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Frozen Pipes Bursting

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

busted pipe with water coming out Busted pipes will cause a sever amount of water damage.

Ways a frozen pipe can burst and what to do:

WHY FROZEN PIPES BURST

During cold months and snow storms, temperatures can drop to below freezing.  When temperatures get that low, water in pipes start to freeze.  A frozen pipe expands about 9% larger than normal which causes pipes to burst.  At first, you may not notice a leaking or busted pipe due to the water inside being frozen.  However, when the ground thaws, and the water unfreezes, that leak will become very significant.  At this point, you will want to turn off the water source immediately.  SERVPRO of Fredericksburg suggests labeling the main water shut off in the home and making all family members aware of where it is and how to operate it. 

WHAT TO DO NOW

When the water is turned off, contact a plumber immediately.  If you have knowledge of fixing busted pipes, you can consider doing the work yourself. Before turning the water back on, the plumbing must be fixed.  During the course of the busted pipe, you will most likely have water damage inside the home to fix.  This is when you will want to call your home insurance to get them to set up a date where a restoration company, such as SERVPRO of Fredericksburg, can fix the damage in your home. If you do not have insurance, SERVPRO of Fredericksburg can still come out and estimate the job, along with doing the work if that’s what you choose.  Either way, water damaged floors, walls, ceilings and contents need to be restored as quickly as possible.  Mold growth will start after 24 hours of being exposed to water. 

PREVENT FROZEN PIPES

To prevent pipes from bursting, SERVPRO of Fredericksburg recommends insulating your pipes.  If that is too big of a job or an inconvenience, what you can do is open your cabinet doors in cold weather.  This will allow the warmer temperatures from inside your home to warm the pipes.  Also, a third and final option that you can do in connection with the others is open the faucet farthest from the main water source, just a bit, to allow a few droplets out every so often. This will keep the water in the pipes flowing, making it harder for them to freeze. 

WHO TO CALL

If your pipes burst, give SERVPRO of Fredericksburg a call at 540-373-7000.  We can take care of the water damages, the insurance process for you, recommend a plumber if needed, along with repair company.  Let us do the hard work for you!

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SERVPRO of Fredericksburg- A Family Run Business

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

THE SERVPRO FAMILY

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg is a family owned an operated business located in Fredericksburg Virginia.  We have been serving the local area for over 20 years.  The owner, James Wenger, with his family, started the business from their own home, with only a couple of trucks and minor equipment, and have built it into what it is today!  Today we have over 10 vehicles, , including trucks, vans, box trucks, and cars, serving over 5 counties in Virginia.  We have hundreds of drying and restoration equipment as well. 

Here at SERVPRO of Fredericksburg, we take pride in treating every employee and customer as if they are part of our family as well.  As a local family run business, we also work with other family run businesses in the area.  We work with family run plumbing companies, HVAC companies, insurance companies, and much more.  As a family unit, SERVPRO of Fredericksburg works together to take on the smallest of jobs to the biggest of jobs.  The key to running a successful business is teamwork.  As they say, teamwork makes the dream work!  So why choose SERVPRO one may ask?  Well, we are a family here and we will go above and beyond to make sure you feel as comfortable with us as you would with your own family members.  Our goal is to provide fantastic service along with making strong connections.  We cherish family here, and we understand how important it is that you feel comfortable and secure when choosing us as your restoration company.  If you are ever in need of our services, give us a call and become a part of our amazing family here at SERVPRO of Fredericksburg.

Water Damage Restoration Timeline

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Timeline

Water damage can begin the very minute water hits a surface and mold can follow close behind.  The time in which it takes for water damage to be cleared up depends upon the highly on the material affected. Normally, about 72 hours is an average dry time for most materials per 1 room.  After this time, the area will be dried and ready for reconstruction.

However, companies such as SERVPRO of Fredericksburg want to make sure the damage is completely taken care of and therefore under certain circumstances, dry times can exceed 72 hours.  This is abnormal but has happened due to very large flooding.  We have also seen where water damage problems have extended further into mold damage.  In this case, we would remove the mold and treat that separately. 

If your home was built before 1985, an asbestos test must be done prior to removing or opening up any walls for the drying process.  The testing may take up to 48 hours to get back.  Upon negative test results, SERVPRO of Fredericksburg will begin the drying process.  Upon positive test results, an abatement company will come in prior to SERVPRO to take care of the asbestos issue.

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg has equipment to excel dry times.  On even the largest of buildings, our dry times still remain between three to five days at max. 

Having an issue with water or mold?  Give SERVPRO of Fredericksburg a call to look at it.  We offer FREE water damage estimates!  540-373-7000

How Water Damage Affects Different Flooring Materials

12/13/2021 (Permalink)

How Water Damage Affects Your Flooring

Wood- If you think about all of the wood surfaces and cabinetry in your home, you will realize that you do have a lot of wood surfaces that could be damaged due to water exposure.  When water soaks into wood, it can cause the wood to rot, split, lift from the floor, weaken and warp.  Sometimes the damage will require complete removal and replacement.

Tile- Tile is waterproof.  So that is a huge benefactor when installing tile flooring in your home.  You will notice most people have tile flooring in their kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms due to high water damage occurring in those rooms.  However, the grout, in between the tile, is not waterproof unless it is sealed correctly and maintained yearly.  If grout is water damaged, the water that has seeped through it can cause the wood underneath to warp and eventually further crack and damage the tile flooring.

Carpet- Most carpet can be restored when water damage strikes.  However, the carpet pad underneath needs to be replaced.  One of the only times that carpet cannot be taken out, dried, and reinstalled, is when the water damage is sewage or contaminated water.  In this case, the carpets may need replaced.

Laminate- Water can destroy laminate flooring quickly as it causes swelling and lifting.  Once the water damage has soaked into the laminate floor, it will need replaced.  Now-a-days, some laminate flooring is waterproof.  This is an ideal option for flooring as it is highly durable and has is long-term resistant to damage.

Water damage can cause issues and problems for floors, walls, ceilings, appliances, furniture and much more in homes and businesses alike.  If you are experiencing a water damage emergency, give us a call. 

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg: 540-373-7000.

Dangers of Driving in Severe Weather

12/11/2021 (Permalink)

Driving During Severe Weather is Dangerous to Yourself, Your Passengers and Others!

Before driving in severe weather, ask yourself;

Is this trip really necessary? 

If not, do not risk your life or anyone else’s. Do not underestimate the threat and consequences severe weather can cause, especially while on the road.

Proper readiness in the face of tornadoes, thunderstorms, and other severe weather situations can save your life along with others. Being on the road during severe weather is the most dangerous place to be at.  Depending on the type of storm, your vehicle could end up rolled, flipped, slammed into another vehicle or tree, or even lifted air borne.  Tornadoes for instance can lift semi-trailers and box trucks, fully loaded.  Flying debris may also hit you so if you choose to lay in a ditch for refuge, stay clear of your own vehicle.  Storms have been the cause of many vehicular fatal accidents.  Loved ones have been lost, mothers, children, fathers...  Please be careful when driving in severe weather conditions as it can have a fatal consequence.

Stay clear of roads if possible and always stay aware of where you are at and how to get to safety in emergencies.  Do not test mother nature. 

When in doubt, STAY HOME!

Tips for Driving During Storms and Rough Weather

12/11/2021 (Permalink)

Sometimes you are already on the road when sever weather hits.  In this case, be prepared mentally and physically.  It is vital for your safety to know what to do. The first tip of safe driving in unsafe conditions is:

DO NOT DRIVE if you are aware of the severe weather conditions you will be entering.

If you must drive:

  • Monitor the weather situation by listening to the local weather radio.  You must keep informed on exactly how severe the weather will be getting and need to know if you need to change course, or stop driving.
  • Always stay calm.  Panicking has never made a situation better.
  • Know your limits, if you cannot see at least 30-50 feet in front of you clearly, pull off the road and wait out the storm. 
  • If you start to skid on wet roads, do not over correct the steering wheel.  Stay calm and keep your eyes on the road and the steering in which direction you want to go. 
  • If you see a tornado, get off the road and seek sanctuary in a sturdy structure.  Do not try to outrun a tornado in your vehicle.
  • In any sever weather case, do not park your vehicles under trees, bridges or over passes.  These are not solid structures made for safety.
  • Do not ever cross over flowing or standing water.  The ground beneath it is unstable.  It can and will take your car with the current as the ground beneath it is unstable.
  • If you have absolutely no other option to getting to a stable structure during a tornado, lay in the lowest part of the ditch on the side of the road.  This is last option, worst case scenario.  

In conclusion, fatalities happen due to driving in severe weather, so just don't.  If you can avoid it, do avoid it.  You may just save your life and others.

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg Social Media Presence

12/11/2021 (Permalink)

social media logos Check out SERVPRO of Fredericksburg on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter!

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg Social Media Sites

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg can easily be reached on many platforms.  Of course, one can always call the office at 540-373-7000.  In addition, you can reach SERVPRO of Fredericksburg on multiple social media outlets including Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. 

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg uses these platforms to let everyone know of upcoming and past events that SERVPRO has plans to attend or attended in the past.  We post pictures of events, job before and after’s, company updates, promotions, videos, and much more. 

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg uses YouTube to create fun videos of our employees, our vehicles, jobs we have done, and much more!  We post on these sites weekly so that the community can keep up with us and reach us at any time.  We will respond to messages via Social Media platforms Mon-Fri 9a-5p. 

For immediate assistance with any fire or water emergency, call us at 540-373-7000.  SERVPRO of Fredericksburg- We make it "Like it never even happened."

CHECK US OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

https://twitter.com/SERVPRO22408

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyvKPhv8VEgzbNLFiU-YBFA

https://www.facebook.com/SERVPROfredericksburg

https://www.instagram.com/SERVPRO.fredericksburg/

Importance of Safety Plans for Commercial Sites

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”

Commercial buildings, which include offices, restaurants, shops, and anything retail related or a place that brings in income, have a large number of employees of customers in them every day.  The importance of Safety Plans in case of emergencies in these types of facilities can save lives. 

Safety Plans are put in place in case of emergencies and natural disasters. Without a safety plan, many things can and will go wrong.  With a safety plan, you and your entire company will know what to do, who to call, and how to handle anything thrown at them.  A company becomes a much safer company when a safety plan is put in measure.

For instance, worker safety is crucial when operating a business.  With a Safety Plan and by executing such plan, employees are in much safer working conditions and less likely to have an injuring or fatal accident.  If an incident does happen however, the Safety Plan will have an exact protocol to follow to insure everything is handled in the most proper and efficient way possible. 

A Safety Plan will also contain protocols to follow in case of natural disasters.  A solid Safety Plan will have an evacuation route map, all of the available exits listed, and a step by step what-to-do under certain events.  These events may include a fire, tornado, hurricane, flood or other such disaster.

Here at SERVPRO of Fredericksburg, we have a detailed Safety Plan that is followed and protocols executed daily when using equipment. We value safety of not only our employees but our clients also.

Commercial Fire & Water Cleanup & Restoration Services

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Services

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg not only services residential homes, but also commercial buildings.  Services offered for commercial sites include

  • Duct Cleaning- We have trained technician that will clean the entire HVAC system and ducts of commercial buildings
  • Carpet Cleaning- SERVPRO of Fredericksburg has top quality carpet cleaning equipment, including steam cleaners, to get the toughest of carpets cleaned and disinfected.
  • Biohazard Cleaning- Here at SERVPRO of Fredericksburg, we offer Biohazard cleaning of commercial sites for even the ugliest of jobs.
  • Commercial Vehicle Cleaning- Trained technicians are ready to clean out any commercial transport vehicles, such as school buses, or any company vehicles that are in need of deep cleaning; biohazard included.
  • Fire Damage Cleaning and Restoration- SERVPRO of Fredericksburg offers professional Fire Damage restoration to ensure all soot, smoke damage, and fire odor is eliminated and treated.
  • Water Damage Cleaning and Restoration- Our team here at SERVPRO of Fredericksburg has the necessary training and equipment to handle even the largest of water damages caused to any commercial sized building.
  • Mold Removal and Prevention- Mold can be tricky to deal with as it can be unseen and hidden.  Our team here has the proper equipment to locate and treat all types of mold to insure disinfection is completed and mold growth will not return.

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg is here for your Commercial needs.  Call us at 540-373-7000 for a quote!

Flammable Everyday Items

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Fredericksburg, our teams respond to multiple Fire Damage calls every month.  Upon arrival, we first find the source of damage/ start of fire.  Most indoor fires are started from flammable items.  Here are some highly flammable items to keep in mind when using them:

Rubbing Alcohol- The main ingredient in rubbing alcohol is alcohol.  Alcohol is a very flammable substance and should not be used anywhere around high heat sources.  If mixed with open flames, alcohol reacts quickly and spreads fires very fast and uncontrollably.  Many people do not realize how dangerous rubbing alcohol really is.

Aerosols- Often, we find aerosols in forms of deodorants, spray paints, hair sprays, and some cleaning products.  Kids often get to an age where they may find it fun to light a lighter while spraying one of these chemical products.  These products are highly flammable and not to be used around open flame or high heat.  They are not something to play with.

Mattresses- Many mattress fires start in homes of smokers.  Even though it is frowned upon, many smokers do smoke in bed.  Hot ask on mattresses causes smoke and flames.  These particular fires normally start small but when flame starts on mattresses, it goes up quick and is hard to put out.

Nail Polish & Remover- Nail polish and removers seem harmless, but they are not.  Many people do not know to what extent nail polishes are flammable.

Dryer Lint- SERVPRO has responded to many dryer fires and this highly due to the mix of the dryer’s high heat and the lint formed from the clothing.  Make sure to remove the lint from the dryer as it can cause the dryer to overheat and the lint to catch fire. 

Cooking Oil- Ah, cooking oil; one of the number one source of kitchen fires.  When cooking oil or grease fires start, do not throw the pan in the sink.  It will cause more damage.  Use a fire extinguisher or baking soda if you have enough.  Whatever you do, do not add water to a grease or oil-based fire.

If you do experience a fire, call SERVPRO of Fredericksburg.  We have a trained team of professionals to take care of the damage for you and make it "Like it never even happened."