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Water-damaged Warehouse in Charlottesville?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

A warehouse in Charlottesville, VA is shown with water covering the floor. We are on-call 24-hours a day to respond to water damage emergencies in Albemarle County.

Water Damage Dampening Your Spirits?

This picture shows water damage from a burst pipe in a local Charlottesville business. The offices, warehouse, and bathrooms were all inundated with one to two inches of water. We assessed the damage and brought in our high-powered water extraction equipment to quickly remove the water from the floors. Every piece of furniture, file cabinets, warehouse materials, shelving units, and boxes had to be moved and dried.

We set up high-speed air movers and blowers to help the air's excess moisture evaporate faster and installed industrial-grade dehumidifiers to pull the water vapor from the air. We documented the drying process and cleaned and sanitized the water-damaged areas.

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville has been mitigating water damage emergencies in Charlottesville and Albemarle County for over twenty years. Although every water damage scenario is different, we follow this process when responding to a “typical” water damage emergency:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When you have a water damage emergency, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 434-977-5850. We’ll restore your water damage in Charlottesville, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Independently Owned and Operated.

Tips to Put Out Fires in the Kitchen Safely in Charlottesville

2/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Charlottesville recognizes that over half of home fires start in the kitchen. Some kitchen fires start out small enough that you might be able to put them out easily. By being proactive, you can save yourself and others from fire and smoke injuries in your Charlottesville home. 

Remember that fire is fast. If you cannot contain a fire immediately, leave and bring everyone with you. Call 9-1-1 from outside the home.

SERVPRO of Charlottesville has these tips to offer for handling a small cooking fire:

    • If the fire is on the stovetop or in a pot, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames. Turn off the burner  
    • If a cloth on the stovetop is on fire, put a lid on the fire to smother the flames.  Turn off any burners  
  • Do not use water on a gas fire or a grease fire. Pot lids will smother a fire. You can also use (a lot of) baking soda. Pour a box of baking soda on the fire
  • If the fire is in the oven, turn off the heat. Close the oven door.    

IMPORTANT:

Never leave fire-fighting to chance. SERVPRO of Charlottesville knows that objects can be replaced.  People and pets cannot.

SERVPRO of Charlottesville is independently owned and operated. 

Commercial Flood Insurance in Charlottesville

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) provides flood insurance. The NFIP doesn’t sell insurance. Buy flood insurance from an insurance agent. 

SERVPRO of Charlottesville is interested in helping the businesses in our community become more educated on flood insurance. According to FEMA, 40% of small businesses do not reopen after experiencing a devastating flood. 

Things to know in Charlottesville. Check to see if you might be required to have flood insurance.

  • All agencies in Charlottesville charge the same for flood insurance
  • Standard commercial insurance doesn’t pay for flood damage
  • The NFIP sets the rates
  • Rates depend on:
    • whether you live in a flood plain
    • flood risk in your area
    • building’s age
    • building’s construction
  • Building property insurance covers the building
  • Personal property insurance covers the building’s contents
  • NFIP suggests you need both types
  • Policies go into effect 30 days after purchase
  • The NFIP help center number is 1-800-427-4661

SERVPRO of Charlottesville recommends the following: 

  • Check whether or not your area participates in the NFIP
  • Check whether or not your area is part of the Community Rating System. The NFIP might have a discount
  • Talk to your insurance agent when you need to make changes

Make sure your business is protected from the devastation that comes with unwanted flooding in your office.

SERVPRO of Charlottesville is Independently Owned and Operated.

Preventing Mold Growth in Charlottesville

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Charlottesville is licensed in mold remediation. We hope you never have a mold problem.

Mold starts growing within 24 hours of exposure to moisture.

To prevent mold from getting a start, SERVPRO of Charlottesville suggests:

  • Elevate equipment above the basement floor
  • Repair leaky pipes
  • Remove any damp areas near sinks and tubs
  • Maintain humidity below 40%
  • Use water-resistant materials when you build or rebuild. Materials include:
    • galvanized or stainless-steel hardware
    • waterproof wallboard
    • tile
    • sealed stone
    • sealed concrete
    • water-resistant glues
    • synthetic fibers
  • Use gutters to divert rainwater
  • Landscape, so water moves away from the house
  • Cover dirt in crawl spaces. Moisture can seep up through the dirt
  • Ventilate as much as possible

Important:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a “large amount” of mold as 10 square feet or more. The EPA rules that only licensed professionals can remediate large areas.

You cannot prevent storms or floods. However, if a storm or flood affects you, SERVPRO of Charlottesville can help you clean up the damage.

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Independently Owned and Operated.

Be prepared for power outages from storms in Charlottesville

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Managing Without Power in Charlottesville

SERVPRO of Charlottesville has seen storm damage lead to power outages.   

A power outage can:

  • Disrupt communication
  • Make transportation difficult
  • Shut down water pipes
  • Close businesses, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, ATMS, other services
  • Lead to food spoilage
  • Lead to contaminated water
  • Disable medical devices

During a power outage in Charlottesville, be sure to:

  • Keep freezer & refrigerator doors closed. It will reduce the chance of food spoilage
  • User generators only outdoors and away from windows
  • Disconnect appliances/electronics. Power surges can destroy equipment
  • Have already set up a plan to refrigerate medicines
  • For people who use power wheelchairs, have a backup battery.  You may also need a manual chair
  • The local power company should already know that someone in your home relies on medical devices
  • Do not use a gas stove or oven to heat your home or business
  • If travel is safe, go to another location for proper heating or cooling
  • Check on your neighbors.

SERVPRO of Charlottesville is independently owned and operated. 

Blizzard in Charlottesville?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

A road is covered with snow and homes on the roadside are barely visible. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Charlottesville.

Virginia Blizzards

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville has been responding to storm damage emergencies in Charlottesville and other areas of Albemarle County for over twenty years. Storms damage homes and buildings and require immediate action to minimize further damage. Our technicians have the equipment, advanced training, and experience to mitigate storm damage quickly and efficiently.

Although blizzards are not a common occurrence in Virginia, they have been recorded as early as 1772 by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Here are some of the earliest recorded blizzards in Virginia’s history:

  1. Jan. 28, 1772: Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson noted in their diaries that 3 feet of snow fell. The Washington-Jefferson snowstorm is Virginia’s biggest snowfall ever recorded.
  2. Jan. 16-18, 1857: The Great Blizzard’s foot of snow and wind wrecked ships at sea and almost buried Norfolk under 20-foot snowdrifts. Virginia’s rivers froze. At the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, one could walk from the lighthouse 100 yards on the frozen Atlantic.
  3. March 11-13, 1888: The Blizzard of '88 or White Hurricane took down nascent electric lines and telegraph poles from Washington to New York. Strong winds emptied the Potomac River’s Tidal Basin and grounded ships in Baltimore’s harbor while flooding coastal areas.

Call Us!

When your home or commercial business experiences storm damage, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is ready to respond 24 hours a day.  Call us today at 434-977-5850. We’ll restore your storm damage in Charlottesville, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Independently Owned and Operated.

Thunderstorm preparedness in Charlottesville

2/11/2021 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms are beautiful, but they can also be dangerous.  They can cause severe damage to your home and property in Charlottesville. Thunderstorms include lightning and can:

  • Include winds over 50 MPH
  • Create hail
  • Cause flash floods
  • Cause tornadoes

In most places, a thunderstorm can happen at any time of the year and at any time of the day.

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville knows you cannot prevent a thunderstorm, but you can prepare:

  • Know the risk for thunderstorms in Charlottesville
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system 
  • Cut down or trim trees that may fall on your home or office
  • Install surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system

SERVPRO of Charlottesville repeats the warning, “When thunder roars, go indoors”.  You don’t have to wait for the thunder. If there is a thunderstorm warning, go inside. Once there:

  • Unplug appliances
  • Do not use landline phones in office or home
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings

If you can’t get inside a building:

  • If you are swimming or in a boat, get to land immediately.  Find shelter
  • If you are in a car, don’t touch anything metal
  • “Turn around. Don’t Drown. '' Avoid flooded roads. 6 inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep away your car. 

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm can leave a wake of destruction in its path. This can range from minor electrical issues to fire damage. Lightning is also a major cause of injury or death from weather-related dangers.  Most people survive being hit by lightning, but they often have long-term problems. 

SERVPRO of Charlottesville is independently owned and operated. 

Commercial Damage in Charlottesville?

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

A bird’s eye view of Charlottesville, VA is shown. We provide a full range of building and reconstruction services in Albemarle County.

Building and Reconstruction Services Restore Charlottesville Businesses

We care about our community and our local businesses and know how challenging it is for a business when they suffer a fire or water loss. Every minute that a business is closed represents lost revenue, and the longer the doors are shut, the harder it can be to get back to business as usual. Our team has the equipment, advanced training, and experience required to mitigate and remediate any size commercial loss while minimizing the disruption to your employees and customers. We restore commercial businesses of all sizes, including:

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

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville offers a full range of commercial building and reconstruction services providing you with one convenient point of contact throughout the restoration process.

  • General Contracting
  • Hardwood floor, Linoleum, Tile, and Marble Floor Repair and Carpet Repair and Carpet Installation
  • Document Drying Services
  • Electronics, Fine Art, and Furniture Restoration
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Board-Up and Roof Tarping
  • Roofing Services
  • Drywall Removal and Installation
  • Painting
  • Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical Service
  • Portable Power
  • Move Out and Temporary Warehouse Space
  • Tree Removal
  • Temporary Fencing

Call Us Today!

When your business needs commercial building and reconstruction services, SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is ready to respond 24-hours a day. Call us today at 434-977-5850. We’ll restore your commercial damage in Charlottesville, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Independently Owned and Operated.

Fire Safety Tips for Scottsville

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

A ring of stick matches surround a sign that reads, “Fire Safety.” We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

NFPA Fire Safety Tips

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville has been mitigating fire damage in Scottsville and other areas in Albemarle County for over twenty years, and we know that even a small fire can cause significant damage to a home. Here are some key fire safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  • Watch your cooking.
    Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • Give space heaters space.
    Keep fixed and portable space heaters at least three feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Inspect electrical cords.
    Replace cords that are cracked, damaged, have broken plugs, or have loose connections.
  • Keep candles at least one foot from anything that can burn. Blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Make a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year.
  • Install smoke alarms.
  • Test smoke alarms.
  • Install sprinklers. If you are remodeling your home, install residential fire sprinklers. They can extinguish a fire in less time than it takes for the fire department to arrive.

Call Us Today!

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is ready to respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day.  Call us today at 434-977-5850. We’ll restore your fire damage in Scottsville, “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® of Charlottesville is Independently Owned and Operated.

What to Salvage or Discard After a Fire

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged contents in a home. Our IICRC certified professionals can help you assess what can be restored and what is not salvageable.

Anyone experiencing a fire damage can feel overcome from the sheer immensity of sorting through their possessions.

Can these objects be salvaged and restored?

Or tossed, and replaced with new effects? How is one to know?

SERVPRO of Charlottesville is “Here to Help”!

Part of our Fire Damage Restoration Process deals with contents restoration.

Our IICRC certified professional technicians will:

  • Evaluate each room with you and take inventory of all contents
  • Record salvageable and non-salvageable items

Our philosophy is to restore first. But, depending on the proximity to the fire and heat:

  • Some articles may be salvaged, such as documents, clothing, and some household goods.
  • Other contents will need to be thrown out and replaced, such as food, cosmetics, anything plastic, medication, toiletries, and any alcohol. Fire and heat will change the chemistry of these things, causing them to be contaminated.

For more information about our Contents Claim Inventory Service, click here.

For a video demonstration on cleaning fire damaged contents with our Ultrasonic machine, click here.

Need professional help with your fire damage clean-up?

SERVPRO of Charlottesville is locally owned and operated. Call us for 24/7 Emergency Service at 434-977-5850