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Mold Removal

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Removal Mold Removal in Alexandria, VA

In Northern Virginia, mold is a real problem for many families. That’s because it can cause irritation and allergic reactions to people in the household. Mold thrives in humid environment, and as we all know, the summer months are very humid in Alexandria, Virginia.

What is mold?

Mold is a microscopic particle that exist almost everywhere. Yes, outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to completely remove all mold from a location. However, it doesn’t necessarily need to be completely removed, because mold does not become a problem until the humidity – or moisture level – increases. That’s when the mold particles begin to multiply in number, and form colonies. These colonies can produce allergens and irritants in people, especially children and people with compromised immune systems.

Another effect of excess mold is the strong odor it produces. It’s an odor that most people would agree isn’t pleasant. If that smell is in your home, where you and your family expect to be comfortable, and to be able to relax you want to get rid of it as soon as you can.

Preventive Measures

For this reason it is important to monitor the humidity level in your home, especially in Northern Virginia, where the humidity is present year-round, and the summer months can produce conditions in the environment that are favorable for mold growth.

Generally, you want to keep the humidity level below 49%. When it is above this level that’s when these mold particles start to thrive and form colonies, producing the odor and causing allergic reactions in many people.

SERVPRO® of North Prince William County properly inspects your home for mold, identifies the cause of the odor, and completely removes it without a trace. Give us a call for more information on our mold removal process today!

Water Damage: Common Causes in Alexandria

4/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage: Common Causes in Alexandria Water Damage in Alexandria, VA.

Common Causes of Water Damage in Alexandria, Virginia

In Alexandria, VA Water damage is a costly potential problem that every homeowner should be aware of. As many have found out the hard way, it can cause thousands of dollars of damage, and even force the inhabitants out of the home temporarily, or even permanently.

So what are some of the most common causes of water damage in Alexandria? We have consulted our field technicians and have listed these most common causes below, so read on to find out.

The most common cause of them all seems to be broken, busted, or leaking pipes. But what causes these pipes to break? In some cases, they rust over time, causing the integrity to deteriorate. In other cases they freeze, which is also detrimental to the structure of the pipe. In fact any drastic change in temperature can cause stress on the pipe, and lead to minor damage of the structure.

There are a number of ways to prevent this from happening, and a few dollars here is well worth saving thousands later. The most common way is to simply allow the water to trickle out of the tap, even if it’s at a drip, through the night on particularly cold nights. This allows the water to continue to move, and discourage freezing.

Another cause of water damage is accidents. Yes, plumbing accidents. Parents of children can probably imagine what we mean: action figures dropped in the toilet, kids overflowing the bathtub, anything like that. The prevention of this cause of water damage is simple enough: Just being aware of what your child brings into the bathroom with them, and keeping an eye on their baths should do the job.

Another very elusive cause of water damage is humidity. This is something that Alexadrians know all too well. It gets very humid in the Washington, D.C. region, and when you have places like a basement, an attic, or a crawl space moisture can drip through the foundation or the roof. Eventually, if left unattended over a period of time, this can lead to water damage to the walls, ceilings, and floors of these spaces. This type of water damage can be hard to spot because it happens over such a long period of time, but if you walk into the space one day and smell mold you know you have a problem on your hands. Simply using a dehumidifier once in a while in these areas should prevent any significant water damage to them.

There are many other causes of water damage, but these are just some of the most common. As always, if you have a case of water damage in the Northern Virginia area you can contact us at SERVPRO of Alexandria for the fastest service in town!

50 % of Businesses will NEVER Reopen...

2/3/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial 50 % of Businesses will NEVER Reopen... Commercial Water Damage

The New Year brings opportunity for new beginnings! Start 2016 off right be being READY!

Did you know up to 50 % of businesses that suffer a disaster may never reopen?

Of the businesses that do survive a disaster, the overwhelming majority had an emergency preparedness plan in place.

Make your resolution one that helps protect you and your business. Call us today at 1 (800) 320-0640 to learn nire about how we can help you be "Ready for whatever happens" in the New Year!