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Hidden Water Damage in Earlysville?

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

A person is using an infrared camera. We identify and restore water damage in Albemarle County.

I noticed that my water bill seemed higher than usual for my Earlysville home. I read on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website about determining if I had a hidden water leak. This is what the EPA website told me to do:

  • A good method to check for leaks is to examine your winter water use. It’s likely that a family of four has a serious leak problem if its winter water use exceeds 12,000 gallons per month.
  • Check your water meter before and after a two-hour period when no water is being used. If the meter does not read exactly the same, you probably have a leak.

Sure enough, I had a water leak, but I couldn’t tell where it was. I called SERVPRO® of Charlottesville, and they sent out a team of technicians that used an infrared camera to locate the source of the hidden water damage inside my wall. They removed the drywall, repaired the leaking gasket, dried the area, replaced the drywall, and repainted. Now you would never know I had a hidden water leak in my home!

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When you suspect that your Earlysville home or commercial business has a hidden water leak or other water damage, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville’s technicians are ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Chemical Spill in Charlottesville?

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

A tank of sulphuric acid is leaking. We clean and restore chemical spills in Albemarle County.

I noticed that the sulphuric acid tank was leaking at our fertilizer plant when I came back to work on Monday. The foreman was out, and we needed to act quickly to clean up the spill. We called SERVPRO® of Charlottesville, and they sent out a team of technicians that morning. Their technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to clean and restore dangerous chemical spills. The team worked quickly and methodically through the area and had the spill contained in a few hours.

Equipment breaks down, and accidents can happen at any time. You never know when you might need our help to restore a chemical or biohazard spill, but when you do, we are Here to Help. ®

Here are some tips from our website of things you can do and should not do while waiting for help to arrive:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Don’t touch, disturb, or direct fans on the contamination. This will release spores, viruses and spread the contaminants.
  • Call SERVPRO of Charlottesville in situations where biological, chemical or viral contaminants are found

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When your Charlottesville commercial business or home needs help with a chemical spill, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville’s technicians are ready to assist you 24-hours a day. We’ll clean and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Contents Restoration Services for Charlottesville Businesses?

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

Moving boxes sit on a dolly. We are trusted leaders in commercial damage restoration in Albemarle County.

When fire damages your business, our goal is to get your business operational again as soon as possible. SERVPRO® of Charlottesville offers a full range of contents restoration services to restore fire-damaged items. Water damage is often collateral damage left from the firefighting efforts and indoor sprinkler systems. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). They have the advanced training, equipment, and experience to restore damaged items, including documents and photographs.

Document / Photograph Drying

When valuable documents and photographs are damaged by fire or water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the fire damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-fire damage condition, SERVPRO of Charlottesville can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage. 

Here are the types of restoration techniques we may use depending on the type of documents and the level of fire, smoke, or soot damage they have:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

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When your Charlottesville commercial business or home needs document and photograph drying services, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville’s technicians are ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke Odor and Fire Damage in Keswick Home?

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Charlottesville technicians are loading equipment in response to a fire damage restoration call. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Albemarle County.

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville invests in equipment and technology to improve the efficiency of our services. Our Keswick customers benefit from the equipment we use to remove smoke odor, including:

Air Scrubber or Filter

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning system (HVAC) air scrubber or a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) air purifier is useful for capturing larger smoke molecules. There will still be some residual odor from smaller molecules or surface residues.

Ozone Generator

An ozone generator is a fast and highly effective smoke odor restoration method. These machines emit ozone, which follows the same paths through the air as smoke and oxidizes any residual traces in the air or on surfaces.

Thermal Fogging

Thermal fogging is an intensive treatment involving fogging machines. After residents evacuate, smoke cleaning professionals fill a structure with petroleum distillates that neutralize odors and ventilate the area.

Hydroxyl Generator

A hydroxyl generator is a slower and gentler alternative to ozone. These machines rely on ultraviolet light to generate hydroxyl radicals that eliminate smoke odors. It will take about three to five days of continuous operation to achieve the same results as a single ozone treatment.

Vapor Modification

Vapor modification is another odor elimination method that relies on aromatic compounds and a blower or fan to neutralize smoke odor.

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When your Keswick home or business needs fire damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville’s technicians are ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Basement Water Problem in Charlottesville?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

Water is seeping through a wall in a basement. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration in Albemarle County.

If you haven’t already, now is an excellent time to check out your basement and make sure water can’t enter the structure from an outside source. SERVPRO® of Charlottesville offers these tips from the Insurance Information Institute on preventing basement seepage:

Prevent basement water seepage

  • Reseal your basement. Water in the basement is often caused by cracks in building foundations or floor slabs. If you notice water seepage after heavy rain when you’ve never had a problem, it may mean that your once-waterproof cement floors and basement walls have deteriorated. Painting vulnerable areas with water sealant can prevent seepage.
  • Make sure water drains away from the building. Seepage is exacerbated by soil that has settled in a way to make water flow toward the building. After a storm, and especially if the ground is already saturated, rainwater that flows towards the building goes down the outside of the foundation wall potentially through any cracks.
  • Install a backwater valve. Though less common than other causes of basement water, sewer backups are messy. Learn more about your sewer responsibilities and install and maintain a backwater valve, which allows sewage to go out, but not come back in.

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When your basement floods or you have another form of water damage, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville’s technicians are ready to assist you at any time of the day or night. We’ll restore your water damage in Charlottesville, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Halloween Party Fire in Free Union?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

A Halloween party celebration is happening. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Halloween decorations are the first thing to ignite in more than 800 reported home fires each year, and candles are responsible for starting over one-third of the fires. SERVPRO® of Charlottesville responds to fire damage emergencies each year during Halloween and offer these Halloween fire safety tips to keep Free Union party-goers safe:

  • When choosing a costume, stay away from long trailing fabric
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks, and crepe paper catch fire easily
  • Keep all decorations away from open flames and other heat sources like light bulbs and heaters
  • If you use a real candle, use extreme caution
  • Make sure children are watched at all times when candles are lit
  • When lighting candles inside jack-o-lanterns, use long, fireplace-style matches or a utility lighter
  • Be sure to place lit pumpkins well away from anything that can burn and far enough out of the way of trick-or-treaters, doorsteps, walkways, and yards
  • Remember to keep exits clear of decorations, so nothing blocks escape routes
  • Tell children to stay away from open flames, including jack-o-lanterns with candles in them
  • Be sure children know how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches fire. (Have them practice, stopping immediately, dropping to the ground, covering their face with hands, and rolling over and over to put the flames out.)

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SERVPRO® of Charlottesville’s technicians are on-call 24-hours a day. Call us today at 434-977-5850. We’ll restore your fire damage in Free Union, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Commercial Restoration Services in Charlottesville?

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

A column on the façade of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville is shown. We provide a wide range of commercial services in Albemarle County.

When your commercial business suffers property damage of any kind, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Here to Help. ® We are committed to providing the highest level of service and support and will work to get your business operational again quickly. No matter what kind of damage you face, we have the equipment, training, and experience to mitigate and restore the damage, “Like it never even happened.”

We work on all kinds of buildings, including:

  • Universities and Schools
  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

Commercial Services

  • Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned
  • Commercial Restoration
  • Commercial Water Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events
  • Disaster Recovery Team
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Building Services

Highly Trained Team

Our dedicated, hand-picked team is highly trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the nonprofit certifying body for the cleaning and restoration industry. We have the training and experience to mitigate and restore any commercial loss to preloss condition.

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SERVPRO® of Charlottesville’s technicians are on-call 24-hours a day and typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. Call us today at 434-977-5850. We’ll restore your commercial property damage in Charlottesville, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Contained in Scottsville?

10/11/2021 (Permalink)

A person is holding a portable fire extinguisher. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Albemarle County.

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville responds to more fire damage emergencies during the holiday season than any other time of the year. Here are some fire extinguisher safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

Use a portable fire extinguisher when the fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket, and is not growing; everyone has exited the building; the fire department has been called or is being called, and the room is not filled with smoke.

  • To operate a fire extinguisher, remember the word PASS:
  • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you, and release the locking mechanism

o   Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire

o   Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly

o   Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side

  • For the home, select a multi-purpose extinguisher (can be used on all types of home fires) that is large enough to put out a small fire but not so heavy as to be difficult to handle
  • Choose a fire extinguisher that carries the label of an independent testing laboratory
  • Read the instructions that come with the fire extinguisher and become familiar with its parts and operation before a fire breaks out

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SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day and typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. Call us today at 434-977-5850. We’ll restore your fire damage in Scottsville, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water-damaged Belongings in Charlottesville?

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Water-damaged documents are shown. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville responds to water damage emergencies throughout the year. Water damage never happens at a convenient time, and fast action is required to minimize the potential for more extensive damage. Here is a water damage timeline from our website that defines the damage water will do in minutes and up to one week.

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp

       Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
  • A musty odor appears

       48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
  • Paint begins to blister
  • Wood flooring swells and warps
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible

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 SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve you. Call us today at 434-977-5850. We’ll restore your water damage in Charlottesville, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Damage at Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport?

9/28/2021 (Permalink)

Industrial-grade air blowers are installed in a water-damaged area of the Charlottesville- Albemarle Airport. We mitigate and restore water damage 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville responds to commercial water damage emergencies throughout the year. Our warehouse is located very close to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, so when we got the call that there was water leaking inside a section of the airport, we arrived quickly and immediately began the mitigation and restoration process. We used industrial-grade water extraction equipment to quickly remove the water from the floors and carpeted areas and installed powerful air movers and blowers to dry the area. We monitored and documented the drying process to ensure the area was returned to normal moisture levels.

We have experience working in all kinds and sizes of buildings and workplaces, including:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing and Industrial
  • Government/Military

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You never know when water damage will happen, but when it does, it is important to act quickly to avoid more time-consuming and costly repairs. When your business or home needs emergency water damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve you. Call us today at 434-977-5850. We’ll restore your water damage in Charlottesville, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.