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Storing Flammables: The #1 Guide For Safe Flammable Storage

10/24/2022 (Permalink)

A Jackson County shed storing flammables. SERVPRO is always available for disasters caused by incorrectly stored flammables.

Incorrectly storing flammables can cause dangerous accidents like fires. 

Did you know that the way you store your flammables can be the difference between a safe home and a disaster? Incorrectly storing flammables can cause dangerous accidents such as fires because of the emitted odors. Therefore, you must understand how to store flammables correctly to avoid disasters.

At least once every few months, the professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties receive a call about avoidable fire damage from a homeowner that improperly stored flammables on their property.

To help prevent unnecessary fire restoration services in the future, we have put together a guide on storing flammables for everyone’s benefit. In this guide, we will provide tips on how to store flammables safely and securely so that you can avoid any dangerous accidents.

Before we begin, if you ever need fire restoration services, contact the experts at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties! We’ll make it “Like it never even happened.”

What are flammable liquids?

Flammable liquids are liquids that can easily catch fire and burn. Some common flammable liquids include gasoline, kerosene, and oil. Because of how common these chemicals are, you must understand the dangers of incorrectly storing flammables in your home; any of these can easily ignite and cause a fire.

What are the dangers of not storing flammables correctly?

The dangers of incorrectly storing flammables are vast and can include everything from a small fire that damages belongings to a large fire that destroys your home. Some of the dangers of incorrectly storing flammables include the following:

  • The flammables can easily ignite and cause a fire
  • They can produce dangerous fumes that can be harmful if inhaled
  • They can explode if not stored correctly, creating projectiles

Tips on how to store flammables safely and securely

Now that you understand what flammables are and the dangers of storing them incorrectly, let us review some tips on safely keeping them on your property:

Tip 1: Be mindful of the temperature in the storage area

Flammables should always be stored in a cool, dry place. Avoid storing them near any heat sources, such as stoves or furnaces.

Tip 2: Store flammables in Factory Mutual (FM)-approved safety containers.

It is a good idea to store flammables in a factory Mutual (FM)-approved safety container with a tight-fitting lid. Some examples of FM-approved safety cans include:

  • 5-gallon gas cans
  • 2.5-gallon gas cans
  • Kerosene storing containers
  • Oil-storing containers

Tip 3: Label the containers

Labeling all the containers in which you store flammables is a best practice. Labeling will help ensure that everyone in your household knows the contents of the containers.

Tip 4: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions

When storing flammables, always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. These instructions are put in place for a reason and should always be followed to ensure your home’s safety.

Tip 5: Store flammables away from the house

It is a good idea to store flammables in a shed or garage away from the house. Keeping flammables away from the main part of the property will ensure that the flammables can’t affect the most critical aspects of your property if anything goes wrong.

The professionals at SERVPRO can help you recover from property damage.

The professionals at SERVPRO are experienced in dealing with fires caused by storing flammables incorrectly. If you experience any property damage due to a fire, please do not hesitate to contact us.

After we receive your call, we will:

  • Quickly dispatch a crew
  • Inspect and assess the damage to your home
  • Develop a plan of action
  • Execute the plan of action
  • Restore your home to its original condition

SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties is available 24/7 and understands that dealing with property damage can be stressful. Our goal is to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible for you. We also appreciate that correctly storing flammables can be difficult, and we hope this guide has provided some helpful tips. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always here to help!

Finding Effective Contents Restoration: 4 Tips For Recovery

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

Contents restoration services being performed by a SERVPRO professional. The professionals at SERVPRO can help you restore damaged contents!

Let the experts at SERVPRO recover your valuables with our industry-leading contents restoration!

Contents restoration is the repairing and restoring of items damaged by a disaster. A contents restoration company will use the latest techniques and equipment to restore your belongings to their pre-disaster condition.

Some examples of disasters that may require contents restoration include:

  • Fires
  • Floods
  • Wind damage
  • Mold and mildew

Whether your home or office has been damaged by fire, water, or another disaster, contents restoration services can help. This article will explain contents restoration and what you can expect from the process.

What is contents restoration, and what can it do for me?

Contents restoration is the process of repairing and restoring your belongings after a disaster. This can include cleaning and repairing water damage, restoring items that have been charred or burnt, and even rebuilding entire structures.

Contents restoration can help you save: 

  • Precious items that have sentimental value
  • Family heirlooms
  • Important documents
  • Electronics and appliances

This can sometimes be an extremely complex process, but it is also essential for restoring your life to normal after a disaster. Professional restoration companies like SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties have the experience and equipment to get the job done correctly.

The process of contents restoration

The process can be reasonably complex, but it is essential for restoring your life to normal after a disaster. Professional restoration companies will work with you to create a plan that meets your specific needs and helps you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

The first step in contents restoration is assessing the damage. The restoration company will send a team of experts to your home or office to evaluate the damage and create a plan of action. They will also provide an estimate for the cost of restoration.

Once the assessment is complete, the restoration process can begin. This may include cleaning and repairing water damage, restoring items that have been charred or burnt, and even rebuilding entire structures. Again, it is essential to note that the extent of the damage will determine how much of the contents can be restored.

In most cases, contents restoration will be a time-consuming process. As a result, you should expect to be without some of your belongings for an extended period. However, with the help of a professional restoration company, you can rest assured knowing that a company like SERVPRO will restore your belongings to their pre-disaster condition.

How to choose a contents restoration company

So how do you choose a contents restoration company? Here are a few tips:

  1. Look for a company with experience restoring contents after a disaster.
  2. Make sure the company has the latest equipment and techniques.
  3. Check to see if the company is licensed and insured.
  4. Get quotes from several companies before making a decision. 

With these tips in mind, you should be able to find a contents restoration company that can help you get your life back to normal after a disaster.

Call SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties whenever disaster strikes!

Contents restoration can be long and require patience, but getting your belongings back to their pre-disaster condition is well worth the effort. The professionals at contents restoration companies have the latest techniques and equipment available to them, which they will use to restore your contents as quickly as possible.

Be sure to contact a contents restoration company like the experts at SERVPRO as soon as possible after a disaster occurs to get started on the restoration process. We're available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, ready to help you through any damage your property suffers!

Superior Biohazard Cleanup Services: The Top 5 Most Common Calls

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO professional performing biohazard cleanup services SERVPRO is available 24/7 for any size biohazard cleanup project!

Biohazard cleanup services are needed in the aftermath of a crime, natural disaster, or other traumatic events.

When biohazardous material is present, it is essential to have professionals who are experienced in handling and cleaning up contaminated materials. The team at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties has the training and expertise to handle any biohazard situation quickly and safely.

Our professionals receive multiple biohazard cleaning calls every year. That means we have experience handling sensitive material and understand the importance of discretion and privacy.

The top 5 most common biohazard cleanup calls we receive are:

  1. Blood/Bodily fluid cleanup
  2. Crime scene cleanup
  3. Hoarding cleanup
  4. Animal infestation cleanup
  5. Suicide/death cleanup

In the following blog post, we will discuss each of our top five performed biohazard cleanup jobs. Remember that SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties can help no matter the biohazard situation you face. We will work quickly and discreetly to clean and decontaminate your property so you can return to your everyday life as soon as possible.

What is biohazard cleanup?

Biohazard cleanup is the process of cleaning and decontaminating a property exposed to biohazards. When faced with a biohazard situation, it is essential to call in professional help because biohazardous materials can pose a severe risk.

Some biohazardous materials can contain diseases that are transmittable through contact. Therefore it is essential to have a professional team who knows how to safely clean and remove biohazards.

The top 5 most common biohazard cleanup calls

The most common biohazard cleanup jobs include:

  1. Blood and bodily fluid cleanup: One of the most common biohazard cleanup jobs is cleaning up blood and bodily fluids due to an accident or another traumatic event.
  2. Crime scene cleanup: Another ordinary biohazard cleanup job is cleaning up crime scenes. Crime scenes can be messy and often contain biohazards from meth labs and other criminal activity.
  3. Hoarding cleanup: Hoarding can be a severe problem and often results in homes that are cluttered and full of garbage.
  4. Animal infestation cleanup: Animal infestations can often result in biohazardous materials such as feces and urine.
  5. Suicide/death cleanup: Suicide and death can often result in biohazardous materials such as blood and bodily fluids. These jobs are always the most emotional and difficult for everyone involved.

Our process for dealing with biohazard cleanup

When you call SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties for biohazard cleanup, we will send out a team of trained and experienced professionals.

Our team will assess the situation and determine the best way to clean and decontaminate the area. In addition, we will use personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect ourselves from coming into contact with biohazards.

We will then use specialized equipment and cleaners to remove biohazards from the property. Once the area has been cleaned and sanitized, we will dispose of any biohazardous waste according to local, state, and federal regulations.

The final step is to get your approval before we leave the job site. We want to ensure that you are satisfied with our work and that your property is safe for you and your family.

SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties: biohazard cleanup professionals

When faced with biohazardous material, it is essential to call in professional help. The professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties have the training and expertise to handle any biohazard situation quickly and safely.

We understand the importance of discretion and privacy, and we will work quickly and discreetly to clean and decontaminate your property. We will also work with you and your insurance company to ensure that your biohazard cleanup job is covered.

Contact SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties if you need biohazard cleanup services. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you with any biohazard cleanup job.

5 Signs of a Quality Restoration Estimate

6/9/2022 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO restoration estimate Contact the best team of restoration professionals for a quality restoration estimate!

Getting an estimate from a qualified restoration company is essential when you need restoration services.

When a property experiences damages, it is essential to have a restoration estimate in order to restore the property correctly. A restoration estimate will provide an overview of the damages and what's needed to restore the property. Without a restoration estimate, getting an accurate picture of the damages can be challenging.

Many companies offer restoration services, but not all will provide accurate estimates. The professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties are highly trained and experienced in restoration services. We understand the importance of a quality restoration estimate and are here to help. Here are five signs of a quality restoration estimate:

  1. An itemized list of damages
  2. A clear explanation of the restoration process
  3. A timeline for the restoration project
  4. A breakdown of costs
  5. Payment terms and conditions

This blog post will further discuss these five signs of a quality restoration estimate. Keep reading to learn more!

What is a restoration estimate?

Restoration estimates are documents that provide an overview of the damages a property has sustained and the necessary steps for restoration. Restoration professionals create restoration estimates to help property owners understand the extent of the damages and make informed decisions about the restoration process.

The five signs of a quality restoration estimate

Now that you understand the definition of a restoration estimate, it's time to discuss the five signs of a quality restoration estimate.

1. An itemized list of damages

A quality restoration estimate will always include an itemized list of damages. This list should be detailed and specific and identify all damaged areas of the property.

2. A clear explanation of the restoration process

A quality restoration estimate will include a clear explanation of the restoration process. This explanation should be easy to understand and provide a step-by-step overview of the restoration process.

3. A timeline for the restoration project

A quality restoration estimate will include a timeline for the restoration project. This timeline should be realistic and achievable, and it should be based on the severity of the damages.

4. A breakdown of costs

A quality restoration estimate will include a breakdown of costs. This breakdown should be itemized and specific, including all costs associated with the restoration project.

5. Payment terms and conditions

A quality restoration estimate will include payment terms and conditions. The payment terms and conditions should be clear and concise, and they should be based on the scope of the restoration project.

SERVPRO's restoration estimate process

SERVPRO's restoration estimate process is highly detailed and specific. When you choose SERVPRO, you will be getting professionals well versed in Xactimate; a software restoration contractors use to create restoration estimates. This software ensures that our restoration estimates are highly accurate and specific. 

We take the time to understand the extent of the damages, and we work with our clients to create a timeline and budget that is realistic and achievable. We also provide a breakdown of costs, so our clients know the provided services. And finally, we include payment terms and conditions that are clear and concise.

Get a restoration estimate from SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties.

We hope this blog post has helped you understand the five signs of a quality restoration estimate. When choosing a restoration contractor, it is essential to choose one that is experienced and detail-oriented.

SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties is a leader in restoration services, and we are here to help you through every step of the restoration process. We understand the importance of a quality restoration estimate and are dedicated to providing our clients with the best possible service.

If you need a restoration estimate or have any questions about our restoration services, please contact us today! We are always here to help.

5 Effective Home Insurance Claim Filing Tips

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

Two people filing a home insurance claim Contact the professionals at SERVPRO when you need help navigating a property damage claim!

The professionals at SERVPRO help make the home insurance claim process as seamless as possible.

A home is one of the most important investments a person can make, and it's essential to have proper insurance in case of an emergency because, unfortunately, disasters can strike at any time.

If your home has sustained damage in a fire, flood, tornado, or another disaster, don't panic! The first step is to file a home insurance claim. But navigating the claims process can be confusing and overwhelming. That's why the professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties put together this list of 5 tips to help you get the most out of your claim and quickly restore your home.

What is a home insurance claim, and what does it cover?

A home insurance claim is a formal request to your home insurance provider for compensation after damage or loss caused by a covered disaster. Typically, home insurance claims cover the costs of repairing or rebuilding your home following a fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, or another natural disaster.

Five tips for filing a home insurance claim

The following tips will help you navigate the home insurance claim process and get the most out of your claim.

  1. Contact your home insurance provider as soon as possible

If your home has sustained damage in a covered disaster, the first step is to contact your home insurance provider. Many home insurance policies have a 24-hour hotline that you can call to report the claim.

If you can't find your home insurance policy, check with your mortgage company. They should have a copy of your policy on file.

  1. Take pictures or videos of the damage

Once you've reported the claim, the next step is to document the damage. Be sure to take pictures or videos of all affected areas so that you have a clear record of the damage for your home insurance provider. In addition, pictures and photos can help speed up the claims process and ensure that you get the compensation you need to restore your home.

  1. Gather receipts and other supporting documentation

Along with photos or videos, be sure to gather any relevant receipts or other documents that can support your home insurance claim. Receipts should include those for home repairs or home improvements, proof of home purchase, home appraisal documents, etc.

  1. Work with a trusted restoration contractor to restore your home

After you've filed your home insurance claim, it's essential to find a reliable contractor who can help you restore your home as quickly and efficiently as possible. The professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties have years of experience helping home, and business owners recover from disasters, so you can rest assured that your home is in good hands.

  1. Keep all documentation for your home insurance claim

Once your home has been restored, it's essential to keep all documentation related to your home insurance claim for future reference. Saving documentation can help with any disputes or questions that may come up in the future and ensure that you're always fully compensated for any disasters that affect your home.

You can count on SERVPRO.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties have years of experience helping customers file home insurance claims and home restoration, so you can count on us to help you quickly and efficiently restore your home. Whether you've been affected by a fire, flood, tornado, hurricane, or another disaster, our team is here to help.

Our restoration professionals have the training and expertise needed to help home and business owners recover from disasters quickly, so don't hesitate to contact us today. And remember, if a disaster ever strikes your home, you can count on SERVPRO of Jackson and Madison Counties!