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Are You Making Flood Damage Remediation Mistakes For Your Garrisonville Business? 

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Your store can be overwhelmed by flood damage in mere minutes. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for remediation assistance today.

Sometimes the Best Outcome for Commercial Flood Damage in Garrisonville is Reconstruction

We are very good at what we do when we bring our restoration services to a property with commercial flood damage. Many times flood water affects only a portion of a business. In those cases, there is often enough of the original structure that has restoration potential. Sometimes, that is not the case.

SERVPRO mitigated commercial flood damage in a Garrisonville business that received a large amount of loss due to groundwater from heavy rains and the Rappahannock River breaching its banks. The entire property received several inches of water, and unfortunately, the business owner was unable to get into their property for two days and the situation compounded. 

Groundwater is already a category three biohazard and considered contaminated and dangerous to come into contact with. The potential for mold on top of everything else was a concern. The water had receded quite a bit by the time our technicians arrived on site to extract the remaining water as we could tell by the waterlines in the sheetrock. We removed the remaining water and used our generators to power the equipment as water in the property was over the wall plugs, and it was unsafe to use the electricity at the worksite.

We cut away the damaged sheetrock and the tile flooring delaminated from prolonged exposure to excessive moisture and required removal. To assist with airflow, we drilled weep holes in the sheetrock that had not taken on the water to assist with drying the support beams and studs. Under the tile floor, the subfloor was wet, and we used floor mats to deliver warm, dry air to the area. 

After drying and deodorizing the property, we prepped it for reconstruction by sanitizing it to inhibit the growth of mold. Our SERVPRO owner holds a Commercial Contractor License #2705165256, and we can offer property owners:

  • Restoration services from flood damage 
  • Any rebuilding and repairs as needed 
  • This dual service lessens the stress as you only have to deal with one company to get your business back on track.

When commercial flood damage is a problem, call SERVPRO of North Stafford County at (540) 720-1535. Our emergency response team has the training and certification to assist property owners with everything from restoration services to reconstruction no matter if the water loss is a little or a lot, We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Stafford Storm Loss? Call SERVPRO; We Can Mitigate the Damages--Fast!

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Is the Key for Flood Loss Restoration in Stafford

Cleaning and Deodorizing Your Flood-Damaged Stafford Home

There are multiple stages to recovering your Stafford home after a flood loss scenario. As troublesome as the entire incident might seem, some of the most challenging aspects include addressing the cleanup and deodorization required. One of the only ways to make these situations “Like it never even happened” is to address aspects like odor removal, disinfection, and overall effective cleanup. While our SERVPRO team can help in many of these facets where necessary, there are ways that you can help in these regards as well.

Homeowners are often looking for the most cost-effective and efficient solutions for flood damage to Stafford residences, and this starts with understanding the steps that you can take to reduce detrimental effects to your house. DIY mitigation can help to both save you money and to help reduce the time that restoration ultimately takes, even if you seek the experience and qualifications of our technicians. Each team member in our storm relief and water restoration division has accreditations through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) and many also have additional training in Applied Structural Drying (ASD.)

From the time that disasters first occur in your home, you should work first to remove any contents in affected areas that could become irreparably damaged by the spreading water. Even without contaminated elements common to many flooding scenarios, standing water is often enough to cause substantial harm to many of the personal belongings exposed.

Cleaning up your residence after a flood often comes down to powerful disinfection and recovery solutions from our SERVPRO professionals. In addition to general water restoration, we have experienced team members that have additional certifications as:

-    Carpet Cleaning Technicians (CCT)
-    Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technicians (UFT)
-    Odor Control Technicians (OCT)
-    Biohazard Cleaning through the American Bio-Recovery Association (ABRA)
-    Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT)

While there is a balance between the professional work that often must occur after a flood and what homeowners can handle on their own, knowing your role in the recovery of your house is critical. Our SERVPRO of North Stafford County team can help. Give us a call anytime at (540) 720-1535.

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Fire Damage Remediation in Stafford: Should You Use Professionals or DIY?

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

It is tempting to want to make fire remediation a DIY if the fire is small. But you need the correct equipment and cleaners to complete the job.

What Tools Professionals Use for Fire Loss in Stafford Homes 

Fire recovery can take many different forms for Stafford homes, and more specifically, for those homeowners working on trying and overcoming loss effects on their own. It is not impossible for property owners to restore fire loss damages without training and restoration experience, but having the right equipment is essential. The more prepared you can be for these disasters, the less likely they are to spread and get completely out of control. 

Fire damage in Stafford homes can appear in many different ways from soot and smoke residues to air quality concerns, structural compromise, and degradation. Addressing even one of these challenges can be difficult without the appropriate equipment and tools that can help. Our SERVPRO technicians arrive at every fire loss emergency with the full measure of our mitigation and recovery tools, products, and devices. We know how important it is to get the situation contained and displaced families back in the property, so there is no delay in getting cleanup and restoration started. 

Recovery for these emergencies is multi-faceted and should often get completed by competent and qualified professionals like our SERVPRO team.  Here are some of the tools that can help you to make a positive difference quickly in your fire-damaged home: 

  • Thermal/UV Fogger – These vital tools can help to immediately address odor concerns, even in soft materials like clothing and fabrics. These machines release a dense chemical compound that breaks apart foul odor molecules on contact. 
  • Chemical Sponges – These cleaning implements are vital for clearing away soot and smoke residues (wet smoke) after a loss incident. Traditional cleaning methods can lead to smearing and staining of this coating. 
  • Hydroxyl Generators – These machines are two-fold by both helping to filter out a substantial amount of hazardous debris and particulates from the air inside of your home and working also to address lingering odor concerns as well. 

Whether you choose to handle fire loss effects on your own or seek the experience of our SERVPRO of North Stafford County team, we are always available. Call us at (540) 720-1535.

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Let the Professionals Handle Water Damage Remediation in Your Stafford Home

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let a small leak wreck your home. Call SERVPRO for water damage remediation assistance.

Ensuring Your Stafford Home Gets Properly Dry after Water Damage

Water loss incidents can present enough of a dire situation for your Stafford home even when the situation gets resolved quickly by professionals. Though with a growing number of homeowners that wish to overcome these effects on their own to both save time and money, there is a much larger concern of phases like drying happening as thoroughly as they should. Lingering moisture can present substantial threats to structural integrity, and also welcome hazardous secondary conditions like mold growth.

As much as consumer products have continued to evolve to better handle the severity of water damage in Stafford residences, without monitoring the situation, you can easily miss moisture pockets and dampness beyond the surface. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive with many discovery devices such as hygrometers and infrared imagery to help see beyond the immediate surfaces to locate any moisture existing in wall cavities, beneath flooring, or behind ceiling materials. 

You might find that overcoming moisture and saturation of specific structural elements and construction materials is more challenging than others and requires advanced tools and equipment. As of 2018, our SERVPRO team has been HomeAdvisor Screened & Approved, showcasing our knowledge for what your property needs and the expertise to get the job done the first time correctly. We are continually working to improve our inventory of recovery and mitigation equipment, always having the latest and most effective machines for the work that we do. 

Ensuring that lingering moisture and dampness do not exist might require homeowners to have this same sophisticated equipment and devices if they seek to perform the work on their own. Many of these tools, including air movers, dehumidifiers, and even air scrubbers for purification efforts can get rented or purchased from chain home improvement locations near to your home. 

For as straightforward as some water loss incidents might appear, you could welcome worsening conditions to your property without fully determining the success of your drying efforts. If you need a second opinion or want our SERVPRO of North Stafford County to handle the phases of recovery for your property, give us a call 24/7 at (540) 720-1535.

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