Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storms Hit Everywhere!

10/14/2020 (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 professionals are there to help you in your hour of need.

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. The cleanup and remediation can be daunting and overwhelming.  What to do first, what products to use, and how to go about tackling a huge job is more than many people are able to handle following the devastation of a storm.

Being prepared to withstand such weather surges is half the battle, but when cleanup is needed, call in the professionals.  SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station can immediately address your needs. Our quick response can help mitigate your level of damage. 

Call us on (703) 250-6300.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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 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.  

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.

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. 

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 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.

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.