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Electricity....Yes, Please. Fire....No Thanks!

10/19/2021 (Permalink)

Sticks and stones may not break your bones, but fire will hurt you!  Think of all the plugs, extension cords, and surge protectors that todays’ households use to facilitate the use of computers, phone chargers, TV’s, and a host of other electronics that we couldn’t have even dreamed of 20 years ago.  And with all these electronics, can be the over utilization of electrical outlets.  Older homes were not designed or electrically wired to handle the load of todays electronics.  Then, multiply these electronics by the number of people within a home, and the strain on the system becomes exponentially more concerning.  The result in many cases: electrical fires.  Unlike kitchen fires, electrical fires often “simmer” inside walls without anyone noticing until they combust into a large-scale fire that is already within the  infrastructure of the home. 

If your outlets spark when you plug appliances or electronics in, this is a problem.  If you notice the electrical power in your home arc and dim when electronics are plugged in and out, this too is a sign of electrical weakness.  If you smell anything odd and rather metallic in nature, it may be your electrical wiring.  Be proactive and have your home checked by a certified electrician if any of these symptoms occur or you notice anything else of concern.

Should the unfortunate occurrence of a fire take place, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800 for all your fire remediation needs.  We are certified, licensed and trained in Fire restoration.

We Are Here To Serve

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in the Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly area. 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 – (703) 830-5800

Residential Services

Whether your 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 Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your 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.  Call us today on (703) 830-5800.

Do What You Can....But Call Us!

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

If you have recently experienced flooding or water leakage in your home, take steps to stop the water source and call the local SERVPRO professionals of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800. If you are able to stop the water from infiltrating your home, start to dry the affected areas the best that you can.  To prevent mold from growing and to avoid that mildew smell, get out the fans to help dry the area.  If you own a dehumidifier, use it to dry out the air, walls, and ground along with the fans.

Taking these initial steps will help mitigate the damage while the SERVPRO team is on their way. SERVPRO, with industrial strength blowers, dehumidifiers, clean-up equipment, and products, will be able to get your home back to its original condition while avoiding the onset of mold and mildew.  Call us any time on (703) 830-5800.

Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Nobody wants to have a house fire.  It is devastating to say the least.  However, if the unfortunate occurs, and you experience a house fire, the following are basic steps to follow:

1) For safety, always check with authorities before reentering the home.  Structural damage, hot embers, compromised flooring, are all dangers you want to avoid. Do not enter too early.

2) Once cleared to enter the home, document the damage with video and photographs. These will prove helpful when working with the insurance company and your SERVPRO restoration team.   

3) Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800, a professional fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO specializes in restoring and repairing what has been damaged from a fire, smoke, water, or flame-retardant chemicals. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly has the team of experienced professionals ready to immediately handle any of your fire damage and restoration needs.  

Do What You Can, But Call Us!

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

If you have recently experienced flooding or water leakage in your home, take steps to stop the water source and call your local SERVPRO professionals at Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800.  We are available 24/7 to help in your time of need. If you are able to stop the water from infiltrating your home, start to dry the affected areas. To prevent mold from growing and to avoid that mildew smell, get out the fans to help dry the area.  If you own a dehumidifier, use it to dry out the air, walls, and ground along with the fans.

Taking these initial steps will help mitigate the water damage while the SERVPRO team from Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly is on their way. SERVPRO, with industrial strength blowers, dehumidifiers, clean-up equipment, and products, will be able to get your home back to its original condition while avoiding the onset of mold and mildew.  Call us today on (703) 830-5800.

Check Those Gutters!

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

Did you forget to check the outside drains for leaves?  Do you now have water in your home?  Fall can be a pretty time of year, but those leaves can also wreak havoc.  If you find yourself under water, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800.  We are committed to providing 24/7 water damage remediation should the need arise.  We're available 24/7 on (703) 830-5800.

As the leaves start falling this season, take steps to prevent water from getting inside your home.  

Check all your exterior drainage systems:

  • Are your gutters free from leaves and debris?  Leaves and debris can clog gutters and drains and send water back to your roof, walls or foundation.
  • Check the drains in exterior stairwells. Make sure they are clear of leaves and debris. You can install a raised drain cover from most home improvement centers that will protect you from an inch or two of debris.
  • Gutters should extend at least 10 feet from the foundation.

Such preventive maintenance may save you time and headaches in the future.  But if you do find yourself with a water problem, Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly today!

Due Diligence Can Only Help

9/14/2021 (Permalink)

It seems like we were just worried about summer storms and hurricanes and now we must change gears and be prepared for fall storms. Now that it is fall storm season it is important to understand that necessary precautions can save lives and property.  Check your home to ensure all window, siding, gutters, downspouts, decking, shutters and doors are properly installed and secure.  Put away or secure all umbrellas and outdoor furniture.  In addition, walk around your property to ensure all trees and vegetation is healthy and well rooted.  Dead and shallow root trees easily topple during heavy wind-storms.  Having a dead or compromised tree removed is far easier than dealing with the aftermath of it falling through your home.

Should Mother Nature prevail, and you do in fact experience storm related damage, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly is only a phone call or email away.  We can be contacted 24/7 on: (703) 830-5800 or via email at: sp9686focc@verizon.net.

What Kind of Water Is Causing Problems in Your Home?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

If you have questions, the IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration sets three categories of water that cause damage in buildings. They are summarized as follows: 
Category 1 Water - Refers to a source of water that does not pose substantial threat to humans and classified as "Clean Water". Category 1 water may become contaminated if it mixes with soils or floor coverings, building assemblies, etc... Time and temperature can promote growth and amplification of microorganisms in water can cause Category 1 water to degrade.


Examples of category 1 water are: a broken water supply line (including the toilet), and tub or sink overflows. 

Category 2 Water - Refers to a source of water that contains a significant degree of chemical, biological or physical contaminants.  These contaminants can cause discomfort or sickness when exposed or consumed. This water type carries micro organisms and is nicknamed "Gray water."

Examples of category 2 water are:  toilet bowls with urine (no feces), sump pump failures, dishwasher water discharge, and washing machine water discharge. 

Category 3 Water - Nicknamed "Black Water" and are grossly unsanitary. These indoor water sources  contain unsanitary agents, harmful bacteria and fungi, causing severe discomfort or sickness.

Examples of type 3 water are:  water sources from sewage, seawater, stream or river water, ground surface water or standing water. 

Category 2 Water that is not promptly removed and remained stagnant may be re classified as Category 3 Water. Toilet back-ups that originate from beyond the toilet trap is considered black water contamination regardless of visible content or color.

Knowing the classification of your water may help you understand personal safety concerns and the necessary material and debris removal anticipated. Think of the water category related to the amount of "natural fertilizer" that will help feed and grow mold.

Call SERVPRO of Burke Clifton Fairfax Station if you find yourself dealing with any of these water categories.  We can be reached 24/7 on: 703-250-6300.

Why you may wish to use SERVPRO

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Many homeowners are interested in do it yourself mold removal. They want to know how to clean mold themselves because they want to save money. Some also like the satisfaction of doing a job themselves. In some cases, it makes sense to handle a household mold problem yourself. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to call in a professional that knows how to clean mold, like SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station.

When Is Removing Mold Yourself a Good Idea?

Cleaning up mold yourself may be a good idea if:

  • The mold only covers a small area.
  • The mold is growing on easy-to-clean surfaces like glass, metal, tile, tubs, or sinks.
  • The mold is growing on hard-to-clean materials, like carpet, that are easy to remove and replace and you know how to do it properly.
  • You don’t have any health conditions that could potentially be made worse by increased exposure to mold (check with your doctor if you’re not sure if it’s safe for you to clean up a mold problem yourself).

Of course, you always have the option of hiring a professional for the job if you don’t want to do it yourself or simply don’t have the time or energy for what can be a time-consuming process.

When Is Do It Yourself Mold Removal Not Such a Good Idea?

In some situations, it’s better to call in a mold remediation professional for assistance. Cleaning up mold yourself is probably not such a good idea if:

  • The mold covers a large area (greater than three feet by three feet, according to the Environmental Protection Agency).
  • Mold develops after flooding with water that might be contaminated with sewage or other potentially hazardous substances.
  • There is mold in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (most homeowners have neither the knowledge nor the equipment needed to properly remove mold from their HVAC systems).
  • You aren’t sure how to do all parts of the job correctly (if, for instance, there is mold inside your walls and you don’t know how to remove and replace drywall) or you don’t have all the tools required to do the job (such as a drywall saw, if you need to remove moldy drywall).
  • You have moldy wood that cannot be removed and replaced, so the moldy area needs to be sanded and encapsulated instead (it’s recommended that only mold remediation professionals sand moldy wood since it significantly increases one’s exposure to mold, which can lead to potentially serious health effects).
  • If you suspect that mold may be causing health effects.

In some instances, homeowners handle part of the job themselves while calling in a professional for other parts of the job, like removing mold from their HVAC system.

For Help with Mold Removal

If you need help with mold removal, or if you’d just like some professional advice before beginning do it yourself mold removal, we suggest consulting with a mold remediation specialist in Delaware County. You can schedule a free in-home consultation with a professional that knows how to clean mold. You can get some free expert advice and then determine whether or not it’s a job you’re prepared to tackle yourself. There is no charge and no obligation, so there’s nothing to lose.

If you suspect mold that you cannot handle or want advice on contact SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station at 703-250-6300.

Let Us Help With That Fire Mess

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage leave your property with black marks which can be unpleasing to look at. It destroys the appearance and structure of everything in it. This includes walls, ceiling, furniture and any other item in the affected room. It also leaves the building with an unpleasant odor that is hard to eliminate unless you turn to professionals like us for assistance. We are here to assist any smoke damage victims in Northern Virginia by offering friendly yet professional services to deal with the disturbing issue and restore your home or business property to its previous state.

At SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station, we use our experience and high-tech equipment to make sure that we clean and deodorize the building making it a comfortable place to live in. Smoke, due to its nature, can easily seep through the smallest cracks. It is, therefore, hard for you to notice it and this could lead to substantial damages when the issue gets out of hand.

Our team is qualified and has knowledge about how smoke works. This makes us the best option for you. We offer complete cleanup and odor removal in the NOVA area. We do this by following simple yet effective steps as follows;

Removing soot from the household

This is the residue left behind after the smoke damage. It is the action taken after assessing the level of the damage and marking the affected areas.

Determining and getting rid of the source of odor

The smoke smell remains in carpets, upholstered furniture and clothing unless it is eliminated before the cleaning process. We use high-quality additives and chemicals to help break the molecules and get rid of the smell.

Cleaning the room

After deodorizing, it is time to eliminate the smoke spots by doing a thorough cleaning of the walls, carpets and the washable clothes ensuring that they are all left immaculately clean.

If you are having a smoke damage issue in Northern Virginia, we are the right solution for you as;

  • We are experienced
  • Have the right equipment
  • Certified to do the job
  • We offer emergency restoration services

Do not think twice about trusting us to do the job for you and you will not regret your decision.

If disaster strikes, call the team at SERVPRO Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300.