Recent Storm Damage Posts

Things You Need To Know About Floods

10/21/2022 (Permalink)

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/flood#About

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 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 following:

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

How To Prepare For A Flood

10/21/2022 (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’s 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 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  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

Just A Reminder It Is Still Storm Season

10/16/2022 (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!

Serve Storms Can Cause Serve Damage

10/15/2022 (Permalink)

With the frequency that thunderstorms occur at during the warmer months of the year, it is easy to discount them as just another weather event that can be disregarded. This is quite dangerous however—every thunderstorm poses the potential for serious threats due to high winds, potential for flooding, lightning strikes and more.

Any time a thunderstorm is in the forecast, it is important to take it seriously.

All storms must contain thunder and lightning to be classified as thunderstorms, and every thunderstorm will always contain both. A thunderstorm can evolve into a severe thunderstorm if it becomes volatile enough to produce large hail over one inch and winds greater than 58 miles per hour. As the name implies, severe thunderstorms are even more dangerous.

How Thunderstorms Can Lead to Damage and Injury

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. Because every thunderstorm contains lightning, the damage that a lightning strike can cause is a threat every single time a thunderstorm impacts the area. Over 300 injuries occur every single year as a result of lightning striking people, and it can also cause damage due to fallen trees or building fires as well. It is vital to remember that you do not have to see lightning for it to be a threat.

Property damage due to hail. Hail is an interesting phenomenon, as it can fall even when the surface temperature is quite high. Not only is hail frightening due to the noise that it makes, but it is also extremely dangerous. Large hail can cause injury to anyone who is without shelter when it comes through, and it can also dent cars and cause water damage to homes by impacting roofs and creating vulnerabilities in siding.

Harm from flash flooding. Though there are many misconceptions about where flooding can occur, it is really best to assume that it could happen anywhere, as flash flooding often does. Flash flooding can occur due to backed-up ditches, overwhelmed drains and more—and this can quickly lead to hazards. It only takes a few inches of water to carry cars away or knock an adult off their feet, making driving or crossing floodwaters a major hazard.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

What You Should Do Before A Flood

10/4/2022 (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 Pascagoula 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 Pascagoula 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

Don't Drown...Turn Around... The Risks Of Driving On A Flooded Road

9/24/2022 (Permalink)

Heavy rainfall, severe storms, melting snow, and other natural events can cause a single flooded street or affect all of  your area. As people try to go about their normal routines when this happens, they are sure to come across several flooded roads. The most important of all travel tips during flooding is not to drive on those roads. Here are just a few of the reasons why to steer clear of streets covered by water.

1. Water Hides Many Disasters

There may be downed power lines, sinkholes, washed out pavement, and other disasters could be lurking below the surface of the waves. Even if there's only an inch or two, your tires could be damaged by debris lying out of sight.

2. It's Hard To Tell How Deep the Water Is

Without obvious clues, it's hard to estimate how deep the water is on a flooded street. This is particularly dangerous at night and on unfamiliar roads. It doesn't take long for you to get into water that is too deep to navigate.

3. Tire Buoyancy Can Float You Into Trouble

Weather-sealing and plenty of air pressure make it possible for your car to float just enough that you can't accurately tell how deep the water is. A tiny bit of buoyancy also removes any chance of friction, so you and your car are at the mercy of the flow of water. It isn't uncommon for cars in this situation to get sucked into drainage systems, rivers, and other bodies of water.

4. Engines Suck Up a Lot of Water

Engines create a powerful vacuum, sucking in air, debris, or water. When you drive on flooded roads, enough water gets sucked up to cause very expensive damages. In addition to this problem, you may find the computer destroyed, carpeting ruined, and wiring systems corroded.

5. Water Damaged Cars Require a Complete Overhaul

Water damage specialists will completely dismantle your car. Each piece of the automobile will be either dried or replaced, treated with chemicals, sealed, and then reassembled.

A flooded street is deceptively dangerous. Don't ever drive on them because of the risks to yourself and your car.

The Disaster Recovery Specialist

9/22/2022 (Permalink)

Working hard to build your business and make it successful is rewarding, but it can be extremely disheartening when a disaster comes and completely derails your operations.

It is important to have a plan in place for the moment a disaster becomes imminent that is focused on keeping you and your employees safe, but it is also wise to have a recovery plan so you can begin to rebuild as soon as the threat has passed. Getting back to business as quickly as possible can help you mitigate a loss in income and ensure you are able to fully recover quickly.

How to Get Back to Business After a Disaster

Get in touch with your insurance and restoration companies. Depending on the type of insurance you have and the type of disaster that occurred, you may be able to claim some or all of the damages with your provider. It is important to contact both them and your chosen restoration company right away to get the process of recovery started—and in many cases, your restoration company will be able to work directly with your insurance company if you are able to make a claim.

Keep your customers in the loop. It is important to inform your customers of the situation as soon as you get the details sorted out to minimize confusion and let them know when they can support you once more. Communicate closures, timelines and operating hours as it is relevant. Additionally, it may be wise to offer online gift cards or other promotions so people can chip in now when you need it the most and redeem their purchases at a later date.

See what disaster assistance programs you qualify for. The disaster recovery program from the Small Business Administration is designed to help business owners cover costs of repairs, restoration and even losses in income due to a disaster. These loans are offered with flexible repayment options, low interest rates and easy terms to make it easy for business owners to qualify and make use of this resource.

If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.

We Are Your Storm Pro's

9/21/2022 (Permalink)

How We Can Help Pascagoula Residents Navigate Storm Damage | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport/Pascagoula Residents of the Gulf Coast know well the kind of damage storms can do to personal property. Biloxi has been hit by the brunt of storms in the past, most recently in 2017 when Hurricane Nate made landfall. But even if it’s not a hurricane, the Gulf Coast deals with its fair share of extreme storm events. Storm damage claims are common. They can encompass everything from water damage from hurricanes and heavy rain to wind damage from thunderstorms or tornadoes, as well as lightning and hail damage. These types of storms form frequently. In 2020, the hurricane season for the Atlantic and the Gulf produced a record 30 named storms. That broke 2005’s record of 28 storms. This year, two hurricanes even formed before hurricane season officially started. Living on the coast brings lots of benefits—not the least of which include beautiful ocean views and good food. But it does come with the risks involved with a hurricane making landfall nearby. Residents of Biloxi, Gulfport and Ocean Springs and Pascagoula have an ally at any time they need it, thanks to our storm damage expertise. What Makes SERVPRO Unique Here’s why residents know they can trust us when their home needs restoration: We have the experience families can trust. Because we’re here in the community, we know the dangers and pitfalls of dealing with hurricane and storm damage personally. Our teams can deal with large-scale storm damage. We know how to navigate multiple jobs and have staff available to cover needs in the community. Our team includes expert technicians using the latest technology. Because we’re part of the national SERVPRO brand, we have access to all the training and technology offered to a large organization. That means when we come to your home, you can rest assured that the plan we put in place will help you restore your home in the most budget-friendly and expert way. If your home is damaged due to a storm or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

After The Storm Call The Pro's

9/14/2022 (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 of Biloxi, 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.

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 Pascagoula 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

Storms And Your Insurance Policy

9/14/2022 (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

The Difference between a watch and a warning...this is what you need to know

9/11/2022 (Permalink)

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

Your Storm Specialist.

8/22/2022 (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’s 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.

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

What you need to know about flood damage prevention

8/17/2022 (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’s 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.

228-475-3473

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of these gulf coast communities. SERVPRO of Pascagoula 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) 475-3473.

Community partners that you can count on.

8/14/2022 (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.

After The Storm Call US!!

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

What to Do If a Storm Hits Your Home | SERVPRO® of Pascagoula. Do you know the first steps you should take if your home is damaged by a storm? If not, we’re here to help. We’ve pulled together some of the best advice from experts that can help you ensure you’re prepared if your home suffers storm damage. Here’s what you need to know. Stay safe on your property. Depending on the extent of the storm damage your home has suffered, you may need to watch for exposed nails and splinters, as well as electrical issues. Also, if your home has natural gas, it’s a good idea to turn off your utilities to avoid further problems. Document damage to your property. It’s smart to do this before the cleanup begins. Take plenty of pictures and inventory items in your home. Your insurance company will need to have this information to work on your claim. Reach out to your insurance company. And be sure to provide any information they need in a timely manner, too. This can help you move through the process quickly and avoid common snags. Choosing the Right Restoration Partner When your home gets hit by a storm, you want to be certain you’re working with a team that has the knowledge, skills and equipment to do the job to the highest standards and ensure your home is restored back to its original condition. That’s where your local SERVPRO team comes in. During emergencies like storms, our teams are available 24/7. If you call us, we’ll answer. That’s because starting your storm damage restoration quickly can lessen the extent of the damage and make it easier to repair. Additionally, our location is equipped to deal with the unique challenges that can come with living on the storm (and hurricane) dangers that come with living on the coast. We know how to staff appropriately to ensure that all our neighbors can be served in a timely manner. So if you need our help, don’t wait to call. We’ll be here and ready to help. If you have water damage in your home due to a burst pipe or another cause, you can count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services

Your Businesses Disaster Recovery Plan

8/9/2022 (Permalink)

Working hard to build your business and make it successful is rewarding, but it can be extremely disheartening when a disaster comes and completely derails your operations.

There are many businesses that are never able to recover from such a large financial impact to their operations, but by planning ahead, you can lessen the chances that a disaster will permanently impact you.

It is important to have a plan in place for the moment a disaster becomes imminent that is focused on keeping you and your employees safe, but it is also wise to have a recovery plan so you can begin to rebuild as soon as the threat has passed. Getting back to business as quickly as possible can help you mitigate a loss in income and ensure you are able to fully recover quickly.

How to Get Back to Business After a Disaster

Get in touch with your insurance and restoration companies. Depending on the type of insurance you have and the type of disaster that occurred, you may be able to claim some or all of the damages with your provider. It is important to contact both them and your chosen restoration company right away to get the process of recovery started—and in many cases, your restoration company will be able to work directly with your insurance company if you are able to make a claim.

Keep your customers in the loop. It is important to inform your customers of the situation as soon as you get the details sorted out to minimize confusion and let them know when they can support you once more. Communicate closures, timelines and operating hours as it is relevant. Additionally, it may be wise to offer online gift cards or other promotions so people can chip in now when you need it the most and redeem their purchases at a later date.

See what disaster assistance programs you qualify for. The disaster assistance program from the Small Business Administration is designed to help business owners cover costs of repairs, restoration and even losses in income due to a disaster. These loans are offered with flexible repayment options, low interest rates and easy terms to make it easy for business owners to qualify and make use of this resource.

If your business has been damaged due to a disaster, we’re here to help. Contact us at any hour to report your damage or to learn more about our commercial restoration services.

How We Can Help Pascagoula Residents Navigate Storm Damage

8/8/2022 (Permalink)

How We Can Help Pascagoula Residents Navigate Storm Damage | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean/  Springs/Gulfport? Pascagoula  Residents of the Gulf Coast know well the kind of damage storms can do to personal property. Pascagoula has been hit by the brunt of storms in the past, most recently in 2017 when Hurricane Nate made landfall. But even if it’s not a hurricane, the Gulf Coast deals with its fair share of extreme storm events. Storm damage claims are common. They can encompass everything from water damage from hurricanes and heavy rain to wind damage from thunderstorms or tornadoes, as well as lightning and hail damage. These types of storms form frequently. In 2020, the hurricane season for the Atlantic and the Gulf produced a record 30 named storms. That broke 2005’s record of 28 storms. This year, two hurricanes even formed before hurricane season officially started. Living on the coast brings lots of benefits—not the least of which include beautiful ocean views and good food. But it does come with the risks involved with a hurricane making landfall nearby. Residents of Biloxi, Gulfport and Ocean Springs have an ally at any time they need it, thanks to our storm damage expertise. What Makes SERVPRO Unique Here’s why residents know they can trust us when their home needs restoration: We have the experience families can trust. Because we’re here in the community, we know the dangers and pitfalls of dealing with hurricane and storm damage personally. Our teams can deal with large-scale storm damage. We know how to navigate multiple jobs and have staff available to cover needs in the community. Our team includes expert technicians using the latest technology. Because we’re part of the national SERVPRO brand, we have access to all the training and technology offered to a large organization. That means when we come to your home, you can rest assured that the plan we put in place will help you restore your home in the most budget-friendly and expert way. If your home is damaged due to a storm or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Your Natural Disaster Specialist

8/2/2022 (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’s 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.

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

We are always here to lend a helping hand!

8/1/2022 (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.

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

7/29/2022 (Permalink)

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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, Pascagoula & 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

An Action Plan Before The Storm

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

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. 

Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians.

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

While you can take steps to protect your home from storm damage, the reality is that it’s impossible for anyone living along the Gulf Coast to predict when their house might suffer storm damage. But you can take many steps to lessen the likelihood that your home will be damaged during a hurricane, tropical storm or another severe weather event. Homeowners can take steps to board up windows, tie down or remove certain items that could be projectiles (like patio furniture or grills), and secure loose siding and shingles. It’s also smart to be sure your gutters are regularly cleaned and trees overhanging your home are removed. But even the most diligent homeowners can sometimes be impacted by severe weather—and have to deal with the resulting restoration and cleanup work. If your home is ever affected by extreme weather, the team here at SERVPRO is ready to help you get your home back to its original condition. Want to know why we’re Gulfport’s best choice for restoration? Here’s why: Our team is available 24/7 during emergencies like severe weather. That means we can begin working with you immediately to start the restoration process. A fast start is vital because water damage (which is common with storms) can worsen if you have to wait to get the process started. Having access to a team who’s available at any time helps you beat the clock. We’re a local business. While some scammers might come to the area after a storm and attempt to profit, we’re already here in the community doing quality work. Our team is made up of community members. We live and work in the community and want to serve our friends and neighbors by doing high-quality work. We have experience. Many times when a storm moves through the area, multiple local families are affected. That means many people require restoration services fast. Because we have years of experience and SERVPRO’s backing, we can bring more teams to the area to ensure all of our neighbors who need help are served. If your home suffers storm damage, you can depend on us to help you restore your home to its original condition. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.

SERVPRO specializes in storm and flood damage restoration

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Pascagoula/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

Items Around Your Home To Check BEFORE A Flood

7/8/2022 (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’s 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 Pascagoula 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

Hurricane Season Is Upon US

7/6/2022 (Permalink)

Our Coast has been battered by hurricanes, flooding and severe thunderstorms. We know firsthand the extensive damage extreme weather can cause and how long a recovery process can be. SERVPRO’s goal is to get you back in your fully restored home or business faster.

Storm damage does not just affect outside structures, but can damage even small possessions inside our homes. SERVPRO strives to save as much of your belongings as possible through our extensive restoration process so that you can keep, rather than replace, your items.

This process includes services such as dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleansing and abrasive cleaning. We can even offer move-out services when your home requires more in-depth cleaning. We can bring your home back to preloss condition, no matter what it takes.

What's The Difference Between A WATCH and a WARNING

6/28/2022 (Permalink)

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

Emergency Planning For Storm Season

6/23/2022 (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.

 https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/5.2.1.0%20Risk%20Assessment%20Process.png

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. 

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

6/23/2022 (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."

After water damage to your home, it's important for you to obtain professional remediation services

6/16/2022 (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 of Biloxi, 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

We are proud to be an active member of these gulf coast communities

6/9/2022 (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

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

6/2/2022 (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."

Storm Season is Just Around the Corner!

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

Our Coast has been battered by hurricanes, flooding and severe thunderstorms. We know firsthand the extensive damage extreme weather can cause and how long a recovery process can be. SERVPRO’s goal is to get you back in your fully restored home or business faster.

Storm damage does not just affect outside structures, but can damage even small possessions inside our homes. SERVPRO strives to save as much of your belongings as possible through our extensive restoration process so that you can keep, rather than replace, your items.

This process includes services such as dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleansing and abrasive cleaning. We can even offer move-out services when your home requires more in-depth cleaning. We can bring your home back to preloss condition, no matter what it takes

It's Is That Time Of Year Again...Storm Season.

5/18/2022 (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!

How We Can Help Our Community Navigate Storm Damage | SERVPRO®

5/17/2022 (Permalink)

Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport/Pascagoula Residents of the Gulf Coast know well the kind of damage storms can do to personal property. Biloxi has been hit by the brunt of storms in the past, most recently in 2017 when Hurricane Nate made landfall. But even if it’s not a hurricane, the Gulf Coast deals with its fair share of extreme storm events. Storm damage claims are common. They can encompass everything from water damage from hurricanes and heavy rain to wind damage from thunderstorms or tornadoes, as well as lightning and hail damage. These types of storms form frequently. In 2020, the hurricane season for the Atlantic and the Gulf produced a record 30 named storms. That broke 2005’s record of 28 storms. This year, two hurricanes even formed before hurricane season officially started. Living on the coast brings lots of benefits—not the least of which include beautiful ocean views and good food. But it does come with the risks involved with a hurricane making landfall nearby. Residents of Biloxi, Gulfport and Ocean Springs have an ally at any time they need it, thanks to our storm damage expertise. What Makes SERVPRO Unique Here’s why residents know they can trust us when their home needs restoration: We have the experience families can trust. Because we’re here in the community, we know the dangers and pitfalls of dealing with hurricane and storm damage personally. Our teams can deal with large-scale storm damage. We know how to navigate multiple jobs and have staff available to cover needs in the community. Our team includes expert technicians using the latest technology. Because we’re part of the national SERVPRO brand, we have access to all the training and technology offered to a large organization. That means when we come to your home, you can rest assured that the plan we put in place will help you restore your home in the most budget-friendly and expert way. If your home is damaged due to a storm or any other cause, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have teams who are available 24/7 in the event of an emergency. Contact us at any time to learn more about our restoration services and how we can help your family.

Possible Issues That Arise During a Thunderstorm

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

With the frequency that thunderstorms occur at during the warmer months of the year, it is easy to discount them as just another weather event that can be disregarded. This is quite dangerous however—every thunderstorm poses the potential for serious threats due to high winds, potential for flooding, lightning strikes and more.

Any time a thunderstorm is in the forecast, it is important to take it seriously.

All storms must contain thunder and lightning to be classified as thunderstorms, and every thunderstorm will always contain both. A thunderstorm can evolve into a severe thunderstorm if it becomes volatile enough to produce large hail over one inch and winds greater than 58 miles per hour. As the name implies, severe thunderstorms are even more dangerous.

How Thunderstorms Can Lead to Damage and Injury

Damage and injury from lightning strikes. Because every thunderstorm contains lightning, the damage that a lightning strike can cause is a threat every single time a thunderstorm impacts the area. Over 300 injuries occur every single year as a result of lightning striking people, and it can also cause damage due to fallen trees or building fires as well. It is vital to remember that you do not have to see lightning for it to be a threat.

Property damage due to hail. Hail is an interesting phenomenon, as it can fall even when the surface temperature is quite high. Not only is hail frightening due to the noise that it makes, but it is also extremely dangerous. Large hail can cause injury to anyone who is without shelter when it comes through, and it can also dent cars and cause water damage to homes by impacting roofs and creating vulnerabilities in siding.

Harm from flash flooding. Though there are many misconceptions about where flooding can occur, it is really best to assume that it could happen anywhere, as flash flooding often does. Flash flooding can occur due to backed-up ditches, overwhelmed drains and more—and this can quickly lead to hazards. It only takes a few inches of water to carry cars away or knock an adult off their feet, making driving or crossing floodwaters a major hazard.

Thunderstorms are dangerous and can cause significant damage to homes or commercial spaces. If you have damage due to a thunderstorm, you can count on us to help. Contact us 247 for more information about our storm restoration practices.

Storm Ready 24/7....SERVPRO

5/13/2022 (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."

Why We're Pascagoula's Storm Damage Response Team

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

While you can take steps to protect your home from storm damage, the reality is that it’s impossible for anyone living along the Gulf Coast to predict when their house might suffer storm damage. But you can take many steps to lessen the likelihood that your home will be damaged during a hurricane, tropical storm or another severe weather event. Homeowners can take steps to board up windows, tie down or remove certain items that could be projectiles (like patio furniture or grills), and secure loose siding and shingles. It’s also smart to be sure your gutters are regularly cleaned and trees overhanging your home are removed. But even the most diligent homeowners can sometimes be impacted by severe weather—and have to deal with the resulting restoration and cleanup work. If your home is ever affected by extreme weather, the team here at SERVPRO is ready to help you get your home back to its original condition. Want to know why we’re Gulfport’s best choice for restoration? Here’s why: Our team is available 24/7 during emergencies like severe weather. That means we can begin working with you immediately to start the restoration process. A fast start is vital because water damage (which is common with storms) can worsen if you have to wait to get the process started. Having access to a team who’s available at any time helps you beat the clock. We’re a local business. While some scammers might come to the area after a storm and attempt to profit, we’re already here in the community doing quality work. Our team is made up of community members. We live and work in the community and want to serve our friends and neighbors by doing high-quality work. We have experience. Many times when a storm moves through the area, multiple local families are affected. That means many people require restoration services fast. Because we have years of experience and SERVPRO’s backing, we can bring more teams to the area to ensure all of our neighbors who need help are served. If your home suffers storm damage, you can depend on us to help you restore your home to its original condition. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Pascagoula/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

Storm Damage Prevention Ideas

5/9/2022 (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!

Are You Ready For Storm Season???

5/5/2022 (Permalink)

"What would your family do? Would you know where to meet?" Talk to your family about these important issues! You never know when a disaster could strike. 

It is important at least once a year to get together with your family and come up with a plan. The following is a list of some important things to consider when getting you family's plan in place.

-"Where will we meet if our neighborhood is evacuated, or we are not allowed to go home by law enforcement?"

-"Is there a trusted neighbor, friend, or relative that can pick up the kids if parents can not get to them? Are they already on the pre-approved pick-up list for that child's school?"

-"Do you have a list of medications handy, and are they up to date which prescriptions filled regularly? This includes pets as well."

-"Make a list of shelters that allow pets ahead of time, and have a plan in place for pets if you cannot get them to a shelter. If you are staying with a relative, make sure your pet can come to, and purchase supplies ahead of time so your pet will be comfortable on a spare of the moment road trip."

-"If you have an elderly family member/friend, or a special needs family member/friend in an assisted living facility, learn that facility's evacuation plan and ask questions. Will they provide transportation for that family member, or will you need to get them? What would you do if you couldn't get to them, or got separated?"

-"Make a disaster kit! If you are riding out a disaster or are in a voluntary evacuation zone, you could be without water or power for days. Include water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, medications, pet supplies and pet food, flashlights, batteries, crank radio, wet wipes, and cleaning supplies you don't need water to use. Ever toilet paper and paper towels are also a good idea. Fill up your bath tub with water before disaster strikes so you can use that water to flush your toilets."

What To Do After The Storm

5/4/2022 (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 of Biloxi, 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

Always Here To Lend A Hand

5/1/2022 (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.

Storm Ready 24/7....SERVPRO

4/28/2022 (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."

It's Is That Time Of Year Again...Storm Season.

4/25/2022 (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!

SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.

4/22/2022 (Permalink)

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

What NOT To Do After A Flood

4/21/2022 (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. 

The differences between watches and warnings.

4/21/2022 (Permalink)

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

Storm Season is Just Around the Corner!

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Our Coast has been battered by hurricanes, flooding and severe thunderstorms. We know firsthand the extensive damage extreme weather can cause and how long a recovery process can be. SERVPRO’s goal is to get you back in your fully restored home or business faster.

Storm damage does not just affect outside structures, but can damage even small possessions inside our homes. SERVPRO strives to save as much of your belongings as possible through our extensive restoration process so that you can keep, rather than replace, your items.

This process includes services such as dry cleaning, wet cleaning, foam cleansing and abrasive cleaning. We can even offer move-out services when your home requires more in-depth cleaning. We can bring your home back to preloss condition, no matter what it takes

Spring Comes Along With a Variety of Extreme Weather

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

an image with a cloudy, rainy, sunny and snowy sky Extreme temperature changes can lead to the possibility of severe weather. SERVPRO of Pascagoula is a click away if you experience any damage

The United States is one of the largest nations in the world. Our size is second only to Russia and Canada, although China is also larger if you don’t count all outlying U.S. territories.

In an area this big weather is anything but a monolith—different parts of the country experience vastly different weather patterns and that means a variety of weather threats over the time span of a year.

As spring approaches and warm air becomes more common across our states, let’s look at the weather patterns different geographic locations can experience, and specifically what we can anticipate here on the Mississippi Coast.

Far from our coast, the southern West Coast warms up much faster and to a much higher extreme than we experience. Residents on this side of our nation will have to look out for excessive heat waves that can endanger lives and safety. The South Pacific area, including Hawaii, will be on alert for possible tsunamis caused by earthquakes.

The middle of the country from Iowa to Texas can expect windstorms, derechos and the risk of wildfires, which are easily spread when winds are high and seasons are dry. While we don’t often have fire concerns around our coastal towns, we certainly can relate to why much of the middle states are called Tornado Alley, with such a high concentration of tornadoes occurring.

Much like our neighbors in the middle of the country, here in our Southern region we can anticipate severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Our warm springs and coastal location also mean that we are threatened with early season hurricanes, while our neighbors have to watch for strong riptides.

Those in the Pacific Northwest region are prone to heavy rain over the spring months, which can cause flooding and water damage issues. Higher elevations stay colder and are often still dealing with snow. The melting and runoff from that can cause even more problems for residents in this area.

The Upper Midwest and Northeast regions experience very different weather than we are accustomed to on the Coast during spring. Winter’s chill hangs on longer there than any other area in the United States, with the weather often not warming until summer. Residents from Maine to the Dakotas can expect dangerously cold temperatures and the possibility of snowstorms and blizzards.

Most days our weather on the Coast is the ideal mix of warm and sunny, but we are no strangers to severe weather as well. While the dangers vary across our nation, no matter where you live, it pays to be prepared.

If extreme weather leaves you with damage from water, fire or other elements, help is a click away. Contact SERVPRO for fast, expert recovery.

Do you have storm or flood damage?

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Title: When Storms or Floods hit Pascagoula, SERVPRO is ready!

Category: Storm Damage

Photo Caption: Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Pascagoula.

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SERVPRO of 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 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 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 or 1-800-SERVPRO

Fast Facts About Summer Storm Safety

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

It does not take a large flood or severe weather to cause water damage to buildings—in fact, any amount of moisture can cause damage.

Heavy rains, defined as a rainfall rate greater than 0.3 inches per hour, are a big culprit of water damage, as they can suss out leaky spots in your home that lighter rain may not affect.

It is important to know where these vulnerabilities lie so that you are able to prevent them and know what to look out for.

How Household Water Damage Can Be a Result of Heavy Rain

Backup of clogged gutters. When gutters are filled with debris and do not allow water to drain effectively, heavy rain can quickly lead to serious pooling of water against your roof. This water can begin to seep into the areas it comes into contact with and cause damages.

Leaks around windows and doors. Any external opening of a home will be sealed when it is constructed, but with age, these storm-proofing measures can grow weaker. Steady rain can work its way into microscopic vulnerabilities in this sealant and lead to leaks.

Poor drainage around the foundation. When water is not able to drain away from the foundation and there is a lot of it, it can begin to seep into even the most resilient of materials such as cinderblocks. Landscaping and proper drainage are great ways to defend against this.

Leaks in and around the roof. Roof leaks are some of the leading causes of water damage to the home, and they can be quite sneaky. Broken shingles or general disrepair can lead to vulnerabilities that steady rainfall can quickly exploit and seep into.

Malfunctioning of a sump pump system. For houses that have a sump pump installed, regular care is important to ensure it is working properly. If it is unable to drain water out of your home, you can wind up with a serious flooding issue.

Leaks around chimneys and skylights. Seals on the roof around chimneys and skylights should be checked often and well-maintained to prevent leaks. As these seals age, they can begin to let in water especially if they become overwhelmed with rain.

If you’ve experienced water damage to your home, we are here to help. You can call us 247 to have our trained technicians respond quickly and begin your restoration.

Storm Damage, Call SERVPRO

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Though storm damage has continued to become more severe over the years, we have risen to the occasion in many ways. 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 provide247service 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.

You can reach us at 1-800-SERVPRO

Do You have damage left behind after a Storm? SERVPRO can help

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals

Why Choose a SERVPRO Franchise Professional?

 

They’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost

 

They're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

They specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

 They Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have a national network of over 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

Regardless of the Storm Damage, They Can Help

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornadoes and wind damage
  • Ice and snowstorms
  • Wild fires
  • Have Storm or Flood Damage?
    Call Us Today 1-800-SERVPRO

Tips for Preparing for Severe Weather at Home

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

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 respons

Why We’re Gulfport’s Storm Damage Resource | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

While you can take steps to protect your home from storm damage, the reality is that it’s impossible for anyone living along the Gulf Coast to predict when their house might suffer storm damage. But you can take many steps to lessen the likelihood that your home will be damaged during a hurricane, tropical storm or another severe weather event. Homeowners can take steps to board up windows, tie down or remove certain items that could be projectiles (like patio furniture or grills), and secure loose siding and shingles. It’s also smart to be sure your gutters are regularly cleaned and trees overhanging your home are removed. But even the most diligent homeowners can sometimes be impacted by severe weather—and have to deal with the resulting restoration and cleanup work. If your home is ever affected by extreme weather, the team here at SERVPRO is ready to help you get your home back to its original condition. Want to know why we’re Gulfport’s best choice for restoration? Here’s why: Our team is available 24/7 during emergencies like severe weather. That means we can begin working with you immediately to start the restoration process. A fast start is vital because water damage (which is common with storms) can worsen if you have to wait to get the process started. Having access to a team who’s available at any time helps you beat the clock. We’re a local business. While some scammers might come to the area after a storm and attempt to profit, we’re already here in the community doing quality work. Our team is made up of community members. We live and work in the community and want to serve our friends and neighbors by doing high-quality work. We have experience. Many times when a storm moves through the area, multiple local families are affected. That means many people require restoration services fast. Because we have years of experience and SERVPRO’s backing, we can bring more teams to the area to ensure all of our neighbors who need help are served. If your home suffers storm damage, you can depend on us to help you restore your home to its original condition. Contact us 24 hours a day to report damage and receive a quick response from our certified restoration technicians. Get in touch today.

Fast Facts About Summer Storm Safety | SERVPRO® of Pascagoula

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

lighting striking hillside during storm at night Have you been affected by a storm event? SERVPRO of Pascagoula is available 24/7 and ready to assist you with any storm damage.

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.

Service During and Be Safe After

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Survive DURING

  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Do not drive around barricades.
  • If sheltering during high winds, go to a FEMA safe room, ICC 500 storm shelter, or a small, interior, windowless room or hallway on the lowest floor that is not subject to flooding.
  • If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water.
  • Listen for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery outdoors ONLY and away from windows.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.

Be Safe AFTER

  • Listen to authorities for information and special instructions.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.
  • Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.
  • Document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.

Storm Damage Prevention Tips

2/5/2020 (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 228-475-3473 for all your storm remediation needs!

We Will Restore Your Home Day or Night in Pascagoula After a Flood

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Keeping your Family Safe Before and During Flood Damage in Pascagoula

While flood damage in Pascagoula can be easy to deal with on your own, adding a family and household into the mix can significantly complicate matters. Protecting your home and belongings before a major storm or hurricane hits the area should factor into your thought processes as well. The further ahead of a storm you plan for disaster, the more likely you are to make it through without undue troubles.

Keep Safety in Mind

Flood Damage in Pascagoula can pose a significant hazard to the health and safety of you and your family. Do your best to follow public service announcements about incoming storms and any evacuations that they may warrant, as these warnings are not made lightly and failing to follow them can lead to severe consequences. Additionally, you should have a waterproof container full of first aid supplies, flashlights, drinking water, and other survival essentials that you can access in times of need.

Have a Second Place to Stay

Having a place to stay set up before disaster strikes can help you get to a safer position without confusion and time pressure. Relatives who live further inland or in elevated areas may be able to offer refuge. If this option is not available to you, please try to identify towns with hotels that fare better in most storms than your neighborhood.

Stay Away from Floodwaters

Whether you choose to ride out the storm at home or evacuate elsewhere please be aware of the dangers floodwaters pose both to individuals and vehicles. SERVPRO technicians have specialized protective gear before entering any flooded area.

SERVPRO of Pascagoula stays prepared before, during, and after every major storm to help out local homeowners with flood damage Call us 24/7 at (228)475-3473

Protecting Your Belongings During Cleanup after Flood Damage

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

Seek the professional help of SERVPRO when you find flood damage in your home

When severe weather events affect the residences in the Pascagoula area, the interior of your home might suffer dramatically. Many homeowners find that water from lakes and streams invade their home's living space by only an inch or two, but still make a mess of things located much higher. Restoring your home after a flood includes protecting your home's contents.

If your Pascagoula home suffers flood damage, protecting your belongings needs to start immediately, also. After we remove the majority of the water with our extraction equipment, we then proceed to remove any visible debris lying on your home's floors. This provides us with clearer walkways within your home, increasing safety levels.

As we remove flood damaged materials in your home, we also need to remove your family's belongings. We do this to protect them from possible damages, to ensure those items that require restoration receive it, and to remove anything that might hinder our work crews.

Working in teams of two people, we inventory and carefully box your items. Our employees carry this task out in a standardized measures, ensuring that your home's inventory sheets' format remains consistent from one room to another. We also make a note of items that show damage or other problems, and at times, take photos of the damage for later reference. These notes and other evidence can assist you in making insurance claims and replacing such items, as well.

Making your house "Like it never even happened." after flood damage includes taking care of your belongings. Correctly inventorying your items helps us return these to their proper locations inside your home. Working in groups of teams, SERVPRO knows how to restore your home's interior after flood damage while protecting undamaged belongings.

SERVPRO of Pascagoula is always available to help. Call our 24-hour service line at (228) 475-3473 so we can start the work your home needs and deserves.

Restoring Your Home As Quickly as Possible

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Offers Fast and Thorough Storm Damage Restoration Services

Pascagoula homeowners are no stranger to severe weather systems passing through the area. While you cannot always account for when these strong storms are coming through the area, or adequately prepare for what they might entail, you should always be mindful of the damage that severe weather can do to your home.

Storm damage to your Pascagoula home can happen very quickly and with minimal warning. Something as simple as a dead tree on your property could substantially damage your house and force its way through the structural shell of your residence when it falls over, or limbs are broken off. Worse still, in many cases where storm damage affects your home, the storm itself is far from over.

What this means for your house is the probability of compounding issues such as flooding or water damage. That is why you should contact our team of SERVPRO restoration specialists as soon as you can following a disastrous incident like this. The more of a chance that our technicians have of getting to the problem early, the less subsequent damage that could result from the openings of your home.

From the moment that our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your house, our primary concern is boarding up or tarping over the exposed and vulnerable points of your house. While this might not be the most exciting looking process, it protects your home from further damage from the storm that might still be passing through or other weather events that might follow closely behind.

An assessment of both the exterior issues of your home as well as the potential water damage is another preliminary step to the restoration process that helps our team determine what areas require the most immediate attention. For substantial damages, our technicians can utilize controlled demolition to prepare the area for reconstruction efforts to follow.

Storm damage can rear its ugly head in several different ways, but you can trust in the experience and professionalism of SERVPRO of Pascagoula to help you through every step of the restoration process. In these situations, quick reactions can save your home from further damage and more costly repairs. You can call our emergency response team 24/7 at (228)475-3473

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

It’s that time of the year. Summer comes with rain. Rain comes with thunder storms and lightning. Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms. Thunderstorms are dangerous storms that include lightning and can:

  • Include powerful winds over 50 MPH;
  • Create hail; and
  • Cause flash flooding and tornadoes.

IF YOU ARE UNDER A THUNDERSTORM WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • When thunder roars, go indoors!
  • Move from outdoors into a building or car.
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings.
  • Unplug appliances.
  • Do not use landline phones.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A THUNDERSTORM THREATENS

Reasons NOT to Drive on a Flooded Street

11/7/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rainfall, severe storms, melting snow, and other natural events can cause a single flooded street or affect all of  your area. As people try to go about their normal routines when this happens, they are sure to come across several flooded roads. The most important of all travel tips during flooding is not to drive on those roads. Here are just a few of the reasons why to steer clear of streets covered by water.

1. Water Hides Many Disasters

There may be downed power lines, sinkholes, washed out pavement, and other disasters could be lurking below the surface of the waves. Even if there's only an inch or two, your tires could be damaged by debris lying out of sight.

2. It's Hard To Tell How Deep the Water Is

Without obvious clues, it's hard to estimate how deep the water is on a flooded street. This is particularly dangerous at night and on unfamiliar roads. It doesn't take long for you to get into water that is too deep to navigate.

3. Tire Buoyancy Can Float You Into Trouble

Weather-sealing and plenty of air pressure make it possible for your car to float just enough that you can't accurately tell how deep the water is. A tiny bit of buoyancy also removes any chance of friction, so you and your car are at the mercy of the flow of water. It isn't uncommon for cars in this situation to get sucked into drainage systems, rivers, and other bodies of water.

4. Engines Suck Up a Lot of Water

Engines create a powerful vacuum, sucking in air, debris, or water. When you drive on flooded roads, enough water gets sucked up to cause very expensive damages. In addition to this problem, you may find the computer destroyed, carpeting ruined, and wiring systems corroded.

5. Water Damaged Cars Require a Complete Overhaul

Water damage specialists will completely dismantle your car. Each piece of the automobile will be either dried or replaced, treated with chemicals, sealed, and then reassembled.

A flooded street is deceptively dangerous. Don't ever drive on them because of the risks to yourself and your car.

Flood Facts

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

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

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/flood#About

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 Pascagoula 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 following:

  • 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.

 https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/5.2.1.0%20Risk%20Assessment%20Process.png

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 Pascagoula 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 Pascagoula; 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 Pascagoula services Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, Pascagoula, and some surrounding areas. It’s best to call us directly 228-475-3473 Emergency Services available 24 hrs. a day. 

Emergency Planning

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.

 https://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/5.2.1.0%20Risk%20Assessment%20Process.png

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 Pascagoula 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 Pascagoula; 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 Pascagoula services Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Gulfport, Pascagoula, and some surrounding areas. It’s best to call us directly 228-475-3473. Emergency Services available 24 hrs. a day. 

When Storms or Floods Hit Pascagoula

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

SERVPRO of 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 quicker 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 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 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 228-475-3473.

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

SERVPRO Here to Help

8/23/2018 (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.

Flood Damage Prevention

3/5/2018 (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’s 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 Pascagoula is ready to respond at any time.

228-475-3473

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of these gulf coast communities. SERVPRO of Pascagoula 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) 475-3473.