Recent Storm Damage Posts

Don't Delay......Just Get It Dry!

9/20/2019 (Permalink)

We recently received a call from a homeowner that lived in a second-floor condominium.  The occupant of the condominium directly above them had filled the bathtub when news of an impending hurricane was broadcasted on the news.  What this person did not realize, because they had ironically never used the tub, was that it leaked.  There was a small crack that had been repaired years prior, and to the eye, could not be seen.  However, when the tub was filled, as a preventative measure should they loose water during the storm, it leaked into the ceiling of the bathroom below.

What did the owners in the condominium below do?  Nothing!  They waited…..nobody really knows why, but they waited 3 weeks after the storm to discuss the matter with the owner upstairs that had filled their tub.  The owner on the third floor was surprised because they did not know the tub was leaking, and the owner on the second floor still had wet walls and a ceiling with a water mark stain.  Luckily, this was clean water that leaked for only a few hours until the storm passed, and the bathtub was drained. 

However, what damage was done could have been almost entirely avoided had the owner called SERVPRO immediately when the water leak occurred.  Waiting is never a good idea when it comes to water infiltration.  Get us in and let us get it out!  Stop the damage, stop the possible onset of mold, stop any further damage from occurring. 

Should you have water infiltration, give SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly a call today on (703) 830-5800. 

What's It Like Having The Same Name As a Major Storm?

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

We sat down today with a good friend named Dorian…….the name of the most recent hurricane predicted to hit Puerto Rico, Florida, and other southern states sometime today, Thursday, August 29, 2019.  Here’s what Dorian had to say: “Well, I’m actually rather sad having the same name as a hurricane, because I already feel for all the people who will be affected by this storm.  Ironically, the name Dorian means gift, and child of the sea.  It doesn’t seem like too much of a gift today for all the people living in the eye of the storm.  My mother grew up on the ocean and is a gifted violinist.  She named me Dorian because of her love for the sea and after Dorian Rudnytsky, a famous cellist. My hope is that the storm somehow misses landfall and that hurricane Dorian is quickly forgotten!”

At SERVPRO, we too hope the predicted hurricane does not come to fruition.  However, if this hurricane or any future storm system creates storm damage for your home or business, call SERVPRO immediately.  We’re there to help in all sorts of situations.  SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly can be reached 24/7, 365 days a year on (703) 830-5800.

Have You Heard the Weather Report?

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Have you heard the latest weather report?  We are rolling into fall and it seems like every day the weather is treacherous somewhere in the United States!  Whether it is global warming or just good old Mother Nature, there is no denying that fall storms are brewing and unfortunate damage is around the corner for some unsuspecting homeowners.  Sometimes even the best maintained homes are susceptible to storm damage.  Not really much you can do when a tree is toppled in a storm and falls on your roof.  There is going to be damage!  What should you do to be prepared for the fall storm season?  In addition to having your home in good physical shape, have tarps, duct tape, flashlights, batteries and a stock of water, snacks, and blankets to get you through until help can arrive.  Being able to tarp off a leaking ceiling or wall can significantly reduce the water damage caused by a storm as well as helping to retain heat within the home.  When there are bad storms, there often is a lack of utilities.  If you don’t have the ability to store a generator, then having flashlights, water, snacks, and blankets are a must to have on hand to keep the family dry, warm and hydrated until you are able to safely leave your home.

When such storms do strike, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly to assist in your emergency remediation needs.  Call us 24/7 on (703) 830-5800.

Beware of Door to Door Salesmen

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Wet carpet from storm flooding damage. Call In SERVPRO For All Your Storm Needs

Everyone has heard the adage, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Keep this in mind as we approach the fall and winter storm season. Traveling storm chasers may be knocking on your door before you’ve even called your insurance company! Don’t be taken in with the line, “we’re working up the street for one of your neighbors”, or, “we just finished work for the people living a block down the road.” These tactics are used so you think others have vetted these people, have used them, so they must be fine.  And some traveling storm chasers may be fine workers.  But… you must always go with a reputable company that is licensed, bonded, insured, who employees are trained and certified technicians, and are going to be there for you next week, next month, and next year.  That company is SERVPRO.

With SERVPRO, there are no gimmicks, no smoke and mirrors, no leaving town when the work is incomplete.  Damage to your home is stressful enough.  Let us take some of that stress away.  Call SERVPRO when storm emergencies strike.  Call Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly SERVPRO 24/7, 365 days a year.   

Not Exactly The Tree House Your Kids Asked For!

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

So, your kids have been asking and asking and asking for a tree house. Well, that tree crashing through your roof, isn’t quite what any of you had in mind! There is no telling what Mother Nature may bring this storm season, but if she lands in your living room, call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800.  There is not much we haven’t seen or fixed, so give us a call any time, day or night. 

And before the storm season hits, check the trees in your yard.  If a large tree is dead or rotting and susceptible to falling, a wind-filled storm may be the catalyst to bring it down upon your house.  Have an arborist or reputable landscaping company provide you a professional opinion and if necessary, have the tree removed before it has the chance to fall on your home.

Don't let something little turn into something huge!

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Don't Wait to Fix a Small Leak!

Winter storms can seem never-ending when they are still occurring in March! If you have been holding your breath all winter thinking maybe the roof will last, or you’ll be lucky that the wall without proper insulation doesn’t end up with a broken pipe, or that the small leak in the hot water heater won’t turn into the bottom falling out, you have been living on borrowed time.  Don’t gamble with your safety or the possibility of large-scale destruction happening to your home.  Take immediate action before a small fix, turns into a huge fix!  Not only are hug fixes more disruptive and damaging, they are more time consumer and expensive as well.  So before something small turns into a big nightmare, Call SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly today on (703) 830-5800 and we’ll be happy to help you out.

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.  

What is "Storm Surge" and Why Should I be Concerned?

9/14/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane categories (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) are predicated on wind speed.  If a hurricane is at category 1 or 2, the threat may appear to be minimal but in reality, if predicted Storm Surge is considerable, the devastation can equate to that of a category 5 hurricane.

Storm Surge builds before a hurricane makes landfall.  Storm Surge is basically when ocean water is pushed toward the shore because of gale-force winds.  This rise in water level, coupled with high tides and already high waves, can create sheets of water from 10 to 30 feet high.  Such flooding can cost lives and untold damage to both land and structures.

So don't ignore the information pertaining to Storm Surge.  Close up your home or business and get to higher, safer, ground. Should the unfortunate occur and you sustain storm damage, call your local SERVPRO professional for immediate remediation assistance.

Florence is on her way!

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Be prepared for Hurricane Florence and any storm to follow. With tropical-force winds well over 100 miles an hour, coupled with pounding rain, damage is likely to occur. 

What should you do:  

1) If weather/government officials instruct evacuation, follow the instructions.  No property, no matter how sentimental, is worth loosing your life or being severely hurt.

2) Buckle-up your home to the best of your ability.  Make sure all doors and windows are sealed. Placing plywood over window frames is often suggested to prevent the windows and glass doors from breaking and to prevent the spraying of glass should they break.  Turn off all appliances, shut off your hot water heater, and turn off the water supply to the structure.

3) Furnishings should be elevated if possible on bricks, cinder blocks, or whatever raised platform you can safely fashion.  If room and time, take your most valuable and cherished possessions with you when evacuating.  Jewelry, pictures, artwork, heirlooms, etc. However, if the storm is imminent and you need to leave immediately, do not stop to take "things".  Get clothes, bottled water, and non-perishable food and get to higher and dryer ground.

4) Do not return to your home until the authorities have given the ok to return.  

5) Should storm damage have occurred, call your SERVPRO professionals for immediate assistance.

Winter Storms Subsiding in Australia......

9/4/2018 (Permalink)

We're Ready to Hop on Over and Help You Out!

Well, I guess if you lived in Australia, and your winter was coming to a close, you'd be happy that the winter storms and damaging weather was coming to an end! But, since we're here in the United States, and summer is ending and winter is around the corner, we all need to be prepared.  Don't wait until the bad weather hits and it's so cold you don't want to even open the front door.

SERVPRO professionals are ready and able today, to check your foundations for cracks or shifting in walls, leaks in the roof, loose gutters, drafty windows, leaky toilets and drains.  A precautionary seasonal check can save time, effort, and money, when a potentional problem is fixed before it becomes overwhelming.  

Batten Down the Hatches!

8/29/2018 (Permalink)


Its summer storm season and 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:

For Immediate Service in Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly, Call SERVPRO

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster and storm in Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly. 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 Fairfax 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 Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Northern Virginia 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:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
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