Few have protection against water damage. Water Damage, most times is unrecognizable until the damage is huge. It is important to protect your home by following the tips below.
- Regular inspections and maintenance
It is during the inspection that you will be able to spot early signs of water damage. Inspect for any signs of water leaking such as damp areas or discoloration on the walls, floors and ceilings. If you spot mold growth, usually there is water source near it.
- Repair and protect your home exterior
Water damage can either be caused by an internal or external source. Check areas in your home where water may enter your windows, doors, downspouts and others be sure to also check your roof and gutters.
Have you heard of the saying that goes " Better safe, than sorry ?" Especially true when dealing with water. You will never know when a storm comes or when your pipe breaks accidentally.
SERVPRO of Fredericksburg takes great pride that we have been serving Fredericksburg and surrounding counties for over 20 years. We continue to provide water damage restoration, fire & smoke damage, sewage backup and bio-hazard emergency services. Along with non-emergency services, HVAC duct cleaning, carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and vandalism cleanup.
We are always amazed at the number of repeat clients we have and the referrals we get from the community, this community is awesome. We are glad we are a part of it.
This is why SERVPRO of Fredericksburg continues to grow in the community.
*Locally owned and operated
*Drug and alcohol-free business
*Leaders in the Restoration Industry
*Trained Insurance Billing Specialist
We are coming into your homes and businesses and we know that we must provide you with the best service possible, by doing the above things we strive to do that.
Professionally Trained Technicians
Would you let an untrained technician work on your heating system or an unlicensed plumber work on your plumbing? We bet the answer is “Of course not”. Then you would not want an untrained, unlicensed water restoration company to do the water restoration on your home when you have experienced a water damage or sewage backup.
SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg is a nationally known water damage restoration company. We are licensed, insured and bonded. Our technicians have had criminal background checks and are trusted employees.
Training is a must for SERVPRO® employees because drying is more than putting a few fans in a room--it is a science. Our technicians use calibrated moisture meters to do readings. Does your restoration company use the IICRC standards for Water Damage Restoration? If not, you should ask why not?
Call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg for Professionally-Trained, Insured, Background Check and IICRC Trained Water Damage, Sewage Damage and Fire Damage Remediation Services 540-373-7000.
The Science of Drying A Water Damage
Did you know there is actually a science behind the process of drying? Having the knowledge of Psychrometrics is essential to restoring a water-damaged structure to its preloss condition. If your home or business suffers a water damage, we will:
• Inspect the property to detect every component that is wet to help prevent secondary damage from happening.
• Measure how much moisture is in wet materials and monitor whether the materials are drying properly.
• Set up professional drying equipment, including equipment to help dry hardwood floors, tough-to-reach spaces inside walls, and much more.
• Use monitoring equipment and a proven scientific process to help speed the drying of your home or business.
If you need help with a water damage call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg today at 540-373-7000.
Water Damages and Why They Need to Be Mitigated By Trained Professionals
There are many different components to a building’s structure and those components are made from many types of materials. Some materials are made with water, and even though the material appears to be a solid object there is still an acceptable amount of water/moisture in the material. Other materials have no water/moisture in the material at all.
When water damage occurs in a commercial or residential building, materials such as walls, floors, cabinets, counters and personal items may get wet. In many cases the water has actually traveled much further than it appears. How would you know, other than seeing or touching the areas that look wet? How would you see inside the wall?
That is why a trained professional is needed because they have the knowledge and equipment to test the materials and they know what is considered to be an acceptable amount of moisture for different materials based on The IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration) standards. Trained professionals have the proper meters to read the materials, set the drying goals, place the drying equipment and monitor the progress until the materials reach the standard goals.
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
What role do smoke alarms play in your everyday life? Smoke alarms are in your home, the places where you shop, in children’s schools, in doctors’ offices, in work buildings, they are all around us and for good reason. Smoke alarms play a vital role in keeping us safer.
Smoke alarms come in different types and in residential and commercial ratings. Many residential smoke alarms are battery operated. If your smoke alarms have batteries, do you have a schedule to change them? Change the batteries consistently, mark it on your calendar as a reminder. If you would rather have a disposable smoke alarm, you can buy a smoke alarm that has a ten-year battery life and at the end of ten years you replace the entire smoke alarm--now that is convenience!
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), approximately two-thirds of U.S. household fire deaths result from fires in homes with:
• No smoke alarms
• Working smoke alarms with old or missing batteries
Whether it's a household setting or in a business, the selection and maintenance of an early warning system is critical to save lives and minimize property loss.
Fire Burning Laws
The Virginia Department of Forestry website states the following on burning.
- No burning until after 4:00 p.m. February 15 through April 30 of each year, if the fire is in or within 300 feet of woodland, brush land or field containing dry grass or other flammable material.
- Fire shall not be left unattended if within 150 feet of woodland, brush land or fields containing dry grass.
- No new fires set or fuel added after midnight.
- Law applies to campfires, warming fires, brush piles, leaves, household trash, stumps, fields of broom straw and brush or anything capable of spreading fire.
- The law provides for a penalty of up to $500, plus payment of court costs and fire suppression costs if the fire escapes.
- Please remember to check with the county that you will be burning in, individual counties can also have their own burning laws in addition to state regulations.
- Always, make safety your number one policy.
If you must burn…Follow these safety tips.
- Beware of power lines, trees and structures.
- Clear all flammable materials, such as dry leaves and dry grass, from around the fire.
- Have water and hand tools, such as a shovel and/or rake, available.
- Have communication available or have someone nearby who can call for help in case of an emergency.
- Burn when the humidity is high and the wind is calm.
- Stay with the fire until it is completely out.
- Please make sure all children are supervised and kept a safe distance from the fire.
- Always make safety your number one policy (Reminder per The Virginia Department of Forestry AND SERVPRO of Fredericksburg)
NOT EVERYTHING IS SAFE TO BURN IN YOUR FIREPLACE OR WOOD STOVE
Please remember not everything is safe to burn in your fireplace or wood stove. Sometimes items that you think would be safe to burn are not. Some items can cause serious health issues or safety issues if burned. For example, burning glossy paper such as wrapping paper or newspaper ads could possibly put toxins or carcinogens in the air that you breathe. Some items burn faster than others creating a high, intensely hot flame that could catch any built -up creosote in a chimney on fire. Below is a list of a few items you should never put in your fireplace or wood stove.
- Paper, Bows, Glossy Paper, Cardboard & Packaging
- Plastics, Pine Needles, Live Garland, Live Wreaths or Flowers
- Styrofoam Containers, Egg Cartons, Dryer Lint
- Painted, Varnished, Stained or Treated Wood
- Engineered Wood (Plywood, Particle Board, Pressed Board, OSB) Glue compounds are used in the layering of these woods.
- Green Wood – Wood that is not dry will produce a lot of smoke and creosote.
- Driftwood – Driftwood contains salt which is corrosive. When heated, corrosion is accelerated and toxic fumes are produced.
These are just some of the items you should never burn. Please follow all safety directions on your wood burning appliance.
Always have a fire extinguisher and a carbon monoxide detector nearby and change the batteries on a schedule.
Preventing weather and storm damage
Are you prepared for the coming cold weather? Cold weather can have a huge impact on your home or business if you are not ready for it. From heavy rain and freezing temperatures to damaging winds, sleet, or snow, all can cause serious and costly property damage. To help prevent costly damages due to weather, consider taking the following precautions to protect your property before colder weather hits.
· Check your business property for downed tree limbs and branches. Wind, heavy rain, ice, and snow can cause branches to fall, which could cause damage to the property and potentially cause personal injuries.
· Roofs, water pipes, and gutters should all be inspected to ensure they are in proper order. Leaves and other obstructions can cause a damming effect, which can lead to roof damage and interior water problems.
· Inspect property, especially walkways and parking lots, for proper drainage to alleviate flood hazard potential.
· Inspect all handrails, stairwells, and entryways to address and correct potential slippery or hazardous areas. Install mats or non-slip surfaces and post caution signs where water could be present.
· Protect water pipes from freezing by simply allowing water to drip when temperatures dip below freezing. If the building has outdoor faucets, consider shutting water off at the main valve in the basement or crawl space.
Are you prepared for power outages
Are You Prepared for Power Outages?
Are you prepared for power outages, whether it is at your home or your place of business? Do you have a designated area that has a supply bin with items that are needed in case of a power outage? This is something every business and household should have in case of a power outage. Below is a guide that we have put together to help get you started on being more prepared should a power outage event strike your area.
Remember that a business and a home will have different needs. For example, a business should have either emergency backup lights or possibly something as simple as a flashlight at each employee’s desk or work area.
Depending on the time of year that the power outage happens it may require that you find a way to stay warm or a way to cool down. Emergency blankets are a helpful way to stay warm, and you can put on extra clothing.
If it is hot and you experience a power outage cover the windows to block the sun from coming in and go to the lowest level in the building. Wear the least amount of clothes as possible and stay as hydrated as you can but remember you may have a limited supply of water.
Here are some items that should be in your emergency power outage bin.
- Phone Number for The Power Company
- Flash Lights
- Emergency Candles
- Power Bank for cell phone (Make sure it stays Charged)
- First Aid Kit
- Snacks (Please keep in mind anyone that may have allergies or may be diabetic)
- Battery powered radio
- Hand sanitizer
- The name an address of the dedicated emergency shelter for your area
- Emergency Blankets
- Have an inventory check list on the top of the bin and make sure it stays current and nothing is expired
Please remind everyone to keep the refrigerator and freezer closed, to only open when necessary. Water must be conserved as much as possible.
Designate an employee to inventory the bin, make sure nothing has expired and that all supplies are there.