Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storm Damage Prevention Tips

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows that storms are not set  to a specific schedule, that is why all SERVPRO franchises keep their doors open 24/7/365. We have the resources to handle any size disaster with a quicker response time than any of our competitors. Roof damage caused by thunderstorms is a major problem for homeowners, here are some tips to prevent roof damage to your home:

  • Trim trees and remove dead branches so they will not damage your home if they fall because of wind.
  • Clear gutters and downspouts of debris. As the leaves fall, make sure they are not building up in the gutters. 
  • Check for any roof damage. Pay attention to surface bubbles, areas with missing gravel on flat roofs, damaged or missing shingles or tiles on sloped roofs.
  • Check the flashing on the roof to make sure it is in good condition to help prevent water from seeping through.
  • If your rood needs replacing, consider impact-resistant roofing materials, especially if you live in an area where hail storms are common.

Remember SERVPRO is always here to help. Call your local SERVPRO storm response team at 228-396-3965 for all your storm remediation needs!

Tips on what NOT to do following a flood

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Flood water in your home can be a terrifying sight. Water damage can destroy your priceless belongings and the foundation of your home. 

If a storm does flood your house, your safety and health should be the top priority. With that in mind, here are some tips for what not to do following a flood. 

Do NOT be a hero 

When you see your flooded home, your first instinct may be to stay in the house and try to salvage everything. Floods lead to plenty of hidden dangers. Your best bet is to stay in a hotel or shelter until it is safe to return. Once you do go back to your house, make sure to contact a professional water damage repair company like SERVPRO. 

Do NOT leave yourself exposed 

Even when the flood water has stopped rising, it can still be dangerous. Electric currents, in particular, can be deadly. Once you go back to your home, avoid standing water and to protect yourself with rubber boots. You should also keep your hands and face away form contaminated city water. Make sure to avoid breathing in any growing mold, as well. 

Do NOT wait too long to contact your lender or insurer

Mortgage lenders typically waive late fees if you are caught in a severe residential storm. Make sure to notify the company immediately so you can arrange a new payment date. Similarly, call your property insurance provider as soon as possible to ensure a quick resolution of your claim. 

Do NOT get caught without cash

You will likely need cash to buy essentials such as gasoline after a storm. You should thus make sure to withdraw some money from your bank as soon as possible. Your bank may even set up a mobile branch for your community. 

Flood water can be dangerous and devastating if you do not know how to deal with it properly. If you follow the above advice, however, you should remain safe and hopefully limit your losses. 

What's the difference between a WATCH and a WARNING?

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

notebook paper listing emergency Preparedness checklist Stay safe, be prepared and know when to seek shelter.

A storm warning can pop up anywhere: TV, cell phone warnings, radio, etc., but do we really understand what these warnings are trying to tell us?

Know the differences between each one so that you can be better prepared if one is issued for your area.

  • Tornado Watch: Conditions are ripe for tornadoes within the watch area. Tornadoes associated with hurricanes and tropical storms are typically a very significant cause of death and damage.
  • Tornado Warning: A tornado has been spotted visually or on radar. Usually issued for a county. If a tornado WARNING is issued where you live, GET TO THE MIDDLE OF THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STRONG BUILDING IMMEDIATELY!!! 
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are ripe for severe thunderstorms within the watch area.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: There is a severe thunderstorm in or near the warning area. Treat this like a tornado warning!!
  • Flash Flood Watch: Flash floods are likely to occur. Be alert for rising water and be prepared to have to move to high ground.
  • Flash Flood Warning: Flash floods are occurring. If this happens, get to high ground immediately, and GET AWAY FROM VEHICLES... it only takes 18 inches of water to sweep a car or truck away!
  • High Wind Advisory: Windy conditions may occur in the advisory area. This usually makes for unsafe conditions while driving, especially in (but not limited to) large vehicles. Also, avoid boating anywhere in the advisory area.
  • High Wind Warning: Very strong winds are expected or are already occurring that may present significant danger. Often issued near tropical storms and hurricanes.

 If you have storm damage call us anytime 24/7 (228)396-3965

Call us after the storm

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks parked in a row We are here for you 24/7

SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (228) 396-3965

Flood Facts

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common natural disasters in the US.

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There is always potential for flood damage no matter where you live. According to the American Red Cross floods cause more damage in the United States every year than any other weather related disaster.

The American Red Cross offers these flood safety tips:

-Stay away from floodwaters. If you come up on a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.

-If you approach a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are riding rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

-Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water. 

A flood/flash flood WATCH means a flood or flash flood is possible.

A flood/flash flood WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon. TAKE IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONS!

If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Biloxi, Ocean Springs, & Gulfport.  Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. We Are Always Here To Help.

Highly Trained Restoration Specialists

Our SERVPRO Professionals here at SERVPRO of Biloxi, Ocean Springs, & Gulfport are highly trained in property restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, our Professionals are equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. The SERVPRO training program includes the follow:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

Emergency Planning for Storm

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Emergency Planning

Even with insurance coverage, disasters can shake the foundations of even the best-managed companies. Make a business assessment for the survival of your company. Regardless of the cause of the catastrophe, a company’s very survival often depends on being prepared to responding quickly and efficiently, so a carefully constructed disaster recovery plan is one asset that every business needs. Before any calamity strikes, you should know what tasks will need to be performed to get your company running again and who will be responsible for accomplishing them. While there is no one-size-fits-all recovery plan, every business’ strategy should include some basics. Laying the groundwork by preparing to handle insurance claims, scouting viable options for temporary operations and considering the implications of various financial alternatives before trouble strikes can make the process of recovery much easier. The impacts from hazards can be reduced by investing in mitigation. If there is a potential for significant impacts, then creating a mitigation strategy should be a high priority.

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Insurance Considerations

Depending upon the details of the policy that you have selected for your business, commercial property insurance may cover damage or loss of the insured property, time element losses, loss mitigation costs, and loss adjustment expenses. It may also cover costs for public relations, research and development, and other necessities. When a disaster occurs, it is crucial to take the steps that will preserve and maximize your insurance coverage. To ensure that you receive all the benefits that your business is entitled to, familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of your policy before any problems arise. Work with your insurance company to create a checklist of your responsibilities after a loss to aid you in meeting deadlines and assembling documentation. Knowing what you are responsible for and being organized will make the recovery smoother and faster.

Making Your Claim

If your business is hit by disaster, set your recovery plan into motion by providing prompt notification of any claim to your insurance company. Be ready to meet any deadlines for filing proof of loss statements. If circumstances make the deadline for these statements unreasonable, get written approval for extensions. Be prepared to meet any requirements for preserving the evidence of your claim if destructive testing or immediate remediation is necessary. You will also want to record your loss mitigation efforts and the reasons that these efforts were needed.

Regardless of the cause of the catastrophe, a company's very survival often depends on responding quickly and efficiently, so a carefully constructed disaster recovery plan is one asset that every business needs.

Regardless of the cause of the catastrophe, a company’s very survival often depends on responding quickly and efficiently, so a carefully constructed disaster recovery plan is one asset that every business needs. SERVPRO of Biloxi has a FREE customizable app that can aid your company recover in a timely manner. 

Timing Matters

Timing is critical in insurance claims. While keeping your insurance company informed is important, you need to understand any time limitations in your policy and their potential consequences. Review your policy to see if there is a deadline for electing a valuation method. See if there is a time limit for rebuilding or replacement. You will also want to check your policy for a suit limitation clause. Most policies contain one, so you will want to be sure that it is conservatively calendared to give you time to maneuver if necessary.

Payment Possibilities

It is not surprising that cash flow is a primary concern for a business working to recover after a catastrophe. While it can take time for a claim to be settled, some insurance policies contain provisions for claim advances or partial payments. Search through your policy to see if these provisions are included and identify how you would invoke them.

Re-establishing Operations

A business impact analysis (https://www.ready.gov/business-impact-analysis) of your business before a disaster will plan and effectively get your business running smoothly again. Before anything bad happens, think about how your business could operate during the recovery phase. This may involve moving to a temporary location or finding storage for undamaged inventory or equipment, so it’s smart to be aware of the possibilities in your area. Make a note to analyze leasing and service contracts if you are forced to relocate so that you can try to tailor them to your business’s specific needs.

Property Considerations

Regardless of where you set up shop after a catastrophe, you will have to decide what to do with your original location. Is rehabilitating or rebuilding the site worthwhile? If you believe that it is, then you will need to arrange for professional remediation, design and construction services. If you decide against rebuilding, then you must figure out how to dispose of that property and acquire a new permanent location. Remember that a new location will still require design and construction services in order to modify it to suit your company’s needs. Don’t forget to review zoning issues for any new property to verify that your business will be able to build appropriate facilities and operate as desired at that location.

Financing Issues

Even with insurance, a recovery may require financing. Depending on your recovery plans, options might include a line of credit, an acquisition loan or a construction loan. In some situations, it may be possible to use legal actions to seek reimbursement from the party responsible for your loss. Weigh all the possibilities carefully and remember to consider the potential tax consequences. Understanding the pros and cons of your options before any problems start will make it easier to make smart decisions when a disaster hits.

When your business needs assistance dealing with the aftermath of a catastrophe, count on SERVPRO of Biloxi; our professionals are prepared to respond, so when a significant event occurs, we be there for you. Whether it is damage from flooding, a fire, a tornado, a hurricane, an ice event or a snowstorm, we have the resources and expertise to help on the Coast.

SERVPRO of Biloxi services Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, Pascagoula, and some surrounding areas. It’s best to call us directly 228-396-3965 Emergency Services available 24 hrs. a day. 

When Storms or Floods hit Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, & Pascagoula, SERVPRO is ready!

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, & Pascagoula specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond more quickly with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

 We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, & Pascagoula has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians
  • Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, & Pascagoula, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 228-396-3965!

Helping to make it, "Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage Prevention

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

According to the National Flood Insurance program, flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States causing $2.7 billion in losses between 2001 and 2010. Flooding is not covered by most homeowner insurance policies so it may be necessary to buy a separate flood policy for your home.

  Here are a couple of tips to keep water from entering your home during a heavy rain event:

1.    Fix foundation leaks that may allow water to enter your home.

2.    Make sure your roof is secure and protected.

3.     Clear gutters and drains.

If water ever floods your home, getting someone on site as soon as possible is key to keeping the amount of damage to a minimum. SERVPRO of Biloxi is ready to respond at any time.

228-396-3965

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of these gulf coast communities. SERVPRO of Biloxi is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help residents with any-sized smoke and fire damage emergencies. Call us 24/7 for help. (228) 396-3965

SERVPRO Here to Help

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Back on April 19, 2017 SERVPRO received a call for help.  The local SERVPRO’s were not able to give the support that was needed to help the people in their city, Houston, TX.  So we assembled our team and headed West.  We were Houston bound to do what every we could to help where ever we could.  Not just our office but SERVPRO’s from all over the US.  Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama and other Texas Franchises were there to help.  We at SERVPRO know what it’s like when a disaster strikes.  We here on the MS Gulf Coast have made this call for Help several times in the past and that is why we are always one of the first to be on site when needed.  These pictures only tell part of the story.  It shows you the damage that a flood can do to a home but not what it can do to a person inside.

Water Damage Restoration

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

After water damage to your home, it's important for you to obtain professional remediation services. These services will help you restore your property to its pre-water damage condition while preventing structural deterioration and mold growth. There are several essential steps that a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO will take to get your property back in excellent condition.

Water Removal is the first and most important step for the water damage restoration process. Remediation specialists from SERVPRO  have a wide range of equipment for use depending on the circumstances and severity of the water intrusion issue. Truck mounted powerful water pumps, heavy duty wet vacs, and sump pumps are available to extract standing water. These submersible devices can extract high volumes of water. Quick water removal from submerged rooms or basements is essential for the limiting ofBiloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, and Pascagoula water damage.

Moisture Mapping is a process that involves the use of detection devices to determine the moisture values present in your home. One of the more prevalent moisture mapping methodologies is infrared detection that differentiates temperature variations in materials, indicating moisture or hidden pockets of water. Additionally, technicians will take high-quality photos to assist them in determining the depth and scope of damages. Moisture meters and hygrometers may also be used. These latter devices utilized in the final inspection, guarantee the removal of moisture and, upon your request, SERVPRO provides written documentation.

Mold Inspection and Removal?? is an integral component of the water damage restoration process. Mycotoxins that are produced from fungi can cause health problems. Residual water can give rise to mold growth if left unaddressed. The skilled technicians from SERVPRO offer mold remediation services as required during the water damage restoration process. We are skilled in antifungal and antibacterial product application to mold infested areas. Our protocol will contain mold and mold spores from spreading to uncontaminated areas of your home. We can also implement specialized foggers to deodorize and to remove sources of odors from your living space.

Choose SERVPRO Today

If your property has water damage in need of restoration, then give a call to SERVPRO. Our industry experts are IICRC-certified, meaning that they have advanced knowledge and experience in all aspects of water damage restoration. With our on-going e-training in the latest techniques and cutting edge equipment, we offer emergency services to ensure that you can secure detail-oriented restoration work as soon as disaster strikes.

Highly-Trained Water Restoration Specialists

SERVPRO of Biloxi is a leader in the water damage industry; we have advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home and restore it back to pre-water damage condition. Call us 24/7 for help. (228) 396-3965