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The 3 Categories of Water Damage

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause stress in the home or workplace. Whether your water loss is large or small, it is crucial to remediate the situation quickly to prevent any further issues. Water is classified into 3 categories, and it’s important to be able to distinguish the differences among them.

The first category is “Clean Water.” Clean water is the least contaminated, and comes from a clean source, like a leaky faucet or water line. It can turn into a category 2 or 3 if left untreated and exposed to factors such as temperature and other contaminants.

The second category is “Gray Water.” Gray water is contaminated and can come from a dishwasher or washing machine overflow. It is important to remediate gray water as quickly as possible, as it may contain bacteria. And if left untreated, it can turn into a category 3- “Black Water.”

Blackwater is severely contaminated. Having contact with black water can cause serious illness, and in some cases even death. Examples of black water include flooding from waterways and standing water. Blackwater may contain chemicals, microbes, and sewage. Avoid any contact with black water.

At SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin, we want our customers to have peace of mind knowing they will be taken care of by our certified professionals. Our state-of-the-art equipment will have your home or business dry, clean, and back to normalcy in a timely and professional manner. If you have any concerns related to water damage, or to schedule an estimate, please call us today at 757-934-8404.

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

The recommended process for addressing the problem of fire damage in your home or business: Contacting the Restoration Company. In case of a fire in the home or a fire in a business, the first thing to do is to contact a restoration company like SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin for emergency response. Massive smoke smell and smoke damage resulting from a fire in a business or in a home can only be controlled by a professional restoration company with experience in fire cleanup. In some instances, you may be required to board up to stop future commercial fire damage. Therefore, fire damage needs emergency response services. Assessment. Assessment of the level of commercial fire damage is a very important step in the restoration process. The process involves determining the distance of travel by the soot or smoke, the level of smoke damage, and the smoke smell. The restoration company can only estimate the cost of restoration and design an appropriate fire cleanup plan after damage assessment. Moreover, one can only estimate the time it will take to restore the fire in business or fire in home damage through the assessment process. Sealing Services. Smoke damage and smoke smell can be prevented from spreading to other areas in a fire in a business or in a home incident by sealing all the openings and leaks. For example, wall and roof openings may lead to water damage during a rainy season. For successful fire damage restoration to occur, it is important to seal all openings. Therefore, fire damage restoration is highly dependent on water damage restoration. Massive damage can be caused by a burst water pipe or tank in a fire incident. Fire damage Clean-Up. It is important to clean away smoke, dust, and soot damage during a fire cleanup process. All the surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned as part of the restoration. It is important to look out for smoke damage, dark surfaces, stained surfaces as well as charred items. The only way to restore normalcy and clear the smoke smell is by cleaning up the affected property. After a fire in a business or fire in a home, it is advisable to remove all standing pools of water by using a submersible pump. Soot damage and smoke odor are removed from the room by drying and sanitizing the affected area. Moreover, bad odor and soot damage can be removed by carpet cleaning. Soot and smoke odor can spread to adjacent rooms, that is why the rooms should also be cleaned immediately. As a future precaution, you may be required to board up walls. Repair and Renovation. The best way to ensure complete and successful restoration is by ensuring that all the damaged furniture and items are repaired. Replacement of damaged cabinets is a very important process in fire damage restoration. However, those that are not badly damaged can be repaired. Renovation services are offered by most restoration companies for clients that need to renovate their property. As mentioned earlier, you can decide to board up your walls to avoid future destruction. The renovation process may involve coming up with a completely new design of the business premises or home that may be more appealing to the owner as compared to the previous design. It is also important to know that you can always benefit from the renovation services that are offered by restoration companies. You can hire extra redesign and renovation services depending on the level of damage. Consultation. Apart from offering restoration services, the companies can be a source of information for those affected by fire accidents. You can always ask the experts questions related to soot damage and other fire-related damages. Moreover, you can also learn how to board up and the recommended room designs. Call SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin for all of your restoration needs, 757-934-8404.

Safety During Flood Water

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Floods are one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Your location no longer seems to be a factor-there is always potential for flood damage.

Fema.gov reports that in the last 5 years, all 50 states have experienced floods or flash floods. It’s not a matter of if, but when and FEMA reports that nearly 20% of all flood insurance claims come from moderate-to-low risk areas, and even just one inch of flood damage in an average home can cost you up to $27,000.

The American Red Cross claims that floods cause more damage in the U.S. every year than any other weather-related disaster. Here are some tips they advise to follow:

Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, Stop, Turn around, and go another way.
If you approach a flooded road while driving, the same holds true. If you are in your car and waters are rising rapidly, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. 
Keep children out of the water. Children may not recognize contaminated water and lack judgment. 

If your home or business is affected by a flood, SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin is your water damage restoration company. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure if not treated properly and quickly.

Cleanup can be overwhelming and that’s why SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin is prepared to handle any size disaster. When fire and water take control of your life, let your local SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin help you take it back.

Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 757-934-8404.

Water Damage Prevention Tips

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Do you know what the number 1 culprit is that weakens the foundation of your home? WATER DAMAGE!

Similar to the core strength of your body, water damage hits the core strength of your house causing harm to your property. Below are some strategies on how to prevent any future water damages. 

1. Make sure your home has good drainage

Gutters need to be cleaned on a routine basis. If not, a clogged gutter can damage the siding and foundation of your home. The maintenance cost of cleaning your gutters depends on the size and height of your home. On the contrary, it cost no money for you to clean your gutters yourself. 

2. Test your sump pump regularly

Your sump pump should be checked to see if it's running properly at least once a year. When it comes to storm seasons, several checks should be conducted. To test your sump pump, slowly fill the sump pump pit with water, watch the "float' to rise and then watch to make sure that the water level falls. It's free to get your sump pump professionally tested.

3. Check for water leaks and fix them

If you get the chance to fix a leak shortly after it started, there may be no long-term damage at all. However, if you have persistent leaks, it can lead to mold growth, termites, ants, and more. To check for leaks, check dark spots under pipes, inside sink cabinets, and stains on ceilings. 

If you have any questions/concerns, please call SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin, 757-934-8404. Our team is certified and well trained to make it look and feel "Like it never even happened." 

Mitigation & Remediation Services Available 24/7

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin is ready to answer the call 24/7/365!

As an independently owned business ourselves, we understand that business continuity is extremely important and that every hour lost is a customer and revenue lost. And with our highly trained and certified technicians, we can prevent losses such as water damage and mold from being a long-term problem to your business. Being that we are a 24-hour franchise, we have a flexible schedule to work around time strains you may have.

We have the experience and the technology needed to solve any problem. If your business is damaged by water, fire, or any other forces of mother nature, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin, 757-934-8404. 

Know the Dirty Facts About Sewage Backups

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

When a sewage system backs up in a home and floods the entire bathroom and surrounding areas, this is called a category 3 water contamination.  The cleanup requires professionally trained technicians and professional equipment.  

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations. Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

After any biohazard or sewage contamination in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences.
  • Floodwater can contain sewage, pesticides, and other contaminants.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.

What To Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin Today –757-934-8404

Mitigation Services 24/7

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin is ready to answer the call 24/7/365!

As an independently owned business ourselves, we understand that business continuity is extremely important and that every hour lost is a customer and revenue lost. And with our highly trained and certified technicians, we can prevent losses such as water damage and mold from being a long-term problem to your business. Being that we are a 24-hour franchise, we have a flexible schedule to work around time strains you may have.

We have the experience and the technology needed to solve any problem. If your business is damaged by water, fire, or any other forces of mother nature, don’t hesitate to call SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin, 757-934-8404. 

Commercial Desiccant For Large Losses

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

If you have a large commercial water loss and you need it remedied as quickly as possible, call SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin at 757-934-8404. We have acquired a state of the art, 5000 CFM Desiccant, accompanied by a 150kw generator. Our desiccant is designed to dry large commercial buildings in a fraction of the time of a conventional fan or air mover. This helps you and your business get back on track as soon as possible, making the damage feel “Like it never even happened.”

We understand how devastating disasters can be, and how important it is to help people get back to normalcy as quickly as possible. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Smoke & Soot Damage Facts

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call us today - SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin 757-934-8404

Handling Wet Contents

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Water damages your contents and things too. SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin has seen its share of water damage. The damage can happen from a leaking pipe between the wall, a leaking toilet, a dishwasher relief valve that fails, a refrigeration line fails, a water heater leak, an HVAC system ceiling leak, and of course havoc from mother nature.

Most often our first thought is about damage to the floors or to the ceiling or even the walls.  Then the realization that your contents, your treasures, your projects, your books have been damaged too.

We are your Emergency call to action experts when disaster strikes your home or business 24/7.  

Call SERVPRO of Suffolk/Smithfield/Franklin, 757-934-8404 to handle your contents with care and make the damage "Like it never even happened."