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Why Do The Little Things Become So Daunting?

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

Why do flowers bloom in the spring and summer? It’s because of the abundance of warmth and sunshine over a span of months.  If the weather was always warm and the sum was always shining, mold may still grow inside your home, but it would be less likely than if it was rainy, cold, and without sunshine.  With careers, family obligations, and friendships, it isn’t always possible to live in a dry, sunny climate where moisture is limited, and frozen pipes are something that happens to other people. 

So, if you live in an area of seasonal weather that brings the rain, snow, freezing winds, you must be diligent about your home.  Why ignore obvious issues that may cause severe and expensive problems.  Make sure your home is properly insulated and pipes on exterior walls are wrapped and protected.  Turn off your outside water lines during the winter months.  Clean your gutters and downspouts, so clogs don’t cause water to come inside, rather than remain outside.  Check the grading of your lot to ensure water is not standing and puddling around your foundation. How is your roof?  Are there leaks or issues with the flashing?  Sometimes it can be daunting being a homeowner and when situations get the best of you, give SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station

Your Walk-Out Basement May Not Always Mean a Dry Basement

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station recently worked with a client that had a water and mold issue in their walk-out basement.  They couldn’t understand why they were getting a musty smell and then noticed the wet wall in the corner of the unfinished part of the basement.  Odd as it may sound, they told us that they could not have mold or a water issue because they had a walk-out basement and they specifically bought the house because of the lot running slightly downhill and having no underground rooms.  We totally understood what they were thinking but when we walked them around the perimeter of their house and pointed out the extensive mud puddles, they started to understand the problem.

Their home may not have been underground and the lot did slope away from the house, but the grading around the home was not properly executed.  There we low points around the two back corners of the home without proper drainage.  The areas had become saturated with rain and the ground had turned to mud.  Over time, this was enough to cause the issue they were now seeing inside their home.  SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station took care of the water and mold damage.  We also spoke with a landscaping professional and pointed out the need to improve the grading and drainage around the back of the home.  Once this was complete, the homeowner was is good shape….and likely to stay dry and mold free.

So, if you see excessive mud or puddles around your house, take note and research why this is happening. If damage has occurred, call SERVPRO to come and remediate your water damage before it turns into not only a water issue but a mold problem as well.

Call us day or night – SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300.

This Is WHY You Should Call SERVPRO First!

11/11/2021 (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.

Unfortunately, a recent customer 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! That’s WHY you should always call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station 0n (702) 250-6300.

Those Fall Leaves Are Pretty.......But What a Mess!

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

Have you ever stopped to wonder why the leaves on trees change colors in the fall?  It’s actually quite interesting.  Because daylight shrinks each day, and the temperatures fall, the leaves’ ability to produce food for themselves comes to an end.  When this happens, the chlorophyll in the leaves begins to break down and the green color disappears and is replaced by the beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds we all so enjoy in the fall.  Going for a fall leaf-looking drive in the country is a pass time for many come October and November.  But what happens when the beautiful colorful leaves completely die, and fall from the trees? 

A mess is what happens!  Not only are many of us outside in our yards raking leaves, but we are up on ladders cleaning out clogged gutters.  First and foremost, if you do not hire someone to clean your gutters……be careful doing it yourself!  However, good for you for getting those gutters clog-free.  Gutters jammed pack with leaves can cause the gutters to overflow with rainwater, which in turn can permeate your house foundation and walls.  Once water starts finding its way into your home every time it rains, the problems soon follow.  If you find yourself with a “soggy” house because of clogged gutters, get the gutters cleaned and give SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station a call on (703) 250-6300.  We’ll get you dry and back to normal in no time. 

Out of Time and Need Help?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Is the size and scope of remediation and repairs to your commercial building more than your facilities management staff can realistically handle?  Are you worried about fixing issues in a timely manner so that tenants are safe, and no accidents occur?  We all know that businesses have choices where they rent office space. Therefore, keeping tenants comfortable, in a safe environment, and in a building that is clean and well maintained, is key to maintaining high occupancy rates.

You don’t have to worry and go it alone.  Call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300 and let us partner with you on your facility maintenance needs.  Whether it is deep cleaning, remediation of mold, clean up and repairs after flooding, fires, or biohazard cleanup, we are there to assist.  We have the training, the proper equipment, and the know-how to get the job done.  So, don’t wait, give us a call today on (703) 250-6300.

Wow, My Dryer Did That?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Dryer vent fires are really a "thing" that happens.  They may not be something you hear about much, but they occur more than one may think.  Customers often ask, “how did this happen, I clean out my dryer lint trap all the time?”  And cleaning out the lint trap is a good thing, but only half the equation.  Your car runs on gasoline and needs oil… of the two is not enough.  Same with your dryer.  You need to clean out the lint trap as well as the exhaust hose.  The exhaust hose is the piece of the equation that most people forget and is the main culprit when it comes to dryer related fires.  If you would like to clean the exhaust hose yourself, simply pull the dryer out from the wall, disconnect the venting hose, shake out the big clumps of lint and proceed to vacuum out the hose.  Depending on the amount of dryer use, to be on the safe side, cleaning should be done twice a year.  And never leave your home with the dryer going.

Should you experience a fire due to a clogged dryer vent, call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300.  We can be reached 24/7, 365 days a year.

Are You Underwater?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station is committed to provide 24/7 water damage remediation should the need arise.  We're available 24/7 at (703) 250-6300.

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.

If you are already underwater, we can help! 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.  Call us today on (703) 250-6300.

Water, Water, Everywhere!

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

After months of wildfires, the west coast of the United States would love to be deluged with rain.  If only we could wish the overabundance of rain in one part of the country to shift to the other part of the nation, everyone would be better served!  Unfortunately, such powers are not something we possess.  So, quickly addressing any overabundance of rainwater which may play havoc with your property, is of utmost importance.  If your basement is wet after a hard rain or water has creeped in under doorways or windows, don’t simply mop the water up and forget that it happened.  Putting your head in the sand like and ostrich is not the answer.  Look and try to figure out why the water is coming into the house.  Are the seals around the doors and windows worn and in need of new weather stripping?  Maybe someone simply didn’t close the doors or windows properly.  Or, perhaps you cannot tell why the water has come into your home. 

Should you need help cleaning up the water, and determining the source and reason for the intrusion of water, call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station today on (703) 250-6300.  We are water remediation specialists and can help inspect your home to determine why you are experiencing the problems with water leakage.  Put your mind and ease and give us a call today.  We’re here to help!

There Is More Brewing Then Halloween!

10/14/2021 (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 Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station to assist in your emergency remediation needs.  Call us 24/7 on (703) 250-6300.

Storms Can Cause More Then Simple Water Damage

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Have rain storms caused soil erosion around your home?  If so, stop and assess why this is occurring.  Has your neighbor changed the direction of their downspouts and the water is running into your yard?  Did you or your neighbor update landscaping or add or delete hardscaping that was in the yard?  What about structural changes to your home?  Did you put on an addition, repave your driveway, add a patio or porch? All or any of these enhancements, if not done properly, with the topography and drainage of the land in mind, could result in erosion.  On the surface, the erosion may not seem like that big of a deal, but there lies the issue……when you see erosion, it is not just on the surface.  It is deep down and potentially running into your foundation at a rate that cannot be deflected or absorbed by the adjacent soil.  The more storms, the more water! So, before you pay for expensive foundation work that you might not need, check your lawn and the soil around your house for signs of erosion.  If found, figure out the source of the erosion and rectify the problem to see if that solves your issue.

However, if before your sleuthing figures this issue out, you have water seeping into your home, give SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station a call on (703) 250-6300.  We’ll come and dry you out before the damage is too great and mold sets in.