Recent Why SERVPRO Posts

WHY ..... Yes, We're There To Help!

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

W = Windy, Wet, Weather, H = Hurricanes and Hail, Y = YES…..SERVPRO can help you with your plight dealing with weather that brings wind and downed trees, wet rains that penetrate your structure, and hurricanes and hail storms that prove detrimental to your home and cause flooding and untold damage.  That is WHY SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station is here……to help get you and your family through these trying times!  We are better together than apart.  We have the staffing, expertise, experience, and equipment to handle your storm related needs.  It’s stressful enough to have a storm wreak havoc on your home, don’t let the frustration of trying to DIY the cleanup and repair push you over the edge!  Call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station today on (703) 250-6300 for assistance.  We will take the burden off your shoulders and get you back to pre-storm conditions before you know it!  Call today.

Have Mold? Why Not Call SERVPRO Today!

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

Why call SEVRPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station with your mold remediation needs? Because mold is a nasty roommate that nobody should live with! Mold is also stubborn and although you may see some in obvious places, it is often hidden in remote areas throughout the home. It can be in carpet padding, inside walls, behind picture frames, in attics, to name but a few of molds hiding places. Don’t simply wonder why you have mold or roll the dice on mold remediation as a weekend DIY project. When disturbed, mold emits what are called "mold spores", which become airborne and can be ingested when breathing. Don’t take any chances by ignoring mold in your home. Put a sure bet on the table by calling in the professionals at SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station on (703) 250-6300. Get the job done right by bringing in the SERVPRO professional team; your trained and licensed mold remediation specialists.

WHY, Yes, We Can Do That For You!

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

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 homeowner.  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 of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station 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 of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station and that they could turn their focus back to their kids and get settled in temporary housing.

We were 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 of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station in the future.  Give us a call today, that’s why we’re here!  (703) 250-6300.

WHY did my washing machine do this?

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Why do it yourself when you have SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station 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.

This picture denotes SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station drying out a customer’s home after a washing machine malfunction.  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, why not call SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station for immediate assistance.  We can be reached 24/7 on (703) 250-6300.

With Crazy Weather.....That's WHY We're Here!

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

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

So, if you live in an area of seasonal weather that brings the rain, snow, freezing winds, you must be diligent about your home.  Why ignore obvious issues that may cause severe and expensive problems.  Make sure your home is properly insulated and pipes on exterior walls are wrapped and protected.  Turn off your outside water lines during the winter months.  Clean your gutters and downspouts, so clogs don’t cause water to come inside, rather than remain outside.  Check the grading of your lot to ensure water is not standing and puddling around your foundation. How is your roof?  Are there leaks or issues with the flashing?  Sometimes it can be daunting being a homeowner and when situations get the best of you, give SERVPRO of Burke-Clifton-Fairfax Station a call on (703) 250-6300.  That’s why we’re here…..to help when the little things get out of control and cause you problems.  We are available 24/7, 365 days a year, so give us a call!

WHY is your home getting that musty smell?

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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.