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Storm Surge Is A Game Changer

10/14/2020 (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.  Call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300.

Mother Nature Is Not Always Welcome!

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

There is no denying that Mother Nature can catch even the most organized of us by surprise.  And some surprises are not welcome!  But with SERVPRO's Emergency Response Program (ERP), there is no need to worry about your business restoration requirements should Mother Nature expectantly strike!

With SERVPRO's ERP program, we have the ability to come to your locations, assess your needs while already knowing the blueprint of your buildings, the utility locations, materials within your buildings, (whether carpet, hardwood, laminate, drywall, etc.,) as well as having your personnel points of contact.

So, if Mother Nature does strike, SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station is ready and able to strike back fast with a pre-established remediation plan.  Call our SERVPRO team today on (703) 250-6300 and allow us to meet with you to develop your ERP plan before Mother Nature comes to town for an unwanted visit!

Give Us A Call And Do What You Can!

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

If you have recently experienced flooding or water leakage in your home, immediately take steps to stop the water source and call your local SERVPRO professionals at Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station. If you are able to stop the water from infiltrating your home, start to dry the affected areas. To prevent further damage and the possibility of mold and the onset of that irritating mildew smell, get out the fans to help dry the area.  If you own a dehumidifier, use it to dry out the air, walls, and ground along with the fans.

Taking these initial steps will help mitigate the water damage while the SERVPRO team from Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station is on their way. SERVPRO, with industrial strength blowers, dehumidifiers, clean-up equipment, and products, will be able to get your home back to its original condition while avoiding the onset of mold and mildew.  Call us today on (703) 250-6300.

Nobody Wants A House Fire!

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Nobody wants to have a house fire.  It is devastating to say the least.  However, if the unfortunate occurs, and you experience a house fire, the following are basic steps to follow:

1) Check with authorities before reentering the home.  Structural damage, hot embers, compromised flooring, are all dangers you want to avoid.

2) Once cleared to enter the home, document the damage with video and photographs. These will prove helpful when working with the insurance company and your SERVPRO restoration team.   

3) Call SERVPRO OF Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300, a professional fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO specializes in restoring and repairing what has been damaged from a fire, smoke, water, or flame-retardant chemicals. SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station has the team of experienced professionals ready to immediately handle any of your fire damage and restoration needs.  

Grey and Wet = Water

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

It’s getting to be winter and in the Mid-Atlantic region of the country, it is grey and wet!  Without much sunshine, it can start to feel even more dreary than it looks outside.  During these rather bleak months, the infestation of water can take hold within your home.  Be proactive and take a good look around.  Check your attic when putting away the holiday decorations.  Same goes for the basement, when you’re down there doing the winter purge of too many “things” around the house.  Check bathrooms, laundry rooms, underneath kitchen sinks, wet bars, hose bibs, anywhere that water could possibly leak.  Also, don’t forget to check downspouts, gutters, chimney seams, door frames for good tight seals.  Should you detect water and possibly mold, call in the professionals at SERVPRO.

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station can be reached 24/7 on (703) 250-6300.  We’ll send a team of highly trained professionals to assess your needs and take care of your water related issues.  So don’t let the cold, grey, weather…..and water, get you down.  Call SERVPRO today!

Read About Us!

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station is 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

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.

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-Fairfax Station

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station 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.

Experiencing What Seems Like Never-Ending Water?

10/12/2020 (Permalink)

Are you having one of those weeks where it is storm, after storm, after storm? Are you feeling like a cartoon character bailing out your ship with a lone bucket? Wet carpet and soaked walls can end up being more than just water damage if not immediately remediated.  Water soaked walls usually equates to water soaked insultation and possibly water soaked electrical outlets.  Ugh, what a mess! Wallboard up to the waterline should be removed, insulation dried or replaced, and electrical outlets dried and tested for system integrity.  If not cared for in this manner, the growth of mold is an almost guarantee.  So, do not delay, act quickly so this secondary damage does not take hold and wreak more damage.

Should your home be deluged with what seems like never-ending waterfalls, call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station for immediate assistance.  We can be reached 24/7 on (703) 250-6300.

Is Erosion Causing Problems?

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

If you have soil erosion around your home, 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.  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.

Wow, I Didn't Know This Would Happen!

10/8/2020 (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…..one 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 (703) 250-6300.  We can be reached 24/7, 365 days a year. Water Blog 8/27/19

Have Your Heard The Weather Report?

10/8/2020 (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.

Can You Realistically Handle That Alone?

10/8/2020 (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 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.

Storm Chasers

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

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 Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station SERVPRO 24/7, 365 days a year on (703) 250-6300.  

Common Sense Rules the Day

10/7/2020 (Permalink)

Do you have a chimenea, a fire pit or an outside fireplace at your home?  More and more homeowners are enjoying socializing around a fire……something that not too long ago, other than an old fashioned campfire, was restricted to indoor fireplaces or wood burning stoves.  As more homeowners are buying portable fire pits and having outdoor fireplaces built, the need to be vigilant with fire safety is critical.

Common sense rules the day when it comes to fires.  Don’t leave fires unattended, don’t leave them under the guidance of a child, contain the flame so embers do not fly off into dry grass, mulch or rooftops, always extinguish when done, and never throw hot embers into a trash receptacle. Common sense, right?  We all would think so, but every year unintended fires take lives, destroy homes, and damage the land because someone was careless or just simply not thinking.   

So, to keep you loved ones and your home safe from fire while enjoying your patio fireplace, always use common sense and err on the side of caution. 

Should the unfortunate occur, and a fire strike, call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300. 

Are You Emergency Ready?

10/7/2020 (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.

In Need of a Face-Lift?

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Is your commercial building looking a bit, “worn around the edges”?  Would a face-lift help attract tenants and make the current tenants more likely to stay?  Whether we are talking about a commercial office building or a personal home, updating and refreshing a space is needed over time.  Sometimes it simply a matter of a deep clean.  Carpets cleaned and deodorized, floors scrubbed and polished, windows and siding cleaned and power-washed, bathrooms steam cleaned and regrouted, clutter boxed and removed.  And other times, in addition to deep cleaning, new furniture is needed, walls need to be opened for a better and more contemporary flow, lighting fixtures need to be updated, walls painted, and color schemes changed. Whatever the “upgrade” your local SERVPRO is there to help.  We can provide deep cleaning services, pack out services, repairs, etc., Let us help you retain and attract clients and tenants to your buildings.

Call us today at SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300.

Is This The Tree You Meant?

10/6/2020 (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.

Let Us Help Your Commercial Business

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Whether you are a commercial business operating out of a warehouse, high rise, office park, strip mall, etc., let SERVPRO assist with your facility management and emergency needs.  When a pipe breaks and floods an entire office, a break room fire renders adjacent offices unusable, or a biohazard incident shuts you down completely, your first thought is staff safety……the next thought is, “when can I be up and running at full capacity again?”  Call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300 for immediate assistance.  We are trained specialists that can take on any deep cleaning job, we are certified in biohazard cleaning and recovery, mold remediation, water extraction and remediation, fire remediation and rebuilds, content pack-outs, etc.  We are here to help and partnering with us will ensure your business is up and running as fast as possible.  Time is money and we understand you need to get back to work.  So, put us to work!

Don't Fall Asleep With the Fire Still Roaring

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

It may have been a rather mild winter in the Mid-Atlantic but there are still plenty of chilling days and nights ahead when family and friends will gather around the fireplace.  On a cold night, it’s cozy, warm, and mesmerizing to have a nice fire going.  But don’t get complacent and call it a night with a roaring fire still burning.  Embers can pop and land several feet outside the fireplace if the screen or doors are open.  Should these embers catch a rug, newspaper, couch, etc., on fire, the entire room could go up in smoke, and possibly the whole house.  Don’t take any chances with your family’s safety and the integrity of your home.  Always close the fireplace doors should you leave the room and make sure the fire is out prior to falling asleep for the night.

Should the unfortunate occur and you need assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300.  Our phone is answered 24/7, 365 days a year.  We are fire and smoke remediation specialists and can take care of any fire damage that has occurred.  

Be Prepared for Spring Storms

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Spring storm season is just around the corner 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 Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station is only a phone call or email away.  We can be contacted 24/7 on: (703) 250-6300 or via email at: sp9686focc@verizon.net.

Call Us For Your Fire Restoration Needs

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station recently took on the clean up and restoration of a fire damaged kitchen.  What was the cause of this destructive fire? None other than a deep fryer.  Splattering oil caught a kitchen towel on fire.  In a panic, the homeowner knocked over the deep fryer causing the fire to further engulf the kitchen.  Luckily, injuries were avoided and the fire was soon contained by the fire department.  

SERVPRO was able to restore the kitchen to it's former condition and a lesson was learned on the appropriate use of deep frying appliances.

Should you need fire restoration services at your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairafx Station on (703) 250-6300 or email us at sp9686focc@verizon.net.

Why fight it alone? Call SERVPRO!

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

If you have recently experienced flooding or water leakage in your home, take steps to stop the water source and call the local SERVPRO professionals at SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station. If you are able to stop the water from infiltrating your home, start to dry the affected areas.  To prevent mold from growing and to avoid that mildew smell, get out the fans to help dry the area.  If you own a dehumidifier, use it to dry out the air, walls, and ground along with the fans.

Taking these initial steps will help mitigate the damage while the SERVPRO team from Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station is on their way. SERVPRO, with industrial strength blowers, dehumidifiers, clean-up equipment, and products, will be able to get your home back to its original condition while avoiding the onset of mold and mildew.

Don't hesitate to call today.  We can be reached 24/7 on (703) 250-6300.

Why not call SERVPRO to help get rid of the clutter

11/19/2019 (Permalink)

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.

So if you need our help getting rid of he clutter, call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station today on (703) 250-6300. 

Why stress, call SERVPRO for your fire restoration needs

11/19/2019 (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 of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station 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 SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station.  Of course, the homeowners were devastated by the fire and the mess it left behind.  SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station was called in to “fix” the mess left behind by this fire.  Life is stressful enough, without adding a home fire into the mix. 

So, let us help eliminate some of that stress.  Call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300 for all your fire restoration needs.

Why you should always call SERVPRO!

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station is available 24 hours a day for water, fire, mold, adn biohazard emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with emergency situations, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the 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-Fairfax Station has the specific training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your 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 damaged home or business
  • When did the incident occur?
  • What caused the damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, biohazard, mold, 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. That's why you're in good hands when you call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station.

Why live with mold....call SERVPRO today

11/18/2019 (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. Perhaps an ice dam 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 them and save them spreads mold spores in the air and increases the health risk 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 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. 

Why call anyone but SERVPRO?

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station. 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. Learn more about our commercial services: 

http://www.SERVPROburkecliftonfairfaxstation.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Leaves, Leaves, Go Away!

10/8/2019 (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.

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Call Today: 703-250-6300

Know Your Water!

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

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 will help feed and grow mold.

Call SERVPRO of Burke Clifton Fairfax Station if you have questions about water categories: 

703-250-6300

Water Damage: Never a Good Time!

10/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station. 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. Learn more about our commercial services: 

http://www.SERVPROburkecliftonfairfaxstation.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

Commercial Water Damage Restoration

Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Don't Delay, Call Us Today!

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station, 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 broadcast 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. 

What's In a Name?

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

We sat down today with a good friend named Karen…….the name of the most recent tropical storm predicted to hit the Bahamas and Florida, and possibly other southern states sometime today, Friday, September 27, 2019.  Here’s what Karen had to say: “Well, I’m actually rather sad having the same name as a tropical storm, because I already feel for all the people who will be affected by this storm.  Ironically, the name Karen means pure and joyful.  There doesn’t seem like much joy will be spread if this storm hits land, and although it may wreak pure havoc, it certainly takes the meaning of the name in a different direction!  My Mother is Danish, and Karen is a name of Danish origin.  It’s rather ironic, because my Mom grew up on the coast with my Grandfather being a fisherman.  This type of storm is certainly something they would not be happy to see, although in Denmark, we luckily do not get many storms like this.  My hope is that the storm somehow misses landfall and that tropical storm Karen is quickly forgotten!”

Should a tropical storm hit where you live, Call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station for all your remediation needs.  We can be reached 24/7 on (703) 250-6300.

Get That Storm Debris Out Of Your Gutters!

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Every time a storm pounds down on your home are you getting water leaking inside?  Walls wet and ceilings stained but you don’t seem to have any issues with your roof?  Check your gutters and downspouts for leaves, debris, even grass and trees starting to take root and growing!  We recently dried out a house because a tremendous amount of water had made its way into the walls and ceilings.  Drywall had to be replaced and mold eradicated as well.  What was the source of the water?  Clogged gutters and downspouts.  Check out the picture, maple trees were sprouting in the gutters!  The gutters were so clogged with leaves, sticks, dirt, and the little “helicopter” seeds that fall from maple trees, that they started to grow in the gutters.  Of course, this created such a clogged mess, that the water had nowhere to go but in the house, rather than down and away.

Lesson learned: keep your gutters and downspouts free and clear of debris.  Should you find yourself in a situation where water has made its way into your home, call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300. 

Fire Safety Comes First

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

Have you been in the stores lately?  It’s hard to believe but Christmas decorations are already up and displayed and aisles are brimming with holiday wrap and festive items.  Although perhaps a bit early to be hanging the stockings on the fireplace mantel, it is never too early to be prepared for fire safety.  In the winter months, many households have Christmas trees strung with lights, outdoor displays of lights and decorations requiring extension cords and outlets.  Chimneys are aflame with burning wood, giving the home that winter feel and smell that is welcome in the cold winter months.  But before all these activities commence, check and make sure you are prepared.  Is your chimney flue open and the chimney free of debris or any bird nests that may have been built over the previous summer?  Are your electrical cords and outlets in good shape and capable of handling the load you will be placing on them?  Is there a safety screen, or glass doors in front of your fireplace?  If a gas fireplace, has it been serviced and checked for leaks in the past several years? You can never be to cautious when it comes to fire safety.  Check and double check, to make sure you and your family are safe and can sleep soundly at night without the fear of fire.

Should the unfortunate occurrence of fire happen, call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300.  We are trained, licensed, and knowledgeable about fire remediation and restoration.  Give us a call 24/7 and we will be there to take care of your needs.

Is Your Building Looking a Bit Shabby?

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Is your commercial building looking a bit, “long in the tooth”?  Would a face-lift help attract tenants and make the current tenants more likely to stay?  Whether we are talking about a commercial office building or a personal home, updating and refreshing a space is needed over time.  Sometimes it simply a matter of a deep clean.  Carpets cleaned and deodorized, floors scrubbed and polished, windows and siding cleaned and power-washed, bathrooms steam cleaned and regrouted, clutter boxed and removed.  And other times, in addition to deep cleaning, new furniture is needed, walls need to be opened for a better and more contemporary flow, lighting fixtures need to be updated, walls painted, and color schemes changed. Whatever the “upgrade” your local SERVPRO is there to help.  We can provide deep cleaning services, pack out services, repairs, etc., Let us help you retain and attract clients and tenants to your buildings.

Call us today at SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300.

Is Your Building Smelling Musty?

9/25/2019 (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 seems to increase? Anyone complaining about headaches, or having allergy type symptoms?  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.

We're Your Bio-Hazard Team

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

It is not a subject that many of us like to discuss, but death and taxes are two things that will always take place.  At SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station, we cannot do much about your taxes, but should a tenant of your commercial building or apartment complex pass away, we can handle the bio-hazard clean-up.  We are certified in bio-hazard recovery and have many years’ experience in this field.  As well as being proficient bio-hazard recovery/clean-up specialists, we are the ultimate in professionalism.  We fully understand the respect and reverence everyone deserves.  Our professional, caring decorum speaks volumes. We have performed this service for many, many locations over the years and although it is never easy, it is a service we are proud to provide to our community.  When such a tragedy strikes, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300.  We will send a team of qualified, and thoughtful technicians to take care of your every need.

Is Their Soil Erosion In Your Yard?

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

If you have soil erosion around your home, 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.  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 an ERP Today!

9/23/2019 (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.

Be Vigilant With Fire Safety

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Do you have a chiminea, a fire pit or an outside fireplace at your home?  More and more homeowners are enjoying socializing around a fire……something that not too long ago, other than an old fashion campfire, was restricted to indoor fireplaces or woodburning stoves.  As more homeowners are buying portable fire pits and having outdoor fireplaces built, the need to be vigilant with fire safety is critical.

Common sense rules the day when it comes to fires.  Don’t leave fires unattended, don’t leave them under the guidance of a child, contain the flame so embers do not fly off into dry grass, mulch or rooftops, always extinguish when done, and never throw hot embers into a trash receptacle. Common sense, right?  We all would think so, but every year unintended fires take lives, destroy homes, and damage the land because someone was careless or just simply not thinking.    

So, to keep you loved ones and your home safe from fire while enjoying your patio fireplace, always use common sense and err on the side of caution. 

Should the unfortunate occur, and a fire strike, call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300 

Don't be fooled by impostors

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

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 Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station SERVPRO 24/7, 365 days a year on (703) 250-6300.

Sometimes You Can't Do It All

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Ever find yourself rushing about the kitchen cooking to feed your family, while doing laundry, helping kids with homework, feeding the dog, and answering the phone? Ever wish you had eight arms? If so, you’re not alone.  Most of the time we’re able to juggle the balls in the air, albeit stressful, we still manage to get it all done, while keeping everyone alive and happy!  Unfortunately, there are those rare occasions when things don’t quite work out and instead, a kitchen fire breaks out.  Once your priority of getting everyone to a safe place outside the home has occurred and the fire has been put out, give SERVPRO a call.  We are fire remediation specialists with the training, equipment, and supplies to clean up and get you back to normal.  No more smoke, no more smell, no more fire! Give SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station a call today on (703) 250-6300.

Keep Up With Bathroom Repairs

9/23/2019 (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. 

We Are Here For All Your Building Requirements

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you are a commercial business operating out of a warehouse, high rise, office park, strip mall, etc., let SERVPRO assist with your facility management and emergency needs.  When a pipe breaks and floods an entire office, a break room fire renders adjacent offices unusable, or a biohazard incident shuts you down completely, your first thought is staff safety……the next thought is, “when can I be up and running at full capacity again?”  Call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300 for immediate assistance.  We are trained specialists that can take on any deep cleaning job, we are certified in biohazard cleaning and recovery, mold remediation, water extraction and remediation, fire remediation and rebuilds, content pack-outs, etc.  We are here to help and partnering with us will ensure your business is up and running as fast as possible.  Time is money and we understand you need to get back to work.  So, put us to work!

Watch For Falling Trees!

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

Have your kids have been asking and asking and asking for a tree house to be built? 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 Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300.  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.

Is Your Electrical Wiring Up To Date With Today's Usage?

9/23/2019 (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, TV’s, and a host of other electronics that we couldn’t have even dreamed of 30 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.

Be Prepared for Fall Storms

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

What is 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.

Don't Bite Your Nails....Call SERVPRO

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Are you biting your nails watching the rain come down?  If so, is this anxiety brought on by “home repair” issues that having been unattended, and are leading to water damage every time a rainstorm comes along?  Don’t procrastinate any longer regarding simple home repairs that can save you bundles in the long run.  Clean your gutters of leaves, sticks and debris, ensure that down spots are also clean and securely attached to the home, if needed, chalk around windows and doors to make sure seals are tight, and check bathroom seals as well.  Make sure your bathtubs, toilets, showers and sinks are all property sealed.  Check underneath sinks to ensure pipes are not dripping and creating water damage and promoting mold growth. 

These are simple and relatively fast “fixes” to your home that will save you time, money, and frustration  if taken care of today.  Should the unfortunate occur, and water damage does happen, call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300.  We’re always there to help!

Fires Start In Many Ways

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Dryer vent fires are really do happen.  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…..one 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.

Let Us Help With Your Commercial Building Needs

9/22/2019 (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 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.

Got Storm?

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Did you come home after a long day at the office, only to be greeted by a dripping ceiling? Feel like crying as you look at the mess it has made below, in addition to the stained and damaged ceiling? Ugh…we know how you feel and can help!  We are SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station and are remediation specialists who are simply a phone call away.  We will bring a highly trained, licensed, and insured crew of professional remediation specialists into your home to get it dry, clean, and repaired with minimal disruption to you and your family.  We have state-of-the-art equipment to take care of water, stains, mold that may have developed, damaged wallboard, furniture, and rugs.  Addressing storm damage quickly is critical to a successful restoration.  So if you’ve been hit by a storm, don’t delay, call SERVPRO today on (703) 250-6300 and we’ll get a team out to assess your damage and start the clean-up process.

The Dreaded Fire

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

We'll Get Rid of the Smoke

Fire is a very scary dude! Nobody wants to come home to water damage or storm-thrown trees on top of their roof, but there is something even worse about fire.  Perhaps it is the heat, the seemingly instant destruction, and the choking smoke, that renders most people feeling totally helpless and dejected.  If a fire is contained and extinguished by fire fighters, SERVPRO can often salvage, clean, and restore your home and belongings back to their original condition.  Let us help you abate those feelings of despair.  Give SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station a call on (703) 250-6300 as soon as you are allowed back in your home.  We will bring our experienced and trained fire restoration technicians to walk through your home and assess the damage.  We will develop a restoration plan with you and start work as soon as possible.  At SERVPRO, we possess the expertise and the equipment and proprietary cleaning supplies to take care of your fire and smoke damage. 

Let us remove the fire burden from your shoulders

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Guess what started the fire?

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 us today on (703) 250-6300.

Hoarding Got The Best Of You?

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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 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.

WE CAN DO IT!

11/20/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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.

FALL LEAVES GOT YOU WET?

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

CLEAR THE DRAIN!

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.

The Storms Are a Comin!

9/25/2018 (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 is there to help you in your hour of need. Experiencing severe damage and destruction can be emotionally draining.  Don't add to your stress by deciding this is the time to put on your DIY hat.  Call the storm remediation professionals at SERVPRO.

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.  

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.  

Fire Can Happen Anywhere

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Let Your Castle Go Up in Smoke

You may not actually live in a castle, but we all think of our homes as such.  Electrical fires cause horrible damage by burning from the inside out.  Usually starting inside walls and electrical outlets, electrical fires often go unnoticed until the fire has burned through the walls and ceilings.

Often times, people do not know they even have an electrical integrity issue that may result in fire.  Be alert to your surroundings. Should you smell anything metallic in nature, it may be an electrical fire or an electrical short.  Don't let your castle go up in flames. Have your electrical panel, outlets, and appliances checked for system integrity.

Should the unfortunate occur and you experience an electrical fire, call SERVPRO for all your remediation needs.  Your SERVPRO team is trained in the latest techniques in fire restoration.

DO YOU NEED TO RENT THAT SPACE?

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

"After the Spruce-Up"

Are you a Property Manager, Commercial Real Estate Broker, or Retail Landlord, who is looking to fill unrented space?  Are your buildings looking "a bit long in the tooth"? If so, perhaps your space is in need of some "sprucing up" to generate rental interest.

Stay current and relevant in todays rental market. Let your SERVPRO professionals come in and assess your needs.  Perhaps it is mold remediation and carpet cleaning or replacement.  Or, maybe it is deodorizing and sanitation services that are necessary to make your commercial space appealing to potentail tenents.  Don't let your retail, office, or commercial space stand vacant one more month!  Whatever the task may be, let SERVPRO help you make that space what clients are expecting and hoping to find.  

Be Ready for Mother Nature

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Here Comes the Storm!

Its fall 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 Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station is only a phone call or email away.  We can be contacted 24/7 on: (703) 250-6300.

Got Mold?

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Yuck...Mold!

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 dam 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 them and save them spreads mold spores in the air and increases the health risk 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 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. 

Check Those Drains!

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Forget Your Witches Cap!

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 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.
  • Buy a "witches cap" drain cover that allows water to escape if the surrounding area is covered with leaves/debris.

WE'RE A PHONE CALL AWAY

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

AT YOUR SERVICE

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster and storm in your 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 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. 

CLEAN AND TIDY MAY BE THE ANSWER

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Is This Bolding Your Business Back?

Although most of us wish it wasn’t so, we all age and wither a bit over time and this includes commercial buildings as well.  Don’t let your building fade away and become obsolete in the highly competitive rental market. Keep your tenants proud to rent space in your building by keeping it clean, safe, and up to date. 

If your commercial building could benefit from a needed “face lift”, why not call your local professionals at SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station. Deep cleaning and restoration services will breathe new life back into your commercial work space. A little effort will go a long way in keeping your tenants happy and your buildings full.

Have our team of experts come out to assess your needs today.  We can be reached 24/7 by calling (703) 250-6300. 

Don't Be Without A SERVPRO Emergency Response Plan (ERP)

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Why Gamble.....Call And Get Your ERP Today

What is an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) and why does my business need one?  Having an ERP will greatly expedite any remediation work your building(s) will need in times of emergency. Getting to problems quickly and knowing the intricacies of the building will save time and mitigate damage.

An ERP plan provides both the building owner, property manager, and the SERVPRO team with the information each needs to expedite emergency services. With an ERP, your SERVPRO team has a building diagram on file which notes water shut-off valves, electrical panels, access points of entry and exit, locations of kitchen areas, bathrooms, office or apartment floor diagrams, what materials are in the building such as tile, carpet, drywall, acoustical ceiling tiles, etc. This knowledge allows for quick and efficient access and action when responding to emergency situations.  Also included in the ERP are names and contact information for both SERVPRO professionals as well as the building managers/owners. All parties are therefore not scrambling to locate the right person or find the correct phone number or email.  This information pertaining to key personnel on both sides is provided.  

Peace of mind for all involved may be the biggest asset of having an ERP.  As an ERP SERVPRO client, you are assured that your SERVPRO team will know who to contact, what to do, and where all the important touch-points are within the buildings.  

With storm season here and winter approaching, it's time to contact your local SERVPRO franchise to establish your ERP today.  It's free, easy to establish, and worth the peach of mind.

WHY NOT LEAVE IT TO THE PRO'S!

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Let Us Take This On

Many homeowners are interested in do it yourself mold removal. They want to know how to clean mold themselves because they want to save money. Some also like the satisfaction of doing a job themselves. In some cases, it makes sense to handle a household mold problem yourself. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to call in a professional that knows how to clean mold, like SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station.

When Is Removing Mold Yourself a Good Idea?

Cleaning up mold yourself may be a good idea if:

  • The mold only covers a small area.
  • The mold is growing on easy-to-clean surfaces like glass, metal, tile, tubs, or sinks.
  • The mold is growing on hard-to-clean materials, like carpet, that are easy to remove and replace and you know how to do it properly.
  • You don’t have any health problems likely to be made worse by increased exposure to mold (check with your doctor if you’re not sure if it’s safe for you to clean up a mold problem yourself).

Of course, you always have the option of hiring a professional for the job if you don’t want to do it yourself or simply don’t have the time or energy for what can be a time-consuming process.

When Is Do It Yourself Mold Removal Not Such a Good Idea?

In some situations, it’s better to call in a mold remediation professional for assistance. Cleaning up mold yourself is probably not such a good idea if:

  • The mold covers a large area (greater than three feet by three feet, according to the Environmental Protection Agency).
  • Mold develops after flooding with water that might be contaminated with sewage or other potentially hazardous substances.
  • There is mold in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (most homeowners have neither the knowledge nor the equipment needed to properly remove mold from their HVAC systems).
  • You aren’t sure how to do all parts of the job correctly (if, for instance, there is mold inside your walls and you don’t know how to remove and replace drywall) or you don’t have all the tools required to do the job (such as a drywall saw, if you need to remove moldy drywall).
  • You have moldy wood that cannot be removed and replaced, so the moldy area needs to be sanded and encapsulated instead (it’s recommended that only mold remediation professionals sand moldy wood since it significantly increases one’s exposure to mold, which can lead to potentially serious illnesses).
  • You have a medical condition that might be made worse by increased exposure to mold, like asthma, environment allergies, or an immune system disorder (check with your doctor if you’re not sure if increased exposure to mold may exacerbate your medical condition).
  • You are already experiencing symptoms of mold-related illness, such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, shortness of breath, wheezing, headaches, sore throat, or chronic sinus infections.

In some instances, homeowners handle part of the job themselves while calling in a professional for other parts of the job, like removing mold from their HVAC system.

For Help with Mold Removal

If you need help with mold removal, or if you’d just like some professional advice before beginning do it yourself mold removal, we suggest consulting with a mold remediation specialist in Fairfax County. You can schedule a free in-home consultation with a professional that knows how to clean mold. You can get some free expert advice and then determine whether or not it’s a job you’re prepared to tackle yourself. There is no charge and no obligation, so there’s nothing to lose.

If you suspect mold that you cannot handle or want advice on contact SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station at 703-250-6300

Mold and Coffee Grounds?

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Enjoy Your Coffee And Let Us Do The Work

Would you believe me if I told you that sprinkling used coffee grounds around the outside foundation of your commercial office buildings, helped prevent the infestation of mold on the inside? Well, it may help your hydrangeas, but it has no preventative powers against the onset of mold.

Mold thrives in moist, warm, and dark spaces.  In underground parking structures, behind walls, underneath sinks, in elevator shafts, to name but a few of the many hiding places for mold.  To prevent mold, ensure that your building is well sealed, windows are leak proof, elevator shafts are cleaned, and garages, as well as office spaces, are properly ventilated.

If, however, mold infestation does occur, protect your occupants and your investment, by calling your local mold certified SERVPRO professionals to assess the situation and provide you with a remediation plan.  Then sit back and enjoy your cup of coffee.

Winter Storms are Subsiding in Australia.....

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

We're Glad to Hop Over Today!

Well, I guess if you lived in Australia, and your winter was coming to a close, you'd be happy that the winter storms were ending!  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 for the storms ahead.

SERVPRO professionals are ready and able 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.  

So before your home takes a beating in a winter storm, call your SERVPRO professionals for a preliminary check.  Being proactive always beats being reactive!

What Happened to My Floors?

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Any Floor, Any Time, SERVPRO is at Your Service!

We are often asked by our customers how they can determine if they have water damage to their floors.  In actuality, that answer is very simple.  If your home has experienced flooding to any degree, caused by Mother Nature, or by a leaky toilet or broken pipe, you may have damage to your flooring.  If there is damage, you will be able to spot it fairly easily.  If the floor is wood or tile, inpect for cracked, raised, or warped flooring.  Carpet may show areas of buckling, soft areas and may have a musty/mold-like odor.  

In any of these cases, DIY attempts are probably not your best option. Give your local SERVPRO professional a call and we will be able to assess your needs and remedy the situation.

Look What That Fried Chicken Did!

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

What a Mess a Little Grease Can Make!

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station recently took on the clean up and restoration of a fire damaged kitchen.  What was the cause of the fire? None other than a deep fryer.  Splattering oil from fried chicken, caught a kitchen towel on fire.  In a very understandable panic, the homeowner knocked over the deep fryer, causing the oil to spread and fire to engulf the kitchen.  Luckily, injuries were avoided and the fire was soon contained by the local fire department.  

SERVPRO was able to restore the kitchen to it's former condition and a lesson was learned on the appropriate use of deep frying appliances.

Should you need fire restoration services at your home or business, contact SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairafx Station on (703) 250-6300. 

YOU MAY HAVE MORE THAN BATS IN THE ATTIC!

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Bats, No......Mold, Yes!

Leaky roofs and malfunctioning gutters and downspouts are leading culprits with respect to water damage.  In these types of situations, mold will often start in the attic, attaching to beams and insulation. Often, such leaks take a prolong period of time to seep down through the attic and into the ceilings, walls and insulation below. Since most homeowners do not regularly inspect the attic area, the mold is not noticed until it presents itself in the living areas below. This delay in recognizing that you have a problem, coupled with a hot, moist, and humid attic, is the "perfect storm" for the growth of mold.

Should you experience a problem with your roof or gutters, don't delay, contact your local SERVPRO professionals to come and inspect your attic. Getting your attic dry and any mold remediated, will put you and your family at ease.    

What Out for Fall Storms

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared, Be Safe, and Call SERVPRO

Be prepared for Hurricane John, Jane, Mike or Melissa..... and any storm to follow. With storms packing 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.

Sometimes a Good Offense is All About Having a Better Defense!

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Be Proactive....It's Cheaper Than Being Reactive

There is no denying that Mother Nature can catch even the most organized of us by surprise.  But with SERVPRO's Emergency Response Program (ERP), there is no need to worry about your business restoration requirements should she expectantly strike!

With SERVPRO's ERP program, we have the ability to come to your locations, assess your needs while already knowing the blueprint of your buildings, the utility locations, materials within your buildings, (whether carpet, hardwood, laminate, drywall, etc.,) as well as having your personnel points of contact.

So if Mother Nature does strike, SERVPRO is ready and able to strike back fast with a pre-established remediation plan.  Call  your local SERVPRO team today and allow us to meet with you to develop your ERP plan before Mother Nature comes to town.

Smoke, Soot, and Smell

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Don't Let a Fire Take You Down....Call SERVPRO!

Smoke and soot damage leaves your property with black marks which can be unpleasing to look at. It destroys the appearance and structure of everything in it. This includes walls, ceiling, furniture and any other item in the affected room. It also leaves the building with an unpleasant odor that is hard to eliminate unless you turn to professionals like us for assistance. We are here to assist any smoke damage victims in Northern Virginia by offering friendly yet professional services to deal with the disturbing issue and restore your home or business property to its previous state.

At SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station, we use our experience and high-tech equipment to make sure that we clean and deodorize the building making it a comfortable place to live in. Smoke, due to its nature, can easily seep through the smallest cracks. It is, therefore, hard for you to notice it and this could lead to substantial damages when the issue gets out of hand.

Our team is qualified and has knowledge about how smoke works. This makes us the best option for you. We offer complete cleanup and odor removal in the NOVA area. We do this by following simple yet effective steps as follows;

Removing soot from the household

This is the residue left behind after the smoke damage. It is the action taken after assessing the level of the damage and marking the affected areas.

Determining and getting rid of the source of odor

The smoke smell remains in carpets, upholstered furniture and clothing unless it is eliminated before the cleaning process. We use high-quality additives and chemicals to help break the molecules and get rid of the smell.

Cleaning the room

After deodorizing, it is time to eliminate the smoke spots by doing a thorough cleaning of the walls, carpets and the washable clothes ensuring that they are all left immaculately clean.

If you are having a smoke damage issue in Northern Virginia, we are the right solution for you as;

  • We are experienced
  • Have the right equipment
  • Certified to do the job
  • We offer emergency restoration services

Do not think twice about trusting us to do the job for you and you will not regret your decision.

If disaster strikes, call the team at SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station at 703-250-6300.

WHAT TO DO FOLLOWING A HOUSE FIRE

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

If The Unfortunate Happens, Call SERVPRO

If the unfortunate occurs, and you experience a house fire, the following are some basic steps to follow:

1) Always check with authorities before reentering the home.  Structural damage, hot embers, compromised flooring, are all dangers you want to avoid. Don't enter until you've gotten the go-ahead that it is safe.

2) Once cleared to enter the home, document the damage with video and photographs. These will prove helpful when working with the insurance company and your SERVPRO restoration team.   

3) Call SERVPRO, a professional fire damage restoration company. SERVPRO specializes in restoring and repairing what has been damaged from a fire, smoke, water, or flame retardant chemicals. SERVPRO has the team of experienced professionals ready to immediately handle any of your fire damage and restoration needs.  

What's the Big Deal About Storm Surge?

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Be Informed....Stay Safe

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.

Beware of the Beloved Sprinkler System!

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Sprinkler System: Friend or Foe?

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.

Hold on to Your Bread and Butter

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

There is Financial Longevity in Maintaining a Safe and Sound Building

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. 

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 can be on site quickly to mitigate your storm related issues.

Do You Suspect Carpet Mold?

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Ugh....Get Rid of This Mold and Mildew!

If you have recently experienced flooding or water leakage in your home, take steps to stop the water source and call the local SERVPRO professionals. If you are able to stop the water from infiltrating your home, start to dry the affected areas.  To prevent mold from growing and to avoid that mildew smell, get out the fans to help dry the area.  If you own a dehumidifier, use it to dry out the air, walls, and ground along with the fans.

Taking these initial steps will help mitigate the damage while the SERVPRO team is on their way. SERVPRO, with industrial strength blowers, dehumidifiers, clean-up equipment, and products, will be able to get your home back to its original condition while avoiding the onset of mold and mildew.

Smoke is a Nasty Reminder

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

The Ugly Reminder

We often have clients say, "the fire wasn't  that bad and it was quickly contained; so whey do we have so much damage?" The answer is: SMOKE, SMOKE, SMOKE!

Delays in the clean-up after a fire can also add to the difficulty associated with smoke remediation. The longer the  permeation of smoke remains in your home, the further it penetrates into walls, carpets, furniture, draperies, etc.

The key to successful smoke remediation is to act quickly and professionally.  Once you are allowed back into your home, call your SERVPRO professional.  SERVPRO teams are trained in the latest techniques and products to rid your home of that unwanted smoke odor. 

So don't delay, call SERVPRO and get back into you home sooner, rather than later.

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station Owner Goes to Corporate

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Helen Rasko (owner SERVPRO of Sunland/Tujunga), Wendy Dickinson (owner SERVPRO of Burke) and Wanda Delaney (owner SERVPRO of Harrisonburg)

Wendy Dickinson, one of the owners of SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station, just returned to the office after spending a week training at SERVPRO Corporate in Gallatin, Tennessee. The training went over breakthroughs in new equipment and chemicals as well as discussions with other SERVPRO franchises regarding best practices in delivering outstanding customer service.

The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow the SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station team to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively. For more information about Advanced Restoration Technology, click on the link here.

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station has been serving the Northern Virginia community under the ownership of Ron & Wendy Dickinson since 2009. If you need help with a disaster, call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station first at 703-250-6300.

If Smoke and Soot Damage Your Home......

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Soot and smoke can leave unwanted stains and smells that are very difficult to remove.....

Smoke and soot damage leaves your property with black marks which can be unpleasing to look at. It destroys the appearance and structure of everything in it. This includes walls, ceiling, furniture and any other item in the affected room. It also leaves the building with an unpleasant odor that is hard to eliminate unless you turn to professionals like us for assistance. We are here to assist any smoke damage victims in Northern Virginia by offering friendly yet professional services to deal with the disturbing issue and restore your home or business property to its previous state.

At SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station, we use our experience and high-tech equipment to make sure that we clean and deodorize the building making it a comfortable place to live in. Smoke, due to its nature, can easily seep through the smallest cracks. It is, therefore, hard for you to notice it and this could lead to substantial damages when the issue gets out of hand.

Our team is qualified and has knowledge about how smoke works. This makes us the best option for you. We offer complete cleanup and odor removal in the NOVA area. We do this by following simple yet effective steps as follows;

Removing soot from the household

This is the residue left behind after the smoke damage. It is the action taken after assessing the level of the damage and marking the affected areas.

Determining and getting rid of the source of odor

The smoke smell remains in carpets, upholstered furniture and clothing unless it is eliminated before the cleaning process. We use high-quality additives and chemicals to help break the molecules and get rid of the smell.

Cleaning the room

After deodorizing, it is time to eliminate the smoke spots by doing a thorough cleaning of the walls, carpets and the washable clothes ensuring that they are all left immaculately clean.

If you are having a smoke damage issue in Northern Virginia, we are the right solution for you as;

  • We are experienced
  • Have the right equipment
  • Certified to do the job
  • We offer emergency restoration services

Do not think twice about trusting us to do the job for you and you will not regret your decision.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

If disaster strikes, call the team at SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station at 703-250-6300!

Our SERVPRO Mascot- Dyna

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Dyna- our SERVPRO mascot

If you wanted to know more about SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station you can always visit our website and check out "about us". But what you won't find there is that most of the employees at SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station are avid animal lovers. We have our very own mascot who comes to the office everyday. Her name is Dyna. She is a 6 yr old Parsons Jack Russell Terrier that we adopted when she was 3.

Like our production team, she is clean & tidy & very friendly- always looking to please.

At Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station, we strive to help people in difficult situations. We can ease disasters by arriving quickly and mobilizing our team to diffuse the problems. Our team are fast, friendly and experienced. If you find yourself in a "disaster moment"- give us a call no matter what time of day or night. You'll always get a staff member who will know how to help. Call us at 703-250-6300!

Congratulations to Marcus Pondexter!

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

Marcus Pondexter is one of our outstanding lead techs!

Marcus Pondexter just completed his IICRC WRT certification with top scores! Marcus joined SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station in 2017 and has quickly become one of our key technicians. If you have a disaster, he is likely to be one of the team leaders running the job at your home.

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station is close by and ready to respond to your cleaning or restoration needs. We are proud to be an active member of the NOVA community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Call the team at SERVPRO Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station first when disaster strikes at 703-830-5800. We are available and answer our phones 24/7.

Do It Yourself Mold Removal in Fairfax Virginia

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Mold grows where there's moisture

Many homeowners are interested in do it yourself mold removal. They want to know how to clean mold themselves because they want to save money. Some also like the satisfaction of doing a job themselves. In some cases, it makes sense to handle a household mold problem yourself. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to call in a professional that knows how to clean mold, like SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station.

When Is Removing Mold Yourself a Good Idea?

Cleaning up mold yourself may be a good idea if:

  • The mold only covers a small area.
  • The mold is growing on easy-to-clean surfaces like glass, metal, tile, tubs, or sinks.
  • The mold is growing on hard-to-clean materials, like carpet, that are easy to remove and replace and you know how to do it properly.
  • You don’t have any health problems likely to be made worse by increased exposure to mold (check with your doctor if you’re not sure if it’s safe for you to clean up a mold problem yourself).

Of course, you always have the option of hiring a professional for the job if you don’t want to do it yourself or simply don’t have the time or energy for what can be a time-consuming process.

When Is Do It Yourself Mold Removal Not Such a Good Idea?

In some situations, it’s better to call in a mold remediation professional for assistance. Cleaning up mold yourself is probably not such a good idea if:

  • The mold covers a large area (greater than three feet by three feet, according to the Environmental Protection Agency).
  • Mold develops after flooding with water that might be contaminated with sewage or other potentially hazardous substances.
  • There is mold in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (most homeowners have neither the knowledge nor the equipment needed to properly remove mold from their HVAC systems).
  • You aren’t sure how to do all parts of the job correctly (if, for instance, there is mold inside your walls and you don’t know how to remove and replace drywall) or you don’t have all the tools required to do the job (such as a drywall saw, if you need to remove moldy drywall).
  • You have moldy wood that cannot be removed and replaced, so the moldy area needs to be sanded and encapsulated instead (it’s recommended that only mold remediation professionals sand moldy wood since it significantly increases one’s exposure to mold, which can lead to potentially serious illnesses).
  • You have a medical condition that might be made worse by increased exposure to mold, like asthma, environment allergies, or an immune system disorder (check with your doctor if you’re not sure if increased exposure to mold may exacerbate your medical condition).
  • You are already experiencing symptoms of mold-related illness, such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, shortness of breath, wheezing, headaches, sore throat, or chronic sinus infections.

In some instances, homeowners handle part of the job themselves while calling in a professional for other parts of the job, like removing mold from their HVAC system.

For Help with Mold Removal

If you need help with mold removal, or if you’d just like some professional advice before beginning do it yourself mold removal, we suggest consulting with a mold remediation specialist in Delaware County. You can schedule a free in-home consultation with a professional that knows how to clean mold. You can get some free expert advice and then determine whether or not it’s a job you’re prepared to tackle yourself. There is no charge and no obligation, so there’s nothing to lose.

If you suspect mold that you cannot handle or want advice on contact SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station at 703-250-6300.

Clean versus Dirty Water and what are the Implications?

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water can change categories over time.

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 catagory 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 will help feed and grow mold.

Call SERVPRO of Burke Clifton Fairfax Station if you have questions about water categories: 

703-250-6300

For Immediate Service in Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station, Call SERVPRO

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station. 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. Learn more about our commercial services: 

http://www.SERVPROburkecliftonfairfaxstation.com/commercial-restoration-cleaning

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Having Mold Issues? Better Call SERVPRO

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Thrives Under the Right Conditions.

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 dam 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 them and save them spreads mold spores in the air and increases the health risk 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 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. 

Don't Let Fall Leaves Put You Under Water

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Keep your outside drainage system clear to prevent water from entering your home.

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 703-830-5800.

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.

Are You Under Water? We Can Help!

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-FairfaxStation

SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-FairfaxStation is 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.

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