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Hoarding Got The Best Of You?

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Hoarding Got The Best Of You? Call SERVPRO FOR HELP

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.

We'll Do It Right The First TIme

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO We'll Do It Right The First TIme Not Up To SERVPRO Standards

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.

This photo is from a recent fire job undertaken by a company other than SERVPRO.  Unfortunately, this homeowner did not call us immediately after the fire.  We were called in to “fix” the mess left behind by someone who claimed to be a fire remediation specialist.  The homeowners were devastated by the fire, only to come back to less than professional work on this company’s part.  Stress that should have been diminished, was increased when they walked in to see what this company had done and not done!

We are happy to report that we were able to remediate the smoke and smell and fully restore the kitchen and hallway areas affected by the fire.  We also have a new customer for life!

A Little About Us

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO A Little About Us Why Not Go With A Pro!

First rate response time and unparalleled professional service is why residents of Northern Virginia choose SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly.  With a highly trained, licensed, and certified staff of remediation specialists with over 50 years of collective experience in the field, an extensive fleet of recent model trucks, vans, SUV’s, and cars, and a 7,000 square foot warehouse brimming with the newest and best remediation equipment and materials, SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centreville-Chantilly is there to serve your every need.  Being educated, equipped, and at the ready, is why we are one of the nations’ premier remediation specialist. 

So, if you need help following a fire, or discover mold infestation in your home, call SERVPRO.  Should a storm get the better of your basement and you find yourself standing in water….call SERVPRO!  And don’t stress about moving your belongings while remediation and restoration takes place, SERVPRO will work with you to inventory, pack and store your belongings.  We really are a full-service operation!

Contact SERVPRO of Fair Oaks-Centerville-Chantilly on (703) 830-5800. We’re available 24/7.


11/20/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO WE CAN DO IT! Don't Feel Overwhelmed....Call SERVPRO Instead

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.

This is Why You Never say Never!

11/20/2018 (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.

Why Would You Do It Yourself When SERVPRO Is Here To Assist

11/19/2018 (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.

Don't let a washing machine malfunction get the better of you.  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 Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station for immediate assistance.  We can be reached 24/7 on (703) 250-6300.

Smelling Rather Moldy?

10/25/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Smelling Rather Moldy? Here's the Mold You Smelled

Are you finding yourself asking everyone in your house if they think it smells moldy?  One day it seems fine and then the next day, the smell is back again. If you smell mold, you most likely have mold! If your home is harboring mold underneath the carpet, behind wall paper, underneath bathroom sinks, you are going to smell it from time to time, especially on damp, moist, and stuffy days.  Don’t delay; if you suspect mold, call your local SERVPRO team to come and rid your home of this unwanted guest!  Mold can be hazardous to your health and should be mitigated immediately by professionals.  Call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300 for your mold remediation needs today.  We will be able to get rid of the mold and have your house smelling fresh and mold-free again in no time.


10/10/2018 (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 Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station.  We are committed to providing 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.

Don't Stick Your Head in the Sand and Ignore Water Damage

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

AT SERVPRO we understand the headache that water damage can cause.  That said, being and ostrich and sticking your head in the sand is not the answer.  Call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station. We are 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: 703-250-6300 or                     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 Burke-Clifton-FairfaxStation 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 Burke-Clifton-FairfaxStation

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-FairfaxStation 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 You Stressing About Water Damage?.....Don't!

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Have you experienced recent water damage to your home or commercial building?  Are you feeling stressed and confused as to what to do next?  Let SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station take some of that anxiety and stress away.

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 Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station 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.

We will send a team of water remediation experts out to your property to immediately assess your needs and start the clean-up process. Every step of our work will be discussed and explained, so you understand exactly what is taking place to restore your home or office. So, stop stressing and call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station today on (703) 250-6300.