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Can a Thunderstorm Cause Damage to my Charlottesville Home?

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

Cumulonimbus clouds fill the sky. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

Charlottesville is no stranger to inclement weather. Last September, severe thunderstorms brought hail from a cold front that swept across the Mid-Atlantic region. Our local team in Charlottesville responds to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day and offers these thunderstorm safety tips from the National Weather Service:

Nowhere outside is safe when thunderstorms are in the area. Run to a secure building or vehicle when you first hear thunder, see lightning or observe dark threatening clouds developing overhead. Stay inside until 30 minutes after you hear the last clap of thunder.

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

  • Stop all activities
  • Seek shelter in a substantial building or a hard-topped vehicle
  • Wait thirty minutes after the storm to resume activities
  • Stay off corded phones. You can use cellular or cordless phones.
  • Don't touch electrical equipment or cords
  • Avoid plumbing. Do not wash your hands, take a shower or wash dishes
  • Stay away from windows and doors, and stay off porches
  • Do not lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls

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When your Charlottesville home or commercial business has a storm damage emergency, our local team in Charlottesville can help. We typically arrive onsite within our hours of your call. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Brush Fire Causes Soot and Smoke Damage in Free Union?

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

A first responder is on the scene of a brush fire. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

Free Union is a beautiful place to live, and this rural part of Albemarle County may be exposed to brush fires during the summer. Our local team in Charlottesville has the training, equipment, and experience to restore fire damage quickly and efficiently.

Here is some information from the National Fire Protection Association about brush fires:

While devastating fires in the wildland-urban interface have become common stories on the nightly news, many people do not realize that brush, grass, and forest fires account for almost one-quarter (23 percent) of fires handled by local fire departments.

  • During 2011-2015, local fire departments responded to an estimated average of 306,000 brush, grass, and forest fires per year, an average of 840 fires per day
  • During 2011-2015, heavy or light vegetation was the item first ignited in an average of 6,200 reported home structure fires per year. These fires caused an average of seven civilian deaths, 53 civilian injuries, and $130 million in direct property damage.
  • The vast majority of brush, grass and forest fires in 2011-2015 were caused by human activities. Leading causes include intentional fire setting, open burning of waste, smoking materials, and electrical power or utility lines.

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When your Free Union home or commercial business has a fire damage emergency, our local team in Charlottesville can help. We typically arrive onsite within our hours of your call. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Is The Process For Restoring Water Damage in Esmont?

9/6/2022 (Permalink)

A water-damaged ceiling exposes floorboards from the floor above. We are leaders in water damage restoration services in Albemarle County.

When you have a water damage emergency in Esmont, you can rely on our local team in Charlottesville to mitigate and restore the damage quickly and efficiently. We use powerful, industrial-grade water extraction and drying equipment to remove water from the damaged area rapidly, saving our customers time and money in many cases. Here is the process we follow for every water damage emergency:

Step 1 - Emergency Contact

Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

We inspect and test to determine the extent of damage and how far the moisture has traveled to ensure proper and complete restoration.

Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

We use powerful pumps and vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds or thousands of gallons from your property. This helps prevent secondary water damage and mold growth.

Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

Our Professionals will use room measurements, temperature, and relative humidity to determine the optimal number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to dry your home or business.

Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean all of the restorable items and structures damaged by the water. We provide sanitizing treatments to remove odors and deodorize your property.

Step 6 - Restoration

Restoration may involve minor or major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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When your Esmont home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, our local team in Charlottesville can help. We typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Convenient Pack-out and Move-Out Services for Charlottesville Commercial Businesses?

8/30/2022 (Permalink)

A person inventories boxes to be moved offsite during a commercial restoration. We restore commercial damage in Albemarle County 24-hours a day.

Over fifty percent of businesses that experience fire or water damage never reopen. Our local team in Charlottesville is committed to helping commercial businesses become operational again quickly after a property damage emergency. We offer convenient pack-out and move-out services that help us repair damage more efficiently. Once the repairs are complete, we will coordinate a convenient time to return your items and help put them back in their place, “Like it never even happened.”

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

When your commercial business or home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to damage, we can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

Once the restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

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You never know when your business will suffer property damage, but when it happens, fast action must be taken to minimize the potential for secondary damage and more time-consuming and expensive repairs.

When your Charlottesville business has fire or water damage, our local team in Charlottesville can help. We offer a full range of services to help you get back to business quickly. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Smoke and Soot Removal Services in Free Union?

8/23/2022 (Permalink)

A person is cleaning leaves out of a roof gutter. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

Our local team in Charlottesville wants everyone in Free Union to prepare for brush or wildfires. Here are some tips from the National Fire Protection Association for preparing defensible space around your home and property.

The home and the area 0-5’ from the furthest attached exterior point of the home; is defined as a non-combustible area. Science tells us this is the most important zone to take immediate action on as it is the most vulnerable to embers. START WITH THE HOUSE ITSELF, then move into the landscaping section of the Immediate Zone.

  • Clean roofs and gutters of dead leaves, debris, and pine needles that could catch embers
  • Replace or repair any loose or missing shingles or roof tiles to prevent ember penetration
  • Reduce embers that could pass through vents in the eaves by installing 1/8 inch metal mesh screening
  • Clean debris from exterior attic vents and install 1/8 inch metal mesh screening to reduce embers
  • Repair or replace damaged or loose window screens and any broken windows. Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
  • Move any flammable material away from wall exteriors – mulch, flammable plants, leaves and needles, firewood piles – anything that can burn. Remove anything stored underneath decks or porches. 

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When your Free Union home or commercial business has fire damage, our local team in Charlottesville will restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Leaking Air Conditioning Unit Causing Water Damage in Charlottesville Home?

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

A ceiling-mounted air conditioner is shown. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

I had no idea running my air conditioning unit with my windows open could cause water damage! I found out the hard way when I looked up and noticed a water stain spreading on my ceiling. I called the local Charlottesville team, and they traced the water leak to a clogged air conditioner condensation drain line. The technicians cleaned the line and replaced the damaged ceiling drywall. They also showed me how to check for water leaks from my air conditioning unit when it rains.

Check wall air conditioners

Internal Drain

If the air conditioning unit has an internal drain, ensure the pipe size is adequate and the water is running and flowing freely to handle a high volume of water.

Caulking of Air Conditioning Unit Sleeve: Look for any gaps, cracks, or other damage that indicates improper caulking around the edge of the sleeve to the exterior of the building. This increases vulnerability to water entry.

Orientation: Tilting the air conditioning unit sleeves slightly (two degrees) towards the exterior wall can significantly reduce the water’s entry.

Weather Stripping: Proper weather stripping between the air conditioning unit and the sleeve can prevent water from entering.

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When your Charlottesville home or commercial business has water damage, our local team in Charlottesville will restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Fire Pit Fire in Charlottesville Backyard?

8/5/2022 (Permalink)

A fire is blazing in an outdoor firepit. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Albemarle County.

Our local team in Charlottesville responds to fire damage emergencies every year in Charlottesville. Here are some fire pit safety tips from the City of Charlottesville:

All fire pits and outdoor fireplaces must have either a chimney or screen to arrest sparks and embers.

  • Supervise children around any fire outdoors
  • Closely supervise all outdoor fires. Make sure the fire is out before leaving the area. 
  • Never burn plastics, construction debris, treated lumber, tires, pesticides, paint, or aerosol containers
  • Only use fire pits outdoors and at least 10 feet away from anything that can burn
  • Place the fire pit on a surface that is level and will not catch on fire and keep the area well-lit, or use a flashlight when approaching or leaving the fire pit area. 
  • Keep the fire pit away from siding, decks,  deck railings, tents, grass, and vegetation, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches or structures 
  • In wood-burning fire pits, burn only clean, hardwood seasoned for at least six months
  • For a wood-burning fire pit, dispose of ashes after they have cooled. Empty the ashes in a metal container with a tightfitting lid that is used only for the ashes. Place the container away from anything that can burn. Never empty the ashes directly into a trash can. 

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When your home or commercial business has fire damage, our local team in Charlottesville will restore your damage “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Tornado Damages Homes in Charlottesville?

8/2/2022 (Permalink)

Picture of tornado tunnel shown. We respond to storm damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Virginia experiences only 1 percent of the tornadoes that touch down in the United States each year. Although the risk of tornadoes is low, two tornadoes have touched down in Albermarle County. Thunderstorm warnings should be treated the same way as tornado warnings, and thunderstorm winds can reach speeds of 100 miles per hour!

Our local team in Charlottesville shares these interesting facts about thunderstorm winds from the NOAA:

  • Thunderstorms should be treated like you would a tornado. Move to an appropriate shelter if you’re in the storm’s path.
  • The strong outrush of wind from a thunderstorm is often called a downburst. Downbursts are caused by rain-cooled air, which accelerates rapidly downward, producing a potentially damaging gust of wind.
  • Strong downbursts are often mistaken for tornadoes, and they can produce extensive damage and are often accompanied by a roaring sound similar to that of a tornado. Downbursts can easily overturn mobile homes, tear roofs off of houses, and topple trees.

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When your home or commercial business in Charlottesville has a storm damage emergency, our local team in Charlottesville is on call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Happy Water Damage and Mold Removal Customers in Charlottesville?

7/27/2022 (Permalink)

A mold infestation is visible on a wall. We are trusted leaders in mold remediation services in Albemarle County.

Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to restore water and mold damage for residential and commercial customers in Charlottesville. When you have a water damage emergency, a mold infestation may emerge due to the excess moisture. Our local team in Charlottesville will address the water and mold issues together to minimize the potential for the mold to return after the remediation process is complete. Here is a recent Google review from a happy customer:

“The team led by Bryan Walker was very professional and polite. They came promptly and went right to work. They kept us appraised every step of the way. They checked and rechecked moisture levels to make sure progress was continuing. The wall they removed was contained so that there was almost no mess, and they cleaned up afterward. I would highly recommend SERVPRO to anyone in need of their services.” Susan VonDerBecke

Services: Water damage-related cleanup & repair, Mold inspection, Water removal, Flood cleanup, Water damage-related mold removal

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness

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When you discover a mold or water damage issue in your home or commercial business, our team in Charlottesville is on call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Are the Tell-Tale Signs of Water Damage in Charlottesville?

7/21/2022 (Permalink)

A dripping, cracked concrete wall displays visible water damage. We are leaders in water damage restoration services in Albemarle County.

Our local team in Charlottesville has been restoring water damage for residents and businesses in Charlottesville for years. Our technicians are trained and certified by the Institute for Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to restore water damage quickly and efficiently.

You may be able to avoid a major water damage issue by knowing how to identify the tell-tale signs of water damage. Here are some ways you can tell if you have water damage in your home or business:

Wet areas or water pooling on the floor

You probably have hidden water damage if you notice water on your floor with nothing to attribute it to.

Dark or wet spots on the walls or ceiling

Look for discoloration on your walls or ceiling inside and outside your home.

Flaking, cracking, or bubbling paint or drywall

Water seeping behind a wall will cause this to happen.

Visible dripping water you can see but dripping where it should not be

If you see any signs of water leaks, it may be a symptom of a bigger problem somewhere in your plumbing systems.

Call Us!

When your Charlottesville home or commercial business has a water damage emergency, our team in Charlottesville is on call and ready to assist you 24-hours a day. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.