Recent Water Damage Posts

Will Clean Water Damage My Home?

5/8/2020 (Permalink)

While sewer water or blackwater as is it defined can quickly lead to mold growth in a home, clean water can also lead to dangerous mold growth. Blackwater contains lots of dirty bacteria that can quickly promote mold growth by itself. Clean water can cause mold spores that are naturally present in air and dust can also lead to mold growth.

The dangers in clean water leading to mold growth are that clean water can easily go unseen in a home due to the lack of odor when compared to black water. Clean water or gray water which is rainwater, can leak into a home’s attic or walls or crawl spaces and linger without being spotted. This water can then lead to mold spores activating and growing in these unseen areas. It’s not until the mold spreads to visible parts of the home or causes a musty odor that it is finally found. By that time, the damage caused by the mold can be quite extensive.

So even if you have a leak in your home that isn't Blackwater , give SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo a call to get the affected areas dried out to prevent further damage from starting.

Has your Water bill increased?

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Have you noticed a change in your water bill? It could be a slow climb or a sudden increase, but either way it may be an indicator that you have a water leak.  One of the most common reasons for a large water loss is a hidden leak in pipes that be may be concealed by walls, flooring or cabinets.  If you notice a change in your water bill, you may want to take a closer look around your home for signs of hidden water leaks.  Some things to look for are discoloration, bubbling or flaking paint, damp carpets, buckling or cupping wooden floor or a musty smell.  If the water leak has been going on for an extended period of time, you may already have mold which can produce and "off" smell and you may have visible growth.  The only way to detect the exact source is to use a moisture meter or cutting drywall.  If you experience a water damage, give SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo a call at 601-634-0909 and we can make it "Like it never even happened."

Vacation Prep List

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

We often get water damages after people have been away from their house for an extended time. Here are a few preventive things you can do while you are away. 

Exterior lighting, security systems and even smart phones enable a homeowner to deter intruders.  For most of us, water damage never crosses our mind.  Did you know that a 1/2 inch supply line flows at a rate of 50 gallons of water per minute? Just for reference, a standard tub holds roughly 80 gallons of water. Imagine your bathtub completely emptying in your home every 2 minutes! Can you imagine what damage could be done if this happens on the first day of your vacation and you don't know until you arrive back home days later.  At SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo, we have the this kind of damage on numerous occasions.  Not only flooding of the entire footprint of the home, but also mold.  If left untreated, a water loss can cause mold growth to begin in as little as 24-48 hours.  We recommend that as part of your pre-travel checklist, you add turning off the main water supply to your home.  The best way to prevent disaster is to be prepared!  

Do You Know What Kind of Homeowner's Coverage You Have?

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

It is likely that your homeowner's insurance policy will cover particular kinds of water damage to the inside of your home. There are several factors which will determine precisely what it covers. The type and cost of the homeowner's policy you carry will first determine the deductible, plus any limits to payouts that arise from particular claims. There are 3 basic types of insurance policies for homeowners, HO1, HO2, and HO3. 

Their different coverage restrictions and premium costs differentiate each type.  HO1 policies need lower premium payments, however, carry deductibles on the high side and might not cover some kinds of damage to the homes that are covered by other policies. HO2 policies are intermediate, and usually have deductibles that are moderate and cover a majority of damages.  HO3 policies are the most expensive and generous for insurance for homeowners. These policies give you limited deductibles and have a lot of perks which make them well worth their extra cost. 

There are cetain kinds of damages in the Vicksburg/Yazoo area which a homeowner's insurance policy does not cover.  Natural flood damage from a source has to be covered under a distinct policy for flood insurance. Homes in elevated areas or dry climates away from natural sources of water might not need flood insurance policies.  However, homes in low-lying areas along lakes, river or oceans could need flood insurance.  

The market for these insurance types is quite localized.  In areas that are flood-prone where there are regular basement floods, flood insurance can be extremely costly. This is true also in areas which regularly experience severe thunderstorms and hurricanes. The flood insurance market in Florida is regulated to lower the cost out-of pocket from the homeowners living there.   

During a weather event, if your home sustains water damage, a homeowners policy that is generous could cover your repair costs in particular circumstances. You will likely need to show your claims adjuster that the damaged happened because of a defect in the construction of your home.  This reasoning could work to explain why water seeped through a window that was sealed improperly or by the structure having a weak point.  It is not as likely to be an explanation that is adequate for water which has entered into the home clearly through an open door or window. 

A homeowner's insurance policy is likely more to cover water damage that is associated with faulty appliances, or plumbing.  This outcome, of course, is not guaranteed, either. 

SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo can help you with any water damage inside your home. 

All Water Damages Are Not the Same

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Many people expect all water damage to be the result of a water line breaking, or from flooding, or perhaps a bathtub overflowing.  Not all water damage is the product of such dramatic events. Even a minuscule leak can cause as much damage as a larger one, simply because it is either is not noticed or because it seems so insignificant. 

Faucets can leak under the sink they are situated on, allowing water to spread slowly under the cabinetry. Leaks under the sink can include where the water lines meet the faucet, and also where the drain pipe connects to the sink's drain.  Water can slowly travel from small cracks in either location and create a mess that can take months to make. 

When tubs and faucets are not matched, misalignment can happen. Water flowing from the faucet into the tub can flow over the overflow vents.  Unless these are properly connected, water can pool inside the wall or under the tub. 

Appliances that use water can also be the reason for water damage.  Leaks, overflows, and other malfunctions can either over time or suddenly, cause water emergencies.  When an incident like this occurs, extra caution is warranted so that electrical shock does not cause injury or death. Your safety needs to always be a priority in such events.   

When water damage has been building over time, secondary water damage should also be a concern.  Water affects different materials in various ways, and this can change over time.  Even small amounts of water can allow pathogens to grow, provide incentives to pests, such as ants, to colonize inside your home and weaken structures, such as the flooring under your tub or washing machine.  If you have water damage , please call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

Categories of Water

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical.  

Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source: rainwater is also considered clean.  Gray water is slightly contaminated water;clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated.  Black water is highly contaminated  and filled with fungi, bacteria, and chemicals. Black water is usually caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster.  Black water should ALWAYS be handled by a trained professional.  

Make sure if you have a water damage to:

Shut off the water source if possible

Turn off the circuit breakers, to prevent electrical shock

Remove excess water by mopping and blotting

Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions

Move any paintings, art, computers, documents, and other items of value to a safe place

Don't use your household vacuum cleaner since there is potential for electrical shock

If you have any questions, call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo at 601-634-0909

FLOOD WATER

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

What and What Not to do After Flooding:

SERVPRO OF VICKSBURG & YAZOO understands all water, be it a toilet supply line that has busted or the Mighty Mississippi River in your home.  

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Contact us today!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Hazards After Flood Waters

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Hazards to Avoid After a Flood

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

After the Storm

10 Most likely Hazards After a Flood

  1. Electrical and Gas Hazards
  • Take caution and treat all electrical lines, wires, equipment and fixtures as if they are energized until proven otherwise.
  • Immediately evacuate buildings if a gas leak or odor is detected, and notify the site supervisor or competent person.
  1. Motor Vehicles
  • Monitor local road conditions and obey closure signs. Don’t drive though flowing water. Six inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle and two feet of water will carry most cars away.
  • Standing water may not carry you away, but you may not be able to tell how deep it is. Unless you know how deep it is, it’s best to not drive through standing water.
  • Be aware of seen and unseen road hazards such as building debris, tree limbs, and pot holes. Also floods bring mud and roads can become very slick.
  1. Respiratory Hazards
  • Gasoline, propane and diesel-powered equipment (such as portable generators, power washers, compressors and pumps) should only be operated in well-ventilated outdoor areas to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide gas.
  • Stay upwind of or away from dust-generating activities, in particular involving crystalline silica-containing materials like concrete, brick, tile, drywall, mortar, sand, or stone.
  • Identify building materials such as painted surfaces and pipes that may contain lead.
  • If an area is known or suspected to contain asbestos, ensure that an assessment has been done by a competent individual before entering the area; if asbestos is present, wait until it is removed or contained.
  • Notify the supervisor immediately if asbestos is identified at the site and stop work until it has been removed or contained.
  • Refrain from entering areas with extensive mold buildup.
  1. Chemical Use/Exposure
  • Be aware of your surroundings. If there is evidence (sight or smell) of chemicals or their use, avoid that area and request an Industrial Hygienist accompany you.
  1. Sharp, jagged debris
  • Tree limbs.
  • Construction or demolition debris.
  • Broken glass.
  • Animal bites, both stray pets and wild animals.
  1. Roofing and Working from Heights
  • Ensure the use of fall protection systems: guardrails, safety nets or fall arrest systems.
  • Identify areas of structural weakness.
  • Identify ladder hazards and ensure their safe use.
  1. Power Tools
  • Ensure guarding on power tools is in good working order and always used.
  • Inspect all extension cords, remove from service those that are damaged, cut or have exposed wiring and inner insulation.
  • Use ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) or double-insulated power tools that are approved by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory.
  1. Flood Waters (Drowning/Walking)
  • Same as with driving, six inches of moving water may cause you to lose your footing and two feet of water will carry you away. Stay out of moving water.
  • Even standing water can present similar hazards. The water most likely will not be clear; therefore you won’t see how deep even a small puddle is. Avoid walking in standing water unless you know it is safe to do so.
  • Be aware of seen and unseen hazards such as building debris, tree limbs, and pot holes. Also floods bring mud and walkways can become very slick.
  1. Noise
  • Ensure the use of hearing protection when noise levels exceed 85 decibels. Generally, if you cannot hold a normal conversation at arm’s length due to noise, then hearing protection should be worn.
  1.  Personal Decontamination
  • Always wash hands with soap and water before eating, drinking, smoking, applying lip balm or cosmetics to prevent contamination of the mouth, nose or eyes with hazardous materials or infectious agents. Use a waterless alcohol-based hand cleaner if water is not available.
  • Decontaminate raingear and rubber boots that have been exposed to potentially hazardous materials.

What to Do After a Water Damage

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Well, the worse has happened..........your hot water heater has busted, your A/C has leaked, your child has left the tub running.........and now your house is wet. 

First thing you need to do is contact your insurance company and CALL SERVPRO!

After that, however, here are some tips that can help you.

  • Document the damage.  Take photos and videos if possible.
  • Save any damaged items for your adjuster to inspect.
  • Make a list of any repairs you make on your own, even if they are temporary.
  • Keep all receipts for repairs you pay for.
  • Protect your belongings - move any items to higher/dryer areas.
  • Remove area rugs from the floors.  Dyes from the rugs can stain floors if left wet.
  • Clean up as much water as possible by blotting or soaking with wet towels.
  • When safe to do so, circulate air with the use of fans. 

Toliet OverFlow

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

If you are currently dealing with a flooded toilet in your home, you may not know what to do next. It may be that your toilet overflowed due to a backup or plumbing issue rather than sewer damage but knowing why the water is flowing is only so helpful if you do not know what steps to take to fix the situation. Here are three things you should now about toilet floods.

1. Toilet Overflows Can Have Many Causes

A toilet can overflow for several reasons, but a backup in the toilet or a plumbing issue may be the most likely causes. However, a low flow toilet or septic malfunction could also be to blame. Knowing why you have a flooded toilet is a good first step to understanding what steps to take to remedy the situation. If sewer line damage is to blame, you may have an even bigger problem on your hands.

2. Toilet Water May Be Category 2

There are three nationally recognized categories of water damage: Category 1 is “white” water, Category 2 is “gray” water, and Category 3 is “black” water. White water is considered the least contaminated, while black water is often a cause for concern. The water from your toilet flood is most likely Category 2 water, which requires cleanup but many not be as urgent as Category 3 water.

3. A Professional Sewage Company May Help

Since it may be difficult to figure out what is causing your toilet to flood as well as what category your leak falls into, it is usually a wise idea to call sewage cleanup professionals, so trained technicians can help you with your bathroom disaster. They can arrive on the scene, survey the situation and help you decide what to do next. They can often help you fix the matter, as well.

Toilet overflows can be stressful and intimidating and having to worry about sewer damage can make you even more anxious. Use what you now know about toilet floods to make a sound decision for your home.

We are here, if you need us SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo

What to Expect In a Water Damage

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can accumulate slowly over time or be the result of a catastrophic event. Either way, the most important thing is to mitigate the damage as soon as possible. The longer you let water damage sit, the more destruction it will cause. Whether you’re dealing with a pipe burst, seasonal flooding or a slow water line leak, don’t try to handle water damage clean-up on your own. Water damage professionals  have the right equipment and expert knowledge to ensure your home is completely restored to its original condition. Here’s what to expect when you call.


1. Evaluation


When water damage experts arrive at your home, they’ll need to evaluate the situation. They need to determine the source of the water, judge how dirty and potentially hazardous the water is and assess the extent of the damage.


2. Water Removal


Professionals have access to pumps, extraction units and other specialized equipment to remove water from your home quickly and efficiently. They also have cameras and meters that can detect water inside your walls to make sure no damage is overlooked.


3. Drying 


A pipe burst can leave a lingering low level of moisture in walls and floors even after the main mass of water has been removed. Over time, this can cause as much damage as standing water. Experts use industrial-grade dehumidifiers and fans to completely dry floors, walls and furniture to prevent further warping, molding and discoloration. 


4. Clean-Up


Replacing belongings and keepsakes can be expensive or even impossible. That’s why professionals focus on restoring your belongings through deep cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing. 


5. Building Restoration


Severe water damage can destroy paint, drywall, wood or tile flooring and carpets. In these cases, the original materials may need to be completely replaced. A water damage professional can remove the destroyed materials and replace them, ensuring your home is returned to its original state. 

A pipe burst can seem like the end of the world, or at least of your peaceful and clean home. Fortunately, professional water damage mitigation services  can restore your home using these five essential steps.

We are Always here to help! SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo! 

How To Protect Your Home From A Water Damage

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that water damage claims are one of the highest insurance claims by homeowners?Check out the list below to see how you can be proactive on keeping your home from flooding, SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo wants to make sure you as a homeowner are not faced with a major water damage.

* Always check for leaks under your sinks, toilets and exterior of your home such as the roof.

* Remember to check your major appliances to ensure that all hoses are connected properly. 

* Check your homes outside gutters to ensure they are not clogged in case of rain that may cause back up. 

* If you plan to leave your home for a few days get someone to check on your home so if an emergency does occur you are aware instead of coming home to a nightmare. 

If at any time your home is affected by a water damage call our trained professionals and let us take the headache out of your hands!!

SERVPRO Of Vicksburg & Yazoo

601-634-0909 

Classes of Water Damages

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

If your home or business is ever affected by a water damage it is very important to know the extent of the damage it may cause. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are four classes of destruction that explain the severity levels of water damage. Knowing the class of destruction first will help in making a restoration plan to fix the water damage.            

Classes of Destruction

*Class 1 –

            Class 1 is the easiest water damage to deal with due to the slow evaporation rate. Only part of the room or area is affected for this class and there is little to no wet carpet that has been affected.

*Class 2 –

            Due to the fast evaporation rate of Class 2, the whole room becomes affected. From the carpeting to the walls and structure, moisture covers the room.

*Class 3 -

            Class 3 involves the fastest evaporation rate where ceilings have now become involved. Most instances from this class have had liquid come from the ceiling. The moisture in these incidents will most likely affect the ceiling, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors.

*Class 4 –

            When an area has reached class 4, this means that the liquid has had enough time to completely saturate materials such as hardwood, brick or even stone. These incidents require specialty-drying situations.

If your home or business is ever affected by water call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let our trained professionals make it "Like it never even happened."

Water Restoration Facts

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

The following is provided by the IICRC. 

Companies that perform water damage restoration have to be skilled in a number of areas to stay current in their field. Technicians in the industry have to combat a number of threats, some visible and some invisible, before their job is done. Structural weakening, chemical runoff, electrical hazards, dangerous wildlife, and deadly microbes are all common risks technicians have to contend with. Without the proper education and equipment, a technician risks grave injury and may leave health risks behind for a family to encounter. Fortunately, technicians in the industry have access to the educational resources offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC.

After getting certified in water damage restoration and a number of related fields, a professional in the field will be able to identify and neutralize any problems they are likely to face at a job site. In most cases, a technician is called to a home following a flood or plumbing disaster. In either case, the initial threat a technician has to encounter is hazardous standing liquid. Floods and sewage backups are normally host to dangerous chemicals, like oil runoff, bacteria and viruses. Before any repairs can be done on the home, a technician will need to be outfitted with the proper safety wear and begin investigating where the liquid is pooling. Moisture meters can detect the level of moisture in and behind drywall, carpet, and other areas. Using minimally-invasive tools, a technician can quickly find pockets of heavy moisture in areas not readily accessible.

This is important because only thorough drying will ensure that further destruction does not occur. Most companies use a combination of industrial  air movers and dehumidifiers to extract moisture from both materials and the air. This process can take some time, but diagnostic tools like moisture meters help technicians monitor the drying process. Once all of the materials inside the home have reached safe levels, mold and other microbial growth can be halted.

The most severe threats a water damage restoration company has to deal with are molds and other pathogens. These  contaminants can remain a major hazard for years after they have taken root, and can cause insidious health problems while remaining hidden in vents or behind walls. Trained technicians are capable of neutralizing molds and other pathogens by utilizing special  cleaning products and quickly removing compromised materials. Being able to identify mold growth is an important skill for a professional, and stemming the growth of a colony can be the difference between saving a home and having to condemn it. Certified firms are capable of quickly working through a property and disposing of anything that is beyond repair. Anything that is salvageable but soaked is separated, cleaned properly, and promptly dried. If the building’s structural integrity has been affected, these technicians can identify it and alert the homeowner and the insurance representative to its presence.

Without professional help, a homeowner will never know for sure that their home is safe to live in again. This is why the help of a certified technician is so valuable. They don’t just repair homes, they restore normalcy.

Though IICRC does not in fact operate its own school, it does recommend the best water damage restoration technician training courses per industry standards

Time is of the essence after a major water disaster. Though Journeyman-certified technicians may be the right choice for water damage that does not threaten structural integrity, it is vital to bring an IICRC certified Master professional to the scene of a major disaster as soon as possible. Certified professionals use the skills they’ve learned in the accreditation courses to examine the structure, textiles, and the belongings, and will likely be able to control the damage, so no further damage will occur.

Furthermore, knowing the fastest and best means of drying the structure and textiles is imperative. Familiarity with the most effective processes and safest compounds to stop the spread of molds and microbes is also needed to protect people and animals in the environment. Graduates of the relevant IICRC-approved classes excel in these areas.

The importance of providing customer satisfaction cannot be over-emphasized. Each  certified technician  must pass a stringent series of exams prior to acceptance, and continual training is required. Complaints are taken seriously and must be handled promptly to ensure continued accreditation as a certified firm.

Water damage restoration technician training is a surefire way to  insure the latest and greatest procedures are used to protect a customer’s property. There are various courses of study and ways to learn the information, so IICRC works with both the consumer and the professional to guarantee the best experience.

What to do if your Washing Machine floods your home

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

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.

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

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."

Frozen Pipe Facts And Tips

1/15/2018 (Permalink)

As the cold weather approaches are your pipes winter ready? The main pipes that have the most potential to freeze are the pipes that are located outside, basements and any other un insulated areas. Here are a few tips on how to protect your pipes:

  • Drain any supply lines for pool or sprinklers
  • Make sure you have proper insulation
  • Check all areas of the home for any exposed pipes that have potential to freeze

Also, here are a few tips to prevent frozen pipes:

  • If there are any supply lines in the garage keep the garage door closed.
  • Keeping cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing.
  • Allow cold water to trickle from your faucet when it is extremely cold outside to help prevent your pipes from freezing.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo are always here to help 24 hours a day 7 days a week 601-634-0909!!

Tips to Prevent water damages in your home

1/11/2018 (Permalink)

Did you know that water damages are way more common then people realize and can be very devastating! Try these few tips to help prevent a water damage in your home or business:

  •  Have a plumber inspect and maintenance your hot water heater on a regular basis. 
  • Always replace hoses on any appliance at the first sign of wear and tear to prevent water leaking into your home. 
  • Pay close attention to your toilets.
  • ANYTIME you encounter a leak immediately turn the water off!
  • Also, remember if there is a basement in your home make sure you have a properly functioning pump.

If your home is invaded by water let our professionals take the headache off of your hands.Our professionals at SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 specializes in water extraction and uses the most up to date equipment to make the job look "Like it never even happened." 

Do's and Dont's for a water damage.

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

One of the most common questions during a water damage is “what do I need to do until help arrives?”  Here a few Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to water damage.

Do’s:

  • Contact your local restoration company as soon as possible
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by shop vacuum, mopping or blotting
  • Wipe excess water from around wood furniture after removal of lamps and table top items
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery items such as cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpet
  • In the summer, turn on HVAC unit to maximize drying
  • Remove colored rugs from wall to wall carpeting areas to minimize staining
  • Pick up loose items, such as toys and clothes,  to allow maximum air to reach the wet areas

Don’ts:

  • Leave fabrics wet in place, dry them as soon as possible
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature
  • Leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet floors
  • Use your household vacuum to remove water
  • Use TV’s or other household appliances while standing on wet floors
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water

Call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."

Do you know the different classes of a water damage?

11/17/2017 (Permalink)

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To get started in the restoration of a home or business that has been affected by water damage, it is important to know the extent of damage that you are getting into. According to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), there are four classes of destruction that explain the severity levels of water damage. Knowing the class of destruction first will help in making a restoration plan to fix the water damage.            

Classes of Destruction

*Class 1 –

            Class 1 is the easiest water damage to deal with due to the slow evaporation rate. Only part of the room or area is affected for this class and there is little to no wet carpet that has been affected.

*Class 2 –

            Due to the fast evaporation rate of Class 2, the whole room becomes affected. From the carpeting to the walls and structure, moisture covers the room.

*Class 3 -

            Class 3 involves the fastest evaporation rate where ceilings have now become involved. Most instances from this class have had liquid come from the ceiling. The moisture in these incidents will most likely affect the ceiling, walls, insulation, carpet and sub-floors.

*Class 4 –

            When an area has reached class 4, this means that the liquid has had enough time to completely saturate materials such as hardwood, brick or even stone. These incidents require specialty-drying situations.

If your home or business is ever affected by water call SERVPRO of Vicksburg & Yazoo 601-634-0909 and let our trained professionals make it "Like it never even happened."

What is Water Restoration?

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

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The following is provided by the IICRC. 

Companies that perform water damage restoration have to be skilled in a number of areas to stay current in their field. Technicians in the industry have to combat a number of threats, some visible and some invisible, before their job is done. Structural weakening, chemical runoff, electrical hazards, dangerous wildlife, and deadly microbes are all common risks technicians have to contend with. Without the proper education and equipment, a technician risks grave injury and may leave health risks behind for a family to encounter. Fortunately, technicians in the industry have access to the educational resources offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC.

After getting certified in water damage restoration and a number of related fields, a professional in the field will be able to identify and neutralize any problems they are likely to face at a job site. In most cases, a technician is called to a home following a flood or plumbing disaster. In either case, the initial threat a technician has to encounter is hazardous standing liquid. Floods and sewage backups are normally host to dangerous chemicals, like oil runoff, bacteria and viruses. Before any repairs can be done on the home, a technician will need to be outfitted with the proper safety wear and begin investigating where the liquid is pooling. Moisture meters can detect the level of moisture in and behind drywall, carpet, and other areas. Using minimally-invasive tools, a technician can quickly find pockets of heavy moisture in areas not readily accessible.

This is important because only thorough drying will ensure that further destruction does not occur. Most companies use a combination of industrial  air movers and dehumidifiers to extract moisture from both materials and the air. This process can take some time, but diagnostic tools like moisture meters help technicians monitor the drying process. Once all of the materials inside the home have reached safe levels, mold and other microbial growth can be halted.

The most severe threats a water damage restoration company has to deal with are molds and other pathogens. These  contaminants can remain a major hazard for years after they have taken root, and can cause insidious health problems while remaining hidden in vents or behind walls. Trained technicians are capable of neutralizing molds and other pathogens by utilizing special  cleaning products and quickly removing compromised materials. Being able to identify mold growth is an important skill for a professional, and stemming the growth of a colony can be the difference between saving a home and having to condemn it. Certified firms are capable of quickly working through a property and disposing of anything that is beyond repair. Anything that is salvageable but soaked is separated, cleaned properly, and promptly dried. If the building’s structural integrity has been affected, these technicians can identify it and alert the homeowner and the insurance representative to its presence.

Without professional help, a homeowner will never know for sure that their home is safe to live in again. This is why the help of a certified technician is so valuable. They don’t just repair homes, they restore normalcy.

Though IICRC does not in fact operate its own school, it does recommend the best water damage restoration technician training courses per industry standards

Time is of the essence after a major water disaster. Though Journeyman-certified technicians may be the right choice for water damage that does not threaten structural integrity, it is vital to bring an IICRC certified Master professional to the scene of a major disaster as soon as possible. Certified professionals use the skills they’ve learned in the accreditation courses to examine the structure, textiles, and the belongings, and will likely be able to control the damage, so no further damage will occur.

Furthermore, knowing the fastest and best means of drying the structure and textiles is imperative. Familiarity with the most effective processes and safest compounds to stop the spread of molds and microbes is also needed to protect people and animals in the environment. Graduates of the relevant IICRC-approved classes excel in these areas.

The importance of providing customer satisfaction cannot be over-emphasized. Each  certified technician  must pass a stringent series of exams prior to acceptance, and continual training is required. Complaints are taken seriously and must be handled promptly to ensure continued accreditation as a certified firm.

Water damage restoration technician training is a surefire way to  insure the latest and greatest procedures are used to protect a customer’s property. There are various courses of study and ways to learn the information, so IICRC works with both the consumer and the professional to guarantee the best experience.

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

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)

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