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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.

Get Your Free ERP Today!

10/14/2021 (Permalink)

Does your company have an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) with us? Why not? It's free! Get some peace of mind, call us today at SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300, to meet and establish your ERP.  An Emergency Ready Profile is an action plan with all the pertinent details that will allow us at SERVPRO to immediately respond to your emergency needs.  Should your building have a pipe break on the 5th floor and water begins cascading down through the ceilings, elevator shafts, walls, etc., your ERP on file, contains critical information for a quick response.  Information such as the location of water shut-off valves, location of control panels, numbers for who is in charge, emergency contact numbers for fire and rescue as well as the utility companies, etc.  Our ERP also contains a schematic of your building, so we know where to enter and exit, what type of flooring, walls, doors, and building materials are have been used within the building.  This information provides us the information we need to determine the type and amount of equipment to bring to your emergency remediation job.

An ERP makes the business and SERVPRO ready to immediately act when emergencies strike.  So, don’t hesitate, get your free ERP today.  Call us on (703) 250-6300.

Do You Need Help With Your Buildings?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

If you are a commercial real estate broker, building supervisor, investor, or landlord, having your office space filled is your bread and butter.  So why let it sit empty, costing you money, rather than generating revenue. Don't let negligence and being unprepared for weather events jeopardize your livelihood. Staying on top of such issues can only prove helpful in the long run.

Make sure your buildings are as safe and well maintained as possible.  Check windows and doors for cracks, firm seals, and adequate locks. Foundations should be dry, plumbing in bathrooms, kitchen areas, and break rooms in good functioning order, and electrical systems up to code.  

If Mother Nature throws you a curve ball and storm damage does occur, call your local SERVPRO team for assistance.  SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station can be on site quickly to mitigate your storm related issues. Call us day or night on (703) 250-6300.

Oh No, Is That A Hurricane Coming My Way!

10/11/2021 (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 at SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300 for immediate remediation assistance.

Bathroom Water Issues?

9/20/2021 (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 SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station (703) 250-6300.  We are here to meet your every emergency remediation need, and answer our phone 24/7, 365 days a year.