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Bio-hazard Clean-up

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Dale City/Lake Ridge Professionals are always available to help if hazmat or bio-hazard removal/clean-up is needed.

What is bio-hazard cleanup?

Bio-hazard clean-up can range from cleaning blood, urine, vomit, human fluids, and animal feces.

Here at SERVPRO of Dale City/Lake Ridge, we have the proper equipment, personal protective equipment and training to make sure there is no harm to others or the environment caused by these types of incidents. General maid services don't have the expertise to do so. This is why you can rely on SERVPRO of Dale City/Lake Ridge to get the job done quickly, safely, and to sanitation standards.

Many homes and buildings that have been left unattended and/or improperly cared for will generally require this type of service.

SERVPRO of Dale City/Lake Ridge will remove all hazardous items and properly dispose of them. If your home or business is in need of bio-hazard removal, please do not hesitate to call today at 703-583-8484. We have 24/7 emergency response and are ready when you are!

Why call SERVPRO?

11/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks in front of Office Our Team is always ready to assist 24/7/365!

With over 1,700 locations across the U.S. and Canada, there’s a reason why SERVPRO is one of the top disaster recovery and restoration companies in North America. By providing 24 hour a day, 365 day a year service, a guaranteed response to service calls within one hour, and a verbal restoration evaluation within eight hours of damage assessment, SERVPRO has remained a preferred vendor for insurance agents and adjusters since it was founded in 1967. The unique business model of each SERVPRO franchise, including the one near you in Northwest Las Vegas, NV, is what makes them leaders in the industry.

  1. Every SERVPRO franchise is locally owned. SERVPRO isn’t a giant, faceless corporation run solely by a boardroom full of CEOs and executives. It’s based on a franchise concept that allows everyday people to work hard and follow their dream of owning their own business and serving members of their community.
  2. SERVPRO is a proven business concept. For over 50 years, SERVPRO has been helping franchisees achieve the American Dream of business ownership. It’s now the #1 ranked franchise restoration services company in the U.S., cementing an already stellar reputation that can only be earned through decades of helping investors achieve success and financial freedom.
  3. SERVPRO guides its franchisees every step of the way. Becoming a certified SERVPRO franchise owner is easy thanks to a tried and true business model, which includes substantial training and expansion options. Franchise owners also benefit from the extensive branding that SERVPRO has already achieved thanks to its many years as a leader in the restoration industry.

While insurance industry professionals have many disaster restoration vendors to choose from, only the SERVPRO franchise has earned a national reputation as the top company in its field. That’s why SERVPRO remains a leader in the industry over 50 years after its inception.

Winter Storm season and your business!

11/28/2019 (Permalink)

Winter is quickly approaching here in the Dale City/Lake Ridge and Woodbridge/Lorton areas. A winter storm can interrupt and even stop business operations completely. Preparing for winter storms is crucial to your business and your employees’ safety. 

 50% of businesses that suffer a loss may never recover. Could you imagine suffering a loss and then not being able to resume business? Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to disasters. Unlike large companies, small businesses have less capital and fewer personnel available to resume operations and recover losses. It is vital to the continuity of a small business to have a disaster plan in place and be prepared, as it can make the difference between staying open or shutting down.

The most important asset to any business is its people. Businesses cannot recover from a disaster without their people, and people cannot recover without a job to return to. In order for employees to be able to focus on their work after a disaster, they need to be personally prepared for emergencies.

Encourage your employees to:

  1. Sign up for local text alerts and warnings and download weather apps to their smartphone.
  2. Gather important documents and keep them in a safe place.
  3. Create an emergency supply kit.
  4. Develop a family emergency communication plan.
  5. Know the facts on how to prepare for a winter storm.

Working with SERVPRO® of Dale City/Lake Ridge and SERVPRO® of Woodbridge/Lorton we can provide you a FREE Emergency Ready Profile for your business. Our ERP provides a plan that is accessible from anywhere you are and can be the difference between your business reopening or remaining closed.

Call Janét at our office today to schedule your FREE Emergency Ready Profile- 703.583.8484!

Fire Escape Plans are a MUST!

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

When a fire occurs, your ability to get out is significantly greater with advanced warning from smoke alarms and with a fire escape plan in place. Seven people die every day from a home fire and the thought of that is scary in itself.

Fire is extremely unpredictable and can spread so fiercely that you are often left with a mere 2 minutes to exit safely. Having an escape plan and practicing with your family could be a lifesaver! Design an escape plan for each room in the home and discuss regularly. Have fire drills at home to make sure that everyone is aware and remembers how to respond and where they should be going.

Children in the home should have visual aids and have at least two exit plans. There should be a meeting point for the entire family in a safe place away from the home.

Placing a working flashlight in each room is a great way for anyone who would be trapped to signal to firefighter in an emergency. This will allow the firefighters to locate them in a timely manner even through the smoke.

SERVPRO® of Dale City/Lake Ridge and SERVPRO® of Woodbridge/Lorton offer free emergency ready plans in case of a disaster, 703.583.8484.

What is the leading cause of home fires?

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Flame with Our Team will clean, restore and deodorize your property after fire damage with SERVPRO logo In 2017 51.6% of residential building fires were caused by Cooking

Did you know cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires? As we get near the start of the holidays, fire precautions should start as well.

A property owner experiences a flood of emotions when a fire ravages their business or home. Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can be overwhelming to the property owner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared.

After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let your local SERVPRO® of Dale City/Lake Ridge Professional help you restore the property. Combining rapid response, the utmost professionalism and open communication, we strive to restore not only the home or business, but to restore the customer’s peace of mind, as well.

  • The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) offers the following eye-opening statistics on fires:
  • 475,500 structure fires were reported in the United States in 2016.
  • These fires caused $7.9 billion in property damages.
  • One structure fire was reported every 66 seconds.

If the unthinkable happens and a fire strikes, give the experts at your local SERVPRO® of Dale City/Lake Ridge a call at 703-583-8484. We’ll help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Safety First Before the Feast

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

Pie broken down into graph showing how home cooking fires start Home fires can happen at any time, but they generally increase during the fall and winter.

Each November, families gather to celebrate Thanksgiving by preparing a delicious feast, but if you don’t practice safe cooking habits, your happy holiday could become hazardous very quickly.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the main cause for home fires and injuries, with Thanksgiving being the peak day for cooking-related fires.

Review the following safety tips to help ensure you can enjoy a safe holiday.

  • Never leave cooking food unattended–stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.
  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking. Use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a “kid-free zone” and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Keep anything flammable–pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging and towels or curtains—away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Do not wear loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department for training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.

Your local SERVPRO® of Dale City/Lake Ridge Professionals wish you a safe and happy holiday season.

Fires are Preventable!

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Background of flames with SERVPRO Logo - Fires are Preventable Be sure to visit Ready.gov for more helpful information on how to prevent fires in your home!

When it comes to your or your insured’s properties, there are certain safety precautions that can be taken to help prevent fires. Ready.gov shares the following tips on home fire prevention.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.

If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.

Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

Fireplaces and Wood-stoves

Inspect and clean wood-stove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.

Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.

Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

FLOODING CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Road with branches, leaves & debris all over it, says Storm Damage? Storm Flooding can be very scary, please always be prepared

According to the National Weather Service (NOAA), “Approximately seventy-five percent of all Presidential disaster declarations are associated with flooding.” NOAA lists the most common flood hazards in the United States as:

• Flash Flooding

• River Flooding

• Storm Surge and Coastal Inundation from Tropical and Non-Tropical Systems

• Burn Scars/Debris Flows (Caused by Wildfires)

• Ice/Debris Jams

• Snowmelt

• Dry Wash (Caused by heavy rainfall in dry areas)

• Dam Breaks/Levee Failure

Just because you haven’t experienced a flood doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. In fact, 20% of all claims paid by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) were for policies in low-risk communities. On average, floods cost $3.5 billion in annual losses in the U.S., and commercial flood claims average more than $75,000 (NFIP). When catastrophic water damage happens to you, SERVPRO® Dale City/Lake Ridge Professionals can help. They can help you prepare ahead of time with an Emergency Ready Profile® (ERP), or respond to any size disaster to begin cleanup and restoration to get you back in business as soon as possible. Your local SERVPRO® Dale City/Lake Ridge Professionals are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened

Why September is the Peak Month for Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

9/9/2019 (Permalink)

Graph Chart showing hurricanes & tropical storms with date and number of storms per hundred years September 10th is historical the most active day for hurricanes!

The Atlantic Hurricane and Tropical Storm season runs from June 1 through November 30.  Nearly all tropical storm activity in the Atlantic basin occurs during those dates with it peaking between August and October.  Statistically, September 10 is the most likely day to find a tropical cyclone somewhere in the Atlantic.

You may ask why.  It’s because of both the wind and water.

WIND SHEAR

Wind shear may prevent storms from organizing into a tropical cyclone.  Wind shear is the variation of the wind's speed or direction over a short distance within the atmosphere. Stronger wind shear in the spring fades through June and July, and by late August, wind shear reaches a minimum. 

ENVIRONMENT

The changes in climate create wetter and bigger storms.

Also to note is the temperature of the ocean.  As summer passes, the water temperature in the deep tropics rises which is the result of sunny days, warmer air temperatures, and more moisture in the atmosphere. Warmer ocean temperatures drive greater storm activity.

With the lack of wind shear in the atmosphere combined with the warmth of tropical waters, it may cause the waves off of Africa to strengthen into a hurricane.

The number of tropical storm and hurricane days for the Atlantic Basin spikes in mid-September.

Difference of Various Regions

The patterns vary in different areas of Earth.  For example, in the Northwest Pacific basin tropical cyclones occur regularly, throughout the year. Therefore, there is no "typhoon season" there, though there is a lull in February and March and a peak in August and September. In the North Indian basin, typhoons peak in both May and November.

In late October and November, the number of hurricanes and tropical storms drops steeply in late October and November. As fall temperatures arrive, wind shear increases in the Atlantic basin. The air and the water both cool down, resulting in fewer areas where the storms can form.

SIGNS OF DAMAGE CAUSED BY HIDDEN WATER LEAKS

9/1/2019 (Permalink)

Ceiling and wall with paint pealing and cracks Hidden water damage can cause major problems in your home

If undetected and left untreated, a hidden water leak in your property can become very costly, especially if it leads to extensive damage to your walls and flooring.   There are subtle signs you can look for in your home to determine if you need a plumber to fix those leaking fixtures and pipes before things get worse. When you have a substantial leak you need a certified remediation company, such as SERVPRO, to help you clean up the damage.

BLISTERING PAINT

One sign of a hidden leak, ensuring the need for professional water removal, is a wall which has blistering wallpaper or paint. Typically, mere steam from hot showers in your home should not cause this to happen. When water and moisture get between the paint and the wall, they stop the bond and begin to separate the two, making the paint peel away from the wall and fall off in small pieces. It is the same sign with wallpaper.

WARPED OR STAINED WALL

A wall which is warped or stained for no apparent reason is a clear sign of a plumbing leak. Drywall becomes soft and starts to bubble when it is exposed to moisture, eventually warping and breaking up into pieces. If the leak reaches your ceiling, it will sag and could leak some of the accumulated water, causing more damage to your home.

BUCKLED, CRACKED OR SQUISHY FLOORING

At times, your flooring may be damaged as well if the leak was severe enough, causing cracking, staining or buckling. Moisture can make your floor feel soft or squishy depending upon the material content. In these cases, you often find a damp subfloor as well. If the problem is found quickly, our SERVPRO technicians can dry and salvage it without causing a costly replacement.  However, if the water has caused damage to the subfloor as well, it may require new subfloor.

At SERVPRO, our technicians have specialized tools such as moisture meters to locate any hidden moisture and leaks in your property and to remove any accumulation of water from those leaks.  Once we determine what is causing the leak, then we’re able to address and fix the problem, and eliminate the water with the use of industrial pumps, fans, and dehumidifiers. Quickly drying your home is important to avoid the growth of mold. Once your home is dry again, then repairs can be made, including replacing any damaged drywall and flooring.

If you believe you may have a hidden leak, please give us a call.  We’re always here to help.