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What is storm water

1/22/2022 (Permalink)

What is Storm Water?

Storm water is precipitation that does not soak into the ground, but instead runs off its surface. Natural processes, storm water runoff, and erosion typically accelerate because of human activity. Impervious surfaces such as driveways, sidewalks, and streets block precipitation from soaking naturally into the ground. Disturbed surfaces, such as construction sites, agricultural tillage, and forestry activities, also expose the soil’s surface, allowing sediment and pollutants to be transported more rapidly from a site. Storm water can carry and deposit untreated pollutants, such as sediment, nutrients, and pesticides, into surface-water bodies.

Concerns about storm water

If storm water is not managed properly, it can harm the environment:

Increased Surface Runoff

Increased surface runoff means that large volumes of water enter streams more quickly and at higher velocities, which can cause streambank erosion. Streambank erosion occurs as part of a stream’s natural efforts to regain stability by absorbing the energy of flowing water. When materials impervious to water, such as pavement and concrete, cover the ground or when soils are compacted, runoff increases.

Increased Soil Erosion

Raindrops hitting a soil’s surface and the movement of water (runoff) across it cause soil erosion. Disturbed soil, lack of vegetation, or both amplify such impacts, increasing erosion.

Water Quality Impairments

After picking up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants, storm water flows into storm sewer systems or directly into lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, or coastal waters. In many cases, whatever enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies

Storm Water Pollution Solutions

  • Remember to turn off your sprinklers when it rains, to avoid water runoff; during winter, runoff can freeze causing slippery conditions.
  • Bag your pet's waste, don't just leave it there. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local waterways.
  • Don't apply pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides before it rains. Contrary to popular belief, the rain won't help to soak these chemicals into the ground; it will only help create polluted runoff into our local creeks.
  • Select native and adapted plants and grasses that are drought and pest resistant. Native plants require less water, fertilizer, and pesticides.
  • Reduce the amount of paved area and increase the amount of vegetated area in your yard. Vegetation can help act as a natural filter for polluted storm water runoff.
  • If you change your car's oil. Don't dump it on the ground or in the storm drain; dispose of it properly at an oil recycling center.
  • Check your car, boat, or motorcycle for leaks. Clean up spilled fuels with an absorbent material, don't rinse the spills into the storm drain.
  • Compost your yard waste. 
  • Don't get rid of old or unused paint by throwing it down the storm drain; dispose of paint and other hazardous household waste at recycling facilities.
  • Don't pump your pool water into the storm drain - pool chemicals can be hazardous to our creek habitats. Whenever possible, drain your pool into the sanitary sewer system where it can be treated.

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

1/22/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Forest and Magee will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke– Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke– Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue– Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today (662)-779-1070

The difference in flood warnings.

1/22/2022 (Permalink)

Lately there has been flooding all over the United States: if you are unfamiliar with the difference between a flash flood warning, flood warning, and flood advisory; then read below! 

What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.

  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.

  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared:A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.

  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.

Information from http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/

For all of your water damage, cleanup needs call (662)-779-1070

Why SERVPRO?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

A question that is always asked is “Why”? What draws us to choose? Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO is here to help in a time of need. When disaster hits, you need the one that is most trusted. We are the number 1 cleanup and restoration Industry

Reasons on “why” to choose SERVPRO:

  • 24/7 Emergency Service
  • Highly trained Specialists.
  • Preferred Vendor Status
  • Commercial or Residential Services
  • Faster to any size disaster

SERVPRO of Laurel is here to help! Owners Bill and Donna have been serving since 2005. Bill and his group of SERVPRO technicians understand the stress and worry that comes with fire and water damage. Our goal is to minimize the interruption to your life.

SERVPRO of Laurel

601-425-0119

What is water restoration?

1/19/2022 (Permalink)

The following is provided by the IICRC. 

Companies that perform water damage restoration have to be skilled in a number of areas to stay current in their field. Technicians in the industry have to combat a number of threats, some visible and some invisible, before their job is done. Structural weakening, chemical runoff, electrical hazards, dangerous wildlife, and deadly microbes are all common risks technicians have to contend with. Without the proper education and equipment, a technician risks grave injury and may leave health risks behind for a family to encounter. Fortunately, technicians in the industry have access to the educational resources offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC.

After getting certified in water damage restoration and a number of related fields, a professional in the field will be able to identify and neutralize any problems they are likely to face at a job site. In most cases, a technician is called to a home following a flood or plumbing disaster. In either case, the initial threat a technician has to encounter is hazardous standing liquid. Floods and sewage backups are normally host to dangerous chemicals, like oil runoff, bacteria and viruses. Before any repairs can be done on the home, a technician will need to be outfitted with the proper safety wear and begin investigating where the liquid is pooling. Moisture meters can detect the level of moisture in and behind drywall, carpet, and other areas. Using minimally-invasive tools, a technician can quickly find pockets of heavy moisture in areas not readily accessible.

This is important because only thorough drying will ensure that further destruction does not occur. Most companies use a combination of industrial  air movers and dehumidifiers to extract moisture from both materials and the air. This process can take some time, but diagnostic tools like moisture meters help technicians monitor the drying process. Once all of the materials inside the home have reached safe levels, mold and other microbial growth can be halted.

The most severe threats a water damage restoration company has to deal with are molds and other pathogens. These  contaminants can remain a major hazard for years after they have taken root, and can cause health problems while remaining hidden in vents or behind walls. Trained technicians are capable of neutralizing molds and other pathogens by utilizing special  cleaning products and quickly removing compromised materials. Being able to identify mold growth is an important skill for a professional, and stemming the growth of a colony can be the difference between saving a home and having to condemn it. Certified firms are capable of quickly working through a property and disposing of anything that is beyond repair. Anything that is salvageable but soaked is separated, cleaned properly, and promptly dried. If the building’s structural integrity has been affected, these technicians can identify it and alert the homeowner and the insurance representative to its presence.

Without professional help, a homeowner will never know for sure that their home is safe to live in again. This is why the help of a certified technician is so valuable. They don’t just repair homes, they restore normalcy.

Though IICRC does not in fact operate its own school, it does recommend the best water damage restoration technician training courses per industry standards

Time is of the essence after a major water disaster. Though Journeyman-certified technicians may be the right choice for water damage that does not threaten structural integrity, it is vital to bring an IICRC certified Master professional to the scene of a major disaster as soon as possible. Certified professionals use the skills they’ve learned in the accreditation courses to examine the structure, textiles, and the belongings, and will likely be able to control the damage, so no further damage will occur.

Furthermore, knowing the fastest and best means of drying the structure and textiles is imperative. Familiarity with the most effective processes and safest compounds to stop the spread of molds and microbes is also needed to protect people and animals in the environment. Graduates of the relevant IICRC-approved classes excel in these areas.

The importance of providing customer satisfaction cannot be over-emphasized. Each  certified technician  must pass a stringent series of exams prior to acceptance, and continual training is required. Complaints are taken seriously and must be handled promptly to ensure continued accreditation as a certified firm.

Water damage restoration technician training is a surefire way to  insure the latest and greatest procedures are used to protect a customer’s property. There are various courses of study and ways to learn the information, so IICRC works with both the consumer and the professional to guarantee the best experience.

Why and how to create a Business Continuity Plan

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

A wide variety of vulnerabilities in your business may lead to loss of income and customer loyalty when a disaster occurs. A business continuity plan, also referred to as an emergency response plan is a technique you may use to identify and prepare for potential problems, keeping your activities running with the least disruption possible.

5 Steps To Create a Plan

To make the process easier, the creation process is broken down into five steps. Consider each part with your business’s needs.

1. Business Impact Analysis: This is a questionnaire that allows you and your managers to assess potential emergencies and the materials required to deal with them. Preparation, distribution and evaluation of results are usually necessary elements of this first step in your business continuity plan.


2. Recovery Strategies: These are plans that allow you to analyze resource needs, the gaps between the required resources and those currently available, managerial choices of strategies to be used and action on those decisions.


3. Plan Development: This is the laying out of the actual emergency response plan, the arrangement of teams to implement recovery from the disaster, production of documentation and approval by management.


4. Training: This is the preparation of the team responsible for continuity actions.


5. Testing and Exercises: This is the creation of training and evaluation materials, which are then tried and implemented.

Value of the Plan for Your Business

An emergency response plan provides a clear, deliberate and well-thought-out way to deal with potential disasters at your business facility. Employees and management should be trained in the procedures that should make a crucial difference in the rapid recovery of your business.

Guidance in Developing Your Plan

There are online materials that provide detailed information on how to create your business continuity plan. Some of these materials are aimed at specific types of emergency services such as IT repair or commercial water damage mitigation.

Having SERVPRO of perform an ERP on your business is a great way to begin the process.

Call SERVPRO of Forest and Magee at

(662)779-1070

High Traffic Areas

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

before and after pictures of waxing Before and after photos of a recent Strip and wax job by SERVPRO of Laurel

SERVPRO of Forest and Magee often is involved in both maintaining and restoring high traffic areas on floors in both businesses and residential areas. Floors that are exposed to high traffic can often become an unbecoming part of a business or residence. SERVPRO stripped and waxed floors in a local church and the result was AMAZING! While restoring the worn areas of rugs, carpets, and hard surfaces is possible, routine upkeep and maintenance can add life to your high traffic areas. SERVPRO specializes in both areas and constantly produce results that are not only pleasing to the customer but are also above and beyond the expectations of most. If you have floors that are in need of deep cleaning and restoration or are just interested in extending the life and appeal of your floors... contact SERVPRO of Forest and Magee for more information. 662-779-1070

The reasons you should seek professional help after a flood

1/17/2022 (Permalink)

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Here’s Why You Should Seek Professional Help After A Flood

Water is one of the most long-term destructive substance in homes and business premises. Excess and unwanted moisture or flooding could cause the deterioration of personal property and even the building's structure. Therefore, it is imperative to seek water damage restoration services from qualified professionals before the water in home and water in business causes severe losses.

It is necessary to call a restoration company as soon as there is excess moisture in home and water in business premises or when there is flood damage. Water cleanup services serve the purpose of mitigating the harmful effects of water, especially within the first 48 hours. Whether the water damage looks severe or not, a quick cleanup can produce excellent results.

If not addressed in the quickest time possible, excess water in home or water in business can cause expensive damage to the home structures and furniture. More so, it can promote electrical hazards and also lead to the growth and spread of mold.

Water in business and water in home may be as a result of clogged toilets, overflowing washing machines, pipe break, plumbing leaks, leaky roofs, supply line break among other causes. Fortunately, home and business owners can access a professional restoration company as quick as possible. The mitigation process involves the use of the industry’s best techniques handled by qualified personnel to free home and business premises of flood damage and water damage.

The effects of a flooded home can quickly jump from bad to irreparable. If not catered for in the shortest time possible, a flooded home may result to secondary damages that are accompanied by costly repairs. Water mitigation is a way of water damage restoration which stops water from spreading. If the water spreads, it can cause severe damage to the structures in the premises. A quick mitigation by skilled professionals prevents the spread, reducing the water damage costs.

The water cleanup process is very scientific, and for the professionals to determine if the business or home structures should be restored or replaced, they evaluate the following:
• The degree of contamination
• The amount of property damage, and
• The replacement costs versus the restoration costs

The water in home and businesses if not quickly dealt with could cause massive business interruption and financial burdens. Mold is also a major problem caused by excess moisture. To prevent mold and mildew from developing, it is imperative to get a fast response from the professional water restoration company. These professionals ensure to apply the safest removal methods so that the affected business and home premises are repaired promptly and professionally.

Both pipe breaks and supply line breaks are a major cause of a flooded home. And if the drying is not done as is required, there is a major risk for the property to be prone to flood damage. Professional flood damage restoration firms help homeowners to get the proof of damage as well as a list of the required repairs. If drying is done through the proper methods, a flooded home can be restored to its former state.

Each water and flood damage scenario is different, and each needs a unique solution. Professionals are well aware of how to carry out the necessary process whether the damage is as a result of pipe breaks, plumbing leaks, and supply line break. However, the general process involves the following steps:
• Emergency contact
• Inspection and damage assessment
• Water removal
• Drying and dehumidification
• Cleaning and sanitizing, and
• Restoration

The damage caused by water has many sources, from natural disasters to supply line break, and more often than not pipe break. Despite the source, Restoration Company professionals can carry out the water mitigation and drying process as is expected. Moreover, there are many benefits associated with the water cleanup process.

Water cleanup benefits
1. Rapid restoration
2. Preventing mildew and mold
3. Important details are addressed
4. There is professional input
5. Insurance issues are handled.
CALL- 662-779-1070  for more information on water damage.

Commercial Restoration Services

1/15/2022 (Permalink)

When it comes to commercial cleaning and restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Laurel responds quickly to your business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies.

Commercial Restoration Services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events
  • Disaster Recovery Team

For Emergency Services, Call 24/7 –

(601)425-0119

In addition to Commercial Restoration Services, SERVPRO of Laurel offers Commercial Cleaning Services ranging from cleaning restaurant hoods to removing bio-hazard contaminants. We have the specialized equipment, various products, and skilled cleaning methods to make your business look its very best. 

Commercial Cleaning Services

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Bio-hazard and Sewage
  • Post-Construction Clean
  • Carpet and Upholstery
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
  • Odor Removal and Deodorization
  • Vandalism

When the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of Laurel has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

About SERVPRO of Laurel

SERVPRO of Laurel specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today – 601-425-0119

Cleaning up after a fire

1/10/2022 (Permalink)

Fire For fire and smoke cleanup call SERVPRO of Forest and Magee 662-779-1070

Smoke and Soot Cleanup

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Forest and Magee will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke– Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke– Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue– Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage. We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today (662)-779-1070