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Oh, Those Leaky Bathrooms!

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

Between overflowing bathtubs, running toilets, and leaky shower stalls, it’s a wonder that bathrooms in our homes aren’t flooding with water every day!  How do we ensure this doesn’t happen?  Well, first of all, check all seals.  Make certain that calking is strong and in good condition, if shower tiles are cracked and/or loose, they need to be repaired before water gets behind them.  Check toilets for seals and properly working hardware and don’t leave the bathroom when you’re drawing a bath!  These simple and relatively quick checks and repairs can save a homeowner untold time, stress, and money in the future. 

Unfortunately, nobody lives a completely charmed life, and eventually everyone experiences a bathroom water catastrophe.  When this time comes, call the professionals at Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station SERVPRO on (703) 250-6300.  We are here to meet your every emergency remediation need, and answer our phone 24/7, 365 days a year. 

Answering Your "Why and How" Questions is Our Job

4/14/2021 (Permalink)

If you have questions 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 may help feed and grow mold.

Call SERVPRO of Burke Clifton Fairfax Station  about water categories and any assistance you may need.  That’s WHY we’re here! 


Fire May Hurt You!

4/13/2021 (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 today's households use to facilitate the use of computers, phone chargers, TVs, 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 today's 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 Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300 for all your fire remediation needs.  We are certified, licensed and trained in Fire restoration.

Bathwater Overboard!

4/7/2021 (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 Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station a call today on (703) 250-6300. 

It's Getting to be Sprinkler Time!

3/31/2021 (Permalink)

Typically, homeowners love their sprinkler systems.  No more ungainly hoses to roll in and out every time the lawn needs watering. No more broken sprinkler heads or twisted hoses lying about the garage.  Just set the automatic timer and forget that you even have a sprinkler system......that is until it leaks and creates problems far more cumbersome then rolling up a twisted hose! Leaks in sprinkler systems are not uncommon and can cause water to seep inside the foundation of your home.  This water, if undetected, can result in damage to floors, carpets, walls, furniture, as well as the onset of mold.

So, enjoy the ease and efficiency of your sprinkler system, just be sure to have it checked and serviced annually to reduce your risk of any malfunctions which may result in water damage.

If water damage does occur, be sure to call in your SERVPRO professionals at SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300.  We answer your call 24/7.

Don't Be Overwhelmed......Call SERVPRO

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Did you, a family member, or a friend, experience the unfortunate occurrence of a fire? Not sure where to turn or who to call? Overwhelmed by the destruction and confused as to what can be salvaged and what must be thrown away?  You are not alone in your distress; SERVPRO is a fire restoration specialist that can come and help eliminate a great deal of this burden.  We will sort through your household items and be able to tell you what can be salvaged and what cannot.  We can clean furniture, floors, carpets, walls, draperies, clothing, and get you back on your feet again. 

This is not the time for DIY adventure on your part, or a time to call a fly-by-night operator without proper licensing, certifications, insurance, etc.  Call in the professionals at SERVPRO to assess your situation and provide you with a plan of attack.  We will provide a detailed analysis of what needs to be done, how it will be accomplished, a timeline, pricing estimates, and answer all your questions. Call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station today on (703) 250-6300.

Why Not Let Us Help You With That Mold

3/18/2021 (Permalink)

Mold remediation is one of our primary areas of expertise here at SERVPRO® of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station. We have the training and experience to contain the infestation, scrub health-threatening spores out of the air, remove the contaminated materials, and help prevent future microbial growth.

A Moldy Situation

Imagine you were cleaning out a storage closet at work, and you found mold growing on the back wall. Most likely this year, an ice damn supplied the water that created an ideal situation for microbes to grow in this closet. Once you identified and resolved the source of the leak, you would still want to contact a professional to mitigate the mold and ensure healthy air for your employees and customers to breathe.

Containing the Infestation

When SERVPRO® franchise professionals begin a mold job, our first concern is to contain the mold infestation. The mold you can see is only a small part of the danger posed to building occupants.

Mold reproduces by releasing invisible spores into the air. These spores pose the real hazard for those who breathe the air in the infested building. Therefore, we begin by preventing air from the contaminated area traveling to other parts of the building.

Scrubbing Mold Out of the Air

Each job is unique in its challenges and solutions. However, in most cases, a SERVPRO® mold mitigation team will set up a containment barrier and create a “negative air” situation inside the infested area. A “negative air” situation is essentially a vacuum that ensures air only flows into and not out of the contained area while the air scrubbers filter the spores and other contaminants from the air.

Removing Contaminated Materials

Organic materials like drywall, carpeting, and ceiling tiles must be removed and discarded once they become contaminated with mold. This is why we encourage people to contact us immediately after a water loss to dry all the materials before microbial growth begins. Blowing a fan across moldy materials hoping to dry and save them, spreads mold spores in the air and increases the possibility of health effects to building occupants.  

Inhibiting Future Growth

SERVPRO® franchise professionals can never promise to prevent all future mold growth. Mold spores are everywhere in the atmosphere, and they take root and thrive whenever they find the perfect mix of moisture, food (organic materials) and temperature. However, our team does have several products that discourage microbial growth. Once your moldy materials have been removed and the air has been scrubbed to reduce the concentration of spores, we can apply one of these anti-microbial agents to help protect your building’s structural elements.

Call SERVPRO® for Mold ASAP

When you see mold, remember you cannot see the biggest threat that mold presents. Contact our Burke, VA mold remediation team at 703-250-6300 for a free estimate and good advice about protecting yourself and other building occupants until the mold is removed and the air is clean again. 

Fast Action After A Storm - Call SERVPRO

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster and storm in the Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station 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  703-250-6300

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. Give us a call today to learn more about our commercial services.

(703) 250-6300.

Commercial Space Need Some Sprucing Up?

3/12/2021 (Permalink)

Are you a Property Manager, Commercial Real Estate Broker, or Retail Landlord, who is looking to fill unrented space?  If so, do you know why you are having difficulty renting your space? Are other buildings in your area also having difficulty or is it just your buildings? If it's just your locations, perhaps your space is in need of some "sprucing up" to generate rental interest.

Let your SERVPRO professionals come in and assess your needs.  Perhaps it is mold remediation and carpet cleaning.  Or, maybe it is deodorizing and sanitation services that are necessary to make your commercial space fresh and appealing to potential tenants.  Don't let your retail, office, or commercial space stand vacant one more month!  Whatever the task may be, let SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station help you make that space what clients are expecting and hoping to find. Give us a call today on (703) 250-6300.   

Something Smell "Off"?

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Are the tenants in your commercial building complaining of a musty, unpleasant odor that seems to come and go?  When it’s hot and humid, do the complaints regarding this issue seem to increase? Anyone complaining they are worried about the health effects possibly associated with mold?  If any or all of these scenarios are occurring at your commercial building, call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station today on (703) 250-6300 for a mold assessment.  We will send a team of certified mold remediation experts to your location to do a thorough inspection to determine if you have mold, and if so, where the source of the problem lies.  Usually the culprit is water trapped in a hot, humid environment behind walls, in attic areas, behind tiles, etc.  To fully eradicate mold, the water source must be fixed.  Let the SERVPRO experts take this problem off your plate and get your building mold free and smelling fresh and clean again.  Don’t take a chance with your tenants’ health or losing them as tenants.  Give us a call today on (703) 250-6300.