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Do you have Mold in Your Crawlspace?

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

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 there.

IICRC Certified Firm

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Vicksburg Water Outage

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Three weeks ago the city of Vicksburg experienced a citywide water outage. A main waterline coming from the City water treatment plant was ruptured and had to be repaired. The problem was that the ruptured line was under 12 feet of flood water from the Mississippi River. A dam was built around the area so the water could be pumped out and repairs made. Originally the City estimated around 5 to 7 days to get the water back on. Thankfully the damages were not as bad as expected and the water was back on after 3 days.

Everyone was scrambling to get water during this time which put a strain on the supply of surrounding water companies so pressure got low and eventually Culkin Water was forced to turn off so their tanks could be refilled.

The City and County officials were collecting water and containers to carry water to distribute to elderly and needy citizens. We were letting them fill their containers at our office but wanted to do more. We partnered with a local Nationwide adjuster who delivered 200 new 5 gallon buckets to our warehouse. The buckets were donated to the city and county agencies so water could be delivered to residents throughout the city.

We would like the thank Mayor Flaggs and the City of Vicksburg for their recognition but it was our pleasure to give back to the community that has given so much to us over the years.

Restoring Hattiesburg

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

On the morning of Saturday, January 21, 2017 a category 3 tornado ripped through parts of Hattiesburg and Petal Mississippi leaving in its wake four people dead and more than 500 homes in two counties severely damaged or destroyed and roughly another 600 with minor damage. The United States get more tornadoes than any other place on earth. The U.S sees about 1,250 tornadoes per year. Canada is second with about 100 per year.

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo was honored to answer the call when the local franchise called for help. We arrived on Sunday, Jan. 22 to produce our first job and the devastation was terrible. There were no trees left standing in the hardest hit areas and homes and businesses were completely destroyed. Fourteen days and 7 jobs later the event began to wind down from a mitigation stand point but the reconstruction will be continuing for the better than a year. The support from the local community and compassion of the people of Hattiesburg and Petal is inspiring and we wish them all the best in their continuing efforts to rebuild their community.

Water Damage Tips

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO arrives.




  • Shut off the source of the water.




  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.




  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting




  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items




  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying




  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting




  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.




  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors



  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors

Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 601-634-0909

For Immediate Service in Vicksburg, Yazoo City or Port Gibson Call SERVPRO

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

General  For Immediate Service in Vicksburg, Yazoo City or Port Gibson Call SERVPRO Vicksburg, Yazoo or Claiborne County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Warren, Yazoo or Claiborne County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (601)634-0909

Residential Services

Whether your Warren or Yazoo County home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Service

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Claiborne or Warren County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: http://www.SERVPROvicksburgyazoo.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Warren County Home

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Faster to your Vicksburg Water Damage Event

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – (601)634-0909

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo

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

Vicksburg and Yazoo City Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration!

3/16/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage  Vicksburg and Yazoo City Residents: We Specialize in Flooded Basement Cleanup and Restoration! This Yazoo City home’s basement flooded due to heavy rains.

A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your Vicksburg or Yazoo City basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

Call Today - (601)634-0909

If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained  in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help (601)634-0909