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Oh No!

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

This picture is worth 1000 words and is also why you never say never.  Murphy’s Law, the minute you say, “that will never happen to us”, Mother Nature will strike with vengeance!  A recent storm with winds topping 50 miles an hour upended this mature tree right into a house.  Luckily no one was hurt, but the damage was extensive.  Once okayed for entry by the authorities, the contents needed to be packed away and moved, the structure needed to be sealed to eliminate further water infiltration, and the water within needed to be extracted and the structure dry for rebuild.  Why was SERVPRO called?  Because we’re the best!  We entered the home, inventoried and boxed all goods, moved, cleaned and dried all furniture, and sealed the home so it could be cleaned and dried.  Currently, the homeowners are in temporary accommodations while the construction phase takes place.  SERVPRO was able to get in and get our piece of the puzzle done quickly so the rebuild could begin prior to the winter weather setting in for the season.

So, if you find yourself in this kind of situation, why not give us a call.  We’re professionals who know exactly what to do to get your home back together.

Who Are You Going To Call...Ghost Busters....NO, SERVPRO!

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

What constitutes a hoarder versus a collector?  What is the difference between someone that is thrifty and saves “things” for future use and someone that is a hoarder?  Why are some people so attached to the things they find and store in their homes, while other are minimalists, and even the thought of abundant amounts of “stuff” around the house makes them nervous? We are not sure what the answers to these questions are, but one thing is for certain; some people like a lot of stuff!  Who knows why, but from time to time, it must be dealt with professionally and that this why SERVPRO is often called in to help. 

This picture denotes a home of someone the local government authorities classified as a hoarder.  The situation became so acute that SERVPRO was called in to assist the local police and social services agency in the clean-up.  We at SERVPRO have handled many of these jobs in the past.  We are equipped with bio-hazard suits, gloves and masks, are knowledgeable about the disposal of any bio-hazard materials and are also cognizant of the fact that there may be heirlooms and valuables beneath the surface of trash.   Our professional approach to these jobs is why we are called back time after time and we are pleased to provide this service.

Why SERVPRO?......Because We Do It All!

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

We recently completed a comprehensive job that entailed water remediation, extensive clean-up, mold mitigation, taking inventory and packing away household contents, and considerable rebuild construction.  The job was very intense and required proper planning, scheduling of staff, ordering of building materials, and most importantly, coordination with the home owner.  There was an inordinate amount of work to be done and it needed to be completed as efficiently and expeditiously as possible so that the homeowners’ family could get back to their normal routine.

When we initially met with the homeowners and they walked us through their home, they asked us to get the water out and house as dry as possible, because they needed to hire someone to come in and pack up their belongings, deal with the mold, and then the reconstruction.  We told them that we would certainly work as fast as possible but that they did not have to hire others, SERVPRO could do all the tasks that they were needing.  Why go to an array of contractors when SERVPRO can handle all that’s required?  They were thrilled that the “complete repair” of their home could be done by SERVPRO and that they could turn their focus back to their kids and get settled in temporary housing.

SERVPRO was able to complete the job a few days earlier than the agreed upon timeline.  The homeowners were amazed at the restoration and extremely thankful.  They have told us that they are now clients for life, and although they hope not to be calling anytime soon, they will not call anyone but SERVPRO in the future.

Why Do It Yourself When SERVPRO Is There to Help!

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

Why do it yourself when you have SERVPRO at your fingertips!  Simply call or go on-line and ask for our assistance.  With rainy season upon us and the cold winter months ahead, let us dry you out from any water, storm or moisture issues you may experience.

This picture denotes SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Chantilly-Centreville drying out a customer’s home after a washing machine malfunction.  Did you know washing machines have water fill-top sensors?  If not, you are not alone.  Most homeowners don’t know that washing machines have a sensor that knows to cut the water flow off when it reaches a specified level in the wash basin.  If this sensor malfunctions or breaks, the water continues to fill the tank, resulting in overflowing that does not stop until someone turns off the washer.  A malfunctioning water sensor thinks the water hasn’t reached the correct level and will continue to fill and fill and fill.  So, helpful hint, do not ever leave your washer on while you are not in the house, unless you want to take the chance of coming home to the possibility of several feet of water on your floors!

Should you experience a water related emergency, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Chantilly-Centreville for immediate assistance.  We can be reached 24/7 on (703) 830-5800.

Don't Let Those Yule-Time Logs Spark a Fire!

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Don't Let Those Yule-Time Logs Spark a Fire! Watch for Popping Sparks

It’s getting to be that time of year again when family and friends gather around the fireplace.  On a cold night, it’s cozy, warm, and mesmerizing to have a nice fire going.  But don’t get complacent and call it a night with a roaring fire still burning.  Embers can pop and land several feet outside the fireplace if the screen or doors are open.  Should these embers catch a rug, newspaper, couch, etc., on fire, the entire room could go up in smoke, and possibly the whole house.  Don’t take any chances with your family’s safety and the integrity of your home.  Always close the fireplace doors should you leave the room and make sure the fire is out prior to falling asleep for the night.

Should the unfortunate occur and you need assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800.  Our phone is answered 24/7, 365 days a year.  We are fire and smoke remediation specialists and can take care of any fire damage that has occurred.  

Don't Let Pretty Fall Foliage Cause Flooding!

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don't Let Pretty Fall Foliage Cause Flooding! Don't Let Fall Leaves Take You Down the Drain

Are leaves starting to pile up around your outside drains?  They look pretty on the trees and fluttering down in the sky, but they can cause real damage if they clog drains and cause your home to flood. SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly is committed to provide 24/7 water damage remediation should the need arise.  We're available 24/7 at 703-830-5800.

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

Check all of 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.
  • Buy a "witches cap" drain cover that allows water to escape if the surrounding area is covered with leaves/debris.

Have Water Damage? We Have the Answer!

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Have Water Damage? We Have the Answer! No Matter Whether Day or Night - SERVPRO is There!

SERVPRO of FairOaks-Centreville-Chantilly is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today: 703-830-5800

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of FairOaks-Centreville-Chantilly has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of FairOaks-Centreville-Chantilly

SERVPRO of FairOaks-Centreville-Chantilly 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.

Are Waterfalls Entering Your Home!

10/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Are Waterfalls Entering Your Home! Sometimes It Seems As If It's Never-Ending!

Are you having one of those weeks where it is storm, after storm, after storm? Are you feeling like a cartoon character bailing out your ship with a lone bucket?  Wet carpet and soaked walls can end up being more than just water damage if not immediately remediated.  Water soaked walls usually equates to water soaked insultation and possibly water soaked electrical outlets.  Wallboard up to the waterline should be removed, insulation dried or replaced, and electrical outlets dried and tested for system integrity.  If not cared for in this manner, the growth of mold is an almost guarantee.  So act quickly so this secondary damage does not take hold.

Should your home be deluged with what seems like never-ending waterfalls, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly for immediate assistance.  We can be reached 24/7 on (703) 830-5800.

Smoke, Soot and Smell!

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke, Soot and Smell! Let Us Help You With This Mess

Smoke and soot damage leaves 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 of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station at 703-250-6300.

Hurricane, Tropical Storm, Tornado.......Nobody's Friend

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

Whether you live on the coast and are worried about Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, or you reside in the heartland and are concerned about the next Tornado, SERVPRO professionals are there to help you in your hour of need.

Storms such as these can cause water damage, structural damage from falling power lines, trees, and flying objects.  If not quickly resolved, such damage can create mold and mildew issues. The cleanup and remediation can be daunting and overwhelming.  What to do first, what products to use, and how to go about tackling a huge job is more than many people are able to handle following the devastation of a storm.

Being prepared to withstand such weather surges is half the battle, but when cleanup is needed, call in the professionals.  SERVPRO can immediately address your needs. Our quick response can help mitigate your level of damage.