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COVID-19 Cleaning Services in Earlysville?

11/29/2022 (Permalink)

A person has just tested positive for COVID-19. We decontaminate homes and businesses exposed to viral pathogens in Albemarle County.

Many of us spend more time indoors during the fall and winter seasons in Earlysville, and exposure to infectious diseases like the new coronavirus, COVID-19, still affects many families and businesses. Our team in Charlottesville is trained and certified to clean and decontaminate contagious pathogens. If you or a loved one tests positive for COVID-19, the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following:

People with COVID-19 infection should (where possible) be isolated in a separate room, away from others in the home. If possible, close the door to stop air from moving from the infected person’s room into the rest of the house. If it’s safe, open windows and turn on a fan in the room if you have one. No other visitors should be allowed in the home when someone in the household has a COVID-19 infection.

If it is not possible to isolate the infected person in your home, try to move people at risk of severe disease to a household where they will not be exposed to possible infection.

If you have to share space in your home with someone with COVID-19, open windows to bring in fresh air if it’s safe to do so. COVID-19 spreads easily in places that are poorly ventilated.

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When your home or business in Earlysville needs cleaning and decontamination services, our local team in Charlottesville can help. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Can I Tell if There Is Hidden Water Damage in My Charlottesville Business?

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

Paint peels off a wall with hidden water damage. We respond to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

Our team in Charlottesville responds to more water damage emergencies in Charlottesville than any other form of property damage. Water damage may not always be visible, so our technicians use state-of-the-art technology and diagnostic equipment to locate hidden water damage. Here are some of the visible and hidden signs of water damage:

Signs of Water Damage

  • Dark or wet spots on the walls or ceiling
  • Wet areas or water pooling on the floor
  • Flaking, cracking, or bubbling paint or drywall
  • Hearing the sound of running water that you can’t place
  • Hearing the sound of dripping water that you can’t locate
  • Visible dripping water you can see but dripping where it should not be
  • Significant increase in your water bill for no known reason
  • Strong, damp, musky odors
  • Visible mold growing 

You probably have hidden water damage if you notice water pooling on the floor with nothing to attribute it to. Dark spots and discoloration and flaking, cracking, or bubbling paint on drywall on interior or exterior walls may also be indications of hidden water damage.

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When you discover water damage in your Charlottesville business or home, 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.

Lightning Strikes in Free Union?

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

Lightning lights up the sky in a rural area. We are leaders in storm damage restoration in Albemarle County.

Our team in Charlottesville has been restoring storm damage in Free Union for many years. Although thunder and lightning are more common in our region during the summer, intense winter storms and blizzards can produce thunder and lightning. Here are some lightning safety tips from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

  • Avoid isolated tall trees, hilltops, utility poles, cell phone towers, cranes, large equipment, ladders, scaffolding, or rooftops
  • Avoid open areas, such as fields
  • Never lie flat on the ground
  • Retreat to dense areas of smaller trees that are surrounded by larger trees, or retreat to low-lying areas but watch for flooding
  • Avoid water, and immediately get out of and away from bodies of water
  • Avoid wiring, plumbing, and fencing. Stay away from all metal objects, equipment, and surfaces that can conduct electricity.
  • Do not shelter in sheds, pavilions, tents, or covered porches, as they do not provide adequate protection from lightning
  • Seek fully enclosed, substantial buildings with wiring and plumbing. The interior wiring and plumbing in modern buildings will act as an earth ground.
  • A building is a safe shelter as long as you are not in contact with anything that can conduct electricity. Do not lean against concrete walls or floors (which may have metal bars inside).

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Our local team in Charlottesville typically arrives onsite within four hours of your call. When your Free Union home or business needs help with storm damage, we are Here to Help. ® Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

What Can I Expect When I Call For Emergency Water Damage Help in Scottsville?

11/8/2022 (Permalink)

A smartphone and a surface are damaged by water. We are leaders in water damage restoration in Albemarle County.

Our team in Charlottesville is Scottsville’s number one choice for water damage restoration services. Water is invasive and can cause damage in as little as one to two hours. Fast emergency mitigation is critical to minimizing the chances for secondary damage when you have a flooded floor.

When you call us, we will ask you questions regarding the water damage, and these questions tell us how many people and what equipment and resources to bring.

Here are the questions we will ask:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (onsite)?

Water Damage Restoration Process

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

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Our local team in Charlottesville is ready to respond to your call for help 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, and we typically arrive onsite within four hours. When your Scottsville home or commercial business needs emergency water damage restoration services, we can help. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Refrigerator Supply Line Leak Floods Kitchen in Charlottesville?

11/1/2022 (Permalink)

Water is flooding a kitchen floor. We restore water damage 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

Our team in Charlottesville responds to water damage emergencies 24-hours a day, and we typically arrive onsite within four hours of your call for help. Water is invasive and can cause damage in as little as one to two hours. We use industrial-grade water extraction equipment to remove most of the water, preventing secondary water damage and mold and bacterial growth.

  • Moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation
  • Infrared cameras find “hidden” water behind walls and ceilings
  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps are used for continuous pumping of high-level water
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal

Here is a recent Google review from a customer with a refrigerator supply line leak that caused water to flood her kitchen:

“SERVPRO came to my house the same day I called. Had a mishap with a fridge install that left extensive water damage. They quickly went to work. Alex Woodward was very responsive and communicated with me each day.” Marlaina

Service: Water damage-related cleanup & repair

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Responsiveness, Value

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Water damage can happen at any time of the day or night. Our local team in Charlottesville is Here to Help ® when your Charlottesville home or business needs water damage restoration services. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Dangerous Black Water Contamination in Scottsville?

10/24/2022 (Permalink)

An "out of order" sign is taped inside a public restroom. We clean and restore sewer backups for businesses in Albemarle County.

Our team in Charlottesville is trained by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to clean and restore areas contaminated by sewer backups in Scottsville. Our technicians have the specialized equipment and protective clothing to remediate black water contamination, matter how big the job is. Here is some information from our website about water classifications:

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category three, "black water," include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth.

  • May contain untreated sewage, harsh chemicals, and microbes
  • Water from flooding rivers or sewer backup

Category 2: "Gray Water"

  • It May contain bacteria and viruses
  • It can quickly degrade into category three if left untreated

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet.

  • Water from a clean source like a broken water line
  • If left untreated, it can degrade into category two or three

Please Call Us Today!

Sewers can back up at any time of the day or night. Our local team in Charlottesville is Here to Help ® when your Charlottesville commercial business or home needs sewer clean-up and restoration services. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Can I Protect My Belongings From Storm Water Intrusion in Charlottesville?

10/17/2022 (Permalink)

Shelves in a basement keep belongings off the floor. We restore storm damage 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

Our team in Charlottesville responds to storm damage emergencies throughout the year. We use powerful, industrial-grade water extraction and drying equipment to quickly pull water from a flooded area. Many times,  flood waters cause damage to household items, furniture, and clothing. Once exposed to the water, your belongings will require professional cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorization services. Here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute to keep your belongings protected from unwanted water:

Protect Your Belongings

  • Store off-season and other bulk belongings in waterproof binsespecially in areas where there are plumbing pipes or that are prone to dampness
  • Never store valuables or memorabilia where there is a risk of destruction from water
  • Keep belongings stored on shelving off the floor in basements.In case of water seepage or sewer backup, they're less likely to get damaged.
  • Keep an inventory of all belongingsHaving a comprehensive list of your possessions will save time, trouble, and stress in case of loss from water damage.

Please Call Us Today!

Storms can bring heavy rain to Albemarle County with little advanced warning. Our local team in Charlottesville is Here to Help ® when your Charlottesville home or commercial business needs storm damage restoration services. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Comprehensive Fire Damage Restoration Process Used in North Garden?

10/11/2022 (Permalink)

Soot and smoke debris cover a white, fire-damaged wall. We respond to fire damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

Our team in Charlottesville has been restoring fire damage in the North Garden area for many years. Although every fire damage event will vary, we follow the same efficient process for every customer we serve.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event to help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Assessment

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

We will board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet, or major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

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Our local team in Charlottesville is Here to Help ® when your North Garden home or commercial business needs fire damage restoration services. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

Highly Satisfied Water Damage Restoration Customers in Charlottesville?

10/3/2022 (Permalink)

A happy customer is writing a five-star review on a computer. We are trusted leaders in water damage restoration services in Albemarle County.

Our local team in Charlottesville aims for five-star reviews from every customer we serve. We have the training, equipment, and experience to restore water damage quickly and efficiently. Here is a recent Google review from one of our water damage customers:

“I’d like to recommend SERVPRO professionals. I was very pleased with the compassion and understanding the team showed me while dealing with a water leak in my house. We were finally expecting family from out of town, and the teams worked extremely hard to get us to a place where we could use our bathroom. What a relief!
The team members were: Alex Woodward, Justin Morris, Alonzo Pein, Javier Mendez, Dylan Walker, Jonathan Bouton, and Chase Miller. These guys were polite, considerate and did a great job for us. We were able to enjoy six grandchildren and four parents without the stress of taking a number to use the bathroom! Thank you, guys, Cathy K.”

Services: Water damage-related cleanup and repair, Water damage-related mold removal, Standard cleaning, Furniture removal, Mold cleaning, Water removal

Positive: Professionalism, Punctuality, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

Call Us Today!

When you discover water damage in your Charlottesville home or business, our local team in Charlottesville can help. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.

How Can I Protect My Business From Water Intrusion Issues in Charlottesville?

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

Water sits on top of commercial roofs in Charlottesville after a storm. We respond to commercial water damage emergencies 24-hours a day in Albemarle County.

Our local team in Charlottesville responds to commercial water damage emergencies throughout the year. The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety offers these tips for protecting your business from water intrusion from heavy rain:

Inspect and clean the roof drainage system

Do this at least twice a year, ideally during spring and fall. This includes all gutters, interior drains, and scuppers.

Trim trees

Keep trees trimmed and away from the roof to prevent branches from rubbing against the roof and leaves from accumulating and clogging the drainage system

Remove debris

  • Remove loose objects and accumulated debris—including anything left by contractors—from the roof that could end up in the drainage system
  • Check under and around all roof-mounted equipment, satellite dishes, antennas, and solar panels for debris that could disrupt the drainage system’s water flow or cause ponding

Check for water

Check for long-term standing water in gutters and correct any blockages. If there are no blockages, but standing water still occurs, ensure the gutter is sloped properly to the downspout.

Check the slope of the roof cover system

For low-sloped roofs, ensure the slope of the roof cover system and the insulation boards divert water to internal drains when present or to the edge of the roof. Long-term standing water is an indication of an improper slope.

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When your Charlottesville commercial business or home has a water damage emergency, our local team in Charlottesville can help. Call us today at 434-977-5850.

Franchises are independently owned and operated.