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Winter Weather Hazards: Protecting Your Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and Gulfport Home
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As winter approaches, the picturesque Gulf Coast region of Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and Gulfport may experience unique weather challenges. While the snowfall is a rarity in this part of the country, other winter weather hazards can pose risks to your home and property. In this blog post, SERVPRO® explores possible winter weather hazards in these areas and offers tips on how to protect your home.
1. Freezing Temperatures:
- Gulf Coast winters can bring unexpected freezing temperatures. Frozen pipes and water damage can result from these cold snaps. To prevent this, insulate exposed pipes and let faucets drip during particularly cold nights.
2. Heavy Rainfall:
- While snowfall may be uncommon, heavy rainfall can occur during the winter months. Ensure your roof is in good condition and free of leaks. Clean gutters and downspouts to direct rainwater away from your home's foundation.
3. Storm Surges and Coastal Flooding:
- Coastal areas like Biloxi and Gulfport are vulnerable to storm surges and flooding, especially during winter storms. Keep sandbags and other flood prevention measures on hand. Elevate electrical systems and important appliances to reduce the risk of flood damage.
4. Strong Winds:
- Winter storms often bring strong winds that can damage roofs, siding, and windows. Regularly inspect and maintain your home's exterior to ensure it can withstand these gusts.
5. Power Outages:
- Storms can lead to power outages. Equip your home with flashlights, batteries, and a backup power source if possible. Keep a supply of non-perishable food and water on hand in case of extended outages.
6. Fire Hazards:
- Heating equipment, such as space heaters and fireplaces, can pose fire hazards if not used safely. Keep flammable materials away from heating sources and ensure your smoke detectors are in good working condition.
7. Fallen Trees and Debris:
- Winter storms can bring down trees and create debris hazards. Trim tree branches that could potentially fall on your home and secure outdoor furniture and objects that could become projectiles during high winds.
8. Mold Growth:
- The combination of rain and fluctuating temperatures can create ideal conditions for mold growth. Regularly inspect for water leaks and address them promptly to prevent mold issues.
9. Ice Accumulation:
- Ice accumulation on sidewalks and driveways can create slipping hazards. Keep these areas clear and apply ice melt or sand to improve traction.
While Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and Gulfport may not experience the typical winter weather seen in other regions, it's essential to prepare for the unique winter weather hazards that can affect your home. By taking proactive measures and staying vigilant, you can protect your property and ensure a safe and comfortable winter season. If your home does suffer from winter weather-related damage, SERVPRO® is here to assist with restoration and cleanup, helping you get back to normal quickly and safely.
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A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® Franchise Professional will walk you through the job process and then work quickly to restore your property to preloss condition whenever possible.
From large commercial environments to small residential losses, SERVPRO® Franchise Professionals understand your loss is the job that matters most! We will be happy to provide references so you can feel confident that SERVPRO® is the best system to service your needs.
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When you are dealing with any damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport is your local restoration expert.
If you’re in business or if you have a home, you know it’s your job to make sure everything runs as it should. You have to manage limited resources and keep morale high.
All of that sails out the window when a disaster strikes, and now you have a new focus. Fair or not, it’s your responsibility to get things back to normal.
That’s where we can help! Disaster recovery is our job, not yours.
Trusting SERVPRO to help you in this process is a great first step to getting life back to normal.
Prepared and Ready Right Now
Disasters are what we handle for a living, and we’re ready at a moment’s notice to help you recover. After all, we know you don’t have time to wait when water or fire damage has occurred.
We’re already ready so we don’t have to get ready.
Agility Makes Us Faster to Your Disaster
We know that every second counts when a catastrophe happens.
Mold can start grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours. A quick response, is important after a disaster and with a local office right here, you’ll obtain the benefit of a national network of recovery experts with a local response time.
Our Techs Are Instructed on Both Commercial and Residential Disaster Mitigation
Disasters are indiscriminate, and they affect homes and business alike. We’re trained to handle damage in both places.
We can provide you with a custom solution and get your home or business back to normal fast.
Our Restoration Services Make It "Like it never even happened."
We take pride in seeing your restoration through to the very end. So much so that our customers have declared us as the top experts in the recovery and restoration business.
All because we care about what we do for you!
We Adapt to New Disasters
We’re agile, and we adapt quickly. Disease prevention wasn’t really a point of emphasis in the past. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it now is. We can provide custom sanitization solutions that go far beyond normal cleaning services.
If you want to promote to your customers that you provide a safe and clean working and shopping environment, we can provide that hyper-clean space and instill confidence at the same time.
We all know disasters happen. When they do, your local SERVPRO is ready to take on the task of recovery and restoration so you can get back to your daily life.
Regardless of why you need cleanup or disaster recovery, SERVPRO has the tools, the technicians and the training to get your situation under control. When you’re ready to get help from the best, get in touch with SERVPRO of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport.
Getting your business ready to open again after a disaster
If you’re like most Gulf Coast residents, you’ve learned a lot about the unpredictability of life during the COVID-19 pandemic. After all, no one saw a pandemic coming.
Business owners have been hit particularly hard during the pandemic. They’ve had to search for new ways to operate and connect with customers and manage new and shifting obligations (like transforming the dining room into a virtual classroom).
While most of us had no plans to deal with 2020, diligent business owners always have strategies for dealing with more common disasters, like a fire, destructive storm or flooding.
Having the plans and implementing them in the face of disaster, however, are different things.
We work with business owners all the time, so we know what it takes to get your business up and running again. Here’s some of the best advice we can give business owners facing a restoration scenario.
From Disaster to Reopening
Because we want to help business owners thrived, we’ve pulled together some of the best tips to help you deal with the restoration process:
Don’t forget about your plans. This sounds simple, but it can be challenging to work through your programs after something as jarring as a natural disaster. Remember your plans and why you’ve put them in place. Depending on your business, that may include moving to a backup location.
Assist your employees as you can. Don’t forget this disaster will impact your employees, too. You can reach out to organizations like the Small Business Administration (SBA) for help.
Document and photograph the damage. You’ll want to take photographs before you clean up the damage. You’ll also want to inventory everything that was damaged. Your insurance company will need this vital information, so be prepared to provide it.
Regularly out to critical stakeholders. It’s easier now than it’s ever been to reach out to your suppliers, your employees, your customers and your community. You can use everything from social media and an email list to an old-fashioned phone call.
Work with the right partners. Choose competent professionals to work on your restoration process and repair any of the damage. It will make opening up again easier.
If a fire, flood or any other cause damages your business, you can always count on us for restoration assistance. We have crews 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 you.
Preparing for a Major Storm on the Gulf Coast
Preparing for a Major Storm on the Gulf Coast | SERVPRO® of Biloxi/Ocean Springs/Gulfport Hurricane season will be starting again in the next few months. Are you ready for it? If not, then you have time to prepare. Living as we do near the coast and in a part of the country that has been hit by hurricanes several times in recent memory, it’s smart to be sure you know what to do if a storm is predicted to hit Biloxi, Gulfport or Ocean Springs. Make Your Emergency Plan Here’s what you should do to get ready for the 2021 hurricane season. Know your evacuation route. It’s vital to know how you, your family and pets will safely get out of your home and area. You can find posted evacuation routes in most areas. Practice them. Pack your emergency kit. Essential documents, medications, eyeglasses and items needed for you and your pets should all find a place in your emergency kit. Be sure these items are in places where you can grab them easily. Consider including non-perishable food items (like granola bars and bottled water) and flashlights, too. Secure your home. If you have time, securing your home should be part of it. Shutter or cover your windows, secure your outdoor furniture and your home. Also, take an inventory of valuables in your home to have them quickly if you need to file an insurance claim. Don’t wait to leave. If your neighborhood is ordered to evacuate the area, get out as soon as possible and move inland. Why SERVPRO Is a Powerful Partner When there’s a storm damage emergency in our region, residents know they can trust SERVPRO to help them restore the damage. Here’s why: We’re a local business with the right experience. We know what life is like here on the Gulf Coast and how severe storms and flooding can come with all the benefits of beautiful beaches. Because we know what to expect, we’re prepared to meet families’ needs in this region. We have the teams and staffing to work fast. Because we’ve weathered hurricanes and storms in the past, we know what it takes to quickly begin the restoration process. We’re prepared to call in extra help as we need it, so local families don’t have to wait for the process to begin. We employ expert technicians who use the latest technology. Our teams are part of the SERVPRO national family, so we can access any of the training and technology that a large, trusted company can provide. We use that edge to bring the best restoration service to our community. 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.