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What to do When Emergencies Happen After Business Hours

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

It is after normal business hours for most companies, a weekend or even a holiday and you discovery a water damage in your home or business. Do not worry SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even on weekends and holidays.

Here at SERVPRO we know that emergencies don't care what time or day they happen. We understand that and do our very best to be there for you when they happen.

Our offices make sure that there is always a professionally trained person to take your call, gather the information needed to assist you and dispatch a qualified crew to assist you with your damage.

All of this can help take the stress off of you, no calling and speaking to a machine and waiting on a call back. At SERVPRO we are always here to help.

What is a Hurricane and Who Tracks Them

5/14/2021 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season is officially June,1st through November 30th. Each year The National Hurricane Center, a division of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calculates and predicts hurricanes that are expected for the year.

A tropical cyclone is a rotating low-pressure weather system that has organized thunderstorms. When the storm’s wind reached 74 miles per hour it is classified as a hurricane.

There is a scale of 1 – 5 that is assigned to hurricanes and the higher the number the more likeliness that the damage will be worse.

  • Category 1: Winds of 74-95 mph (119-153 km/h)
  • Category 2: Winds of 96-110 mph (154-177 km/h)
  • Category 3: Winds of 111-129 mph (178-208 km/h)
  • Category 4: Winds of 130-156 mph (209-251 km/h)
  • Category 5: Winds exceeding 157 mph (252 km/h)

The Atlantic Basin is the origin of hurricanes, this includes the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, the Eastern North Pacific Ocean. Less often they develop in the Central Pacific Ocean.

Hurricanes are given names and there is a list that rotates in a six-year cycle. The World Meteorological Organization is responsible for maintaining and updating the list.

There is an average of 12 storms yearly.

There is Water Under or Around your Refrigerator

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

There is Water Under or Around your Refrigerator

The ice maker in your refrigerator / freezer has a water line attached to it so that water can enter the ice maker, freeze and make ice. If you see water under your refrigerator, around your refrigerator or the floor in that vicinity becomes noticeably wet or soft and squishy, you may have a leak from the water line going to your ice maker. It could also be a leaking valve or a clogged condensation line.

What should you do? The valve allowing water to come into the ice maker is usually located behind the refrigerator, check the valve for obvious leaks. If you don’t see water leaking from the valve or the line itself cut off the valve to stop any further damage.

If you do not have a valve behind the refrigerator and the line (tubing) goes through the floor or ceiling to another area you will have to follow the tubing to the area where it is attached to the water intake valve. When you find the valve inspect it for leaks and then cut the valve off. If the water line is not in a controlled temperature environment it is also subject to freezing. Condensation line on the appliance can also become clogged and that will need to be check.

If you are unable to perform these inspections on your own call a professional to assist you with them but first turn the water to the appliance off.

Damage to your flooring should be mitigated by a professional restoration company. If you are filing an insurance claim ask your repair man to leave all repaired parts with you for the insurance adjuster.

Commercial Heating and Air Cooling Units

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial Heating and Air-Cooling Units

Commercial heating and air-cooling units are installed in building that are not considered residential, some commercial buildings can be labeled as residential use, examples of residential use buildings are apartment complexes, nursing homes, retirement complexes.

Commercial heating and air-cooling units vary in type and size, to determine the size and how many units are needed to efficiently control the heating and air conditioning for the space size calculations are done using a mathematical formula. The formula used has many factors, the main parts of the formula are based on square footage of the air temperature to be controlled and the BTU’S (size) of the system. There are many other factors, including how many people will normally be in the space, how many windows are in the space.

Placement of units can be in different places, some placed outside on the ground level, some are placed on the roof of the building and others are placed in the mechanical room.

Controlling the temperature in the building, some buildings have numerous offices or tenants and in those areas of the building there is usually a separate thermostat that allows them to control the air temperature for that space. Retail stores and some other commercial building may use a computer program to control the air temperature from the corporate offices.

Maintenance on commercial heating and air-cooling systems should be performed by a licensed and insured heating and cooling company and the air filters should be changed quarterly if not more frequently using a good quality filter of the proper size.

High Wind Alerts and Preparing for Them

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

High Wind Alerts and Preparing for Them

The television and radio have announced that there is going to be high winds in the upcoming day or days in your area. There are things that you can do to prepare for upcoming unusually high winds. By preparing your property and contents on and around your property you can usually expect less damage from the wind.

Contents should either be taken inside or secured. Flying content can be damaged severely and cause damage to other property or even to you, family members or other friends. Secure all porch, pool and patio furniture, grills and grill covers. Bird feeders and hanging plants can easily be blown off and should also be secured.

Check your structure and repair the following things if needed, loose shingles, loose gutters and downspouts, loose shutters, gates and other fence sections, window screens, storm doors and their latches. Check any outside buildings you may have on your property for repairs needed prior to the high wind advisory.

If you have trees on your property, check them for already broken limbs and move all vehicles and anything else that can be damaged away from the trees if possible.

If you do experience damage during a wind storm and need the assistant of professionals for repairs, contact only licensed and insured companies. Referrals can be retained from other businesses, friends and neighbors.

What is Groundwater and is it Covered by Your Homeowners Insurance Policy?

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

Water sitting around houses Groundwater

What is Groundwater and is it Covered by Your Homeowners Insurance Policy?

Groundwater intrusion into you home or commercial building is when water enters into the structure accidentally by way of the foundation, basement walls, floors or drains.

This can happen due to many reasons, storm water, drain backups, sewage system back-up, foundation cracks, improper or inadequate run off around the exterior of the building or cracks in the floor and walls.

What is affected if groundwater enters your structure? If the area is finished or unfinished there will still be damages that need to be repaired. If the area is unfinished there will most likely be insulation on the walls that is damaged and will need to be removed and replaced, concrete flooring will need to have the water or sewage removed and then the concrete will need to be dried until it reaches an acceptable amount of moisture and any content that is damaged will have to be disposed of.

If the groundwater enters a finished area the damage will most likely be far worse. When groundwater enters a finished area there are many things to take into consideration, the type of flooring material and will it have to be removed and disposed of, were baseboards and drywall affected and if so, they will need to be removed, any wet insulation behind the drywall will need to be removed and replaced. All of the structure’s materials will need to be dried by a professional restoration company and a treatment applied to avoid mold growth. If this is a living area any furniture and content damage cost.

If you suffer a loss due to groundwater you will need to find the source of the water intrusion. Sometimes it is very obvious and other times you may have to call a professional to determine how the water entered. Once it has been determined how the water entered the building it is best to have the repairs made because it will most likely happen again.

Insurance coverage, most property insurance does not cover ground water intrusion but some companies do over an optional coverage you can purchase for groundwater coverage. If you have a concern about your coverage, contact your insurance company.

Commercial Services Provided by SERVPRO of Fredericksburg

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg provides many commercial services that are valuable to the community and surrounding areas. All of our technicians are professional, trained in the services they are providing and we are here for you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.

When a commercial building needs our services in an emergency you can count on us. When you call our office, you will reach the answering service that will take your information and then dispatch the call to someone who works in our office. Our office personnel will gather all the information from you that is needed to dispatch a crew to your site. We understand that getting a business back up and running as quickly as possible is of the essence, after all time is money.

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg can provide you with emergency services for water damage, sewage back-ups, bio-hazard cleanups, trauma & crime scene cleanup, fire & smoke damages, vandalism and fingerprint dust removal.

For your commercial buildings occasional needs call on us to keep your carpets looking fresh and presentable for your clients and guest. We are also available for HVAC Duct Cleaning and odor removal, mold testing and mold removal.

Remember SERVPRO of Fredericksburg is only a phone call away.

Do you know what type of commercial lease you have on the building or space you are leasing?

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know what type of commercial lease you have on the building or space you are leasing?

There are several different types of commercial leases. The type of lease you signed dictates what you as the tenant are responsible for and what the landlord is responsible for.

Your commercial lease should be read carefully before signing. Some of the different types of commercial leases and what you should look for are listed below.

  • Gross Lease – You pay the rent; all operating expenses are paid by the landlord of the building but they may recoup their cost with “Load Factors” in the rent.
  • Modified Gross Lease – You pay the rent and a percentage of the buildings annual operating expenses. Modified Gross Lease contracts can vary greatly.
  • Triple Net Lease – You pay the rent, the taxes, insurance and all maintenance fees.
  • Double Net Lease – You pay the rent, the taxes and insurance.
  • Net Lease – You pay the rent, some portion of the taxes, insurance and maintenance fees.
  • Absolute Lease -You pay the rent, all building expense (Taxes, insurance, maintenance), you also pay roof and structural repairs. This lease type is usually for long term leases.
  • Percentage Lease – You pay the rent and a percentage of your monthly sales. This lease type is for retail sales.
  • Single Net Lease – You pay the rent and property taxes.

Preferred Vendor List

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Preferred Vendor List for Businesses

Do you have one?

What is a preferred vendor list? A preferred vendor list is a list of businesses or people that you purchase services or products from. These are the vendors that you have a relationship, an agreement, the one that you want to call or order from when you are in need of what they provide.

Who is usually on your preferred vendor list? That depends on you, your preferred vendor list can be as small or as extensive as you want it to be.

It can include just your utility and maintenance vendors or right down to the restaurants you like to order lunch from, it is all up to. The most gathered information for a vendor and a list of some preferred vendor categories are listed below. You can create your vendor list in many ways, alphabetically is not usually the best way, the best way is usually to create categories.

Once you have created a list it should be shared and stored so that everyone that will be using it has access to it, it should also be accessible from off site in case of an emergency in the building and you cannot get to it.

Below are some examples of vendors you can put on your list and some examples of information to include.

Utilities (Category)

Electricity - Company Name, Phone number, Emergency Phone Number when it applies, Fax, Address, Email, Company Representative Information, Your Account # with the Company

Internet Services – Same as above

Gas Company – Same as above

Water provider – Same as above

Grounds Keeper – Same as above

Emergency Service Providers (Category)

Plumber – Same as above

Emergency Service Providers continued

Water Damage Restoration – SERVPRO of Fredericksburg 540-373-7000

Tow Truck Company – Same as above

Snow Removal Company – Same as above

Office Supplies and Office Equipment (Category)

Xerox – Same as above

Staples – Same as above

Postage Machine – Same as above

Please remember that the above information are examples and usually there are many other vendors on the list.

Water Damage

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage

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. 

  • Protect your property 

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. 

Why SERVPRO?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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 

*Background checks

*Stress professionalism 

*Identification badges

*Logo Vehicles

*Certified Technicians 

*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

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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-TrainedInsured, Background Check and IICRC Trained Water Damage, Sewage Damage and Fire Damage Remediation Services 540-373-7000.

The Science of Drying A Water Damage

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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.

  1. Phone Number for The Power Company
  2. Flash Lights
  3. Batteries
  4. Emergency Candles
  5. Lighters
  6. Power Bank for cell phone (Make sure it stays Charged)
  7. First Aid Kit
  8. Snacks (Please keep in mind anyone that may have allergies or may be diabetic)
  9. Battery powered radio
  10. Water
  11. Hand sanitizer
  12. The name an address of the dedicated emergency shelter for your area
  13. 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.

Tips For Storms and Flash Flooding

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Tips for storms and flash flooding

 Rain is in the forecast for the end of this week and most of next week. Here are some tips on being prepared for storms and flash flooding in our area:

  1. Always have an emergency preparedness kit packed and ready to go with items like flashlights, first aid kit, whistle, non-perishable food, bottled water, battery powered radio, extra batteries etc.
  2. Make sure to have an emergency plan in place and make sure everyone is aware of that plan.
  3. Be sure to stay informed of the current weather, traffic, power outages etc. Visit http://www.fredericksburgalert.com/ to sign up for free for emergency alerts and notifications.
  4. In your home or business check the following before the heavy rain comes: Roof, Gutters, Doors, Windows, Sump Pump and Outdoor Equipment.

Flash floods can occur in a county or city, where runoff from buildings, parking lots and streets can overwhelm municipal storm water sewers. Please be on alert and be prepared for the upcoming weather! If you or someone you know has flooding in their home or business please call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg at 540-373-7000.

Preparing For a Winter Storm

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Preparing for a Winter Storm

There are many different aspects of preparation for a winter storm. There is preparing your home, preparing for the things that you will need if the roads are not passable and thinking outside of the box about the things that we take for granted in our everyday lives.

SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg has put together this list to help you get started in preparing for a winter storm. Everyone should always personalize and add to the list to accommodate their needs.

  • Water – At least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day
  • Food – At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy to prepare food
  • Baby food and supplies- If needed
  • Pet food and supplies - If needed
  • Medications – 7 Day supply along with batteries needed for any medical devices, including hearing aids.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene supplies
  • Battery powered and hand cranked radio, extra batteries
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Heat source
  • Remember *Carbon monoxide is a silent killer* Do NOT ever use a generator, grill, gasoline, propane or charcoal burning device inside your home, garage, basement or any closed in area. These should only be used outside.
  • Cell Phones – Fully Charged and portable chargers
  • Check on the elderly and handicapped if you can, help them prepare for the storm and then keep in contact with them if possible. A simple phone call could make their day or save their life.
  • Put your snow shovel and ice melting products inside so you do not have to go out in the elements to get them.
  • If you must leave home due to the conditions make sure you know where the nearest shelter to you is located.
  • Prepare your vehicle before the storm arrives. Have enough gas, windshield washer fluid and good wiper blades.  Always have an emergency kit in your vehicle that contains an emergency blanket that will keep you warm if your vehicle becomes stranded.

Why SERVPRO? Our Highly Trained Professionals Will Take Great Care of You!

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

When you have the unfortunate circumstances of having a water damage in your home or business, you want to call the team that is the most highly trained professionals with the proper equipment to do the job. 

SERVPRO of Fredericksburgs professionalism starts when we answer the phone, gathering the correct information ensures the team will arrive on site with the equipment they need to properly start the drying process. You will be asked detailed questions about your damage and your property, what the source of the loss is, where the source has traveled to and what type of floors you have are an example of a few of the questions. 

Will you be filing an insurance claim? We work with most insurance companies, and many have specific forms that must be downloaded for you to sign. We will pre-load your insurance companies’ paperwork before we arrive for you to sign and we will prepare all the documentation they need, including photos so we can upload everything directly to them. We will process the billing in the same manner. This saves you many headaches. SERVPRO will take the lead because we are the highly trained professionals in this area and whatever we can do to help we are happy to do so.

Why SERVPRO?

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SERVPRO is a leader in the restoration industry backed by over 1700 franchises in the United States and Canada. We are well respected in the insurance industry for our professional and training of our employees.

SERVPRO keeps all of our technicians up to date on field and equipment education, this involves in-depth classroom, Internet and in-house training. The owner, operations manager, technicians and other employees are certified through The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC).

IICRC develops and publishes standards detailing the proper procedure for safe cleaning and restoration.

Equipment that is used in the process of drying a structure, dehumidification, odor removal, etc. and the calculations used to know the proper number of pieces to use based on the room size and amount of damage in the room can be complicated, that is where training comes in. 

The manipulation of room temperature along with dehumidification is truly a drying science.

Why SERVPRO? We are highly trained and educated technicians are who you want restoring your property.

Why SERVPRO?

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

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 

*Background checks

*Stress professionalism 

*Identification badges

*Logo Vehicles

*Certified Technicians 

*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.

May is Building Safety Month

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Building Safety Building Safety

Building safety month is held to raise awareness about improving building safety in many different categories. Focusing on safer building creates safer work sites for the actual workers, safer communities, safer homes and safer work spaces.

The International Code Compliance (ICC) has a weekly focus for the month of May, week one is Disaster Preparedness, week two is Water Safety, week three is resiliency and week four is Training the Next Generation. All of these topics contain safety that everyone can benefit from.

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg can help our local businesses with Disaster Preparedness, we offer a NO cost mobile app. For local businesses called Emergency Ready Plan. Is your business emergency ready? We can help, call 540-373-7000 to set up an appointment to get started on your Emergency Ready Plan.

Commercial Building Safety Tips

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Safety Tips Commercial Building Safety Tips

Do you own or lease a commercial building or space? If the answer is yes, I am sure you are already aware of some or most of these tips but here at SERVPRO of Fredericksburg we are about helping our community so hopefully this list will benefit some if not many.

We are always here to help you with your emergency services and non-emergency services, carpet cleaning, duct cleaning, upholstery cleaning, odor removal and vandalism, call us 540-373-7000.

 * Large Companies have Risk Managers

 * Small Companies have Safety Managers 

 * Smaller Companies - assign employees to help with daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly inspections of office space, building space, parking lot and perimeter 

 * Make a master Check List of what needs to be done

 * Break the Master List down to Inside and Outside

 * Determine when they need to be done

 * Assign employee these task

 * Make a vendor list of who repairs any problems that need attention

 * Make it clear to all employees all safety issues should be addressed immediately

What is a commercial Building?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Commercial Building

When people think of a commercial building, the most common thought that comes to mind is a business or businesses. When you think of a business you think of generating an income or a profit.

What are the consequences in a commercial building if something happens that disrupts a business or businesses from operating? The income or profits stop generating, so the problem needs to be resolved quickly to get the business operating at normal capacity as soon as possible.

Business owners have come to depend on the SERVPRO of Fredericksburg if they have the unfortunate circumstances of having a water damage or sewage damage in their commercial building. Our highly trained certified technicians are available 24 hours a day. 

Call us immediately and we will work with you to get your business open as quickly as we possible so you can take care of your customers, “Like it never even happened.”

Indoor Spring Cleaning Tips Part 1 Appliances

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Indoor Spring Cleaning Tips Part 1 Appliances Spring Cleaning

Indoor Spring Cleaning Tips From SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg:

Part 1 - Appliances

  • Clean your major appliances outside, inside and behind if possible: refrigerator and refrigerator coils, range, oven and exhaust hood, freezer, dishwasher, garbage disposal and microwave.
  • Clean the outside, inside, behind and under your washer and dryer, also clean your dryer line. If you can not clean your dryer line yourself have a professional do it. Dryer lines build up lint and can catch fire.
  • Clean all small appliances inside and out - toaster, coffee pot, blender, etc.
  • Clean your vacuum cleaner and air cleaners and replace the filters if needed.
  • Clean your dehumidifiers and replace any filters that need replacing.
  • When replacing filters, it is a good idea to write the date on them and mark it on your calendar.
  • Clean the head on your paper shredder - it will help it to operate more efficiently.

Spring Cleaning Tips part 2

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning Tips - Part 2 


• Clean your ceiling fan motors, blades and globes.
• Clean light fixture and globes.
• Dust above all your doors, door openings, crown molding and windows.
• Clean drapes and blinds.
• Clean windows, window sills and trim.
• Clean above kitchen cabinets if they do not go to the ceilings.
• Clean inside kitchen cabinets and cabinet drawers if needed.
• Clean shower curtains (most can be put in the washing machine) and the tub drain.
• Clean toilet tank (use the proper cleaning chemicals).
• Clean under bathroom sinks and clean the sink drain.
• Clean Baseboards and HVAC vent covers, vacuum out vents.
• Change HVAC filters if needed.
• Take area rugs outside and shake, wash if possible.
• Change bed linens from winter linens to spring linens.
• Clean out closets and donate unwanted items.
• Clean all trash cans, kitchen and bathrooms. Hint – Put a dryer sheet in the bottom for a fresh smell.

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg Faster to Any Size Disaster

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg Faster to Any Size Disaster!

When you think of SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg many people think of water damages, sewage back-ups, mold and fire damages but there is so much more to SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg.

  • The Certified Technicians that take to the streets day and night. They are in uniform, driving company vehicles, insured and have had criminal background checks performed.
  • The knowledgeable and trained staff that answer the phones to help you when you have an emergency in your home or business and to schedule non-emergency services for you.
  • The billing specialists that go through extensive training for individual insurance company billing procedures and specialty programs’ billing.
  • The marketing team that keeps the community aware of everything SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg has to offer and attends community events on SERVPRO’s behalf.
  • The Management Team that keeps the departments and business running smoothly and all of the team members up to date on certifications and classes.

 Please remember SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg is not just another restoration company, we strive to be your Premiere Restoration Company.

Home Inspection / Prep for Spring

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

Here are some Helpful Hints to help with inspecting and repairing your home after the Cold Harsh Winter!

  • Inspect the roof – Look for any damaged, loose or missing shingles. Inspect chimney flashings and check skylight seals.
  • Remove any leaves and debris from gutters – Check to make sure all downspouts and gutters are still secured to the home.
  • If you have an Attic- - Look in the attic for any evidence of leaks. Also inspect for any signs that critters may have decided to make your home their home during the cold months.
  • Examine your windows and doors – Look for leaks to make sure your seals and weather-stripping are in good condition.
  • Check any exterior drain for clogging.
  • Check any asphalt and concrete for cracking that may have occurred during the winter months.
  • Check your foundation for cracks that may need to be repaired.
  • Have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional so it is ready for next winter.

Storing Leftover Food

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

The Holiday season is here and with that comes a lot of leftover foods. Below are a few tips & answers to some frequently asked questions on how to safely store leftover foods so that you can enjoy the Holidays.

  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.
  • Take your time around the dinner table, but start packing up and refrigerating the leftovers within two hours.
  • Leftovers should be cooled down as quickly as possible.
  • Pack them into several shallow containers rather than one large one, and make sure you don't stack the containers in the refrigerator this can trap the heat.
  • You can store your leftovers in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • Try to reheat only what you'll be serving at one time rather than reheating the entire portion.
  • It's safe to heat it all and then re-store what you don't use, but the food will continue to lose flavor and moisture the more it's reheated.
  • Once your leftovers are packed away, avoid opening and closing the refrigerator door until the food has had time to cool down.

We at SERVPRO of Fredericksburg hope you enjoy all of your Holidays!

Sprucing up your home for the winter

12/10/2019 (Permalink)

In preparing to spruce up your home for the winter, call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg at 540-373-7000 to provide you with all our expert non-emergency home services. Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, Drapery Cleaning and HVAC/Duct Cleaning Services.

Here is a list to help you prepare your home for the winter months ahead.
• Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk. Take down screens and put down storm windows.
• Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
• Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
• Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
• Have a professional inspect your heating system.
• Schedule a chimney sweep company to inspect your fireplace for soot or creosote build-up and cracks.
• Inspect gutters and downspouts for clogs and make sure they are secured to the building.
• Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
• Start your generator and prepare it for winter.
• A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans.

Safe Holiday Decorating Tips

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Everyone is in the swing of the Holiday Season and we are all blessed in one way or another with good food, good friends, and wonderful family and beautiful decorations. Here are a few helpful safety tips from SERVPRO of Fredericksburg when decorating.

  • Make sure your smoke detectors are in good working order & have good batteries.
  • When using a real tree, always put it in a container that will hold water & hydrate.
  • Always hang stockings at least 3 ft. from a heat source.
  • Make sure all electrical lights & extension cords have the label if a nationally recognized testing company.
  • Be careful where you place lit candles & never leave them unattended or burning overnight.

 Have a happy & safe Holiday !

Dryer Vent Fires

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

When was the last time you had your clothes dryer vent cleaned?  Dryer lines get clogged due to moisture and lint from materials. Not only does this affect the level of the performance of the dryer and how it dries the materials that you put in it, but it is a danger to you and your family. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 17,000 home clothes dryer fires are reported each year. These clothes dryer fires cause around 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property loss. Unsurprisingly, the leading cause of these fires, at 34%, is the failure to clean dryer vents.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

The holidays are in full force and with Christmas being right around the corner many people are
beginning to buy and put up their trees.


Below are a few Christmas tree safety tips to ensure you have a happy and safe holiday season.

  • When choosing a tree try to choose one high in moisture rather than a dry one. One
    thing to look for is needles that do not fall off when touched.
  • Water your tree daily to ensure it doesn’t dry out and pose a potential fire hazard.
  • Always turn off tree lights when you are leaving your home or at night.
  • Make sure your tree is away from heat sources such as candles, fireplaces, radiators, heat vents, etc.
  • Replace any strands of lights that have loose bulbs or frayed wires.
  • Check the label before choosing lights to place on your tree. Some lights are specifically made for outdoors vs. indoors. Also, opt for low watt lights.
  • At most only attach three strings of lights to an extension cord.

School Bus Stop Safety Tips

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

School Bus Stop Safety Tips!

School is about to begin a new year and children will be waiting for the bus to pick them up and then return them safely to their bus stops. Bus stops are a place for safety concerns for our children. Below are a few safety tips to help children be safe while waiting for the bus, getting on the bus and getting off the bus.

  • Always arrive at the bus stop prior to the scheduled time that your bus is suppose to arrive. This will help avoid rushing and the possibility of accidents.
  • The bus stop is not a playground and children should refrain from running and playing in this area.
  • Children and parents should always stay 8 ft. or more back from the edge of the road when waiting for the bus.
  • Always wait for the bus to come to a complete stop and the door to open before approaching the bus to enter.
  • Do not distract the driver.
  • Stay in your seat.
  • Do not put your hands, arms or head out the windows.
  • Do not put your belongs in the walkway.
  • Never walk behind the school bus and only cross in front of the bus after the driver has given you permission and at least 10 feet in front.
  • Look both ways before crossing.

Moisture in the Home and Commercial Buildings

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture in Homes and Commercial Buildings

There are many different signs to watch for that will give you a pretty good idea that there is too much moisture inside your home or commercial building. Moisture is commonly known as humidity, and to much humidity inside a building can lead to many damaging problems.

This brings us to the question “What are some of the signs that there is too much humidity inside of my home or commercial building?”

Well, the answer to that is that there are many different reasons there can be too much moisture but here are few for you explore. Do your windows fog up and collect moisture on the inside? Have you noticed any rotten wood or microbial growth?

Bubbling paint, peeling wall paper and unpleasant musty smells are another sign of too much moisture.

 A few things that can cause excessive amount of moisture build up in your building is poor ventilation from no bathroom or kitchen exhaust fans or improperly working exhaust fans. Exhaust fans should be jetted to the outside of the building.

Improperly exhausted dryer lines, dryer lines that are exhausted into the home, under the home or that are clogged.

Heating and air conditioning systems that are not insulated properly, humid weather and water damages.

Pet Safety Tips for Hot Months

8/1/2019 (Permalink)

A Few Pet Safety Tips for the Hot Months!

Pets always need our care and attention but during the hot months of the year there are a few things that require a little more attention than usual for the safety of our pets. Here are a few things that will make our pets safer and happier during those times.

  • Keep your pets free of parasites like fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other parasites.
  • Pets hair can be trimmed during the hot months but do not shave them, they can get sunburned also.
  • Never leave pets alone in a parked vehicle.
  • Pets can get dehydrated very quickly when it is hot and humid. Make sure they have plenty of fresh, clean water.
  • The symptoms of overheating are panting heavily, difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, thick drooling and weakness.
  • Do not over exercise and it is always best to take walks in the cooler part of the day.
  • Do not leave pets alone at the pool and they should always be rinsed off after being in a pool with chemicals or in salt water.
  • Whenever possible keep your pet in the shade and remember that if it is hot outside the pavement and sidewalks are hot and can burn the paws of your pets feet.

Preparing Your Home Or Business With An Emergency Kit

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Preparing Your Home Or Business With An Emergency Kit

Be prepared at your home or business with an Emergency Kit.
Ready.gov suggests you have enough supplies to last for at least three days. Below are some suggested items to include in your kit:
• 3-day supply of nonperishable foods
• Water (one+ gallon per person per day)
• Prescribed Medication
• First-aid kit
• Sleeping bag or blankets
• Battery Operated Radio
• Hygiene products
• Flashlights and extra batteries
• Cell phone charger
• Change of clothes
• Matches in waterproof container
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Whistle to signal for help
• Important documents such as insurance policies, IDs, and bank records in a plastic container
You can also keep a condensed emergency kit in your vehicle as well. For a more extensive list, check out Ready.gov.  Most importantly, remember to contact SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg for assistance if needed! 

Fireplace Safety Tips

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fireplace Safety Tips

Fireplace Safety Tips 

~Have your fireplace inspected annually by a professional chimney sweep. Have repairs done to your fireplace and/or chimney before using.

~Make sure your chimney has a cap to prevent animals and debris from entering.

~To prevent the buildup of creosote (which can cause fires) burn only seasoned hardwood or manufactured logs in your fireplace.

~When using manufactured logs, please read the instructions on the bag. Manufactured logs burn hotter than natural wood and can warp metal chimneys if you burn more than one at a time.

~Slow and steady burns generate less smoke and are much safer, a roaring fire can crack your chimney. Make sure your damper is adjusted properly.

~Practice safe stacking. Positioning of logs near the back of the fireplace to prevent fire and ashes from finding a way out of the hearth and into your home is always the safest way to stack your wood.

~Always have glass doors or a screen guard (Spark Guard) made for a fireplace.

~Wood burning heat sources put off carbon monoxide, please make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector.

~Keep The area around the fireplace clear of flammable objects and during the holidays do not use your fireplace if you use it to put decorations on and around.

~Do not burn paper with fancy finishes in it, like glossy paper-wrapping paper, shiny paper, bows, foam peanuts, etc.

~Always use a metal bucket for the ashes and immediately take it outside and place away from the house.

~Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SERVPRO® OF FREDERICKSBURG

Christmas Tree Safety Tips

11/28/2017 (Permalink)

Christmas Tree Safety

Christmas Tree Safety Tips From SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg:
~When purchasing a live tree, choose a tree with fresh green needles that do not fall off when touched.
~Before placing the tree in the stand cut 2” off the base of the trunk.
~Place your tree at least three feet away from any heat source.
~Do not place your tree where it will block an exit.
~Place live trees in a stand that will hold water and check water daily.
~Remember your pets and don’t let them drink the water for the tree.
~Please remember pets are curious and cords are a danger for them.
~Use lights that are listed by a qualified testing laboratory.
~Never use lights that are frayed or damaged.
~Always unplug Christmas lights when going to bed or leaving home.
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season from your friends at SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg!

Fire Pit Safety

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Apple cider, hot cocoa, s.mores, hayrides and fire pits.

Sounds like so much fun but we also must remember the safety that comes along with fire.

Fire pits are pretty to look at and fun to sit around but safety pre-cautions are a must, here are a few simple rules to follow to keep everyone enjoying the activities.

 ~Keep all fire pits a safe distance from surrounding plants and buildings. Check with your local city or county to make sure you are observing the distance required by law.

~Never use a fire pit under a structure over-hang or an awning.

~Make sure all wood you use is seasoned for the proper length of time.

~It is best to cut wood so that it will fit inside the fire pit leaving very little remaining outside.

~Never use lighting fluids to help get a fire started.

~Never burn composite wood, plywood, painted materials or treated lumber as these materials release toxins into the air.

~Get a screen for your fire pit-it will help contain sparks.

~It is best to avoid wearing loose hanging clothes near the flames.

~Please never leave children or pets unattended around fire pits.

~It is a must to have a bucket of water and a fire blanket nearby for emergency.

~Always extinguish your fire pit before leaving it.

 Fire pit safety brought to you by SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg

Prepare To Spruce Up Your Home For The Winter

9/29/2017 (Permalink)

In preparing to spruce up your home for the winter, call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg at 540-373-7000 to provide you with all our expert non-emergency home services. Carpet Cleaning, Upholstery Cleaning, Drapery Cleaning and HVAC/Duct Cleaning Services.

Here is a list to help you prepare your home for the winter months ahead.
• Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors with weather-stripping and caulk. Take down screens and put down storm windows.
• Inspect your roof for damaged or curled shingles, corroded flashing, or leaky vents.
• Take steps to repair damaged sidewalks, driveways, and steps.
• Drain and winterize outdoor faucets and irrigation systems.
• Have a professional inspect your heating system.
• Schedule a chimney sweep company to inspect your fireplace for soot or creosote build-up and cracks.
• Inspect gutters and downspouts for clogs and make sure they are secured to the building.
• Wood stoves are making a comeback. To avoid a deadly situation, be sure to inspect yours before firing it up.
• Start your generator and prepare it for winter.
• A home safety check should be an annual ritual in every household. Test smoke and CO monitors, inspect (or install) fire extinguishers, review fire escape plans.

It's Finally Fall!

9/26/2017 (Permalink)

It’s finally Fall!!! The fall season brings colors and an abundance of outdoor activities. Plan ahead this season to help ensure it is safe and fire-free. Here are a few tips for this fall to make sure that we keep fall fire-free.

  • Keep Fall decorations away from open flames and heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
  • Keep emergency exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes.
  • Teach children to stay away from open flames and make sure they know in case of a fire to stop, drop and roll if they are in a situation in which their clothes may catch on fire.
  • It is safest to use a flashlight or battery-operated candle in a jack-o-lantern. Place lit pumpkins away from anything that can burn and out of the ways of doorsteps, walkways and yards.

Pet Safety Tips During The Summer Months

7/5/2017 (Permalink)

Pet Safety Tips During the Summer Months!

For most of us that own pets, they are part of our family and when we think of our pets we treat them the same way we would treat family members. Sometimes people who own pets forget how dangerous the summer months can be for our furry family members and we need friendly reminders that they are not able to take care of themselves—our pets trust us to take care of them.

SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg has put together a list of friendly reminders to help you give your pets a safe and happy summer.

~Make sure your pets are vaccinated for parasites and have flea and tick treatment.

~Do NOT shave your pets, you can trim your pets but shaving them leaves them susceptible to overheating and sunburn.

~Always walk your pets with caution when not walking them on grassy areas, concrete and asphalt gets very hot and can burn their paw pads very quickly.

~Make sure they always have access to cool, fresh water.

~NEVER Leave them in a car alone.

~Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and what to do if your pet suffers from heat exhaustion – Heavy panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, vomiting, diarrhea, wobbly legs. DO NOT place your pet in ice cold water, instead move to a cool area, drape a cool wet towel over their head and get them to a vet as soon as possible.

~Never leave them around pools unattended and pets should always wear life jackets when swimming in lakes, ponds or any open body of water.

~During the summer months we use chemicals and products around our homes that are toxic to our pets. Please be careful when using insecticides, rodenticides, citronella candles, tiki torches products, insect coils, etc.

~ When having friend and family gatherings ask them not to share food with your pets and make sure hot charcoal is never emptied where your pet can step on it.

~Keep it cool inside for your pet to enjoy with you.

~Remember your pet can have a heat stroke when temperatures are high.

Commercial Water Damages

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water damages can occur in commercial buildings affecting the structure, content and daily operations of a business at any time. Commercial buildings vary from a free standing individual business, a one-story strip center, to a multi-level building that contains many suites and many different businesses.

There are many different components in a commercial building that can contribute to a water damage.  A few are:

~Plumbing

~Heating, Air Conditioning & Ventilation Systems (Usually Rooftop)

~Ice Makers

~Roof

~Windows

If you are in a multi-level building your business could experience a water damage from water that originates from a unit on another floor, on the same floor, the roof, or other areas of the building.

It is important to understand the terms of your leasing agreement and know what you are responsible for repairing if your business were to experience a water damage. Go over your insurance policy with your agent, making sure you understand the terms and conditions of your policy, as well as knowing your deductible. Keep your insurance company contact information readily available outside of your business just in case your building has a damage that does not allow you to re-enter the building.

If you would like to have a no-cost mobile Emergency Response Plan done for your business, call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg 540-373-7000.

Managing Mold

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Managing Mold

Managing Mold

 When there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or a leaking water line, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Mold can cause health effects and can cause significant damage to your property. Although every mold damage scenario is different requiring a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same. The following steps illustrate a “typical” mold removal process.

  1. Call SERVPRO of Fredericksburg
  2. Your property will have an inspection and a damage assessment
  3. Mold containment will be used if needed
  4. Specialized air filtration will be used
  5. We will remove mold and mold-infested materials
  6. Your belongings and content in your home will be cleaned if needed
  7. Restoration of your home

Call SERVPRO of Fredericksburg at (540) 373-7000 if you or someone you know is in need of assistance with managing mold in a home or business. 

Are You Ready??

12/28/2016 (Permalink)

Are you ready for the New Year? This year, make a resolution to be READY! No one ever plans for a disaster, but you can prepare for it. SERVPRO® has an Emergency READY Profile (ERP) that will help ensure you are “Ready for whatever happens” in 2017. Here are a few advantages for having an ERP for your commercial building:
• No cost
• A concise profile documenting critical information in an event of an emergency
• A guide to help you get back into your work space following a disaster
• Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin
• It provides facility details such as water shut-off valves locations, breaker box locations and other priority details
• It provides priority contact information for your business.

Preparation is key to making it through a disaster. Don’t wait until disaster strikes, be ready and call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg today to establish your Emergency Ready Profile!

Ice Melting Products Can Damage Your Floors

12/20/2016 (Permalink)

ICE MELTING PRODUCTS CAN DAMAGE YOUR FLOORS

When severe cold weather hits and freezing rain and/or sleet falls it can make outdoor surfaces very difficult on which to stand, walk or drive. One of the aids that we use to help deal with this situation is to put an ice melting product on the frozen surface to thaw the ice.  While these products are great for melting ice and hopefully providing you with a safe path to and from where ever you must go outside, they are not meant for the inside of your home.

 

When using the ice melting products, here are a few tips for you:

~Make sure you remove your shoes or boots before walking on your floors.

~Have an outside door mat on which to wipe your feet.

~Have an inside shoe container to put your shoes in or a mat on which to sit them.

~If you do get ice melting products on your hard surface floors, clean it up right away as it can scratch and damage them.

~If ice melting products get on your carpet vacuum immediately and have carpets professionally cleaned, to avoid damage to them.

~Pets should never walk on ice melting products.  If they do get ice melting products on their paws, do not let them lick their paws as the ice melting products can be toxic, remembering to clean your pets’ paws--don’t forget the crevices between their toes!

 

Staying Warm (and Safe) in Winter Weather

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

During the winter months, there are many types of heat sources used in our homes and businesses to keep us warm and comfortable. Anytime we use a portable heat source there comes a fire risk with it, so we must create boundaries and remind ourselves of the dangers that come with comfort.

Below are some friendly reminders to help keep everyone safe when using portable heat sources.

~ Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like kerosene heaters, electric space heaters, electric heating blankets, etc.

~ Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room, they should never be left on without supervision. 

~ Never leave a child alone with a portable heat source.

~ Always use the right fuel in the heater, only use what the directions call for.

~ Test your smoke alarms monthly and change your batteries on a schedule.

Baby It's Cold Outside!

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

Keeping Our Pets Safe In The Cold

~~~~~~~~~~BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE!~~~~~~~~~~
Imagine going outside in these cold and frigid temperatures with no shoes or socks on, your feet would freeze if you were outside for very long. Here are some friendly reminders from SERVPRO of Fredericksburg to keep your fury family members safe during the winter:
~ Remember not to leave your pet outside for long periods of time.
~ Remember to make sure to dry your pets fur if they are wet or have snow or ice on them when they come back inside.
~ Keep your pet as far away from anti-freeze and ice melting products as possible.
~ If your pet does walk on ice melting products, please remember to clean their paws, paying close attention to between the toes. Ice melting products can burn their skin.
~ Our pets need the same exercise in the cold months as they do in the summer months, so put on your coats, put on your smiles and enjoy the walks with your fury family pets.

Mold Can Spread Through A Home In As Little As 48 hours.

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moist Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If you see any signs of mold call SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg today at 540-373-7000

Preparing Your Home For Cold Weather-Part 3

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Here is Part Three of our Three-Part Series on preparing your home for the winter months. Here are some helpful hints you can do to prepare your heating system and conserve energy.
~Have your heating system serviced by a professional, by having a winter tune up.
~Pre-program your thermostat or lower it when you leave home to save on energy.
~Change your furnace filters when needed.
~Insulate your duct lines.
~Run ceiling fans in reverse, clockwise rotation will push the warm air that has pooled at the ceiling down into your living space.
~Have your chimney cleaned and inspected, and your gas logs tested for leaks.


SERVPRO of Fredericksburg wants you to be safe, warm and cozy all fall and winter.

Preparing Your Home For Cold Weather-Part 2

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Part Two of our “Three Part Series” of helpful hints on how to keep your house from having some of the typical problems that occur when we don’t prepare it for winter:

~Insulate any water pipes that may be exposed to cold temperatures, this includes pipes under your sinks in the kitchen and bathrooms.
~Make sure all crawl space access doors are closed and insulated.
~Install storm doors and windows.
~Put plastic insulation kits on windows where needed.
~Use caulking and weather-stripping to stop drafts.

 

Preparing Your Home For Cold Weather-Part 1

11/9/2016 (Permalink)

Here is Part One of a "Three Part Series" to give you some helpful hints on how to keep your home from having some of the typical problems that occur when we don’t prepare it for cold weather. Don’t let this happen to you!!!!

~Turn off the water to the outside spigot.
~Remove your garden hose, drain and store it inside for the winter.
~Install Insulated foam faucet covers over outside spigots.
~Make sure all gutters are clear of leaves, debris and they are tightly secured to the home.
~Make sure downspouts are secured to gutters and free of all debris.

24/7 Emergency Service Provided

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Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 540-373-7000

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Fredericksburg

SERVPRO of Fredericksburg specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

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