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Fire and Smoke Damage in North Garden?

9/13/2021 (Permalink)

Firefighters are shown putting out a fire. We restore fire damage in Albemarle County.

I was out of town when the call came that my North Garden house was on fire. Fortunately, we ordered two fire districts and they both came to our rescue and were able to extinguish the fire quickly. I came home to what looked like a war zone, but fortunately, the fire was contained to the roof, so the damage looked more extensive than it was.

The insurance adjuster told me to call SERVPRO® of Charlottesville. I spoke with the franchise owner, Jackson Lindsay, and immediately felt confident that I had made the right call. He explained the process and arrived with a team quickly. While Jackson inspected and assessed the damage, his team went to work tarping up the roof and boarding up the windows that were broken during the fire.

This is the restoration process the SERVPRO team used to clean and restore my home to preloss condition:

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

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When your North Garden home or commercial business needs fire 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 clean and restore your fire damage, “Like it never even happened.”

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Water-damaged Family Photos in Earlysville?

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

Old black and white pictures are shown. We are leaders in water damage restoration in Albemarle County.

When water flooded our Earlysville home I was devastated. Our hot water heater failed and flooded the whole house. My neighbor told me to call SERVPRO® of Charlottesville, and it was the best call I ever made. They sent a team out right away, and they immediately began extracting the water from the floors and carpeting. They set up powerful air movers and blowers and monitored and documented the drying process to ensure the house was restored to normal moisture levels. They even replaced the water heater.

Unfortunately, many of my family photos and documents were damaged by the water. I thought I would have to throw them out, but I found out that the SERVPRO technicians also restored valuable documents, including photographs, damaged by water. They told me that extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some of my documents and photographs could not be restored to pre-water damage condition, the SERVPRO of Charlottesville team was able to save many and help to minimize more damage. 

Photograph and Document Drying Services

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

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When your Earlysville home or commercial business needs contents 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 clean and restore your water damage, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire-damaged Belongings in Charlottesville?

8/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Charlottesville fire restoration technicians are busy cleaning fire residue from household items damaged by smoke We are leaders in fire damage restoration in Albemarle County.

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville has been restoring fire-damaged properties in Charlottesville and other parts of Albemarle county for years. Our technicians are trained to perform a full range of contents restoration services to restore fire-damaged belongings to preloss condition quickly and efficiently. We pretest every item before cleaning to determine the type of fire residue and the best cleaning method to use for each item.

Contents Restoration Cleaning Methods

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product

Call Us Today!

When your Charlottesville home or commercial business needs fire restoration services, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day, every day of the year, and we can typically be onsite within four hours of your call. Call us today at 434-977-5850. We’ll clean and restore your fire-damaged items, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Mold Infestation in Charlottesville Business?

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

A view of a rainy day is shown through the store front window of a bakery. We are leaders in commercial property restoration in Albemarle County.

The rain was relentless, and when I came back to work and opened up the shop, I smelled a musty smell. Then I noticed water on the floor and around my window. Then I saw the mold. I called SERVPRO® of Charlottesville, and I’m glad I did. They arrived quickly and immediately began the mold mitigation and remediation process. First, they located and repaired the water leak. Then they began the mitigation and remediation process. Now my shop smells and looks great, and you would never know there had been a mold problem!

Here are some tips on what to do and what NOT to do if you see mold:

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas
  • Turn off the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system and fans
  • Contact SERVPRO of Charlottesville for mold remediation services

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold

Call Us Today!

You never know when your Charlottesville business or home may need commercial mold mitigation and remediation services, but when you do, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day, 365 days a year. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Storm Water Intrusion in Free Union?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

An Albemarle County home with water damage is shown. We are trusted leaders in storm damage mitigation in Albemarle County.

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year in Free Union. When we arrive, we will inspect and assess the damage and immediately begin the cleanup and restoration process. Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute on things you can do to prevent stormwater intrusion into your home or business:

Exterior Inspection and Repair

Stormwater can be prevented from entering a structure’s exterior through routine inspection and maintenance and making repairs as needed.

  • Caulk and seal windows
  • Inspect the roof for missing and aging shingles
  • Check rain gutters and drainage systems and remove any debris
  • Check downspouts and clear any clogs and make sure they are draining away from the structure
  • Check sprinkler systems and make sure the sprinklers are not spraying water onto the structure and that water is not pooling around the structure’s foundation
  • Make sure water drains away from the building. Water is invasive and will find its way into a structure easily when water is allowed to pool around the foundation. After a storm, or when the ground is already saturated by rainwater, the water may enter into the foundation wall through any cracks.

Call Us!

When your Free Union home or business needs storm damage restoration services, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day every day of the week and usually arrive on-site within four hours of your call. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips for Barboursville?

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

A smoke alarm is being tested. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoke alarms play an important role in reducing fire deaths and injuries. SERVPRO® of Charlottesville responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year in Barboursville, and offer these smoke alarm safety tips from the NFPA:

Here's what you need to know!
  • A closed-door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside each separate sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of the home. 
  • Smoke alarms should be interconnected. When one sounds, they all sound. 
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms
  • Test your smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms
  • When a smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside
  • Replace all smoke alarms in your home every ten years

Call Us!

When your Barboursville home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration servicesSERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day every day of the week and usually arrive on-site within four hours of your call. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Water Intrusion Prevention for Charlottesville?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

A rain gutter system is shown on a home. We are trusted leaders in water restoration services in Albemarle County.

On average, Charlottesville gets about 16.5 days of rain in August each year. Rain gutters can be instrumental in preventing water intrusion when working correctly as they can help prevent water intrusion and water damage to your home. SERVPRO® of Charlottesville offers these tips from American home improvement expert Bob Villa on how to determine if your rain gutters are damaged:

Inspect your rain gutters for visible signs of cracking 

  • Use some binoculars to inspect for smaller cracks
  • If you see extensive cracking; replacement is required

Inspect gutter seams

  • Look for damage where two horizontal sections meet

Inspect your home’s paint job

  • If there is evidence of paint peeling, it may point to rain gutter failure
  • Check the section of the rain gutter closest to the paint damage for leaks
  • If there are more than a couple of leaks, you may want to replace the rain gutters

Inspect your home’s exterior wood elements for rotting windowsills or door jambs

  • You may have clogged rain gutters or inadequate storm drainage

Inspect the exterior of the home for mildew damage

  • If there is moisture accumulating around or near the foundation, mildew can grow. This is a sign your rain gutters are not working properly.

Call Us!

When your Charlottesville home or commercial business needs water damage restoration servicesSERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Here to Help. ® Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

COVID-19 Deep Cleaning Services For Charlottesville Businesses?

7/28/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO of Charlottesville technician is placing a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned sticker on the door to a commercial property We are trusted leaders in defensive pathogen cleaning in Albemarle County.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Now that we’re getting back to business as usual,  SERVPRO® of Charlottesville wants commercial businesses and homeowners to know that we have the advanced training, experience, and equipment necessary to address biological contaminants and viruses similar to COVID-19, and we provide proactive deep cleaning for your facility or home while adhering to the highest standards.

EPA-Approved Cleaning Products and Specialized Training 

The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends that porous and nonporous surfaces be routinely cleaned, especially high-touch surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc. We use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved products and adhere to CDC and local authority guidelines.

We are ready to respond to any specialty cleaning need you may have. We use hospital-grade disinfectants recommended by the CDC to treat pathogens similar to the coronavirus.

Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. We recognize the importance of keeping up-to-speed on current industry standards and new technological advances.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

When your Charlottesville business requires deep cleaning services outside the scope of routine janitorial cleaning, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Here to Help. ® We are on-call 24 hours a day for COVID-19 cleanings in support of our local businesses. Call our experts today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Certified: SERVPRO® Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  

Hurricane Preparedness in Charlottesville?

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Charlottesville technicians meet before heading to a storm damage emergency. We are trusted leaders in storm damage restoration in Albemarle County.

Hurricane Season in Charlottesville?

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year. We want you and your loved ones to be safe and prepared in the event of a hurricane. Here are some tips from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management on preparing your home for a hurricane:

  • Bring loose, lightweight objects such as patio furniture, garbage cans, and bicycles inside 
  • Anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., gas grills and propane tanks)
  • Trim or remove damaged trees and limbs close enough to fall on structures
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property
  • Purchase a portable generator or install a whole-house generator for use during power outages
  • Keep alternative power sources, such as a portable generator, outside, at least 20 feet away from the house, and protected from moisture
  • Document the condition of your home prior to the storm

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business experiences a storm damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Here to Help. ® Our technicians are on-call 24-hours a day to serve you, and we typically arrive on-site within four hours of your call. Call us today at 434-977-5850. We’ll restore your storm damage in Charlottesville, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.

Dryer Fire in Charlottesville?

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

A burnt dryer vent is shown. We are trusted leaders in fire damage restoration in Albemarle County.

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville responds to fire damage emergencies throughout the year. This picture shows a burnt dryer vent from one of our recent restorations. The dryer vent ignited due to excess lint buildup in the dryer vent. Even though the fire was contained in the laundry room, this small fire caused excessive smoke and soot damage exposure through the rest of the house. Here are some highlights from the National Fire Protection Association report:

  • In 2010-2014, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 15,970 home structure fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines each year.
  • These fires caused annual averages of 13 civilian deaths, 444 civilian injuries, and $238 million in direct property damage.
  • The vast majority of fires (92 percent) involved clothes dryers.
  • The leading items first ignited in dryer fires were dust, fiber, or lint (26 percent of total) and clothing (26 percent), while items first ignited in washing machine fires were part of the appliance itself, including wire or cable insulation (26 percent), appliance housing or casing (24 percent), and drive belt (11 percent).

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When your home or commercial business experiences a fire damage emergency, 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 fire damage in Charlottesville, “Like it never even happened.”

Franchises are Independently Owned and Operated.