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Weatherizing Around Windows and Doors

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Weatherizing Around Windows and Doors SERVPRO of Chesapeake South

Weatherizing Around Windows and Doors

Are you feeling a draft even though your windows and doors are closed?  Chances are that you need to add or replace the seal on the windows or replace the weather stripping around the doors. 

Conducting a maintenance check or inspection of your home can help minimize the risks for potential damage caused from extreme cold temperatures or winter storm conditions. 

You want to caulk around cracked window seals, replace any broken windows and add weather stripping or caulk to loose window panes.  The diy network offers tips on weatherproofing doors and windows.

Should water damage occur due to extreme weather or something else, give us a call, we’re your 24/7 Emergency Service, SERVPRO of Chesapeake South at 757-523-9700, #SERVPROChespkeS #LikeItNeverEvenHappened

Water Damage and Your Property

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage and Your Property Broken, Hidden Water Pipes Can Wreak Havoc

After the plumber has fixed the leak, the flooding has subsided, or the fire department has left, getting your structure and your belongings properly dried and cleaned is crucial to a quick and successful restoration. 

Moisture can cause mildew, fungus, and mold to grow and can attract insects, termites and even rodents.  These factors can destroy the very foundation of a home and your belongings. 

At SERVPRO of Chesapeake South, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property after water damage to your home or business.  Our experience and scientific approach to water removal and water cleanup enable us to properly dry and restore your property, and your assets.

Every water damage incident varies and requires its own unique solution; however, our restoration process stays the same.  Want to know what to expect?  See more about our SERVPRO  water damage restoration process and click on details of each process.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has been helping to make it #LikeItNeverEvenHappened for families and businesses in Hampton Roads since the 90’s.  Call us at 757-523-9700.

Winter Preparedness in Chesapeake

12/26/2017 (Permalink)

General Winter Preparedness in Chesapeake SERVPRO Chesapeake South, 757-523-9700

The Governor of Virginia proclaimed a week recently just for Winter Preparedness as a reminder to prepare sooner rather than later before severe weather arrives.

In spite of the forecasters' prediction at the National Weather Service of above medians of precipitation for December-February due to a strong El Nino effect, a winter storm is always possible.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South wants you to be Emergency Ready Prepared when disaster happens.  Please take time to visit http://www.ready.SERVPRO.com, user name ERP@SPChesapeake.com, password Ready.

Visit Be Ready Virginia for more information about what you need to know and how to get ready for winter weather.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South and our professionally trained technicians have been handling emergency and disaster damage cleanup in Chesapeake since the 60's.  

Winter Weather

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Weather SERVPRO of Chesapeake South, 757-523-9700

Ice dams can be a major problem during the winter season.  Cold weather, snow and ice storms can cause severe damage to your home or your office. 

Ice dams form when the heated air melts the roof snow downward and the melted water runs into ice that is still frozen causing the water to dam up.  When this water is trapped, it can not flow or run into the gutter system and can backflow under the roof shingles and into the interior structure of your house or business.

Ice Dam damage:

  • Water can seep into your home or building’s walls, ceilings, insulation and other interior areas.
  • Ice dams can lift roof shingles causing water to leak inside your home.
  • Pressure and weight from the dams can pull off your gutters and lead to structural damage.

Our friends at Nationwide blog about Preventing Ice Dam Damage to Your Roof and Home.

If this disaster strikes, you need to take immediate action to prevent additional damage to your property.  SERVPRO of Chesapeake South franchise professionals have the winter storm experience and expertise, and the resources to remediate damage caused by winter weather.

Prepare Your Home

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Prepare Your Home SERVPRO of Chesapeake South, 757-523-9700

Prepare Your Home

Tips for Preparing Your Home for Winter Weather

  • Keep your cabinet doors open during cold spells as this will allow warm air to circulate around the pipes.
  • Keep a slow trickle of water running through your faucets, especially those that run through unheated or uninsulated areas of your home.
  • Consider shutting off your outdoor faucets. Find the shut-off valve in the basement or crawl space and turn to “off.”
  • If you do shut off your outdoor faucet, then open the outdoor faucet to help ensure it drains completely and the inner valve is shut off.
  • Ensure that your gutters are clean and in good shape, secured. Leaves and such can clog and cause a damming effect which could lead to roof problems and water damage.
  • Proper maintenance of your furnace, HVAC system can help reduce the risk of puffbacks.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake Southhas been serving the community since 1967.  We specialize in storm damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Winter Weather Alerts

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Winter Weather Alerts SERVPRO of Chesapeake South, 757-523-9700.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South wants to help you to be prepared for the upcoming winter weather.  The National Weather Service will issue advisories and warnings.  It is important that you understand these and know how to prepare for winter and  to be Winter Safe.

  • Blizzard Warning- Winds or gusts to 35 mph or more for at least 3 hours and lots of falling or blowing snow reducing your visibility to less than ¼ mile.
  • Winter Storm Warning- 6” or more of snow, or a combination of winter weather types with major impacts.
  • Ice Storm Warning- ¼” or more of ice accumulation.
  • Winter Weather Advisory- Less than 6” of snow, Less than ¼” of ice accumulation from freezing rain, Visibilities reduced in blowing snow with winds less than 35 mph, Combinations of these.
  • Wind Chill Warning- Wind chills of -25°F or colder with winds of 10 mph or higher.
  • Wind Chill Advisory- Wind chills of -15°F to -24° with winds of 10 mph or higher.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has been serving the community since 1967.  We specialize in storm damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

The Behavior of Smoke

12/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Behavior of Smoke SERVPRO of Chesapeake South, 757-523-9700.

Following a fire, there are two different types of smoke, wet and dry.  As a result there are different types of soot residue after a fire.

  • 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.
  • Fuel Oil Soot (Furnace Puff Backs) While "puff backs" can create havoc for homeowners, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can, in most cases, restore the contents and structure quickly.
  • Other Types (Tear gas, fingerprint powder, and fire extinguisher residue) Special loss situations require special care.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South Franchise Professionals are thoroughly trained in fire cleanup and restoration and know the different types of smoke and their behavior patterns.

Safe Holidays are Happy Holidays

12/5/2017 (Permalink)

General Safe Holidays are Happy Holidays SERVPRO of Chesapeake South, 757-523-9700

Safe holidays are happy holidays.  As you begin to decorate your home or office remember. . .  

  • Inspect your lights before you hang them
  • Replace old lights
  • Never connect more than 3 strings of lights at a time
  • be mindful of low-hanging or damaged wires to protect your pets and children

The Consumer Product Safety Commission offers up holiday decoration safety tips and general rules for Holiday Safety on products we use to decorate with like "Snow", Paper, Trimmings, Candles, Trees, and lights.

SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has been serving the community since 1967.  We are dedicated to helping customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it "Like it never even happened."  We are ready 24/7, 365 at 757-523-9700.

Did You Know. . . Houseplants Filter Your Air

11/30/2017 (Permalink)

General Did You Know. . . Houseplants Filter Your Air SERVPRO® of Chesapeake South, 757-523-9700

NASA’s 1989 Clean Air Study researched how to clean the air in space stations and one of their findings showed that certain plants were particularly effective at filtering toxins from the air.

What you may not be aware of however, are the common household items found in and around your home emit chemicals that could be harmful.  Chemicals such as Benzene found in some spray adhesives, furniture polishes, motor oil.  Formaldehyde found in resins used to make composite wood products, like insulation, plywood and other building materials.  Xylene & Toluene found in certain paints, fingernail polish and adhesives. Trichloroethylene found in some household cleaners, sealants and degreasers.

Good news is there are low maintenance, low-light houseplants that come to the rescue and help to filter those toxins from your air.  The Peace Lily, Spider Plant, English Ivy, Variegated Snake Plant, Red-Edged Dracaena, Chinese Evergreen, and the Areca Palm are great filtering houseplants, according to mindbodygreen.  Pots Planters & More will help you choose right for your space.

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety and the American Red Cross

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Thanksgiving Cooking Safety and the American Red Cross SERVPRO of Chesapeake South, 757-523-9700

Scott Salemme, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region said “Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, so we also have information cooks can follow to avoid a fire.”

When we come together as family and as friends to prepare the Thanksgiving meal and share in the “how to” of family recipes, it is easy to get caught up in the festive moment and to forget the potential hazards.

While cooking, remember to avoid wearing your robe, loose fitting clothing or dangling sleeves.  Never leave the stove unattended, even for bathroom breaks, just turn it off.  Here the American Red Cross suggests more cooking safety steps  

At SERVPRO of Chesapeake South has been serving the community since 1967.  We are dedicated to helping customers when disaster strikes and helping to make it “Like it never even happened.”  We are ready 24/7, 365 at 757-523-9700,