would your kitchen stove or a bonfire and never walk away from it once it is lit. You should also put a fire extinguisher within arm’s reach just in case a flame does begin to get out of hand.

Inspect the grill regularly. If you are using charcoal to grill, you will not have to worry about propane tanks and lines. However, on a gas grill, you should check your system carefully every time you use it. Leaks around your propane tank or worn hoses can become a huge fire hazard once a flame is introduced, so a quick inspection is advised.

If you have a grill fire do damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us any time, day or night, to have a quick response from our restoration experts.

Fast Facts About Summer Storm Safety | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Summer storms are a part of long days and warmer weather, but it is important to be aware of the impact they can have. When thunder develops, that means that lightning strikes, high winds and hail are all a possibility, along with the damage these circumstances can cause.

While your best bet is to stay at home to stay safe from a storm, these general tips are things you can keep in mind regardless of where you are to protect yourself.

Staying Safe in the Event of Summer Storms

Know your options for shelter. If severe weather is in the forecast, the best thing to do is stay home and move to an interior room of the house—but if you get caught in bad weather out and about, it’s important to know what to do. If you happen to be driving, your car is actually a safe place to take shelter. Be sure you safely pull to the shoulder, turn the vehicle off and do not touch any metal elements.

Practice electrical safety. If a building is struck by lightning, the electrical charge will rush to the ground as quickly as possible—often through electrical wires in the walls of the home. When this happens, a power surge can be transferred to anything that is plugged into the wall. If you have the time before a storm moves through, unplug everything in the house to prevent this from happening. In case one catches you off-guard, using surge protectors at every outlet is advised.

Avoid direct contact with concrete. It may feel like a concrete structure is the most secure place to be in the event of a storm, but they are still quite vulnerable to lightning. Concrete is often reinforced with steel, so if lightning strikes, it can become a conductor of electricity itself. If you are able, avoid touching any concrete walls or floors while lightning is in the area.

Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes. Because storms can come and go quickly, they often interrupt activities and result in people antsy to get back to what they were doing. However, this can lead to people rushing outside as soon as the skies clear, which can be dangerous. Lightning strikes have been known to occur up to 25 miles from where the storm is located, so it is advised to wait a half-hour after the last clap of thunder before going back out.

If your home sustains damage due to a storm, you can count on us to help. Contact us at any hour to learn more about our storm restoration process.

How to Establish a Fire Drill Procedure for Your Business | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Being prepared for changes is part of owning your own business, but have you considered how a fire could change your plans? The risk of a commercial fire is huge for businesses, and if you have employees who work on-site, it is important to make sure they are prepared for the possibility as well.

Establishing a fire drill procedure is a great way to keep everyone safe and informed regarding the steps to take if a fire breaks out. Here’s how to do it:

Planning a Fire Drill Schedule for Your Business

Consult with your local fire officials. Talking with local fire officials is a great jumping-off point for implementing any type of fire safety plan. They can talk you through the specifics of your layout so you can effectively plan evacuation routes and they can also discuss your overall fire risk so you can increase your fire safety throughout the building.

Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. Once you have your evacuation routes set, mark them clearly with signs and communicate with staff on what this means. Involving your employees in the fire safety process will make everyone feel safer and prepare them ahead of time for when you start scheduling regular drills.

Have fire drills frequently. The first moments of a fire can be a scary time, but they are also the most crucial to getting to safety. Fires can spread rapidly, which is why reducing panic and getting everyone out of the building quickly is so important. Regular fire drills can help with this, as everyone will know exactly what to do and where to go from their rehearsals.

Run different fire scenarios. No two fires are identical, so your fire drills should not be identical either. Make sure to practice a variety of scenarios so your staff is prepared for anything—experiment by having the fake fire “originate” in different places or blocking some fire exits to better emulate a real-world scenario so your staff can be safe no matter what.

If your business has experienced fire damage, you can count on us. We specialize in commercial fire restoration and will be here for you at any hour—contact us today.

Handling Fire Damage to Your Home | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport

6/16/2020 (Permalink)

woman with hands covering face upset with burnt house in background If your home is damaged in a house fire, SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport is here to help. Contact us for any fire restoration needs.

If you have experienced a house fire, you understand exactly how disheartening it can be. Even for fires that are put out right away, smoke, soot and flames can still cause significant damages in a short span of time and be a traumatizing experience.

Though the aftermath is difficult to navigate, we have assembled some tips for helping you navigate the aftermath of a fire so you can make sure you are handling it as efficiently as possible.

Tips to Help You Navigate the Aftermath of a Fire

Prepare yourself for what to expect. While we have likely all seen photos or videos of fire damage, seeing it firsthand in your own home is always different. To allow smoke to escape, firefighters often break glass and doors, and because of how smoke travels, soot may be on items that were nowhere near the flames. If the fire was extinguished with water, there may also be moisture damage to items nearby as well.

Wait to enter your home. Though things may appear to not be damaged enough to make your home a hazard, never enter without first checking with officials to determine that everything is safe. A fire can undermine a home’s structural elements via invisible damage, and a second combustion may even be possible depending on the source of the fire. Make sure to always wait for the OK before reentering your home.

Contact your insurance company. Once you can reenter the home and assess the damage, you should contact your insurance provider to let them know what happened and learn about coverage in the event of a fire. It is important to not make any changes to the home before you contact them in order to not unwittingly do something to sabotage your claim.

Document the damages. To help you prepare for your insurance claim before you begin cleaning up, take a complete inventory of what has been damaged and be sure to snap clear photographs. This will not only help your claim, but it will also help you keep track of what to replace around the house.

Contact your restoration company. Working with the right restoration company can really make all the difference during your recovery period after a fire. Fires take a significant emotional toll on the entire family, so working with a company that you trust is a great way to gain peace of mind throughout the recovery process.

If your home is damaged in a house fire, you can count on us to help you. Get in touch at any hour for a quick response.

Remaining Safe When Severe Storms Are in the Forecast

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

severe weather red sign with dark cloudy sky in background If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport will respond quickly to assist in any repairs.

When severe storms are in the forecast, there are many potential dangers to be aware of. Not only can costly property damages be an issue, but personal injury and fatalities are also extremely common.

Understanding what dangers storms present and how to remain safe when they are on the way is key to staying safe—which is why making efforts to understand the watch and warning system, prepare your household and stay up to date with emergency alerts are some of the best precautions to take in advance of severe storms.

Understand the Watch and Warning System

In an area that is prone to thunderstorms, being aware of how watches and warnings are determined is necessary so you can take the proper precautions. When thunderstorm watches are issued, this means that while conditions may be favorable for severe weather, there is not a current incident. Thunderstorm warnings, however, indicate that severe weather is already in the area, whether on the ground or on radar, and residents should take cover immediately.

Make Sure Your Household Is Well-Stocked

In most situations, when a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, you will want to stay at your home and wait out the weather as that is the safest place to be. Make sure you have an emergency kit that is stocked with food, water and first-aid supplies, and be certain you have light sources and ways to stay comfortable in case of a power outage. You should also know where to seek shelter when the storm comes through—generally you should pick a place on the ground floor away from windows or doors in case of shattered glass in high winds.

Make Sure You Can Receive Emergency Broadcasts

Though most of us rely on our cellphones to keep up with the weather, it is important to make sure you have a secondary way to receive updates regarding severe weather. Phone batteries can die and storms can reduce the effectiveness of data transmission, meaning you could be rendered without a way to get alerts. Make sure to have a secondary way to receive broadcasts like a NOAA weather radio, which is extremely accurate and can be powered manually or via batteries.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.