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SERVPRO of Alexandria is a Family

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alexandria graduation party Here is a picture of the team celebrating one of our youngest members, Martin, graduating from high school!

When comparing different damage restoration companies to give your services to, we know you have a lot of choices and a lot of things to consider. If you choose to allow us here at SERVPRO of Alexandria to take care of your damage restoration needs, you can take comfort in knowing not only did you hire one of the most professional, courteous and efficient damage restoration teams in the Alexandria area, but that you also hired a family.

We celebrate one another here at SERVPRO of Alexandria and we support each member of our team as they advance through the carious stages of life. Whether that means celebrating a recent graduation, or helping console one of our team members through the tragedy of a recent death, SERVPRO of Alexandria takes care of their own with the same love, compassion and empathy that we exhibit out there on the field.

It is our pleasure to share our family with this community as we continue to service you all!

SERVPRO of Alexandria is Committed to Accuracy

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alexandria morning team meeting The team looks focused at one of our daily morning meeting

The SERVPRO of Alexandria team is 100% committed to efficiency and precision when on any job, no matter the size. To help foster the value of accuracy, our President Bill has developed a daily morning ritual here at SERVPRO of Alexandria to encourage communication and understanding between the office and the field team members.

Every morning the SERVPRO of Alexandria team meets and discusses the ongoing jobs as well as collaborate to iron out any outstanding details remaining from the previous work days.

These power meetings ensure that everyone is on the same page, and that we can continue through the work day quickly without any hiccups.

It is this commitment to doing the job well that sets us apart from any other damage restoration firm in the Alexandria area! We love what we do here and we do it well. If you have suffered through a fire, flood or have an ongoing mold problem give us a call here at (703) 739 - 2800

Unexpected Ways to Protect Alexandria Homes From Storms

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

branch fallen on home A tree fallen on a home during a storm

4 Unexpected Ways to Protect Alexandria Homes From Storms

As a homeowner in Alexandria your house is more than just a home and place to raise your family, it's an investment, and as such it is your responsibility to protect it from weather related damage.

Even though Alexandria isn't known for their terrible storm climate, storm conditions are often unpredictable and can vary wildly in intensity and destructive ability, so its your job to be prepared for any potential hazards.

1. Cutting down surrounding foliage and trees.

Many homeowners like the idea of having a nice big tree in the front or backyard for shade on a hot summers day but strong storm winds can blow limbs off tree trunks or even topple over the entire tree!

While landscaping, look at the distance between the trees on your property and your house, and consider either trimming or even cutting down some weak rooted trees to prevent damage in the event of strong storm winds.

2. Replacing gravel with mulch

Once again, strong winds pose a potential threat of picking up small rocks and whirling them into your home. Since Alexandria rarely has to deal with any tornadoes or catastrophic winds (knock on wood) this probably isn't a very high priority, but may still be worth considering.

Consider replacing any gravel with mulch to reduce the potential damage should there be intense wind conditions.

3. Roof maintenance

Poorly secured shillings can easily blow off in a storm, making your home susceptible to leaking from wet conditions. 

Remember, roof shillings are layered down, meaning if one shilling blows off, many others are sure to blow off as well!

Before a big storm, do a quick roof inspection to make sure your roofing is secure, your gutters are unclogged and they are securely attached to your home.

4. Secure your Garage Door

In the event of strong winds, your garage is the largest opening into the structure of your home. If winds are strong enough to blow through into your garage, the wind will have no where to go but up, blowing off part, if not all of your roof!

In the event of a large storm or high winds, make sure garage door is shut and securely closed.

Many of the preventative measures we be shared in this article don't seem incredibly obvious or imminently dangerous. It's only after working in the restoration industry for years (as we have here at SERVPRO of Alexandria) do you learn to appreciate just how dangerous some common points of neglection are to the safety and integrity of your home.

If, after following these steps your home unfortunately does sustain some storm damage, give us a call at (703) 739-2800.

SERVPRO of Alexandria is one of the leading storm damage restoration businesses in Alexandria, Virginia; we respond quickly, professionally and offer the highest level of customer service!

We are here to help, whether it be a simple consultation, to help clean, or if there's more serious structural damage, give us a call. Once again our number is (703) 739-2800.

Signs of Water Damage in the Bathroom of Your Alexandria Virginia Home

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

water damage tub Peeling sealant around the tub is an early sign of water damage

How to tell if you Have Water Damage in Your Home

Water damage is surprisingly more common than many homeowners realize, and that's because most people assume water damage only happens after a major flood or storm.

Unfortunately, that isn't the case, many cases of water damage occur as a result of plumbing or erosion of water sealants/coverings as a result of frequent daily water use.

Since there isn't a major event that might trigger water damage, it's important to do a routine check of some of the most places in your house with the highest susceptibility of water damage: your bathroom, kitchen and basement.

In this article we'll cover the signs of water damage in your bathroom.

Before we start its important to remember to consult with a water damage expert when inspecting water damage and ESPECIALLY when trying to clean or repair water damaged areas.

We here at SERVPRO of Alexandria specialize in all things water damage! If you suspect you have water damage in your home or office, please, give us a call at (703) 739 - 2800 and we'll walk you through the next steps.

Sign #1: Peeling sealant around the edges of the bath tub

Peeling sealant can be both the cause as well as a sign of bathroom water damage.

An initial breach behind the sealant is made by running tub water which seeps deep into the wall causing the wood to expand This expanding wood pushes against the wall causing more sealant to peel and may even cause some of the paint to peel surrounding the tub.

Sign #2: Sunken Floors

It isn't uncommon for there to be rot wood under the flooring at the corners of a bathroom floors, especially near the tub and toilet bowl. If when you apply pressure/stand and you feel or see a lowering of the floor, there's a very good chance there is rot wood due to water damage.

Sign #3: Discoloration on the Ceiling of the Room Below the Bathroom

Discolored ceilings are a tell-tale sign that there is water damage in a structure. If you see even a subtle change in color (usually to a darker/browner hue) there's a good chance there is water damage happening from pipes in the room above the discoloration.

Sign #4: A Funny Smell

If you smell a weird, musky smell coming from your bathroom, there's a good chance there's water damage present.

The weird smell is usually mold, which happens as a result of the water damage.

These 4 signals will help you detect water damage early, but what do you do after you discover you have water damage in your home?

Call SERVPRO of Alexandria and we'll repair any damage quickly and professionally, all while providing the highest quality of customer service.

Once again, our number is (703) 739 - 2800 give us a call!

Commercial Water Damage: Prevention and Response

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

gym Call you SERVPRO of Alexandria commercial water damage restoration experts today!

Severe floods, cold spells or internal plumbing failures can cause water damage that brings your business to a standstill. The impact is immediate on employees as well as the bottom line. There are Preventive Measures that mitigate the impact of these emergencies and Commercial Restoration Services to assist with the proper Response.

Preventative Measures

In the office environment, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of damage due to water leaks.

  • It is beneficial to educate your office managers on water damage preparedness
  • This means that your managers should know how to turn off the water, electric, and gas supply
  • They should know who to call in order to have these items completed.
  • Keep basic tools in the office in the event of an emergency
  • Create and maintain a list of emergency contact phone numbers for all employees
  • Maintain contact information for your local fire and police numbers for medical emergencies

Response

Rapid response is critical to water damage in the office. The longer you wait before the area is restored mold can develop creating the need for commercial mold removal services.

The best immediate course of action is to:

Of course, you can call your insurance first, but recall we are experts at the insurance side of damages and can help you get the best coverage.

At SERVPRO® of Alexandria we are the leaders of commercial water damage restoration. Contact us today to learn more!

Lingering Smoke Smell or Visible Soot in Your Alexandria Home?

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our highly trained professionals follow strict protocol and procedures when restoring the damage caused by fire. Call SERVPRO of Alexandria for help.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows 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 Alexandria 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.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (703)739-2800

Storm Damage To Your Home in Ways You May Not Consider

5/21/2021 (Permalink)

storm damage SERVPRO of Alexandria responds 24 hours a day to your storm emergency. We restore property damages to help make it "Like it never even happened."

One of the reasons why prompt storm damage remediation is so critical is because a storm may damage your home in ways that aren't always obvious. A professional can help you identify and solve any storm damage to the structural portions and other inner workings of your home.

Discover some of the ways a storm could damage your home's structural integrity. Let's get into it!

Roof Damage

  • Your roof can have obvious structural damage if a tree falls on it. However, that's not the only way that a storm could damage the structure of your roof. For example, large tree branches that fall on the roof can also cause damage even though they don't cause an evident cave-in.

Foundation Damage

  • One type of storm damage that can affect your foundation is flooding. Another is erosion. Localized flooding can increase the pressure of water against your foundation wall, which could result in cracks, shifting, sinking, and bowed foundation walls.

Interior Water Damage

  • Whether it enters through a broken window or a roof leak or rises up from the ground, water can be one of the biggest forces of storm damage. Although water may not destroy literally everything it touches, it can come close. Water can cause structural failure in commonly used building materials in your walls, ceilings, and floors.

Pest Damage

  • Although storms don't actually create pests, they can send wildlife looking for places to shelter and can sometimes create damage that allows pests into your home. While most pests are just a nuisance (and sometimes a potential health and safety hazard), some can actually affect your home's structure as well. Prompt storm damage repair can reduce the chances of picking up any of these pests due to storm damage.

As you can see, your home's structure is susceptible to many other types of damage than just large falling objects. For more information on storm damage, how you can prevent storm damage, and what to do if you suspect your home has sustained damage from a recent storm, get in touch with SERVPRO of Alexandria  today. 

For Immediate Service for your Business in Alexandria, VA, Call SERVPRO!

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

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We know that commercial water damage can cost a business thousands of dollars in productivity; it is always our goal to help keep your business running as flawlessly as possible through the restoration process.

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Alexandria commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial restoration services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO of Alexandria provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs, in order to get you back in business.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – (3703)739-2800

Let SERVPRO of Alexandria Provide Turn Key Services After a Fire

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Fire Restoration Experts, and in-house Reconstruction Team are Ready to Assist After Fires in Alexandria!

We handle everything from the fire restoration, to the storage and cleaning of the smoke on your home's contents, to the reconstruction.

We recently helped a family deal with smoke and soot damage throughout their 4-level townhome. This home was damaged by fire and smoke from an attic fan malfunction. SERVPRO of Alexandria helped out with the following components of restoration:
  • demolition
  • storage and cleaning of the client's contents
  • fire restoration 
  • insurance negotiation
  • material selection
  • building permitting process
  • reconstruction
In doing so, we were able to help our clients negotiate with their insurance carrier for a fair settlement, coordinate all aspects of the reconstruction, and provide them a new and safe space to enjoy for many years to come.  Call us now for all of your restoration and remodel needs! (703)739-2800

Hidden Water Damage in your Bathroom Could Amount to Thousands of Dollars in Damage if Left Untreated

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage in Bathroom Don't ignore any smells or indicators of water damage in your bathroom

A musty smell in your bathroom could be a sign of hidden water damage.

3 common issues are:

  • Cracked shower tile
  • Leaky seals at base of toilet
  • Damaged or old caulking and grout

Hidden water damage could lead to extensive microbial growth that can go undetected for long periods time, and can pose several potential health effects.

SERVPRO of Marlton/Morningside is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with possible water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help

Call Today - (703)739-2800ere is no standing water, there could be underlying issues, and we have the highly trained property damage professionals to assist.