Recent Water Damage Posts

Those Darn Leaves!

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Did you forget to check the outside drains for leaves?  Do you now have water in your home?  Fall can be a pretty time of year but those leaves can also wreak havoc.  If you find yourself under water, call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station.  We are committed to providing 24/7 water damage remediation should the need arise.  We're available 24/7 at 703-250-6300.

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.

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.

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.

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.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
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

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.

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. 

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.