Recent Water Damage Posts

Three Signs You May Have Sewage Problems

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage does not just come from leaky pipes and intense storms. Lucky for you, there is any other potential hazard lurking in your plumbing-sewage cleaning. However, if you know what to look for, you can get it under control before any real damage occurs. 

MYSTERIOUS OVERFLOW

Have you ever noticed toilets overflow while you are taking a shower? This is not just happenstance, it is indicative of a clog between the toilet and the sewer. This clog prevents the water in your shower from draining, so it backs up into the waste water lines. From these lines, the first available place to escape is usually your toilet. There are a few possible soutions:

  • use a specialized plumbing tool called a snake
  • Locate and clear your drain clean out
  • Call professional restoration services

DRAINS THAT WILL NOT DRAIN

Have you just taken a bath, but now the water will not drain from the tub? You may also see this backup happening in your kitchen sink. This means you probably have a clogged pipe-either somewhere in your waste water lines or directly below your drain. This may be as easy as clearing hair or debris from your drain, but in not, it would be best to get help as soon as possible. You will want to head this situation off before more overflow causes water damage to your bathroom or kitchen.

A SWAMPY YARD

If your yard consistently smells like sewage and appears more damp than normal, you may have a larger sewage cleaning issue. If a sewage line has collapsed or your septic tank is overflowing, your yard may be filled with waste. You should not attempt to handle this situation yourself, as it can require difficult and delicate work. Make sure to call a professional service right away.

Issues with sewage cleaning can get kind of gross, but do not let that put you off from spotting and handling any problems that may arise. Remember, there are people out there that can fix it for you!

What About Water You Do Not See?

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Even small water damages have the potential to cause structural damage over time. The key to avoiding future problems is to call SERVPRO of Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and Gulfport at 228-396-3695 as soon as a water damage occurs. 

We have the equipment and expertise to find any unseen water before secondary damage or mold occurs. Here are some of the tools SERVPRO uses during water damages:

  • Moisture Sensors-are used to detect moisture in carpets, baseboards, walls, and flooring.
  • Moisture Meters-are used to determine the actual moisture content in various materials. These readings allow SERVPRO to monitor the drying process.
  • Thermohygrometers-measure temperature and relative humidity. Our IICRC (Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) technicians are trained to create the type of environment most conductive to drying. 

When you have a water loss you can trust in SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

Call your local office at 228-396-3965.

Why Remediate After a Water Damage

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Remediation is an extremely important step to take following a flood, house fire, plumbing leak, or other events that cause water damage to your home. Standing puddles of water can prove extremely hazardous and can promote the formation of mold, mildew, and their spores as well as other substances that threaten the health of you and your family. it is imperative that you begin thoroughly drying your home immediately after water damage has occurred, and hiring a water damage remediation service to do it for you is the best choice you can make. 

Water Damage Restoration

Pipes leaking or storm damage does not wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are:

  • Flooding caused by serve weather
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Sink, bathtub, or toilet overflow
  • Sewage backup

When you are dealing with your water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO responds immediately, uses advanced equipment, and techniques to remove water quickly. The drying process is closely monitored and documented to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

Call your local office at 228-396-3965

Now Hiring: Restoration Technicians

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Restoration Technicians

Job Description:

 Major restoration franchise office is currently accepting applications for the position of Water Restoration Technician. Each Technician must have their own reliable transportation to and from work as well as for emergency services when on call.

Each Technician must be accessible by phone when on call.

 Experience

 A background in restoration, janitorial, or service industry is helpful. Experience dealing with customers and working in a team environment is valuable. Experience working in damage restoration a plus but not required. IICRC WRT, ASD and/or FST certification a plus but also not required.

 We are looking for an individual who possesses the following skills:

 Great attitude

 Ability to resolve problems quickly as they arise.

 Ability to be coachable and teachable.

 Ability to read and follow directions and procedures

 Ability to read and write English clearly

 Ability to Work.

 Someone who is detail-oriented

 Strong customer service and interpersonal skills

 High school diploma or GED

 Must have a valid driver's license and a clean background. No felonies or "trust" misdemeanors (theft, violence). We are a drug free work place.

 Email your resume to : sp8684@SERVPRObiloxi.com

 Hourly plus overtime when needed. Pay depends on experience. We offer health and vacation benefits to our full-time employees after 90 days. Reply to this posting with your resume.

 About SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/ Gulfport:

 SERVPRO is the largest fire and water damage restoration company nationally, in addition to be one of the fastest growing companies in the country. We specialize in cleaning up water, smoke, soot, and mold after any size disaster.

Preparing for Water Damage

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Each passing year, water damage costs property owners millions and millions of dollars. Water damages may be the result of plumbing issues related to pipe breaks, leaky toilets, showers, or tubs. Unfortunately, there are also many factors leading to water damage that you have little control over. Flooding, natural disasters, and the water left behind a firefighting effort. Despite the fact that a water damage can cause substantial problems to your business or residential property, there are several precautionary and follow-up procedures that you can implement to decrease the severity of the damage.

Preparation TipsThere are several strategies you can implement to prevent your home from being heavily damaged in the face of the unwanted water. • When you go on vacation, be sure to shut your main water line off. Doing so will decrease the likelihood of flooding that results from a break in a frozen pipe or washing machine hose. • Allow your faucets to drip regularly when the weather is extremely cold. This will allow any water that freezes to have room for expansion without rupturing a pipe. • Clean your gutters and downspouts regularly to safeguard against roof damage that result from the overflowing of water that may enter your home through the fascia or soffits. • Have your hose connections and fittings inspected annually? Keep a good eye on your appliances. Safety Tips after a Water Damaging Event • Stay away from rooms in which the ceiling has started to sag as a result of water retention. • Do not use electrical appliances that could have been damaged by fire or water. • Refrain from using electrical appliances and equipment when you are standing on wet floors or carpet. • Do not enter a room with standing water if the electricity is turned on. Be careful. More firefighters die from electrocution than from fire or smoke. Recovery Tips Call for professional assistance immediately. Start with your insurance company. Obtaining prompt clean up services can help preclude extensive water damage. It can also prevent the emergence of unwanted mold and bacteria growth. SERVPRO's professionals are highly skilled in offering detail-oriented, expedient services that prevent your home from becoming susceptible to structural damage after initial exposure to excess water.   Although dealing with water damage can be a problematic task, knowing what to do and who to call can prevent the issue from inducing too much anxiety. When you're ready to hire excellent water remediation services at affordable prices, it's time to call the professionals of SERVPRO. We offer round the clock assistance and unprecedented customer service, so call now to obtain the results-driven, client-centered remediation assistance you deserve!

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Biloxi/Gulfport area too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Biloxi, Ocean Springs, & Gulfport is close by and ready to respond to your water and flood damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the community.

We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. We are here for you at (228) 396-3965.

What you can do until help arrives

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

What you can do until help arrives

Water Tips  |  Fire Tips   |  Biohazard Tips   |  Mold Tips

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (228) 396-3965

We have 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

The Water Damage Process / SERVPRO of Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Every water damage situation 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” water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

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

Hiring Technicians

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Job Description:

 Major restoration franchise office is currently accepting applications for the position of Water Restoration Technician. Each Technician must have their own reliable transportation to and from work as well as for emergency services when on call. 

Each Technician must be accessible by phone when on call.

 Experience

 A background in restoration, janitorial, or service industry is helpful. Experience dealing with customers and working in a team environment is valuable. Experience working in damage restoration is a plus but is not required. IICRC WRT, ASD and/or FST certification a plus but also not required.

 We are looking for an individual who possesses the following skills:

 Great attitude

 Ability to resolve problems quickly as they arise.

 Ability to be coached and taught.

 Ability to read and follow directions and procedures.

 Ability to read and write English clearly.

 Ability to Work.

 Someone who is detail-oriented.

 Strong customer service and interpersonal skills

 High school diploma or GED

 Must have a valid driver's license and a clean background--no felonies or "trust" misdemeanors (theft, violence). We are a drug free work place.

 Email your resume to : sp8684@SERVPRObiloxi.com

 Hourly plus overtime when needed. Pay depends on experience. We offer health and vacation benefits to our full-time employees after 90 days. Reply to this posting with your resume.

 About SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/ Gulfport:

 SERVPRO is the largest fire and water damage restoration company nationally, in addition to be one of the fastest growing companies in the country. We specialize in cleaning up water, smoke, soot, and mold after any size disaster.

Vacation Planning? Prepare your home!

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Going on vacation should be relaxing and worry-free, which is why it is important to make sure your house is secure before you leave for your trip. Be SERVPRO ready so you don’t come back to damages in your home. Here are some tips for preparing your home provided by SERVPRO of Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, & Pascagoula.

Make Arrangements with an Emergency Contact.

  • Choose a close friend or neighbor you trust as your emergency contact and provide them with all of your itinerary information in case they need to contact you.
  • A timer on lights will give the impression someone is home.
  • Leave written directions for alarm codes, doors, or other information needed to properly care for your home.
  • Make sure your mail is collected; burglars often look for homes with overflowing mail. 
  • The Post office can suspend your mail and deliver the day you get back. Here is a link to the US Post Office.

Take plumbing and electric precautions.

  • Prevent leaks and floods from damaging your home by shutting off gas and water at the meter, supply tank, or appliances.
  • Turn off the water valves to washing machines, sinks, and the dishwasher.
  • Unplug electronics to cut down on any possible shortages which could potentially cause a disastrous fire.
  • Check your smoke detectors to ensure they are working properly.
  • Adjust your thermostat for the season. Keeping your thermostat at 55-60 degrees in the winter and 75-80 degrees in the summer should help control usage.

 Right before you leave:

  • Notify your security company that you are leaving town.
  • Take out the kitchen trash and other trash that could get smelly.
  • Go on one last walk through of your house to secure windows, blinds, fences, doors, and plugs. This will ensure all entries are safe from hazardous obstructions.

 If you come back from vacation and encounter damage to your home, call SERVPRO of Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, & Pascagoula 228-396-3965. We clean up mold, fire, or water damage to your home or business on the Gulf Coast.

Now Hiring: Restoration Technicians

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Restoration Technicians

Job Description:

 Major restoration franchise office is currently accepting applications for the position of Water Restoration Technician. Each Technician must have their own reliable transportation to and from work as well as for emergency services when on call.

Each Technician must be accessible by phone when on call.

 Experience

 A background in restoration, janitorial, or service industry is helpful. Experience dealing with customers and working in a team environment is valuable. Experience working in damage restoration a plus but not required. IICRC WRT, ASD and/or FST certification a plus but also not required.

 We are looking for an individual who possesses the following skills:

 Great attitude

 Ability to resolve problems quickly as they arise.

 Ability to be coachable and teachable.

 Ability to read and follow directions and procedures

 Ability to read and write English clearly

 Ability to Work.

 Someone who is detail-oriented

 Strong customer service and interpersonal skills

 High school diploma or GED

 Must have a valid driver's license and a clean background. No felonies or "trust" misdemeanors (theft, violence). We are a drug free work place.

 Email your resume to : sp8684@SERVPRObiloxi.com

 Hourly plus overtime when needed. Pay depends on experience. We offer health and vacation benefits to our full-time employees after 90 days. Reply to this posting with your resume.

 About SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/ Gulfport:

 SERVPRO is the largest fire and water damage restoration company nationally, in addition to be one of the fastest growing companies in the country. We specialize in cleaning up water, smoke, soot, and mold after any size disaster.