Over the last few years I have received many calls from homeowners about mold underneath their house or in the crawlspace. This only occurs in a home that is built on a conventional foundation. Sometimes their floors inside have began to buckle but they have not had a water damage or leak. As our summers in Mississippi have grown hotter and more humid the problem has gotten worse.
Mold or fungi have to have moisture and a food source to grow. Of the two, moisture is the easiest to control since it can feed on any organic material. If you haven't had a leak or drainage problem that is causing excess moisture underneath your home the most probable source of moisture is from condensation.
Condensation occurs when warm moist air comes into contact with a cooler material like the floor boards of your home. Many homeowners are having problems with this now for the first time in forty years. Many of them have recently installed new storm windows or a new more efficient Air conditioner system or re-insulated their home. The point is that combined with the hotter more humid summers and the people keeping their homes cooler creates an environment conducive to condensation in their crawlspace.
One of the ways to you can help prevent condensation in your crawlspace is to increase the amount of ventilation under your house and install some fans to keep the air circulating. This will encourage more evaporation and help to keep your floor joist and sub-floor dry. Wood can only support microbial growth at 16% moisture content or above. If you can keep your crawlspace dry you shouldn't have any problem with mold or fungi growing in this area.
If you notice any potential mold or fungi growth contact SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let our trained professionals ease your mind.
Do you know the difference from a Watch and a Warning?
SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo like to make sure you and your family are safe during inclement weather. Thunderstorms can happen anywhere around the world and have the potential to be extremely dangerous at times. An average thunderstorm is 15 miles in diameter and lasts about 30 minutes; an average estimate of 1,800 thunderstorms happen at any moment around the world. Thunderstorms can happen at any time of year but are most common in spring and summer months.
WATCH VS. WARNING
- A WATCH is issued when conditions in your area are favorable for the development of severe weather. It does NOT mean that a thunderstorm will happen, only that it is possible.
- A WARNING is issued when severe storms are occurring or imminent in the area. During this warning the storms are capable of producing hail.
ALWAYS be alert and prepared!! Make sure you and your family have an emergency kit and a plan in case of severe weather. If your home or business floods due to inclement weather call SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909, and let us make it "Like it never even happened."
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Helpful Tips To Prevent Mold Growth
To prevent excessive moisture that can lead to mold growth try these helpful tips:
- Install exhaust fans in bathroom and kitchen,use them while showering and cooking.
- Don't use carpet in bathrooms or kitchens
- If you have rugs in the bathroom make sure you hang them up to dry after they get damp.
- Clean up water spills promptly
- Routinely check under sinks, behind toilets and around appliances for any unnoticed leaks.
- Install dehumidifiers in areas with high humidity.
- Make sure your drain gutters are properly draining water away from your home.
- Use climate control in areas with high humidity to keep the humidity down.
If your home or business shows any signs of mold call the professionals at SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let us make it look "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO Of VIcksburg & Yazoo Is Always Ready For the Storm!
SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 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.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important to many customers. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Warren or Yazoo Counties, 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.
So the next time your home or business is affected by a storm call us 601-634-0909.
Facts About Flooding
Did you know that flooding is one of the top natural disasters and can cause a massive amount of damage within your home. Heavy downpours of rain in your area can cause drainage issues which could lead to a flooded home. Here are a few things you can do in your home to minimize damage:
1. Keep water heater and electrical panels elevated
2. Make sure you and your family have an emergency kit and a plan
3. If you are under a warning be sure to tune into your tv/radio
4. If at all possible move your furniture and important items to a higher level.
5. ALWAYS remember to AVOID contact with flood waters.
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What to do if your Washing Machine floods your home
Have you ever wondered what to do if your washing machine malfunctioned and caused some flooding in your home? Here are some thoughts that may could help you if you are ever encounter by this disaster. In the case of a malfunction make sure you cut off the electrical power supply to the unit not by just pressing cancel on the machine but at the breaker or fuse box. It is also helpful to remove laundry and place them in an area where you are able to wring out any excess water that may still be on them. Also move the washer away from the wall so you are able to look behind it to make sure no hoses are leaking and are secured properly. If your home is ever affected by a water damage call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo and let us make your home look "Like it never even happened."
Plumbing Issues Can be a BIG Disaster.
Being a homeowner and having to deal with plumbing issues can be a headache but left untouched can cause major trouble in your home. It is always important to keep your plumbing maintenance on a regular basis. As a homeowner it is very important to keep an eye out for any potential troubles such as small leaks that could lead to plumbing failure. Once a leak is noticed it is very valuable to get it repaired as soon as possible so the issue does not cause your home to flood. If at any time your home does encounter a plumbing issue make sure the main water valve is cut off so no more water will get inside your home. If your home is ever damaged by a flood call the professionals at SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let us make your home look "Like it never even happened."
Do you and your family know the leading cause of house fires and how to protect your home?? Make sure your household has a fire ready plan and working smoke alarms. Every year many people are hurt and some result in death due to poor fire safety. Did you know that smoke inhalation is just as hazardous as the fire itself! Smoke inhalation can take all the oxygen out of the room and replace it with hazardous smoke and gases. Many house fires are started from lit candles not blown out and grease fires that get out of control. If your home is ever affected by a fire call the professionals at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."
Facts About Mold
Did you know that mold needs 3 key factors to grow 1)In order for mold to grow it needs food for example cardboard, leather and upholstery just to name a few.
2) The ideal temperature is a key factor for mold growth.
3) Mold also needs moisture to grow.
If these 3 factors are present mold will start growing within 24-48 hours!! If mold is left untreated it will continue to grow and cause havoc. Mold growth is the key sign of an unnoticed moisture problem, and failing to address the situation will allow the mold to continue to grow. Mold can leave a home with a "musty" odor. These areas are just a few ideas of where you are most likely to find mold growth:bathroom and kitchen sinks, leaks behind appliances, window sills and basements. If you suspect mold growth in your home or business call the professionals at SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let our trained professionals handle the problem for you!!